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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Patriots vs. Broncos on Sunday Night Football in Week 16

Teddy Ricketson takes you through their picks and approach for DraftKings Showdown contests for Patriots vs. Broncos on Sunday night football in Week 16 of the 2023 NFL season.

Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the New England Patriots runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on December 7, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The New England Patriots will face the Denver Broncos in Week 16. While this game will take place on Sunday night, it will be on NFL Network and not technically the typical Sunday Night Football on NBC. Regardless, this matchup is still featured on DraftKings DFS for you to set a Showdown Captain Mode lineup. Here is our Week 16 strategy for setting that DFS lineup.

Injuries to look out for

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots — OUT
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, New England Patriots — OUT
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots — OUT

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Patriots vs. Broncos

Captain’s Picks

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, New England Patriots ($15,300)

With Stevenson out for another week, Elliott will take over the starting running back role. He hasn’t been the most efficient runner on the ground, but he has been getting plenty of targets in the passing game from quarterback Bailey Zappe. Elliott had 11 carries for 25 yards last week against the Kansas City Chiefs but brought in five of his six targets for 21 additional yards through the air. Denver allows the second-most DFS points per game to opposing running backs.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos ($16,500)

Sutton is finally having the season we have been expecting of him. He has played in 14 games and has brought in 58 of his 85 targets for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sutton has had at least 60 receiving yards or a touchdown in each of his last nine games. New England’s defense does a good job of limiting receivers, as they allow the 13th-fewest DFS points per game, but Sutton still has upside as Russell Wilson’s top target.

FLEX Options

Wil Lutz, K, Denver Broncos ($5,200)

When teams play in Denver, it never hurts to throw their kicker into your DFS lineup. The thin air helps the ball travel further, so most kickers’ max range gets increased playing at Mile High. Lutz has made 27 of his 29 field goal attempts with a long of 52 yards and 25 of his 27 extra points this season.

Broncos D/ST ($5,400)

New England has had a wild month and a half. They were held to fewer than 10 points in Weeks 10, 12 and 13. Then, they finally found their momentum against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14 and scored 21 points before scoring 17 last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Largely, they have struggled on offense, and Denver’s defense is playing well. The Patriots’ offense is allowing the fifth-most DFS points to opposing D/STs per game.

Value plays

DeVante Parker, WR, New England Patriots ($5,000)

New England will be down three of their top five pass-catchers for this game. Demario Douglas and Parker will lead the wide receivers Douglas will cost ($6,800) to roster, while Parker is cheaper. Parker has played in 10 games and has 27 receptions for 308 yards. Denver allows the eighth-fewest DFS points per game to opposing wide receivers but should still see a decent target share.

Mike Gesicki, TE, New England Patriots ($1,600)

Henry was questionable for the game but was ruled out on Saturday. Gesicki and Pharaoh Brown will take over as the starting tight ends. They have similar stats, but Gesicki has more receptions on the season, coming in with 22 for 189 yards and a touchdown. Denver allows the second-most DFS points per game to opposing tight ends, so at least Gesicki has a good matchup going for him.