Saturday night brings us two teams with playoff hopes as the Detroit Lions host the Denver Broncos. The Lions are sitting in a much better spot than the Broncos, as they are atop the NFC North with a 9-4 record. The Broncos have come on strong after a horrible start to go 7-6, but they are still on the outside looking in for a playoff spot.
Today we’ll take a look at some of the value plays available to you in the DraftKings Showdown between the Broncos and Lions.
Value flex options
Jameson Williams, WR, Lions ($2,600)
Kalif Raymond, WR, Lions ($2,200)
Kalif Raymond, Josh Reynolds and Jameson Williams split work behind Amon-Ra St. Brown, which limits their consistency and upside in fantasy. All three have value in Showdowns, but pinpointing which player is tough. The one good thing about Williams is that he has world class speed and the team will give him rushing plays. Raymond also gets some work once in a while as a rusher and sees more targets than Williams, and also has big play upside. I like Raymond slightly more due to his extremely cheap price and the fact Jared Goff seems to trust him more.
Samaje Perine, RB, Lions ($3,000)
Perine has had a good season behind Javonte Williams, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and catching 40-of-44 targets for 378 yards. The trouble for fantasy is his lack of work. The good news for Showdowns is that he can be useful in a limited role as a pass catching running back. If the Lions can get a good lead, Perine would be called on more as a receiver.
Adam Trautman, TE, Team ($3,400)
Trautman doesn’t see many targets, but when he does, there’s a good chance they’re in the red zone. On the season he has 28 total targets and ten have been in the red zone. He now has two touchdowns in his last three games on six targets. It’s a risky proposition, but his odds of getting in the end zone are good for such a cheap price point.
D/ST and Kickers
The Broncos pass defense has come on strong of late and their D/ST has had some big games in their last six outings, as they’ve hit over 13 DK points in half of those. Jared Goff has not been playing as well as he was earlier in the season and has eight turnovers over his last four games.
Will Lutz has put up some big numbers as well during their recent run and he’s the only kicker I’d slot in this week. And, over the last five weeks, the Lions rank seventh-worst in fantasy points allowed to kickers.
Overall Showdown strategy
like David Montgomery this week, as the Lions want to get the run game going between the tackles and the Broncos are weaker against the run than pass. Jerry Jeudy can’t seem to get his act together, so the only consistent Broncos receiver has been Courtland Sutton and I expect him to continue his crazy touchdown catching ways. Those two are where I’ll likely build from for this slate.