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NFL DFS Showdown Picks and Lineup Advice for Ravens vs. Steelers (Week 12, 2020)
My last crack at NFL DFS Showdown picks started well, as putting DK Metcalf in the Captain slot was a fine choice.
My MNF lineup fell apart from there, of course.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to get back on the NFL DFS Showdown picks horse, as that Ravens vs. Steelers game is finally (probably) arriving on Wednesday night.
This game has been rather elusive. Thanks to COVID-19, the expected Thanksgiving Day nightcap has been moved three times now. If it insists on dodging the needle anymore times, it may never play at all.
Due to the scheduling changes, though, the Ravens get a couple of bodies back for this game that they otherwise would not. That needs to be taken into consideration – among other things – as we finalize our Ravens vs. Steelers NFL DFS Showdown picks.
If you want to build a lineup for this game, it pays to at least consider some extra picks and advice. Take a look at my favorite Ravens vs. Steelers player props, and then dive in for my Showdown picks, sleepers, and final lineup.
Top Showdown Picks for Wednesday, 12/2
- Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers ($11.4k)
- Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers ($10.8k)
- Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers ($10.4k)
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers ($9.6k)
- Benny Snell, RB, Steelers ($8.8k)
- Robert Griffin III, QB, Ravens ($8.4k)
- J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens ($7.2k)
The Steelers are huge 10-point favorites at BetOnline, so it’s quite likely this isn’t a very competitive game. No Lamar Jackson will do that, it seems.
Baltimore is also without Mark Andrews, so this game could be a total disaster for them offensively.
Given both defense’s ability to play well, I’m not sure this game is a great DFS environment in the first place, of course.
Big Ben is probably a necessity here. He only managed 15 fantasy points the last time he faced the Ravens, but a couple of touchdowns in this game would mean he’s almost certainly in the optimal.
Stacking Pittsburgh wide receivers probably is ill-advised. That doesn’t mean they aren’t some of the best options available to you; it just means you’ll need to pick the 1-2 that are worth rostering.
Of all the options, Benny Snell interests me the most. James Conner is also out, so he’ll likely get a lot of work. With the Steelers projected to coast to a win, it’s possible Snell gets a ton of work as he plays with a lead.
RG3 fills in for Jackson and makes just his second NFL start since 2016. He was not great in his lone 2019 start, but he did rush for 50 yards in a spot start win against these very Steelers.
As far as Captains go, I’m probably looking at Big Ben, Snell, or RG3 for cash games. I’ll consider getting creative for tourneys, of course.
This is a weird game, so be sure to consider other Captains, as well as some NFL DFS Showdown sleepers that could pay off and save a ton in salary.
Best NFL DFS Showdown Sleepers
- Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens ($6.2k)
- Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens ($5.8k)
- Dez Bryant, WR, Ravens ($4.8k)
- Justin Tucker, K, Ravens ($3.8k)
- Devin Duvernay, WR, Ravens ($3.2k)
- Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Steelers ($2.6k)
- Miles Boykin, WR, Ravens ($1.8k)
- Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers ($400)
- Eric Tomlinson, TE, Ravens ($200)
This is an even bigger list, just because there are a lot of guys worth paying up for and a surprisingly large amount of ways to save cash.
J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram could suit up in this game.
And so:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2020
— The #Ravens and #Steelers will play Wednesday.
— Baltimore will be missing 12 active players, including MVP Lamar Jackson.
— RBs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins are eligible to play thanks to the change.
That makes them guys worth considering, but it also means a previously chalky Edwards will get overlooked.
Brown, Dez, Duvernay, and Boykin are all viable here. Not only will Baltimore likely be forced to air it out quite a bit in this one, but the team is down two passing weapons in Mark Andrews and Willie Snead.
Brown only needs one deep ball to pan out, while Dez has a strong narrative working behind him. Duvernay is pretty explosive, and both he and Boykin are the cheapest options for this group.
Speaking of Andrews, though, he leaves a huge hole in Baltimore’s passing attack – especially in the red-zone. Keep an eye out for who gets elevated from the practice squad at tight end. It could be Luke Willson (not yet in the player pool) or the ultra-cheap Tomlinson.
McDonald is a cheap tight end for the Steelers to consider. He’s a nice leverage play off of Eric Ebron and the Steelers passing game weapons, in general.
McFarland is probably my favorite NFL DFS Showdown sleeper for this slate.
Benny Snell is the safer flex this week, but WHAT IF Anthony McFarland looks better, quickly takes control and starts in Week 13 (Conner seems likely to miss 2), perhaps even forcing a larger role once JC is back. Long way of saying McFarland is not a bad speculative add— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 28, 2020
If the Steelers go up big, he is the next guy behind Snell, and he could steal a lot of late-game work. Heck, he might just share the load and crush, regardless.
I tossed Justin Tucker in here, as he’s perhaps the best kicker in the game. This Ravens offense should struggle, but if they can just get to the 40, John Harbaugh may opt to keep Tucker busy.
Top NFL DFS Showdown Lineup for December 2nd
- Captain: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Steelers ($3.9k)
- FLEX: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers ($11.4k)
- FLEX: Benny Snell Jr., RB, Steelers ($8.8k)
- FLEX: Robert Griffin III, QB, Ravens ($8.4k)
- FLEX: Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers ($10.4k)
- FLEX: Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens ($5.8k)
This isn’t a cash game lineup, and even for GPPs, it’s a bit out there. Truth be told, though, the Steelers could destroy the Ravens in this spot, and if they’re going to win easily, it makes a lot of sense to see a bunch of McFarland.
This is a really nice opportunity for Mike Tomlin to finally see what he has in McFarland. The rookie fourth-rounder has been disappointing so far, but it’s arguable he just needs more work to adjust to the NFL.
I think he gets it in this game, and the uncertainty of his role will make his ownership plenty low. Snell and Big Ben still need to be on this team, and I’ll grab one receiving weapon for Roethlisberger touchdown machine, Chase Claypool.
On the other side, we have a little RG3 and Hollywood Brown stack.
The deep ball is really all Robert Griffin III has ever done well, and it only takes one successful shot to make this stack worth it.
Brown is too explosive to stay grounded forever, and if the Ravens are going to be losing, they might as well take some shots. Brown is still risky, but hopefully, people pay for the Steelers receivers and/or feel nostalgic and force Dez Bryant into their NFL DFS Showdown lineups.
Even if RG3 is terrible – and he probably will be – he has late-game garbage points upside, and his floor is aided by his rushing ability in this offense.
This isn’t your usual NFL DFS Showdown squad. I am heavily playing a specific game script here, and if the Ravens are competitive or even leading, this team is in trouble.
Due to that, you’ll want several Ravens vs. Steelers NFL DFS Showdown lineups. Some can just sub out McFarland, others can pivot to different variations, and some can still use him and just adjust so Big Ben, RG3, or Snell are in the Captain slot.
Last week I hit it with DK Metcalf in the Captain slot, and everyone was on Russell Wilson.
The rest of my NFL DFS Showdown picks didn’t pan out. Hopefully, that isn’t the case on Wednesday, and my Ravens vs. Steelers NFL DFS Showdown lineup helps you out.
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