Monday Night Football FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 13 Steelers-Washington single-game tournaments

Written By Jacob Camenker

Will the Washington Football Team be the first team to spoil the Steelers' undefeated season on Monday night? They sure hope so. Both Washington and Pittsburgh are fighting for playoff positioning, as Washington is still in the running for first place in the incredibly weak NFC East while the Steelers look to stay a game ahead of the Chiefs (11-1) for the AFC's No. 1 seed. This game will be an interesting one, and unfortunately for NFL DFS owners, this figures to be a defensive battle. Because of that, our FanDuel Single-game lineup is targeting high floor players and hoping that at least a couple of them can break free and post big games in tough matchups.

Often, targeting high floor players involves going with quarterbacks, but we actually decided to fade the position entirely. We did consider Ben Roethlisberger, but ultimately, his cost wasn't worth spending down at other positions for lower-floor players in bad matchups. Instead, we spread our money pretty evenly, grabbed some of the team's top playmakers, and are hoping that they can get a little something going in what could be a low-scoring game.

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MVP (1.5x points): Terry McLaurin, Washington ($14,500)

Ben Roethlisberger and Terry McLaurin are the two best choices for the MVP spot, but against Washington's solid pass defense, we're going to fade Roethlisberger. McLaurin has proven to be virtually matchup-proof and quarterback-proof during his brief NFL career, and he has logged double-digit FanDuel points in all but two games this season. Despite playing with three different QBs, McLaurin has been targeted at least seven times every game and is averaging an impressive 9.3 targets per contest. The Steelers have a good defense, but they have given up 14 receiving TDs to WRs this year, which is tied for the fifth most in the NFL. Washington may not score often on this Steelers defense, but if they do, you best believe that McLaurin will be the one responsible for the points.

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FLEX: Antonio Gibson, Washington ($13,500)

Gibson has been on a tear of late and has put together a five-game scoring streak during which he has scored eight times. This includes a 25-touches, 136-yard, three-TD outing against Dallas on Thanksgiving. Gibson is becoming a goal-line hammer for Washington, but he is also a great checkdown target for Alex Smith, who loves throwing short when his downfield options are covered. That explains why he has 13 targets in his past four games. Gibson should continue to see plenty of touches in the Washington offense and even in a tough matchup -- the Steelers have allowed the second-fewest FanDuel points to RBs this season -- Gibson can be trusted because of his high touch floor and his pass-catching potential.

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FLEX: Benny Snell Jr., Steelers ($11,500)

Like Gibson, we're choosing Snell here because he has a high touch floor. With James Conner (COVID) out, Snell will once again be the lead back for the Steelers. Against the Ravens, Snell out-touched his backup Anthony McFarland 19-5 and was in on 71 percent of the team's offensive snaps. If he gets that same type of workload against Washington, he should have a chance to rack up another 93 scrimmage yards and maybe find the end zone this time. Washington has allowed the fifth-fewest FanDuel points to RBs this year, but their pass defense is good, as well. This whole game is a pick-your-poison type of game, so we'll bank on Snell against a Washington team that has allowed 100-plus rushing yards to RBs in five of their 11 games this season.

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FLEX: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers ($11,000)

Only the Rams have allowed fewer FanDuel points to WRs than Washington, but we have to trust one of the Steelers' receivers in this contest. Any of the team's top three options could work, but since Smith-Schuster is the cheapest, he is our pick here. Smith-Schuster has found the end zone in three of his past four games and has seen 9.3 targets per game over his past six outings. Diontae Johnson may catch more passes and Chase Claypool may be a bit more explosive, but Smith-Schuster is consistent and should be able to find space even against one of the top-ranked pass defenses in the NFL.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

FLEX: J.D. McKissic, Washington ($9,500)

Doubling up on RBs against a Steelers defense that has been excellent against the position may not seem smart, but again, this is based more on checkdowns than anything else. McKissic has just six targets in his past two games, but in the two games before that, he was targeted a whopping 29 times. Smith loves throwing him the ball when nobody is open downfield and McKissic figures to get plenty of run in this one as a complement to Gibson. If the Steelers focus on slowing Gibson's roll in the passing game, McKissic could pounce on the opportunity and have another big day. Given that he has a chance to be Washington's No. 2 receiver, he's worth taking a chance on at this price.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

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