Thursday Night Football Game Info
Time: Thursday, November 12th @ 5:20 PM Pacific
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Weather: 55f Clear
TV: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon
Spread: Titans -2
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Thursday Night Football Showdown fans are in for a treat! Finally, two teams with fantasy-friendly players are locking horns. The Titans and Colts square off for control of the AFC South. Ryan Tannehill is looking to keep his explosive offense rolling against a gritty Indianapolis defense. On the other side, Philip Rivers has to win with half of his team the ambulance.
There are a couple of obvious choices on this Thursday Night Football showdown slate as well as some hidden gems. Hit on the right combination and you’ll take home a share of the prize pool this week.
These Thursday Night Football showdown picks are not meant to be a “core four.” They are players to consider as you build your lineups. Play one, play them all, it is entirely up to you. My job is to help you see the reasoning behind selecting these players and how they can help you win.
DraftKings Thursday Night Football Showdown Picks
1. Derrick Henry – Captain $16,200; Flex $10,800 RB Tennessee
Very little needs to be said to convince you to roster the league’s second leading rusher. Although, some of you might have some cause for concern given last week’s non-Henry like output. The Bears held him to a paltry 68 yards and kept him out of the endzone for the first time since September 27th. This week he’ll face another tough test against the Colts who have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season.
All the evidence to the contrary is why you don’t have to balk on selecting Henry this week. The Titans know the only way to get their offense going is to feed the ball to their lead back. In all but one game this season, Henry has at least 20 touches. He has also never had back-to-back games where he failed to reach 100 yards. Last week also broke a streak of five games in which he had scored a touchdown. You can be sure Tennessee will look to start that streak back up again.
2. A.J. Brown – Captain $15,600; Flex $10,400 WR Tennessee
The second year standout for the Titans is looking to put another 1,000-yard season on his resume. Despite missing a few games early this season, he’s almost halfway there. Brown has feasted over the last five weeks. He’s scored at least a touchdown in each of his last five games while racking up 418 yards. In that span he has seen no less than 7 targets which gives him firm control of the number one option in Tennessee. He’s rewarded those who have rostered him with 4 out of 5 games of at least 20 fantasy points. He should be a lock for your DraftKings Showdown lineup.
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He could run into some trouble given his likely match up with Xavier Rhodes. He’ll also face a Colts defense that has only allowed 3 receivers to reach 100 yards. This certainly has the capability of preventing a huge outing. Nonetheless, Brown’s upside is reason enough to make him a fixture in your lineups.
3. Michael Pittman Jr. – Captain $6,600; Flex $4,400 WR Indianapolis
The Colts are coming into Thursday night with hobbled pass catchers. T.Y. Hilton is trending towards playing, but recovering from a groin injury. Jack Doyle is in the concussion protocol and fellow tight end Mo Alie Cox is battling through a knee injury of his own. This opens the door for a few extra looks for Pittman Jr. In the 4 games he has been healthy and active, he has been targeted 18 times. He has managed to catch all but 6 of them. While he has yet to have a breakout game, it is good to know Philip Rivers is looking his way. Last week against the Ravens he turned 4 catches into 56 yards, his biggest output so far.
Pittman may end up getting shadowed by Malcom Butler in this game, but that should not scare you. Butler has been targeted the second most amongst cornerbacks and is tied for third in receptions allowed. This would put Pittman in a favorable position as Rivers will likely try to stay away from Desmond King II and whoever he might be covering. He’s trending in a direction that should make you feel comfortable to take a chance on some exposure in one or two of your lineups. He is certainly not a cash game play, but will make a fine contrarian DraftKings Showdown pick.
4. DeMichael Harris – Captain $2,700; Flex $1,800 WR Indianapolis
You will find Harris even lower down on the list of Indianapolis pass catchers. In his two appearances this season, he hasn’t dropped a pass in 7 attempts. That said, he failed to reach 30 total yards in either game. He did rush two times last week for 28 yards which managed to boost his overall fantasy total to 9.5 points. So far this season there has been that one play that seems to come out of the blue to help win a tournament. Should Harris find himself getting a couple more touches against the Titans, you could find yourself on the right end of the money line. As was the case with Pittman, if Hilton and Mo Alie Cox prove ineffective, the supporting cast will need to step up and produce. Harris is the truest example of a tournament dart throw.