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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Texans vs. Colts in Week 18

Teddy Ricketson takes you through their picks and approach for DraftKings Showdown contests for Texans vs. Colts in Week 18 of the 2023 NFL season.

Devin Singletary #26 of the Houston Texans looks on from the field during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Houston Texans will go on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18 of the NFL season. Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, is set for 8:15 p.m. ET, and the game will air on ESPN/ABC/ESPN+. This is an important matchup, with the winner clinching a playoff spot. Let’s take a look at the strategy when approaching this DFS matchup at DraftKings.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Texans vs. Colts

Captain’s Picks

Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans ($12,600)

Singletary has taken over the Texans’ backfield as the starter. He has picked up 835 yards and three touchdowns on 192 carries over 16 games. Singletary had 80 yards on 16 carries in last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans. The Colts’ defense allows the fourth-most DFS points per game to opposing running backs.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Indianapolis Colts ($14,400)

Minshew Mania is alive and well, as the Colts are in a position to make the playoffs with a win in this game. Minshew has filled in decently enough for injured quarterback Anthony Richardson. The backup has played in 16 games and has thrown for 3,164 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Texans allow the eighth-most DFS points to opposing quarterbacks.

FLEX Options

Ka’imi Fairbairn, K, Houston Texans ($5,000)

Fairbairn should be back and healthy for this game. He has made 26 of his 27 field goals with a long of 54 yards and has connected on all 19 of his extra points. Fairbairn made two of his three field goals and both of his extra points against the Colts earlier this season. Indianapolis’ defense allows the third-most DFS points to opposing kickers.

Kylen Granson, TE, Indianapolis Colts ($4,000)

Indianapolis is known for using a rotation of tight ends, which includes Granson. He has played in 14 games this season and has brought in 29 of his 49 targets for 345 yards and a touchdown. Granson will look to benefit from the Texans allowing the fifth-most DFS points to opposing tight ends.

Value plays

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans ($3,200)

Pierce has taken a backseat in the offense but is still getting work behind Singletary. He had eight carries for 16 yards in his last game and brought in his lone target for five yards. Pierce doesn’t need much work to be effective if he can catch a short pass for a touchdown or punch in a run on the goal line. At the very least, he is a cheaper option with a good matchup.

Brevin Jordan, TE, Houston Texans ($3,000)

Jordan found the endzone last week and could be in line for more red zone looks, with Tank Dell being sidelined with his knee injury and Noah Brown also being ruled out for the game. Dalton Schultz will likely still lead the tight ends for Houston, but Jordan wouldn’t need much work to be relevant for your DFS lineups.