The Chiefs need a win in Denver to keep their dreams of a first-round NFL playoff goodbye alive, and the Broncos would love the game spoiler. It’s set to be an action-packed single-game DFS game roster, so we’re excited to share our picks from Week 18’s DraftKings Showdown. Our lineup features Patrick Mahomes, but our “Captain” pick should give us some differentiation and we have some sleepers that fit perfectly in GPP tournaments.
Here are the important settings for DraftKings single game contests: Is, and there is, and. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
DraftKings Showdown Picks: Chiefs vs. Broncos
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
In the five games that Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) missed this season, Williams scored 17.1 DK points per game and was heavily involved in the passing offense. Given that CEH is likely to miss another week, this should be another high-volume game for Williams. With this selection, we avoid the picks of chalk MVPs like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and maybe even Javonte Williams, but we gain a similar advantage. We know Hill and Kelce haven’t been “safe” this season, and Williams also acts as the third target in the passing game.
With Mahomes finally looking a bit like his old self, we can’t in good conscience leave him out of our lineup despite how chalky he will obviously be. After the tough loss in Cincinnati, this Chiefs offense will want to build some momentum heading into the playoffs, and it all starts with Mahomes.
Drew Lock throwing a pick-six isn’t out of the question here, is it? It’s never smart to “bet” on a defensive scoreboard, but we can at least have hope for some turnovers. Lock hasn’t thrown an interception in his two starts this season, so it feels like he’s in due time, and the overall ceiling for Denver’s offense is low. It’s hard to see this selection coming back to bite us, and the advantage is clearly present.
Pringle, along with any other pass catcher not named Hill or Kelce, is obviously never a safe pick, but we saw his lead in his performance of 25.5 points in Week 16, so we like his boom or bust profile. for tournaments. Denver has the ability to knock out Hill (as we saw in Week 13), so Pringle could be the guy to stand out among the Chiefs’ wide receivers.
You could go for the big play or upside touchdown from another Broncos pass receiver here, but since DK is full-point PPR, we like Jeudy. He’s very explosive in his own right, but he can also rack up points on short or intermediate catches. Whether it’s big plays or a ton of trash-time volume, it’s not out of the question for him to hit the 100-yard bonus (assuming he gets off the reserve / COVID list).
Williams blew up against the Chiefs with 32.8 DK points in Week 13, but that was while Melvin Gordon was inactive. We cannot expect the same volume this week, but we can aim for similar efficiency. With the Broncos officially out of playoff contention, we hope they will let the rookie eat and use Gordon as mere respite. After Denver’s running game disappointed in one of the best matchups for the RBs last week (Chargers), expect the Broncos to try and establish the running game early. If this game enters trash time, Williams could do a lot of work in the passing game as well.