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.

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Slate Breakdown

The Carolina Panthers are heading to Chicago to take on the Bears as 3.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 39.

Justin Fields is set to miss once again. Tyson Bagent draws the start and is priced at just $9,200.

On the other side of the ball, Adam Thielen is $11,800, yet he’s the most viable option on the slate. The floor for Thielen and Bagent makes them priorities for most builds, regardless of which team is being stacked.

This game is unique in that there is a strong case to be made for onslaught builds for either side of the ball. With so much value on both teams, 3-3 builds will be even more popular than normal.

Injury Notes

Justin Fields – Thumb – Doubtful
DJ Chark – Elbow – Doubtful
Khalil Herbert – Ankle – Doubtful

Carolina Panthers Offense

Tier 1 DFS Showdown Plays:

Adam Thielen $11,800 –

Thielen struggled last week, as did the entire Panthers offense. He was targeted 37 times in Weeks 5 through 7. He hit the 100-yard-bonus with a touchdown in two of those outings. There are few safe options under $11,000, so Thielen will be a priority for most builds.


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