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Best lineup strategy for Bills-Steelers in Week 15 SNF Showdown

Defense should rule the night, but there are solid plays to be found in both backfields

With just three weeks left in the regular season, we have what feels like an AFC Wild Card playoff preview on Sunday night between the Bills and Steelers and their solid defenses. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $800,000 six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $200,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot:

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo ($14,100)

Singletary has really come into his own the past three weeks, claiming lead-back status from Frank Gore and putting up solid DK points totals, averaging 17.4 over those three games. He is getting the bulk of the carries and is active in the passing game – all the ingredients for a solid performance in a game where running backs should have the most success.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh ($15,900)

We know that when Conner is physically able and stays on the field, he is the best weapon the Steelers can offer. We also know that, relatively speaking, the area of vulnerability for the Bills defense is against the run. Conner practiced all week, so he should be good to go and could even assume his normal allotment of touches, but that’s what makes his him a risky, high-reward play. We don’t know how Mike Tomlin is going to use Conner. The bet here is that Conner reclaims his regular role and puts up a solid total.

FLEX MEN

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo ($11,200)

No offense to Duck Boy, but if a quarterback is going to put up a solid number in this game, it’s going to be Allen, who had four straight games north of 20 DK points before stumbling last week. The Steelers pose a serious challenge with their secondary, but so do the Bills, and Allen has proven he can thrive under such conditions. Add in Allen’s running ability and he has the tools to pay off his high salary.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo ($9,800)

Beasley has usurped John Brown as the wide receiver of choice on the Bills, scoring three weeks in a row while Brown has been held in check. Beasley has 16 receptions over the past three weeks to Brown’s eight, and should continue to be the most-targeted wide receiver against the stingy Steelers’ secondary.

The Defenses, Pittsburgh ($5,000), Buffalo ($4,600)

This promises to be a low-scoring affair with two young quarterbacks who will turn the ball over. Playing one of them is the optimal construction this week, and a case can be made to give both a roster spot.

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