Another 2023 DraftKings showdown slate this time Philadelphia @Dallas. A divisional matchup that has some big implications for both teams. If the Cowboys win, it’ll bring their record up to that of the Eagles, and keep them one of the lead seeds for the playoffs. If the Eagles get the win, it’ll give them a two game lead in the division and puts them in great position for the top seed in the NFC. The Cowboys are favored by a FG with an O/U of around 51.5.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Dallas Captain Picks
CeeDee Lamb ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Lamb is a target monster, averaging over 10 targets a game and over 7 receptions. Had a huge game against the Eagles earlier in the season, with 11 catches for 191 yards. This Eagles secondary is the weak spot of the defense, and can be bullied. Lamb is one of the best receivers in the league, this is a smash start for him. Great (and popular) CPT play on the slate.
Jalen Hurts ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
Hurts didn’t have a great time against the 49ers, but with his work on the ground it wasn’t awful. In any given slate he can absolutely take over with his dual-threat. If this game ends up being a shootout, then Hurts could end up having a huge game. The Cowboys defense are going to want to make a stand, but Hurts could lead this team to a road victory and smash for fantasy.
Dak Prescott ($15,900 Capt/ $10,600 Flex)
Something clicked for Prescott in this offense after the Chargers game. Since that game (and their Week 7 bye) he has been great for fantasy. In those six games since, he has 4 300+ yard games (and one 299) and thrown multiple TDs in each of those games (20 in total in that span). Stacking him and Lamb is an expensive (and likely effective) way to start your lineup here.
A.J. Brown ($15,300 Capt/ $10,200 Flex)
Brown is a similiar player to Metcalf who just blitzed this secondary. His big body and speed combination pushes his ceiling so high. His game against the Cowboys earlier in the season ended a streak of six straight 100+ yard games- but he did get a TD. He was apparently struggling with a leg injury last week heading into the the 49ers game, but still had 8 catches for 114 yards.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Dallas Flex Picks
DeVonta Smith ($8,400 Flex)
Smith had a big game last week, one of his better games of the season. Didn’t hit 100 yards though, making it two games in three that he fell just short. The Cowboys secondary is a decent unit, so it’s not an easy matchup here- and Goedert looks like he could be back. But, he has the ability and speed to get free. Decent flex option, especially in Eagles leaning lineups.
Tony Pollard ($8,000 Flex)
Is Pollard turning his season around? Not sure, but he has scored in each of his last 3 games and has been getting some decent targets too. The Eagles are the worst team to run on though. Only allowing an average of 16.1 DKPts to the position, which is mainly driven by only allowing 3 TDs on the ground from the position. With the way the Eagles secondary struggles to defend through the air, I could see Pollard having a marginal role and not hitting value here.
D’Andre Swift ($7,400 Flex)
Swift has some upside as the lead back for the Eagles, but this is a TOUGH unit to run on. (And unlike the Eagles, that isn’t skewed by their secondary being awful- they are just great). The ownership is going to be low here, but with how effective the Eagles are using Hurts near the goal-line this feels like an expensive longshot.
Brandin Cooks ($7,000 Flex)
Cooks has had a run of games where he has spiked, as he hads managed to get into the endzone. Has scored 5 TDs in his last 7 games. Against the Eagles earlier in the season he was a dud- only catching one pass for 7 yards. But, I don’t think he repeats that here. With how he has been getting secondary coverage, he feels like is just waiting to have a blowup game at some point this season- this could be it. With how weak their secondary is, you could even combine with Lamb in lineups. But, I’m more likely to use Cooks as a pivot from Lamb.
Jake Ferguson ($6,800 Flex)
Ferguson is an important part of this offense. Working as a big bodied target for Prescott, he is second in the team in targets, receptions and yards and joint-second in TDs. Nice option at this price point, as he can have some big games. Against the Eagles earlier this season he had his best game of the season- 7 receptions from 10 targets for 91 yards and a score. Think he could even be a sneaky CPT consideration with the savings that are made to use elsewhere.
Dallas Goedert ($5,400 Flex)
Goedert is set to make his return after his spell on IR and he is needed in this matchup. Should step back into his normal role here, and be given some targets early to get him going. At this price you are paying for his floor, which would be 4-5 catches for 50ish yards. If he falls into the endzone here, he smashes. Could see him being popular here at this price though.
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:
- Kenneth Gainwell (RB, PHI) $4,600 Flex – Gainwell is on the field alot, but really doesn’t have the production to show for it. I can’t see him hitting value here. You’d need an injury to Swift, before you even consider the strength of the matchup. Not interested here.
- Michael Gallup (WR, DAL) $3,200 Flex – Gallup is the WR3 for the Cowboys, but with Lamb taking such a huge share as well as Ferguson, Cooks and Pollard there isn’t much left for Gallup. Hasn’t had more than 5 targets in any of his last 6 games. Absolute boom or bust play. But, against this Eagles secondary it’s a tempting play.
- Rico Dowdle (RB, DAL) $3,000 Flex – Dowdle is the RB2 in this offense, but really isn’t getting much of a run. Outside of the blowout against the Giants, he doesn’t have any games with double digit carries, and more likely finishes with around 5 carries. Not seeing much through the air either, with 12 targets for the season. You need a Pollard injury and some luck in this matchup.
- Jalen Tolbert/ KaVontae Turpin (WR, DAL) $2,800/ $1,600 Flex – Tolbert and Turpin are sharing the WR4 in this offense. With how the team air it out, and this matchup, it’s tempting. But you have to know that the floor for both of these is really low. They’ve both made big plays this season. I’d lean towards Turpin as he is over $1k cheaper and has return duties.
- Quez Watkins (WR, PHI) $2,400 Flex – Watkins feels like a very nice cheap selection on the slate. He had decent involvement last week with 4 targets for 3 receptions and 28 yards. With the secondary needing to deal with Brown and Smith, Watkins could easily find himself free for a big gain (and potential score).
- Boston Scott (RB, PHI) $2,000 Flex – Scott really holds next to no appeal for me. Firstly, this isn’t a game against the Giants, so a sneaky TD isn’t on the cards. Secondly, with his limited workload against this defense, he just doesn’t have much of a floor.
- Luke Schoonmaker (TE, DAL) $1,200 Flex – Schoonmaker has popped up a few times in the endzone this season, but it’s really TD or bust for him in this matchup. In the games he has caught a pass otherwise, it’s a single reception for 12 yards.
- Olamide Zaccheaus/ Julio Jones (WR, PHI) $1,000/ $800 Flex – These two are competing for the WR4 role in the offense with the return of Watkins. In this matchup it’s a tough ask for one of them to really hit value. Although, they do both have the ability to make plays on limited work. They are both punt options if you found yourself spending up everywhere else. Far more likely to dud (even a zero) than do anything else.
My favorite plays from the above are the Watkins and then the Cowboys WRs. Watkins has big play ability and could cause some issues with his speed. The Cowboys receivers all have good upside against this Eagles secondary that just leaks production. In this matchup, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of them find the endzone.
DraftKings SNF Showdown 2023 – Philadelphia @Dallas Kickers and DSTs
The kickers here are both among the best in the league. If this game ends up being top-heavy in production, they are both going to be massively viable. Brandon Aubrey ($5,000) hasn’t missed a FG all season and is going to be kicking in a dome at home. With a long of 58 ysards, alot of stalled drives are going to be in range. Jake Elliott ($4,800) is equally an effective kicker.
The Cowboys DST ($4,000) are a great fantasy defense, capable of making big plays and converting turnovers into scores. They have 38 sacks on the season, and have 22 turnovers (converting 6 to scores). After struggling last week against the Seahawks, they are going to want to make a statement in a divisional game at home. The thing is, this Eagles offense is a team that can score points and hold onto the ball well. The Eagles DST ($3,600) haven’t really hit the expectations that would have been made of them for fantasy this season. Their secondary has been struggling all season, and the Cowboys are going to be happy to air it out and put points. A multi-lineup GPP play only for me here.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Philadelphia @Dallas! 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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