The Ravens and Browns have treated NFL fans to one of the better NFL rivalries in recent seasons. Their last meeting — a Monday Night Football classic — ended 47-42 with a Superman-esque performance from Lamar Jackson. Vegas isn’t expecting quite the same fireworks for Week 12’s Sunday Night Football showdown, opening the total at 45.5 with the Ravens laying 4.5 points as home favorites. If there’s a chance for a repeat performance from these two teams, the return of some key offensive pieces on both sides will help threaten the OVER on Sunday night — and give us some interesting DFS options for DraftKings Showdown lineup.
Before we get into our picks, here are the key 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: Browns vs. Ravens
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary) TE Mark Andrews, Ravens ($12,300)
Tight ends don’t often earn a Captain tag, but Andrews offers enough upside and savings to entice us in this spot. He’s drawn 28 targets over his past three games, and he’ll have opportunities to make his mark on Sunday night. A 30-plus-point performance after the 1.5x multiplier isn’t out of the question.
FLEX QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens ($12,400)
The Ravens go as Jackson goes, so we’re happy to lock him into our lineups on single-game slates. He’s earned DK’s three-point bonus on four occasions and is a solid bet to generate another profitable score as one of our flexes.
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FLEX RB Nick Chubb, Browns ($11,200)
Chubb will share the backfield with his partner-in-crime Kareem Hunt, but he’s still entrenched in our plans. There should be plenty of touches on his menu for Sunday, and we know he’s a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. He averaged 19 touches per game alongside a healthy Hunt, so we don’t need to be concerned with a lack of volume.
FLEX RB Kareem Hunt, Browns, ($7,000)
We’re not expecting a full allotment of touches from Hunt, but he can still do plenty of damage as he’s being eased back into action. He scored five touchdowns over the first six weeks of the season and is a threat to find paydirt on the ground and through the air. It may not be a fair expectation, but if Hunt can recapture his efficiency (5.9 yards per touch) in short order, he won’t necessarily need a ton of touches to provide us with a useful score.
FLEX RB Latavius Murray, Ravens ($3,600)
Murray hasn’t been the most efficient Ravens running back this season — that would be Devonta Freeman — but he’s been the busier of the two on a per-game basis. Murray handled 12 touches last week in his return from an ankle injury, and it’s reasonable to anticipate a little more work as he knocks off some rust. The truth of the matter with either Ravens back is that we’ll need a touchdown, but Murray has delivered four in seven games.
FLEX WR Rashard Higgins, Browns ($3,400)
Higgins has been quiet this season, but last week’s five targets ranked third on the team and accounted for 17.9 percent of Baker Mayfield’s pass attempts. Higgins has performed well on occasions in which he’s assumed an elevated role — he eclipsed 20.0 DK points twice in 2020 — and he could find himself in position to make more plays on Sunday night for a depleted Browns receiving corps.