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Wild-Card DraftKings Saturday Night Football Showdown: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) runs the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Best big-name player: Travis Etienne has taken advantage of bad run defenses every chance he’s had, and the Los Angeles Chargers won’t be able to slow him down.
  • Best mid-priced player: DeAndre Carter has stepped up in the past when a Chargers receiver has been injured. Mike Williams’ injury should leave Carter with plenty of opportunities.
  • 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 Saturday night's bout between the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, here are three players at different salary ranges who I believe will perform well in the DraftKings Showdown. 

Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars ($9,000)

Etienne’s put up huge numbers against some opponents and was barely a factor against others, but he should be able to take advantage of the Chargers.

  • Etienne has eight games where he’s played at least 70% of Jacksonville's offensive snaps this season. He’s consistently played that much, when healthy, after James Robinson was traded.
  • He’s averaged 23.6 PPR points per game against teams in the bottom half of the league at preventing fantasy points to running backs, and 10.4 PPR points per game against the top half of teams.
  • The Chargers have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
  • Los Angeles has specifically been poor against the run, allowing the second-most rushing yards to running backs this season.
  • The Chargers have allowed a minimum of 4.0 yards per carry to running backs each week and at least 5.0 in their last four games.
  • Etienne has averaged 0.26 defenders missing a tackle on him per carry, which was the third-highest rate for a running back this season.
  • The Chargers' defense missed 96 tackles on run plays this season, which was also the third-highest.

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