Another 2023 DraftKings showdown slate this time Baltimore @Los Angeles. This one should be a good one to see how Baltimore are going to be as an offense. The Chargers defense can’t make stops consistently, so they should be able to do what they want. The Chargers will be looking for a receiver to step up alongside Allen. The O/U has been set as 46.5, with the Ravens favored by just over a field goal.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Baltimore @Los Angeles Captain Picks
Lamar Jackson ($18,000 Capt/ $12,000 Flex)
Jackson is an elite talent, but as the running game has become more effective (and it’s been working without Jackson), his ceiling has been lowered. But, this could be the game that he uses to get right- the Chargers defense isn’t a strong unit and you can do pretty much whatever you want against them.
Keenan Allen ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Allen has been an absolute monster this season, with a massive target share in this offense. Has a total of 30 targets in his last two games, and averaging 11 on the season. With the PPR scoring here, he has a massively safe floor. Really the CPT choice comes down to Allen or Ekeler for me.
Austin Ekeler ($15,000 Capt/ $10,000 Flex)
Ekeler’s pricing here seems odd given his involvement in the offense and his talent. This is a tough matchup though, with an average of 19.3 DKPts given up to the position, and he struggled last time out against the Packers- a team he should have performed well against. I love the pricing here, but I’d love him to see some more targets in the offense.
Gus Edwards ($12,900 Capt/ $8,600 Flex)
Edwards has TD upside, with his ability to get multiple scores with his redzone usage. Possibly the highest ceiling on the slate here. Scored multiple TDs in 3 of his four, and scored nine in his last 5 games. Massive upside with this Chargers front. I don’t mind putting him in your CPT spot either, as it frees up a bunch of salary you can use elsewhere. But, for me, it’s CPT or bust. Don’t really have him as as a flex.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Baltimore @Los Angeles Flex Picks
Justin Herbert ($11,000 Flex)
Herbert has been fine all season, but hasn’t yet finished with an elite box score this season. WIth the way the team funnel their offense to Ekeler and Allen it’s hard for him to outscore both of those. Feel like he would be a GPP pivot here, rather than a player I’m looking to add in my flex spot here.
Zay Flowers ($8,000 Flex)
Flowers is a receiver I love this week. Beckham may have had more targets last week, but that’s unusual in this offense. This matchup against the Chargers secondary is just too good to pass up. Even with his TD upside in the offense, I think he would be a great flex play- especially in a stack with Jackson.
Keaton Mitchell ($6,800 Flex)
Mitchell has been doing well in the offense as part of a rotation. But, Edwards is a vulture here. He is a viable flex option if you didn’t go with Edwards as CPT. You really can’t combine them here- even with this matchup.
Odell Beckham ($6,200 Flex)
Beckham has scored twice in his last three games, and the one he didn’t find the endzone he had over 100 yards. I’m expecting Flowers to lead the team in targets for this one, but Beckham has shown he still has the ability to get deep. Against this Chargers secondary he could have a big game.
Isaiah Likely ($5,200 Flex)
Likely is the starting TE now with Mark Andrews set for a long spell on the sidelines. The pricing gives you the ability to take a risk here for his role in the offense. The last time he stepped up in the offense with Andrews out, the Ravens didn’t have the receiving talent they have now. But, as I’ve said over and over, this Chargers defense is one that you can target and feel fine about it.
Gerald Everett/ Donald Parham Jr. ($4,800/ $4,400 Flex)
The TE battle here has some appeal- and they are different sides of the same coin. Everett should be the starter here after practicing in full on Friday. Has a decent floor but limited upside. Parham is the other side- doesn’t have much of a floor with Everett back in the rotation but has a good ceiling with his big body near the redzone.
Rashod Bateman ($4,000 Flex)
Bateman is a nice value on the slate. Seems like he is actually healthy and is on the field alot. Scored this first TD of the season last week, albeit on limited targets. Has more appeal that a dart-throw with his ability and the matchup, but don’t go crazy here.
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:
- Joshua Kelley (RB, LAC) $3,400 Flex – Kelley needs an injury to Ekeler, or to break something on his limited workload. Absolute dart-throw here.
- Quentin Johnston (WR, LAC) $3,000 Flex – Johnston is really cheap for a WR2, but then when you’ve only managed one game for 50 yards and scored once it’s not great. With his perceived opportunity he could be a popular play, but I’d look elsewhere.
- Jalen Guyton (WR, LAC) $2,400 Flex – Guyton priced nearly the same as Johnston here, but has struggled to be healthy. In his last game against Detroit, he scored a TD to go along with 41 yards. I’d prefer Guyton to Johnston, but think I’d just pay down and roll the dice.
- Nelson Agholor (WR, BAL) $2,200 Flex – Agholor needs a TD to hit any type of relevance or value. Scored last week, but wasn’t really a designed play to him.
- Justice Hill (RB, BAL) $1,600 Flex – Had his moment, but is now the RB3 in this offense and isn’t getting the usage to be viable. If either of the RBs get injured, he could hit, but far more likely to dud here.
- Stone Smartt (TE, LAC) $1,200 Flex – Only really remotely viable if Everett misses for whatever reason. Don’t hold much hope for him here.
- Derius Davis (WR, LAC) $1,000 Flex – Davis is a gadget player, and kick returner, but with the return of Guyton for the Chargers he isn’t going to get much usage here.
- Charlie Kolar (TE, BAL) $600 Flex – Kolar is a decent punt as the TE2 for the Ravens. Was on the field a decent amount, so there is the opportunity there to perform. At the price, doesn’t have to do much to hit value.
- Alex Erickson (WR, LAC) $400 Flex – Erickson could get a play in this one, just keep an eye out to see if he gets activated. Was on the field for a tonne last week, but only caught one pass for 12 yards. The pricing leaves alot on the table for you to spend elsewhere, and doesn’t need to do too much to hit value.
My favorite plays from the above are the Chargers receivers. One of them has to do something to support Herbert and the passing game. Think I’d go Erickson, Guyton and Johnston in that order. I’ll give an honorable mention for Kolar too with his snap count meaning he has plenty of opportunity against the CHargers’ defense.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Baltimore @Los Angeles Kickers and DSTs
The kickers here are both great options. Justin Tucker ($5,400) is just an elite kicker, has a massive leg, and accurate. Has missed four FG attempts this season, but they have all been 50+ attempts. You don’t need to overthink this here. If the Ravens stall out, Tucker is given the opportunity. Cameron Dicker ($5,000) has been solid this season, with only a single miss from 50+ this season. The Chargers offense has stalled at times this season as they have struggled with their funnel offense. If the Ravens can make a few redzone stops, Dicker should be able to convert.
Ravens DST ($4,200) aren’t the rock-solid defense they were a few years ago, but they have plenty of playmakers. Have got after the QB, with 44 sacks this season and forced 19 turnovers. Should be able to hit high single-digits with upside if they convert a turnover. Chargers DST ($3,800) have some guys that can do something, but they just aren’t consistently. They have 34 sacks this season, but 7 of those came in the game against the Raiders (Aidan O’Connell’s first game). Can’t really make a stop on defense either. Worth GPP consideration incase they get a TD on a turnover, but the floor is really not there at all.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Baltimore @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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