The Packers and Falcons both have wide receiver injury question marks heading into Monday Night Football to close out Week 4. Davante Adams, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are all questionable, and that makes putting together a DraftKings Showdown lineup more difficult. Even if Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Davante Adams are all active, they could be limited or get re-injured — or worse, they could blow up despite being faded by a lot of nervous DFS players.
Nonetheless, we’ve avoided all three of those in our DK Showdown lineup construction. They’re all worth considering if they play — Adams probably most of all due to an extreme high volume. Without them, Matt Ryan becomes our captain, and we find some supplementary players in the Atlanta passing game.
DraftKings Showdown Picks: Packers vs. Falcons
Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): QB Matt Ryan, Falcons ($15,000)
There are two reasons for the Matty Ice choice here. First, the Falcons have been throwing a ton and could easily fall behind in this game. Ryan is a great garbage-time accumulator. We’re also using Ryan here to account for the uncertainty with Falcons WR injuries. We don’t have Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley, but having Ryan as captain covers us there, too.
MNF INJURY UPDATES: Davante Adams | Calvin Ridley | Julio Jones
FLEX: QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers ($11,400)
The Falcons have been blowing leads in part due to a horrendous secondary. Rodgers should take advantage, especially if Davante Adams makes it back from his hamstring injury. Even with Allen Lazard (core) and Davante Adams (hamstring) quesetionable, Rodgers is still a good enough QB to dominate.
FLEX: RB Aaron Jones, Packers ($10,800)
The Falcons have allowed two touchdowns on the ground and two through the air to running backs through three weeks this season. Jones has shown improvement as a receiver in addition to his already obvious rushing talents. Especially with all the WR injuries, Jones should play a huge role in all facets of the Green Bay offense.
FLEX: WR Russell Gage, Falcons ($6,200)
Gage has contributed this season even when both Jones and Ridley were healthy, and even if that duo plays Monday, Gage will be the most healthy and therefore likely fill his usual possession-receiver role that makes him useful in DK’s PPR scoring.
FLEX: TE Hayden Hurst, Falcons ($5,400)
Hurst would benefit more than Gage from wide receiver absencee, as he’d see an increase to his overall target share. Hurst caught a Week 3 touchdown to prove Ryan will look his way down there, and it’s worth using a second pass-catcher in this offense to go with our captain Ryan.
FLEX: RB Tyler Ervin, Packers ($800)
Ervin practiced in full on Saturday and should be good to go. He’s the gadget player in Green Bay’s offense who benefits from at least Lazard’s absence to see more time on the field. He should see a built-in three or four touches, at minimum, which is useful at this ultra-low price.
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