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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Vikings vs. Bengals on Saturday in Week 15

Teddy Ricketson takes you through their picks and approach for DraftKings Showdown contests for Vikings vs. Bengals on Saturday in Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season.

Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Paycor Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, December 16, in Week 15. Minnesota will be making a change at quarterback as Nick Mullens gets the start. They are coming off an ugly 3-0 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bengals were counted out when starting QB Joe Burrow was ruled out for the year. Cincinnati has won two of its last three games, with the most recent being over the Indianapolis Colts.

Here is how we are approaching the matchup at DraftKings DFS with our Showdown strategy.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Vikings vs. Bengals

Captain’s Picks

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings ($11,700)

Hockenson took advantage of star wide receiver Justin Jefferson being sidelined and took his place as the best pass-catcher on the team. He has 839 yards and five touchdowns on 85 receptions. Minnesota will be going with Mullens under center, and Hockenson should see plenty of targets. Cincinnati also allows the most DFS points to opposing tight ends.

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($16,800)

Chase has had three very different games with Jake Browning under center. He had four receptions for 81 yards, 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, and then three receptions for 29 yards. Minnesota gives up a middling amount of passing yards, but Chase should be able to have a productive game as Browning’s top option in the passing attack.

FLEX Options

Nick Mullens, QB, Minnesota Vikings ($8,600)

Mullens will be making his first regular-season start since 2021 when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He is expected to have Hockenson, Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison to pass to, with starting running back Alexander Mattison missing the game. Cincinnati allows the ninth-most DFS points to opposing quarterbacks,

Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($5,800)

Mattison will miss the game, which should open up plenty of work for Chandler. The backup RB has looked solid in limited work this year with 203 yards and a touchdown on 49 carries in 13 games. The Cincinnati defense allows middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing running backs, but Chandler should see the bulk of the backfield work.

Value plays

Evan McPherson, K, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,000)

Browning has the Cincinnati offense firing on all cylinders. He is consistently getting them into field goal range, which benefits McPherson. Minnesota’s defense allows the seventh-most DFS points per game to opposing kickers. McPherson has back-to-back games with two field goals and four extra points.

Kene Nwangwu, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($200)

This is a dart throw play. Nwangwu only has four touches on the season, but at this price point and playing as the likely backup, there should be some value here. Adding him to your lineup could let you add another star player to your lineup.