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The Optimal Draftking Showdown Lineup For Panthers and Falcons

The Carolina Panthers have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season. As it stands, the franchise is in the midst of competing for a playoff berth. This is a huge turnaround from a 5-11 season in 2019 that saw their head coach and former franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, bolt for new destinations.

The Panthers will look to strike down the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football to open Week 8. The Panthers already own a 24-16 win over the Falcons on Week 5. The team has not officially ruled out the return of All-Pro running back Christian McCaffery, which could be a pivotal piece in the team’s offense.

If McCaffery does not play, that will alter betting for Draftkings users. McCaffery leads the Thursday Night Showdown captain tag with an asking price over $17,000. If he doesn’t play, this would be the optimal lineup to play for the Thursday Night Millionaire.

Captain Obvious: Robby Anderson-WR

Anderson is one of the cheaper options with a $13,800 price tag, but he is also a safe play. By using Anderson instead of Falcons studs in Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, or Matt Ryan, it opens up more opportunities for other players to fill in the flex positions. Anderson finished the first meeting with eight receptions for 112 yards, but what makes him more appealing to play here is that he has gone seven straight games without touching the endzone. Most new gambling sites would tell you that Anderson is due a touchdown on Thursday.

Flex: Teddy Bridgewater-QB

How can you not grab the quarterback that is playing against one of the worst defenses in the NFL? In the last meeting, Bridgewater threw for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Bridgewater was just one point away from finishing over 20 points in three of the last four games. We’re not expecting a Super Bowl LV performance, but with that decimated Falcons defense, Bridgewater is a solid and easy play.

Flex: Mike Davis-RB

Davis is coming off a tough matchup with the New Orleans Saints that saw him record just 8.6 points. In all of his starts this season, this was the lowest point total of the 2020 season. We shouldn’t expect a repeat effort from Davis, who has been starting in place of the injured McCaffery. The last matchup, we saw Davis expose the Falcons defense with 89 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving on nine receptions and a touchdown. His 29.9 points that game may not exactly be replicated, but it should be close.

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Flex: Todd Gurley-RB

The Panthers defense ranks 10th in passing yards allowed per game compared to 18th in rushing yards per game. It’s safe to say that Gurley looks like the running back he was two years ago when the Rams made the Super Bowl. Gurley has scored point totals of 22.2, 28.0, and 19.3 in three of his last four games. That included a whopping 28 points in the last meeting. Since we can fit both running backs here, it’s worth the play.

Flex: Younghoe Koo-K

Koo is a cheap play at $3,800 in salary and another bounce-back candidate. As Koo heads into Thursday Night Football, the team’s kicker is coming off a dismal 2.0 points against the Lions with no field goal attempts. There’s virtually no way that Koo goes two straight games without taking a strike downfield.

Flex: Russel Gage-WR

Again, the Panthers defense will be narrowing in on Jones and Ridley. Gage has been an underrated star in the gambling games the last two weeks. With point totals of 10.5 and 11.4, his salary of $4,200 is a perfect fit into our optimal lineup. Look for Gage to build off last week’s six receptions for 54 yards.