Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football of Week 6. Tonight’s matchup is between the Chargers and Steelers, as LAC is listed as six-point home favorites with an over/under of 42.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Keenan Allen - WR - LA Chargers
Allen is coming off a pair of mediocre performances after establishing a breakneck pace through the first three weeks of the season. This is a strong spot for the All-Pro receiver to get back on track, as he absolutely shredded the Steelers for 14-148-1 on 19 targets last December. That was good enough to establish season-high performances in every category for 2018. While Pittsburgh is better suited to limit Allen this year (with FS Minkah Fitzpatrick), they can only hope to contain him. The Chargers’ top receiver is a legitimate FLEX play with MVP/Captain potential in this contest.
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Melvin Gordon - RB - LA Chargers
Gordon saw 12 carries and six targets in his season debut last week, while fellow RB Austin Ekeler notched three caries with 16 (!) targets. Keep in mind that the Chargers enacted a pass-heavy mode against the Broncos last Sunday, as they were trailing throughout most of the game. That’s not expected to be the case tonight with LAC checking in as six-point favorites. That could lead to Gordon seeing more volume than Ekeler, somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 carries. Gordon is slightly underpriced while playing in only one game this season, and he’s a solid all-around pick in this game environment.
Diontae Johnson - WR - Pittsburgh
The Steelers are starting their third quarterback of the season, but we may be able to scrounge up some value in the passing game. Keep in mind that WR James Washington has been ruled out, and JuJu Smith-Schuster will be locked into a tough battle with CB Casey Heyward. That puts Johnson in a position to step up, and he’s worth a look considering the dirt-cheap salary.
Both kickers make sense as legitimate value options on this slate. McLaughlin is the better overall choice, as the Chargers have a higher team total. The kickers continue to be underpriced on DraftKings, so we can look to both guys as respectable cash options over there. As for FanDuel, they are value fillers to round out a lineup.
Philip Rivers (QB - LAC), Austin Ekeler (RB - LAC), and James Conner (RB - PIT) all demand attention in this slate. Rivers draws consideration through all formats as easily the best quarterback from either side. Ekeler is less of a necessity due to an inflated salary with a potentially diminished role with Gordon back in the mix. Meanwhile, Conner should see extreme volume with backup RB Jaylen Samuels ruled out. That helps make up for an otherwise mediocre matchup, boosting Conner into the cash game conversation.
Devlin Hodges (QB - PIT) is an intriguing fantasy asset who looked reasonably competent while going 7-9 for 68 passing yards (20 yards on the ground) last week against Baltimore. There’s a good chance he’ll see plenty of volume with Pittsburgh checking in as underdogs of nearly a touchdown. I have no problem rolling him out for cash games, as his salary comes at a discount compared to the aforementioned top plays.
On the flip side, we need to keep the Chargers Defense in mind for tournaments. After all, they are facing a rookie QB making his first start. This is a primetime game on the road for Hodges, and you better believe LAC will be looking to force mistakes.
As mentioned earlier, WR Washington has been ruled out for the Steelers. We aren’t exactly sure who will take his spot between Johnny Holton (WR - PIT) and Ryan Switzer (WR - PIT). Both represent dirt-cheap value fillers (especially on DK), and I’m giving the slight nod to Holton between the two. He saw 20 snaps against Baltimore last week, while Switzer has only logged two snaps (outside of special teams) over the past three weeks.