If you’re competing in a DFS tournament or 50/50 competition for the Sunday Night Football single-game slate between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve run through dozens of potential game scripts to arrive at the most likely scenarios, and how these scenarios would impact fantasy football performances. Here are our top DFS picks for Chiefs vs. Steelers, based on DraftKings pricing.
Top NFL DFS DraftKings picks for Chiefs vs. Steelers | Chiefs
This lineup assumes a blistering Kansas City passing attack focused on their top three offensive weapons. It also assumes the running game is too evenly divided among Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams to necessitate starting one over the other.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs ($17,700)
The last time we saw Patrick Mahomes in a postseason game, the all-world quarterback was completely overwhelmed. In last year’s Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers, he threw for 270 yards, 2 interceptions, and zero scores. His 52.3 QB rating was the worst of his career.
Remove that from your brain. Mahomes has been electric in the playoffs, averaging 3 TDs per game before last year’s defeat to Tampa Bay. His upside is as high as anyone in this game. Start him in your DFS captain slot.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($11,000)
From a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list to a heel injury, the sheen on Tyreek Hill’s fantasy armor has faded in recent weeks. Yet, anyone with proven 40-point abilities should be taken seriously. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has stated that Hill should be ready to go Sunday. At this fairly competitive price, he’s worth starting in a very favorable matchup.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs ($9,400)
The knock on Travis Kelce is that he’s post-prime — and there are good reasons to believe that’s true. But let’s consider that “prime Kelce” was one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history.
At 32 years old, he’s still writing his story, and there are many pages to go. With 4 touchdowns in his last three games, it’s clear he remains an elite target for one of fantasy’s most elite quarterbacks. That should be good enough for us.
Derrick Gore, RB, Kansas City Chiefs ($1,600)
This is a great price for a running back who has excelled not only in mop-up duty, but also as a complementary backfield asset who has seen time at all phases of the game. As with many Chiefs offensive players, the 27-year-old Gore was a great find this offseason.
After having never touched the ball in an NFL game until Week 7, he’s rushed for 5.0 yards per carry while catching 8 of 9 targets for 105 yards. Gore is one of the best third-string RBs in the league.
Top NFL DFS DraftKings picks for Chiefs vs. Steelers | Steelers
Pittsburgh’s players assume a blowout loss requiring 40+ pass attempts and an abandonment of the run game. With only $10,300 remaining, we can’t take anyone we want, so we need to be deliberate about finding solid-upside players with decent chances to score.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,400)
PFN has been pushing Pat Freiermuth across our platforms for months, even when he was a clear backup to starter Eric Ebron. The talent gap is unquestioned. Freiermuth was the future of this franchise when the team drafted him in the second round last year. He’s now the present, as well. Few fantasy tight ends have as much chemistry with their quarterback as this rookie has with Big Ben.
Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,600)
Ray-Ray McCloud used to be merely a special-teams contributor, with occasional usage in the passing game. That all changed in Week 10 when he parlayed 12 targets into a 9-63-0 receiving line. Nothing special, but a sign of things to come. He’s earned 8+ targets in four of his last five games, putting him squarely on the fantasy and DFS map as a cheap bargain.