We are here to cover the second game on Thanksgiving of the 2023 season and the DraftKings showdown slate- San Francisco @Seattle. By the time this game kicks off, I’m sure you will be stuffed and possibly having a nap. But, this could be an interesting end to the Thanksgiving games. The Seattle offense has struggled at times this season, but when it catches- it catches. Playing at home they are a tough team to play, so could we see them make a stand- even without Walker in the backfield? The O/U has been set at 43.5, with the 49ers a TD favorite.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Seattle Captain Picks
Christian McCaffrey ($18,000 Capt/ $12,000 Flex)
McCaffrey is the obvious CPT play given his importance to the offense and the different ways he is used. He just racks up yardage, receptions and finds the endzone consistently. The Seattle defensive line has also struggled to limit production to the RB position, giving up the 5th highest points in the league (25.60 DKPts). The only downsides are his salary cost, and his ownership being high. But hard to look elsewhere here.
Brandon Aiyuk ($14,700 Capt/ $9,800 Flex)
Aiyuk is the leading receiver for the 49ers and has a great chemistry with Purdy. Being used all over the formation, with 4 games of over 100+ yards (two in his last three) and scored in his last two games. Going to be a popular play as a stack with Purdy- especially in lineups that don’t opt for CMC as CPT.
Deebo Samuel ($12,000 Capt/ $8,000 Flex)
Samuel hasn’t had a booming game since the comfortable victory over the Giants, where he had 129 receiving yards. Since then, he has only had more than 60 yards once and hasn’t caught more than three passes. But Samuel is a massively talented receiver who should be able to cause trouble for the Seahawks defense. At the price, you have alot of options in your flex too.
Tyler Lockett ($9,600 Capt/ $6,400 Flex)
Lockett was a limited participant in practice this week, which I assume is why his price has been marked down so much. Target leader in the offense, and has only two games where he has had less thatn 6 targets. Has a nice floor with this target share and he has popped in big-games in his career. At the price, he is a must-flex with sneaky CPT upside.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2023 – San Francisco @Seattle Flex Picks
Brock Purdy ($10,000 Flex)
Purdy has been solid this season, moving the ball effectively to his playmakers and allowing them to make plays. Has thrown multiple TDs in 5 games this season, and 300+ yards in 3 games. With his offensive pieces all healthy, he should be inline for a decent game against this Seahawks secondary.
Geno Smith ($9,400 Flex)
Smith was questionable for this one, but looks like he is going to be able to play. Was great last season, but has struggled to follow that up this season. Has only had 4 multiple TD games, and 3 300+ yard games. Isn’t rushing the ball as freely as he was last season either. Against this 49ers pass rush, he feels like he could struggle against one of the best defenses against the position (giving up just 14.30 DKPts on average to the position).
DK Metcalf ($8,400 Flex)
Metcalf is a big-game player with speed and size to be a handful for any defense. He has been streaky this season though as the Seahawks offense has struggled to move the chains as consistently as it has in previous seasons. The 49ers secondary is missing some pieces too, so Metcalf’s speed makes him a nice play here. But, the pricing here is hard to understand with Lockett a full $2k cheaper.
Zach Charbonnet ($7,000 Flex)
Charbonnet looks like he is going to be the starting RB for the Seahawks, with Kenneth Walker listed as doubtful. Hard to know what to expect from him, as he has only had 53 rushes in his nine-game career. But, the 49ers defense is rough to run against, only giving up 18.40 DKPts to the position. At the price I think you can look elsewhere.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba ($5,400 Flex)
JSN started out the season slowly, but seems to have found his role in the offense as the WR3. Has had 18 targets in his last three games, and has made some nice plays. With the 49ers secondary having to look to limit Metcalf and Lockett, JSN finds little pockets to exploit. At the price I don’t mind it, but I’d prefer to find the $1k and pay for Lockett.
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:
- Noah Fant (TE, SEA) $3,200 Flex – Fant is the starting TE, but he isn’t the same player he was with the Broncos, or when he first joined Seattle. Has 22 targets on the season and hasn’t had more than 4 in any individual game since Week 3. At the price, I’d rather pay down on another TE and get the same ceiling/ floor.
- DeeJay Dallas (RB, SEA) $2,200 Flex – Dallas is the backup RB here with Walker doubtful for this one. Has seen some usage in the pass game too, which helps his value here. Was the kick and punt returner too before this one, so has some potential there (I don’t know why but I always hope for a kick return TD).
- Jake Bobo (WR, SEA) $2,000 Flex – Bobo seems to keep popping up, but the clear WR4 in the offense. Has been an effective run-blocker which has increased his role on the field. Would need to fall into the endzone or get a few checkdowns to hit value here.
- Will Dissly (TE, SEA) $1,600 Flex – Dissly is the TE2 in the offense, but that doesn’t mean much when the whole position has had less targets than JSN (the WR3 for the offense). Dissly hasn’t shown that redzone ability from previous seasons either, hard to spend here when Parkinson with a similar outlook is more than $1k cheaper.
- Jauan Jennings (WR, SF) $1,200 Flex – Jennings is the WR3 in the offense, making him the 5th option (behind CMC and Kittle) on any given play. He could pop, but hasn’t had a decent game since mid-October when Samuel was ruled out (a 5 reception for 54 yard performance). It’s a good offense, but if he doesn’t fall into the endzone he could struggle to hit value- even at this price.
- Kyle Juszczyk (RB, SF) $600 Flex – Juszczyk is always worth GPP consideration on these showdown slates as he gets work around the goal-line and can pop as a result. More likely to get a zero, but the savings and potential make him worth a punt.
- Colby Parkinson (TE, SEA) $400 Flex – The Seattle TE isn’t really ‘fixed’ and it isn’t overly productive. Fant is the starter for the team but hasn’t really managed to do that much this season. Parkinson at near min could pay off if he is able to use his big body effectively here.
- Ray-Ray McCloud/ Ronnie Bell (WR, SF) $200 Flex – Both of these are only getting a handful of snaps and have limit targets (they have combined for 15 targets this season). More likely to make a play on special teams, but they both have speed that can make big-plays.
DraftKings Thanksgiving Showdown 2022 – San Francisco @Seattle Kickers and DSTs
Both kickers here are elite. Jake Moody ($5,000) has been largely accurate with 16 of 19 attempts this season and a long of 57. Has hit all 33 of his PATs too. All of his misses came from range too. Has had multiple attempts in 7 of his games this season as part of an elite offense. Jason Myers ($4,800) has been alot busier this season, converting 23 of his 28 attempts this season, with a long of 55. The Seattle offense has struggled to convert closer to the goalline this season, which has led to plenty of mid-range attempts.
The defenses have different outlooks here. 49ers DST ($5,200) is a bully defense with 27 sacks and 21 turnovers this season. With the playmakers they have on defense, they can score effectively on defense. Smith has struggled with sacks and turnovers this season too, so they are a nice (and likely popular) play on the slate. The Seahawks DST ($3,800) has a tough time here. The 49ers are an efficient offense that looks after the ball, and Purdy has a solid offensive line to protect him too. Seattle have some speed in the secondary so could convert if given the opportunity, but it’ll take a big (unlikely) play for them to have value in this one.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of San Francisco @Seattle! 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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