This season’s finale of Monday Night Football pits a pair of rivals from the AFC North against each other. We know the vitriol on both sides will be strong with the Browns and Steelers regardless of their records, and that should be the case again in Week 17. DraftKings Sportsbook includes the Browns as 1.5-point road favorites with a conservative 42.0 total. . But even though those numbers don’t portend a team having a huge lead, or neither team scoring a lot of points, we can still find some interesting DFS sleepers for our DraftKings Showdown lineup.
Here are the key scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: Full point PPR and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, Y 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Browns vs. Steelers
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary): RB Nick Chubb, Browns ($ 17,400)
Chubb has been on a roll, totaling 44 touches in the past two games and eclipsing 30.4 DraftKings points in Week 16. Last week’s performance was his second-biggest DK production this season, and he’s in a good place to be supported a once again in such a favorable confrontation. Kareem Hunt (knee) is “questionable” to play, but we like Chubb regardless of Hunt’s status.
FLEX RB Najee Harris, Steelers ($ 10,800)
Harris has faced a tougher sled in recent weeks, but is still two games away from scoring 25.4 DK points. His performance against the Browns in Week 8 (21 DK points) marked one of seven instances in which he scored more than 20 fantasy points, and the volume will continue to flow his way Monday night.
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FLEX WR Chase Claypool, Steelers ($ 7,200)
Claypool has spent time under the microscope for the wrong reasons, but it looks like he will have a chance to get the boat right for the rest of the season. He’s drawn at least eight goals in three of his last six games, and he’s a huge threat even if his only touchdown tells a different story.
FLEX TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($ 6,600)
Freiermuth approved the concussion protocol and is online to play Monday night. He has seven touchdowns on the season, including three in his last five games. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger loves to watch his way into the red zone, so even if he’s not winning on gross volume (his season high in goals is nine), he will be a threat to score a touchdown.
FLEX WR Rashard Higgins, Brown ($ 5,600)
Higgins has been second in goals in each of the Browns’ last two games, and he totaled 16.2 DK points in that span. That total may not be worth writing about, but we’re excited about its place in the recipient hierarchy nonetheless. We don’t expect explosive performance, but we’ve seen Higgins excel in the past when he receives decent workloads.
FLEX WR Anthony Schwartz, Brown ($ 1,400)
We often have to take what coaches say with a grain of salt. That’s the case here with HC Kevin Stefanski stating that Schwartz will be more involved these last two weeks. Considering his salary and the field-stretching skill set he brings to the mix, we’re optimistic enough about his prospects to take Stefanski at his word and give Schwartz a shot at this spot.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.