Sunday’s wild card games feature the Steelers and Chiefs in what could be Ben Roethlisberger’s last NFL game, and we call on two of his catchers to join a healthy dose of chalk on the Kansas City side. Our single-game FanDuel line-up has the risk of injury, boom-or-bust and TE rookie, which will hopefully give us enough differentiation for DFS tournaments.
Here are the key scoring settings for one FanDuel competition: The total number of points for an “MVP” is multiplied by 1.5, but it costs no more money as a “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown competitions. FanDuel’s default scoring is half point PPR and four-point passing TDand there are no DraftKings bonuses for 100/300 yard games.
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FanDuel Single-Game DFS Tips: Steelers vs. Chiefs
With a budget of $ 50,000, you need at least one player from each team.
MVP: (1.5x points): WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs ($ 13,500)
Hill has averaged less than 10 FD points per game in the last three games (left week 18 earlier) and is facing a heel injury. That means we can do one of two things – mute it or double it. We go with him aggressively in place of our MVP, fears of injury should keep much of the pitch away Pittsburgh is strong against TE but generous against WR, so we rely on the classic Hill blast to get the Chiefs to start in the playoffs.
FLEX: TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers ($ 8,500)
Freiermuth was out in the first game against Kansas City with a concussion, and here’s Big Ben, who fed him a ton of volume. Freiermuth is undecided first place in close ends in goals in the red zone (20), and whether he scores in garbage time or at the start of the game, these fantasy points count as well.
FLEX: QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs ($ 17,500)
Mahomes is the best sand game possible, but we’re rolling with him here. We run a classic QB-WR-WR stack and avoid Travis Kelce, so hopefully we can still include Mahomes while gaining some differentiation.
FLEX: WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers ($ 12,500)
Johnson have drawn 10 or more targets in 12 games this season, and although FanDuel does not have a full PPR score, he will have plenty of production opportunities. The Steelers are already attacking on the first pass and with Kansas City on the other side of the ball expect Big Ben to throw over 50 passes in an effort to keep his career alive for another week. Johnson also scored seven touchdowns this year, so it’s not like it’s a purely PPR machine.
FLEX: WR Byron Pringle, Chiefs ($ 8,000)
The last time these teams competed, Pringle scored 22.5 FD points in two touchdowns, a 75-yard day. Travis Kelce was out of the game on the reserve / COVID list, so it definitely helped, but let’s take Pringle as a DFS dart throw, because it’s obviously a problem for the Steelers to fight each other. Especially if the chiefs jump to a big lead, expect Pringle to get a lot of shots in an effort to calm Hill down (after Hill has scored a lot of points, of course). Garbage time could be a benefit for both teams in DFS.