Week 6 NFL DFS: Monday Night Football - Cardinals vs. Cowboys Showdown Slate

Game 2 of the Monday Night Football doubleheader should have plenty of offense and explosive plays by some big-time playmakers from the Cardinals and Cowboys!
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This is a matchup that promises to have plenty of fireworks on offense as both teams rank in the top 10 in total yards per game on offense. The Cowboys will be without quarterback Dak Prescott after his unfortunate injury last week, but Andy Dalton is poised to step in and lead America's team moving forward, for now. Kyler Murray is one of the common dual-threat quarterbacks in the league right now; however, throwing the ball has been a bit inconsistent for the Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. I'll break it all down for DraftKings showdown lineup builds.

Core Build

  • QB Kyler Murray, ARI (DK $12,400)
  • QB Andy Dalton, DAL (DK $9,600)
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (DK $10,600)

While the injury to Dak Prescott was undoubtedly unfortunate, it may cause them to get back to their bread and butter of running the ball and controlling the game, thus helping hide their defenses shortcomings. With Dak back there, it feels like the Cowboys were okay just chucking the ball all over the yard, which is typically Mike McCarthy's plan. However, letting Elliott tote the ball a little more frequently will pay off. Zeke has had 20 or more carries just twice this season, which is odd considering what a bell cow he's been since he came into the league. Arizona allows 124 yards rushing per game, and I would imagine that Dallas takes advantage of that. Dalton will still be leaned on to make some plays in the passing game with the great playmakers he has at his disposal. Therefore, there's no hesitation from me as far as locking in the veteran signal-caller, especially at sub-10k. Kyler Murray has been a weapon with his arm and legs. He has had 60 or more rushing yards three times while airing the ball out for 270-plus yards in three games. The Cowboys' defensive issues are not a secret. They are allowing 240 passing yards per game, good for 22nd in the league, and at least 34 points in each of their last four games.

Note: Keep in mind that both of the above are viable captain options.

Captain Plays

QB Kyler Murray, ARI (DK $18,600)

As mentioned above, Murray's dual-threat makes him a major weapon, and that can't be more magnified from a volume perspective in the captain's spot. His salary is not prohibitive, and it will not be a surprise to see him explode.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (DK $15,900)

Much like Murray above, it's hard to argue against Elliott as a captain option. It's impossible to do so. Zeke should get around 25 touches, and if he doesn't, Dallas has a poor game plan in place. Whether it's in the run or passing game, Zeke is the number one weapon to be deployed to keep the Cardinals' offense off the field.

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FLEX Plays

WR Deandre Hopkins, ARI (DK $11,200)

Hopkins has been a target hog in his first season with the Cardinals, and it's not going to stop, in my estimation, in this soft matchup with Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed at least 33 DraftKings points to wide receivers in all five games this season, including 50 or more on three occasions. Hopkins has seen 16, 9, 12, 9, and 7 targets in his first five games as a Cardinal and should see double-digit looks again.

WR CeeDee Lamb, DAL (DK $8,400)

Lamb should be a factor for Dalton in the passing game moving forward simply because of his ability and propensity to line up in the slot. Lamb has at least five receptions in every game of his rookie season and has eclipsed 100 receiving yards twice. Lamb will have a pretty solid matchup in the slot against Byron Murphy, who has been decent, but he hasn't much as far as dynamic receivers go, and that's what Lamb is.

WR Christian Kirk, ARI (DK $6,000)

The clear wide receiver two in this offense these days is Kirk, who's supplanted legend Larry Fitzgerald in that role. Kirk has seen 12 targets over his last two games resulting in eight receptions and a touchdown. Trevon Diggs, who is expected to be matched up with Kirk, has allowed 22 completions on 36 attempts this season for 316 yards and a touchdown.

Other FLEX Plays

  • TE Dalton Schultz, DAL (DK $6,000)
  • K Greg Zuerlein (DK $4,200)
  • WR Cedrick Wilson, DAL (DK $2,000)

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This is a matchup that promises to have plenty of fireworks on offense as both teams rank in the top 10 in total yards per game on offense. The Cowboys will be without quarterback Dak Prescott after his unfortunate injury last week, but Andy Dalton is poised to step in and lead America's team moving forward, for now. Kyler Murray is one of the common dual-threat quarterbacks in the league right now; however, throwing the ball has been a bit inconsistent for the Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. I'll break it all down for DraftKings showdown lineup builds.

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