COVID-19 has affected NFL rosters and schedules throughout 2020, but arguably nowhere more than Wednesday's Ravens vs. Steelers game. Originally scheduled for the primetime Thanksgiving slot, the game was first pushed back to Sunday, then to Tuesday, and then again to a Wednesday afternoon kickoff at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field. Several players on both teams are out due to COVID-19 protocols and unavailable as NFL DFS picks, including Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Steelers running back James Conner.
Which high-end players can you turn to in the NFL DFS player pool? And which undervalued players should you target as part of your Steelers vs. Ravens DFS strategy? Before locking down any NFL DFS picks on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the NFL DFS strategy, advice and projections from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure, a DFS pro who has won almost $2 million.
McClure crushed his NFL DFS picks in 2019, finishing as high as the top 1 percent of tournaments on DraftKings and returning as much as 40x return in some higher-stakes tournaments. He then continued his roll in the postseason, cashing on every single lineup he posted for the divisional round. Anyone who followed him saw some huge returns.
In Week 11, McClure had Saints quarterback Taysom Hill in his player pool for both FanDuel and DraftKings: The result: Hill passed for 233 yards and rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start at QB, returning over 25 Fantasy points on both sites. Anybody who had him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Top NFL DFS picks for Ravens vs. Steelers
One of McClure's top NFL DFS picks for Wednesday is Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. The fourth-round pick from Kentucky has been used sparingly by Pittsburgh this season, recording 57 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns. That's well below the 108 carries for 426 yards and two TDs Snell recorded as a rookie a year ago.
What makes Snell especially valuable for your NFL DFS strategy on Wednesday is that he will start for Pittsburgh. Without both James Conner (COVID-19) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps), Snell will handle the vast majority of handoffs from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Part of McClure's optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. The 2019 first-round pick from Oklahoma has caught 32 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns this season. Brown was held without a reception for the first time in 2020 on three targets last week against the Titans.
Brown cemented himself as Lamar Jackson's top target in his rookie season, snatching 46 passes for 581 yards and seven touchdowns. His 10.1 percent touchdown rate in 2019 was second-highest at the position and put the defensive spotlight on him for 2020. Although Jackson won't play, Brown still has one of the highest ceilings in the Wednesday NFL DFS player pool.
How to set NFL DFS lineups for Ravens vs. Steelers
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Wednesday because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Ravens vs. Steelers? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.