Andy Reid’s reputation for winning by the week gives a juicy Sunday night football match between the Chiefs and Raiders. Las Vegas won the opening match between these teams in 2020 on the way, and now the Raiders are hosting Kansas City, trying to keep in touch with AFC West. For DraftKings showdown purposes, it’s an extra week of preparation for Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs that makes us lean over.
We start things off with Le’Veon Bell as captain. He’s priced in a way so his workload before parting would be fine, but it feels like there could be more upside down an extra week to get ready. We have only invested in the two safest Raiders in Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs, while we hope Mahomes can have a great day in the office.
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Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): RB Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs ($ 2,100)
There’s no way to know for sure, but if there was ever time for Bell to take over this backfield, it would be after Kansas City City Week. He already saw about a third of snaps before saying goodbye, so even though he only gets that workload, he’s a fine game at this extreme value price. If he were to take on an even bigger snap share, look no further.
FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 13,400)
The Mahomes question is still whether he should be captain or not. You do not fade him in a matchup against a not-so-good defense. Because of the other weapons in this game, it makes more sense to just use Mahomes in one of these flex lineup spots and give us room for some more studs.
FLEX: TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($ 10,600)
You could make a variation of this lineup with Tyreek Hill instead of Kelce, but we put Kelce in here because he was the better performer the first time these teams met. Mahomes targeted him 12 times and he caught eight in 108 yards and a score. We would definitely take that again.
FLEX: QB Derek Carr, Raiders ($ 9,800)
Carr has opened some eyes this season with more consistent play that throws football down the field. Carr scored almost 28 DK points the first time these teams met, and although it may be excessive to always expect QB to throw a lot against Mahomes, Carr should have enough time and space to play well again.
FLEX: RB Josh Jacobs, Raiders ($ 9,600)
The chiefs have allowed 4.6 yards per carry. Carrying to running back in 2020, and while Jacob’s average was below that, the first time these teams met, the Raiders gave him 25 transports and he found the final zone twice. It may seem counterintuitive to invest in a runback in a game LV is underdog, but the Raiders must once again commit to ground attacks and give Jacobs a solid shot at a good fantasy night.
FLEX: WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs ($ 3,600)
Hardman often feels overpriced at DK, but his return from the COVID-19 / reserve list has him at a more reasonable price for a secondary reception option for boom or bust. Sammy Watkins (hoarding) is still out, meaning Hardman could see a few more goals than usual. Of course, we always bet that Hardman catches a long touchdown when we throw him in our lineup.