NFL Showdown is not about who you play as much as how you play them.

Median projections are a tool in the toolbox, but they are to be trusted far less than they would be on the main slate. This is because of the large ramifications associated with a single player underproducing or overproducing relative to their projection.

The most likely outcome is only one of infinite outcomes.

When ownership dictates that the field has the game figured out, lean into builds around a different scenario.

The term “any given Sunday” should be the mantra for successfully building Showdown lineups.

Slate Breakdown

The Baltimore Ravens are heading to San Francisco to take on the 49ers as 6-point underdogs. The total is set at 46.

As heavy home favorites, the 49ers seem like the team to build around. Unfortunately, their star players are quite expensive, and they are lacking in the way of punt options. Regardless of these facts, this is the route most of the field will go.

That opens the door to both easier and more unique builds by stacking Lamar Jackson. He has a plethora of receiving options to choose from, and they’re all under $7,000.

He also is lacking in run support as Keaton Mitchell just sustained a season-ending ACL tear. To keep up in this game, Baltimore is likely going to have to air it out.

Injury Notes

Keaton Mitchell – Knee – Out
Zay Flowers – Foot – Questionable
Elijah Mitchell – Knee – Questionable
Jauan Jennings – Head – Out

Baltimore Ravens Offense

Tier 1 DFS Showdown Plays:

Lamar Jackson $10,800 –

Jackson last hit the 300-yard-bonus in Week 13 against the Rams. He’s going to need a similar performance this week to keep pace with the 49ers. Todd Monken has not been afraid to ramp up the pass rate when needed. It helps that Jackson is about as cheap as he gets, and so are his receivers.


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