The Week 11 Sunday night Showdown slate on DraftKings gives us a contest between the Steelers and Chargers loaded with AFC playoff implications. But does it give us Showdown fantasy goodness? Let’s look at some players to target in this slate, with a prize pool of $1.2 million, an entry fee of $11 and a $300,000 first-place prize, and who to use in the critical Captain slot:
Najee Harris, RB Steelers ($17,700):
We saw this a couple of weeks back on Monday night: There is no better player and no one more capable of a smash performance that the Steelers’ rookie. Harris has topped 20 DK points in 6 of his past 7 games. With Ben Roethlisberger and Chase Claypool expected back, the Chargers defense, which is already dreadful at stopping the run, can’t overplay to stop Harris. This could be the night Harris truly introduces himself to the football world.
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers ($11,100):
One look at the game logs is likely going to scare a lot of people away from Big Mike. After torching secondaries across the league the first five weeks of the season, Williams has been dealing with a knee injury and a run of top defenses that has largely taken him out of the Chargers offense. The Steelers should be another in the long line of tough defenses, but T.J. Watt is out and Minkah Fitzpatrick is likely out. Those are two huge losses, and should allow Williams to find his form.
Pat Freiermuth, TE Steelers ($8,100):
Are you serious about this price? Granted, Roethlisberger wasn’t cleared when this slate was set in stone, but still, the emerging tight end star was $7,000 when yours truly recommended him for the Monday Night slate in Week 9, and, oh yeah, he smashed. The chemistry with Big Ben is big and beautiful and this is an incredible leverage spot off Harris that also frees up salary. Love it.
Justin Herbert, QB Chargers ($11,200):
Herbert has only had one big game in the past four, also a product of facing defenses like Baltimore and New England. But like with Williams, Herbert catches a big break with arguably Pittsburgh’s two best defensive players not being available for this game (double-check on Fitzpatrick’s status during the day Sunday).
Diontae Johnson, WR Steelers ($8,800):
Maybe Claypool being back with keep people away here, but it really hasn’t mattered who is in or out of the Steelers’ lineup: Johnson just puts up numbers every week. He doesn’t offer the same salary savings as my BFF Freiermuth, but he’s someone to consider as a Harris leverage play as Captain and should be in your lineups somewhere.