The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants go head-to-head in the early Monday night game. This matchup gives us a chance to see what Ben Roethlisberger has left in the tank after a lost 2019 season and if second-year QB Daniel Jones can take a step forward this season.
The bulk of the fantasy points scored tonight are going to go to the likes of Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram or Sterling Shepard. The question is, who are those one or two players further down the radar that will become critical in this game and help you roster more studs in the DraftKings Showdown?
Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers, $5,800
What we get in Johnson this week is a receiver who got NFL experience with extremely bad quarterbacks throwing him the ball his rookie season. His 59 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns were remarkable in that context, but now with Ben Roethlisberger back, he’s a player who should cost a whole lot more on DraftKings.
Steelers, D/ST, $5,400
They aren’t cheap, but the Steelers’ D/ST has great upside against Daniel Jones and the Giants offensive line. The Steelers have one of the best defensive lines in the game, while Jones had a lot of trouble with fumbles and interceptions last season. To be worth a roster slot, they will need a monster effort, but the chances tonight are better than you’ll get with other defenses.
Darius Slayton, WR, Giants, $5,200
The Giants offense runs through Saquon Barkley as a runner and receiver, but their best deep threat should remain Slayton. This isn’t a great matchup for him, but he can turn things in your favor with just one big touchdown.
Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers, $1,800
The Steelers third wide receiver will likely be a combination of James Washington and Claypool. Both have upside for big plays, but picking the right guy is tough. Claypool has receiving a lot of praise from Ben Roethlisberger this training camp and if he’s on the field, I think Reothlisberger will give him some shots. He’s strictly a GPP play.