The Week 5 TNF Showdown on DraftKings features the Buccaneers versus the Bears. Both teams are off to a good start to the 2020 season with 3-1 records going into Week 5. The Buccaneers are favored by four points on the road in what is expected to be a low scoring game with an over/under of 45.
How does a Showdown lineup work?
Showdown lineups are a bit different than your standard DraftKings lineups. You select a captain in these contests and five flex players while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. Captains score 1.5 times their regular points, but their salary is also multiplied by 1.5. You need to be smart when selecting your captain, as this is by far the most critical player in your lineups.
Another difference between Showdown lineups and regular lineups on DraftKings is that you can select kickers and defenses as flex options. Due to the limited amount of viable players for you to choose from, a defense or a kicker is a viable option for the Week 5 TNF Showdown.
Best plays at Captain for the Week 5 TNF Showdown – Buccaneers vs. Bears
When choosing your captain for the Week 5 TNF showdown, there are only three players that you even need to consider.
*Captain salaries are multiplied by 1.5*
Tom Brady ($16,800)
This will be by far the most popular choice at the captain position for the Week 5 TNF Showdown. Brady is coming off a five-touchdown game in which he threw for 369 yards against the Chargers. Brady has had an up and down start to his career in Tampa, but last week proved that you can never overlook the greatest quarterback of all time, no matter how old he may be.
This week will be a tough matchup for Brady, who’s throwing to an injury-riddled group of pass-catchers. Chris Goodwin and Justin Watson have already been ruled out of this week’s contest, and Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are both listed as questionable. Brady is still a good play, but his extremely high salary at the captain position will make it hard to fill out the rest of your lineup.
Allen Robinson ($15,900)
Since Nick Foles has taken over as QB for Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3, Robinson has been a fantasy superstar. He’s scored a touchdown and eclipsed 100 yards receiving in each of the past two games. Not only that, but he’s also received double-digit targets in each of these games.
The Bears offense got exposed last Sunday against a stout Colts defense, but that didn’t stop Robinson from having a great fantasy day. The Bears will likely look the same this week as the Buccaneers defense has looked great so far this season. The one area of concern on the Buccaneers defense is at cornerback, and Robinson should be able to take advantage of a young secondary.
Mike Evans ($14,100)
Like Brady, it’s been an up and down season for Evans so far, but with an injury-riddled receiving core, he’s almost guaranteed eight-plus targets if he plays. Cornerback Kyle Fuller will likely tail Evans for most of the game, but that’s a matchup that he can’t exploit. Without Godwin, the Buccaneers passing attack will be featured around Evans, and he could be in line for a big day.
The only knock on playing Evans at the captain position is that he’s known for having hit or miss games when he is banged up. The fact that he will be a game-time decision is a bit concerning, but the risk is worth the reward in GPP tournaments. Evans is not a play at captain in cash game lineups.
Best plays at Flex for the Week 5 TNF Showdown – Buccaneers vs. Bears
After you’ve chosen the Captain for your lineup, plug the other two players into your flex position. Outside of the players mentioned above, here are other options for you to choose from to complete your Week 5 TNF Showdown lineup.
Ronald Jones ($7,400)
Last week was by far the best game of the season for Jones, and with Leonard Fournette listed as questionable once again, look for him to have another great week. The Bears have a solid run defense, but Jones’s volume and opportunity will be there to have a big Week 5.
Scotty Miller ($7,000)
With Godwin out and Evans listed as questionable, Miller could be in line for a huge target share this week. He’s been consistent all season and has excellent value even if Evans does play. If Evans can’t suit up for TNF, Miller would warrant consideration at the captain position as well.
Nick Foles ($10,000)
He has by no means been a superstar over the past two weeks, but he’s gotten the job done and will be one of the higher scoring players to choose from. The thing with Foles is that it will be hard to build a lineup with other highly-priced players. He’s a solid play, but I think there are better options for you to choose from at a lower price.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn ($1,000)
Injuries thrust the rookie into his first game time action last week, and he’s in line to be Jones’ back-up once again in Week 5 with Fournette and LeSean McCoy both out. He scored a touchdown last week, and at that low of a price, it won’t take much for him to pay off that salary.