Finishing Week 2, in the second game on Monday, the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Cleveland @Pittsburgh. The O/U here is a low 39.5, with the Browns favored by less than a FG at the moment. Both teams didn’t manage to do too much last week- so it’s quite hard to gauge them. The Browns ran away with the game against the Bengals in poor weather, and the Steelers were chasing their game early in a big way against the 49ers.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Cleveland @Pittsburgh Captain Picks
Nick Chubb ($18,300 Capt/ $12,200 Flex)
Chubb was the highlight of the Browns offense last week, as he had 18 carries for 106 yards. He also managed to get four receptions last week- which is typically higher than he has had in previous seasons. The only downside was that he didn’t manage to get into the endzone. But, he could do that this week against a Steelers defense he scored against three times last year.
Deshaun Watson ($15,900 Capt/ $10,600 Flex)
Watson didn’t have a good time in Week 1, well at least for fantasy. The Browns were comfortable throughout the game against the Bengals, and the weather wasn’t great. Watson did look more like the player that used to draft the Texans to victories. With (hopefully) better weather, he has a decent chance of making a statement in this game. Don’t forget his rushing ability too- he got into the endzone last week.
George Pickens ($12,000 Capt/ $8,000 Flex)
With Diontae Johnson out of this game, Pickens should see a bump with his chemistry with Pickett. Had a decent number of targets in a blowout game against the 49ers last week. If he manages to make a decent play or two, should hit value here.
Elijah Moore ($9,900 Capt/ $6,600 Flex)
Moore leads the Browns receiving group currently, with 43 yards to Cooper’s 37. I don’t expect that to be the case for the whole season, but without Cooper here you are getting a WR1 for a cheap price. Not a consistent receiver, but he has the ability to make big plays and great upside on the slate.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Cleveland @Pittsburgh Flex Picks
Najee Harris ($9,400 Flex)
I don’t know what to make of Harris at the moment. Last year, he was the clear starter for the Steelers and got plenty of touches. This offseason, there was talk that the team were going to mix in Jaylen Warren- and Warren got more touches than Harris last week. I hope Harris’s role is cleared up this week, but at the price you can’t feel great about his floor and the Steelers offense doesn’t provide much ceiling.
Kenny Pickett ($9,200 Flex)
Pickett is expensive for a QB who turned the ball over twice and was sacked five times last week. The Browns defense isn’t as strong as the 49ers, but the offensive line improvement doesn’t look significant. Pickett is going to see volume, with the Steelers likely to trail, but I’m not confident about putting him in my lineups in this one.
Amari Cooper ($8,800 Flex) CURRENTLY DOUBTFUL
Like Watson, Cooper didn’t have a great day for fantasy, but he still managed to get seven targets. The Steelers secondary were just ripped apart last week by the 49ers, and they struggled last season too. If Cooper does manage to play, you can’t discount him making a big play or two, but hard to put him in too many lineups.
David Njoku ($7,000 Flex)
Njoku can absolutely bang, and he performed well against the Steelers last season, with 13 receptions, 131 yards and 2 TDs in the two games against them. This is a decent matchup, and without Cooper it’s likely that the team would lean to Njoku as an established receiver in this offense.
Allen Robinson ($6,200 Flex)
Robinson had a decent number of targets last week, and looked alot more the player he used to be. Without Johnson there is going to be a need for a receiver to step up, and Robinson has the ability to be that guy. At the price, he is a decent option for tournaments.
Pat Freiermuth ($5,800 Flex)
Freiermuth is the Steelers receiver that is most likely to find the endzone, as the team use him heavily in the redzone. The question mark comes when you look at his floor. With the Steelers awash with receivers rotated in and out, Freiermuth only had 4 targets from Pickett’s 46 pass attempts. And only caught one of them- albeit it for a TD.
Donovan Peoples-Jones ($5,000 Flex)
Never say never, but Peoples-Jones seems to have really had his role shrink on this offense. Peoples-Jones has some redzone ability, which could make him pop. But he was only on the field for around a third of the snaps last week, and his high was 29% last season. You are really limiting yourself to hoping he makes a big play on limited usage.
Calvin Austin ($4,800 Flex)
Austin is going to be a popular play on the slate this week. Caught all six of his targets, and looked decent on the 37 yards that came with them. Has the speed to break a big play if the Browns secondary blow a coverage.
Jaylen Warren ($3,000 Flex)
Warren feels like an underpriced RB2 on the slate. Had more touches than Harris in total, with 5 receptions- which is great for DK’s PPR scoring. If the offseason stories around Harris seeing a reduced workload are true, then Warren is going to smash his price value. If he is truly the receiving back for the Steelers, has a nice floor which could convert nicely to a few TDs.
Harrison Bryant/ Jordan Akins ($2,200/ $800 Flex)
The time-old game of guessing the random TE that catches their single target for a TD. Well, last week Bryant had two targets, but you get the point. The price difference between them feels pretty high given they are given the same role in the offense. Both were on the field for around a third of the snaps, and Akins has shown his redzone ability with the Texans for years. In a situation like this, you have to go to the cheaper play and use the savings to spend up elsewhere.
Jerome Ford ($600 Flex)
Ford had a decent workload last week in a run-heavy offense at home. It’s unrealistic to think he gets 15 carries again, but he doesn’t have much competition for the RB2 role here. At the price, he really doesn’t have to do much at all to hit value. A handful of carries and a reception or two would do it. If he manages to fall into the endzone…….smashed value.
DraftKings MNF Showdown 2023 – Cleveland @Pittsburgh Kickers and DSTs
In a low-scoring game, the kickers are very much inplay. They could even end up as the higher scorers on the slate. Dustin Hopkins ($4,200) was perfect last week , with some long range attempts mixed in. If the Browns were to stall out on offense, Hopkins is in a position to convert. Chris Boswell ($4,000) was also 100% last week- but only had a single attempt (a PAT). Boswell has shown his leg ability, so could convert some FG attempts if given the opportunity. But with how the game is likely to go, he might not get many attempts at all.
The Browns DST ($4,600) feel overpriced. Yes the Steelers offense isn’t great, but the pass rush outside of Myles Garrett can be inconsistent. At the price, you need them to be able to make some plays and force some turnovers. Totally possible, given Pickett’s history, I’m just not convinced they hit value here. I’ll also be avoiding the Steelers DST ($4,400). They have a decent pass-rush, but really it’s T.J. Watt leading the charge there. If the Browns are able to keep the ball on offense, and run it effectively with Chubb, it’s hard to see the Steelers doing anything on the slate.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Cleveland @Pittsburgh! Remember any DFS questions, you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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