This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
Despite the absence of two of the top offensive players in Monday's night game between the Chargers and Saints, we still have a decent 49.5-point total on DraftKings Sportsbook, with New Orleans 6.5-point home favorites. The Chargers will be without starting running back Austin Ekeler, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, while the Saints won't have star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who was originally questionable to play because of an ankle injury but was then ruled out as punishment for an altercation in practice this weekend. They both play huge roles for their respective offenses, and while we've seen how the Saints adjusted without Thomas, how the Chargers go in a full game without Ekeler remains to be seen (duh).
Before we dive into the positional breakdowns, we have to start with Alvin Kamara ($12,000 DK, $16,000 FD), the most expensive player by $1,600 on DraftKings and $1,500 on FanDuel. Kamara sits atop the running back depth chart, but he's also been the Saints' most prolific receiver with Thomas sidelined. Leading the team in rushing attempts (50), rushing yards (236), rushing touchdowns (four), targets (35), receptions (30), receiving yards (321) and receiving touchdowns (three), it's not wonder why he's the most expensive player on both sites. With Thomas out again, there's every reason to believe the offense will completely revolve around Kamara, making him the most popular player on the slate and likely the most popular captain even though his price on DraftKings pushes to