Jalen Hurts and the Eagles host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football in Week 6. Sportsbooks opened this prime-time showdown with totals going up to 53 and the Buccaneers as 7.5 favorites. points. While the total suggests a shootout – and the Bucs’ sieve-shaped pass defense backs that idea up – don’t be surprised if Tampa slackens a bit on Brady (thumb) and leans a bit harder on the run. . He’s still in our lineup for a single FanDuel match, but he’s not our MVP. Instead, we rely on dual threat injuries to lead us to DFS gains.
If you need a reminder, here are the notable rules for one-game FanDuel contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but it doesn’t cost any extra money like the “Captain “in the DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default score is PPR half point and Four point pass TD, and there is no bonus for 100/300 yard games like on DraftKings.
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DFS picks for a single FanDuel game: Buccaneers vs. Eagles
Budget of $ 60,000, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles ($ 15,500)
Hurts flirted with the 30 FanDuel point plateau twice, and he might receive enough use to do so again. Not only do the Bucs have one of the best edge defenses in the game, but the Eagles also call the games as if they are allergic to the running game. Their 113 rushes are the sixth in short in the league. Additionally, Hurts’ 43 attempts account for 38.1% of the team’s total running pie. If that’s a place that calls him to carry even more load, both running and passing, he could rack up an MVP-worthy score on Thursday night.
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FLEX: QB Tom Brady, Buccaneers ($ 16,500)
We’re not afraid of Brady this week despite a thumb injury that seems like a nuisance – at best – but we’ll temper our expectations by not making him the MVP. There are too many weapons at Brady’s disposal to expect a dud, but it doesn’t take a vivid imagination to imagine a scenario in which the coaching staff lightens their offensive load. Brady finished with 37.74 FD points last week against the Dolphins and has flirted with the 30-point plateau on three other occasions. He’s certainly able to do it again – which is why he’s staying in our lineup – but we’re just going to be a little cautious given his sore thumb.
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FLEX: RB Leonard Fournette, Boucaniers ($ 11,000)
Maybe we would exercise less restraint if the Bucs played on a regular rest, but with them on a short week, there’s a high likelihood that the coaching staff will put more emphasis on the running game. Fournette has been a big factor on the field in recent weeks, totaling over 100 yards in each of his last two games and racking up 34.4 FD points on that streak. It also manages a respectable volume of targets. Offenses have been successful against the Eagles on the court, and that trend could very well continue this week.
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FLEX: RB Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles ($ 8,500)
Maybe we would exercise less restraint if the Bucs played on a regular rest, but with them on a short week, there’s a high likelihood that the coaching staff will put more emphasis on the running game. Fournette has been a big factor on the field in recent weeks, totaling over 100 yards in each of his last two games and racking up 34.4 FD points in that streak. It also manages a respectable volume of targets. Opposing teams have had success against the Eagles on the pitch, and that trend could very well continue this week.
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FLEX: TE Zach Ertz, Eagles ($ 6,500)
Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert have combined for 25.7% of the Eagles’ goals this season. However, with Goedert likely to miss this week after being placed on the reserve / COVID list, Ertz could be asked to take some of the receiving slack. He was limited to a pair of targets in each of his first two games before scoring an average of seven in his last three. If the Bucs’ robust front makes the Eagles shy away from their running game, Ertz could be the recipient of a few more targets.