There are no two ways around it this week, the DraftKings Thursday Showdown Picks are expensive. Want to add Kyler Murray to your captain slot? That will be a third of your cap room, please. It’s only slightly better if you want to use DeAndre Hopkins or D.K. Metcalf. Even stacking either quarterback with their top receiver will have you scrolling in the $6.5k-$7k range. It will be important to find somewhere to turn for cheaper production. Luckily, there are some options this week.
As always, the players below are not meant to be considered a “core four.” These are simply players to consider as you are building 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. We wish you luck on your DraftKings Thursday Showdown Picks.
Thursday Night Football Game Info
Time: Thursday, November 19th @ 5:20 Pacific
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Weather: 47f Possible Drizzle
TV: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon
Spread: Seahawks -3
MoneyLine: +140 | -170
Thursday Showdown Picks
1. Chase Edmonds – Captain $8,400; Flex $5,600 RB Arizona
There are essentially three running backs in Arizona if you count Kyler Murray, which you should. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that there are touches to go around for both Edmonds and Kenyan Drake. That said, if you take a look at their output so far this season, you’ll find that there is very little separation in production. Each has had at least one game over 20 points, each have had 5 games with double digit fantasy points. Drake is priced $800 more on the slate. So, it makes sense to take the possibility of the same line at a discount in this instance.
Seattle’s defense has been among the best in the league against opposing running backs this season. This may cap Edmonds on the ground. Where you can make that up is his pass catching ability. Out of the two backs, Edmonds has seen more targets and has had more success with them. Arizona loves to run him out on the swing route and get him the ball in space. That is a strategy that could prove valuable to soften up the Seahawks defense.
2. Carlos Hyde – Captain $7,800; Flex $5,200 RB Seattle
Thankfully, Hyde was listed as a full participant in Tuesday’s practice. While Chris Carson also took part, he was limited. This points in the direction of Hyde not only seeing the field, but getting a bulk of the work. He’s got a tough matchup this week against a Cardinals defense that has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. But, on a slate that needs salary relief, touches are gold. He’s a must-have in Thursday Showdown picks.
In his last meeting with the Seahawks. Hyde stepped in for Carson who suffered a foot strain somewhere in the second quarter. He took that opportunity to turn 18 touches into 16.6 fantasy points. He found the endzone on one of his 15 carries while catching 3 of his 4 targets. His upside could be hampered should Carson winds up playing. Even still, his price lends itself to a spot on a few multi-entry lineups with Kyler Murray as the Captain.
3. David Moore – Captain $7,200; Flex $4,800 WR Seattle
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have absolutely dominated the wide receiver position in Seattle. Between the two, they account for almost a full half of Russell Wlison’s pass attempts. This has left very little for anyone else on the list. The problem here is that if you want to roster one of them, it’s going to cost you and there is no way to comfortably fit both. In this case, you will need to look to guys like Moore to help take the sting out of Metcalf’s 10K price tag.
While he was held relatively quiet against the Cardinals in week 7, he’s flashed some upside this season in general. He’s had 4 games of double digit fantasy points. All of those have been at least 13 point outings. His stock could rise even more with the possibility that Lockett sits out this game. Lockett has been dealing with a knee sprain and has not practiced so far this week. Should he miss time, Moore will see a bump in targets giving him a better chance for return on value. It will also make him a valuable DraftKings Showdown Pick.
4. Freddie Swain – Captain $1,800; Flex $1,200 WR Seattle
Swain is another receiver who may benefit should Lockett have to ride the bench this week. I do like to throw in a few dart throws into each article, and this is mine for the slate. Last week against the Rams, he was targeted 4 times. As has already been established, targets for anyone other than Lockett or Metcalf are gold. Four in one game is hard to ignore. Wilson connected twice with Swain for 29 yards on the Seahawks opening drive of the game. He later added another 8 yard grab in the fourth quarter to his total. Like Moore, his value gets a boost if Lockett sits. If not, he will be a punt play in the truest sense.