Starting Week 5 of the action, the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Chicago @Washington. Not sure why this is a prime time game, but we have seen these games end up popping. Both teams will be looking to win here, after both missing out on a vicotry on Sunday- each losing out by a FG. The O/U is set at 44.5, with the Commanders a TD favorite.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Washington Captain Picks
Justin Fields ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
Fields finally managed to have a game where he got going last week. The play-calling matched Fields’ strengths perfectly and you could see his confidence grow through the game as a result. Interestingly for Fields, he scored alot of points with his arm and not his legs. A road trip to Washington could be tricky, but it gives him a great opportunity to keep his momentum going. The Commanders have given up plenty to QBs and WRs to start the season- I expect that to continue here. Fields is going to be a really popular CPT play on this slate, so bear that in mind when considering your flex plays.
Terry McLaurin ($15,300 Capt/ $10,200 Flex)
McLaurin had a season-high 10 targets last week, and seems to have developed a nice chemistry with new QB Sam Howell. Clearly the most talented receiver on the team, and should be able to have a good game against this Chicago secondary. The floor is definitely there with his target share- his ceiling is limited though as part of this Commanders offense that only has 4 TDs through the air on the season.
D.J. Moore ($15,000 Capt/ $10,000 Flex)
Moore had a good game last week, with 8 receptions for 131 yards, and another week with a TD. If the Bears offense is starting to use the arm of Fields, Moore is in for more targets going his way. If Fields has a big game, then Moore should have a good one. Could be an option for CPT in place of Fields, but it’s hard to justify that with a similar pricetag.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Washington Flex Picks
Sam Howell ($9,400 Flex)
Howell is a low-level dual-threat QB, with 82 yards and a score on the ground this season. Has deecnt receivers too who can make big-plays. Not sure I’ll really have too much of him as a flex play, with the ceiling on this offense, and Brian Robinson’s goalline ability. If you do go for him, you likely have to go with McLaurin and one other pass-catcher.
Brian Robinson ($9,200 Flex)
Robinson looks like he has nailed down the RB1 role for the team. Getting around two-thirds of the overall carries for the team, and some involvement in the passing game too. Has the best opportunity of scoring for the team too, with 4 of the total 9 TDs that the team has scored. Should have a great chance to add to that too, with the struggles that the defense have had.
Khalil Herbert ($8,600 Flex)
Herbert is the lead back for the Bears, and should continue to get a decent amount of work here. Runs with aggression and has been getting more involved in the passing game with 4 receptions for 19 yards and a score. As long as the game is competitive Herbert will see touches.
Jahan Dotson ($7,000 Flex)
Dotson has been dealing with an ankle injury, but looks like he is going to be able to play in this one. Caught his first TD last week, but has had a decent target share this season. The production has been a little spotty, but he has the ability to break out of coverage and make a big play. GPP play only, with his ceiling/ lack of floor.
Cole Kmet ($6,400 Flex)
Kmet was a popular pickup in season-long leagues, after his massive breakout game last week. Big body for Fields to find if needed, especially in the redzone. I was actually surprised when I saw that he has been targetted as many times as Moore. Nice play on the slate, but feel like he is going to be massively popular.
Curtis Samuel ($5,600 Flex)
Samuel is one of those automatic GPP plays. Has almost no floor in any game, but has all the skills to just take apart a showdown slate. Getting targets in the offense, as well as some designed runs. The Bears defense being depleted as it is, could really struggle with his speed.
Logan Thomas ($5,200 Flex)
Thomas is an important part of this offense when he is on the field, which has historically been the question. Not had a huge game this season, but has been solid enough. He is an ok flex option, but I think there are better options on the slate.
Darnell Mooney ($5,000 Flex)
Mooney literally has no floor in this offense, as the team simply can just look elsewhere on offense. He is on the field for a huge amount of snaps though, and has great upside as a field stretcher. In lineups I’d consider him as a pivot from Moore, as I don’t think you can really combine the two in a lineup.
Roschon Johnson ($4,800 Flex)
Johnson has shown he has the ability to produce for fantasy, but he is a little limited by the lead role being taken by Herbert. Obviously, anything can happen in an individual game and I’d take him in some lineups incase Herbert is injured, or this ends up being a blowout. Outside of that though, it’s hard to see him hit value.
Antonio Gibson ($3,200 Flex)
There is a massive difference between Robinson and Gibson on the field, in terms of usage and production- which is shown in the pricing here. Doesn’t have much floor here with his limited usage, but wouldn’t take too much to hit value here. With his kick-returning duties too, he could get a score in a few ways. GPP shot.
Equanimeous St. Brown ($1,800 Flex)
St. Brown appeared on the field for over half the offensive snaps, with Chase Claypool on the sidelines. That gives St. Brown the opportunity to be the WR3 in the Bears offense. That being said, the Bears offense is incredibly up and down. He could easily be limited to just one or two targets, but doesn’t need all that much to hit value at the price tag.
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:
- Dyami Brown (WR, WAS) $2,800 Flex – Boom or bust play. His boom could destroy the slate though- which can’t be said of others here. Far more likely to get a zero though.
- Velus Jones Jr. (WR, CHI) $1,000 Flex – Jones isn’t really getting on the field, with only 7 snaps on offense. Has the ability to make a big-play, but that’s more likely to come on special teams than anything else.
- Cole Turner/ John Bates (TE, WAS) $800/ $400 Flex – Both are somewhat viable with their pricing, especially if Thomas is forced to miss any time. Bates is normally on the field far more than Turner, so that’s the way I would lean here.
- Robert Tonyan/ Marcedes Lewis (TE, CHI) $600/ $200 Flex– Backup TE for the Bears isn’t really where you want to be going. Tonyan is more viable, with his ability in the redzone. But it’s truly TD or bust with either one.
- Tyler Scott (WR, CHI) $200 Flex– seeing a few snaps each week, and seems to be getting involved when he is on the field. With his ability to be used as a rusher or receiver, and at min-price doesn’t need to do too much at all to hit value here.
- Byron Pringle (WR, CHI) $200 Flex– You might be tempted, but going to only see a handful of snaps (if anything). Far more likely to see a zero than anything else.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Chicago @Washington Kickers and DSTs
The defenses here aren’t really in consideration for me. Washington DST ($5,400) have allowed their opposition to score freely on them this season. And while Fields has struggled this season, he has managed to look after the ball. Big price-tag that will need a big-play to pay it off which feels unlikely. Bears DST ($4,000) look like they are going to be missing two of their main playmakers for this game, which hurts them. But, we have seen that Howell can turn the ball over alot. The price-tag feels steep though, so I’d avoid them.
Both kickers on the slate are worth consideration. Cairo Santos ($4,600) & Joey Slye ($4,200) have both been accurate this year, and have great leg talent. I’d opt for Slye as the home kicker, but there really isn’t much to choose between them.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Chicago @Washington! 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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