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Best lineup strategy for Rams-Browns SNF Showdown on DraftKings

Odell Beckham Jr. is the top play on this slate, but don’t forget about the low-priced players who should have outsized roles

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Are the Browns back on the hype train after their Monday night win over the Jets? They get a real test of their mettle on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $888,888 six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $200,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot:


Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns ($16,500): What do OBJ’s two amazing one-handed catches have in common? Primetime, baby. When the lights are on, Beckham makes his presence known – occasionally for attacking the kicking net, but usually for big plays. The Rams’ secondary allowed both No. 1s they’ve faced to have solid games, and with David Njoku out, targets will concentrate even more between Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Salaries are pretty tight on this slate, so it’s not even cost-prohibitive to go here, especially with some of the low-priced players that have legit roles in this game.


Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams ($13,500): It’s not exactly courageous, as he’s certainly not a reach player, but if casual DFS players overreact to the blaring, red “1” next to his name and assume he’s a shutdown candidate, you might be able to sneak a low-ownership, high-ceiling player into the Captain spot. The Browns’ pass defense is not “1” worthy in the slot and Kupp has picked up right where he left off pre-knee injury.


Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns ($7,400): With Njoku on IR and Rashard Higgins in danger of missing a second straight game with an ankle injury, all sorts of value opens up on the Browns’ side. Landry would be a major benefactor if Higgins can’t go or is severely limited. He’s had seven targets in each of the first two games.

Gerald Everett, TE, Rams ($2,400): With no Tyler Higbee this week, Everett should be pretty involved here. Delanie Walker had a solid game against the Browns in Week 1, so tight ends are in play against this defense. And at his salary, it won’t take much to pay off.

Damion Ratley, WR, Browns ($2,000): With Higgins sidelined last week against the Jets, Ratley stepped into the No. 3 receiver slot and had two catches for 50 yards on three targets. If Higgins misses again, Ratley at $2K is about the best value on the entire slate, opening up all sorts of options for the rest of your lineup.

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