Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 4. Tonight’s matchup is between the Bengals and Steelers, as Pittsburgh is listed as a 3 point home favorite with an over/under of 44.5.
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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Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati
Tyler Boyd - WR - Cincinnati
Dalton makes sense as the strongest MVP/Captain option on this slate. The Bengals haven’t established any semblance of a rushing attack this season, and that should continue to be the case against a legitimate Pittsburgh run defense. However, the Steelers have been burned through the air while allowing the following lines to opposing QBs: Tom Brady 341-3, Russell Wilson 300-3, Jimmy Garoppolo 277-1-2 … If the Bengals want to consistently move the ball, taking to the air with Dalton is the best way to achieve that. I’m looking to pair the Cincinnati QB with his favorite receiver, Tyler Boyd, who has seen double-digit targets in every game this season. As highlighted in the WR/CB Matchups article by Ian Hartitz, the Steelers have been shredded by opposing slot receivers dating back to last season. It’s time for Boyd to make the most of this promising draw.
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James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh
Conner has fallen victim to game flow and general inconsistencies with Mason Rudolph taking over at quarterback. However, we could finally see a breakout performance from the disappointing first-round fantasy choice. Cincinnati ranks 28th in YPC allowed at 4.9 this season. The Bengals allowed Chris Carson to pile up 90 total yards and two scores before getting embarrassed for 248 yards and two touchdowns to San Francisco RBs in Week 2. Even Frank Gore posted 89 total yards and a score on the Bengals … In other words, this is a juicy matchup for Conner, and game flow could finally be on his side as a small home favorite. Ignore the game log and roll with Conner tonight.
Diontae Johnson - WR - Pittsburgh
James Washington - WR - Pittsburgh
Donte Moncrief has been benched, and Ryan Switzer only sees action on special teams now. That paves the way for Diontae Johnson and James Washington to see regular snaps. Johnson took that role for a rewarding 3-52-1 line last week at San Francisco, but keep in mind that was inflated by broken coverage on a 39-yard TD. He was out-snapped by Washington 49-42 in that game, and I believe Washington is the better overall play moving forward. Both Pittsburgh receivers make for legitimate bargains tonight, but a chance of seeing Washington with less ownership (than Johnson) with arguably more big-play ability is too good to pass up.
Auden Tate - WR - Cincinnati
Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate are the starting receivers for Cincinnati. We already talked about Boyd, while Ross is a boom-or-bust play who has noticed a spike in salary due to a few good weeks. If you don’t have the necessary funds to make Ross work, then Tate makes for an interesting bargain extension of QB Dalton. Tate saw an identical snap rate (compared to Ross) last week, seeing 10 targets for six receptions and 88 yards. Definitely keep him on your list of value fillers to finish off a lineup.
Joe Mixon (RB - CIN) mirrors the write-up of Conner in many ways. Both have surrendered to negative game flow while disappointing through the first three games of 2019. As mentioned earlier, the Steelers have a “funnel defense” that is respectable against the run and generous to the pass. Due to that, I’m viewing Mixon as nothing more than a tournament pivot while creating multiple entries. Give me Conner or a receiver (Boyd, JuJu) in cash games.
Mason Rudolph (QB - PIT) has been somewhat respectable considering his uphill climb as a backup quarterback thrust into action. However, I truly believe the Steelers will look to establish the run as much as possible in this game. The matchup against Cincinnati certainly allows for that, and Rudolph could defer to Conner on Monday. That places the Pittsburgh QB and his favorite receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR - PIT), in the tournament sphere more than anything.
John Ross III (WR - CIN) was mentioned earlier in Tate’s write-up, but he deserves further examination. After all, we can’t dismiss his ability to lead the slate in overall fantasy production, especially given his big-play upside against a vulnerable Pittsburgh secondary. I’m prioritizing Dalton, Conner, and Boyd in cash games due to their volume and high fantasy floor. However, Ross is a fantastic tournament choice, even giving him some run in the MVP/Captain spot when building multiple GPP entries.