Steelers vs. Chargers fantasy outlook


The Steelers head to San Diego on Monday night looking to get above .500. The Chargers are also 2-2 and went four quarters with the Browns in a high scoring game. San Diego has the 3rd best offense in the NFL yardage-wise after four games, so the Steelers have to be prepared to produce their own points. This game has tons of fantasy potential.

MUSTS: Le’Veon Bell, Phillip Rivers

For Michael Vick to be productive the Steelers have to start and lean on the running game. Bell is a workhorse who will definitely open up the passing game for the backup quarterback. Phillip Rivers is going to have to take control and try to pick apart the defense. So far this season Pittsburgh has been collapsing the pocket but still is very susceptible to the dink and dunk. I believe that’s the route the Chargers will take rather than run the ball.

MIGHTS: Antonio Gates, Martavis Bryant, Danny Woodhead

Gates is back for his first game of the season after suspension, and he has been Phillip Rivers’ favorite target for years. The Steelers gave up three touchdowns to Gronkowski and I think the big tight end will have a few moves underneath, most probably one for a score.

Against New England, Pittsburgh was also exploited by the running back catching passes out of the backfield. Danny Woodhead is an ex-pat who does an exceptional job of getting open and gaining yardage. He currently averages almost 13 yards a catch. Hopefully the return of Shazier can keep him under control.

There is another pass catcher returning from a four game suspension Martavis Bryant could be the x-factor in this game giving Vick a deep –option that can go up and catch a jump ball. They are using far less shotgun with Vick under center and Bryant will be open on play fakes. San Diego’s secondary is not their strong suit.

MISSES: Heath Miller, Melvin Gordon

Miller had a miserable fantasy outing last week with less than one point. It has been documented that he may be used more for blocking in the plays that Coach Haley has set for Michael Vick.

Vick is trying to develop better chemistry with his receivers and is probably focusing more on Antonio Brown. On the San Diego side, Melvin Gordon is sort of having a slow start to his NFL career. Since he starts in obvious running downs I think the Steeler defense should be able to contain him. If Danny Woodhead has success (which he has so far all season) the Chargers may lean more on him at running back.

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