Fantasy Football 2014: Texans at Steelers 10/20/14 Week 7 Preview
Houston Texans (3-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)
Finishing up the Week 7 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we have a solid-looking matchup between the Texans and the Steelers. Houston (3-3) is coming off a Thursday loss to the Colts, while Pittsburgh (3-3) got beat up by the Browns in Week 6.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of fantasy implications out on the field this week, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players and see what we should be expecting from our fantasy lineups.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Houston Texans: Let’s face it: Fitzpatrick isn’t owned in too many leagues, and he’s starting in even fewer than that. Most of his outings so far have been on the bad side of “meh,” including Week 6 against the Colts. He completed one TD and had a fumble in that one.
Fitzpatrick has one score or less in five of six games so far. He’s not recommended to start unless you’re desperate in a deep league.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ve been high on Roethlisberger lately, and his stats have made us look foolish for believing. After going two weeks straight with multiple touchdowns, he’s tossed just one in his last two appearances against defenses he should have torched.
Given the crummy showing from Big Ben the past couple of weeks, we really can’t trust him as more than a mid-level backup in fantasy.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: After a crummy Week 4, Foster has picked it up in his last two games. He was one of the few positives for Houston in their loss to the Colts, logging 109 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
That gives Foster four touchdowns and 266 yards in his last two games. He also has 43 rushing attempts in that span. Given all of that production, he’s absolutely a must-start in every fantasy format.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell has given a much stronger effort in fantasy than we thought he would. Thanks to his receiving prowess, he’s hit double-digits in fantasy every single week so far. It hardly seems to matter that he’s only seen the end zone once.
Bell is coming off a 105-yard effort against Cleveland. He got 22 touches in that one. Given the heavy workload, we should be seeing plenty more of him during this one, so keep him locked in.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Johnson finally notched a double-digit fantasy game in Week 6, but his effort was marred late. He caught seven balls for 99 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown against the Colts, but fumbled late in the game which stalled the Texans’ comeback bid. It was his second fumble of the year so far.
Johnson has at least five receptions and at least 5.8 fantasy points in each of the last three games, so he’s putting up points. That said, he may have to find the end zone to be the Johnson of old.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: No fantasy receiver has gotten off to quite the sizzling start like Brown has, and his efforts continued in Cleveland. He posted mostly garbage-time numbers, but still managed 118 receiving yards on seven grabs.
Brown hasn’t scored in the last two weeks, but has managed to post at least 8.4 fantasy points in every game so far. As per usual, he’s a no-duh, must-start candidate this week.
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