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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Packers vs. Vikings on Sunday Night Football in Week 17

Chet Gresham takes you through their picks and approach DraftKings Showdown contests for Packers vs. Vikings on SNF in Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season.

Christian Izien #29 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles Jayden Reed #11 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 17, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The 7-8 Packers and 7-8 Vikings go head to head on Sunday Night Football in Week 17 in a must-win game for both teams. A win would keep either team in the playoff race, while a loss knocks them out. So we know the teams will be going all out at least.

The biggest change for this week is yet another new starting QB in rookie Jaren Hall. Nick Mullens has been benched for Hall and that leaves a lot of uncertainty for the Vikings offense. The Packers will again be without Christian Watson and could be without Dontayvion Wicks looking to be on the wrong side of questionable.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Packers vs. Vikings

Captain’s Picks

Jayden Reed, WR, Packers ($11,100)

Reed missed last week with a toe injury, but wasn’t on the injury report to end this week. He should be good to go. His ability as a rusher and a receiver give him the most upside of the wide receiver group this week and he should be a top target with Watson and Wicks likely out.

Ty Chandler, RB, Vikings ($12,300)

Chandler had a down game last week after a big game the week before, but the matchups had a lot to do with that. This week he gets a weak Packers run defense, ranking seventh-worst in rushing yards allowed and fifth-worst in rushing touchdowns allowed. Add in rookie Jaren Hall and I expect the Vikings will go back to giving Chandler a big workload like they did against the Bengals when he off for 157 total yards ans a touchdown in Week 15.

FLEX Options

Aaron Jones, RB, Packers ($9,800)

The Vikings are tough against the run, but they allow plenty of running back receptions, ranking fifth-worst in receptions allowed to the position. Jones is still priced up based on his historical numbers, as injuries have kept him down most of this season. But, his upside remains high and he has shown glimpses of big play ability of late and appears to be healthy.

Josh Oliver, TE, Vikings ($5,200)

The loss of T,J, Hockenson for the season is a tough blow to the Vikings offense, especially with a rookie quarterback getting the start. I’d expect Hall to want to get Oliver involved early and often this week as he won’t want to test the boundaries.

Value plays

Malik Heath, WR, Packers ($3,400)

Jordan Love trusts Heath’s hands and with Wicks out, he should see plenty of snaps with Reed and Romeo Doubs. He’s not a lock, but he should be in play as a price save on Sunday night.