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Week 1 DraftKings Thursday Night Football Showdown: Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs

2M44KK3 Houston, Texas, USA. 18th Dec, 2022. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play under center during the third quarter between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on December 18, 2022. (Credit Image: © Erik Williams/ZUMA Press Wire)

• Best big-name player: Everyone knows it’s Patrick Mahomes, but there is plenty of reason to believe he can have an even bigger night than usual despite Travis Kelce’s injury.

• Best mid-priced player: Skyy Moore is well suited to take on the Detroit Lions defense in his first real opportunity to be a starter.

• See where these players rank: Our weekly rankings landing page will show where all of these players rank relative to each other to get a sense of who else you might want to include in your lineup.

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Ahead of Thursday night's bout between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs, here are three players at different salary ranges who I believe will perform well in the DraftKings Showdown.

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Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs ($12,200)

Mahomes is the blatantly obvious choice for the best player in this game, but that doesn’t make him the wrong choice.

  • As PFF's Judah Fortgang mentioned in his best bets article, Mahomes has been excellent in Week 1 games.
  • The Detroit Lions ran the third-most plays out of man coverage last season, which is a defense Mahomes has found success against.
  • He has a 76-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio against man coverage over the past five seasons.
  • Mahomes tends to throw the ball further down the field against man, which has led to a higher big-time throw rate (7.1% to 5.1%) but also a higher turnover-worthy throw rate (3.7% to 2.3%).
  • This might lead to one or two more mistakes from Mahomes than usual, but it should also result in bigger plays and more fantasy points.
  • No team gave up more fantasy points to quarterbacks than the Detroit Lions last year, at 20.2 points per game.
  • While you need to differentiate your lineup to win the Showdown, it would be surprising if Mahomes isn’t on the winning lineup this time around.

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