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Best lineup strategy for Cardinals vs. Cowboys NFL Showdown

Kyler Murray stands out as the top captain’s pick ahead of Monday’s Cardinals-Cowboys game.

Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals warms up with his helmet off against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 11, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Arizona Cardinals defeated the New York Jets 30-10. Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

Week 6 will wrap up with a Monday Night Football matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. The game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and we’ve identified some top DFS plays for Showdown contests on DraftKings centered around the game.

Captain’s picks

Kyler Murray ($18,600) is the priciest option in this matchup for a reason. The second-year signal-caller is the most prolific running quarterback in the league with 296 yards and five scores on the ground. He’s going against a Cowboys team that gave up more points per game than any team in the NFL through Week 5. Murray makes the Cardinals’ offense go, so expect him to continue making big things happen on the ground and through the air.

Dak Prescott is out for the season, so I expect Ezekiel Elliott ($15,900) to be much more of a factor for Dallas moving forward. While Andy Dalton is still a viable quarterback, he doesn’t have Prescott’s ability to extend plays with his legs. Elliott was an elite fantasy running back while Prescott was one pace to break the NFL’s single-season passing record so his production could go up with less passing.

Flex Men

It’s pretty hard to justify passing on DeAndre Hopkins ($11,200) in this matchup. He’s getting more than 10 targets per game and entered Week 6 leading the league with 528 receiving yards. Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis won’t be enough to contain one of the league’s best wideouts.

There’s not a ton of great value plays in this game, but Kenyan Drake ($6,600) is a quality mid-tier option. DraftKings priced Chase Edmonds at $7,000 as the backup, but Drake still gets a solid volume of touches. Drake hasn’t been the most productive back, but he’s a steal at this price. He’ll likely come close to 20 touches against one of the worst defenses in the NFL and could have his best game of the year. His price has dropped $2,000 since rushing for 60 yards and a score on 18 carries in Week 5.