The Sunday night Showdown slate on DraftKings gives us one of the best division rivalries in sports, with the Chiefs traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders and first place in the AFC West very much on the line for both teams. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ Thursday Night Millionaire Showdown slate — with a prize pool of $2.25 million, an entry fee of $20 and a $1 million first-place prize — and who to use in the critical Captain slot:
Patrick Mahomes, QB Chiefs ($18,600) or Tyreek Hill, WR Chiefs ($16,500):
Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense has been in a protracted slump, with the QB throwing for as many touchdowns (2) as interceptions over the past three games combined. Hill has suffered right along with his quarterback. But now it’s the Raiders, and when these two teams meet up, anything is possible, and perhaps knocking pads with their hated rivals is what the Chiefs need to snap out of it. This could be a very rare scenario where you’re getting these two stars at reduced ownership.
Darren Waller, TE Raiders ($14,400):
Waller had 11 targets in the first game of the post-Ruggs era. He’s the guy in an offense that for all the off-field issues is still getting it done between the hash marks. Waller is certainly the safe play to rack up the most receptions, yards and touchdowns for the Raiders.
Derek Carr, QB Raiders ($15,900):
I like Carr here because he’s been either really good or really bad, which is probably going to scare people off using him as the Captain with guys like Mahomes and Hill in a similar price range. But if Carr is on the “good” side of his range of outcomes, he could put up a huge game in what always has a chance to be a shootout between these two.
Kenyan Drake, RB Raiders ($6,600):
I saved my personal favorite for last. Drake has been just as effective as Josh Jacobs and has seen his passing-game role expand each of the past three weeks. The savings he provides with so many of the top players carrying huge salaries cannot be overlooked here. You want the QBs and the top receivers in case of a shootout. And Drake’s role is tailor-made for a shootout game.
Hunter Renfrow, WR Raiders ($8,400):
As expected, Renfrow thrived with Ruggs no longer on the team, catching seven balls for the second straight game and finding the end zone against the Giants last week. He is certainly the leverage play against Waller.
Darrel Williams, RB Chiefs ($7,200):
No Clyde Edwards-Helaire again this week, and whatever that weird Derrick Gore usage two weeks ago was didn’t translate to regular use, so Williams remains the lead back here and he has scored in double digits in 3 of 4 games since CEH went down. He’s cheap enough to have value in any lineup.