After two games, it seems mind-blowing that Mitchell Trubisky was a trendy MVP bet prior to the season. There doesn’t appear to be any scenario that could possible land him in the discussion for Most Valuable Player in the NFL. The Bears’ offense is struggling, while the defense has carried the team to this point. With that said, this could be the spot for them to bounce back. Washington has lost each of their first two games and allowed over 30 points in both losses. Something has to give on Monday Night Football. Here’s a look at some options for the DraftKings Monday Night Football Showdown contests.
Allen Robinson ($14,700): Even though the offense hasn’t gotten going for Chicago, Robinson is still putting up numbers. He’s been the go-to guy in the Bears’ offense and has 20 targets through two games. In Week 1, he finished with over 100 receiving yards en route to 20.2 DKFP. The only thing holding back his fantasy output is the Bears’ inability to find the end zone. This week, I think they finally break through. Washington’s defense is ranked 28th in defensive DVOA.
Mitchell Trubisky ($15,600): There is no doubt that Trubisky has been miserable this season. Real life, fantasy, he’s been no good for any sort of football. For fantasy purposes, I am much more bullish on Trubisky than I am in real life. We haven’t seen him run the ball much this season, which was a staple of his game last season. Even though he was inconsistent throwing the ball, we saw some massive fantasy games from Trubisky in the past because of his legs. He only has 19 rushing yards this year, something that I think will change starting tonight. There is upside lurking here.
Bears Defense ($6,200): Case Keenum has played shockingly decent this season. He’s averaging 23.5 DKFP and is averaging over 300 passing yards per game. Given how poorly Keenum played last season, I don’t expect this level of play to continue. He’s a strong regression candidate against the Bears, who have only allowed 24 points this season. Keenum has yet to turn the ball over despite throwing 15 interceptions and fumbling eight times last season. I am going to call my shot here — Keenum gets strip sacked by Kahlil Mack in the opening quarter for his first turnover of the season.
Terry McLaurin ($8,600): I expect Washington to be playing from behind tonight and somebody has to be the receiver they target late while they try to play catchup. So far, McLaurin has been the receiver of choice for Keenum. He’s been targeted 16 times in the first couple of games, hauling in 10 passes for 187 yards. McLaurin is an unlikely name near the top of the receiving yards leaderboard and I think the third-round pick should continue to play a big role. Even though his play will likely regress somewhat, he’s figures to do a lot of damage in garbage time of games where Washington is getting blown out.
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