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Best value lineup strategy for Patriots vs. Rams TNF Showdown

We go over some ideal value picks for Thursday’s Rams-Patriots matchup to kick off Week 11.

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) in the first quarter at State Farm Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup will be between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. Thursday will be the first time these two teams met since Super Bowl LIII. Both teams have a shot at postseason, but the Rams, at 8-4, set atop the NFC West, while the 6-6 Patriots are third in the AFC East.

The bulk of the fantasy points will likely go to Jared Goff, Cam Newton, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Damien Harris and Cam Akers. The question is, who are those one or two players further down the radar that will become critical in this game and help you roster more studs in the DraftKings Showdown?

Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett, TEs, $5,000/$3,800

Last week both Higbee and Everett saw good usage, with seven targets for Everett and six for Higbee. Everett ended up with more receptions and yards, but Higbee found the end zone. Both look like decent value in this matchup, but choosing between the two isn’t straight forward. Everett, as the cheaper play, appears to have a little more value depending on your lineup construction.

Los Angeles Rams D/ST, $4,400

The Rams have given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks in the league while Cam Newton has been inconsistent at best this season. The biggest threat to the Rams D/ST will be Newton scoring with his legs, but since Week 5, the Rams are allowing just 61 rushing yards per game at 3.37 yards per carry to running backs and that’s what Newton becomes around the goal line. If Newton can’t rush for a TD, he’s likely not going to produce many others, as he has five passing touchdowns to nine interceptions.

Damiere Byrd, WR, Patriots, $800

The Rams defense isn’t one I want to test too much, especially now that Sony Michel is back and eating into the the running back workload pie. But Byrd’s is too low for a receiver who caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown just three weeks ago. I wouldn’t want to risk him in a cash lineup, but Showdowns are more suited for GPPs as it is and exposure to Byrd is warranted.

Van Jefferson, WR, $2,600

Jefferson split time with Josh Reynolds last week, seeing his highest snap percentage of the season. He also saw five targets to Reynold’s one, catching four for 27 yards. That’s enough to get me looking at him for this Showdown, especially in GPPs.