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Fantasy Football Picks: Packers vs. Giants DraftKings NFL DFS Showdown Strategy

Steve gives his top DraftKings NFL Showdown picks for Monday’s NFL game between the Packers and Giants.

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I’m not sure why we have two Monday Night Football games on at the same time but, that’s what we have tonight. The Packers head to New York to take on the Giants as six-point favorites. Let’s dive into how to build your Showdown lineups for tonight.

Set your DraftKings fantasy football lineups here: NFL Monday Night Showdown [$200K to 1st] (GB vs NYG)


SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Captain’s Pick

Saquon Barkley (CP $16,800)

Amongst everyone in this game, Barkley has one of the highest ceilings. Going against a very poor Packers run defense helps, as they’ve allowed an average of 24.7 DKFP, 105 rushing yards, 29 receiving yards, and a total of 10 rushing touchdowns. I think the Giants are going to struggle to get anything going through the air, so relying heavily on Barkley would be the play. Barkley is averaging over 18 carries per game and has been very efficient, rumbling for over four yards per carry. Opposing teams have utilized the run heavily against the Packers, running the ball over 24 times per game. While he’s likely to be the most popular captain play, his upside is one of the best among all the available options.

FLEX Plays

Jayden Reed ($9,200)

Reed can also be used as a captain if you want to mix it up a bit. Without Christian Watson active, Reed should reap some of those benefits. During this three-game winning streak for the Packers, he’s been a consistent target for Jordan Love ($11,600) drawing 6.3 targets per game and has turned that into a 12/96/1 line. Reed has also been getting involved in the ground game a bit, carrying the ball five times for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Giants' secondary has been extremely generous to opposing receivers, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points and over 175 receiving yards per game. With Watson out of the mix, Reed also becomes one of the top options to target when going deep downfield. He’s drawn 13 targets of at least 20 yards and has six catches for 220 yards and a touchdown.

Packers D/ST ($6,600)

This has to be one of the most expensive D/ST that I’ve seen on a Showdown slate. But, the matchup is worth it. Tommy DeVito ($9,800) has taken 28 sacks through just five games. That’s an average of 5.6 PER GAME. Those sacks already put him tied for 9th in the league with Justin Fields and Desmond Ridder, who have played three and six games more than DeVito. The Giants offensive line is a mess and they’ll have a backup playing at right tackle. While I would normally scoff at the prospect of paying almost $7K for a D/ST, I think this is a must in this Showdown contest.

Jalin Hyatt ($7,000)

It’s extremely difficult to trust any of the Giants’ receivers, especially after hyping up the Packers D/ST so much. That being said, Hyatt does have the big play ability that could be crucial in a one-game slate. We’ve seen it multiple times this season, as he went for 89 yards on two catches against the Cardinals, 75 yards on two catches against the Commanders, and 109 yards on five catches against the Patriots. Since taking over at QB, DeVito has 10 attempts of 20 yards or more and has connected on five of them. Hyatt is running away with those deep shots, seeing 16 of the teams 27 total attempts.


Fades

Aaron Jones ($10,600)

The matchup is good, but the situation is not. Priced as the third most expensive option, I cannot fathom paying up for Jones, who will be splitting reps with AJ Dillion ($8,600). It’s been an injury-plagued season for Jones, who has most recently been dealing with a knee issue. Even when he’s been on the field, his effectiveness hasn’t been there. Jones has only carried the ball at least 10 times in two of the seven games he’s played. The Packers have been more than comfortable handing the ball off to Dillon, even despite his early season struggles. I cannot envision a scenario where Jones comes back, immediately takes the reigns as the lead back, and is worth paying up the $10,600 price tag on. There isn’t enough value on this slate where you can afford Jones AND a combo of Barkley or Love, especially if one of them is your captain.


Set your DraftKings fantasy football lineups here: NFL Monday Night Showdown [$200K to 1st] (GB vs NYG)


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All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests. The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.