Chiefs vs. Saints is only at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday in Week 15, but there aren’t any other games on CBS in that window, making it a national TV game. It’s a great matchup, a potential Super Bowl preview, and it’s a perfect reason to play a DraftKings Showdown lineup for an afternoon game.
While it’s always fun to captain one of the Chiefs’ big three, we’ve gone with Alvin Kamara in the captain spot. He’ll benefit from the return of Drew Brees, and since his price has been falling during the Taysom Hill-era, Kamara is a value now.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Chiefs vs. Saints
Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): RB Alvin Kamara, Saints ($14,100)
Kamara’s price has dropped since Taysom Hill took over at quarterback due to less passes to the back, but Drew Brees is back, and that’s huge for Kamara. He’s a value now, because his lowest DK point output with Brees this season was 15.9 (he broke 20 DK points in seven of nine games that Brees started).
FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($13,200)
With so many high-powered weapons in this game, it makes more sense to use Mahomes in a FLEX spot rather than in the captain position. He should have a good game even against a strong New Orleans defense, and it’s almost never going to be worth it to fade Mahomes (if you do, at least play both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill).
FLEX: TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($11,000)
The way we’ve made this lineup, we can only fit one of Kelce and Hill. We’re assuming Marshon Lattimore steps up his game on the outside against Hill, which makes Kelce our pick. If you play multiple lineups, it’s worth trying both, but Kelce is our choice as less likely to be shut down.
FLEX: WR Emmanuel Sanders, Saints ($5,600)
With Michael Thomas out, Sanders will likely become Brees’ top target. He’s more of a short-range option than Tre’Quan Smith, making him a candidate to get the targets from Brees that normally go to Thomas. And at this price, he’s a definite value.
FLEX: WR Tre’Quan Smith, Saints ($3,000)
We’re also using Smith, because he too is a value at a price given before Thomas was ruled out. By using Sanders and Smith, we should be relatively covered for a good game from Brees, who we couldn’t fit in our lineup. The only main guy we’re missing is Jared Cook (who could be used instead of Sanders, if you’d like).
FLEX: WR Demarcus Robinson ($1,000)
This final spot has room for Robinson, Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell or other speculative plays. Robinson is our choice because it’s easiest to envision him getting behind the defense for a long catch from Mahomes, where the running backs might need an injury to bring us much of anything.