The Steelers and Chiefs cap off Sunday’s playoff action in what could be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game. The Chiefs are favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and are currently 12.5-point favorites over Pittsburgh through the DraftKings sportsbook. We’re building a risky (or crazy) DraftKings Showdown lineup that will likely only work if the Steelers pull off the shocking surprise or just keep things closed. Yes, we know that is a long shot, but for DFS tournaments, we are rolling the dice in one of the last chances we will have this year.
These are the important settings for single-game DraftKings contests: Full point PPR, and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 air yards, 100 rushing yards, Y 100 yards receiving. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets their total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Steelers vs. Chiefs
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain: (1.5x salary, 1.5x points): WR Chase Claypool, Steelers ($ 8,400)
We said we’d go for an original lineup, so let’s start with Claypool in our “Captain” chair. He’s cheaper than the Steelers ‘and Chiefs’ backup quarterbacks for some reason, and it’s not that he hasn’t been productive this entire year. His big-play advantage combined with the Steelers’ first-pass approach means he could realistically hit the 100-yard bonus if things go well. We have a bit of classic Big Ben magic (or garbage production).
FLEXIBLE: WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($ 9,000)
Since we know Roethlisberger doesn’t bring any running advantage, the only way it works is if he has two receivers. While Claypool will be working the “deep” part of the field, Johnson will rack up receptions like almost no one else in the league does. You can almost guarantee double-digit targets, and he has a shot at the 100-yard bonus, too.
FLEXIBILITY: QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers ($ 8,800)
DFS players will be embarrassed at the thought of playing Roethlisberger, so we’ll take it in just in case he has a great game and keeps his career alive for another week. There is also a scenario in which the Chiefs defeat the Steelers, Big Ben and company. drop a ton of garbage time numbers, so there’s an outside shot that this lineup is worth it, even if the Steelers are thrown out of the building.
FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 11,800)
Mahomes will produce in just about any play script, and if the Steelers are this close and their offense is humming, Mahomes is sure to have a solid performance at DFS on the other side of things. As always, it’s hard to put Mahomes on his two best weapons thanks to their high prices, but it comes even when Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are quiet.
FLEXIBLE: RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs ($ 6,400)
Even if Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) plays, we’d rather have Williams. It is a more efficient and explosive receiver, so in full PPR formats, we see it as more valuable. Again, this lineup implies that the Steelers make this a game, so Williams will be involved in key passes for Kansas City.
FLEXIBLE: WR Byron Pringle, Chiefs ($ 4,800)
Pringle delivered two touchdowns in this matchup the first time, and with Tyreek Hill (heel) hit and the Steelers being the best defense against tight ends, there is room for more production here for Pringle. Anytime you play in a Showdown tournament that features Kansas City, grabbing a wheel at a cheap Chiefs pass catcher is a smart move for GPP formats. You could also mix things up and put in Demarcus Robinson or Mecole Hardman.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.