The Steelers host a squad of Seahawks hit in Week 6 Sunday Night Football. Not only will the Seahawks be without quarterback Russell Wilson (finger), but starting running back Chris Carson (neck) will also be out. We’re fading the best Seahawks receivers in our DraftKings Showdown lineup, thanks in large part to Wilson’s absence. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are certainly capable of delivering great scores, but the latter lost valuable practice reps this week, and we can’t expect a refined degree of chemistry to have been developed in such a short period of time. At the very least, we are not willing to bet on that with our DFS dollars.
Before we get into our Seahawks-Steelers lineup, here are the notable rules of DraftKings Showdown: 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 their total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Seahawks 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 ($ 17,700)
Harris has accounted for 47.1 percent of the Steelers’ touches this season, and we’re not likely to see that total decline Sunday night. He has scored a touchdown and / or earned the three-point bonus for eclipsing 100 yards rushing or receiving in each of his last four games. Its liberal use combined with its improved efficiency makes it a lock for the role of Captain despite a hefty price tag.
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FLEX: WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($ 9,800)
Johnson leads the room for wide receivers in targets (37), receptions (25) and touchdowns (3). He has scored more than 10 goals in three of four contests, and should be reserved for another double-digit total in that department after being limited to two in Week 5. Seattle has delivered the second-most passing yards per game ( 305.6) and is ranked 28th in DVOA pass defense. On paper, Seattle is a defense that the Steelers should be able to successfully exploit.
FLEX: WR Chase Claypool, Steelers ($ 8,800)
Claypool is back to life after a slow start and appeared to be fully recovered from the hamstring ailment that kept him out of Week 4 competition. JuJu Smith-Schuster’s season-ending injury will require that several players on offense take a little slack, including Claypool. Smith-Schuster accounted for 28 goals and 18 touches, including three carries, in his five games, and Claypool imagines usurping a good chunk of that opportunity.
FLEX: RB Alex Collins, Seahawks ($ 6,800)
This is purely a gamble on volume. Collins won’t find a smooth sled against a strong Steelers running defense, but he’s in line for a heavy workload in place of Chris Carson, who landed on IR this week with a neck injury. He handled 17 starts in last week’s loss to the Rams, and we’re counting on a similar total Sunday night.
FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($ 2,800)
Both Freiermuth and Eric Ebron ($ 3,400) are suitable options, so feel free to submit multiple lineups to cover your bases. However, we will side with Freiermuth thanks to more goals (13-11), catches (11-5) and touchdowns (1-0).
FLEX: WR Freddie Swain, Seahawks ($ 2,400)
Simply put, Swain is a lottery ticket, but the risk is worth it. Swain is the clear No. 3 in the Seahawks’ pass catching pecking order, but he averaged 13.4 yards per catch and has had a pair of touchdowns. He’s not going to beat Metcalf or Lockett any time soon, but a new quarterback means a new chemistry. At least for the next week or two, Swain might have enough opportunities to make a profit at his modest price.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.