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DFS Showdown Tips: Patriots-Chiefs

By Matt Schauf 3:10pm EDT 10/5/20

Postponing Patriots-Chiefs made for some extra fantasy football headaches this week. But now that we’ve reached game day, at least we get some extra DFS juice to close out Week 4.

You can check out the Draft Sharks Lineup Generator for help with this special 2-game slate.

And if you’re looking to play the showdown for the Monday night appetizer, you can check below ...


That aside, Harrison Butker clearly makes plenty of sense as a low-cost bet on a Chiefs offense that should win handily over these COVID-adjusted Pats. (The line’s now up to 10.5 in K.C.’s favor, and their 29.5-point implied total stands 6th among all lines for the week.)Before we get any further, keep in mind that we’re only going on a report that QB Brian Hoyer will start over Jarrett Stidham tonight. With these Patriots, nothing is ever sure until it happens. So if you plan to use a Patriots QB, just keep an eye out for pre-game reports to confirm it’s Hoyer.

You can find other fringe options at the top of this chart to help fit the higher-dollar players. One guy worth a look who didn’t make our chart is Patriots RB J.J. Taylor. We didn’t project him to begin the week, when Sony Michel was still part of a committee that’s expected to add Damien Harris for the 1st time this season. But Taylor checks in at just $200 in showdown salary -- the bare minimum. He does so despite drawing a team-high 11 carries and 1 target last week.

If Taylor gives you anything at that price, it’s a win.

As you’re building, also keep upside in mind. Mecole Hardman is the kind of boom-bust player we rarely want to rely on. But the “boom” potential here at $1,000 less than even Sammy Watkins makes him well worth including in at least 1 entry. Kansas City’s speed will be the toughest thing for New England to game plan against.


If you played the Chiefs-Ravens showdown last week and didn’t set Patrick Mahomes in your MVP slot, then you probably didn’t win. Will he punish us again if we make the same move? There’s less reason to take that chance here, where the player in that slot doesn’t cost any more in salary.Hoyer checking in at minimum price makes him an auto-play. It’s likely a holdover from the initial showdown setup, which had Cam Newton available.

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