Starting Week 17 of the action, the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- New York @Cleveland. This one feels like it could get ugly quick. The Browns seem to have found something left in the tank for Flacco, who has been great throwing the ball all over the park. The Jets secondary is a tough unit to move the ball on though, so that could keep them in the game a little. But this Browns defense playing at home are going to be too much for this Jets offense. The O/U here is around 35, with the Browns favored by around a TD.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Cleveland Captain Picks
Amari Cooper ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Cooper has been great with Joe Flacco throwing the ball. In the last 4 weeks, Cooper has had 42 targets, catching 25 for nearly 500 yards and 3 TDs. I mean, if you played him last week you know he had a big game. The Jets secondary is a tough matchup, and have really limited production to the position this season. His ownership could be high after his big game, but still a decent CPT play.
Breece Hall ($16,500 Capt/ $11,000 Flex)
Hall has been a big part of this offense this season. Last week he took it one step further and essentially became the whole offense- with 20 rush attempts and 16 targets. This is a rough matchup against this defensive line, especially on the road, but you can’t dismiss his volume in the offense. I’m in no way expecting another 16 target game, but he could see another game with plenty of targets with Trevor Siemian going for short-yardage completions.
David Njoku ($11,700 Capt/ $7,800 Flex)
Njoku is a great play on the slate, and has a decent chance of being the top receiver for the Browns (and potentially the game). Cooper has been getting the headlines with his performances, but Njoku has been productive here too. Has had over 30 targets the last three weeks, scoring 4 TDs. The Jets secondary has been great at shutting down production through the air, but they have struggled at times to defend the TE position. With the saving too, he is probably my preferred CPT play on the slate.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Cleveland Flex Picks
Joe Flacco ($10,600 Flex)
Flacco has been a great story this season. Came out of nowhere to start slinging the ball all over the field. He looks really comfortable in this offense, with 300+ yards in his last three games, and multiple TDs in each of his four games. The Jets are a great secondary, so he could struggle, but still a decent flex play- especially in stacks with Cooper/ Njoku.
Garrett Wilson ($9,800 Flex)
Wilson is getting plenty of targets, but those targets aren’t coming from very effective QBs. Still volume can’t be overlooked. He is still nearing 1,000 receiving yards. The Browns are a great secondary, so his ceiling is really limited here. He could end up being a CPT play, but I much prefer him in the flex.
Trevor Siemian ($8,800 Flex)
Siemian is now the 4th QB the Jets have wheeled out onto the field this season. None of them have looked like they are a truly capable of leading an offense to a big game. Siemian has been the starter in two games this season, totalling 327 yards for a single TD and 3 INTs. With fumbles on the ground too, it could be a long day for him against this Browns defense. GPP punt play at best- but I’m really not taking many shots at him at all here.
Jerome Ford ($8,400 Flex)
The Jets secondary is fantastic, and while the defensive line for the Jets has playmakers, they have allowed teams to run on them. The Browns backfield is a bit of a committee between Ford and Hunt, but Ford tends to get first crack at playing. With Hunt still struggling with an injury, Ford could see a bump in volume here. If Hunt is limited at all, I don’t mind playing Ford as a CPT, but far more likely to use him as a flex here.
Elijah Moore ($6,600 Flex)
Moore had double-digit targets in his first game with Flacco, but only managed to catch 4 passes. Overall, that game was his most productive this season. The Jets are going to be focussing on Cooper, which could open the field for Moore in his return to New York here. Overall, his pricing gives him appeal here- but more likely to dud than hit.
Kareem Hunt ($5,200 Flex)
Hunt has been struggling with a groin injury, which has really impacted his usage in the offense. In his last two week he has totalled 14 rush attempts and 3 receptions. He has some appeal on that limited workload, as he seems to be brought in to run the ball near the goal-line. If he is a go here he has some GPP appeal- but there really isn’t much of a floor at all here.
Tyler Conklin ($5,000 Flex)
Conklin is now third on the team in targets, after Hall had a huge game last week. But, he is still second in yards. The TE role for the Jets has been an important one, as he has offered a big body for checkdowns. Hasn’t scored a TD yet this season, which feels strange even with how much this Jets offense has struggled.
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:
- Xavier Gipson (WR, NYJ) $3,200 Flex – The pricing here is a little rough, given his spotty usage in the offense. Has only had more than 3 targets in two games this season. Gets mixed usage with some carries too, but with Siemian throwing the ball here, you are going to need him to make a big play here. It could even come on special teams, and that actually feels more likely- really not a good sign for his outlook.
- Cedric Tillman (WR, CLE) $3,000 Flex – Tillman is the WR3 for the Browns, and with how Flacco has been playing, that has had some decent value. The Jets secondary is a tough unit to pass on, but Tillman could see some checkdowns here. If he manages to find the open field he should manage to hit value. But, GPP play only with the matchup.
- Jason Brownlee (WR, NYJ) $2,800 Flex – Brownlee was on the field for a large part of the game last week, and found the endzone with his only reception. I’d put him as a starter for the Jets here, but there isn’t that much to get excited about in this offense. GPP only play here.
- Allen Lazard (WR, NYJ) $2,400 Flex – That contract really doesn’t look great now. This offense is really not made for him at the moment, as he lacks the speed to get seperation. The Browns secondary is as tough as they come too. Wouldn’t consider him on the slate outside of a GPP punt.
- Israel Abanikanda/ Dalvin Cook (RB, NYJ) $2,200/ $2,000 Flex – Abanikanda seems like he has become the RB2 for the Jets, but that’s not likely to help him considering Hall’s volume and this matchup. If they decide to bench Hall for a piece of the game he has appeal- but otherwise he could struggle to hit value here. Cook has become a non-factor in this offense. Didn’t get a single touch last week and can’t imagine he gets anywhere near enough volume to hit value here.
- Pierre Strong (RB, CLE) $1,800 Flex – Strong is the RB3 in the offense and hasn’t managed to see that much of the field with Ford and Hunt performing well. Unless this is a blowout, or there is an injury, he isn’t going to hit value- even at this cheap price.
- Kenny Yeboah (TE, NYJ) $200 Flex – Yeboah looks like he could end up being the TE2 in this offense, with Ruckert suffering a concussion last week. Min-price really means that he doesn’t need much at all to hit value, and allows you to spend up elsewhere.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – New York @Cleveland Kickers and DSTs
In a low-scoring game, I’m a big fan of the kickers here. Riley Patterson ($4,800) started the season with the Lions, but has been signed to replace Hopkins as the Browns kicker. With the Lions, he made 15 of his 17 attempts, with a 52-yard long. The Browns have stalled out plenty of times this season, so the volume should be there. Greg Zuerlein ($4,600) is officially questionable, but likely to play here. Has been a big reason why the Jets have scraped some wins this season. Has hit 30 of his 31 attempts this season with a long of 55 yards.
The Browns DST ($5,600) have playmakers at each level, and the Jets offense has really struggled to consistently move the ball and protect their QB. Led by Myles Garrett, the Browns are going to look to add to their 44 sack total this season. They’ve also managed to force 28 turnovers for the season. With the expected low-score factored too, they are going to be a popular play on the slate. The Jets DST ($4,000) have some appeal, with some playmakers on their defensive line and in their secondary. Flacco has been effective since he started throwing the ball for the Browns this season- but there is a reason why he was unsigned for so long. With his receivers potentially struggling for seperation, he could struggle against the pressure up front. With a low-scoring game, they have some appeal- just wish they were a little cheaper here.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of New York @Cleveland! 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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