Week 14’s Thursday Night Football matchup features the Vikings and Steelers. Both teams are trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, and Pittsburgh is getting up to four points as road underdogs, with totals topped out at 45.5. Since both teams have a lot to play for, we should see an entertaining game that equates to fun DFS contests. We’re swinging for the fences with our “Captain” pick, but we’re also calling on some top-notch studs to fill out our DraftKings Showdown lineup.
Remember these important settings for DraftKings single-game contests: It’s full-point PPR, and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain pick costs 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his point total multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Steelers vs. Vikings
$50,000 budget, need at least one player from each team.
Captain: (1.5x points, 1.5x salary): WR K.J. Osborn, Vikings ($8,400)
This is a pure high-risk, high-reward play. Osborn isn’t a prototypical candidate to serve as our “Captain,” but we like what we can do with our lineup thanks to his modest salary. Rest assured, there is reason to be optimistic about his outlook for as long as he serves as the Vikings’ No. 2 receiver in the wake of Adam Thielen’s high ankle sprain. Osborn finished Sunday with a 4-47-1 line and 14.7 DraftKings points, and he’s eclipsed the 20-point barrier earlier this season.
FLEX: WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings ($11,000)
Jefferson didn’t need any additional help posting dominant fantasy lines, but he’s set to absolutely dominate targets in Thielen’s absence. Jefferson has scored 25.9 DK points — including 40.2 in Week 11 — three times over the past four weeks. A similarly gaudy score may be difficult to come by against a tough Steelers defense, but even they will be hard-pressed to keep Jefferson held down for too long.
FLEX: WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($10,200)
Johnson had two touchdown grabs on Sunday and should’ve had a third. His 11 targets marked the fourth time in a row and the fifth time in six games he received double-digit passes thrown his way. The Vikings have allowed the most DraftKings points to wide receivers, so all signs point to another busy — and productive — outing for Johnson.
FLEX: RB Najee Harris, Steelers ($10,000)
Harris hasn’t been as dominant in recent weeks, but he’s still receiving a ton of volume. He had 26 touches on 26 opportunities against Baltimore last week and has only been held to single-digit DK points twice this season. There’s no reason to suspect that he won’t see another heavy touch load on Thursday, and the Vikings have hardly been a dominant force against rushing attacks.
FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($6,600)
Sunday wasn’t Freiermuth’s best performance — and the Vikings have been stingy against tight ends most of this year — but we still like his growing role in the Steelers’ offense. He’s scored double-digit DK points in five of his past seven games. If the Steelers find their way into the red zone, Freiermuth will be a primary target and perhaps add another solid showing to his rookie highlight reel.
FLEX: K Chris Boswell, Steelers ($3,800)
We’re stretching here with Boswell, but we think he can deliver enough to serve as a profitable piece of our lineup. He’s reached double figures in fantasy scoring in three of his past five contests, and the matchup appears to be set up well for another solid performance. The Steelers have generally been willing to take their three points when the opportunity presents itself (2.1 field goal attempts per game) while the Vikings have consistently forced offenses to settle for three points (2.3 opponent field goal attempts per game).