Finishing Week 6 the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Dallas @Los Angeles. The O/U has been set at just north of 50 points, with the Cowboys favored by a FG.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @Los Angeles Captain Picks
Austin Ekeler ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Ekeler seems to be ready to go and healthy after having a few weeks off. When he is healthy, particularly in PPR leagues, he is one of the best fantasy players in the league. The Dallas defensive front is a tough one to run on, but Ekeler’s dual-threat should give him a decent floor and with his goal-line work, has a great ceiling too.
CeeDee Lamb ($13,500 Capt/ $9,000 Flex)
The Cowboys aerial attack needs to be productive if the team is going to get a result here. As a result, Lamb should see a chunk of the ball in this one. Lamb is primed for a big game against this secondary and is a decent amount cheaper than Ekeler, which helps with roster construction.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @Los Angeles Flex Picks
Justin Herbert ($10,800 Flex)
Herbert is a great fantasy QB and the Chargers offense has been fine throwing the ball around. Ekeler coming back changes the offense a little though, and is likely to reduce the pass attempts in the offense- which hurts this ceiling. Should still have a decent game here against this Cowboys secondary though- great flex play.
Keenan Allen ($10,600 Flex)
Allen is the number one target in the offense, and has been having some huge games. With Ekeler back, that is going to impact the overall offense, with fewer pass attempts- which is going to hurt Allen’s ceiling. Should still be a safe play with the PPR scoring on DK, especially with MIke Williams out. Nice flex play, with a sneaky CPT play. If you opt for Allen as CPT, stack him with Herbert.
Dak Prescott ($10,000 Flex)
Unlike Herbert, Prescott doesn’t interest me in the CPT spot at all. Prescott is a creature of habit, and that habit is to not hit his ceiling in any game. Unlike Herbert, if Prescott has a big game- Lamb has a big game. This Chargers secondary has struggled to start the season, so if there was a game where he hits his ceiling this will be the one. But Prescott hasn’t had a single game of more than 270 yards through the air, or multiple scores.
Tony Pollard ($9,600 Flex)
Pollard has been ok to start the season, but hasn’t hit the highs that were expected of him during the offseason. He has been getting volume on the ground though, which should help him against the Chargers defensive front. With the attention that the Chargers secondary gets for it’s struggles, Pollard feels like he will be overlooked. Don’t forget that the Chargers have given up an average of 26.0 DKPts to the position this season.
Joshua Palmer ($7,000 Flex)
Palmer is the WR2 in the offense with Mike Williams injured. He appeared on the injury report over the weekend, which isn’t a great sign. But assuming he is a full go in this one, he is a decent play as a flex option.
Joshua Kelley ($6,400 Flex)
Kelley will be dropped back to the backup role with Ekeler returning to the team. Didn’t really do that well when he was getting the volume in the offense- so not interested at this price. Although if he vultured a TD or two it would help me in my season-long leagues.
Brandin Cooks ($5,400 Flex)
The Cooks trade hasn’t really panned out just yet. Only has nine catches for 73 yards this season- that used to be a single game for him. Maybe sitting behind Lamb in an offense led by Prescott isn’t a good fit for the veteran. At some point he has to have a good game though. This Chargers secondary, as we have said is one that you can move the ball on. GPP option.
Jake Ferguson ($5,200 Flex)
Ferguson has really made himself an important part of the Dallas offense. Getting 5-6 targets every game- which is very serviceable. An important part of his game is getting looks near the goal-line too, so has a decent ceiling week to week. Love him at this price, and a great flex option.
Gerald Everett ($4,600 Flex)
Every season I feel like this might be the one for Everett. Never really happened for him though. Starting TE but he doesn’t really get alot of opportunity in the offense. With the usage he has been getting, he is going to need to fall into the endzone to hit value.
Quentin Johnston ($4,200 Flex)
Johnston is the WR3 in the offense, but hasn’t done a massive amount with it. Only managed 6 receptions for 44 yards this season, and it’s not really been boom-or-bust. It’s been 2 catches for 10 yards at best. At this price, it’s hard to be overly interested.
Michael Gallup ($2,800 Flex)
Gallup is priced quite a bit below Cooks, despite him having quite a lot more production this season. Think he is massively underpriced here- not quite a free square, but close to it. Smash flex play with the weakness of the Chargers secondary.
Dart Throw Plays (Various)
Instead of writing up a line for a few options with their own sections, thought I’d list out a few in one area. Not really worth considering these as core plays, only in multi-entry GPPs:
- Isaiah Spiller (RB, LAC) $2,400 Flex – Got a chunk of work last week, as the Chargers moved away from Kelley on the ground. With Ekeler back I don’t see him getting much work here.
- Donald Parham Jr. (TE, LAC) $2,200 Flex – Has been dealing with an injury, but should be ready to go here. In true TE fashion, he is massively TD or bust. No floor week-to-week, but has a ceiling of 2 TDs. Can’t ignore him as a result but limit exposure.
- Rico Dowdle/ Deuce Vaughn (RB, DAL) $2,000/ $1,000 Flex – The backup RBs in this offense. Not really getting alot of work with Pollard taking the majority of touches on the ground and checkdowns. You’d be hoping that one of these is used to punch into the endzone after a long run, but that feels like a lot of spending for little upside. I’d rather take an absolute punt on Luepke.
- KaVontae Turpin (WR, DAL) $1,600 Flex – Turpin has managed to put together two weeks of decent box scores, with rushing and receiving work to go with a TD. Gets kick return duties too. At the price, the upside is nice.
- Derius Davis (WR, LAC) $1,400 Flex – Davis is a gadget player in the offense, getting three carries in the offense last week. Not sure you can really bank of that type of usage with Ekeler back. As a result, I’d look elsewhere.
- Hunter Luepke (RB, DAL) $400 Flex – Getting usage as an FB in the offense, which gives him some value in this offense. Absolute GPP play, but wouldn’t be shocked if he scored here. Prefer him to either Dowdle or Vaughn as shots.
- Luke Schoonmaker (TE, DAL) $200 Flex – Ferguson is the TE for the Cowboys, which has really hurt the opportunity that Schoonmaker has. You are hoping for him to fall into the endzone with on the few opportunities he gets in the offense.
- Jalen Tolbert (WR, DAL) $200 Flex – Tolbert is on the field, but doesn’t really get opportunity unless the game is over. At min-price I’ll take some shots at him popping in the offense. I mean across the season his box scores aren’t overly different from Cooks! Tolbert has 7 catches for 71 yards, compared to Cooks for 9 receptions for 73 yards.
My favored plays from the above are Turpin and Tolbert. Honorable mention for Parham.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Dallas @Los Angeles Kickers and DSTs
The kickers in these showdown slates have been great, and feels like more of the same here. Brandon Aubrey ($5,000) has been priced up, and has been great all year for Dallas. Only missed one kick this year, which was an XP in the first game of the season. Cameron Dicker ($4,400) has been automatic this season, with the exception of one long FG attempt against the Vikings. Quite a bit cheaper than Aubrey, which feels strange- but I’ll have a mix of both of them here.
The Cowboys DST ($3,800) have a great defense for fantasy. They get after the QB in a big way, with 15 sacks this season which puts pressure on them and their playmakers to turn the ball over. They have 12 turnovers this season. Herbert has had some games where he has struggled with turnovers, and the Cowboys have the speed to return any opportunity in for a score. The Chargers DST ($3,200) are alot more feast or fame. They have 16 sacks this season, but 7 of those came against the Raiders in Week 4 against backup Aidan O’Connell. Worth a punt in GPP incase Prescott feels the heat, but don’t go crazy here.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Dallas @Los Angeles! 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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