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TNF DFS options, Week 11: Best lineup strategy for Steelers vs. Browns in Showdown

The return of Kareem Hunt adds some intrigue into lineup builds, especially as it relates to Nick Chubb. Do you stay away, or does a low-owned Chubb break the slate? We’ve got Week 11 TNF Showdown advice.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb runs the ball as Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer and strong safety Micah Hyde tackle him during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Before the season began, this Week 11 Thursday night matchup between the Steelers and Browns was expected to be a battle for first place in the AFC North. It will still be a battle tonight, but merely for playoff survival. For the 3-6 Browns, a loss is probably a season-killer. For the Steelers, it’s a must-win with a tenuous grasp on a Wild Card berth. It makes for an intriguing Showdown slate. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $1,111,111 six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $250,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot:

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers ($16,200)

Conner makes his return to the field tonight after missing the previous two games. Jaylen Samuels filled in admirably in Conner’s absence, especially in PPR leagues in Week 9, but Conner is the main man here and he will likely be the focal point of the offense once again as the Steelers look to limit Mason Rudolph’s exposure to a solid defensive line. Before he got hurt, Conner had DraftKings point totals over 26 in 3 of 4 games.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns ($15,900)

Kareem Hunt made his season debut on Sunday and made an immediate impact, playing 54 percent of the Browns’ snaps and was a major factor in the passing game, earning nine targets and catching seven for 44 yards. In all, Hunt scored 14.4 DraftKings points, and he figures to see his role expand this week. But here’s the thing: Hunt’s presence did not cut into Chubb’s usage at all. For the third straight game, Chubb had 20 carries, and he gashed the Bills for 116 yards. He even had four targets. Chubb’s ownership could take a hit with the expectation that Hunt will soak up Chubb’s usage, but that looks like a false narrative. A Captain salary of $15,900 should never be “sneaky,” but here we are.

FLEX MEN

Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland ($5,800)

See above. While Chubb is still the lead back here, Hunt clearly made a significant impact on the Browns’ offense, and his role should increase here, even on a short recovery week. Hunt is definitely Captain-worthy because of his discount price, but regardless, he should be a part of the winning lineup tonight.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland ($8,000)

Landry’s targets the past three games: 13-10-13. Landry, who has scored a touchdown in each of the past two games, has seen his DK points total increase with each game since Week 8, from 11.5 to 17.1 to 27.4 on Sunday against a solid Bills defense. Odell Beckham Jr. is going to continue to draw major attention from opposing secondaries, leaving Landry as Baker Mayfield’s favorite target.

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