We are here to cover the 2022 DraftKings showdown slate for Thursday Night Football Week 8, Baltimore @Tampa Bay. I hope we get another high-scoring game like last week but am tempering my expectations. Tampa Bay officially looks bad and has lost their last two games. Brady and company have similar numbers as last year, it’s just they are having trouble finding the endzone. Baltimore looked in control against the Browns and benefited from finally having healthy RBs. Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Kenyan Drake, and Lamar Jackson will look to control the ground, with the occasional shot through the air.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2022 – Baltimore @Tampa Bay Captain Picks
Lamar Jackson ($17,700 Capt/ $11,800 Flex)
Jackson is a volatile play, but he has immense upside. His rushing ability and his receiving weapons give him slate-breaking appeal on every slate. With how he has been performing recently, he is likely to have lower ownership than he normally would. The Tampa Bay defense is good, but they have given up plays this season against lesser teams. Equally, they haven’t faced a QB with dual-threat ability of note this season.
Mark Andrews ($13,800 Capt/ $9,200 Flex)
Andrews was a big casualty of last week, as the team managed to just dominate on the ground. But, that has just hit his price, as on any normal slate he should be priced alot higher than this. Andrews is constantly on the field, and is a massive threat for the Ravens. Offers you a similar level of upside as Evans, but cheaper.
Chris Godwin ($13,500 Capt/ $9,000 Flex)
Godwin and Evans are both able to get theirs in this offense, with the volume of passes. Even last week, where Evans had 15 targets, Godwin had 13. The big issue for fantasy this season is they aren’t scoring TDs at the same rate.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2022 – New Orleans @Arizona Flex Picks
Mike Evans ($11,000)
Mike Evans has finished every season with 1,000 yards and more; will this be the first season he does not? I doubt it. Evans is a main component of the passing game, and is seeing about 8 targets a game. Evans dropped a couple of big gains last week and will look to make up for it this week. I have a feeling Brady and the WR find a way to score this week.
Tom Brady ($10,000 Flex)
I’m not sure what is going on Brady but he isn’t looking very GOAT -like. It could be the divorce or it could be the opposing defense. He is putting up similar numbers to last year, however he can’t find the endzone.
Leonard Fournette ($8,800 Flex)
Fournette isn’t having the easiest of times on the ground behind Tampa’s offensive line, limiting him to around 3.5 YPC (as well as scoring 1 TD). That has meant that he hasn’t managed to top 65 yards. The thing that helps him though, is volume in the offense- particularly in the air, with at least 6 targets in 4 of 7 games (one game with 11 targets!). Fournette offers a safe floor on the slate, with some decent upside.
Gus Edwards ($7,600 Flex)
Edwards made a big return just in time for the team, as JK Dobbins was placed on IR, finishing with 2 scores on the ground to go with 67 yards from 16 carries. The other backs (Kenyan Drake & Justice Hill) were involved in the offense too, but they didn’t do too much. This feels like his backfield on early down work, and a good volume of touches, but that might not directly lead to production. With the lack of targets to rely on, and DK’s PPR scoring, I’m not sure I’ll have too many shares of Edwards on the slate.
Rashod Bateman ($7,000 Flex)
Bateman feels like a GPP option at the moment generally, but the price tag brings him into consideration for cash, as he has struggled to make an impact in the offense with dropped passes, and secondary receiver behind Mark Andrews. There is no doubt that he is talented though, and has the ability to have a big game here, the price is nice- keep an eye on the injury report before kickoff to make sure he isn’t a late withdrawal. If he is, I’d consider a pivot to Devin Duvernay ($6,400) in GPPs.
Cade Otton ($5,000 Flex)
Otton is in play with Cameron Brate set to miss the game. When Brate has been out, Otton has been getting an average of 5 targets a game. With the way that Brady is happy to involve TEs, especially around the endzone, there is some TD upside too.
Kenyan Drake ($4,800 Flex)
Tampa Bay allows short yardage and prevents the big play. They also allow teams to score early but prevent scoring in 4th quarter. This could bode well for Drake, as the Ravens could get up early and then share RB duties. Drake was still given volume of touches last week, with 11 touches, it was just overlooked as he converted that into just five yards. Could be a nice pivot with targets in the offense and DK’s PPR scoring.
Scotty Miller ($3,200 Flex)
Russell Gage recently ruled out means we can expect a few additional targets Miller’s way. Marlon Humphrey will be defending Evans leaving Miller a viable option running routes underneath the defense. The buccaneers are looking to reinvent themselves and with a flock of pass catchers out Miller could benefit from the opportunities. This gets a little more of an issue if Julio Jones is able to suit up, but even if he gets on the field Jones is likely on a snap count.
Isaiah Likely/ Josh Oliver ($1,600/ $200 Flex)
I fancy one of these two to fall into the endzone tonight. The Ravens run a lot of formations with two TEs and the main focus for defenses at that point of the field is Mark Andrews. Definitely a play with risk, but with a few catches (one of which is a TD) would give them immediate value in this one.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2022 – Baltimore @Tampa Bay Kickers and DSTs
I’m not one to automatically roster defenses, and I can’t see myself doing it on this slate. Tom Brady hasn’t hit the highs in scoring as he did in the last few years, but the offense has that ability to click and he is looking after the ball well. So that discounts an expensive Ravens DST ($4,400). If you do want to roster a defense then it’s the Buccaneers DST ($3,400). They are cheaper and Jackson has turned the ball over plenty this season- I just don’t know if I want to have much exposure to them.
This slate really has nothing that you can overly depend on for points past the kickers. If you want to get a number of the top players in your lineup, you can only really do it by considering the kickers. Ryan Succop $3,800 and Justin Tucker $4,000 may be the only source of points in this one. I wouldn’t mind having either or both. Tampa Bay has struggled to find the end zone and Baltimore is playing against a pretty stout defense. I’m even going to have some lineups with Tucker as CPT, to squeeze more players into my lineup.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2022 Showdown of Baltimore @Tampa Bay! 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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