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These contests are intended to be fun as you’re watching the game. It’s incredibly difficult to get a real edge as there are so few options and in MME contests there are often many duplicate lineups. One play or one penalty can change the entire outcome of the game.
This article is going to have a heavy DraftKings lean simply because the decision making process is more interesting with the Captain having a salary premium to correspond with the scoring premium. On FanDuel, the pricing is the same for both MVP and flex, so just play either a quarterback or running back in that spot. There are scenarios where a wide receiver can pay off, but it’s difficult with it being the 0.5 per reception.
Of all of the slates that we have covered so far this year, the Buccaneers and Eagles might be the most difficult slate in that there are essentially no low-end players that you can consider taking. Even the players under $3,000 are tough to stomach this week as a vast majority of the Buccaneers offense roles through their top wide receivers, while Philadelphia mixes the ball around a little bit better
Tom Brady- Great Flex, difficult to fit as captain
Starting Brady is an obvious play in any small slate format, but the question is whether to start him as a captain or as a flex play this week. As the most expensive player on the slate, in a week that is difficult to find savings, it is tough to justify Brady in the Captain position. Take last week for example, where Brady had 411 yards and 5 touchdowns which is about his ceiling in any game. Brady in that game had 40.7 DraftKings points. As good as that was, Antonio Brown had 34.4 DraftKings points, and could be had at a $6,300 price difference at the captain position. The matchup is a tough one for the Buccaneers as the Eagles rebuilt secondary so far has been solid, allowing just 195 yards passing per game. This is not a stat that has been propped up by weak competition as they have had to face the Cowboys and Chiefs already this season, holding both Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes II to under 300 yards.
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