The Minnesota Vikings will host the Chicago Bears on MNF. We’ll look to take advantage of what should be a very solid matchup tonight. With fantasy glory and a hefty $500,000 on the line, it’s now more crucial than ever to assemble a winning DraftKings lineup that can dominate the competition. This article offers DFS insights on who should take the coveted captain slot, which core player should anchor your player pool, a value gem that can boost your salary cap flexibility, a sleeper pick with breakout potential, and one player to steer clear of – the dreaded bust. Get ready for an interesting DFS showdown on MNF.
MNF DraftKings Showdown DFS Picks
*Disclaimer: These picks have been constructed with the mindset of building a single lineup. When building large field/multi-entry tournaments, if the player sees the field you’ll want to have a piece of him somewhere, my “busts” included.*
DraftKings Captain Salary- $15,600
In the two weeks (four and five) before Justin Fields’ injury, DJ Moore had been going absolutely ballistic. In Week 4 Moore reeled in 8 of 9 targets for 131 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a wild 8-catch, 230-yard performance in Week 5. Five scoreless weeks later and his main QB was back. With Justin Fields back under center last week, Moore got right back to business turning nine targets into 94 yards and a score. Moore gets a fantastic MNF matchup in a Vikings DST that ranks as the 7th best matchup for opposing wide receivers. Broncos WR Courtland Sutton most recently had success against this defense, going for 66 yards and a TD last week. Look for Fields to continue to link up with his WR1.
DraftKings Salary- $11,200
I can’t lie. I think that holding that clipboard for five weeks did Justin Fields a whole lot of good. Being injured allowed him to hear the play call and confer with the coaching staff on the sideline throughout the game. Undoubtedly this has helped Fields and the coaching staff get on the same page. He put his newfound understanding of the offense on display last week connecting on 16 of 23 pass attempts for 169 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The dual-threat QB also got back to his running ways, adding 104 rushing yards on 18 attempts. The scoreboard should be lighting up on MNF, Fields will no doubt be a huge part of that, possibly even finding his second rushing TD of the season.
DraftKings Salary- $5,800
Fellow running back Alexander Mattison was forced out of last week’s game in the 3rd quarter thanks to a concussion. Ty Chandler played admirably in his stead, finishing with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries. He also got involved in the passing game, catching all four of his targets for 37 yards. Mattison was able to get a full session in at Friday’s practice, so his status is not in doubt for MNF, he’ll be active. However, it’s Mattison’s inefficiencies that have opened up the door for Chandler in the first place. The latter actually lost a costly fumble before exiting with the concussion. Chandler now has two straight games with 10 or more carries. His role is beginning to solidify.
Fellow running back and fan favorite, D’Onta Foreman has been ruled out of MNF with an ankle injury. Khalil Herbert, who is also coming off of ankle injury is slated to start in his place. That leaves Roschon Johnson as the healthiest running back going into tonight’s game. Operating as the number three running back last week, Johnson played on 33% of his team’s snaps. While his snaps were on the lower side, his usage was as high as ever. Johnson ran the ball six times for 30 yards. Seeing as Foreman is out and Herbert is just one game removed from the IR, it figures that Johnson should see virtually all of the third down work as well as some early down work as the change of pace back.
DraftKings Salary- $6,800
First I need to clarify, I like Roschon Johnson tonight because of his price and role. Those are the same two reasons why I’m not terribly fond of Khalil Herbert for MNF. If you want, you can add, “He hasn’t done anything yet,” to the list of why I’m not feeling Herbert tonight. Khalil Herbert has had a terrible season from an efficiency/consistency standpoint. Herbert only has two games this season in which he totaled more than 35 rushing yards. That’s not the kind of performance I want burning a hole in my lineup. In terms of defending running backs, in the last two weeks, the Vikings DST has been much more stout against the run than the pass. In that span, they’ve allowed running backs to go for a combined 95 yards rushing, while allowing 23 catches. Did I mention that I like Roschon Johnson?