Fantasy Football 2013: Bears at Steelers Week 3 Preview
Chicago Bears (2-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)
Sunday, September 22, 8:30 PM (ET)
Week 3 on “Sunday Night Football” features a marquis matchup that NFL fans won’t want to miss. The Chicago Bears will be heading to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and both of their significant fan bases will be fired up for this one. The Bears (2-0) are coming off a pair of come-from-behind victories to start the season, while the Steelers (0-2) suffered another tough loss against their divisional rival Bengals.
There will be plenty of fantasy considerations looming for this one, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names on both sides to see what we should be expecting on our rosters.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Cutler is prone to his ups and downs statistically, which is why he’s relegated to being a backup in fantasy. To his credit, he’s led the Bears on a pair of comeback wins thus far, and has been there when needed. He’s got five passing scores so far, but also three interceptions. Cutler is creeping somewhere low-end start territory, but he’s not quite there yet. Save him for 2-QB leagues.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the utter ineptitude of the Steelers running game, Roethlisberger has been asked to do much more than he’s used to. He hasn’t been able to come through thus far, tossing just one score and one pick in each of his first games in 2013. We can’t place all the blame squarely on him, as any QB would have difficulties behind the Steelers’ injured line. Roethlisberger is bench fodder in fantasy this week once again.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte has proven himself to be a dual-threat offensive weapon over the first couple of games, and he’s provided some pretty good returns on points for fantasy owners. He’s coming off a 19-carry, 90-yard effort on the ground in Week 2, and also added a whopping 11 receptions and 71 yards though the air. Forte has been great--especially for PPR--and should remain cemented into your lineup for this game.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ve been telling you for the past couple of weeks to try and stay away from the Steelers backfield in fantasy if you can (save for the injured Le’Veon Bell), and we’re not changing our tune for this one. Redman and his RB counterparts were once again ineffective against the Bengals in Week 2 thanks to an injury-depleted offensive line that can’t get any push. They won’t fare much better against a solid Bears front, so don’t even bother.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: Most games, it seems like Jay Cutler has tunnel vision when it comes to throwing to his pal Marshall. That’s great news for fantasy owners, though, as it resulted in seven grabs for 113 yards and a score against Minnesota. Marshall now has over 100 yards and a touchdown in both games. He remains a rock-solid fantasy option near the top of the WR class, and should keep it rolling when visiting Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The specter of an absent Mike Wallace looms large, and that’s been the case over the first couple of weeks with the Steelers passing game. Brown has 11 receptions thus far, with 71 and 57 yards in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. That’s not gonna do it for a No. 1 receiver, especially when the Steelers have to rely on the pass as much as they have. Brown is a lower-end start this week, but will likely get paired up against a very talented CB in Charles Tillman for most of the game. Keep that in mind.
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