The Steelers had a rough time on offense last week. Quarterback Kenny Pickett averaged five yards per attempt and the team rushed for 4.1 yards per carry in a 30-7 blowout loss to the 49ers. Luckily for Pittsburgh, it'll have a significantly easier defensive matchup when it hosts the Cleveland Browns at 8:15 p.m. ET as a part of a Monday Night Football doubleheader on the NFL Week 2 schedule. Their contest will begin around halftime of the opening game, Panthers vs. Saints at 7:15 p.m. ET. Who should daily Fantasy football players add to their NFL DFS lineups from these matchups?
These Monday Night Football games don't have the vast star power of options like Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Wilson from last Monday's NFL DFS player pool, but receivers like Chris Olave, George Pickens, and Michael Thomas can be lineup winners in NFL DFS picks in Monday's two-game slate. Before locking in any NFL DFS picks for Monday Night Football, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, strategy, and stacks from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with over $2 million in career winnings. He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings.
He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair of top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1 percent in more than a dozen other tournaments. Last year, he won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker twice and the FanDuel Million once.
Top NFL DFS picks for Monday Night Football
One of McClure's top NFL DFS for Week 2 Monday Night Football is Browns running back Nick Chubb at $8,100 on DraftKings and $8,200 on FanDuel. Chubb rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per rush, in a 24-3 win over the Bengals in Week 1. He is by far the most expensive running back in the two-game Monday Night Football NFL DFS slate, but he's worth the price. Chubb rushed for 1,525 yards, the third-most in the NFL, last season with 12 touchdowns and averaged 89.7 rushing yards per game.
Chubb rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Steelers last season. He closed the year with 77 yards on 12 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per rush, and added five receptions for 45 yards with Deshaun Watson at quarterback. The Steelers surrendered 152 rushing yards to Christian McCaffrey last week and allowed the 49ers to average 5.5 yards per carry. Expect a large Chubb usage on Monday, making him a running back with a high floor in a slate without many trustworthy running backs.
Part of McClure's optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Steelers running back Najee Harris at $5,800 on DraftKings and $6,600 on FanDuel. You'd be hard-pressed to find positives from the Steelers' offense in their 30-7 Week 1 loss to the 49ers. The Cleveland defense, however, should provide more favorable NFL DFS matchups than San Francisco. Harris was held to 31 rushing yards, but he averaged 5.2 yards per carry compared to backup running back Jaylen Warren, who was held to six yards on three rushes.
Harris out-snapped Warren, 33-25, which bodes well for Harris' usage against the Browns. The fact that the Steelers stuck with Harris indicates that he'll remain the RB1 against the Browns, who surrendered 4.7 yards per carry last season, the eighth-worst in the NFL. See the rest of McClure's NFL DFS player pool here.
How to set NFL DFS lineups for Monday Night Football
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Monday Night Football. 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 Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Monday Night Football? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a daily Fantasy expert with more than $2 million in winnings, and find out.