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DFS Showdown Tips: Chiefs-Buccaneers

By Matt Schauf 5:30pm EDT 10/2/22


I don't know about you, but I've had more than enough of Beck singing that Neil Young song to try to hype up the Sunday night meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. Let's just play it.

The good news on that front is we'll be getting some key players back. The sure return is Mike Evans, who didn't get the opportunity to fight anyone in Week 3 because he was suspended. He'll be back. Which questionable, limping WR corps mates will join him? We'll see.

The only important thing limping on the Chiefs side, meanwhile, is Clyde Edwards-Helaire's usage. No one who drafted him can complain about the fantasy points scored through 3 weeks -- 4th most at the position. But CEH watched Jerick McKinnon pass him in playing time last week. Was that a blip or part of a trend?

Let's get to the value tables ...


DraftKings

We still have CEH projected well ahead of McKinnon for Week 4, because you kinda have to still play it that way in season-long lineups. but this is where it might be better to go ahead and give a little more weight to McKinnon's Week 3 playing time. He beat Edwards-Helaire in total snap rate -- 52% to 40% -- and route rate -- 47% to 36%. If that happens again, then McKinnon sure looks like the better play at $3200 less in tournaments that are sure to see CEH on many more rosters.

At WR, watch Marquez Valdes-Scantling's status. He's questionable with an abdominal issue that cost him Thursday's practice and limited him the other 2 days. If he's out, Mecole Hardman, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore all get at least slight bumps.


FanDuel

If you're doing a bunch of lineups in these contests, consider throwing in some Rachaad White whenever the Bucs are involved. If Leonard Fournette doesn't get hurt, then you're not likely to get much from that spot. But if Fournette goes down in a given game, White has looked like the direct replacement early on. Remember the one 2020 game Marcus Mariota entered after Derek Carr went down early? He threw for 226 yards and a TD and ran for 88 yards and another score and won at least 1 DK showdown tourney.

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