The New York Jets play host to the Los Angeles Chargers tonight on MNF. We’ll look to take advantage of what should be a decent matchup tonight. With fantasy glory and a hefty $500,000 on the line, it’s now more crucial than ever to assemble a winning DraftKings lineup that can dominate the competition. This article offers DFS insights on who 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 an interesting DFS showdown on MNF.
MNF NFL 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- $15,600
Dalvin Cook might be the only person in New York City who isn’t loving the production that Breece Hall has just been oozing. Hall has scored at least 20 DK points in each of his last three outings. The workload has also been there, recording double-digit carries in all three of said matchups. Hall has even gotten involved in the passing game. His 6 receptions on 9 targets last week was second on the team, trailing Garrett Wilson’s 7 catches. Breece Hall was the only Jet to find the end zone last week, and he did it through the air.
Hall has quite the MNF matchup. The Chargers DST has given up 5 rushing touchdowns in their last 4 games. There’s got to be something to the way the Chargers play defense because in the last three games they’ve also allowed 19 receptions to the running back position. This Jets team is fueled by Breece Hall and the run game, look for him to play a huge role tonight.
DraftKings Salary- $12,000
Its a hefty price tag for Austin Ekeler tonight. However, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about him being able to pay off his MNF salary. The Chargers are going to be a man down in tonight’s matchup. This means that Ekeler should be leaned on even more, especially in the passing game. Austin Ekeler hasn’t really done much damage on the ground this season. The offensive line has struggled as a whole to create holes. Thankfully, Ekeler’s skillset is not limited, so he’s been able to overcome thus far.
Since they’re playing on MNF, Ekeler and the Chargers will be getting an extra day of rest. Seeing as he was banged up earlier in the year, that extra day may do wonders for Ekeler. The Jets DST currently represents the 7th best matchup for fantasy running backs, which is surprising considering that the Jets defensive line is pretty stout, at least on paper. Ekeler will look to keep the momentum moving in the right direction after dropping 24.3 DK points last week.
DraftKings Salary- $8,800
It isn’t too often that you find a starting quarterback with a DraftKings salary of $8,800 DK dollars on a single-game slate. I’m here to tell you that Zach Wilson is not nearly terrible enough to be given such a low price tag. While he hasn’t set the league on fire, Wilson has done some good things in the last couple of weeks. Last week against the Giants, Wilson threw for his second-highest passing total of the season, 240 yards, he also found running back Breece Hall for a passing score.
Wilson has offered sneaky upside with his legs as well. He has at least 4 rushing attempts in 4 of his 7 games played this season. Wilson has the pieces to get the job done at just $8,800. It shouldn’t take more than 200 passing yards and another passing score for Wilson to pay off his salary. He’s done a fine job of keeping the football out of harm’s way, not throwing an interception in back-to-back games. Zach Wilson comes at you for a value tonight on MNF.
DraftKings Salary- $600
Simi Fehoko made a surprise appearance in last week’s game against the Chicago Bears. This was obviously due to the untimely injury of Joshua Palmer (OUT). I was leaning towards putting Quentin Johnston here instead, but I’m going to zig where I expect most others will zag. Fehoko received just two targets compared to Johnston’s six, but it was Fehoko who found the end zone. Derius Davis could also be in consideration for this sleeper spot, but he’s recently seen his snap count (13%) fall in favor of Fehoko (23%). Let me also remind you that Simi Fehoko was drafted by the Cowboys when their now offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was still calling plays in Dallas. With an entire week of prep, Fehoko might be better prepared to produce for his team on MNF. Compared to a $3,600 Johnston, Fehoko does not have to do much to “catch fire” at his $6oo salary.
DraftKings Salary- $11,800
Justin Herbert will be without his number two wide receiver Joshua Palmer in tonight’s MNF contest. Palmer (39) is second behind only Keenan Allen (74) in targets. Playing against arguably the best secondary in the NFL, it’s not going to be easy for Herbert to force-feed his favorite target in Allen. After Allen, the next highest-targeted player is Mike Williams, who is out for the season. Do you see where I’m going with this? Apart from Keenan Allen and his two tight ends Gerald Everett and Donald Parham, Justin Herbert is going to be working with a relatively new supporting cast. I just don’t see how Herbert puts up the numbers to pay off this salary.