Call it the Taylor Swift effect, who knows? But for some reason, we’ve all been blessed with a MNF Milly Maker on DraftKings. With fantasy glory and a hefty $1,000,000 on the line, it’s now more crucial than ever to assemble a winning DraftKings lineup that can dominate the competition. This article offers insights on the NFL DFS picks that should take the coveted captain slot, which core player should anchor your player pool, a value gem that can boost your salary cap flexibility, a sleeper pick with breakout potential, and one player to steer clear of – the dreaded bust. Get ready for a star-studded DFS MNF showdown!
MNF DraftKings DFS Picks
*Disclaimer: These picks have been constructed with the mindset of building a single lineup. When building large field/multi-entry tournaments, if the player sees the field you’ll want to have a piece of him somewhere, my “busts” included.*
DraftKings Captain Salary- $12,600
When you have a single-game slate filled with studs like this game has, you really want to hit on your captain pick. In this particular case, I’m looking for a player who is highly involved, has a stable floor/boom potential, and is cost-effective. Luckily for us, the sixth-highest salaried player on MNF checks all of those boxes. I’m looking forward to playing D’Andre Swift in the captain slot tonight. Imagine the pandemonium that would ensue following a D’Andre Swift touchdown with Taylor Swift in the stands. It almost seems destined to happen.
While it’s fun to poke at the storyline, the stats back the pick-up as well. The volume has been there for Swift over the last three weeks. In that time span, Swift has at least 18 touches in each game. The Kansas Chiefs DST has been playing stellar football but has been generous to running backs lately. Last week against the Dolphins they gave up 85 rushing yards and a touchdown to Raheem Mostert. The week before that it was another 85 rushing yards to Javonte Williams, who also found the end zone through the air. Running behind one of the premier offensive lines in the National Football League, Swift should be able to follow suit.
Draft Kings Salary- $10,000
If you plan on fading Travis Kelce tonight, I might as well just give you my Venmo so you can send me your cash instead of giving it away to DraftKings. The veteran tight end has carried the Kansas City offense all season long. He figures to keep that train rolling on MNF as he gets an Eagles DST that ranks 27th against the tight end position. That’s bad. To display just how bad it’s been here is a list of the tight ends who have scored a touchdown against the Eagles: Hunter Henry (Ewh, Mac Jones threw that), TJ Hockenson (2), Logan Thomas, and Jake Ferguson.
If you haven’t heard, Travis Kelce is once again enjoying a fruitful season. He is, however, coming off of his worst game of the season. The 4 targets he got were a season-low, as were the 3 receptions and 14 yards. Travis Kelce is also due to find the end zone, as he hasn’t crossed the painted area in two straight contests. This will be a “measuring-stick game” for both teams, so expect them both to throw the kitchen sink. That likely means any extremely heavy dose of Patrick Mahomes to Kelce.
DraftKings Salary- $7,400
Any way you slice it Rashee Rice is the Chiefs’ number one wide receiver this season. Rice leads all Kansas City in targets with 41. The only KC player with more is Travis Kelce (72). As expected, Rice also leads KC WRs in receptions and receiving yards with 32 catches going for 378 yards. All of these totals are once again behind just Travis Kelce. Rice’s targets are 11 ahead of the next WR, Skyy Moore, who really cannot be counted on for fantasy production on a week-to-week basis. Rice is also on the field the most. In the last three games, Rice has seen snap percentages of 59%, 60%, and 60%. There should be plenty of points going on up on the scoreboard this MNF, Rice has a nice opportunity to add to the total.
DraftKings Salary- $2,400
There’s a whole lot of talk about how stout the Philadelphia Eagles’ run defense is, however, not many talk about how bad their secondary has been getting torched. For all of you visual learners out there, here’s a graph of how the leading WR did from each of the Eagles’ last 5 games:
|Week 10||Ceedee Lamb||11 rec, 191 yards||0 TDs|
|Week 9||Jahan Dotson||8 rec, 108 yards||1 TD|
|Week 8||Tyreek Hill||11 rec, 88 yards||1 TD|
|Week 7||Garrett Wilson||8 rec, 90 yards||0 TD|
|Week 6||Cooper Kupp||8 rec, 118 yards||0 TD|
While there are obviously some big names on this list, the point remains the same. This defense’s vulnerability if any, is going to be through the air. Justin Watson has splashed this season, making some big plays. It seems that Patrick Mahomes is comfortable with throwing the ball to Watson deep down the field. An area that the Philly D has had trouble with thus far this season. Watson could wind up being the MNF sleeper we all need.
DraftKings Salary- $7,200
As stated above, everyone’s been talking about this rush defense. And it’s for good reason, not many runners have found success against this front. I’m in a graph-making kind of mood, so let’s do it again. Here’s how the last 5 leading rushers have faired against the Philadelphia Eagles:
|Week 10||Tony Pollard||12 car, 51 yards||0 TDs|
|Week 9||Brian Robinson||10 car, 59 yards||0 TDs|
|Week 8||Raheem Mostert||9 car, 45 yards||0 TDs|
|Week 7||Breece Hall||12 car, 39 yards||1 TD|
|Week 6||Kyren Williams||13 car, 53 yards||0 TDs|