The end of the 2023 season is here- the SuperBowl and the last DraftKings showdown slate of the season (San Francisco @Kansas City officially). The 49ers have been fantastic on offense, with multiple playmakers through the air and CMC dominating on the ground. The Chiefs feel very much like they have limped through the season, struggling with their receiver room and drops. But, they ultimately both make it to the big show. The O/U has been set at around 48, with the 49ers around a two-point favorite.
DraftKings SuperBowl Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Kansas City Captain Picks
Christian McCaffrey ($18,000 Capt/ $12,000 Flex)
Well. I said to avoid CMC in the Divisional and the Conference Championship slates because the pricing needed him to score multiple times. Well, he did that- in both games, scoring 2 TDs in each of those games. The 49ers offense runs through CMC, and the Chiefs have been exposed on the ground this season. Should have a safe floor here regardless of how this game pans out with his involvement in the passing game as well as carries on the ground.
Patrick Mahomes ($15,900 Capt/ $10,600 Flex)
Mahomes playing with the big lights feels like its scripted that he has a big game. His receivers have struggled his season, but he has managed to get this team moving with Kelce and the performances of Rice. The pricing here makes it tough to add him with his primary weapons, but the 49ers secondary is one that you can target.
Travis Kelce ($15,300 Capt/ $10,200 Flex)
Kelce didn’t have the same level of season he had previously (at least in the regular season). But, he has really managed to string together some good performances in the playoffs. Not sure he will be able to hit those same highs against the 49ers, but he should still be able to have a decent score with DK’s PPR scoring. Think he might end up being a better flex option overall, but hard to ignore him as a CPT play completely. The pricing makes it hard for him to stack with Mahomes, unless you take multiple shots at lower value plays.
Rashee Rice ($11,400 Capt/ $7,600 Flex)
Rice had a good rookie season, becoming the Chiefs favored receiver (outside of Kelce). The 49ers defense is a strong unit, but their secondary isn’t as good as it once was. Could have a good game here for the Chiefs, and a nice stacking option with Mahomes. Think I’m more likely to have him as a flex play with Mahomes as CPT, but his pricing does allow you some room for your flex if you did go for him at CPT.
George Kittle ($9,600 Capt/ $6,400 Flex)
KIttle is a great TE, but because of his blocking ability and number of weapons in the offense, he is really boom/ bust. Could finish this game with a huge score (potentially with multiple TDs) or catch two passes for around 30 yards. Think he is more likely to struggle for a middling score than boom here, but think you need to mix in some exposure. His pricing also gives you massive flexibility in your flex positions.
DraftKings SuperBowl Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Kansas City Flex Picks
Brock Purdy ($10,000 Flex)
Purdy does exactly what he needs to do in this offense. Sits back, finds the (one of many) playmakers in his offense, gets them the ball for them to make a play and moves on. With this pricing, he is going to have much lower ownership than Mahomes or Purdy. Has the chance to have a big game here if the Chiefs manage to restrict the ground game. For that to happen it’ll need a big-play through the air or the 49ers to be playing catch-up. If that is the case, don’t think you can really stack him with CMC.
Deebo Samuel ($9,200 Flex)
Samuel should be fine here, and honestly, I will have CPT lineups with him in but that section was getting BIG. Think we see the flexibility of Samuel in this one, with some mixed usage on the ground and through the air to try and keep the Chiefs defense struggling to get settled. Think he is the one 49ers receiver that you really don’t need to stack with Purdy, given his mixed usage.
Brandon Aiyuk ($8,800 Flex)
Aiyuk is a great receiver who can make big plays through the air, as he showed in the regular season. But, he has struggled in the playoffs, catching just six passes for 100 yards and a single score in his two playoff games. With how the team have used CMC near the goal-line, his upside is a little capped, unless the 49ers get behind in this game and the team are forced to throw the ball
Isiah Pacheco ($8,000 Flex)
Pacheco could end up having a huge game here, with his violent running style, but the 49ers have been good against the run this season. If the Chiefs manage to get up to a lead early, Pacheco could see a big workload. If not, he is going to be used to try and keep the 49ers linebackers honest and engaged. There is a game script where you could go with Pacheco as your CPT. But you’ll need to build around that game script. Overall, prefer him as a flex play 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:
- Jauan Jennings (WR, SF) $4,000 Flex – Jennings is the WR3 for the 49ers, but is probably the fifth receiving option for them. He has the ability, so if Samuel or Aiyuk were to get injured he could spike. But, if they don’t, I can’t see him hitting value here- especially with his lack of redzone usage.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling/ Justin Watson (WR, KC) $3,000/ $2,400 Flex – These two are really the more ‘reliable’ Chiefs receivers. MVS is a little bit of the odd man out here. Gets on the field a decent chunk, and seems to have the trust of Mahomes in big plays, despite struggling with drops. Cheap play given his snap count. Watson has TD upside with the trust that Mahomes has in him, and his downfield ability. The Chiefs could be forced to throw it, giving both MVS and Watson some value here.
- Elijah Mitchell (RB, SF) $2,800 Flex – Mitchell is worth some GPP consideration here. If CMC were to get injured, Mitchell is going to be the guy to get the ball and he has shown he is an effective runner. He could even snipe a goal-line carry from CMC here. Don’t go crazy, and you (obviously) can’t go with Mitchell and CMC in the same lineup.
- Skyy Moore/ Mecole Hardman/ Kadarius Toney (WR, KC) $2,000/ $1,600/ $1,400 Flex – The Chiefs receivers really go off a cliff face. Moore looks like he is going to play here, but hasn’t played since December. Has the ability to have a big-play, but that’s alot of rust to knock off and he hadn’t done too much in the season as a whole. Hardman and Toney are both gadget players who get some opportunities in the offense, but the production is really hit-or-miss. Not sure I want any of these outside of a handful of lineups if I’m going mass-entries.
- Noah Gray (TE, KC) $1,800 Flex – Backup TE for Kelce, who has been playing well in the playoffs. We’ve seen him find the endzone on minimal targets before, and that is probably what is going to be required here for him to hit value.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire/ Jerick McKinnon (RB, KC) $1,200/ $200 Flex – The Chiefs backfield is Pacheco’s, with small scraps left for the others in the backfield. CEH hasn’t had consistent usage this season, but has found himself in the endzone a few times. McKinnon has a slim chance to play, but if he does, offers fantastic value at min-price on the slate.
- Kyle Juszczyk (RB, SF) $800 Flex – Juszczyk has a habit of turning up in big games. Doesn’t get bigger than this (obviously). Had three targets against the Lions, catching two, and had one carry. If he gets a similar workload he will hit value. Could see him finding the endzone near the goal-line.
- Richie James (WR, KC) $400 Flex – James looks like he is going to be limited to return duties in this one, with Moore expected to return here. That has really impacted his pricing though, so he is worth a cheap GPP-punt.
- Ray-Ray McCloud III (WR, SF) $200 Flex – Really sees the field on offense with the weapons this offense has. For McCloud to not end up with a zero here, will need to return a kick or the team has several injuries ahead of him.
DraftKings SuperBowl Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Kansas City Kickers and DSTs
Play Jake Moody ($5,200) has had a decent rookie season. HIt 21 of 25 with a long of 57 in the regular season, before another 3 of 5 in the playoffs. The issue with Moody this season has been that the offense hasn’t needed to settle for FG attempts. When he has been called upon in the playoffs, he hasn’t been accurate. Could hit if the Chiefs find some success.
Harrison Butker ($5,000) would be my choice of kicker on the slate. With the struggles the Chiefs have had, in the regular season he had 35 FG attempts, hitting 33 with a long of 60. In the playoffs, he has hit each of hit 7 FG attempts. Against this tough 49ers defense, he could see plenty of opportunities again here. Should hit double-digits here.
The 49ers DST ($4,400) have been a big reason why the 49ers made it into the playoffs. That doesn’t always translate to fantasy scoring though. Their pass rush has been effective this season, with 48 sacks in the regular season. The Chiefs look like they could be without Guard Joe Thuney here, which could lead to some big-plays for the 49ers.
The Chiefs DST ($3,400) have some sneaky value here. Their secondary is a good unit, and Chris Jones on their defensive line can cause havoc on the pocket. If they can force Purdy to make some bad decisions, their secondary can make some plays and end up being a decent GPP option.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the SuperBowl Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Kansas City! 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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