The Steelers host the Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 9, and while the showdown features a couple of brand names, we’ll be scratching and scratching points of fantasy in this one. David Montgomery (knee) is rumored to return from IR this week, complicating the process of picking a running back from the Bears’ backfield. Further influencing our DFS decisions for this one-game FanDuel contest, Las Vegas opened the total at 40 points with the Steelers favored by 6.5.
In case you need a reminder, here are the key scoring settings for FanDuel single game contests: Total points for the “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but it does not cost additional money as the “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown contests. The default FanDuel score is Semi point PPR and Four-point pass TD, and here they are no bonuses for 300 yard / 100 yard games like in DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single Game DFS Picks: Bears vs. Steelers
$ 60,000 budget, needs at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): RB Najee Harris, Steelers ($ 16,500)
Harris’s 48.8 percent touch participation far exceeds anyone on the field on Monday, so naming him our Most Valuable Player is perhaps the easiest decision of the week. He’s surpassed 21.0 FanDuel points three times and hasn’t scored below 16.6 FD points since Week 2. It’s a solid bet to post another great score this week.
FLEX: WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($ 13,500)
Johnson leads the team in goals, receptions and is second behind Harris with three touchdowns. Johnson has won 13 goals in each of the two games since JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and has been consistent all season, scoring at least 12.1 FD points in each of his six games.
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FLEX: WR Chase Claypool, Steelers ($ 11,500)
We’re still waiting for Claypool to take advantage of what should be a bigger role as he totaled just 10.8 FD points in the absence of Smith-Schuster. However, he has shown throughout his short career that he is capable of much more. Consistency hasn’t been Claypool’s strong suit this season, but he can win in many ways: volume, deep shots, red zone, designed runs, etc. great value opportunities you will receive.
FLEX: WR Darnell Mooney, Bears ($ 10,500)
Options are slim when it comes to attractive Bears lineup options. Mooney leads the team in goals, catching 33 to 12.4 yards per catch. He’s scored double-digit FanDuel points twice this season, and while that may not encourage a lot of confidence, he’s the best bet for making the kind of big plays that can benefit a fantasy lineup.
FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($ 8,000)
Freiermuth has gotten his game back in recent weeks, not only taking on some of the Smith-Schuster slack, but also playing a bigger role with Eric Ebron (hamstring) offside in recent weeks. Ebron has also been ruled out for Monday night, giving Freiermuth a great opportunity to receive another seven goals and double-digit FanDuel points.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.