The Cowboys and Vikings, both fresh off byes, will meet on Sunday night in Minneapolis. Dak Prescott’s calf injury will play a significant role in this contest (and DFS contests). If he plays, it’s reasonable to expect the Cowboys to limit his exposure to big. If they really opt to play things safe, Cooper Rush will be tasked with a spot start. Either way, those building lineups for Week 9 DraftKings Showdown tournaments might want to focus more on Minnesota’s key players than Dallas’s.
Before we get into our picks, 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: Cowboys vs. Vikings
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary) QB, Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($16,200)
Cousins has quietly had a very solid season. He’s thrown for 300-plus yards and three touchdowns on two occasions and has only failed to post 25 DraftKings points twice. Vegas has pegged this matchup with totals north of 50, so there could be plenty of scoring to go around. Cousins has a full complement of pass-catchers at his disposal, not to mention two healthy backs. He’s in a good spot to produce big on Sunday night.
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FLEX RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($9,400)
Cook handled 31 touches in Week 6 and has had a week to further rest and treat the ankle injury that derailed him earlier in the season. We know anytime a healthy Cook steps onto the field, he’s a threat to deliver a big DK score. He’s earned the three-point rushing bonus 10 times since 2020. The Cowboys are certainly no slouch defensively, but a 30-point effort isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
FLEX WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings ($10,000)
Jefferson figures to see a good bit of his former SEC adversary, Trevon Diggs, lined up across from him. The second-year LSU Tiger is doing everything we want from premium receivers. He leads the team in targets, averaging nearly 10 per game, and he’s averaging 13.2 yards per catch. He’s also reeling in 69.5 percent of his chances. He’s averaged 19.8 DK points and has 30-point upside.
FLEX RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys ($9,200)
In a best-case scenario, Dak Prescott (calf) will be active, but even then, he’s likely operating at far less than 100 percent. Whether the team wants to ease the load on Prescott or coddle Cooper Rush throughout the game, Elliott is going to be an offensive focal point. He’s been on a roll of late, averaging 24.25 DK points over his past four.
FLEX K Greg Zuerlein, Cowboys ($3,800)
Zuerlein has produced double-digit DK points in four-of-six contests, a feat that could very well be in the cards again Sunday night. There are a lot of factors that suggest a busy night for “Greg The Leg.” The Cowboys attempt the third most field goals per game (2.5) and the Vikings force the ninth most (2.2). Additionally, the Cowboys may not be operating on all cylinders if Prescott is compromised. Zuerlein has connected on four kicks of 40-plus yards so far this season.
FLEX TE Chris Herndon, Vikings ($600)
Herndon is the latest in the line of Showdown Hail Mary heaves we’re going to trot out in our lineups. Ability has never been an issue for Herndon — he caught 39 of 56 targets at 12.9 yards-per-catch as a rookie. More important, he played a season-high 24 snaps in Week 6 and scored a touchdown on his lone catch. That may not have many people racing to hop on the bandwagon, but if his playing time is trending upward, he’s talented enough to make a DFS dent.