NFL PrizePicks: Player Predictions, Top Plays for Monday Night Football


Week 2 of Monday Night Football features two games for us to choose from for our NFL PrizePicks predictions. First up, the New Orleans Saints head to Carolina for a divisional matchup against the Panthers. Derek Carr looked competent in his new offense in Week 1, leading to the Saints’ first win of the season. On the other side, Bryce Young struggled against the Falcons in his NFL debut, and things don’t get much easier versus the Saints’ defense.

The second game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader features another divisional matchup with the Browns heading into Pittsburgh. The Browns are slight favorites in this one after a dominant win against the Bengals in Week 1, while the Steelers are trying to rebound from a loss last week versus the 49ers. Both games feature strong defenses and ample opportunity for ROI with these NFL PrizePicks predictions.

Each week, I’ll deliver my top NFL PrizePicks predictions for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday Night Football. Use the PrizePicks referral code GRINDERS to receive a $100 deposit match to prep you for the NFL season.

Top PrizePicks Plays — Monday Night Football

Chris Olave – 68.5 Receiving Yards

Olave is the clear #1 option for the Saints in the passing game this season. He received 10 targets in Week 1, en route to 8 catches and 112 yards. While we likely won’t see 100+ yards from him every game, 68.5 is simply way too low of a line. This is a guy we will likely see featuring a receiving yard line of at least 80.5 throughout the season once the websites pick up on how great of a receiver he is. He’s finally paired with a competent quarterback, and although Derek Carr is nothing special, he’s proven he’s able to rack up yardage for his receivers in the past.

Play: Chris Olave More Than 68.5 Receiving Yards

George Pickens – 42.5 Receiving Yards

Kenny Pickett and the Steelers really struggled last week. Although the Browns’ defense is no slouch, they shouldn’t prove quite as difficult as the 49ers. Pickens is a receiver the Steelers have loved to target on deep balls in the past and could conquer his 42.5 receiving yard line on just one catch. The Steelers will likely be playing from behind in this one, leading to more passing targets for Pickens. He only totaled 35 yards in Week 1, however, it was on 7 targets. I wouldn’t be surprised if last week ends up being Pickens’ lowest receiving total of the season, and he has a great chance to eclipse this mark tonight.

Play: George Pickens More Than 42.5 Receiving Yards

Juwan Johnson – 23.5 Receiving Yards

Despite the Saints still having Taysom Hill and bringing in Foster Moreau and Jimmy Graham over the off-season, Johnson still ended up running by far the most routes of the tight-ends in Week 1. He’s always been a dangerous receiving threat in the red zone but even got some slot receiver snaps in their first game of the year. He easily eclipsed this mark last week despite only having 3 receptions on his 5 targets. While the line might make sense for Johnson’s usage over the past few seasons, that doesn’t look like it’ll be the case again this season. He ran a route on 75% of Derek Carr drop backs last week and should be a primary target for the Saints offense all season long.

Play: Juwan Johnson More Than 23.5 Receiving Yards

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TJ Zwarych is a longtime RotoGrinders member and has been rising up the DFS rankings. He has been producing content for a long time, previously contributing to sites like Bleacher Report, and he is also the Editor-In-Chief of Agents Of Fandom. TJ has multiple 6-figure DFS wins in his career and most recently finished in 13th place at the 2022 FanDuel MLB Live Final. Follow TJ on Twitter – @TJ_Zwarych5