Starting Week 15 of the action, the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Los Angeles @Las Vegas.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Los Angeles @Las Vegas Captain Picks
Davante Adams ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Adams is officially questionable with illness, but I think he will play in this one. He has the ability to dominate in any given game, and against this secondary he could go huge. Gets a large amount of targets in the offense, with double digit targets in three of his last four games. Has great TD upside too, even with questionable QB play.
Austin Ekeler ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
With Keenan Allen ruled out, you don’t need to guess which way the funnel is going to go. The question for Ekeler will be how productive he can be with the rush attempts and targets he will get. With a new QB throwing the ball, there are going to be plenty of checkdowns to deal with the pressure that will be generated by this defensive line.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Los Angeles @Las Vegas Flex Picks
Josh Jacobs ($10,200 Flex)
Jacobs seems like he is heading towards not being able to play in this one, if he does play then this would be a great matchup for him. The Chargers defensive line isn’t that great, and Jacobs is hugely important in the offense. Interestingly too, he had his best receiving game against the Chargers earlier in the season.
Aidan O’Connell ($9,600 Flex)
If Adams is going to have a big day, then O’Connell is going to be dragged along. This secondary isn’t a strong unit, and when these teams played earlier this season (his first QB start) he managed to get 238 yards through the air. Since then the Chargers secondary has just been getting beat up on. But, I don’t know if I’ll go too crazy with him in lineups here at the price.
Easton Stick ($9,400 Flex)
Stick is set to make his first start here, with only one pass thrown in his career until last week. He is able to run the ball though, which gives him some level of floor here, but his throwing ability isn’t that great. But, he can throw a deep ball effectively. I quite like the potential here, and his ceiling could be high if he manages to find some of the Chargers downfield threats.
Jakobi Meyers ($8,600 Flex)
Meyers is the clear WR2 in this offense, but has been getting peppered with targets in this offense. Has a decent floor here, but with Adams the clear number one target his ceiling is limited.
Joshua Kelley ($6,800 Flex)
Kelley was touted to have a larger workload last week, but that didn’t pan out. With only 3 rushing attempts. The only way that Kelley hits value here is if he breaks off a big play or if the Chargers put Ekeler on the sideline for any reason (injury/ not worth risking)
Joshua Palmer ($6,200 Flex)
Palmer should be able to get more targets than normal, with Allen ruled out here and freeing up targets. He should be able to slot straight into the WR1 slot for the team. But, there are plenty of risks here. It’s his first game back since Week 8 and a knee injury. And you have the absolute unknown of Stick throwing the ball. Even so, I’ll have a decent number of lineups with him in.
Quentin Johnston ($5,400 Flex)
Johnston has struggled for consistency this season. But, he could be given more opportunity with Allen out here. Stick throwing him the ball was good last week, with some big gains on the passes that went his way. If he finds some more deep balls from Stick he could have a great game against this secondary. He has some sneaky CPT appeal too.
Gerald Everett ($5,200 Flex)
There’s an old addage in the NFL that a young QBs best friend is an effective TE to checkdown to. He hasn’t been able to command a huge target share, but he does get some use and can find the endzone too. Feels like he has a decent floor, but not much of a ceiling in the offense. But, at the price, I quite like him here.
Ameer Abdullah/ Zamir White ($4,800/ $3,000 Flex)
Really, these two are only worth considering if Jacobs is ruled out. Otherwise there just isn’t enough for them to hit value. Both can catch passes, and run the ball. White is actually named behind Jacobs, and is cheaper so he is likely to be popular on the slate. Abdullah should see more work in the receiving game, which gives him a better floor here. The ceiling for both comes down to one thing……..goal-line work. It’s hard to project who gets more of that work, but from the limited sample this season, White has been given more work. But, it’s a really limited sample.
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:
- Hunter Renfrow (WR, LV) $4,000 Flex – Renfrow seemed like he wasn’t going to be worth considering for fantasy, before being targeted 14 times in his last 3 games. But, with Adams and Meyers on the field, even against this Charger secondary, he doesn’t have too much appeal here.
- Isaiah Spiller (RB, LAC) $3,800 Flex – Spiller was on the field for more than Kelley and ended up getting more touches too. But, this is Ekeler’s backfield. GPP punt, and offers a significant saving to Kelley here.
- Michael Mayer (TE, LV) $3,200 Flex – Mayer keeps cementing his role as the starting TE here. Moves effectively, and is a strong pass-catcher. The thing is, the offense isn’t built around involving the TE. Has some TD upside, given the matchup, but not much floor here.
- Donald Parham Jr. (TE, LAC) $2,800 Flex – Parham has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but he is an effective redzone weapon and has multi-TD upside in any game he plays. GPP only option at this price here.
- Jalen Guyton (WR, LAC) $1,400 Flex – Guyton has struggled to really make an impact this season. There is potential here with Allen out, and a new QB throwing the ball. But, it’s far more likely that duds here.
- Tre Tucker (WR, LV) $1,200 Flex – Seemed like he was going to get the WR3 role in rotation with Renfrow, but has lost some of that in recent weeks. He can make big-plays, but it’s a real shot in the dark.
- Alex Erickson (WR, LAC) $1,000 Flex – Erickson was on the filed more often than Guyton, and had more targets. Only managed to catch one of the 7 that went this way, which could mean his opportunity has gone, but at the price he is worth a shot here.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Los Angeles @Las Vegas Kickers and DSTs
Cameron Dicker ($5,000) could see plenty more work here with a backup QB throwing the ball. The question will be if Stick can move the ball effectively enough to get the ball into range for Dicker to attempt a FG. But, he is a very safe play here. Daniel Carlson ($4,600) playing at home is my preferred kicker on the slate, playing in a dome he has been fine when called upon and the Raiders offense is more settled as a whole heading into this one.
The defenses normally wouldn’t be appealing here. But, they are both have decent (inconsistent pass rush) and face backup QBs. The Chargers DST ($4,400) had a great time against the Chargers earlier in the season in O’Connell’s first start (with Mack ending up with a huge amount of sacks). The Raiders DST ($4,200) equally have Maxx Crosby who can get after the QB effectively- although Stick could use his legs and find some space. Overall, I think you’ll see both defenses more highly owned than you’d expect.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Los Angeles @Las Vegas! 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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