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Wild-Card DraftKings Sunday Night Football Showdown: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) breaks away from Baltimore Ravens safety Marcus Williams (32) on a reception in the first quarter of the NFL Week 18 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. The Bengals led 24-7 at halftime. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Nfl Week 18

  • Best big-name player: Ja’Marr Chase has been unstoppable for most of the season and could have a bigger edge than usual against the Baltimore Ravens defense.
  • Best mid-priced player: Mark Andrews gained 100 yards in his last game, and his backups achieved over 150 against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. He is more reasonably priced than usual.
  • The winning strategy: Click here to learn more about the format and the exploitable trends to use this season, including which positions provide the most leverage in the CPT spot and how DFS gamers can roster multiple and single positions in FLEX spots to gain leverage on the field.
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Ahead of Sunday night's bout between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, here are three players at different salary ranges who I believe will perform well in the DraftKings Showdown. 

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals ($11,200)

Chase has averaged 20.5 fantasy points per game since Week 6, which is the third-most for a wide receiver.

  • He’s put up a minimum of seven catches for 60 yards in that time while averaging a touchdown a game.
  • The Ravens and Bengals' defenses have been relatively good at preventing fantasy points from players, but the one exception is the Ravens against wide receivers. Baltimore has been below average-against wide receivers.
  • First-round rookie Kyle Hamilton has recently taken over as the Ravens' full-time slot cornerback. He achieved a 91.2 game grade last week and has been the highest-graded defensive back for Baltimore this season.
  • The Ravens' two outside cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters both started the week limited in practice due to injuries. They will both be playing but not at 100%.
  • Backup Brandon Stephens will also be missing this game.
  • This makes the Bengals' two outside wide receivers better options than Tyler Boyd. That is usually true, but it will be even more true than usual for this game.
  • Chase had the 10th-best receiving grade for a wide receiver this season, but the sixth-best grade when facing press coverage.
  • The Ravens had the seventh-highest rate of an outside cornerback lining up in press coverage.

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