Fantasy Football 2014: Steelers at Panthers 9/21/14 Week 3 Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 3 Sunday slate this weekend, we’ve got a big primetime matchup between the Steelers and the Panthers on “Sunday Night Football.” Pittsburgh (1-1) logged a tough divisional loss to the Ravens last Thursday, while Carolina (2-0) exposed Detroit in a big win during Week 2.
There will be plenty of big-time fantasy football names out on the field for this one, so let’s take a closer look at some of the top contributors to see what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger wasn’t able to do much in the stat columns this past Thursday, which led to an unimpressive fantasy line. He posted just 217 yards against the Ravens, and was unable to get the ball into the end zone. That was a far cry from his 365-yard explosion in Week 1.
Still, Roethlisberger is always a starting option in fantasy, and you should obviously stick with him. He should do better this week.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton has fallen from grace in the fantasy community over the past couple of seasons; Now he’s ranked around the 12-15 range among quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis. That said, he performed admirably in his Week 2 debut, posting 281 yards, a passing score and 19 rush yards on four carries against the Lions. Considering what he’s working with at the WR positions, that’s pretty good. He’s a low-end starter this week, as per usual.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell is coming off a pretty “meh” week against the Ravens, but it’s not all his fault. He played well early, logging a total of 107 yards overall, and took a backseat to the passing game as the Steelers tried to play themselves out of a hole. That said, it seems Bell has won the supposed RB competition in Pittsburgh, relegating LeGarrette Blount to a second-fiddle role. He’s a definite start in every fantasy format.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Over the past few years, the Carolina backfield has been something of a pick-’em fantasy proposal each week. Stewart seems to be the popular start out of the Carolina RB stable, however, and in Week 2 he hit pay dirt with a 59-total-yard, one-touchdown day. With DeAngelo Williams dealing with a thigh injury, Stewart should see the bulk of the action once again this week. That said, he’s nothing more than a deep-league flex play and likely won’t pay off unless he finds the end zone.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown caused fantasy owners’ hearts to stop when he came out of the game due to a suspected concussion against the Ravens. After some testing, he proved to be fine, however, and was allowed to return. He ended up with 100 total yards in the loss, and was one of the few offensive bright spots.
Brown is an obvious must-start in fantasy, and should see great numbers each week. He’s one of the very few consistently reliable fantasy receivers out there.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: If you predicted the emergence of rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin, good for you, because we sure didn’t. After a breakout performance in Week 1, he was relatively quiet against the Lions, posting 46 yards on two grabs. Benjamin was tied for the team lead on targets, though, so he remains a strong part of the offense. If you’ve been rolling with him so far, you might as well continue this week.
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