Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
Location: Heinz Field
Ben Roethlisberger is arguably one of the most underrated quarterbacks in fantasy football. He is much maligned as being unreliable and unable to put up elite numbers but did you know that last week’s 12 points against the Giants was his worst score all year and that he averages 17.5 points per game? Ben may have injury risk but he is deserving of your trust and against the Chiefs he is a MUST START.
This group is probably the most hated in fantasy circles this year simply because it is so difficult to trust them. Looks like Rashard Mendenhall is pretty close to returning but personally I doubt he does so this week. One big reason for that is it looks like Jonathan Dwyer will play after missing last week with an quad injury. I expect he will share carries with Issac Redman who despite a good game last week against the Giants probably can’t be trusted just yet. If you can, avoid all Steelers running backs – I would rank Dwyer and Redman practically even around 28-33 although I’d give Dwyer a slight edge as I believe he gets a TD.
When he puts on the jets, nobody catches him – that’s the same phrase I hear about Mike Wallace week after week and it’s difficult to argue with. Wallace is a must start every week and especially this week against the Chiefs. Looks like Antonio Brown will miss this game with an injury and many will give Emmanuel Sanders a boost thanks to this – not me. I personally believe Ben will tend to rely on someone like Jerricho Cotchery a bit more and wouldn’t recommend Sanders to fantasy owners. Brown gets his numbers and targets cos he’s a safe pair of hands that Ben trusts – can’t say the same about Sanders.
One of the biggest surprises of the year has been the massive up-tick of work for Heath Miller. This week I think he’s a must start not only because of the great matchup but also because I believe with Antonio Brown out that Ben involves Miller even more to the point where he will get double digit targets and plenty of yards.A sneaky play in deeper leagues this week is Leonard Pope who I’ve got a feeling will find the end zone.