Dolphins vs. Raiders ends a triple title in Saturday’s NFL (and DFS) action, and with so many injury question marks heading into the game, it’s hard to reattach for DraftKings Showdown purposes. We’ve left plenty of notes below for you to pick the right players based on the active / inactive ratio, but there are showdowns to be exploited in either case.
We want a Miami running back as captain, whether it’s Salvon Ahmed or a returning Myles Gaskin. It is simply the most favorable side of this game for either offense. Beyond that, we’re investing in the top two Raiders while relying on the Dolphins.
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DraftKings Showdown Pick: Dolphins vs Raiders
Captain (1.5x prize, 1.5x points): RB Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins ($ 12,300)
In Ahmed’s fourth career NFL game, he ran for 122 yards and one score in Week 15. Now he gets a game with defense by giving backs the third most DK points. this season. This makes Ahmed an attractive option in an offense that still hinges on establishing the race.
Note: If Myles Gaskin is activated from the COVID-19 / reserve list and active for gaming, he’s the same price as Ahmed and is an ideal hub.
FLEX: TE Darren Waller, Raiders ($ 10,600)
Because Miami is a solid defense, we’re going to get our Vegas production of the Raiders’ best offensive player. He’s seen double-digit goals in three straight weeks, and that could continue this week, especially if Marcus Mariota starts up. Waller is a matchmaking nightmare worth the price for its consistency compared to the rest of this attack.
FLEX: QB Marcus Mariota, Raiders ($ 10,000)
Mariota has shown with his legs at Week 15 that he can be a viable fantastic option in the Vegas attack. For a while, he also did business before he started to miss a few passes. It’s not a super fun game, but Mariota’s pressed ground is worth it.
Note: If Derek Carr (groin) returns he costs the same as Mariota and is a nice game in this place.
FLEX: TE Mike Gesicki, dolphins ($ 6,600)
Gesicki (shoulder) lines up to play, but confirms his status before the game to be safe. There’s no obvious pivot if he does, so let’s just keep our fingers crossed. Gesicki has proven he can connect with Tua Tagovailoa in the end zone, and he’s reasonably priced for a potentially high volume tight end.
FLEX: D / ST Dolphins ($ 5,400)
The Miami defense has been a pleasant surprise throughout the season, and while we’ve played the two most expensive Raiders, there are advantages for the Dolphins on the defensive end of the ball. Las Vegas can move the ball around without scoring consistently, and Miami has done a good job generating turnovers all year round.
FLEX: WR Lynn Bowden Jr., dolphins ($ 4,600)
Bowden is a good game as long as one of Gesicki (shoulder), DeVante Parker (hamstring) or Jakeem Grant (hamstring) is out. He has proven to be a reliable possession receiver for Tagovailoa, and his 16 total targets over the past two weeks make Bowden useful in DK’s PPR score.