DraftKings Picks & Optimal Lineup for Patriots vs. Bills Showdown

When the New England Patriots were slated to play the Buffalo Bills during Week 8 on Monday Night Football, very few expected it look like this. The 2-5 Bills are down to quarterback No. 3 (or No. 4, depending on how you look at it), with Derek Anderson set to be under center. The positive side is that this game will be in Buffalo, but will be a tall task for the home team against Tom Brady and company.

For Halloween week, DraftKings is offering up a special $1 million showdown game which features a $10 buy-in and $250,000 to first place. They’ve also upped the ante with their $3 game with 20-max entries which features $300,000 guaranteed and $30,000 to first place.

I’ll break down the showdown slate here by first looking at top captain options to target and then offering an optimal line on this game. But before we get into that, here’s a look at showdown rules to be aware of prior to building lineups.

  • Six total players (one captain, five flex players)
  • Captain selection costs 1.5 times standard salary but scores 1.5 times the standard points
  • Can choose from any position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, DST)
  • $50,000 salary cap
  • You can use more than one quarterback

Favorite Captains for Patriots vs. Bills

These are the main players I’ll target for the captain spot for this game (with captain pricing of 1.5x more). With the potential for this game to get slightly crazy, I’ll use others aside from these as well, but much of it comes down to how the actual construction of lineups works out.

  • Tom Brady ($18,300)
  • James White ($17,700)
  • Rob Gronkowski ($12,600)
  • Derek Anderson ($10,500)
  • LeSean McCoy ($9,900)
  • Zay Jones ($3,900)

Let’s break down the top optimal lineup for this showdown slate, which I’ve opted to get a bit creative with in an effort to differentiate from the field.


Top Optimal DraftKings Showdown Lineup: Patriots vs. Bills

  • CAPTAIN: Zay Jones ($3,900)
  • Tom Brady ($12,200)
  • James White ($11,800)
  • Rob Gronkowski ($8,400)
  • Derek Anderson ($7,000)
  • LeSean McCoy ($6,600)

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Source: Heavy Sports