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NFL DFS Showdown Picks and Lineup Advice for Cowboys vs. Ravens (Week 13, 2020)

| December 8, 2020 10:55 am PDT
Cowboys vs. Ravens NFL DFS Picks Week 13, 2020

The Baltimore Ravens host the Dallas Cowboys for the final game of week 13 in the NFL. This game was originally scheduled for much sooner, but COVID-19 implications pushed it to a Tuesday affair.

It probably won’t change much, though. If anything, it allowed Lamar Jackson and other key members of the Ravens to get healthy.

Both of these teams have reason to compete on Tuesday night, of course. Dallas still has a shot at the NFL playoffs through the weak NFC East. Baltimore, meanwhile, may need to win out to nab the final playoff spot in the AFC.

This could make for fun betting wherever you do your online sports betting, but I’m here to tackle the NFL DFS side of things.

With that, let’s go over this game and break down my favorite Cowboys vs. Ravens NFL DFS Showdown picks.

Top Showdown Picks for Tuesday

  • Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($11.6k)
  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys ($10.2k)
  • Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys ($9.6k)

Lamar Jackson is the best player on this slate by a mile. He’s making his return from a COVID-19 absence, and this matchup looks mouth-watering for him.

I fully expect Jackson to have a huge game, and he’ll be super chalky. He’s probably still going to be my main Captain if I enter a lot of NFL DFS Showdown lineups, but a lot of people will think that way.

He should still be rostered everywhere, but consider not making him your Captain in some lineups and toy with what that gets you.

Zeke is a candidate for the Captain slot, although I might fade him in the majority of my teams.

His role looks strong, and it’s always possible he comes through, but this matchup isn’t great (Ravens rank 11th vs. the run), and he really hasn’t been getting it done. Seriously, he’s topped 10 fantasy points just once in his last five outings.

He’s still Ezekiel Elliott, though, so I can’t not mention him here.

Amari Cooper is the only other guy remotely close to being a stud on this slate. Andy Dalton is there, but he hasn’t really been convincing for Dallas. I have no issues with getting him into lineups organically, but I wouldn’t force it.

At least Cooper gets a point every time he catches a ball, and if there is one thing Dalton does well, it’s lock in on his top guy. Cooper has dipped below five targets just once all year and is coming off of a big 26-point fantasy outing on Thanksgiving Day.

Other guys that stand out include Marquise Brown, J.K. Dobbins, and CeeDee Lamb, but none are specifically priority plays just because they’re so unreliable. For GPPs, though, they’re all very much in play.

Best DFS Showdown Sleepers for December 8th

  • Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys ($4.4k)
  • Justin Tucker, K, Ravens ($4k)
  • Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys ($2.6k)
  • Luke Willson, TE, Ravens ($1.8k)
  • Dez Bryant, WR, Ravens ($1k)

There are some other midrange NFL DFS Showdown sleepers like Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram, but if you’re looking for real savings, it starts with this group.

Gallup is just the ultimate GPP play. He doesn’t get a lot of volume, and he’s obviously working with a quarterback downgrade, but he can deliver in one big play.

Tucker isn’t a sexy play, but he has hit 10+ fantasy points four times in 2020. He’s just cheap and has a decent shot at 8-10 points.

Pollard is very intriguing, as he’s been stealing some of Elliott’s passing down work. With Dallas likely to trail in this one, he could be active as a receiver and/or vulture a touchdown at some point.

One big thing to note is that Mark Andrews is among the Ravens who will not suit up for this game.

That leaves a big hole at tight end – specifically in the red-zone – and it could be on Luke Willson to fill Andrew’s shoes. Willson isn’t a safe play, but Jackson has often featured his tight ends, and it looks like he’d have the inside track at the starting role.

There’s, of course, Dez Bryant, who is even cheaper and has a chance at some revenge against the team that drafted and ultimately released him. He hauled in four receptions the last time he played with Lamar Jackson, so don’t be too shocked if Bryant is busy in this one.

My Favorite Cowboys vs. Ravens DFS Lineup

  • Captain: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($17.4k)
  • FLEX: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys ($10.2k)
  • FLEX: Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys ($9.6k)
  • FLEX: Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys ($10k)
  • FLEX: Dez Bryant, WR, Ravens ($1k)
  • FLEX: Luke Willson, TE, Ravens ($1.8k)

This team came together so effortlessly that I refuse to fight it. Lamar in the Captain slot? Of course. Zeke and Amari with The Red Rifle? Why not.

Dez vs. Dallas? Duh.

And Willson taking on the Andrews role? YOLO.

This team makes so much sense to me that I fear it’ll be incredibly chalky. If you agree, perhaps you can get a little cuter by dropping from Amari to Lamb/Gallup and paying up over Dez or Willson.

But rostering both Dez and Willson may end up being plenty contrarian in the end. Either way, I get the studs I want, I don’t feel like I’m really forcing the issue here, and the sleepers I’m using have logical paths to success.

Summary

I do see the downside with rostering three Cowboys, but I like going straight down the middle here.

This game is leaning toward the Ravens in a big way, but Zeke could always get the total yardage and score you need, Cooper needs just one big play, and Dalton could benefit from the negative game script.

I don’t really see a better play than Lamar as the Captain. Sometimes it’s just the obvious play, so here’s to hoping people get cute in that regard.

Marquise Brown and the Raven’s running backs are also in play, but I think this is a Lamar game. He likes his tight ends, and Bryant gets his revenge. It all adds up to a fun GPP try, and you can pivot as needed for other lineups.

You can also just bet on the game itself, or you can take my insight here to bet on player prop bets. For a little advice for both, hit the links below.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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