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Best lineup strategy for Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies NBA Showdown [UPDATE]

Minnesota is finally getting healthy, but will KAT return to the lineup Tuesday? We break down how to craft your lineup for the DraftKings Showdown.

UPDATE: Jan. 7, 6:38 p.m. — Towns has been ruled out vs. the Grizzlies.

We’ve got two featured Showdown contests on DraftKings for Tuesday night’s six-game main slate: Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies and Knicks vs. Lakers. Here, we’ll go over lineup construction and which players stand out for the Minnesota-Memphis contest.

First, we’ll go over some injuries. Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) is listed as questionable to return and has missed the past 10 games for Minnesota. The good news for the T-Wolves is Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague and Noah Vonleh are all healthy, so their rotation is almost 100%. KAT’s status will likely decide how we approach things here, but we can anticipate the plays regardless.

Captain’s Picks

First off, if Towns ($19,200) returns, I can’t imagine paying this price for him in the Captain’s slot. He’ll probably be limited in some capacity and is a risk for re-injury. With that, I think Andrew Wiggins ($13,200) is probably the best play here. He returned last game and played 30 minutes, posting a modest 32.75 fantasy points. I think he’ll be more up to speed tonight and the Grizzlies play at a high pace while playing very little defense.

If you want to go cheaper on the Grizzlies side of things, Dillon Brooks ($9,000) is cheap for the Captain’s slot and has been shooting the ball well lately, hitting 16-of-35 three-pointers over his past four games. He’s reliant on scoring for fantasy, but the T-Wolves aren’t a tough matchup by any means. If I’m going super cheap, stars-and-scrubs, Tyus Jones ($4,200) is in a revenge spot.

FLEX Options

I think if KAT remains out, Wiggins is a decent captain, but also a good UTIL at $8,800. I’d also look to fit in Robert Covington ($7,400) and Shabazz Napier ($8,000), who has essentially eclipse Jeff Teague ($5,200) as the starting PG for the T-Wolves. Napier has at least 20 points in four straight games, including at least seven dimes in three of those games. I like Jae Crowder ($6,400) on the Memphis side. He should see a solid amount of minutes and has a high ceiling compared to his price. I mentioned stars-and-scrubs type of approach to lineup building here, but there aren’t many stars and the scrubs are very scrubby. I’d stick to a balanced lineup, using guys like Brooks ($6,000) and Crowder to free up salary for the higher-priced players.