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Best lineup strategy for Colts vs. Saints in DraftKings Showdown

The Colts and Saints square off with Michael Thomas on track for a record season. Is he worth the Captain slot in Monday Night Football Showdown?

Jared Cook of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with his teammates Michael Thomas and Erik McCoy as he scores a 38 yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter in the game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 08, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

UPDATE: T.Y. Hilton is expected to be active, per Adam Schefter.

The New Orleans Saints host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football in what could be a fun shootout. The Colts will be without cornerback Kenny Moore, and Pierre Desir is questionable for the game. The Saints will be without safety Vonn Bell and linebacker Kiko Alonso, and placed defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and defensive end Marcus Davenport on injured reserve this week.

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.

Captain Obvious

WR Michael Thomas ($18,900)

Thomas is on pace to set the single season reception record, and Drew Brees is going to keep on feeding him. Facing a shorthanded Colts defense, it could be a feasting opportunity for Thomas. He’s had double digit receptions in seven of 13 games this season. The one downside is the obvious nature of him — even with the highest price tag on the night, he is going to be a hugely popular play.

Captain Courageous

RB Alvin Kamara ($14,700)

For most teams, Kamara would be Captain Obvious, but considering Thomas is out there, he’s not the same obvious choice. Frankly, anybody but Thomas is the non-obvious choice. Kamara has been targeted ten times in three different games this season, and has averaged just over eight targets per game each of his past ten games. He’ll be busy in the passing game, which offers a nice boost.

Flex Men

WRs Zach Pascal ($8,000)/Marcus Johnson ($5,200)

The biggest question for Indianapolis is whether or not T.Y. Hilton is active. If he is active, Pascal is likely the second best option. If Hilton is inactive, Johnson moves into the starting lineup, and for the price offers more value. The past two weeks, Pascal has 20.4 and 20.9 DraftKings fantasy points, while Johnson has 22.5 and 9.5 DKFP. They face a Saints defense that ranks 24th against wide receivers. This is a choice opportunity.

TE Jared Cook ($6,800)

Cook scored two touchdowns on his only two targets last week before leaving the game with a concussion. He cleared through the concussion protocol this week in short order and has a chance to build on a strong recent run. He has scored double digit DKFP in his past seven games and seems to be back on track after a slow start. If you don’t want to start both Cook and Thomas, you could stack either with Drew Brees and be in good shape.