Another 2023 DraftKings showdown slate this time Kansas City @New York. This game isn’t going to be as exciting as it seemed when the schedule came out, with Zach Wilson a clear downgrade from Aaron Rodgers. The O/U here is 42.5 with the Chiefs a heavy favorite (around 10 points). Could be looking at another blowout game for them here.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Kansas City @New York Captain Picks
Patrick Mahomes ($18,600 Capt/ $12,400 Flex)
Mahomes was on-track for a big game last week, before the team pulled him out in a blowout win. With his arm talent, combined with his rushing ability, he should have a good day against this Jets secondary. On paper, the Jets are decent against QBs- but in context of playing in some games where the damage was done elsewhere, it’s a little misleading.
Travis Kelce ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
Kelce is of that level that he is always going to be in consideration for the CPT spot. But his importance to the offense just can’t be overstated. Despite missing a game, he is the target, reception and TD leader for the team. When you then consider that the Jets have averaged a near-league high of 17.0 DKPts, despite not facing any ‘notable’ TEs- Kelce is set for a big game.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Kansas City @New York Flex Picks
Garrett Wilson ($9,600 Flex)
Wilson has managed to continue getting decent production on the field, even with Wilson throwing the ball. Not quite good enough at the price to consider as a CPT play, but a solid flex play.
Zach Wilson ($9,000 Flex)
Wilson is not the answer at QB. But he can make some plays, and has a good chance to put up some points in garbage time/ if the Chiefs bust a coverage. Can’t completely discount him on the slate, but I’ll only have him in a few lineups. Note: If you are feeling very spicy you can go for backup Tim Boyle ($6,000). If Wilson struggles again, the team might make a change.
Isiah Pacheco ($8,400 Flex)
Pacheco has continued his role as the early-down back in the offense, and is running effectively. Hasn’t had a huge game just yet, but as with alot of the Chiefs last week, was pulled due to the margin of victory. Running at a comfortable 4.4 yards per carry- with the expected volume for him he should hit value.
Breece Hall/ Dalvin Cook ($7,800/ $6,200 Flex)
Hall and Cook are in a bit of a timeshare which kills the value of both. Hall seems more dynamic but hasn’t seen enough of the ball in this (struggling) offense to do anything of note. Cook seems to continue getting the ball too, despite struggling to really do anything with them. With the difficulty of running on the Chiefs, I’m only going to have either of them in a handful of lineups.
Jerick McKinnon ($6,800 Flex)
McKinnon has started doing McKinnon things again. Doesn’t get much volume in the offense, but when he gets involved it tends to result in six points on the board. The price tag is a little offputting because there is no floor for him, but he is always worth GPP consideration as he can score multiple TDs from very little.
Skyy Moore ($6,400 Flex)
Moore, like most of the Chiefs, did nothing of note in Week 1, but he has become more established in the offense over the past two weeks with 10 targets, leading to 7 receptions for 112 yards and a single TD. The pricing feels a little high though, given the way the team have shared targets around their receivers. I’d rather pay down and have a similar floor/ ceiling.
Kadarius Toney ($5,600 Flex)
Toney is really little else than a gadget player. Just not getting on the field enough to really think about playing him outside of multi-lineup GPPs. To drive that point home, so far this season he has been on the field for a total of 37 snaps- Justin Watson was on the for 31 in each of his last two games.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,400 Flex)
Valdes-Scantling is the type of player who can take apart showdown slates, but more often than not he flames out. Able to get downfield with relative ease, but hasn’t been consistently able to catch the ball. If he catches two long-range passes the chances are that one of them would lead to the endzone.
Rashee Rice ($4,800 Flex)
Rice is somehow priced as the cheapest Chiefs receiver, despite being the one that trails just behind star Travis Kelce in targets and receptions. Think that pricing is going to make him a very popular play on the slate. You can’t ignore him, but bear that in mind when it comes to your GPP lineups.
Allen Lazard ($4,000 Flex)
Lazard is a big-target, which should help Wilson find him. The issue is that Wilson doesn’t seem to have the poise to find any receivers here. I’ll take him as a punt-play at the price though- a TD would smash value.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($3,000 Flex)
CEH isn’t getting usage on the field to justify this price tag. Looking at box scores he had a decent game last week, but he was only on the field because the offense had ripped apart the Bears en route to a blowout victory and the Chiefs were clearly easing Pacheco back into the offense.
Justin Watson ($2,400 Flex)
Watson has been having a quietly good start to the season. Currently leads the team in yards, and 4th in targets. Hasn’t yet managed to find the endzone, but that should change soon with his involvement in the offense. At the price tag, think he is going to be a popular play alongside Rice.
Tyler Conklin ($1,600 Flex)
Wilson not feeling comfortable in the pocket is great for Conklin, who has established himself as the check-down option in the offense. The pricing is great for him with his target share- I’ll have a decent chunk of lineups with him.
Noah Gray ($600 Flex)
Gray has been getting some usage on the field, outside of the game where Kelce was unavailable. Really only needs to catch the few targets that come his way for a few yards and hits value here. Nice salary relief.
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:
- Michael Carter (RB, NYJ) $2,000 Flex – Carter is not really seeing much at all in the offense, with Hall and Cook sharing the vast majority.
- Randall Cobb (WR, NYJ) $1,000 Flex – Cobb really has just been brought in to be someone for Aaron Rodgers to hang out with. Not looking anything near to the player he used to be, and not getting much time on the field.
- Justyn Ross (WR, KC) $200 Flex – Ross got on the field a chunk last week, but hard to know if that was due to the Chiefs having such a comfortable lead. If this ends up a blow-out, could see the field again
- Xavier Gipson/ Mecole Hardman (WR, NYJ) Both $200 Flex – Gipson is yet to see the field on offense outside of a single snap in Week 1. Has kick and punt return duties, and has scored a punt return TD- but it’ll take a longshot play to not get a zero. Hardman is little more than a gadget player, with just a single target this season.
- C.J. Uzomah (TE, NYJ) $200 Flex – second string TE, and isn’t getting much usage at all here. In a offense led by a struggling Zach Wilson, it’s hard to even think he could have redzone upside.
- Blake Bell (TE, KC) $200 Flex – backup TE mainly used to block, freeing up either Kelce or Gray to run a route. Hasn’t caught a pass (or had a target) this season in a game that Kelce has played in.
My favored plays from the above are Justyn Ross, and Uzomah as a pure punt play in a heavy Chiefs lineup.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Kansas City @New York Kickers and DSTs
The Chiefs DST ($5,200) are priced up, with playmakers that should be able to cause Zach Wilson issues. They have a total of 8 sacks as well as forcing 4 turnovers through games. Facing Wilson who has struggled in the pocket with sacks and turnovers, a stack with Pacheco is a nice play here. The Jets DST ($3,600) are a good real-life unit, but that doesn’t always translate to fantasy. Mahomes is able to stay strong in the pocket and look after the ball, so the Jets are really only worth considering in multi-lineup GPPs.
The kickers have been great on these showdown slates so far this season. Harrison Butker ($4,600) has hit every kick that he has been asked to, mainly from mid-range. The Jets defense are a decent (real-life) unit, so could force some drives to stall, making Butker a nice play. I’m less sold on Greg Zuerlein ($3,800), well I’m doubting the situation, because he still has a long kick. I just don’t know if the Jets are going to be able to get him into range consistently- especially if Wilson turns the ball over a few times.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Kansas City @New York! 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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