Saturday Afternoon FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 18 Chiefs-Broncos single-game tournaments

The Chiefs and Broncos match up on Saturday afternoon in Week 18, and since Kansas City needs to win against a division rival to keep its hopes for the top seed in the AFC alive, this sets up to be an interesting contest for DFS players, too. Our FanDuel single-game lineup will have some of the usual cast of characters, but we’ll also call on some boom-or-bust plays in others spots, perfect for GPP tournaments.

Here are the key scoring settings for FanDuel 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 100/300-yard games like on DraftKings.

FanDuel Single-Game DFS Picks: Chiefs vs. Broncos

$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.

MVP: (1.5x points): TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($13,000)

Kelce is obviously going to be one of the chalkier plays in this contest, but his upside is tough to fade, and we’ll likely see Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill placed in the MVP role even more than Kelce. There’s no way to avoid chalk here, so we’ll call on what will hopefully be the least chalky of the three.

FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($17,500)

Kansas City’s passing game has been largely matchup-proof since Mahomes took over the offense, and if Kelce booms, Mahomes will, too. After a rough patch in the middle of the season, Mahomes is averaging just over 23 FD points per game, and after a tough loss last week, Andy Reid and co. will be eager to let it fly.

WEEK 18 FANTASY RANKINGS (PPR & STANDARD):
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

FLEX: WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs ($8,000)

With Kelce and Mahomes eating well over half of our budget, here is where we take the boom-or-bust play with Hardman. He hasn’t delivered a marquee performance this season, so we’re hoping this is the spot. Denver boasts one of the best secondaries in the league, and we’re counting on Tyreek Hill being bracketed for much of the afternoon. All it takes is one Hardman deep shot for him to deliver. These are the types of guys we want in GPP tournaments.

FLEX: QB Drew Lock, Broncos ($14,000)

Since taking over for Teddy Bridgewater in Week 16, Lock has completed just over 70 percent of his passes and thrown zero interceptions. He’s only found the end zone once, but here’s a solid opportunity against the KC defense that has allowed the fourth-most FD points to QBs. If nothing else, there could be plenty of garbage-time opportunities. If Kansas City gets a big lead early, we can expect the backups to come in quicker than usual with the playoffs on the horizon.

FLEX: WR Tim Patrick, Broncos ($8,000)

Patrick missed last week’s game on the reserve/COVID list, but he should be back in this spot, and he’ll also benefit from a potential garbage time spot. Patrick leads all Broncos players with five receiving touchdowns, and since Lock isn’t afraid to take chances, he could see more deep shots. He usually doesn’t draw a ton of targets, but since this is half-PPR scoring with no bonuses, touchdowns carry more weight in FanDuel. It’s hard to imagine a ton of DFS players being on Patrick, so he’ll help us differentiate the lineup, too (assuming he comes off the reserve/COVID list).

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