Another 2023 DraftKings showdown slate this time New York @Buffalo. This game really could go a few ways. The Giants are without Daniel Jones for this one, but they could welcome back Saquon Barkley (although I don’t see the value in rolling him out here). Buffalo were shocked last week in London against the Jaguars and will be looking to make a statement here to show that was just a blip. The O/U here has been set at 43.5, with the Bills favored by around 2 TDs.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Buffalo Captain Picks
Josh Allen ($19,200 Capt/ $12,800 Flex)
Allen will be wanting to make a statement after struggling last time out in London against the Jaguars. Still managed a decent fantasy score, despite the struggles on offense. But has a chance to have a mammoth score here. The only way he doesn’t torch here is if the team gets up to a big score and pulls him.
Stefon Diggs ($18,300 Capt/ $12,200 Flex)
If you want a pivot from Allen, then it has to be Diggs. Such an important part of this offense. Has a huge target share which gives him a solid floor, and his ceiling is as high as anyone on the slate. Had over 100 yards in each of his last three games, and only the (very) comfortable victory against the Raiders held him from doing it this season. Pairing him with Allen is a strong way to go here.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Buffalo Flex Picks
Saquon Barkley ($11,000 Flex)
Questionable for this game. Feels like he would be a pivot at best with this price tag. Can’t really see him hitting value at the price tag- especially if he is eased back into the offense. He could do it, just through talent- but I’m steering clear here.
Tyrod Taylor ($9,400 Flex)
Taylor cones in as the starter with Daniel Jones ruled out. Doesn’t fill me with confidence in this offense on the road though- especially behind this offensive line. Feels like he could have a huge range of outcomes. Can’t see him really hitting value here unless we see alot of garbage time though.
James Cook ($9,200 Flex)
Giants have struggled to stop teams running all over him. Cook is the lead back, and should be given plenty of touches in this one. Could end up eating alot of clock in this one too if the Bills get up to an early score. Sneaky CPT option if you think the game is going to be a blowout.
Gabe Davis ($7,800 Flex)
Davis has the chance to break any showdown slate with his deep threat and ability to find space in the red zone. Love this pricing here. The majority of the field is likely to head towards Diggs on the slate, and Davis could be a nice pivot. Feel like I might build a lineup with Allen, Diggs and Davis and take some shots at cheap plays.
Darren Waller ($7,400 Flex)
Waller is trending to play, after logging a few limited sessions this week. Leads the team in targets, receptions and yards. Should have a safe floor here as a check down option with Taylor leading the offense. Could rack up a decent number of PPR points with a low-ish ceiling in the offense. At some point, Waller is going to score his first TD of the season too (although I’m not confident that happens here).
Isaiah Hodgins ($6,200 Flex)
Really unsure to know what to do with Hodgins. Needs to get into the endzone if he is going to hit value, which is tough to do in this offense (only two passing TDs this season). A change of QB can always help mix things up, but moving to Taylor here doesn’t feel great.
Matt Breida ($5,800 Flex)
Breida has some value here but this is likely the last game that he does. Barkley is questionable heading into this game and if he is a go, likely to be eased into the offense. Could mean some more work for Breida. At the price, he doesn’t really have to do all that much to hit value. I could see the Giants chasing this game though- meaning that Breida struggles to do much of anything.
Darius Slayton ($5,200 Flex)
Slayton has really claimed the deep-threat in this offense but the team have struggled to utilize him as the offense has largely stalled. A change in QB can breathe life into an offense, but Taylor hasn’t shown he has the arm talent to find Slayton if he does manage to get free in the secondary. GPP only option for me.
Wan’Dale Robinson ($4,600 Flex)
Robinson is as healthy, so he is worth considering for your lineups. Should get plenty of targets in the offense as the team look to keep the targets shrot and bust a coverage- a perfect game-script for Robinson. The pricing is likely to make him popular on the slate though.
Dalton Kincaid ($4,200 Flex)
Not sure if Kincaid plays in this one, as he has been dealing with a concussion. If he does, even less sure I want to play him here. Hasn’t really done too much this season, and Knox still feels like the redzone weapon for Allen.
Dawson Knox ($3,800 Flex)
Knox is massively appealing if Kincaid misses. Dealing with a wrist injury, but should be ready to go here. Has redzone upside too, feels like a nice cheap play on the starting Bills offense.
Parris Campbell ($2,400 Flex)
No idea what his offense is going to look like with Taylor throwing the ball. Uncertainty generally leads to opportunity though, and Campbell could be a nice play on the slate. Working out of the slot could lead to plenty of checkdowns and short passes.
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:
- Gary Brightwell (RB, DAL) $4,000 Flex – Brightwell was active last week, but didn’t manage to get on the field. Only worth considering if Barkley is out.
- Latavius Murray (RB, BUF) $3,600 Flex – Murray is the TD vulture in the offense. Scored twice this season on 19 carries. If he doesn’t get in the endzone, he isn’t going to have anywhere near value.
- Damien Harris (RB, BUF) $1,800 Flex – Harris is the RB2 on carries, but isn’t getting alot of work. Doesn’t have the appeal of redzone work either with Murray. Hard to really see a game script where he has value outside of a random TD and injury to Cook- and you’d need both to happen.
- Eric Gray (RB, NYG) $1,600 Flex – Gray feels like a trap on the slate. Managed to get more touches than Breida last week, but can’t see that happening with Brightwell back
- Jalin Hyatt (WR, NYG) $1,200 Flex – Hyatt has been boom or bust all season. There is no floor here, but shown he has the ability to take any touch to the endzone. True roll of the dice here.
- Khalil Shakir/ Deonte Harty (WR, BUF) $800/ $600 Flex – The WR3 for the Bills could be a big part of this slate. Offering huge salary savings, with upside against this Giants secondary. Shakir has really struggled to be part of the offense, with just 1 target (at most) in the games he has played. Harty hasn’t been on the field as much, but when he is he is getting the ball. Harty feels like a big-play player, and has punt return duties.
- Trent Sherfield (WR, BUF) $200 Flex – Sherfield looked like he had the WR3 position locked up to start the season, but has started to struggle to continue his grip on it. Min-price, but I’d rather find the $600/ $400 and go for the options mentioned above.
- Daniel Bellinger (TE, NYG) $200 Flex – Bellinger feels slightly better than his normal min-price dice throw. Waller was limited to start the week, which could mean Bellinger sees the field more often here. If he falls into the endzone here, a career-classic 1 yard fall into the endzone he smashes value.
My favored plays from the above are Harty and Bellinger.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Buffalo Kickers and DSTs
The Bills DST ($6,600) feel like a they could have a HUGE game here. As in, they might be worth a sneaky CPT play if you are feeling a little spicy. The Giants offense has been struggling this season with production, and are without Daniel Jones (don’t know if that might be a positive here though). With Tyrod Taylor on the road, behind that awful offensive line. This could get ugly and fast. Great play (likely popular) play on the slate. The Giants DST ($3,400) are going to be overlooked on the slate, but in GPPs I’d be tempted. Looked effective last week against the Dolphins, and we have seen (last week) that Allen can struggle to get going sometimes.
The kickers have been great on the showdown slates this season, but not sure I’m as sold on them here. Tyler Bass ($4,800) is automatic, having kicked everything he has been given this season. But he can equally have games where those attempts are limited to PATs (and just two last week in London). Generally should be good for double-digits though. Graham Gano ($4,400) is a great kicker, but has missed a few kicks this season. With the likely struggles of the offense in this game, could struggle with lack of opportunity.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of New York @Buffalo! 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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