We are now down to the last week of the regular season in the NFL. For the Baltimore Ravens that means they get to rest some key starters as they get ready for the playoffs, but for the Steelers, that means they need a win and some help to get them into the playoffs.
For DFS games in Week 18, if you’ve been here before, you know how fraught with peril they can be. Relying on backups to resting players isn’t always the best move, as there is no guarantee the backup will see a full complement of snaps. In this game we at least know the Steelers will go all out and play their starters as long as the game is in reach.
NFL DFS Showdown strategy: Steelers vs. Ravens
Najee Harris, RB, Steelers ($10,800)
Harris hasn’t been very productive this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting work and now that the offense is playing better with mason Rudolph at QB, his efficiency has gotten better. Against the Seahawks last week he had a whopping 27 rushing attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns. This week he gets a Ravens defense that will rest or limit some of their defensive starters and the Steelers will hope to do what they did to Seattle in Week 17.
George Pickens, WR, Steelers ($14,100)
Mason Rudolph has unlocked George Pickens, at least over the last two games Rudolph has started. He has an amazing 326 receiving yards and two touchdowns in those two matchups against the Seahawks and Bengals. The Ravens have already allowed a 130 yards, 1 TD game to Pickens back in Week 5 and this week they won’t have the motivation or players to put up as strong a fight as usual.
Tyler Huntley, QB, Ravens ($9,200)
Picking a player from the Ravens is going to be tough, but we do know that Huntley will get the start and won’t get subbed out. Playing a motivated Steelers defense isn’t the best opportunity for fantasy points, but his ability as a runner gives hi enough upside to be worth a play.
Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers ($6,200)
If the Steelers can get the run game going, Warren should have plenty of touches as he shares work with Najee Harris. If they can’t, we still know that Warren’s explosive ability gives him good upside on limited touches as well.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Ravens ($3,600)
Gordon should be the running back who gets the most work as the team will likely want to keep Gus Edwards and Justice Hill healthy for the playoffs. This is a situation to keep an eye on to see if the players let anything slip about their possible workload this week.
Steelers, D/ST ($3,800)
Tyler Huntley is a capable backup, so we can’t expect the Ravens offense to turn into a turnover machine, but there’s no doubt the Steelers should have the upper hand in this situation. Add in a rain-slicked ball and turnovers and scores of turnovers are not out of the question.