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Fantasy Football Picks: Ravens vs. Jaguars DraftKings NFL DFS SNF Showdown Strategy

Pearce Dietrich gives his top DraftKings NFL Showdown picks for Sunday Night Football.

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DraftKings Fantasy Football features an AFC playoff contender showdown in Week 15. The DFS main slate may be in the books, but there is plenty of DFS action available for Sunday Night Football. Check out the NFL Showdown Slate DFS picks for the Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Set your DraftKings fantasy football lineups here: NFL $1.2M Sunday Night Showdown [$300K to 1st] (BAL vs JAX)


SHOWDOWN STRATEGY

Captain’s Pick

Lamar Jackson (CP $18,600)

The winning lineup for the Week 14 Milly Maker had Lamar Jackson as the quarterback pick. That doesn’t mean he will be an optimal pick on the NFL Sunday Night Football Showdown Slate. It only means that he scored a lot of fantasy points in Week 14. That means a lot. On a slate with an injured QB that is missing a key receiver and the other being an MVP candidate, the potential MVP seems to be the way to go. Jackson threw the ball 48 times in week 14 and rushed another 11. That kind of volume cannot be faded. Imagine what 60 touches would look like against the Jaguars. This defense has been torched in back-to-back weeks by backups (Joe Flacco and Jake Browning).

FLEX Plays

Isaiah Likely ($6,800)

As predicted in the Week 12 Sunday Night Football NFL DFS Showdown Slate article, the Ravens love utilizing their tight ends. Mark Andrews was lost for the season in the Week 11 Thursday Night Football matchup with the Bengals. Likely took over the starting role and immediately made his presence felt by catching four of six targets for 50 yards in the Ravens’ 20-10 win over the Chargers. After the bye week, Likely benefited from the extra practice reps with the starting unit. He caught five of seven targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 (19.3 DKFP).

Rashod Bateman ($3,200)

This is a reach, but the key to winning an NFL Showdown Slate at DraftKings is by going off the board. Bateman is risky, but this value pick can work. First of all, the key to unlocking this DFS slate is targeting the Jaguars’ pass defense. It’s one of the worst units in football. Their last two losses have highlighted the glaring weakness of the No. 1 team in the AFC South. They have allowed 3,447 passing yards (second-most) and 22 passing TDs (fourth-most). Obviously, Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,200) and Zay Flowers ($8,800) are the main options for Baltimore. If the salary is available, these Ravens should slide into lineups first. If the money isn’t there, then Bateman is a viable value option. Some will argue for Nelson Agholor ($2,400) as the better value pick on this slate. Jacksonville has surrendered 39.5 DKFP per game to wide receivers this season (seventh-most). Agholor’s stats have been better, but Bateman is in a better spot based on his role. The Jags hemorrhage fantasy points to pass catchers, but not all pass catchers — 63% of the points go to wideouts and 37% to slot receivers. Bateman splits out and Agholor mans the slot.

Parker Washington ($4,000)

Who is Parker Washington? This was a fair question two weeks ago. Washington might remain obscure on main slates, but on a DraftKings NFL DFS Showdown Slate with few options and even fewer value picks, Washington should be as well known as the first President of the United States. Christian Kirk is out, and Parker Washington has stepped into a larger role. In Week 13, he caught all six of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. The volume wasn’t there last week, but he scored another touchdown. If Washington crosses the goal line for the third week in a row, just like George crossed the Delaware, then he will be in the winning DFS lineup.


Fades

Trevor Lawrence ($10,400)

Give credit to the former No. 1 pick. He’s playing through the pain. It’s clear that Lawrence is far from 100%. He’s living the check down life. The Jags offense was able to move the ball last week, but the Browns were not at full health. It’s not guaranteed that Lawrence will be able to constantly pepper Evan Engram ($7,600) all night. If the Ravens take this option away, the Jags offense might stall out.


THE OUTCOME

Nothing is a sure thing, but this one doesn’t look good for the Jags. They’ve lost to AFC North teams in back-to-back weeks. Now, they’re facing the best team in the AFC North, and the Ravens aren’t starting a backup quarterback — they’re starting an MVP candidate.

Final Score: Baltimore Ravens 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 19

Set your DraftKings fantasy football lineups here: NFL $1.2M Sunday Night Showdown [$300K to 1st] (BAL vs JAX)


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