Sunday Night Football DraftKings Picks: DFS lineup advice for Chiefs-Packers Showdown tournaments in NFL Week 12

The reigning-champion Chiefs travel to Lambeau Field this weekend to face the Packers on Sunday Night Football. With Kansas City losing two of its past four games and Green Bay winning three of its past four, this could be one of the best interconference clashes of the weekend. Today we will share our optimal DraftKings Showdown and SuperDraft lineups for this one, and hopefully help you close out the weekend with some daily fantasy cash. 

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for Jordan Love and the Packers, but they have started to hit their stride over the past month. A massive win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day certainly seems like the early highlight of Love’s career, especially considering top running back Aaron Jones was sidelined and an embattled Green Bay o-line held its own against an Aidan Hutchinson-led Detroit pass-rush. 

Things haven’t been quite so peachy for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who will play at Lambeau for the first time in the Mahomes era. Sure, they just dismantled the Raiders last week — and they remain atop the AFC West at 8-3. However, they also dropped two games in November, while moving to No. 1 in the NFL with a whopping 30 drops. Kansas City sure could use Offensive Player of the Year candidate Tyreek Hill this season. 

Will the Packers stay hot and stun the defending champs? Or, will Kansas City build off its win over Vegas and seal a second-straight road victory? This one might actually be too close to call, at least on the spread (KC’s giving the home-field Pack 5.5 points). However, we have plenty of confidence in our FanDuel single-game tournament lineup for this one, and we hope you consider joining in on the fun with us and rolling this one out. 

Just like our approach with finding the best bets each NFL week, we scour DraftKings for the best DFS values ahead of every Sunday night game and assemble what we deem to be an optimal lineup. Our approach each week is simple: research, compare values, and make roster-building moves that will separate us from the rest of the DFS pack. 

Before we get into our lineup and strategy, here are the key scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: They’re full-point PPR and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards100 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.

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Chiefs-Packers DraftKings Picks: DFS lineup for Week 13 Sunday Night Football

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

Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary): Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs ($15,300)

We’re all over the Chiefs this week. Yours truly highlighted them in my Week 13 best bets column, Bill Bender also has KC beating his Packers 27-19, and Vinnie Iyer has KC beating Green Bay 27-24. A big reason why I like them: Isiah Pacheco. The second-year back has been running fast and furious this season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and racking up six total TDs. His emergence has made life easier for Mahomes, especially considering so many of the Chiefs’ wideouts have struggled with drops. The Packers have been a soft run defense all season, allowing 4.4 yards per carry and 135.2 rushing yards per game. The ceiling is cathedral-level for this kid in his Lambeau Field debut. 

MORE DK SHOWDOWN: How to win a Showdown contest

FLEX Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs ($11,800)

While Kelce has gained millions and millions of new fans this season, his on-field production has digressed in a major way since he started dating the most famous singer in the free world. Still, we can’t shy away from Mr. Swift in this one, as he remains one of the most reliable pass-catchers in primetime in the NFL. Over 14 evening games across the past three seasons, Kelce has averaged 81.9 receiving yards while scoring 13 total TDs. How can we avoid a player with this high a ceiling against a below-average Packers D? That’s a rhetorical question — we can’t!

FLEX Jayden Reed, WR, Packers ($7,000)

Keep an eye on the status of Reed’s lingering chest injury, which has bothered the rookie wideout since Week 11, sidelined him in multiple practices this week, and had him practicing in a limited capacity on Friday. If he suits up — which we think he will — he’s a full go in PPR formats. Look at Reed’s DK performances over the past three weeks: 19.4 at Pittsburgh, 19.2 vs. the Chargers, 15.0 at Detroit. The Pack will need to throw early and often to stay with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, so fire Reed up as long as he gets the green light from Green Bay. 

FLEX Romeo Doubs, WR, Packers ($6,400)

For all the same reasons we like Reed, we also like Doubs. The second-year receiver may not have as many points as Christian Watson has enjoyed over the past two weeks (30.6 to 23), but he does have a higher per-game fantasy average over the course of the season (11.5 to 9.2). Watson has been drop city at various points of this campaign, so he seems far less safe than the more sure-handed Doubs against a formidable defense like Kansas City. 

FLEX Harrison Butker, K, Chiefs ($4,800)

With just $9,500 remaining for our final two FLEX spots, we had to get creative. We have Kansas City scoring 27-plus points, so clearly Butker’s floor is plenty high enough to justify this price tag. The ever-reliable kicker has reached double-digit DK points five times this season, and he has scored seven or more points in eight of KC’s 11 games. It’s not a “cool” play, but cool doesn’t exactly translate to DFS success.

FLEX Kansas City Chiefs DST ($4,600)

Patrick Mahomes has been talking about how the Chiefs are the best defense in the NFL all season, and at times we have taken him at his word. Chris Jones and the KC pass-rush has been stellar, L’Jarius Sneed and the ball-hawking secondary have been underrated, and Steve Spagnuolo has Drue Tranquill, Willie Gay and the Chiefs’ linebacking corps eating up opposing running backs. Jordan Love will absolutely make mistakes trying to keep up with Mahomes this Sunday night, so it’s quite possible this D/ST scores 10-plus points for the seventh time this season and fifth time in seven games. 

Best Chiefs-Packers SuperDraft DFS Picks

As we have every week, we’re also listing our favorite single-game DFS plays on SuperDraft

For those unfamiliar, SuperDraft’s DFS scoring involves point multipliers as opposed to traditional salary-capped or tiered contests. A winning lineup will likely feature a strong mix of stud fantasy contributors with 1x-1.6x boosts, as well as matchup-based sleepers with larger multipliers. Each player is assigned a scoring multiplier based on their value as determined by SuperDraft. Users can roster any player in their lineup with no restrictions.

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Here are the most notable scoring rules for SuperDraft NFL contests: Half-point PPRfour-point passing TDstwo-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards100 receiving yardsand 300 passing yards.

MORE SUPERDRAFT DFS: How to play SuperDraft

  • Champion (+50% points): Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs (1.8x)
  • Super FLEX: Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs (1.6x)
  • Super FLEX: Jayden Reed, WR, Packers (2.35x)
  • Super FLEX: Romeo Doubs, WR, Packers (2.4x)
  • Super FLEX: Justin Watson, WR, Chiefs (2.55x)

We employed a fairly similar approach with our SuperDraft DFS lineup, keeping four of the skill players we drafted to our DK squad. We couldn’t resist drafting Bateman with a 2.7-times boost, even though we know him and Likely are boom-or-bust options. With no salary cap, we must find sleepers to separate ourselves from the pack, so we always try to aim for at least two sleepers or potential breakouts.

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