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Best lineup strategy for Chargers-Raiders in TNF Showdown

It’s always a wild night when the Raiders and Chargers get together, and there’s no shortage of good plays in this one. But the best play might surprise you.

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Who would have guessed at the beginning of the season that it would be the Raiders who would enter this Week 10 game against the Chargers with the better record? When it comes to this AFC West rivalry, records never matter. It’s anyone’s game. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $1,111,111 six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $250,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot:


Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders ($14,100)

The rookie from Alabama is living up to the hype these past four weeks, turning in three outstanding performances, two of them coming despite playing with a banged-up shoulder. No matter to Jacobs, who put up a 26-123-2 line in Week 5, 21-124 in Week 7 and 28-120-2 this past Sunday. He looks like the surest play on the board and barring injury, carries both a high floor and high ceiling into this game.


Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders ($7,500)

Anytime you can throw a top point-scorer into the Captain slot at the price often reserved for defenses and kickers, you have to roll the dice on it. In the past two weeks, Renfrow has emerged as a touchdown-scoring weapon for Derek Carr, putting up lines for 4-88-1 and 6-54-1, good for 18.8 and 17.4 DraftKings points. Imagine getting a 27-spot from a $7.5K player in any context. That’s gold, Jerry. And the salary opens up all sorts of combinations of high-priced players in the flex spots. If you think good things come in threes, Renfrow is your man this week.


Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers ($10,000) and Mike Williams, WR, Chargers ($7,400)

Rivers has not been the fantasy stalwart of recent vintage this season, but we saw last week what the Lions’ perimeter receivers were able to do against the Raiders secondary and Williams was a big-time deep threat last week against Green Bay, with 111 yards on just three receptions. Williams might not be Kenny Golladay-level, but he’s not that far off, and this combination looks like an ideal stack.

Darren Waller, TE, Raiders ($8,600) and Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers ($8,400)

Both tight ends are playable and affordable. Waller has not been nearly as productive lately as he was th first four games (Renfrow!), but he remains a dangerous target for the Raiders who could pop at any time. In four games since coming off his injury, Henry has been Waller-esque, hitting double-figures in DK points three times. The Raiders had had their issues defending the tight end position, adding to Henry’s allure.

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