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Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Bears vs Steelers in Week 9

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9 matchup, including Najee Harris, Darnell Mooney and Pat Freiermuth.
Fantasy football picks for the Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9 matchup, including Najee Harris, Darnell Mooney and Pat Freiermuth. / Jason Miller/GettyImages
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Week 9's edition of Monday Night Football pits the Chicago Bears against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Steelers slated as 6-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 9 MNF clash.

Darnell Mooney Fantasy

Start Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears: There isn't much to like about this Chicago Bears' offense in fantasy football right now. However, the Steelers' dominance against the run makes looking at wide receiver Darnell Mooney a safe play here. Mooney leads the offense in targets (53), receptions (33) and receiving yards (409) through eight weeks of play. He draws a great matchup on Monday night facing a Pittsburgh team that is giving up the 12th-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. It wouldn't be shocking to see Mooney score a touchdown in this one and finish with a performance worthy of a FLEX start.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Start Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: One thing has become clear and that is that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to keep treating Najee Harris as a workhorse running back. The rookie out of Alabama has seen at least 23 carries in each of his last three games and has also scored a touchdown in every game during that span. He remains the focal point of this offense and that shouldn't stop in Week 9. It's notable to point out that the Bears have given up the fourth-most rushing yards to opposing RBs this season (903) on an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Start Harris with confidence this week.

Justin Fields Fantasy

Sit Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: Rookie quarterback Justin Fields finally showed off his rushing potential last week finishing the day with 103 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. He also threw a touchdown pass and ended up ranking as the QB5 in Week 8 fantasy scoring. Fantasy managers need to be careful here, though. Fields has yet to throw for more than 209 yards in a game this season and has tossed 6 interceptions across six NFL starts. Facing a Pittsburgh defense that is giving up just 345.7 total yards per game (No. 11 in NFL) is not going to be easy. Fields is a low-end QB2 in fantasy football moving forward, but he is not worth starting in Week 9.

Pat Freiermuth Fantasy

Sit Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Another rookie to keep on the bench in this one is Steelers' tight end Pat Freiermuth. The former Penn State Nittany Lion has played well for Pittsburgh over the last two games hauling 11 of his 14 targets for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. This simply comes down to the matchup at hand, though. The Bears have been stout against opposing tight ends and are giving up the second-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position overall. In fact, Chicago has allowed a TE to score a touchdown just once all year. The risk of Freiermuth being shut down in this one outweighs the chance of him putting together another big game.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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