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at NYG, Mon 7pm EDT
vs. PIT, Mon 7pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
89%
Recommended by
155 of 175 experts
11%
Recommended by
20 of 175 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 34# 44-
Best Rank# 20# 29-
Worst Rank# 61# 68-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at NYG vs. PIT-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. WRs perform better than their average vs NYGThis is a 2 star matchup. WRs perform a little worse than their average vs PIT-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec24.318.6
Rec Yds258.1218.4
Rec TD1.41.4
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total133.896.5-
Avg Game8.98.0-
2019 Average8.98.0-
    
Misc 
    
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Diontae JohnsonSterling ShepardAdd Player
    
Scott AtkinsS. Atkins
FullTime Fantasy
09/29
#48#56-
    
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
09/13
#34#46-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#41#35-
    
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
09/13
#39#48-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#33#40-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#32#42-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
09/13
#33#50-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
09/10
#32#41-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
09/10
#40#50-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
09/10
#30#42-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
09/10
#33#50-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#32#48-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
09/13
#37#59-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#34#45-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
09/13
#33#48-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
09/13
#36#41-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#37#47-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#34#41-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#31#41-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
09/13
#34#42-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
09/09
#38#55-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
09/13
#39#50-
    
Elvin RyanE. Ryan
The Pregame HQ
09/10
#26#38-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
09/13
#33#41-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
08/10
#37#48-
    
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
09/13
#34#41-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
09/13
#33#43-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
09/13
#35#58-
    
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#38#48-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
09/13
#36#47-
    
Adrian AlpansequeA. Alpa...
Estadio Fantasy
09/09
#36#48-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#49#35-
    
Seth KleinS. Klein
Fantrax
09/13
#39#52-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
09/13
#33#43-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
09/13
#37#48-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
09/10
#33#50-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
09/13
#43#48-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
09/10
#40#42-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
09/10
#38#56-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
09/09
#40#38-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
09/10
#40#48-
    
Muntradamus M.
Beast Dome
09/13
#33#64-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Roto Ranks
09/13
#35#47-
    
Heath CummingsH. Cumm...
CBS Sports
09/13
#48#42-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
09/13
#40#50-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
09/13
#32#36-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
09/12
#36#50-
    
Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
09/13
#35#45-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
09/13
#38#52-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
Sports Illustrated
09/13
#28#33-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
09/10
#31#50-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
The Athletic
09/12
#34#37-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
09/13
#33#45-
    
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
09/13
#27#36-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
09/13
#35#49-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
09/13
#32#34-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
09/08
#31#50-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
09/10
#38#51-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
09/13
#34#50-
    
Site RankingsS. Rank...
FullTime Fantasy
09/13
#36#46-
    
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
09/13
#35#41-
    
Matthew FreedmanM. Free...
The Action Network
09/10
#35#42-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
09/09
#37#47-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
09/12
#32#47-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
09/10
#29#41-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
09/13
#22#50-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/13
#32#36-
    
Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
FantasyPros
09/13
#32#37-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
09/13
#38#36-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
Mundo Fantasy
09/11
#35#36-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
09/13
#40#43-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
09/13
#33#49-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
SleeperWire
09/09
#33#42-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
09/13
#36#57-
    
Dave MajorD. Major
XN Sports
09/13
#34#43-
    
Jon CollinsJ. Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
09/12
#36#48-
    
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
09/13
#43#50-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
09/13
#33#47-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
09/10
#47#46-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
09/13
#39#42-
    
Tommy MoliooT. Molioo
The Undroppables
09/09
#29#51-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
09/11
#34#40-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
09/09
#28#50-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
09/13
#35#42-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
09/13
#38#43-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
09/13
#39#35-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
09/09
#31#50-
    
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
09/13
#33#44-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
09/13
#30#42-
    
Clayton CadieuxC. Cadieux
Fantasy Football From Up North
09/12
#35#49-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#35#46-
    
Dan McLellanD. McLe...
WBLZ Media
09/10
#39#52-
    
Jose Ramon LlacaJ. Ramo...
Estadio Fantasy
09/07
#31#51-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/13
#35#42-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
09/12
#31#43-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
09/13
#35#49-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
09/10
#33#43-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/09
#34#33-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
09/13
#35#44-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
09/10
#46#50-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
09/12
#24#54-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
09/09
#40#53-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
09/13
#39#48-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
09/10
#39#51-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
09/13
#35#41-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
09/13
#53#38-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#35#63-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
09/10
#34#44-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
09/13
#40#49-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
09/13
#36#41-
    
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
09/13
#48#53-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
09/08
#40#47-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
09/13
#36#46-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#34#47-
    
Kyle AugustK. August
Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
#33#40-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
#36#53-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
09/13
#38#48-
    
Francisco (Chato) RomeroF. (Cha...
Estadio Fantasy
09/13
#30#48-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#33#36-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
#38#48-
    
09/10
#42#54-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
09/12
#40#36-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#40#53-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#40#51-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
09/13
#32#46-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#45-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#40#35-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
09/07
#37#51-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
09/13
#41#48-
    
09/13
#35#42-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
09/13
#39#49-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#32#47-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
09/09
#29#51-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#28#38-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
09/11
#29#48-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#35#44-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
#45#37-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
09/12
#42#55-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
09/10
#20#68-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#41#39-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#35#46-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
09/12
#40#42-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#31#47-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
09/13
#41#34-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#40#48-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/04
#46#34-
    
Site ProjectionsS. Proj...
numberFire
09/13
#27#31-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#35#48-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
09/13
#49#60-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
09/13
#33#30-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
#49#54-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
09/09
#38#48-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
09/01
#26#46-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
09/09
#61#33-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
#33#50-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
09/13
#50#54-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#39#46-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
09/12
#35#29-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#29#43-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#33#49-
    
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
09/11
#40#47-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#43#40-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#38#47-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#34#44-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
Fantasy Football Advice
09/10
#39#51-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#40#49-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
#47#44-
    
Kevin ScottK. Scott
The Intersecting
09/10
#33#47-
    
Adam MurfetA. Murfet
5 Yard Rush
09/10
#37#44-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
09/10
#46#52-
    
Blake FincherB. Fincher
Fantasy Football Cafe
09/09
#39#48-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
09/08
#38#49-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
09/08
#41#50-
    
Brad EvansB. Evans
FTN
09/07
#31#51-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
09/10
#42#53-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at NYG vs. PIT
Week 2 vs. DEN at CHI
Week 3 vs. HOU vs. SF
Week 4BYE WEEK at LAR
Week 5 vs. PHI at DAL
Week 6 vs. CLE vs. WAS
Week 7 at TEN at PHI
Week 8 at BAL vs. TB
Week 9 at DAL at WAS
Week 10 vs. CIN vs. PHI
Week 11 at JACBYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. BAL at CIN
Week 13 vs. WAS at SEA
Week 14 at BUF vs. ARI
Week 15 at CIN vs. CLE
Week 16 vs. IND at BAL
Week 17 at CLE vs. DAL
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
2020 Points 
Week 13.74.7
Week 215.23.5
Week 30.9
Week 4
Week 5-0.2
Week 6
Week 720.011.9
Week 80.67.4
Week 98.15.7
Week 1017.64.7
Week 1111.1
Week 124.66.8
Week 1313.14.2
Week 144.03.5
Week 1511.94.8
Week 1613.613.7
Week 179.625.6
Total133.896.5
Average8.98.0
Player Targets Comparison
 
2020 Targets 
Week 1106
Week 2134
Week 32
Week 4
Week 51
Week 6
Week 7158
Week 8310
Week 9108
Week 10116
Week 1116
Week 12138
Week 13126
Week 1475
Week 15137
Week 161412
Week 17410
Notes for Player Combination
 
at NYG, Mon 7pm EDT
vs. PIT, Mon 7pm EDT
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
We'll finally get to see Diontae Johnson work with Ben Roethlisberger this Monday. I'm excited about the connection, and so is Big Ben -- he said that "the sky's the limit" for the sophomore wideout. Pittsburgh attempted the most passing plays in the league with Roethlisberger in 2018, so Johnson should see plenty of volume. He's an easy start at WR2 or WR3 for me this weekend. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
This will be Johnson's first full game with Ben Roethlisberger under center, as he played just 24 snaps in the first game last year (but still saw five targets), and then 26 snaps in the second game where Roethlisberger was hurt halfway into the contest. Did you know that even as a rookie, Johnson led the NFL in yards of separation at target for perimeter wide receivers? Keep in mind that's despite horrendous quarterback play. Johnson will play the Antonio Brown role in the offense, so if he's getting separation, he has massive target potential. The downside is that he'll probably see a lot of the Giants top cornerback James Bradberry. He's had some ups and downs in his career, but overall, he's a rock-solid cornerback. He was the bright spot in an otherwise horrendous Panthers defense last year, allowing just two touchdowns on 80 targets in his coverage. However, if the Giants play sides and keep him at RCB, it could be a free-for-all against Corey Ballentine, who was tagged for 392 yards and four touchdowns on just 43 targets and 180 snaps in coverage. Johnson has true breakout potential this year, and depending on how the Giants approach him, it could start this week. Consider him a low-end WR3 with some volatility baked in. *Update* Apparently, Johnson is dealing with some sort of toe injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday. They say it's not an issue, but we must monitor it as the weekend approaches.Reports out of Giants camp say that Shepard has distanced himself as the best receiver on the field. I don't know why that wasn't considered to be the case from the beginning, but it's good to see sanity prevail. The Steelers don't play any shadow coverage, so it doesn't really matter who the No. 1 receiver on the team is in this matchup. Their secondary is a problem for wide receivers. There were just two wide receivers all season who tagged them for more than 18.6 PPR points last year. They allowed just one receiver to reach 100 yards (Tyler Boyd, who had 101 yards). Where they were beat was in the slot, an area Shepard won't play very much with Golden Tate on the field. When Tate played, Shepard was in the slot just 31.6 percent of the time last year. Again, this is a new offense, but we're at the point in Tate's career where he's slot only. Bottom line for Shepard is that this is a tough matchup in a new offense. Temper expectations, especially when it comes to his ceiling. He's just a high-end WR4 this week but should be considered a buy-low after the game. If Golden Tate were to miss this game, I'd move Shepard up in the ranks, as he'd play a lot more slot snaps.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
 When Shepard's on the field he's produced for fantasy football. However, with Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley all healthy and active, it's hard to see how Shepard sees enough target volume to finish as a top-30 option at the WR position. Shepard's a low-end RB4 start this week that you're hoping comes down with a touchdown.