Russell Wilson’s MVP campaigning will continue on Sunday Night Football in Week 5 as the Seahawks host the Vikings. Unlike some weeks in our prime-time DraftKings Showdown picks, we’re not going for a value captain this week. Instead, we’re embracing the stud and captaining Wilson himself.
That forces us to make a couple value calls deep in our lineup, but we’re still able to play Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins and Tyler Lockett. Wilson’s upside is simply too high to avoid, despite him likely being the most highly owned captain Sunday.
Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks ($19,500)
Wilson has scored the most fantasy points through four games of any player in NFL history. The Vikings have a defense that’s greatly underwhelmed so far this season. Every sign points to another big game from Wilson, and rather than guessing which Seahawks offensive player will be the biggest beneficiary, we’ll just ride Wilson to all the points he’s worth.
FLEX: RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($10,200)
Minnesota has leaned on its All-World tailback in 2020, and that should continue as the Vikings try to keep Wilson and his offense off the field. More than 20 carries in back-to-back weeks for Cook is a welcome sight, and if Minnesota has success Sunday night, it’ll probably be a trend that continues.
FLEX: QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($9,600)
We’re playing Cousins as a way to try and lock down as many Minnesota touchdowns as we can. Without a ton of confidence that the Vikings will stay in this game, it’s tricky to predict which of Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson (if either) has a big game. Using Cousins at least gets us a piece of their production and keeps us in the hunt.
FLEX: WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks ($8,600)
A disappointing Week 4 against the Dolphins has dropped Lockett’s price, but in the two weeks before that he combined for 21 targets. Expect Seattle to work Lockett back heavily into the game plan, which is great due to his PPR chops and also his ability to get open deep.
FLEX: WR Freddie Swain, Seahawks ($1,400)
Swain was the third-most snapped Seattle receiver in Week 4, and the rookie from Florida is one of the Seahawks’ most explosive players. When Seattle played on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, Swain caught a touchdown. Why not another one?
FLEX: TE Will Dissly, Seahawks ($600)
If you’re feeling better about Minnesota’s offense, you could also use Irv Smith Jr. here. We’ll take a chance on Dissly, who sees adequate playing time as Seattle’s second TE and is more athletic than Greg Olsen at this point. All it takes is a bit of production from Dissly to earn his price.
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