A matchup between the Steelers and Bears instantly creates visions of a cold, rugged, defensive battle. According to Las Vegas sportsbooks, Week 9’s Monday Night Football game will be just that. The total for this contest opened as low as 40 at some books with the Steelers laying up to 6.5 points. The Bears’ David Montgomery (knee) is expected to return for this contest, eliminating Khalil Herbert from consideration for our DraftKings Showdown lineup and turning this backfield into a murky DFS situation to navigate for at least one week.
Here are the key scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: They’re full-point PPR and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Bears vs. Steelers
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): RB Najee Harris, Steelers ($18,600)
We’re willing to meet Harris’ exorbitant price tag because his 48.8-percent touch share dwarfs that of anyone else who will be on the field on Monday night. He’s scored at least 21.0 DraftKings points in five straight 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 expected in the wake of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s season-ending shoulder injury, but sometimes corralling a bigger role can take some time. It was nice to see Claypool’s two carries last game, an indication the Steelers are willing to use him creatively. Claypool hasn’t been consistent, but he’s delivered a couple of big performances, including 27.0 DK points in Week 5. He’s capable of making the plays that could produce another big score.
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FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($7,000)
Freiermuth has seen seven targets in each of the Steelers’ past two games, and he scored 12.8 and 14.4 DK points, respectively, in those contests. Eric Ebron (hamstring) is out for this week’s game, putting Freiermuth in position to receive another healthy target share. The opportunity is there for Freiermuth to produce a third consecutive worthwhile outing.
FLEX: WR Darnell Mooney, Bears ($6,400)
The Bears’ offense doesn’t present a plethora of appealing options. Mooney has been Chicago’s top pass-catcher this season, earning a team-leading 53 targets. His 12.4-yard/catch average isn’t spectacular, but he’s reeling in 62.3 percent of his chances. He’s scored double-digit DK points in four games this season and is the most likely to make a profitable fantasy contribution.
FLEX: Steelers D/ST ($5,000)
We need some value picks to fill out this roster in order to name Harris our Captain, and Pittsburgh’s defense/special teams is one of those plays. Chicago has a number of offensive shortcomings that the Steelers should be able to exploit. Chicago is the No. 30 offense per DVOA. They’ve committed the fifth most turnovers (11); and they surrender the most sacks per game in the NFL. The Steelers smothered the Browns and scored 10.0 DK points last week, and a bigger number should be attainable on Monday night.
FLEX: K Chris Boswell, Steelers ($3,800)
Boswell is the second value pick we’re relying on this week, and while rostering a kicker in these contests can feel gross, it’s not as if there are far superior options available. Boswell is expected to be back this week after practicing in full on Friday. He’s scored 11.0 or more DK points on three occasions, and if Chicago’s defense steps up, Boswell could be called upon frequently.