The Week 9 matchup between the Saints and Buccaneers promises the return of a number of fantasy and NFL DFS stars: Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. That creates a long list of possible combinations when putting together a DraftKings Showdown lineup for Sunday Night Football. We also get to choose between the top two QBS on the career TD pass list in Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
We've gone the route of fading Brees, guessing that we can anticipate where offensive production comes from on New Orleans better than we can on Tampa Bay. And with the way Alvin Kamara has played all year, we kept it simple and made him our captain despite having to pay top dollar to do so.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Buccaneers vs. Saints
Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): RB Alvin Kamara, Saints ($16,800)
There's always a chance Kamara's reception numbers take a small hit with the return of Michael Thomas, but this is one of the best DFS plays each week. Even when the Buccaneers slowed him down in Week 1, he had 67 yards and two touchdowns. New Orleans will try to involve Kamara early and often, and rather than guessing on a receiver, it's safe to count on Kamara.
FLEX: QB Tom Brady, Buccaneers ($10,600)
With Tampa Bay's plethora of weapons, Brady is the QB we're playing from this game. There wasn't a logical way to play Mike Evans and Antonio Brown or even Rob Gronkowski in this lineup construction, so having Brady gives us a piece of all of them.
FLEX: WR Michael Thomas, Saints ($9,800)
Check back around 7 p.m. ET to confirm that Thomas (hamstring) is active, which is the expectation. Tampa Bay held him to three catches in Week 1, but it's safe to expect that if Thomas is active, Brees will look his way plenty. The potential for a large reception total is too tempting to pass up in DK's PPR scoring.
FLEX: WR Chris Godwin, Buccaneers ($7,600)
Godwin (finger) is also expected to be active, but check on his status, too. We're playing the questionable tag to our advantage here, because that 'Q' almost always depresses ownership. Godwin being lower priced than Evans and right next to Brown despite possibly being Tampa Bay's best wideout makes him an appealing option.
FLEX: K Wil Lutz, Saints ($4,000)
Because of a number of returns from injury/suspension in this game, there aren't a ton of fun options among low-priced players. Lutz is still one of the league's best kickers, and Tampa Bay's defense is strong enough that it will keep the Saints out of the end zone a few times to set up field goals.
FLEX: WR Deonte Harris, Saints ($1,200)
Harris' offensive role will decline with Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders back, but even when they were healthy, Harris got gadget looks on screens and jet sweeps. He's the only player priced this low that we have confidence will see at least a few touches, which will have to be good enough.