The Eagles enter Sunday Night Football in San Francisco with tons of wide receiver injuries. Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will likely all miss out on the game. That creates a DraftKings Showdown opportunity to use an extreme-value captain you may never have heard of as a monster sleeper — and then pack our single-game DFS lineup with five studs.
John Hightower is our choice at captain. It means we leave out possession receiver Greg Ward, but Hightower is the big-play threat for Philly. Our other main absence is Zach Ertz, but San Francisco will likely key on him without too many threats on the outside.
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Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR John Hightower, Eagles ($1,200)
The Eagles’ WR group is ravaged by injuries, and Hightower is primed to take advantage. He led the Philly wideouts in snaps a week ago, caught two passes for 19 yards and drew two pass interference penalties. At a dirt-cheap price, Hightower doesn’t need to do a ton here to be worth using in this spot.
FLEX: QB Carson Wentz, Eagles ($10,400)
Wentz has had calls for his job, and yeah, he won’t be throwing to a great crew in this one, but he’s still a former No. 2 overall pick who has been more good than bad in his NFL career and faces a defense beaten up by injuries, including two of its top pass-rushers. Playing Hightower leads us to logically play his QB, too.
FLEX: QB Nick Mullens, 49ers ($9,800)
Mullens gets another week in place of Jimmy Garoppolo (aknle), and he won’t be posed with much of a threat in the Philly defense that has allowed more than 20 DK points per game this season to quarterbacks. Mullens gets George Kittle and Deebo Samuel back to help his cause, too.
FLEX: TE George Kittle, 49ers ($9,400)
Kittle likely would’ve returned last week if not for the MetLife Stadium turf, so it’s safe to assume he’s at full health and will see a full workload. In that case, we’re definitely going to pair him with his quarterback in our lineup.
FLEX: RB Miles Sanders, Eagles ($9,200)
Sanders saw 20 carries in Week 2 and another 18 in Week 3. He’s also averaged 7.5 targets through his first two games of the season. This is the Philly backfield workhorse. There’s no use fading him when the whole point of an extreme-value captain is to use all the game’s studs.
FLEX: RB Jerick McKinnon, 49ers ($8,200)
There’s a case to be made for Jeff Wilson Jr. here, too, because of his goal-line role, but we’re giving McKinnon the edge due to DK’s PPR scoring and McKinnon’s apparent recovery from last week’s rib injury. He had 14 carries and four targets before that injury a week ago, which is a great workload to get from our cheapest FLEX player.