American football fans and NFL DFS players will enjoy a showdown between two AFC giants when the Ravens host the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens started as 2.5-point underdogs at 55.5 over / under, so Las Vegas is involving a hotly contested shootout. Still, with a total like that, there’s no shortage of tall picks for FanDuel’s single-game lineup.
It’s tempting, and possible, to throw the Chiefs’ three-headed monster into a lineup, but we’ll go for a bit more balance in this setup. However, we will provide a little additional strategy tip for those who want to play the ‘all or nothing’ game with a few lineups this week.
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A reminder of the FanDuel scoring system for single game contests: Total points for “MVP” are multiplied by 1.5, but it does not cost additional money as “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: Chiefs vs. Rvens
$ 60,000 budget, needs at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 17,000)
The Ravens defense is tough on most quarterbacks. Mahomes, however, has fared progressively better in his three encounters with them, scoring 21.8 FanDuel points on his 2018 incline before following up with outbursts of 27.9 and 40.0 points. The Ravens are already exhausted on defense, while the Chiefs appear to be clicking all cylinders once again.
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FLEX: WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($ 14,000)
Hill has outshined 15 targets three times since 2018 and has received double-digit stares 15 times in that span. Combining Hill’s skill with that degree of bulk makes for an explosive recipe. Hill is coming off a 31.6-point outburst and is always a threat to deliver something similar. Of course, Hill and Travis Kelce ($ 13,500) will share the title role for the entire season, so it’s worth getting into a second lineup with Kelce at this spot.
FLEX: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs ($ 10,500)
The Ravens are rarely a team that makes ball handling easy, but sometimes price, role and volume take precedence in the decision-making process. Edwards-Helaire’s 17 Week 1 touches weren’t flashy, but Mahomes was the only other Chief to see more than one carry. Edwards-Helaire, however, converted 25 touches on 134 total yards on last season’s trip to Baltimore.
FLEX: TE Mark Andrews, Ravens ($ 10,500)
Andrews was quiet in the Ravens’ Week 1 loss to the Raiders, and he combined to a 6-37 line with zero touchdowns on 15 goals in his last two meetings with the Chiefs. He’s been ugly, but the Ravens aren’t going to remove him from the weekly game plan any time soon. Andrews’ strengths are big plays (13.4 YPC) and touchdowns (17 since 2019). You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your competence in these departments on Sunday evening.
FLEX: WR Sammy Watkins, Ravens ($ 8,500)
We know Watkins’s tendency to turn into a pumpkin after a solid showing in Week 1. Perhaps his new digs will encourage him to stick around a bit longer this time. Watkins led the Ravens in goals (eight) and yards (94) last week, and Baltimore will have no choice but to lean on him again, especially with Marquise Brown suffering a sprained ankle.
Alternative considerations: If you prefer to include Mahomes, Hill and Kelce in the same lineup, you can do so with Mecole Hardman ($ 8,000) and Latavius Murray ($ 7,500) taking their last two spots. Hardman was 4-81-1, good for 16.1 FD points, on six goals in last season’s meeting at Baltimore. His three goals in last week’s win over the Browns may put people off, but opportunities will present themselves to third-party players thanks to the attention Hill and Kelce command. Murray relies on the touchdown, but he made his way to the paint last week, and his 10 carries were outscored only by Lamar Jackson’s 12. – but those who take this route look for cheap dirty spots anyway.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.