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NFL DFS Showdown picks, lineup strategy for Bears vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football in Week 12

Teddy Ricketson takes you through their picks and approach to DraftKings Showdown contests for Bears vs. Vikings on MNF in Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season.

Offensive tackle Brian O’Neill #75, guard Ed Ingram #67, center Garrett Bradbury #56, guard Ezra Cleveland #72, tight end T.J. Hockenson #87, and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw #71 of the Minnesota Vikings line up during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 15, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears (3-8) will take on the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) in Week 12’s edition of Monday Night Football. Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. The Bears are looking for revenge as they lost to the Vikings 19-13 in Week 6. Chicago is coming off a loss to the Detroit Lions, while Minnesota lost to the Denver Broncos in their last game.

Here is how we are approaching the game at DraftKings DFS.

NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Bears vs. Vikings

Captain’s Picks

DJ Moore, WR, Chicago Bears, $15,600

There have been games in which Moore has disappeared in the offense, but he brought in five of his eight targets for 51 yards in the first matchup between these teams. That was also the game in which quarterback Justin Fields got hurt, but he is healthy and ready to go for this game. Minnesota’s defense allows the eighth-most DFS points per game to opposing wide receivers.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings, $13,500

Even if Justin Jefferson is activated ahead of the game, Minnesota is taking its time in ramping him up. I think Hockenson is in line for another high-target share game. He brought in six of his eight targets for 50 yards in the first matchup. Chicago allows the 11th-most DFS points to tight ends, but you have to think that Hockenson gets a boost from typical usage.

FLEX Options

Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($5,800)

Alexander Mattison will be the starting running back, but he hasn’t solidified that the lead-back role is his. Chandler continues seeing more work and forcing a split. The last time these teams played, Mattison had 18 carries for only 44 yards. Chandler had 10 carries for 73 yards and brought in all four of his targets for 37 additional yards last week against the Denver Broncos.

Roschon Johnson, RB, Chicago Bears ($3,000)

Johnson missed the earlier game this season against Minnesota. D’Onta Foreman finished with 15 carries for 65 yards but won’t be playing this week due to an injury. Khalil Herbert will be the starting running back, but Johnson figures to get some work. It may not be much with the game script and behind Herbert, but for this price, you could do worse.

Players to Avoid

Vikings D/ST, ($4,400)

Minnesota’s defense feasted the last time these teams met and put up 21 points. They benefitted from a defensive touchdown and Tyson Bagent playing quarterback for the Bears. The Vikings’ defense still has a good matchup, but quarterback Justin Fields is more unpredictable, and they would be a risky play.

KJ Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings ($5,600)

Osborn has shown flashes this season, but even with Justin Jefferson sidelined, he hasn’t been able to step up in the offense consistently. Targets will go to Hockenson and then rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison before Osborn, and at the price, you should be able to find a more reliable option.