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Week 16 DraftKings Sunday Night Football Showdown: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White (29) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

  • Best big-name player: Rachaad White isn’t the slate's most expensive player, but he has a chance to score the most points in what could be a blowout.
  • Best mid-priced player: Cameron Brate is in a two-man committee at tight end, but he’s the one most likely to join a long list of tight ends to play well against Arizona’s defense.
  • The winning strategy: Click here to learn more about the format and the exploitable trends to use this season, including which positions provide the most leverage in the CPT spot and how DFS gamers can roster multiple and single positions in FLEX spots to gain leverage on the field.
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Ahead of Sunday night's bout between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals, here are three players at different salary ranges who I believe will perform well in the DraftKings Showdown.


Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($6,400)

Any time a team is projected to win big, their starting running back is a solid bet.

  • The Buccaneers are heavy favorites with Arizona down to their third-string quarterback. Tampa Bay is fighting for its playoff lives but Arizona is not.
  • White has started the Buccaneers' last five games at running back.
  • He’s averaged 18 touches per game in that time.
  • Tampa Bay has consistently used a rotation by drive since White’s become the starter, as White has taken odd numbered drives while Leonard Fournette takes even.
  • This makes White the favorite to lead the backfield in fantasy points, as there is a chance he will play one more drive than Fournette.
  • Arizona has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
  • The Cardinals have allowed 150 or more rushing yards to running backs in four of their last seven games. Similarly, they’ve allowed at least two rushing touchdowns to running backs in four of their last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have played zone defense on 78.7% of pass plays, which is the fourth-most.
  • White has 0.34 fantasy points per route against zone defenses compared to 0.18 against man coverages.
  • Fournette is also a solid option, but White should do slightly better while being cheaper, making him easier to pair with the really expensive players.

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