The 49ers and Colts will meet on Sunday night with the hope and intention of solidifying their playoff footing. It’s been a rocky start to the season for the Niners, who are expected to welcome Jimmy Garoppolo back from his calf injury. Injuries have hit the Colts, as well. Wide receiver Parris Campbell (foot) landed on IR, and T.Y. Hilton is nursing a quad injury, so he’ll be hobbled if not out altogether. It’s a challenging game to evaluate, but we’re ready to unleash our DraftKings Showdown lineup and hopefully win some DFS cash.
Before we get into our Colts-49ers lineup, here are the notable DraftKings Showdown rules: It’s full-point PPR, and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain picks costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Colts vs. 49ers
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary) RB Jonathan Taylor ($16,500) Taylor’s 102 touches pace the Colts by a wide margin, and after a couple of quiet performances in Weeks 2-3, the second-year back has taken off. He’s produced 23.4, 34.9, and 31.8 DraftKings points, respectively, in successive weeks. Taylor is tied for third on the team in receptions, and we’ve seen him reel in as many as six catches in a game this season. With Taylor establishing himself as the centerpiece of this offense, he’s an easy choice for our Captaincy in spite of the elevated cost.
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FLEX QB Carson Wentz ($10,200) The narrative surrounding Wentz has been a little more volatile than his actual fantasy production. Week 3 was ugly for Wentz (7.8 DK points), but aside from that dud, his worst performance was 17.0 points, which came in a 31-3 blowout of the Texans. With as much as the Colts spread targets around, there’s appeal to rostering Wentz in lieu of one of his higher-priced targets.
FLEX WR Deebo Samuel ($9,600) Not only is Samuel averaging 15.4 yards each time he gets his hands on the ball, but his 37 touches is second on the team. The Colts will certainly key on Samuel in their defensive game plan, but with George Kittle (calf) sidelined, head coach Kyle Shanahan will likely manufacture ways to get the ball in his top playmaker’s hands. For those who want to differentiate from those naming Taylor as their Captain, Samuel represents a worthwhile pivot.
FLEX RB Nyheim Hines ($5,600) Hines has been awfully quiet since scoring 18.9 DK points in Week 3. He’s taken a backseat as Taylor embarks on his Year 2 breakout, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the Colts’ plans. Hines is second on the team with 41 touches and has demonstrated an ability to score in all three phases of the game. Considering his versatility, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hines serve as one of the key supporting pieces in what projects as a challenging matchup.
FLEX TE Mo Alie-Cox ($5,200) The Colts employ a tight-end friendly offense, but it can sometimes be tricky pinning down which one will emerge as the statistical winner in any given week. Still, we’re going to wager our chips on Alie-Cox. He’s scored three times over his last three games, and he’s been a much more active piece of the offense than fellow tight end Jack Doyle, who has seen all of five targets since Week 3. With some losses among the Colts’ cast of pass-catchers, there should be more targets available for Alie-Cox and perhaps even another trip to the paint.
FLEX RB Trey Sermon ($2,000) There’s no denying that Sermon is a wildcard in this spot. His ownership will likely be quite low given the 0.7 DK-point performance he delivered in Week 5. However, we should also keep in mind that rookie quarterback Trey Lance was making his first start in that contest, and the Niners offense as a whole played poorly. While Elijah Mitchell appears to be the lead runner in this offense, we know that Shanahan can be very fickle with his backs. The assumption (or hope) is that the bye week allowed the offense to become closer to whole — Garoppolo’s return is a big boost — while also providing guys like Sermon a chance to re-establish themselves as key ingredients in the mix. After all, San Francisco traded up to select Sermon in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They’re certainly not looking for reasons to keep him on ice.