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Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Steelers in Week 17 Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 17 matchup, including Najee Harris, Jarvis Landry and Chase Claypool.
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 17 matchup, including Najee Harris, Jarvis Landry and Chase Claypool. / Joe Sargent/GettyImages
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Two teams competing for Wild Card contention in the AFC conference meet head-to-head in Week 17 as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns slated as 3.5-point road favorites in a game that is sure to have a major impact on the AFC North.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 17 MNF showdown.

Jarvis Landry Fantasy

Start Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: Outside of running back Nick Chubb, wide receiver Jarvis Landry is the most dependable fantasy option on this Cleveland offense. The veteran pass-catcher has posted at least 9.5 PPR fantasy points in each of his last four games and has seen 35 targets over that same span. Landry remains quarterback Baker Mayfield's favorite option in the passing attack and draws a great matchup in Week 17. The Steelers have given up 18 touchdowns to opposing WRs this season (T-No. 26 in NFL) as well as 12.6 yards per reception. Landry's consistency gives him WR2 upside and makes him a safe start this week.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Start Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: It's been a disappointing last two weeks for fantasy managers rostering Pittsburgh running back Najee Harris. The rookie has not reached the end zone since Week 14, but he has a great chance to bounce back on Monday night. The Steelers know how important this game is in regards to their playoff chances and will likely lean on Harris to carry the load. The former Alabama standout is averaging 17.9 carries per game this season and leads all Steelers with 40 red zone touches. Avoid recency bias in this situation and start the player that ranks No. 4 amongst RBs in PPR scoring leagues.

Kareem Hunt Fantasy

Sit Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns: It's possible that running back Kareem Hunt is able to return to the field on Monday night after battling an ankle injury throughout the week. However, the uncertainty surrounding his role on the offense makes him a risky start. Hunt has not played in over 40% of the offensive snaps in a game since Week 6 and is likely going to be eased back into action. Keep in mind that starter Nick Chubb will also dominate any red zone opportunities the Browns have in this game. Fantasy managers are throwing caution to the wind if they start Hunt in a fantasy football championship matchup.

Chase Claypool Fantasy

Sit Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: It's hard to believe that wide receiver Chase Claypool has scored just 1 touchdown on the year after reaching the end zone 11 times during his rookie season. However, that is exactly what has happened as Claypool continues to play second fiddle to standout WR Diontae Johnson. The 23-year-old has racked up just 53 receiving yards over the last two weeks and now has to face a Cleveland defense that is giving up the 13th-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. With a point total set at just 41 points, this is expected to be a defensive battle. That leaves little room for Claypool to ball out on national TV.


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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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