Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Giants

Max Staley
Daniel Jones draws a really tough matchup in Week 1.
Daniel Jones draws a really tough matchup in Week 1. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images
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The first Monday Night Football matchup of the year brings us a showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. With 2020 being both Daniel Jones' first full year at the helm and Ben Roethlisberger's first year back from injury, both offenses have plenty of unanswered questions. That makes this a really important game to monitor, for fantasy football purposes.

With that in mind, here are the top start 'em, sit 'em picks for tonight's Monday Night Football matchup.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster qualifies as a player to start as well, but he's a pretty obvious call so we're going with his teammate here. The Steelers' passing game draws a fantastic matchup against the Giants in Week 1, as New York checked in as the league's third-worst passing defense in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. Johnson flashed some big-time talent as a rookie, and he could be in for a nice showing now that Ben Roethlisberger is back in action.

Start Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants: The Giants draw arguably the toughest matchup in the league here. The Steelers were the NFL's best defense according to Football Outsiders' weighted DVOA metrics, ranking top 5 against the pass (No. 3) and the run (No. 4). That's not enough to bench a stud like Saquon Barkley, but it's enough to make you think twice about using any Giant aside from Evan Engram. Engram was great when healthy in 2019 (TE7 on a per-game basis). Plus, Pittsburgh wasn't quite as dominant against tight ends (No. 22 in fantasy points against), while the Steelers ranked top five against QBs, RBs and WRs.

Sit Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Ebron has generated a ton of buzz at training camp, but fantasy managers have heard that story before. He's only finished as a top-12 TE once in the last four seasons and is coming off a dreadful TE27 finish in 2019. Ebron just isn't worth starting until he proves otherwise, though fantasy managers should keep an eye on him.

Sit Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants: Daniel Jones is certainly talented, and he's surrounded by a great skill-position group. He has the upside to become a QB1 as soon as this season, but don't expect him to do much this week. As mentioned above, the Steelers are an elite defense. They surrendered the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, ranked No. 1 in sack percentage and No. 3 in passing defense DVOA. This is not the week to trot Jones out.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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