Finishing Week 11 of the 2023 season it’s the DraftKings showdown slate- Philadelphia @Kansas City. The repeat of the SuperBowl/ KelceBowl. Both teams are coming off the back of their bye week so should be well rested. This is a blockbuster game to finish the week. The O/U has been set at 46.5, with the Chiefs favored by a FG.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Kansas City Captain Picks
Patrick Mahomes ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Mahomes hasn’t been elite the past two weeks, but you just can’t fully discount him. Has massive upside here against an Eagles defense that has given up plenty through the air. Doesn’t have the same floor as Hurts, as he doesn’t run the ball as much. I’ll mainly have him as a flex, but I’ll mix in some CPT lineups too.
Jalen Hurts ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
Hurts is the Eagle that I’ll mainly be opting for in my CPT spot. Not the same level of passer as Mahomes, but has better weapons and runs the ball effectively. That rushing ability gives him a safe floor, and has massive upside as he runs around the goal-line too. If he combines a rushing game with one that he uses Brown and Smith too, he could easily be the highest scorer on the slate.
A.J. Brown ($15,300 Capt/ $10,200 Flex)
Brown is just elite. Getting a massive target share, and just ripping secondaries. Has only had 3 games where he failed to hit the 100-yard mark, and has the ability to score multiple times if given the opportunity. Doesn’t seem to matter if the Eagles get up to a lead either- Brown is still the guy they look to.
Travis Kelce ($15,000 Capt/ $10,000 Flex)
Kelce feels too cheap on this slate, just hitting 5 figures. Has had two quiet games, with a combined 13 targets for 9 receptions and 72 yards. With all of the lights on though, feel like Kelce is going to have a big game here. Had a big game last time these met (in the lights of the SuperBowl) with 6 receptions for 81 yards and a score.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Kansas City Flex Picks
DeVonta Smith ($9,000 Flex)
Smith started the season well, but mid-season has kinda fallen off as Brown has just smashed. Scored in each of his last two, but has only had one game with 100+ yards (had 99 two weeks ago). With secondary coverage, he could ball out here and is a nice pivot from Brown in GPPs.
D’Andre Swift ($8,400 Flex)
Swift is a solid value at the price, given the double-digit carries he gets in the offense and a few targets mixed in too. Doesn’t make headline plays, but should be in line for a low-double-digit game here without too much effort. If he manages to find the endzone, smashes value. Think he will be overlooked too, given the other players in this range.
Rashee Rice ($7,400 Flex)
Rice is a player that could pop, but feels a little bit overpriced on the slate. Getting 4-5 catches a game, and they aren’t particularly for big gains too. Hasn’t had over 72 yards in a game this season. But, he is the most ‘reliable’ receiver (i.e. excluding Kelce) on the team. Could spike against this Eagles secondary. GPP play.
Isiah Pacheco ($7,200 Flex)
Pacheco is too cheap here. The lead-back for the Chiefs and has a solid workload as a result. The Eagles defensive line is a strength though, so there could be a real lack of efficiency here. As a result, he is going to be underowned- making him a nice GPP play with lower ownership.
Julio Jones ($2,600 Flex)
Jones could see more work in the offense due to Dallas Goedert missing time. Can’t see any of the Eagles TEs stepping up to take on his role. The targets have to go somewhere, and Jones has been getting on the field more as the WR3.
Justin Watson ($2,400 Flex)
Watson has been a decent deep threat for the Chiefs, and is getting on the field a chunk. With the way this Eagles secondary defends, Watson could hit value in just a few targets. Has been getting 3-4 targets a game generally, but got 5 in the Chiefs last game against the Dolphins.
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:
- Jerick McKinnon (RB, KC) $5,600 Flex – McKinnon is a dart-throw on every slate. Not much of a floor at all here, but can put up big points quickly with his role in the redzone. I’m not tempted at all by Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($2,000). Could pop, but would need injuries ahead of him to hit value.
- Kenneth Gainwell (RB, PHI) $4,400 Flex – Gainwell is the Eagles version of McKinnon. No real floor here, but can put up points if he gets goal-line usage. But this is really Swift’s backfield. As it’s not a game against the Giants, I’m not tempted by Boston Scott ($800).
- Kadarius Toney (WR, KC) $4,200 Flex – Toney is able to do well on a showdown slate, but just haven’t seen that at all for a long time. Literally touched the ball four times in his last three games. Absolute dart-throw if you want to go that way.
- Skyy Moore (WR, KC) $3,400 Flex – Moore is the WR2 on the offense, making him third in targets for the team. Hasn’t really had a massive amount of fantasy production though, as each of the receivers have been rotated through the offense.
- Jack Stoll/ Albert Okwuegbunam (TE, PHI) $3,200/ $400 Flex – Stoll is likely to get the start here with Goedert ruled out for this one. Not sure he really gets too much though, far more likely to see a WR step up in the offense. Albert O at a near min-price is worth consideration. Has been a decent pass-catcher in his career, and with Goedert out could see more work here. At the price really doesn’t need to do much to hit value.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling/ Mecole Hardman (WR, KC) $3,000/ $2,800 Flex – Both of these feel like they have a similar outlook. MVS is on the field alot, but isn’t really getting too much of the ball. Hardman is getting the gadget play role in the Chiefs offense, and could make a big-play with his speed. Almost zero floor for both of them though.
- Noah Gray (TE, KC) $1,800 Flex – Gray is a decent pivot option in these showdown slates, as he gets a decent amount of passing work in the Chiefs offense- even with Kelce dominating targets. Could hit value even if he doesn’t get into the endzone.
- Olamide Zaccheaus (WR, PHI) $1,200 Flex – If Jones isn’t the WR3 for the Eagles, it’ll be Zaccheaus. Jones feels like he will take that role, but at the price it’s not a bad punt.
My favorite plays from the above are the backup RBs, and then Grey. Can take over showdown slates and have value. Gray in particular could hit value with his ‘normal’ workload here. Honorable mention for Albert O at near min-price.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Kansas City Kickers and DSTs
The kickers are both viable, given the strength of the offenses. I’ll even mix in some CPT lineups with them, as your lineup would be stacked with talent. Jake Elliott ($5,200) has been solid this season, with 18 of 20 FG attempts made Booms them from distance too, with his season-long being 61 yards. Harrison Butker ($5,000) is yet to miss this season, hitting all 18 of his FG attempts, with a long of 60 yards. Has also had less pressure on him to kick from distance, with a lot of his attempts (over half) coming from 30-39 yards.
The DSTs have some appeal too. Eagles DST ($4,000) are a great real-life defense, but that doesn’t always translate to fantasy. Their secondary hasn’t really brought the pressure, only getting 4 INTs this season. If they can get the pass-rush working they could hit here, but I prefer the home team. The Chiefs DST ($3,800) has been decent this season, with a streak of solid defensive performances. Hurts has been able to look after the ball effectively this season, but he has been sacked a decent amount this season. The Chiefs have had 31 sacks this season, so have shown their ability to get after the QB. If one of their playmakers can make a big-play on a turnover, they could be a nice GPP option here.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Philadelphia @Kansas City! 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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