The Chiefs host the Jaguars on Saturday afternoon to kick off the divisional playoff round at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (4:30 p.m. ET, NBC). The Chiefs currently sit as 9.5-point home favorites, with the total set at 52.5 points according to BetMGM. Kansas City is attempting to reach the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season while Jacksonville’s looking for its second AFC Championship Game appearance since 2017. For DFS players looking for lineup advice, we’ve assembled our favorite single-game lineup on FanDuel that includes a chalky Chiefs’ stack and two reliable Jaguars’ pass catchers.
Let’s dive into our FanDuel single-game Showdown for Saturday afternoon. Here are the notable 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.
- Unlike on DraftKings, FanDuel features no bonuses for 300-yard/100-yard games.
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Chiefs-Jaguars FanDuel Picks
$60,000 budget; must roster at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($17,500)
We’ll gladly dish out $17,500 to roster Mahomes as an MVP in a plus matchup against a Jaguars’ defense allowing the 24th-highest drop-back EPA since Week 9 (0.078). Mahomes did whatever he wanted against Jacksonville back in Week 10, scoring 32.14 FD points while throwing for 331 yards and four TDs and adding 39 rushing yards. Expect another big-time performance from the MVP front-runner, especially if his offensive line provides him with a consistently clean pocket. Along with leading all QBs in myriad stat categories, “Showtime” Mahomes also leads all QBs in clean pocket completion percentage (75 percent). The Jaguars’ defensive line failed to record a sack in Week 10, and if they can’t get pressure, they’re in for a long day.
FLEX TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs ($13,500)
Even with defenses doing everything they can to limit him, Kelce always finds a way to create separation and generate explosive plays. Kansas City’s top receiving option is in line for an effective performance against a Jaguars defense that’s struggled against tight ends (26th OPRK). Jacksonville just allowed Chargers’ tight end Gerald Everett to go for 106 yards and a TD last week, and things don’t get any easier against the best tight end in football. Along with leading all tight ends in receiving yards (1,338), Kelce’s been the most efficient TE relative to his expected points added (+86.6 EPA) while also leading all TEs in yards after catch (609). Don’t overthink this one — roster the players in the best position to stuff the stat sheet.
FLEX WR Zay Jones, Jaguars ($11,000)
Following three tough fantasy showings to end the regular season, Jones bounced back when it mattered most, hauling in eight passes for 74 yards and a TD on 13 targets last week (17.4 FD points). Jones has a real chance to replicate that performance in what could be a similar game script. With the Chiefs employing the league’s most efficient offense, the Jaguars need to match scores with them, and it will most likely be with a pass-heavy offensive approach. Trevor Lawrence attempted 47 passes last week, and another 40-plus pass attempt game could occur. With Jones’ sporting a 24.7-percent target rate (26th among WRs), he’s in line for another 10-plus target game, making him a wise addition to single-game lineups.
FLEX TE Evan Engram, Jaguars ($10,500)
Engram’s another Jacksonville pass-catcher we want in our lineup, as he’s been Lawrence’s security blanket all season. Engram’s racked up the fourth-most receiving yards among TEs (766), with 460 of them coming after the catch (second among TEs). Engram isn’t a downfield threat (6.8 aDOT), but he gets enough usage to easily post a 60-yard performance this Saturday.
FLEX WR Kadarius Toney, Chiefs ($7,000)
Toney rounds out our single-game lineup, and we’re hoping the former first-round pick replicates his Week 10 showing during Saturday’s rematch. In Toney’s second game as a Chief, he scored 17 FD points (four receptions, 57 yards, one TD) and another 17-point FD showing more than justifies rostering him at only $7,000. Fellow WR Mecole Hardman (pelvis) likely won’t make his return from the injured reserve this week, potentially resulting in a higher usage day for Toney. He’s certainly a boom-or-bust option, but we’ll take the gamble given how potent the Chiefs’ offense is.