We are here to cover the second game on Thanksgiving of the 2023 season and the DraftKings showdown slate- Washington @Dallas. Feels like a game where all of the expectation is on one side of the ball, which typically opens up the opposite for GPP slates. But, against this defense that could be a struggle for Washington. The O/U has been set at 48.5, with the Cowboys more than a TD favorite here.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2023 – Washington @Dallas Captain Picks
CeeDee Lamb ($17,400 Capt/ $11,600 Flex)
Lamb probably has the highest ceiling and safest floor on the slate. He is just elite. Can find the endzone or rack up yards on minimal looks, but averaging 9.5 targets a game. Has had 5 games with over 100 yards, and scored 5 TDs this season (including four in his last four games). The Washington secondary isn’t a strong unit, giving up 42.3 DKPts to the position (4th highest in the league). Obvious CPT play.
Dak Prescott ($15,600 Capt/ $10,400 Flex)
I remember writing up Prescott as part of my stacks consideration before the game against the Rams and getting some critism for it. But, in that game and since he has performed well with all four games throwing for multiple TDs and three games of 300+ passing yards. The Washington defense has struggled to limit production to the QB position too, giving up a league-high 23.0 DKPts to the position. A great GPP pivot from Lamb on the slate.
Sam Howell ($14,400 Capt/ $9,600 Flex)
Howell really didn’t meet expectations last week, as he struggled to get anything working on offense, as he threw a single TD but 3 INTs and was sacked 4 times. The Cowboys defense is an elite unit, giving up less than 15 DKPts to the position this season. Can’t see him really having a strong game here against the Cowboys, but it could happen. Washington are likely to need to through the ball a tonne in this game, and Howell does have some rushing upside too. GPP option.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2023 – Washington @Dallas Flex Picks
Tony Pollard ($9,200 Flex)
Let’s be honest here, Pollard hasn’t has the season that was expected for him. Getting plenty of carries in the offense, but hasn’t been nearly as efficient as he was in previous seasons. Only managed to have more than 100 yards in one game, and only scored 3 TDs. Is going to be low-owned here, with the pricing and his struggles on offense. But, he has some GPP upside here, given how Saquon Barkley just performed against this defense.
Brian Robinson ($8,600 Flex)
Robinson is a volume play on the slate. But this matchup is a tough ask for him to be overly productive. Robinson has 8 games with double-digit rush attempts, and has had some involvement in the passing game too (although the amount of work might change if Antonio Gibson ends up playing here). But the Dallas defense has shut down the run all year. Will need a TD to hit value at this price.
Terry McLaurin ($8,200 Flex)
McLaurin seems like he ends up with a similar box score each week. 7 or 8 targets for 4 or 5 receptions for 40-ish yards. He has had a few games where he has caught a pass for a big-gain, but that’s generally what you get. Can’t think that changes too much against this tough Cowboys secondary. He has the talent and ability to have a big game here, but it’s a tough ask. GPP only play, and in that scenario, I’d stack him with Howell.
Brandin Cooks ($7,400 Flex)
Cooks had a huge game against the Giants two weeks ago, but generally has struggled to make an impact as the WR2 on the offense. With the exclusion of that game, he has been getting 4 targets a game. The Washington secondary has been awful this season though, which gives him some appeal here. But know that the floor he is probably 3 receptions for 40-ish yards.
Jake Ferguson ($6,600 Flex)
Ferguson is second on the team in targets, receptions, yards and TDs for the team. Seems to have the trust of Prescott on key-downs too. Failed to score last week against the Panthers, but scored in each of his previous three games. Ferguson feels like a great flex play, and maybe has some sneaky CPT upside too.
Jahan Dotson ($5,600 Flex)
Dotson has really been performing in the last four weeks, albeit with a dud performance sandwiched in the middle. Getting usage near the endzone, which gives him a great ceiling, with some usage on deep plays elsewhere on the field. Considering the price difference between him and McLaurin, he is my preferred Washington WR, but it’s going to be a struggle against this near-best in the league secondary.
Logan Thomas ($5,400 Flex)
Thomas is third on the team in targets, but second in receptions and yards. Has a solid role in the offense, and has a pretty safe floor- regardless of the game script (due to DK’s PPR scoring). The Cowboys give up an average of 12.0 DKPts to the position, and Thomas should get most if not all of that production here.
Dart Throw Plays (Various)
Instead of writing up a line for a few options with their own sections, thought I’d list out a few in one area. Not really worth considering these as core plays, only in multi-entry GPPs:
- Michael Gallup (WR, DAL) $5,000 Flex – WR3 for the Cowboys, but the fourth receiver in the offense with Ferguson’s involvement. Has a decent ceiling with his ability to make plays downfield, but there’s really no floor here.
- Rico Dowdle (RB, DAL) $4,800 Flex – Assuming he plays (questionable coming into today) Dowdle has been getting more involvement in the offense in recent weeks, with 20 carries and two receptions in his last two games. Although he is getting rotated in, this backfield is Pollard’s so you need the Cowboys to get a big lead or for him to score on his limited workload to hit value.
- Curtis Samuel (WR, WAS) $4,200 Flex – Samuel hasn’t been able to get involved in the offense in any meaningful way for quite a while now. He has the ability to make plays on the ground and through the air, but hasn’t had more than 45 yards through the air in his last 5 games.
- Antonio Gibson/ Chris Rodriguez Jr. (RB, WAS) $3,800/ $2,000 Flex – Gibson wasn’t able to play last week, which gave Rodriguez more run. Gibson should be ok to go in this one though, and could hit value on DK with the targets he gets in the offense. At the price tag, his normal 3-4 carries and 5 receptions should mean he hits value. If he gets into the endzone…..BINGO. Rodriguez doesn’t have the same outlook though if Gibson misses. Instead, I could see the team opting to give more work to Robinson. Absolute punt, who would need to score to hit value with his limited workload.
- Jamison Crowder (WR, WAS) $3,400 Flex – Crowder had a big game against the Eagles, but since then hasn’t done much at all. Can’t see that changing all that much in this one. Has return duties, which could be the most likely source of any points in this one.
- Jalen Tolbert/ KaVontae Turpin (WR, DAL) $2,600/ $1,200 Flex – Both of these have the same outlook. Not really getting targets in the offense, but both have the speed and ability to get into the endzone. Both return kicks too. Absolute dart-throws only worth considering in multi-lineup GPPs.
- Luke Schoonmaker/ Peyton Hendershoot (TE, DAL) $2,200/ $200 Flex – TE2 and TE3 in the offense. Schoonmaker is on the field more, and found the endzone last week. Would need to do that to hit value at this price tag. Hendershoot really isn’t worth considering even at min-price on the slate. Only caught one of his two targets for 3 yards this season.
- Byron Pringle/ Dyami Brown (WR, WAS) $1,000/ $600 Flex – Pringle and Brown are where we are really scraping the barrel for the Washington offense. Their box scores are relatively similar, and their role in the offense as the field stretcher. With only 2-3 targets a game for both of them, it’s a punt that leads to production. I prefer Brown at the price with the similar floor and ceiling.
- Deuce Vaughn (RB, DAL) $800 Flex – If Dowdle is out then Vaughn has some value as the backup for the Cowboys. Has been involved in the passing game, so could have some decent value here with the PPR scoring.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2022 – Washington @Dallas Kickers and DSTs
The kickers here are both in-play. I don’t know if you this (as it’s never been mentioned during games) but Brandon Aubrey ($5,200) played in the MLS before kicking for the Cowboys. Hasn’t missed a FG all season, with a number of converts from deep too. The only thing to be concerned about is if the Cowboys offense manages to put up points for fun and don’t settle for FGs. Joey Slye ($4,600) has been pretty accurate this season too, converting 16 of his 20 FG attempts (including a 61-yard effort). The question will be if the Washington offense is able to keep up with Dallas and continue to go for FGs, instead of trying to force the action.
The Dallas DST ($6,200) is an elite fantasy defense and is going to be a popular play after the Giants performed well against Washington last week. The team has 33 sacks on the season and forced 20 turnovers this season, with 5 of those converting into TDs. The price tag means you will need to make some decisions elsewhere in your lineup, but worth adding here. The Commanders DST ($3,200) has sneaky value here. The defensive line had a great performance last week with nine sacks, but other than that have struggled to make an impact. However, we have seen plenty of times where Prescott has struggled with sacks and turnovers.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Washington @Dallas! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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