Hopefully, everyone had a successful day.
Tonight, we have two of the best teams in the AFC facing off on Sunday night football in the Chargers and Steelers. The Chargers are coming up a lopsided win over the Cardinals, while the Steelers are coming off a last-second loss to the Broncos.
As always for these one-game showdown slates, my picks will be more of tournament plays. I choose not to play cash games on these slates. My picks are also based on the players on DraftKings. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same plays I suggest in this article on similar contests on FanDuel or other DFS sites.
Let’s get into it.
Player to lock-in: James Conner
With Melvin Gordon out, Austin Ekeler will the most owned player on the slate. Along with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown. One way to be contrarian is to play James Conner in the captain’s spot.
Conner has struggled to do much of anything over the last three weeks. In fact, Conner’s last big game came against the Ravens where he scored 32.3 DK points. His price tag is high again tonight, but he makes for a lower owned play.
The hope is that the Steelers make it a point to give Conner the ball in order to boost his confidence a bit. They will need him down the stretch and in the postseason. Against the Chargers, Conner is a boom or bust play.
To play some of the higher priced players on this slate, you will need to find, at least, two value players. Tonight, those players for me are WR Ryan Switzer and TE Antonio Gates.
Switzer saw a spike in targets last week against the Broncos with eight. He caught six of those targets for 67 yards. Going up against the Chargers won’t be easy, however. The Chargers’ defense has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
In what should be an offensive shootout, Gates has some upside as a value play. The Steelers are notorious for struggling against tight ends. After resting for almost the entire game last week against the Cardinals, the 38-year-old Gates should see targets in the red zone against the Steelers.