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Best lineup strategy for Washington Football Team vs. Steelers MNF Showdown

We discuss the top value plays in Monday night’s Week 13 matchup between the Football Team and Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Chuck Clark (36) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (85) after a pass reception during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In the first Monday night football game for Week 13, the Washington Football Team will look to give the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss of the regular season. Looking at this matchup on paper, the Steelers have a lot of good DFS plays in wide receivers Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and rookie Chase Claypool. But Washington has a couple of good ones too in second-year wide out Terry McLaurin and rookie running back Antonio Gibson.

That being said, who are the best value flex options on both teams that could help you win the MNF DraftKings Showdown? Let’s look at some options below.

J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington, $5,200

Unlike the Steelers’ offense, which is loaded with playmakers at multiple spots, the Washington Football Team does not have that luxury. Instead, they only have McLaurin and Gibson, who will command a ton of attention from Pittsburgh’s defense.

Therefore, quarterback Alex Smith will have to get someone else involved and that could be running back J.D. McKissic. McKissic was Smith’s second favorite targets behind McLaurin in Weeks 10 and 11. Between both of those games, the veteran running back had 16 receptions (29 targets) for 108 yards and 35.1 fantasy points.

However, in Washington’s last two games, McKissic has been non-existent due to the emergence of Gibson. On Monday, he’ll be going against a Steelers’ defense that has gave up one receiving touchdown to opposing running backs this season.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington, $4,800

Going further down Washington’s deep chart, tight end Logan Thomas could be a boom or bust flex play in showdown. Thomas isn’t like Steelers tight end Eric Ebron, but he has been targeted in four consecutive games.

Last week against the Cowboys, Thomas had four receptions (four targets) for 20 yards and a touchdown. It was a tremendous stat line for a TE, who scored 13.4 points at $5400 value. That being said, he faces a tough challenge against a Steelers’ defense that has only allowed one touchdown and 7.3 DraftKings points per game to opposing tight ends.

Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers, $6,800

With the Steelers’ trio of wide receivers commanding a lot of attention on Monday, it could open up things for tight end Eric Ebron in the middle of the field. Last week against the Ravens, Ebron had seven receptions (11 targets) for 54 yards, totaling 12.4 fantasy points.

Surprisingly, it was the third time in four games that Ebron scored in double-digits. He will be looking to make it a fourth time versus a Washington defense that is ranked 25th against opposing tight ends (OPRK) and allowing six touchdowns to them.

Benny Snell, RB, Steelers, $7,600

The Steelers will turn to Benny Snell for the second-straight week as starting running back James Conner is out due to COVID-19. Last week against the Ravens, Snell had 93 total yards on 19 carries, good for his second-best season total of 12.3 fantasy points. The only other time he scored more than 10 fantasy points was in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

In that game, the former Kentucky Wildcat running back had 113 rushing yards on 19 carries, equaling 14.3 fantasy points. It will be tough for him to duplicate this outing when Washington’s defense has only allowed five rushing touchdowns.