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DraftKings NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football TNF Snake Showdown DFS Picks and Strategy: Chargers vs. Raiders

Steve Buchanan breaks down Thursday night’s fantasy football Snake Showdown contest between the Chargers and Raiders, which locks at 8:20 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

The NFL season may only have a few weeks remaining in the regular season but that hasn’t stopped DraftKings from introducing a new format! Snake Draft Showdown is now open and ready for you to dive into, continuing with Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, which starts at 8:20 p.m. ET.

If you’ve ever played season-long fantasy before, you’re likely familiar with how a Snake Draft works. In short, for these Showdown contests, once the allotted number of entries are filled in a contest, the draft will begin one minute later. The entrants are assigned a random draft order and will commence in that order. The player with the first pick gets dibs on everyone while the player with the last pick will get a double pick, as it’ll end the first round and thus begin the second.

For a full breakdown of rules, please visit our How to Play Classic and Showdown NFL Snake Draft page.

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Editor’s Note: Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) and WR Mike Williams (back) will be active for tonight’s game vs. the Raiders.


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Favorable Matchups

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
Snake Showdown Rank: 1st

As if going against the 21st ranked pass defense according to DVOA wasn’t enough for Allen, Mike Williams (Rank: 6th) is looking like a game-time decision for Thursday. If he’s forced to miss this game, it could mean even more targets for Allen, who is averaging 11 on the season already.

His individual matchup is one of the best overall in this game, as he’ll draw CB Lamarcus Joyner, who has been targeted against 56 times, allowing 40 receptions (71.4% catch rate) for an average of 11 YPR. Allen also has a massive height advantage, being 6-foot-2 to Joyner’s 5-foot-8. With this in mind, Allen is truly the first overall pick in this snake draft format, especially against this secondary. Coming into the game, the Raiders are allowing an average of 39 DKFP, 168 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns scored by opposing receivers.

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Snake Showdown Rank: 3rd

If you’re saddled with one of the later first round picks, Waller is a mighty fine consolation prize. The Chargers have not been good at defending opposing tight ends, and with the volume Waller receives, this is an amazing spot for him. Coming into this game, the Chargers have allowed an average of 12.2 DKFP and 40 receiving yards to opposing tight ends, along with a total nine touchdowns.

I don’t think I have to tell you how much volume Waller gets, but we may as well dive into the numbers. Entering this game, Waller accounts for 27.6% of the overall target share and 33.8% of the red zone targets. No one even comes close to those numbers. After a couple of quiet games over the past month, Waller has now seen 17 targets against the Jets and Colts, turning that into 275 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He should be able to have his way in this game against the Chargers, leading him to be the top target on the Raiders.


Matchup to be aware of

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Snake Showdown Rank: 4th

Jacobs is going early in the second round, but I have to be honest: I’m not crazy about him here. Yes, he’s getting plenty of volume, averaging 21.5 touches per game but he hasn’t been overly efficient with them. His 2.74 yards after contact per attempt is one of the lower averages in the league — and he’s averaging 3.8 yards per carry overall. The Chargers have been fairly generous on the ground, allowing 98 rushing yards per game and 4.8 YPC but I think this is going to be a pass-heavy game. The Chargers average the most pass attempts per game at 40.6 while the Raiders are averaging 34.4 pass attempts. Personally, if I’m choosing between Jacobs or Nelson Agholor (Rank: 5), I’m taking the more favorable matchup for Agholor, who should also benefit from Henry Ruggs being ruled out.


Third Round Flier

Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders
Snake Showdown Rank: 10th

As previously mentioned, Ruggs will be out of this game, having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. While this will give more playing time to Bryan Edwards (Rank: 24) and Zay Jones (Rank: 22), I have more faith in Renfrow getting extra looks. After seemingly falling out of favor in this offense, Renfrow has averaged 7.3 targets over the last three weeks, going for 73, 47 and 38 yards in those games. Sure, they aren’t blowing you away and his lack of targets in the red zone is concerning but Carr, without a doubt, has been looking his way. He’ll also draw one of the better matchups in coverage against slot corner Chris Harris Jr., who has only played in six games but has been targeted against 25 times, allowing 17 receptions (68% catch rate) for a massive average of 17.1 YPR, along with four touchdowns. This is an excellent matchup to target late in your draft, and the loss of Ruggs should hopefully get a couple of more targets in Renfrow’s direction.

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