Monday Night Football features a doubleheader in Week 2 with a pair of divisional matchups. The New Orleans Saints will visit the Carolina Panthers in a NFC South showdown at 7:15 p.m. ET, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North battle at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both Monday Night Football games are expected to be hard-fought, defensive affairs with minimal scoring. Running backs Nick Chubb and Najee Harris headline the MNF NFL DFS player pool. Both players will be popular NFL DFS picks and a part of NFL DFS stacks for most players. Should you include Chubb and Harris in your NFL DFS stacks? Should you fade the running backs and build around high-priced wide receivers or quarterbacks?
Before making any NFL DFS picks for Panthers vs. Saints and Steelers vs. Browns on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the NFL DFS lineup advice, strategy and player stacks from SportsLine NFL daily Fantasy expert Jimmie Kaylor.
Kaylor is a NFL and DFS expert for SportsLine, who opened the 2022 NFL season by winning DraftKings' NFL Showdown Thursday Kickoff Millionaire contest. He edged out over 355,000 other entrants in the contest and also has multiple five-figure tournament wins on his DFS resume. Kaylor, who cashed big all season in 2022, has covered the NFL and college football for over a decade as a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and his background as a former college and NFL player gives him a unique perspective when building his fantasy lineups and locking in his betting picks.
Kaylor hit on epic NFL DFS picks all season in 2022. He was all over Travis Kelce's four-touchdown performance against the Raiders on Monday Night Football, Kirk Cousins' 460-yard, four-TD performance on Thanksgiving Day, and T.J. Hockenson's 13 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15.
In the Week 2 Eagles vs. Vikings Thursday Night Football matchup Kaylor was all over Justin Jefferson (11 catches, 159 yards), D'Andre Swift (175 yards, 1 TD), DeVonta Smith (4 receptions, 132 yards, 1 TD), and T.J. Hockenson (7 catches, 66 yards, 2 TDs). Anyone who followed his picks cashed in big.
Now, Kaylor has turned his attention to the double-header of Panthers vs. Saints and Steelers vs. Browns on Monday Night Football Week 2 and just locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks. You can only see his picks and analysis at SportsLine.
Top NFL DFS picks for Panthers vs. Saints and Steelers vs. Browns on MNF
One of Kaylor's favorite DFS picks for Monday Night Football is Browns running back Nick Chubb. The four-time Pro Bowler is one of the most productive running backs in the NFL and plays behind one of the league's best offensive lines. For his career, Chubb has averaged a whopping 5.3 yards per carry, and averaged 5.9 in Cleveland's Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Kaylor expects the Browns to lean on Chubb heavily on Monday Night Football.
"Nick Chubb continues to fly under the radar and is hands down one of the top running backs in the NFL today. The former Georgia standout is coming off a big Week 1 performance against a stout Cincinnati defense, and will be facing a Steelers defense that gave up 152 yards and touchdown to Christian McCaffrey in Week 1," Kaylor told SportsLine.
Part of Kaylor's MNF DFS strategy also includes rostering New Orleans wide receiver Chris Olave. The 23-year-old went over the 1,000-yard mark as a rookie in 2022 and got off to a fast start to the 2023 season, catching eight passes for 112 yards in the Saints' season-opening win. Olave is now the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver in New Orleans, and Kaylor expect that to show on MNF.
"Chris Olave is yet another former Ohio State wide receiver establishing himself among the upper-echelon of NFL pass catchers. Quarterback Derek Carr has his flaws, but remains an upgrade for the Saints, which should equate to increased production for Olave. I am expecting another double-digit target night with over 100 receiving yards for the second year pro on Monday night," Kaylor said. You can see the rest of Kaylor's NFL DFS picks here.
How to build NFL DFS lineups for Panthers vs. Saints and Steelers vs. Browns on MNF
Kaylor is also targeting another undervalued player who could explode for huge numbers for Monday Night Football. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is, and the rest of Kaylor's MNF DFS picks, at SportsLine.
So who is Jimmie Kaylor including in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Monday Night Football, and which under-the-radar NFL DFS picks offer huge value? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a DFS expert who already won a single-game millionaire maker tournament, and find out.