A showdown between the Steelers and the Bears instantly creates visions of a cold and tough defensive battle. According to Las Vegas sportsbooks, the Monday night football game of Week 9 will be just that. The total for this contest opened as low as 40 on some books with the Steelers racking up 6.5 points. David Montgomery (knee) of the Bears is expected to return for this contest, removing Khalil Herbert from consideration for our DraftKings Showdown lineup and turning this backfield into a murky DFS situation to navigate for at least a week.
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, and 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: Bears vs. Steelers
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): RB Najee Harris, Steelers ($ 18,600)
We’re willing to meet Harris’s outrageous price tag because his 48.8 percent touch stake dwarfs that of anyone else who will be on the field Monday night. He has scored at least 21.0 DraftKings points in five consecutive contests and will receive the volume to add another game to that streak.
FLEX: WR Chase Claypool, Steelers, ($ 9,000)
Claypool hasn’t been as dominant as many had hoped in the wake of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s shoulder injury that ended the season, but sometimes cornering a bigger role can take some time. It was nice to see Claypool’s two carries in the last game, an indication that the Steelers are willing to use him creatively. Claypool hasn’t been consistent, but he’s put in a couple of great performances, including 27.0 DK points in Week 5. He’s capable of making the plays that could produce another great score.
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FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($ 7,000)
Freiermuth has seen seven goals in each of the Steelers’ last two games, and he scored 12.8 and 14.4 DK points, respectively, in those games. Eric Ebron (hamstring) is out for this week’s game, putting Freiermuth in position to receive another healthy target. The opportunity is there for Freiermuth to produce a worthwhile third outing in a row.
FLEX: WR Darnell Mooney, Bears ($ 6,400)
The Bears’ offense doesn’t present a plethora of attractive options. Mooney has been Chicago’s best pass receiver this season, scoring 53 team-leading targets. His 12.4 yard / catch average isn’t spectacular, but he’s taking advantage of 62.3 percent of his chances. He has scored double-digit DK points in four games this season and is the one most likely to make a profitable fantasy contribution.
FLEX: Steelers D / ST ($ 5,000)
We need some value picks to round out this list to make Harris our Captain, and Pittsburgh’s defensive / special teams is one of those plays. Chicago has a number of offensive deficiencies that the Steelers should be able to exploit. Chicago is the 30th offense by DVOA. They have committed the fifth highest amount of turnovers (11); and they deliver the most sacks per game in the NFL. The Steelers smothered the Browns and scored 10.0 DK points last week, with a higher number due Monday night.
FLEX: K Chris Boswell, Steelers ($ 3,800)
Boswell is the second value pick we are relying on this week, and while entering a kicker in these contests may seem gross, it’s not like there are vastly superior options available. Boswell is expected to return this week after fully practicing on Friday. He’s scored 11.0 or more DK points three times, and if Chicago’s defense steps up, Boswell could be called up frequently.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.