Finishing Week 7 the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Las Vegas @Detroit. Big headline will be the health of St. Brown after he appeared on the injury report with illness. If he is out, which doesn’t seem likely, then it’ll shake up the slate a decent amount. The O/U is around 45.5, with the Lions favored by over a TD.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Las Vegas @Detroit Captain Picks
Amon-Ra St. Brown ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
St. Brown popped up on the injury report with an illness. A late addition is never good, so just keep an eye on the situation. Could even be the Lions trying to take an extra cautious route after the NFL went after the Falcons and the illness to Bijan Robinson. If St. Brown is a go, he is a strong CPT play given his importance to the offense.
Jared Goff ($15,600 Capt/ $10,400 Flex)
Goff playing at home is a different animal. Pretty much across the board, he is better at home. With a lack of rushing upside, he isn’t my normal type of QB inclusion as CPT. But, against this Las Vegas defense, at home, he should have a solid game. Nice pivot from St. Brown on the slate, and gives you the production of St. Brown and Sam LaPorta, as well as the other receivers that pop up in the endzone.
Jahmyr Gibbs ($12,900 Capt/ $8,600 Flex)
Gibbs should be the leadback again for this one, with David Montgomery ruled out. Did well for fantasy last week too. Sure, alot of it came in garbage time, but production is production. What is encouraging for DK’s PPR scoring was his 10 targets. If St. Brown is at all limited, then Gibbs should see more check-downs from Goff too.
Jakobi Meyers ($12,300 Capt/ $8,200 Flex)
Meyers gets plenty on targets in this offense, which is massive for DK’s PPR scoring. Averaging around 10 targets a game. At this price point, you can’t look past that volume. As a result, makes it as a CPT consideration on the slate. If he doesn’t make your CPT spot, he is an auto-flex play.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Las Vegas @Detroit Flex Picks
Davante Adams ($10,800 Flex)
Adams just misses out as a CPT consideration for me here. Has probably the highest ceiling on the slate. Thing is, I don’t know if he will hit it here. Has seen spotty usage this season too, with 4 games with less than 10 targets. At the price, I prefer him as a flex play instead of a CPT generally. I’ll have a few shares of him as a CPT, but mainly a flex.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($9,400 Flex)
Garoppolo coming back gives this offense a major boost. Hasn’t been great this season, but a definite upgrade over Brian Hoyer. Not worth consideration as a CPT with his limited ceiling. If you go for Meyers (or you opt for Adams) as a CPT, nice stack against a Lions secondary that give up a chunk through the air.
Josh Jacobs ($8,400 Flex)
Jacobs struggled last week, finishing with just 41 yards from scrimmage. But then the whole offense really took a leap back. As a result of those struggles, and the Lions being tough for RBs to produce against, mean he is going to be overlooked. Jacobs has the ability to score points in a hurry though if given the opportunity. With his volume in the offense, a nice flex play.
Sam LaPorta ($7,400 Flex)
LaPorta has been great to start his rookie season. Solid floor with his target share, and could see more looks here if St. Brown is at all limited with his illness. Has great size and ability in the redzone too, so has a strong ceiling too.
Josh Reynolds ($6,200 Flex)
Reynolds has been working well as the WR2 for the Lions, and could have to step up if St. Brown is limited with his illness. If St. Brown is actually ruled out, I’ll mix in some CPT shots too, as he should get a bump in his normal 3-4 targets (he has been efficient with them).
Jameson Williams ($5,200 Flex)
Williams is a massively talented receiver, but hasn’t had the chance to show that on the field as of yet. Got 6 targets last week, but failed to catch a single one. With his deep threat, if he only catches one pass that could end up as a long score and him hitting value. With his limited usage this season, his ownership should be low too.
Michael Mayer ($3,800 Flex)
Mayer feels like he has turned a corner, and getting more involved in the offense. Has 13 targets in his last three games, and should be helped by Jimmy G returning here. Nice value, as he has good redzone upside with his size.
Craig Reynolds ($3,200 Flex)
Reynolds should be the backup for Gibbs, with Montgomery ruled out of the game. Didn’t get alot of work, bit that game got ugly quickly for the Lions. Gibbs looked great on the volume though, so we could really see Reynolds only getting a handful of carries/ targets here. At the price, I don’t mind it as he could see a carry near the goal-line and score. But I wouldn’t rush to get him in my lineup.
Kalif Raymond ($2,800 Flex)
Raymond was injured last week, but should be good to go in this one. Going to be the WR4 for the Lions, unless St. Brown doesn’t play. If he is the WR3, he feels like a lock at the price. If he is the WR4 I don’t mind him as a flex option as he pops up with some catches deep downfield.
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:
- Zamir White (RB, LV) $1,600 Flex – White is the backup for the Raiders, and has started to get a few targets in the offense. Not sure I like the play, given Detroit’s strength against the RB position this season. You’ll NEED a him to fall into the endzone most likely, as his volume won’t get it done- even at this price-point.
- Hunter Renfrow (WR, LV) $1,200 Flex – Renfrow really has fallen in this offense. No longer the PPR monster he used to be. Even got fewer snaps that Tucker who is half the price last week.
- Austin Hooper (TE, LV) $800 Flex – Hooper has fallen to the TE2 in the offense, with Mayer taking a step forward. Still gets a few targets in the offense, and could pop for a TD with his size in the redzone. But I’d prefer other options.
- Tre Tucker (WR, LV) $600 Flex – Tucker feels wrongly priced. Think he is becoming the WR3 in the offense, with Renfrow finding himself on the sidelines as the WR4. Tucker has a massive amount of speed and can take advantage of any gaps he is offered by the defense. The pricing means that he could really hit value very quickly.
My favorite plays from the above is Tucker. But the Raiders’ offense overall feels like a dart-throw outside of it’s real ‘core’ pieces- so grab a mix if you can.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Las Vegas @Detroit Kickers and DSTs
The kickers again offer a decent floor on the slate. Riley Patterson ($4,800) has been solid this season, only missing one FG from long-range this season. Didn’t get an opportunity to get out on the field last week, as the Ravens took control and made the game ugly quickly. The concern you have to weigh up is if Patterson will only be limited to PATs, as he has only had 8 FG attempts this season. Daniel Carlson ($4,200) has had more volume with FGs. But he has missed 3 of his 14 attempts this season. Appeared on the injury report with a groin injury, but should be a go for the game.
The DSTs have some appeal too. The Raiders DST ($3,600) as the away team are significantly cheaper than the Lions DST ($5,000). The Raiders aren’t a good defense, and really only have Maxx Crosby that they can rely on in any given week. The Raiders have recorded 15 sacks and 11 turnovers this season. But Goff playing at home isn’t sacked or turning the ball over that often. Not sure it’s a great play, but these showdowns have had plenty of defensive upsets. The Lions defense are really priced are up. They’ve been decent this year for fantasy with 15 sacks and 13 turnovers in their 7 games this season. The thing is, it’ll need the Raiders to really implode for them to hit value at their price point.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Las Vegas @Detroit! 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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