Steelers vs. Giants begins Week’s 1 Monday Evening Soccer doubleheader on ESPN. Ben Roethlisberger is again and wholesome for Pittsburgh, whereas New York QB Daniel Jones begins his second season in opposition to a robust protection. Our DraftKings Showdown event picks hope to make the most of that hole in expertise as we search for the precise DFS studs and values to place collectively a successful lineup.
Early within the season, our inclination has been to create fairly balanced lineups. Monday’s first sport is the primary Showdown lineup of the season the place we’re fading one of many QBs — and we’re additional embracing that fade by utilizing our first D/ST of the season, too.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Steelers vs. Giants
CAPTAIN (1.5x factors, 1.5x worth): WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($eight,700)
Johnson emerged as a productive participant in 2019 regardless of poor Pittsburgh quarterbacking. With Roethlisberger again, Johnson may have a fair higher season in ’20. He has the precise mixture of reception quantity and deep velocity to make for an intriguing captain play at a medium worth.
FLEX: RB Saquon Barkley, Giants ($10,800)
It will be daring to fade the Giants fully as a result of Barkley has probably the most assured quantity in Monday’s sport. He is additionally game-flow proof, getting carries whereas forward and receptions whereas trailing. Barkley’s possession will probably be sky excessive, and we’ll at the least personal him if he has an enormous sport.
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FLEX: QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers ($10,200)
Early coaching camp worries about Roethlisberger’s elbow appear to have passed by the wayside, and he will get a matchup with a New York secondary devoid of a lot NFL expertise. The Giants allowed the fourth-most DK factors to QBs in 2019, and so they undoubtedly did not get higher within the offseason. Taking part in Roethlisberger additionally offers us some piece of WR manufacturing on Pittsburgh that comes away from Johnson.
FLEX: RB James Conner, Steelers ($9,600)
Hopefully, Roethlisberger and Johnson get us off to a quick begin and Conner might help run the clock out on a win. New York’s run protection was nearer to league common final season, nevertheless it’s nothing to put in writing residence about, both.
FLEX: D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,400)
There does not really feel like an enormous threat of Pittsburgh giving up tons of factors, so then you definitely take a look at the constructive point-gaining stats: Sacks and turnovers. Daniel Jones is inclined to each, and the Steelers have the expertise up entrance and within the secondary to make the most of that.
FLEX: WR Darius Slayton, Giants ($5,200)
You could possibly play James Washington right here and completely fade the Giants. Slayton confirmed a adequate reference to Jones in 2019 that we’ll take the possibility at the least on garbage-time stats right here for the second-year participant, particularly if Golden Tate (hamstring) is out.