The last (European) international series game of the 2022 season, Seattle @Tampa Bay, here we cover the DraftKings showdown slate. This will be the first game held in Germany, and from the pictures, it looks like the teams are going to be well-supported. I could have been there too if I’d worked out the flights! Alas, I’ll be watching from the UK and seeing how my Showdown slates
DraftKings SMF Showdown 2022 – Seattle @Tampa Bay Captain Picks
Kenneth Walker III ($15,600 Capt/ $10,400 Flex)
Walker has been elite since he was given the reigns of the backfield. It’s not an obvious play to opt for a RB against this tough Tampa Bay defensive front. But, he is going to be getting TOUCHES in this one, he could easily see the ball 20 times in this one- that volume makes him worthy of CPT consideration.
DK Metcalf ($12,600 Capt/ $8,400 Flex)
Metcalf is a hard player to defend against with his size and speed. The Seattle offense isn’t one that really spreads the ball, so it comes down to Metcalf or Tyler Lockett ($12,900 Capt/ $8,600 Flex) through the air. I’m opting for Metcalf in this one, as he is slightly cheaper and likely less owned as CPT, but if you want to go with Lockett that’s fine.
Chris Godwin ($10,800 Capt/ $7,200 Flex)
Godwin’s price seems odd given the massive difference between Godwin to Mike Evans. Godwin is getting plenty of targets in this offense, with an average of 12 targets from the past 4 weeks. During that spell he has been productive, but hasn’t managed to score a TD. With the pricing too, it leaves you with alot to play with if you put Godwin in the CPT spot.
DraftKings SMF Showdown 2022 – Seattle @Tampa Bay Flex Picks
Mike Evans ($10,600 Flex)
Evans feels like an expensive play on the slate, given that he hasn’t really had a big game outside of his huge game all the way back in Week 4. The Seattle secondary has been good against receivers this season too, with an average of just under 28 DKPts on average given to the position. In what should be a low-scoring affair, it’s hard to justify the price here.
Geno Smith ($10,200 Flex)
Smith feels like a nice play here. Even with the ground game and Walker performing, he has managed to get the ball moving nicely through the air. I mean, his season is that impressive he is priced up ahead of Tom Brady in this one. If Tampa are able to up the pace of the game, it’s going to force the Seahawks to throw the ball more.
Tom Brady ($10,000 Flex)
Brady has huge volume passing the ball and getting plenty of yards. The issue for fantasy is that the team aren’t converting to scores often enough. In what should be a low-scoring affair, I don’t know how many shares of Brady I want, but I’m definitely going to have some of him- especially in a Godwin stack.
Tyler Lockett ($8,600 Flex)
Lockett has had a good run of form lately, and splits targets almost down the middle with Metcalf. I don’t hate him in the CPT spot, as I said earlier, but I prefer him as a flex play in this game. The Tampa Bay secondary is middle of the pack against WRs, so there are plenty of reasons to like Lockett in this one.
Leonard Fournette ($7,800 Flex)
Fournette hasn’t really done too much for fantasy in recent weeks, but he has a good opportunity this week against the Seattle defensive front. They have given up an average of 27.2 DKPts to RBs this season, enough to put them in the top quarter of defenses to target. With the dump-off targets that he is getting in the offense too, he has a solid floor with DK’s scoring.
Julio Jones/ Scotty Miller ($6,200/ $4,800 Flex)
With the volume that Brady is throwing the ball, the third WR has decent upside. Jones hasn’t really done anything this season, but he still has the ability to make a big-play if given the opportunity (my best ball shares still hope he does anyway). The offense try and work the ball to him when he is on the field, so there are signs he could do something if given the chance.
Miller has been working himself into the offense with Russell Gage ruled out. Got 8 targets last week, and you can’t overlook that with DK’s scoring. Could get a zero, but the price makes him a decent play on the slate.
Cade Otton ($5,400 Flex)
Otton has really stepped up in the offense with Cameron Brate out of the lineup. That chemistry should mean he continues to be a strong play, even with Brate now available. With Seattle struggling against the TE position this season, Otton should be able to get a good play in this one. If he manages to get some more redzone targets from Brady, Otton is a sneaky upside play on the slate.
Marquise Goodwin ($5,200 Flex)
You can never fully overlook Goodwin on any showdown slate for one reason- speed. He has the ability to rip passes to the endzone, as he did against the Chargers in Week 7. I don’t think that he repeats that success in this one, but I will have at least one lineup with him for the slate.
Rachaad White ($5,000 Flex)
White has started getting more touches in the offense, which has frustrated Leonard Fournette. The fact that those touches are mainly receptions, he has a decent floor with DK’s PPR scoring. With the way that Seattle has struggled against the RB position, White could have a big game if given the opportunity.
Noah Fant ($4,600 Flex)
Fant had a great game last week, and with his middle pricing, I think you will see alot of the field attracted to him. The Tampa defense can definitely be attacked through the TE position too, so I can see the appeal. I’m not sure I will have too many lineups with him in this one. I can’t see the team really looking outside of Metcalf and Lockett.
Will Dissly ($3,000 Flex)
Fant had a great game last time out, but Dissly was still on the field around about the same amount. I like Dissly as a nice pivot from Fant on the slate, with his usage as a big body in the redzone. That upside along with the reduced ownership from Fant makes him a better selection here.
Cameron Brate ($1,200 Flex)
Brate has been forced to miss the past few weeks, and Otton has really taken advantage in the offense. With Brate coming back for this one though, and the struggles that Seattle have had at defending the position, he could have a decent game here. At the price, he really doesn’t need to do much to hit value. I much prefer Otton, but I’ll have a lineup with Brate here.
DraftKings SMF Showdown 2022 – Seattle @Tampa Bay Kickers and DSTs
This game while expected to be low-scoring isn’t one that I really want either defense in. The Tampa Bay DST ($4,400) are a real-life beast of a defense, but they have struggled to turn the ball over. Geno Smith has been able to avoid turning over the ball too much. Equally, Seattle DST ($3,600) are lining up against Brady who has looked after the ball effectively, and that doesn’t really give too much appeal.
The kickers, as ever are worth considering with the floor that they provide. Jason Myers ($4,200) has been great for fantasy this season, as he has been required to attempt more FGs than in previous seasons (he has attempted 4 fewer FGs so far this season than he did all of last year). Equally, Ryan Succop ($4,000) has been called upon more often than in previous seasons with the Tampa Bay offense struggling to finish drives with scores. Succop has only missed two kicks all season, so you can rely on him to be accurate when given the opportunity.
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