Here’s a breakdown of one-game DFS contests for the Week 10 Thursday Night Football matchup featuring the Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders at 8:20 p.m. ET on FOX.
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Dating back to the Chargers’ postseason loss at Foxborough in early January, Philip Rivers had thrown multiple touchdown passes in six of eight games before finding the wrong side of TD variance with only one over his past two, the last of which came despite an efficient 21-of-28, 294-yard performance in last week’s win over the Packers. Rivers figures to resume posting crooked digits against an Oakland defense that’s allowed an NFL-high 2.75 passing TDs per game this season. Oakland has drawn a tough slate of opposing QBs, but has given up a three or more passing TDs a staggering five times.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Rivers has the top projected floor, median, ceiling and Projected Plus/Minus in our DraftKings Showdown Models.
With Rivers in the Captain spot on DK, it’s still easy to fit in Josh Jacobs, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Derek Carr by punting with DeAndre Washington. It’s tough to know exactly what to expect from Gordon and Ekeler from one week to the next with new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen taking over for the fired Ken Whisenhunt, but we saw Gordon (23) and Ekeler (16) combine for 39 touches last week — Ekeler’s first game with more than five carries since Gordon returned. In regard to Washington, he has gotten between six and nine opportunities (carries plus targets) in five of the past six games and is one of the better options in recent memory available at that price.
On FanDuel, Rivers ($14,000) is priced below both Jacobs ($14,500) and Carr ($14,500) despite being projected multiple points ahead in our models. FanDuel’s pricing and fewer lineup slots usually dictates that you can’t jam in both QBs and RBs. The half-PPR system also depresses RB/WR/TE value relative to QBs, so the optimal combo here is pairing Rivers, Jacobs and Carr with Keenan Allen and Raiders rookie tight end Foster Moreau, who has found the end zone in three of his past five.
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