Starting Week 9 of the action, the 2023 DraftKings showdown slate- Tennessee @Pittsburgh. Could this be a follow up game for Will Levis after a great debut? Really low-scoring game is expected here with and O/U of just 36.5. The Steelers are currently favored by around a FG.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Tennessee @Pittsburgh Captain Picks
Derrick Henry ($17,400 Capt/ $11,600 Flex)
Henry hasn’t been the human wrecking ball that he has been in previous seasons, with only two 100+ rushing yard games so far. Not getting into the endzone either, with only 3 TDs this season. Think Levis playing at QB massively helps Henry with lighter boxes here. The Steelers have given up some yardage on the ground. Even without his receiving ability
DeAndre Hopkins ($16,800 Capt/ $11,200 Flex)
Hopkins had a great time on Sunday with a huge 128 yard and 3 TD game. Absolute matchup nightmare at his best, and should be able to have his way against this Steelers secondary. Not expecting that level of performance for 2 weeks- I mean he scored 3 TDs on just 6 targets, but maybe he is back to a degree?
George Pickens ($13,200 Capt/ $8,800 Flex)
Pickens caught just one pass last week, but he did score with it. Pickens is a volatile player in the Steelers offense, especially with Johnson back and commanding targets in the offense. Decent upside if Pickett is ok to move the ball through the air.
Diontae Johnson ($12,600 Capt/ $8,400 Flex)
Johnson is a target monster, with 14 targets last week. Some of that was the fact Mitch Trubisky refused to look anywhere else, but targets are targets and Johnson looked fine on the field after being back from injury. Probably prefer him as a flex, but you can mix in some CPT plays here.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Tennessee @Pittsburgh Flex Picks
Will Levis ($9,600 Flex)
Levis has been a massive talking point this week, after having a huge game in his debut. Threw for 238 yards and 4 TDs!? Looked comfortable in the pocket, and showed his arm talent. Could have another strong game against this Steelers secondary that is going to be without Minkah Fitzpatrick. Now, we do need to temper expectations here as it is only going to be his second start in the NFL, but he has a good chance on the slate. Nice pairing with Hopkins (although likely a popular one).
Kenny Pickett ($9,200 Flex)
Pickett hasn’t been great for fantasy this season, and is carrying an injury coming into this game. The pricing really puts me off, as his ceiling just isn’t there. Only had one game in his career with multiple TDs (Week 5 this season against the Ravens), where he scored twice. His last (and only) 300+ yard game was in Week 5 last season. Just don’t feel like it’s there in this matchup. If you do, then you should stack up on Steelers receivers.
Najee Harris/ Jaylen Warren ($7,200/ $6,400 Flex)
This Steelers backfield…………not great. The similar cost shows the split in workload. Harris is the RB1 it seems, at least he gets the first go, but really not being an effective play this season. Best fantasy performance was in Week 7, where he scored his only TD of the season. His season-best yardage total was against Houston were he managed a total of 103. Not great.
Warren hasn’t been great either, with the split in workload with Harris hurting both of them. But, he has looked more dynamic than Harris this season. Good runner, and has decent pass-catching ability too. I prefer Warren over Harris, with the saving in salary. But, against a Titans defense that has only given up an average of 17.7DKPts to the position this season, neither are strong plays.
Tyjae Spears ($5,400 Flex)
Spears feels a little expensive on the slate, given his workload. Getting on the field a decent amount, but only getting a few carries and targets in a game. Really would need Henry to either get injured, or the Titans offense to chase the game and increase the number of passing downs.
Chig Okonkwo ($4,200 Flex)
Okonkwo is a really interesting player on the slate. Has a decent target share in the offense, with 4-6 targets a game. Has decent upside with his size and speed in the middle of the field too. Against a Steelers defense that allowed Evan Engram to catch all 10 of his targets for 88 yards last week, he could be in for a big game here.
Treylon Burks ($3,800 Flex)
Burks was the odd man out last week for the Titans receivers. He only managed to get 2 targets last week, and couldn’t catch either one. Although, it was his first game after returning from a knee injury. He should see some extra work through the air after getting through without a set-back. Feels like a riskier play than Westbrook-Ikhine who is slightly cheaper- but not a massive gap between the two of them.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine ($3,400 Flex)
Westbrook-Ikhine is the perfect GPP play. The Titans aerial attack seems like it has an arm in Levis, which should give all receivers a bump. Westbrook-Ikhine isn’t a high volume target, but is a great deep-threat. Scored last week on a pass from Levis too. His price also really reflects his lack of floor.
Connor Heyward ($2,800 Flex)
Heyward looks to be the TE1 for the Steelers with Pat Freiermuth ruled out for this one. Has had 13 targets in the past 3 games, with limited production from that with only 9 receptions and 70 yards. Feels like a boring value flex option- not really exciting, but will likely get you a decent number of points.
Dart Throw Plays (Various)
Instead of writing up a line for a few options with their own sections, thought I’d list out a few in one area. Not really worth considering these as core plays, only in multi-entry GPPs:
- Allen Robinson II (WR, PIT) $2,200 Flex – Robinson started the season looking like he might do something in Pittsburgh. But seems like isn’t doing too much despite being on the field for the vast majority of snaps on offense.
- Calvin Austin III (WR, PIT) $1,800 Flex – Austin has really been impacted by the return of Johnson. Looks like he is the WR4 in the offense behind Robinson. Has the ability (and speed) to make a big play on limited opportunity, but feels like a long shot.
- Kyle Philips/ Chris Moore (WR, TEN) $800/ $400 Flex – Philips and Moore are likely to be splitting the WR4 role in the offense, with the Titans receivers back to full health. Splitting limited snaps, and targets, in a run-first offense. Absolute dart throw that might really not pay off.
- Darnell Washington (TE, PIT) $200 Flex – Washington really hasn’t been involved in the offense that much this season, with only 3 targets this season. Big bodied TE, so has some redzone upside, but I really wouldn’t hold out much hope.
DraftKings TNF Showdown 2023 – Tennessee @Pittsburgh Kickers and DSTs
The Steelers DST ($5,600) have playmakers, even without Fitzpatrick. Against a rookie making his second start this feels like a game that T.J. Watt could make a real impact in. The Titans DST ($4,400) have some appeal too in what should be a low-scoring game.
A low scoring game gives both kickers value. Not much more needs to be said I’d opt for Nick Folk ($4,600) over Chris Boswell ($5,000) as the Titans have found a way to get downfield this season but stalled out.
So, there are our DraftKings selections for the 2023 Showdown of Tennessee @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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