Schedule makers earn a tip for giving fans of soccer, and the NFL DFS, such an important Sunday football matchup. The Ravens host the Chiefs in a Super Bowl contender matchup. The Ravens have been hit hard by the injury bug and opened as 2.5-point underdogs. Vegas also set the total at 55.5, so it’s fair to anticipate a hotly contested, high-scoring matter that makes it more fun to narrow down your lineup picks for DraftKings Showdown contests.
This week’s construction can be classified as “stars and special teams.” That’s the commitment to being greedy at the top, but we are also aware of the significant real and fantasy impact that special teams can play in these types of matchups.
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As a reminder, here are the most notable scoring quirks of DraftKings Showdowns: Full point PPR, and here they are 3-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: Chiefs vs. Ravens
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($ 15,900)
Hill and Travis Kelce ($ 15,600) will be enjoying top dog weeks this season, so it’s worth making a lineup with Hill as captain and another with Kelce. Both are imminent threats to deliver more than 10 receptions, more than 100 yards and / or multiple TDs.
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FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 12,600)
Mahomes has improved in each of his three meetings with the Ravens, recording 24.8 DraftKings points in 2018, 30.9 in 2019 and 43 in the final season. The Ravens are going to sink their teeth defensively no matter what, but their diminished unit is going to have their hands fully occupied with Mahomes and his guys.
FLEX: TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($ 10,400)
If you anoint Hill as your captain, this is Kelce’s place and vice versa. Kelce hasn’t missed a beat after last year’s prodigious season and will continue to serve as a must-have fantasy asset. He has posted a combined 20-253-1 line in 24 goals in his last three games against Baltimore.
FLEX: K Harrison Butker, Chiefs ($ 3,800)
Butker has scored double-digit fantasy points in 16 of his last 33 contests. We’re not pinning our hopes on him getting close to his ceiling – he’s surpassed 15 fantasy points nine times in his career – but we like the odds that he will deliver a respectable number on a night where there could be a lot of touchdowns.
FLEX: K Justin Tucker, Ravens ($ 3,600)
Like his counterpart, Tucker eclipsed the 10 fantasy point plateau 13 times since 2019 and reached at least 15 fantasy point five times in that span. If Tucker isn’t the best kicker in the game, he’s very close. With the number of offenses anticipated, Tucker should be able to have considerable screen time on Sunday night.
FLEX: D / ST Kansas City Defense ($ 3,400)
Even in a game with such a high total, it is worth considering all the paths through which Kansas City can put fantasy points on the board. As good as Lamar Jackson and Co. may have been, this 2021 version is flawed. Their quarterback has been decimated, they’re limping through the pass catcher ranks, and if Jackson is forced to back down frequently, his offensive line could struggle to protect him enough: The Raiders sacked Jackson three times this Week. 1. Not to mention, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle have combined for three career touchdowns in the return game.
Alternative consideration: Don’t feel the inclination of special teams? You’ll have to sacrifice Mahomes and go for Lamar Jackson ($ 11,800) instead. This also requires a commitment to Kelce as her captain. The modest savings will be enough to allow him to roll the dice with Mecole Hardman ($ 4,600) instead of the Chiefs’ D / ST.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.