Tonight we have the best showdown slate of the season between Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. There is tons of “fantasy goodness” in this one. Hell, the total for this game is 63.5. The crazy part is that number could get higher if sharp money comes in on the over.
This cheat will be short and geared toward the Showdown slate on DraftKings. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same plays I suggest in this article on similar contests on FanDuel or other DFS sites.
I’ll leave this here as well:
Note: I’m more of a GPP player, so the players I list may have a really high upside, along with a greater amount of risk. Keep that in mind when plugging these players into your lineup.
Let’s get into it.
Player to Lock-In: Jared Goff
Most people, including myself, expect this game to be a shootout. That means both quarterbacks are in play. However, Patrick Mahomes will be, by far, the highest owned player on the slate. Meaning, Jared Goff could see a lower ownership.
Now, I still believe Goff will be popular, but he may be a somewhat of a contrarian play, especially if you make the risky decision to fade Mahomes completely. I will have some “Goff only” lineups tonight.
Goff’s splits at home are significant. That’s another reason I like him a bit more than Mahomes. At home this season, Goff has thrown 14 touchdowns, that’s six more than he has on the road. Sean McVay should have Goff throwing against the Chiefs’ questionable secondary.
Even without Cooper Kupp, the Rams have plenty of weapons on offense for Goff to target. They may need to change some things up in how they use their personnel though, which I will touch on later in this article.
My favorite GPP play on this slate is Rams’ tight end, Tyler Higbee. With the loss of Kupp, Higbee should get more targets. He caught three passes last week against the Seahawks. He also scored a touchdown.
The hope is Higbee will see more usage in the red zone. He did play on 50 of the Rams’ 65 offensive snaps. Over the last three weeks, Higbee has caught six passes for 71 yards. Again, his usage in the passing game should continue to grow.
With all of the obvious plays, having Higbee in your lineup could be another way to differentiate from the rest of the field.
The second low-owned player I will have in a few of my lineups is Chiefs’ wide receiver, Chris Conley.
Sammy Watkins missed practice twice this past week, and may not even play. Even if he does suit up, it’s hard to imagine him being 100%. That’s where Conley comes in. Last week, Conley played on 54 snaps. That was the most snaps he played on since week four.
If Watkins sits, Conley will see a lot of playing time, making him the perfect GPP dart throw. With that being said, if Watkins plays I would start him over Tyreek Hill to again try to be different from the rest of the competition.
Remember, the goal shouldn’t be to score the most points. It should be to score more points than your opponent.