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Monday Night Showdown

By Chris Emrick

“Pitt by a million”

Not going to have a ton to write about this showdown slate. Look the Steelers are reeling currently, their defense isn’t what it once was due to injury. That all being true, this match-up against the Bengals is a huge get right spot for them. I watched the entire half of football that Ryan Finley played against the WFT when Burrow went down and it was bad. Sure, he’s likely had far more practice time since then, but I can’t imagine they get much going even against this reduced Steelers defense. The idea is going to be fit as many Steelers into your lineup, whether that be 4 or 5 and find the one piece of Bengals that allows you to play those guys. 

(You could take the contrarian anything can happen route and play 3-4 Bengals too, it could happen… The Jets did win yesterday, so there’s that.)

Favorite Plays

Ben Roethlisberger ($11,800)

Pricey, but the Steelers throw the ball A LOT. Even when they’re ahead they throw the ball and for that reason playing Ben in the Captain or Flex is almost a must. 

Diontae Johnson ($10,200)

Seemingly he’s conquered his injury bug issues from earlier in the year. However, along with the ability to stay healthy has come a case of the drops. Ben keeps going to him while he’s on the field, so we need to keep considering rostering him

JuJu ($10,000)

If Diontae sees a reduced target share it’s likely because JuJu or Claypool ($8,600) got those targets. Heck maybe even both of them did. I lean JuJu even with the higher price and likely will be my favorite stack companion with Ben. (If I’m picking just one WR)

Eric Ebron (6,400)

My favorite play of the slate. Ebron is likely rubbing off on the WR’s and that’s why they’re dropping the ball so much. All jokes aside, his price being so much lower than the rest of the guys makes him an attractive play. Given that he has a similar market share target wise to the Pitt WR2/3 for any given game makes him an auto-lock for me.

Recent News

Jets OL Duane Brown, DE Vinny Curry Return To Practice
The Jets will soon be getting some help on both sides of the ball. The team announced that they’ve designated offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive end Vinny Curry to return from injured reserve. Curry signed with the Jets prior to the 2021 season, but he missed his first season in New York after getting […]
(Oct 5 -- Pro Football Rumors)

Titans vs. Commanders Week 5 injury report: Wednesday
Both teams had five players miss practice Wednesday.
(Oct 5 -- Yahoo Sports)

Josh Gordon patiently waiting to find a role with the Titans
Rookie receiver Treylon Burks missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury, so maybe that means a bigger role for Josh Gordon. Maybe. The receiver is on the team s practice squad. The Titans have activated him twice this season, but he has played only 24 offensive snaps with one target and no catches. It s coming along. [more]
(Oct 5 -- Yahoo Sports)

Josh Gordon patiently waiting to find a role with the Titans
Rookie receiver Treylon Burks missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury, so maybe that means a bigger role for Josh Gordon. Maybe. The receiver is on the team’s practice squad. The Titans have activated him twice this season, but he has played only 24 offensive snaps with one target and no catches. It s coming along. [more]
(Oct 5 -- ProFootballTalk.com)

In ongoing Congressional investigation, Daniel Snyder goes on the offensive
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(Oct 5 -- ProFootballTalk.com)