Brandon Braasch | November 14th, 2019
Tonight’s divisional game is huge for both teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers head into the Dawg Pound to face off against the Cleveland Browns. Both teams just came off of huge victories. The Browns are in a must-win scenario if they want to make it into the playoffs. The Steelers need a win to stay in the division race with the Baltimore Ravens. Here are my top players in this huge AFC North matchup.
FanDuel MVP & DraftKings Captain
Odell Beckham Jr. (13,800 DK Captain, 9,200 DK, and 11,500 FD)
Beckham is really cheap for a single game slate on FanDuel. He is the sixth most expensive player on FanDuel and the third on DraftKings. He saw 12 targets last game and there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t get double-digit targets again. He has only scored one touchdown this year and that was all the way back in week two. I like his chances to find the end zone in tonight’s game and be a great value play.
Vance McDonald (5,400 DK and 7,500 FD)
On paper, the Browns have been inconsistent against tight ends. Although, they have been bad against teams that actually use tight ends in the passing attack. For example, George Kittle, Delanie Walker, Mark Andrews, and Noah Fant are the only ones to have scored touchdowns against them. They all play on teams that throw to the tight ends. McDonald has also had seven targets in each of the last two games. He should get plenty of targets again in this game and is really cheap for his potential.
Mason Rudolph (8,400 DK and 14,500 FD)
The Browns are going to focus on stopping the run and forcing Rudolph to make throws. That is how the Rams defense had success last week. They stopped the run and only allowed the Steelers offense to score one touchdown. This is exactly how I see it playing out again but I expect the Steelers to be down in this game forcing Rudolph to make more throws resulting in a couple of touchdowns.
Nick Chubb (10,600 DK and 14,000 FD)
Kareem Hunt is back and Chubb was still able to get 20 carries last week. Chubb has actually had exactly 20 carries each of the last four games. He faces off against a Steelers defense who has given up an average of 105 rushing yards per game. This will be a tough matchup but when players with Chubb’s capabilities get as many touches as he gets the results will be there.
In a must-win game for the Browns, I think they will come out firing on all cylinders. Beckham and Chubb will get it going and the Browns will finally meet there high expectations that they had coming into the season. The Steelers will still put up a fight but the Dawg Pound will be too tough for the Steelers to overcome. Browns win 30-20 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Beckham: 133 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
McDonald: 67 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Rudolph: 287 Passing yards and two touchdowns
Chubb: 128 rushing yards and one touchdown.
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