It’s not very often that the Chiefs can be said to be coming out of a game where they were stoned, but that’s the case before the Monday Night Football showdown of Week 8. Kansas City will seek to erase the bitter taste of the beating 27 -3 from last week that came to the hands of the Titans, while the Giants continue to have problems of their own despite last week’s win against the Panthers. With both teams with their starting running backs and at least one key Giants receiver out, there are plenty of potential DFS values available for our DraftKings Showdown lineup.
Here’s a reminder of the important scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: Full point PPR and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Giants vs. Chiefs
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): QB Daniel Jones, Giants ($ 15,200)
For better or for worse, Jones hasn’t raced with such reckless abandon in recent weeks. Still, the threat he presents with his legs is attractive in this place. The Giants will likely add a couple of weapons to the fold, with Sterling Shepard (hamstring) likely to play and Kadarius Toney (ankle) tending to play, but much of the burden will fall on Jones to make something happen. It’s rarely aesthetically pleasing when the Giants have the ball, but they should be able to do some damage against poor Chiefs defense.
FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 12,000)
Most players would do anything to increase Mahomes’ numbers in what can be considered a “low” year. He still has at least 28.0 DraftKings points in four of seven games, and while the Giants can make things challenging on defense, this is a game where Mahomes can achieve another high score. Our only regret is that we cannot afford to name him our “Captain”.
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FLEX: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($ 11,000)
If you prefer a more stable floor, Travis Kelce ($ 10,600) is a viable option, but we’re betting on the fences. Hill has delivered 40.1-point and 50.6-point outbursts in DraftKings this season. They may not appear very often, but if someone is going to turn on to that point, it is most likely HIll.
FLEX: WR Kadarius Toney, Giants ($ 6,800)
DFS players are understandably uneasy about Toney’s inclusion in the rosters this week after he was forced to leave the Giants’ Week 6 contest and hold out the following week. However, the reward is worth the risk. With Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (knee) out of the game, Toney is the most dangerous and dynamic weapon in the Giants’ offense. The Chiefs will certainly know, but they’re still unlikely to shut it down entirely with their hapless defense: They rank 31st in DVOA and allow the seventh-most passing yards per game.
FLEX: K Graham Gano, Giants ($ 3,800)
Despite the criticism the Chiefs have received for their toothless defense, the Giants have continued to look bad offensively. Having a couple of pieces in the passing game should help, but they are not yet likely to function cleanly and efficiently. They have attempted the third most field goals per game (2.4) and could settle for three multiple times on Monday night. Gano has scored more than 12.0 DK points three times, including 22.0 in a Week 2 loss.
FLEX: WR Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs ($ 800)
Cross your fingers and toes, grab your rabbit’s paw, and rub the four-leaf clovers. We’re not asking Robinson for a miracle, but he has a pair of 3-46-1 performances under his belt this season, good for 13.6 DK points. Every defense knows that the Chiefs’ attack flows through Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and when teams dedicate the resources to stop them, other players have to step up. The hope is that Robinson can deliver when his number is called Monday night. If you have a stronger hunch that Jerick McKinnon finds the paint or has a better game overall, it only costs $ 1,000 and fits into this lineup.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.