There are certain matchups you circle on your calendars and this is certainly one of them. Two young quarterbacks, rosters loaded with young talent, it’s all a recipe for a fantasy bounty. Kansas City and Baltimore boast undefeated records and are set for a clash of their MVP quarterbacks.
Coming into their Monday night matchup, the Ravens are favored by 3.5 with the over/under set at 54.5. Over the first two weeks, Baltimore has scored over 30 points in both of their games while Kansas City has done it only once. All that said, there will be fantasy points to be had. The question is the same every week; where will they come from? This slate has too much fire power which leads to important value decisions. Luckily, there are a few names that can punch that ticket and help build a profitable lineup.
As always, the players below are not meant to be considered a “core four.” These are simply players to consider as you are building your lineups. Play one, play them all, it is entirely up to you. Our job is to help you see the reasoning behind selecting these players and how they can help you win. We wish you luck on your DraftKings Monday Night Showdown Picks.
DraftKings Monday Night Showdown Picks
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Captain $11,700; Flex $7,800 RB Kansas City
It’s obvious the Kansas City offense now rolls through the outstanding rookie running back. Through the first two games of his career, he has touched the ball 41 times. The Chiefs have run 146 offensive snaps. He’s a threat each and every time he gets a chance and should be locked into your roster.
He draws a matchup against a Baltimore defense that allowed Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to rack up over 130 yards combined two weeks ago. The Ravens did manage to tighten up against David Johnson last week. That shouldn’t scare you off of CEH though as he is primed for a huge outing.
The question is not whether to play him or not, it’s where to put him. His captain price leaves a decent amount of room to get creative elsewhere. His flex price is also a touch lower than it should be which is great for us. He will be highly owned to be sure. But, trying to get too contrarian and leaving him off your roster will cost you. Set him and forget him this week.
Justin Tucker – Captain $6,300; Flex $4,200: K Baltimore
It’s saying something when a kicker is as vital a part of a team’s offense as any other player. Such is the case with Tucker. For years the Ravens have counted on him to make clutch kicks from all over the field. For years he has done just that. Many times rostering a kicker is a money saving technique. In this case you are playing someone who can potentially score more than any third option wideout or rusher.
Last week against the Texans, Tucker accounted for almost a full half of his team’s points. He went 4 for 4 on his field goal attempts and hit on all three of his extra points. All told, he walked away from the game with 16 fantasy points. That is the equivalent of a receiver catching 5 passed for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Getting WR2 production from a kicker at a bench player price point is a tempting proposition. There are many takes on how this game will ultimately shake out. Some are calling for a shootout, others are predicting a sneaky defensive battle. Whatever the case, Tucker will be scoring points. He is certainly worth consideration in one of you multi-entry rosters.
Gus Edwards – Captain $2,400; Flex $1,600: RB Baltimore
Contrarian plays in tournaments are a tricky situation. You want to put someone in play that has a possibility of hitting. On the other hand, you want that person to be low enough owned to separate you from the pack. Showdown slates make that even more difficult. Edwards has a great shot at fulfilling both of these scenarios.
With Edwards, you are hoping for the upside of the 10 carry, 73 yard game he notched against the Texans. It’s true he shares the same field as Mark Ingram and the impressive rookie J.K. Dobbins. Not to mention the threat of Lamar Jackson’s legs. It’s why his price is as low as it is. Despite his floor being lowered by this, as far as a tournament dart throw is considered, he could be it.
Most yards after contact per attempt through two weeks (PFF)
Kareem Hunt (5.1 YAC per attempt)
Gus Edwards (4.9)
James Conner (4.6)
Aaron Jones (4.5)
Nick Chubb (4.5)
Leonard Fournette (4.4)
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 27, 2020
Kansas City allowed both Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley to rush for over 60 yards last week. There is an opportunity for the Raven’s rushing game to do some work. Edwards has proven that he can produce on his touches which we hope equates to more this week.
Sammy Watkins – Captain $7,500; Flex $5,000: WR Kansas City
Watkins has been practicing for the last two days so it’s safe to assume he’ll be a go Monday night. That may not be saying much though given his inconsistency as a Chief. This play is not without its risks and may give you more anxiety than you want. What might calm those nerves though is the Houston secondary. They have allowed five receivers to accumulate over 50 yards. Four of them came on five or more receptions.
Sammy Watkins, a full participant at Chiefs practice today…. #MNF
— Steve Levy (@espnSteveLevy) September 26, 2020
He brings with him a high ceiling, as well as a decent floor should he play. Last season against Baltimore, he was targeted 8 times catching 5 of them for 64 yards. This came without Tyreek Hill and with a huge night for Mecole Hardman. Hill is back at full strength which could eat away at targets for Watkins. Hardman has had a hard time finding much success, which may make up for that downside.
If the game script skews in the direction of a shootout, fantasy points will be plentiful. In that instance, Watkins will play a sizable role. Even if the Chiefs stall drives between the 20’s, the odds are high Watkins will get his fair share of looks.
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