Show Navigation
Show Menu

DFS

NFL DFS Showdown Lineup Picks: Cowboys-Titans

By Matt Schauf 6:46pm EST 12/29/22


If you think you're angry about how this Thursday night game has turned out, just imagine how the NFL feels ...

Imagine you invited everyone you know over for a dinner party. But then the night arrives, and you realize you only have frozen fish sticks. And your oven's broken. Oh, and the only person you can call to fix it is Joshua Dobbs.

The Tennessee Titans have clearly conceded this contest. They won't play Derrick Henry on offense. They placed Ryan Tannehill on IR today. And they also finally realized that Malik Willis shouldn't bet on an NFL field right now.

So we'll get Dobbs and his 17 career attempts in nearly 6 NFL seasons at the helm, throwing passes to a receiving corps that will probably be wondering why it can't get the night off, too. Hassan Haskins is expected to lead the backfield.

They'll face a Cowboys squad that can still win the NFC East and the conference's top playoff seed. Dallas will go without RB Tony Pollard (thigh) and arrives as a 14-point favorite. The setup begs the question of whether we should expect their starters to go the whole way.

Well, the DFS Showdown format allows us to play a little more "what if" than we can comfortably do in season-long fantasy football playoffs lineups. And we'll get into some of that as we peruse the value charts for DraftKings and FanDuel.


DraftKings

Malik Davis looks like a near-lock for DK lineups. He becomes the RB2 for Dallas in a matchup that should find them taking the lead quickly and beating the host mercilessly. RB Ezekiel Elliott is sure to play a large part in building whatever lead the Cowboys amass. But if we do get a 1-sided start to the game, then expect the visitor to rest its vet. We've already seen Davis mix in for 23 carries and 5 targets this season, primarily thanks to time Elliott missed with a knee injury. And although most of his work came in lopsided Dallas wins, Davis even carried 5 times in a Week 10 loss to Green Bay.

A RB with a good chance at work on a heavy favorite for the minimum salary looks like a free space on a bingo board.

The Tennessee backfield could be key here. We obviously need to play someone from that side, with Dobbs arguably most attractive simply because he's a $6K QB. But the Titans -- already a run-favoring offense -- figure to keep it on the ground as much as they reasonably can. Haskins has been talked about as the expected leader. But Julius Chestnut trails him by just 6 carries this season (11-5) and was the more effective preseason rusher (4.1 yards per carry vs. 2.6).

If he comes anywhere close to Haskins in fantasy points tonight, he'd be doing so at half the salary and -- more importantly -- likely a far lower rate of ownership in showdown tournaments.

That doesn't mean you necessarily should play Chestnut over Haskins, but mix him in if you're building multiple lineups -- even if you don't need the salary savings.


FanDuel

A QB at minimum price? That makes Dobbs nearly a must as the Titans play on FD. We obviously can't expect big passing numbers, but it helps that Dobbs ran a 4.64-second 40 as an NFL Draft prospect. That's 89th percentile for the position. He turned that into 1,502 yards and 23 TDs on the ground across his 2 starting seasons at the University of Tennessee.

Related Fantasy Football

Dynasty Trades Podcast: TEs to Buy or Sell

Dynasty Trades Podcast: TEs to Buy or Sell

4:04pm EST 2/2/23

We're wrapping this dynasty fantasy football miniseries with TEs ... and the guys did NOT always agree. Find out who created a stir -- and who Jared deemed the BEST "sell" on the market ...

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDynasty Buy-Sell-Hold Report #1

Dynasty Buy-Sell-Hold Report #1

10:57am EST 2/1/23

Deshaun Watson dominated NFL news for a while. Is he ready now to impact your dynasty fantasy football league? He leads this list of 11 players to look at for offseason dynasty trades ...

Read More »
Dynasty Trades Podcast: QBs to Buy and Sell

Dynasty Trades Podcast: QBs to Buy and Sell

3:11pm EST 1/24/23

What should you do with Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott and some other key QBs on the dynasty league trade market this offseason?

Read More »
Podcast: Underdog Battle Royale Draft Tips for NFL Divisional Round

Podcast: Underdog Battle Royale Draft Tips for NFL Divisional Round

3:28pm EST 1/20/23

Draft a QB early? Fade Saquon Barkley? Chase or avoid stacks? It's a different kinda DFS week, but we're drafting Battle Royales and trying to help you crack the code ...

Read More »
Podcast: Divisional Round DFS Top Plays

Podcast: Divisional Round DFS Top Plays

2:45pm EST 1/20/23

Are you playing cash games or large-field tournaments on DraftKings and/or FanDuel this week? We're running through our top plays, fades and values -- with help from the Draft Sharks projections and Lineup Generator.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDivisional Round FanDuel Picks

Divisional Round FanDuel Picks

1:54pm EST 1/20/23

Targets at each position for the FanDuel Divisional Round slate.

Read More »
Top Plays for Divisional Round Underdog Pick Ems

Top Plays for Divisional Round Underdog Pick Ems

11:18pm EST 1/19/23

Can Week 2 of the NFL playoffs possibly deliver as much offense? Our fantasy football projections don't seem to think so ...

Read More »
Winning Your League Starts Here Trophy

Why Wouldn’t You Invest
$36 to Win Your League?

Check out thisleague-winning info

2022 Draft Package Now - Sept 15th

$39

Get Instant Access
2022 In-Season Package Sept 5th - Mar 7th

$39

Get Access Sept. 5th
2022 DFS Package Sept 5th - Mar 7th

$49

Get Access Sept. 5th
Best Value – All Access Pass
DS Insider Membership All 3 Packages

$127 $36

Semi-annual auto-renew
Get Instant Access
Draft War Room Included Draft War Room Draft War Room Draft War Room Included Draft War Room
Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings
3D Projections Included 3D Projections 3D Projections 3D Projections Included 3D Projections
Live-Draft Sync Included Live-Draft Sync Live-Draft Sync Live-Draft Sync Included Live-Draft Sync
In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles
Mock Draft Tool Included Mock Draft Tool Mock Draft Tool Mock Draft Tool Included Mock Draft Tool
Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Included Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Included Round-by-Round Draft Strategies
Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts
Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring
Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor
In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings
“Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool
“Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “Team Intel” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications
Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder
Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator Trade Navigator Included Trade Navigator
Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares
In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems
Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice
Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data
DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder
DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks
High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews
DFS Independent DFS Independent DFS Independent Included DFS Independent Included DFS Independent
Daily Fantasy Advice Daily Fantasy Advice Daily Fantasy Advice Included Daily Fantasy Advice Included Daily Fantasy Advice
Personalized Email Advice Personalized Email Advice Personalized Email Advice Included Personalized Email Advice Included Personalized Email Advice
Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles
Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates
Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates
To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives
All-Access
Draft Sharks App
All–Access Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Get Instant Access Get Access Sept. 5th Get Access Sept. 5th Get Instant Access

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play