Steelers vs. Ravens: Fantasy outlook


How things change. Last week I was saying Antonio Brown is a must start every week and that Ben was just about there himself. Then Ben followed up with six fantasy points and a serious knee injury. Brown, however, is still a must start every week.

He will be an outlet for Vick and can always turn a routine catch into something special. It is extremely disappointing because of the potential of this year’s offense. There is no real time to sit and dwell on it for the team as they have to take care of business tonight for Ravens week.

The team needs to keep stacking wins regardless of the absence of their leader. This will however have a significant impact on fantasy.

MUSTS – Le’Veon Bell, Ravens DST

Obviously with Vick having his first start on a short week the running game will be the focus. Bell ran well last week gaining only 62 yards on the ground but another 70 through the air. He looks to be continuing right where he left off last season.

The Ravens defense is a good play as it is likely Vick could be responsible for one or two turnovers and will probably be sacked at least twice, hopefully for Steelers fans one of his errors does not lead to a defensive score.

MIGHTS – Joe Flacco, Steve Smith Sr.

With quarterbacks like Tom Brady on a bye week this week, you may need a replacement, enter Joe Flacco. I think this is a 50/50 type call as my hope is the Steelers defense puts forth an effort like they did last week.

They held the Rams to 6 points and will be looking to play aggressive at home vs. their hated rivals. Smith had a big game last week and should be able to expose whichever Steeler corner is trying to guard him.

MISSES – Maxx Williams, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Tight end Crockett Gillmore is out with an injury for tonight’s game and in his place is rookie Maxx Williams. While Williams was Baltimore’s number one draft pick I think that the Steelers will be able to key in on him in underneath and prevent him from burning them.

He may get a lucky touchdown. On the Steelers side I wouldn’t really trust any wide receiver outside of Brown to produce major points. Again, they may get lucky with a touchdown.

Next: Steelers: Pressure on the defense

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