Continuing our DraftKings Showdown coverage of the 2021 season, we look at the Detroit @Green Bay matchup. We’ve been treated to some brilliant prime-time matchups so far this season, and I honestly think this one could be a great one too. I think it’s safe to say that Green Bay’s 38-3 annihilation at the hands of New Orleans was the biggest shock of Week 1, and one I can’t see being repeated this week. Detroit managed to sneak some garbage time points to cover the spread at home to San Francisco, going down 41-33. Vegas has this matchup priced up with Green Bay as 11.5-point home favorites, with the O/U sitting at 49. I think Rodgers and the Packers come back strong here and should have a solid evening back at Lambeau Field.
DraftKings Showdown 2021- Detroit @Green Bay Captain Picks
Davante Adams ($17,770/$11,800)
It always seems to be a coin toss between Adams and Jones in these matchups, but Adam’s ridiculous anytime TD odds of 1.62 means he just edges it here. Given that my Rodgers/Adams stack on last week’s main slate killed me, my gut hates this, but there’s no denying Adam’s ability, and his connection with Rodgers is just one I don’t like fading. What I found interesting, was looking at how Green Bay bounced back from losses last season. In their 3 games following a loss during the regular season in 2020, Rodgers threw for 4 TDs in each of them – and if anyone’s going to get on the end of at least one of those, it’s almost definitely going to be Davante Adams. The one downside is that his ridiculous salary means it becomes difficult to fit too many other high-priced guys in.
D’Andre Swift ($12,600/$8,400)
I think regardless of how this game plays out; Swift should play a big role. He’s currently questionable but looks to be trending towards featuring in this one. In Week 1 it looked like Jamaal Williams would be the lead back with Swift recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season, but the second-year back out of Georgia ended up seeing 68% of snaps. He also saw a team-high 11(!) targets for 8 catches, 65 yards, and a TD, and 11 rushes for 39 yards. If this was Swift playing in a limited capacity, I can’t wait to see him back playing in a full in this Lions offense. His PPR upside is immense here, and if Detroit does somehow lead and needs to run down some clock, Swift is likely to see some work on the ground.
AJ Dillon ($4,500/$3,000)
This is very much a GPP, try to fit in as many studs as possible, value captain pick. With the high-priced guys being so highly-priced, I think value captain is certainly a viable route in this one. AJ Dillon spent his rookie year as RB3 on this Packers offense, but with the departure of Jamaal Williams, should see an elevated role this year. He saw 28% of snaps last week, which isn’t too high, but it’s important to remember Green Bay played almost the entirety of that game from behind. He’s a productive runner too, averaging 5.3 yards per carry last season on 46 attempts, and I’m excited to see his role in this offense. He’s not an attractive pick but facing a defense that just gave up 131 yards and 2 TDs on the ground to San Francisco last week, I think he’s a nice value choice to free up some salary.
DraftKings Showdown 2021- Detroit @ Green Bay Flex Picks
Aaron Rodgers ($11,400)
He may have been horrifically bad last week, but he’s still Aaron Rodgers. There’s really not much else to say – he should bounce back here, and there are few better places than under the lights on Monday Night Football, at Lambeau Field against a divisional rival.
Aaron Jones ($10,400)
I’m really liking a double-RB stack here. Jones looks set to play a larger role in the passing game following Williams’ departure, and in a PPR setting, he’s a nice play here. At odds of 1.83 to score anytime, Vegas obviously predicts him to find the endzone at some point tonight. He struggled last week, but this Detroit run defense is nowhere near as solid as New Orleans’.
Jared Goff ($10,000)
Do I love this play? Not at all. Is it solid? Sure. Goff obviously has a point to prove after being cast out to Detroit this offseason, and he did manage to put up 338 yards for 3 TDs and an interception at home to the 49ers last week. He probably won’t replicate that tonight, but this Packers secondary is less than convincing. Hockenson and Swift aren’t bad options in the passing game, and I think this Green Bay could certainly be exploited.
T.J. Hockenson ($9,600)
Only Swift saw more targets than Hockenson’s 10 in Week 1. Again, if Detroit ends up playing this one from behind, as Vegas anticipates, Hockenson should see similar numbers to last week. His price means he likely has to find the end zone again to be a real smash play, but he’s another solid choice here.
Jamaal Williams ($7,200)
I feel as if all the top guys on this slate are perfectly playable options tonight. Williams had a monster game last week, both on the ground and through the air, going 8-56 receiving, and 9-54-1 on the ground. If salary constraints mean you can’t get to Swift, I think Williams is a perfectly viable alternative. He could be in line for some regression if Swift isn’t as ‘limited’ as last week, but he frees up a bit of salary for elsewhere.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,600)
I’m not normally one to read too much into past season’s results, but the Aaron Rodgers 4-TD games following losses from last year is a fact I find difficult to ignore. I think he comes out all guns blazing in this one, and Detroit’s secondary is a perfect opponent for him to forget about last week’s woes. MVS is a lovely deep threat for Rodgers to aim for, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he found the end zone in this one.
Amon-Ra St. Brown ($2,400)
With Detroit’s WR1 Tyrell Williams ruled out of this one, and WR2 Kalif Reymond currently questionable, it really opens the door for rookie St. Brown to get some game time. Last week he actually saw a solid 64% of snaps on offense. Despite only seeing 4 targets, the snap count is encouraging, and being so low-priced, he doesn’t need to do a huge amount to pay off.
I’m probably staying away from both defenses in this one. I don’t expect a repeat of last week’s performance from the Green Bay offense, and I don’t trust their defense either. In terms of kickers, Mason Crosby ($4,000) is the preferred option, but Austin Seibert ($3,600) certainly isn’t a terrible choice either.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2021 Showdown of Detroit @Green Bay! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or jump into our Discord server
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