We are here to cover the 2022 DraftKings showdown slate for Monday Night Football Week 14, New England @Arizona. This game feels very……meh. Low-scoring affair, which pulls the kickers & DSTs into consideration which then frees up some salary for top-tier plays. Stevenson and Henry feel like the only Patriots players I feel confident in playing on the slate, while the Cardinals have a few receiving options that could pop.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2022 – New England @Arizona Captain Picks
Kyler Murray ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Murray is in a short list of QBs that I would actually think about including in the CPT spot. He is just able to constantly score fantasy points, with his legs and through the air. Really the whole offense works off the back of Murray. The Patriots pass rush is great, which could force Murray to run more, giving him a great floor. If DeAndre Hopkins finds some success, the ceiling is huge.
Rhamondre Stevenson ($13,200 Capt/ $8,800 Flex)
Stevenson is the only Patriots player that you can really rely on at the moment. He is getting solid volume in the offense with Damien Harris out of the lineup and has been getting more involved in the passing game too. Solid floor, and has the ability to score a few TDs if the Patriots get some success upfront.
Marquise Brown ($11,400 Capt/ $7,600 Flex)
Brown is a nice CPT play as he is priced pretty low, allowing you do slot more studs in your lineup. With Hopkins on the other side of the field, Brown is going to be getting secondary coverage. After shaking off the rust, he walked back into the lineup last week with 6 receptions for 46 yards. Brown feels like he is going to be in the majority of lineups, more often a flex option but a few CPT plays.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2022 – New England @Arizona Flex Picks
DeAndre Hopkins ($11,600 Flex)
Hopkins is one of the safest players on the slate. High floor with the targets that he commands, and ceiling with his ability to finish opportunities that come his way. I can’t really put him in as CPT with the pricing- simply he needs to do too much to hit value and Murray outscores him the majority of the time. A great flex play with Murray CPT though.
James Conner ($10,000 Flex)
Conner is the undisputed leader of the backfield, and is getting plenty of work at the goal-line, so has a decent floor and ceiling in theory. The issue comes with the strength of the defensive line of the Patriots. They are a tough unit to really get moving on, giving up an average of 17.6 DKPts to the position, a mark only bettered by the 49ers.
Mac Jones ($9,600 Flex)
Jones doesn’t really have a massive appeal to me. He has upside on the slate, as he has the ability to perform but this offense is run-heavy, and they don’t really have massive talent at receiver to threaten too much. At the price point it’s hard to really get too excited with Jones on the slate.
DeVante Parker ($5,800 Flex)
Parker is the lead receiver for the Patriots in this game, after Jakobi Meyers was ruled out. That doesn’t really mean too much in this offense. I’m not really too sure I want too many shares of Parker, but he has the ability to have a boom game, even in this offense.
Hunter Henry ($5,600 Flex)
Henry is my preferred non-Stevenson Patriots play. He has been establishing himself in the offense with 10 targets in his last two games. The Cardinals defense are the worst at defending the position in the league, giving up 19.4 DKPts to the position. Henry is a nice play to score a TD in this low-scoring game.
Kendrick Bourne/ Nelson Agholor ($5,400/ $5,000 Flex)
Both of these players are going to be TD-dependent with the lack of volume through the air. Bourne I’m just off of pretty much altogether. I don’t understand the pricing here at all. He has caught 19 passes for 226 yards on the season. There’s no floor and no ceiling.
Agholor has better stats for the season, so I’d prefer him in my lineups, but you are really hoping he has one of his boom games and not one of his duds. On the season, Agholor has 9 games where he has had less than 50 receiving yards. It can truly be that bad. I’d prefer to pay down for a kicker or a player with a similar upside for less of a tag.
A.J. Green ($3,000 Flex)
Green is a shadow of himself, and really seems like the odd-man on the offense. He is getting out on the field, although his snap count took a hit with the return of Brown, but he isn’t doing anything of note for fantasy. Only way he really has value on the slate is if he scores a random TD.
Jonnu Smith ($3,000 Flex)
Against literally any other opposition I wouldn’t be interested in playing Smith. Henry has really made Smith a bit-part player through the air. But, with the Cardinals being the worst unit in the league at defending the TE position this could be one of the weeks that Smith falls into the endzone once (or twice) and crushes the slate in the process.
Greg Dortch ($2,200 Flex)
Dortch has been similar to Joshua Palmer for the Chargers, working well when being asked to fill in for receivers that have been forced to miss time due to injury. Dortch himself missed the Week 12 game with an injury, but looks set to return in this one. With Rondale Moore ruled out of the game, Dortch is likely to fill in as the WR3. The price is nice, and he has decent upside as shown in his game logs this season.
J.J. Taylor/ Kevin Harris/ Pierre Strong ($800/ $200/ $200 Flex)
With Harris out, we have an opening for a backup RB to perform. Taylor I’m not really that interested in because we are literally talking that there are scraps left after Stevenson takes his chunk out of the offense. With him costing 4 times more, he doesn’t have any better upside or floor than either of the other two. Go with Harris or Strong (Harris is probably a slight favorite for me) and spend up elsewhere. The min price means they can do next to nothing (or indeed nothing) and not kill you on this slate.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2022 – New England @Arizona Kickers and DSTs
The kickers in this one are both viable, with a low expected total we should see plenty of stalled drives that end in a FG attempt. Nick Folk ($4,200) has been generally accurate, other than a week where he struggled with some strong winds, with a long of 52 yards on the season. Matt Prater ($4,000) has also been accurate this season, with only one missed FG (40+ yard attempt). If this game doesn’t manage to get out of the mud, both kickers could be among the highest scorers on the slate.
With the struggles that both offenses have had this season, both defenses are viable on the slate too. The Patriots DST ($4,400) have been dialing up the pressure all season on the pocket, with 39 sacks this season. Murray has shown that he can struggle at times with decision-making and get sacked or turn the ball over. At the price, they are a decent option on the slate. The Cardinals DST ($3,800) have also shown they can put some nice scores up with the playmakers they have. Jones has struggled with turnovers all season too, with 11 turnovers this season. With six games this season that he has suffered multiple sacks too, I’ll have some shares on the slate.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2022 Showdown of New England @Arizona! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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