Monday Night Football DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 4 Raiders-Chargers Showdown tournaments
This week’s edition of Monday Night Football serves up a tasty matchup between playoff-minded AFC West foes. The Raiders head into the matchup 3-0, while the Chargers are fresh off an upset win over the Chiefs. Much of the spotlight and NFL DFS focus will be on quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Derek Carr, both of whom we’re including in our DraftKings Showdown lineup this week.
It’s no secret that there will be a number of enticing wide receivers available. However, we’re opting to build around the quarterbacks — and Darren Waller — instead of pinpointing which of Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Hunter Renfrow emerges as the top option this week.
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A quick recap of the scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: They’re full-point PPR, and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
DraftKings Showdown Picks: Raiders-Chargers
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): TE Darren Waller, Raiders ($13,800)
After opening the season with a staggering 19 targets, Waller has been relatively quiet — by his standards — over the past two weeks. He’s seen seven targets in each of those games, totals that were still tied for the team lead. Waller gashed the Chargers for 33 DraftKings points in their Week 15 meeting last season. Until we’re compelled to do differently, we’re going to bet on Waller as the most likely candidate to lead the Raiders in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns on a weekly basis.
FLEX: QB Justin Herbert, Chargers ($11,200)
Herbert has eclipsed 300 yards passing in two-of-three contests this year. In the one in which he fell short, he more than made up for it with four touchdown passes. With an opening total of 52.5, this matchup has the makings of a shootout, and we definitely want the head of the Chargers’ snake.
FLEX: QB Derek Carr, Raiders ($10,800)
Carr has thrown for a pair of touchdowns in each of the first three games while averaging 401 passing yards. Carr and the Raiders are riding a hot streak, and they’ll have a full complement of pass-catchers at their disposal. If running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) is limited — he’s tentatively expected to play — Carr may continue to shoulder increased touchdown-scoring responsibilities.
FLEX: RB Austin Ekeler, Chargers ($9,600)
Ekeler has yet to reach the 100-yard marker as a runner or receiver, but he has scored via both methods. He’s leading the Chargers with 50 touches at 5.6 yards per clip and is someone we’re committed to leaning on in this lineup.
FLEX: K Daniel Carlson, Raiders ($3,800)
This is a matchup that sets up nicely for the kicking game. The Raiders are tied for the league lead with three field goal attempts per game. Meanwhile, the Charges have allowed 2.3 attempts per contest, tied for fifth most. In a game that projects to have plenty of offense, it won’t take a lot for Carlson to make his presence felt.
FLEX: WR Josh Palmer, Chargers ($400)
Much of life is about making sacrifices and compromises. That’s the case in DFS, too, especially when you want to stack the top of your lineup. If we ask nicely, perhaps Palmer will be on the receiving end of a score or a deep pass. He’s caught all three of his targets this season and has played double-digit snaps in each game. He was a third-round pick and made a positive impression throughout the preseason. His playing time figures to increase as the season progresses. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that he can experience some of that growth this week at an ultra-low price.
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