This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
If you ever took a moment to consider what the worst NFL showdown slate you'd ever play is, we have a very tempting one for that crown Thursday night as the Jaguars host the Dolphins. In all honesty, there are probably worse games that could happen (we get the Jets next week!), but that's more because of the excitement Gardner Minshew brings to the table than anything else. The Jaguars have some good players and the Dolphins...sort of do...so it feels a tad bit surprising the Jags are only favored by 3.0 at home in a game with a 48.0-point total on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Jacksonville picked up a surprising Week 1 victory over the Colts, who were 7.0-point favorites, and then they played the Titans tough in Week 2, eventually losing 33-30 but covering the 7.0-point spread again. Meanwhile, the Dolphins come in winless, losing their opener at home to the Patriots 21-11 and failing to cover the 7.0-point spread, and but they did cover the 5.5-point spread against the Bills in Week 2, falling 31-28 after pulling within three with under a minute to go.
Nothing exemplifies the excitement of this game more than the quarterback matchup between Gardner Minshew ($11,000 DK, $16,000 FD) and Ryan Fitzpatrick ($10,200 DK, $15,000 FD), the two-most expensive players on both sites. No, really.
That's actually not fair at all to Minshew, who trails only Russell Wilson in passing touchdowns this season, throwing three in each game. His passing volume wasn't great