CPTN – Just play Lamar Jackson at CPTN. I don’t think this is one of those slates where you should get cute and fade the obvious CPTN, pay down at CPTN, etc. Lamar is the highest projected player on the slate by a looonng shot. Just play him at CPTN and figure out the salary situation going forward.
QB – Carson Wentz is defiantly viable in the flex simply because QB’s tend to have the highest floor overall in fantasy. With that being said, there’s a good chance I wont be playing Wentz just because of the salary cap issues you run into by putting Lamar at CPTN.
RB – Latavius Murray is the clear go-to at RB on this slate. He should get plenty of touches in the Ravens offense, including RedZone opportunities. He’s my favorite back on the slate.
On the Colts side, you’re probably surprised that Jonathan Taylor isn’t on my core plays. I do think Taylor is a fine play, and I would never blame you for playing him. But I prefer Nyheim Hines over Taylor, and I think the game script will as well. The Colts are 7.5 point underdogs in this one. They should be playing from behind and be forced into more passing situations. When this happens, Nyheim Hines gets a lot more opportunity because he is the Colts primary receiving back. In the 2 games this season when the Colts have lost by more than 1 possession, Nyheim Hines has 8 and 6 targets, compared to 2 targets in the other 2 games.
WR – Like Jonathan Taylor, you’re probable surprised that Marquise Brown isn’t in my core plays. Brown is a fine play, he’s balled put this season and I wouldn’t blame one for playing him. But again with the salary cap issue that comes with putting Lamar at CPTN, it’s tough to fit in Hollywood. He has also been kind of TD dependent this season, scoring in 3/4 games so far. It’s also not like he gets a crazy amount of targets. If he doesn’t get a TD in this game, he probably doesn’t pay off the salary.
Michael Pittman and Sammy Watkins are my favorite WR’s to target when you factor in salary and opportunity. Zach Pascal is a secondary WR for me. I think he’s a good play but I’m not overly crazy about it. And then if you’re just looking for a cheap WR play, Parris Campbell is probably my favorite value at the position. I’m not crazy about Campbell, but he’s at a good price and the game script should favor him.
TE – Mark Andrews. Need I say more?
K – Tucker is absolutely viable on Showdown slates. He’s scored 11+ DK points in 3/4 games. His highest was 17. At $4k he is fine value.
D/ST – I also think the Ravens D/ST is fine value in this one. There’s at least a chance the Ravens just beat down the Colts pretty bad. The Colts don’t have a high implied team total and defenses are just generally pretty viable on Showdown slates.