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Best value lineup strategy for Colts-Titans TNF Showdown

Tight ends from both the Colts and Titans stand out as quality value plays ahead of Thursday’s game at Nissan Stadium.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox catches the ball in the first half against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee will kick off Week 9 on Thursday at Nissan Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET. DraftKings will have a Showdown contest available for the matchup and we’ve identified a couple value plays worth considering. It’ll be hard to find cheap options, but these players are all $5,000 or less and could be impact players in Thursday’s game.

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Colts ($4,800)

Jack Doyle has been ruled out due to a concussion, so Alie-Cox will only be competing with Trey Burton for tight end touches. He led all tight ends in receptions (3) and receiving yards (43) on Sunday and remains the best deep threat at his position. Burton’s price has been inflated by his two rushing touchdowns and Alie-Cox is the better option when healthy. He’s one of Philip Rivers’ preferred targets in the red zone. Alie-Cox is listed as questionable, so keep an eye on his game status.

Anthony Firkser, TE, Titans ($2,200)

Firkser has a 77.4 percent catch rate and is almost a top 20 tight end in PPR leagues despite playing behind Jonnu Smith. He out targeted Smith 6-2 despite playing 25 fewer snaps and gets more than four looks per game. He’s underpriced given how involved he can be in an offense that plays tons of sets with two tight ends.

Colts D/ST ($4,200)

The Colts have the second-highest scoring D/ST in the NFL so this price could turn out to be a bargain given how Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry have struggled lately. Indianapolis has an abundance of playmakers capable of forcing turnovers. The Colts lead the NFL in picks (11) and only the Baltimore Ravens have allowed fewer points.