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Fantasy Football Picks: Packers vs. Vikings 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 NFC North showdown in Week 17. 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 17 Sunday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

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Captain’s Pick

Justin Jefferson (CP $18,000)

NFL Showdown slates can be loaded with offensive stars. They can also be void of talent. As long as their is one, then all is well. There is one this week. There is one last shiny toy to unwrap this holiday season. The star at the top of the Vikings’ Christmas Tree returned to the lineup in Week 14. A week later, he let his star shine — seven catches on 10 targets for 84 yards. Last week he went supernova with his 10 Targets. Jefferson caught six passes — mostly badly thrown balls — for 141 yards and a touchdown. The QB is a question mark in Minnesota, but with a player of Jefferson’s caliber, it doesn’t matter who is fluttering the oblong his way.

FLEX Plays

Editor’s Note: Vikings QB Jaren Hall will start Week 17 vs. the Packers.

Nick Mullens ($10,400)

Is this real life? It’s 2023. It’s still 2023. Quartebacks have a target on their backs. The Grim Reaper has laid waste to the position. Tis’ the season of backups. The Vikings have three, and any one of them could start on Sunday Night Football. There is a little gamesmanship going on. By not naming the starter, the Packers’ defense must prepare for a mobile QB — Josh Dobbs ($6,000) — or Mullens. The rookie fifth-round pick, Jaren Hall ($8,400), could even start. That’s how bad it’s been for Mullins — or at least in the coaches’ eyes. The offense moves the ball under Mullens, but they — read Mullens — also turn the ball over. His stats are good, except one, turnovers. That’s rough in real life but it’s not disqualifying in fantasy football. Keep your eyes on this one. The Minnesota QB situation makes or breaks the Sunday Night NFL Showdown DFS Slate.

Bo Melton ($2,400)

This DFS value pick will require a little work. The Packers receivers are banged up. That’s an understatement. Christian Watson ($7,000) and Jayden Reed ($7,400) were unavailable in Week 16. Dontayvion Wicks ($5,600) exited last week and Melton — seventh-round practice squad player — entered and played 38% of the snaps (up from 31% in Week 15). With those 25 snaps, Melton caught four of six targets for 44 yards. This NFL DFS value pick only works if the others are out. It’s New Year's Eve. No one wants to sit at a computer. Go have fun. Make DraftKings do the work! Simply follow @DKNetwork on X (formerly twitter) for NFL Injury Reports and lineup alerts.

Josh Oliver ($5,200)

TJ Hockenson is done for the season. Jordan Addison ($7,800) is questionable. Who will be the quarterback for the Vikings? Who will run routes for that question mark? Josh Oliver is $5,200! That’s his flex price? At least his ownership will be low. Oliver caught a 33-yard pass last week. He has a couple TDs this season. That’s it for his stats. DFS players may not be all over Oliver, but directionaly this is the right pick. The final Injury Report will reveal who is in and who is out. Wherever the opening is, that is where the value will be.


K.J. Osborn ($6,400)

This is his shot. His career has been his shot. Osborn has been given countless opportunities to step up, and it rarely happens. Last week, he did pull through — five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Has he put it together or did Osborn burn his one good game? Can he do it again? Will he even get the chance? Addison could suit up. Osborn is a better player than Josh Oliver, but Oliver is the lead tight end this week.


Below .500 Team A will play below .500 Team B with both of their desperate playoff dreams on the line. With weak teams, it’s a question of who will drop the ball before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Nick Mullens is the leading candidate for dropping the ball, but if the Packers drop the picks, the home team wins. Go with the home team.

Final Score: Minnesota Vikings 27, Green Bay Packers 24

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