Josh Allen and Joe Burrow will square off for the first time ever when the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals meet on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both quarterbacks are blessed with elite receivers such as Stefon Diggs and Ja'Marr Chase, but there are many other pass-catchers worthy of consideration for NFL DFS lineups. Tight end Dawson Knox has scored in three straight games, while Trenton Irwin of Cincy is coming off a two-touchdown performance last week.
Neither Knox nor Irwin would have the impact on your NFL DFS salary cap as bigger-name players in Bills vs. Bengals. But getting the expected bang for the buck is what formulating a winning MNF DFS strategy is all about. Before you make your NFL DFS picks for Bengals vs. Bills, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice and strategy from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with over $2 million in career winnings. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings. He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair of top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1% in more than a dozen other tournaments.
He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
This year, he's already won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker twice and the FanDuel Million once. Now, McClure has turned his attention to Bengals vs. Bills and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks. You can only see his picks and analysis at SportsLine.Top NFL DFS picks for Bills vs. Bengals
One of McClure's top NFL DFS picks for Monday Night Football is Allen. Last week, Allen threw for two scores and ran another in to give him 174 total touchdowns in his career. That moved him past Dan Marino for the most passing plus rushing TDs for any player in NFL history through his first five seasons.
Allen has a great chance to extend his record as Cincinnati has suddenly turned into a goldmine for opposing QBs. The Bengals have allowed five passing TDs over their last two games after giving up the same number of touchdowns over their previous five games combined. Allen also has an extra incentive to have a big night as a huge performance in a primetime game against another elite QB would vault Allen's candidacy in terms of the MVP conversation.
Part of McClure's optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes stacking Allen with running back James Cook. The rookie is coming off the best game of his pro career as he had 99 rushing yards and a touchdown last week on Christmas Eve. Cook has also seen an uptick in playing time over the last month as the four games in which he's logged the most offensive snaps all year have come in his last four games.
Cook is moving closer and closer to an equal timeshare with Devin Singletary as the latter has just a 52-44 edge in touches over these four games. Only 22 total yards separate the two over this stretch, yet Cook is priced much less expensive. That gives him great value, and rostering the rookie will then allow you to splurge on higher-end options in Monday's NFL DFS player pool. You can see the rest of McClure's NFL DFS