This week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Chargers and Raiders is the bow on top of what has been an exciting weekend of NFL action. Vegas sportsbooks opened with totals as high as 53.5, so it’s reasonable to expect plenty of scoring between these AFC West foes. Even though we’re all-in on some high-flying action, you won’t find many wide receivers in our DraftKings Showdown lineup. With so many worthwhile DFS options, we’re going to avoid the task of determining which one or two receivers will emerge from the pack.
Here’s a reminder of FanDuel’s scoring system for single-game contests: The point total for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but he doesn’t cost any additional money like the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. FanDuel’s default scoring is half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs, and there are no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games like on DraftKings.
FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Eagles vs. Cowboys
$60,000 budget, need at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Justin Herbert, Chargers ($15,500)
Derek Carr ($16,000) has been hot, but we’re committing to Herbert because of the Chargers’ greater reliance on passing touchdowns. Of the Chargers’ seven offensive scores, six have come via the pass. Conversely, the Raiders have thrown for six of their nine offensive touchdowns and are expecting to have Josh Jacobs (ankle, toe) available in some capacity.
MORE MNF: Jacobs injury update
FLEX: RB Austin Ekeler, Chargers ($13,500)
Ekeler has more receiving touchdowns for his career (17) than rushing scores (10), so including him here amounts as a stack with Herbert. His 50 touches are more than double Mike Williams’ 22, who’s second on the team, so it’s safe to bet on him being heavily utilized again on Monday night.
MORE MNF DFS: DraftKings Showdown lineup
FLEX: TE Darren Waller, Raiders ($13,000)
Waller’s 14 targets over the past two weeks may qualify as “light work”, but he tied for the team lead in both contests. Other pass-catchers may have established themselves as dependable, but Waller remains the top priority in the passing game. It’s safe to assume that seven targets will not be the ceiling for Waller going forward. Invest with confidence.
FLEX: K Daniel Carlson, Raiders ($9,500)
We have a high Vegas total, a team in the Raiders that attempts three field goals per game (tied for most in the NFL), and a defense that forces 2.3 field goal attempts per contest (tied for fifth most). Carlson has converted all nine of his attempts, including one from 55. All he needs is the opportunity to deliver fantasy production, and that’s what we expect him to receive.
FLEX: WR Jalen Guyton, Chargers ($7,000)
If we want the three-headed monster atop our lineup, we need to find hidden gems elsewhere. This week’s candidate is Guyton, who has had moments of success in his career (18.3 yards per catch and three touchdowns in 2020). His start hasn’t been as explosive in ’21, but he’s been on the field for 40-plus snaps in each of the Chargers’ three games, received five targets in Week 1, and had a rush attempt in Weeks 2 and 3. He’s capable of a big play or two, and that’s what we’re requesting from Guyton this week.
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