Monday brings two games with Washington traveling to Pittsburgh (check out our betting breakdown here) and the Bills and 49ers meeting on a neutral field in Arizona (2020, what a year).
Let’s put together a lineup with tournament-winning potential (DraftKings’ scoring: PPR) on this unique Monday night.
QB: Josh Allen ($7,500)
Given all the options, I’m paying up for Josh Allen. He has an average game in Week 12 coming off a bye, though prior to that he had put up 29.4 and 39.0 fantasy points against the Cardinals and Seahawks, respectively. The 49ers’ defense presents a tougher challenge, though their strength is defending the run. If Buffalo wins tonight, which I expect they do, it’ll be behind the arm and legs of Allen.
RB 1: Raheem Mostert ($5,800)
San Francisco’s strength on offense remains the running game and I’m going with Mostert, who’s healthy again and picking up 5.2 yards per carry, against a Buffalo run defense that has struggled all season.
RB 2: J.D. McKissic ($4,500)
When Alex Smith took over Washington’s gig earlier in the season, McKissic was one of his favorite targets. However, his level of involvement is game script-dependent. In the Lions and Giants games (both where Washington was trailing for the majority of the afternoons), McKissic tallied 29 targets from Smith compared to just six over the last two wins against the Bengals and Cowboys. Washington is likely to need, at least at some point, to play catch-up against Pittsburgh and McKissic should be on the field more than the 41% of the snaps he played on Thanksgiving because of both his pass-catching and his pass-blocking skills.
WR 1: Diontae Johnson ($6,300)
Johnson had some drops last week against Baltimore, but he’s proven to be Big Ben’s No. 1 wideout (13 targets last week; 50 over the past four weeks). Washington’s pass defense is fierce, though that didn’t stop Amari Cooper from posting a big game on Thanksgiving and it won’t stop Johnson from getting his.
WR 2: Cole Beasley ($4,900)
WR 3: Stefon Diggs ($7,500)
Yes, Diggs will have a tough matchup but he’s one of the most dependable wideouts in the league and should be able to hold his own. The Diggs-Allen connection remains strong.
TE 1: Ross Dwelley ($2,500)
While Dwelley is further down the rankings in the 49ers passing attack, he did out-snap Jordan Reed last week, playing on 61% of the offensive plays. Winning the tight end spot in daily tournaments will likely come down to who gets a touchdown and with Dwelley being San Fransisco’s clear top blocking tight end, he’s likely to be there in Redzone formations. I’ll take this dart-throw on Monday Night.
Flex: RB: Benny Snell ($5,400)
Even in this PPR format, Snell is too good of a value to pass up on. The Steelers could easily get out to a favorable lead against Washington and give Snell a workload that surpasses that 19 touches he received filling in for James Conner in Week 12.
DST: Steelers ($4,500)
I was tempted to go with the 49ers, as in tournaments, you always want to find the breakout unit that’s unlikely to be that heavily rostered. However, I opted to go with the Steelers’ dominant defense that is likely to lead the four-team field in fantasy points.