It has been a difficult season for the Chiefs. They are fresh off a major loss at the hands of the Titans and will be looking to get back on the winning track to close out Week 8 on Monday Night Football against the Giants. The G-Men will be left without star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee). In the meantime, the Chiefs will continue to play without their starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), but luckily there are still plenty of high-potential DFS options for our FanDuel single-game lineup picks.
Here are the notable settings for single-game FanDuel contests: Total points for the “MVP” are multiplied by 1.5, but it does not cost additional money as the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. The default FanDuel score is Semi point PPR and Four-point pass TD, and here they are no bonuses for 300 yard / 100 yard games like in DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Giants vs. Chiefs
$ 60,000 budget, needs at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 17,000)
It must be nice when what Mahomes has done in seven games is considered an “off” season. Mahomes has eclipsed the 30-point barrier in FanDuel a couple of times, and while the Giants can be brave on defense, this is a place where we expect Mahomes and company to find their rhythm. Another 30-point performance is a reasonable expectation.
FLEX: QB Daniel Jones, Giants ($ 15,000)
Jones hasn’t been as productive on the field in recent weeks, but we know he can rack up fantasy yardage and points with his legs. The Giants still have a couple of key weapons, but their closet has been restocked to some extent, so Jones will have more support Monday night. The Chiefs have been one of the worst defenders in the league this season. It may not be pretty, but Jones and the Giants should eventually be able to deliver a good chunk of statistical production in this matchup.
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FLEX: RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs ($ 11,500)
The Chiefs fell behind against the Titans last week, relegating Williams to a supporting role. He handled the ball only eight times a week after receiving 24 touches. On paper, the Giants are not likely to put the Chiefs behind the eight ball in a similar fashion, so it is highly likely that Williams will enjoy the benefits of a positive playing script. He was active on the ground, in the air and in the red zone against the Washington soccer team in week 6. We should see more of the same on Monday.
FLEX: WR Kadarius Toney, Giants ($ 8,500)
There is some risk of Toney coming off his sprained ankle, but the payoff makes the gamble worth it. Toney has been in and out of the lineup all season, but he’s still second on the team with 30 goals. The only player ahead of him, Sterling Shepard, has a 10.7-yard pedestrian per catch. Toney will be the most dangerous player on the field for the Giants in what appears to be a friendly matchup. As long as he doesn’t exacerbate his injury, he could inflict significant damage on a porous Chiefs defense.
FLEX: WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs ($ 7,500)
Hardman is fourth among the active Chiefs in touches, trailing only Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in goals. Hill and Kelce rightly dominate Mahomes’ attention, but when the Giants can dissuade him from targeting one of their two top options, Hardman will be next in line. He has shown his ability on the big plays on more than one occasion throughout his career. A touchdown or splash play might be all we need from Hardman to complement our other four studs.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.