Steelers vs Pats = A Lot of Fantasy Points


Steelers vs Pats = A Lot of Fantasy Points

Sheldon Richardson, Aaron Dobson

 

When looking at my track record in regards to picking great fantasy games of the week I am 0-2. The fact is the previous games that I have picked have been close to the lowest scoring games of the week (Eagles vs Cowboys, and Cowboys vs Washington). Nevertheless, I feel refreshed after taking a week off in my predictions and have come back with knowledge that should provide you with what will be a great fantasy game.

 

I move my attentions away from the NFC and look towards the AFC; this week the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots. This does not initially look like a game that will provide owners with above average returns. New England and Pittsburgh are both top ten overall defenses and the teams are familiar with each other which will typically lead to a low scoring game. However, 7 of the last 9 games against these two teams have gone over what the expert’s line has been. During this 10 game span the Patriots have averaged 26 points a game where the Steelers are just fewer than 22 a games. This tells me that we should be expecting at least 6 touchdowns this game. Both teams have averaged over 300 total yards of offense, and the Steelers have averaged 116 yards a game running the ball against the Patriots. I would expect the Steelers to take a page off the Dolphins first half game plan which saw Lamar Miller rush for close to 100 yards in a half. The only difference is, the Steelers will stay committed to the run, whereas the Dolphins didn’t. Depending on the defensive scoring of your league I would still suggest using both defenses. The Steelers have come on late in terms of turn overs and New England has been good at getting to the QB and producing turnovers. However, if your league has a high penalty for points against I would shy away but in most formats I would play the d’s.

 

This is the clinching reason that I like this matchup; you can play the offense and both of the defenses. In regards on who to start, play normal Pats and Steelers. I feel no need to tell you to play Gronkowski or Antonio Brown, at this point in the year you should know that. But what I will supply is a few sleepers that you may be wondering if you should start or not. Aaron Dobson, he’s been targeted 51 times this year and has had at least one catch in every games I view him as a WR3/flex option this week. Danny Amendola, I feel that this is the week that he gets his catches, he is a WR2 in a PPR this week and a nice flex play in a standard league. Last week Amendola was a yard short of getting his first TD of the year so I feel that this week he will have a productive game. In fact, we don’t know if he will play next week so get him in your line up while you can.

 

Jerricho Cotchery, he is catching 64% of the passes thrown to him and has caught at least 3 passes in all but one game. Ben looks for him on third down because he is a receiver that isn’t afraid to go over the middle on slant routes; Cotchery is a flex play this week. Emmanuel Sanders, # 88 has caught a TD in 2 out of his last 3 games and in 5 out 7 games this year he has over 50 yards. In a week where there are a lot of players on byes Sanders is a low end WR3 and solid flex play. The bonus with Sanders is that you have the chance to get a return touch down, if he is on your waiver wire scoop him up. This concludes my game of the week prediction, thanks for reading and may your teams score often and your head to head match-up be a winning one.