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, kicking off with Sunday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, 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.
Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants
Snake Showdown Rank: 3rd
The New York football Giants are seventh in rush DVOA. Seventh!!! Saquon schmaquon! They have rushed for at least 100 yards in eight of their past 10 games and the matchups weren’t of the cupcake variety either — Rams, WFT, Eagles, Buccaneers, Seahawks and Cardinals, who were all in the top 15 for rush defense DVOA.
Since Week 7, Gallman has received at least 10 carries in every contest and scored six touchdowns. The matchup with the Browns isn’t a daunting one, as they are 21st in rush defense DVOA and just allowed the Ravens to rack up 231 yards on the ground. They also allowed 209 rushing yards to the Raiders in Week 8.
Now, there’s some risk with Gallman. The Browns have held six opponents to under 100 yards in a game and Gallman does not receive more than 60% of the snaps. There is also the prospect of Colt McCoy starting for the Giants, which could be both a good and bad thing.
If the Giants can keep the game close and not abandon the run, then Gallman could eat.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
Snake Showdown Rank: 2nd
James Bradberry, the Giants’ best cornerback, will not play in this game due to COVID-19. As a result, Isaac Yiadom and Darnay Holmes will likely man the boundaries while Xavier McKinney mans the slot. McKinney is a rookie, has only played 49 defensive snaps on the season, and is a safety!
This is Landry’s third year with the Browns and he is coming off consecutive 80-plus catch seasons. He should feast in this matchup.
Now, the Browns are one of the run-heaviest teams in the league and while the Giants are decent against the rush, they will continue to pound the rock as long as they can. As a result, if the Giants’ offense isn’t able to muster up anything, the volume could be a concern for Landry. He’s only had three games with over 10 targets and has been held to five or fewer targets in five games.
Matchups to be aware of
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Snake Showdown Rank: 1st and 6th
The Giants are 14th in rush defense DVOA. They just allowed 159 yards to the Cardinals, but that had more to do with the fact that the Giants’ offense could only muster 159 yards of total offense and seven points. Earlier in the season, though, they held the vaunted 49ers’ rushing attack to 93 rushing yards, while limiting the Rams to 58 total rush yards.
As mentioned above, the Browns are going to run as much as they can, so Chubb and Hunt will see their volume. It’s also within the range of outcomes that the Giants’ defense could slow down the running game while the Browns choose to open up the passing game, since that would be the path of least resistance, especially with Bradberry unable to play.
Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Snake Showdown Rank: 8th
Slayton hasn’t been great this season, as he’s only had one game with over 10 targets and three games over 60 yards receiving. He’s also had two games with one catch and one game with a bagel on two targets. Yuck. At least he’s still posting a healthy aDOT of 13.3 yards.
The offensive/defensive line matchup could be an issue, as the Giants are 25th in adjusted sack rate while the Browns are 16th. If they can hold up, though, there could be opportunities for Darius to ... Slayton. Please leave your tips in the hat on the way out.
Slayton runs 49% of the routes from the left side of the formation and 34% on the right. He will likely be matched up with either Terrance Mitchell or Kevin Johnson. Mitchell has allowed four touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.6, while Johnson has allowed a passer rating of 101.7.
Evan Engram, New York Giants
Snake Showdown Rank: 10th
Only the Jets have been more generous to opposing tight ends than the Browns. Zooming in a little closer, Malcolm Smith is the primary defender against tight ends and he’s allowed 31 receptions on 39 targets for 257 yards and a touchdown. He does have an interception.
Engram has been a frustrating player to roster due to his inconsistency. He has the potential to catch nine passes for 129 yards, as he did in Week 12, but there are countless duds on his season resume, including four games with fewer than 20 yards, four games with two catches and one game with one catch. The catch rate of 56.8% is brutal as well.
With the Giants expected to be chasing points in this game, Engram could have the best matchup.
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