The most obvious piece of fantasy advice this week: Play the Steelers defense against Colt McCoy.
We’ve got some other less obvious pieces of fantasy advice, including some that involve a returning quarterback, in a couple paragraphs.
Other fantasy football previews with projections: ATL@PHI | SD@STL | NO@TB | DET@NYG | MIA@GB | SEA@CHI | BAL@NE | CLE@PIT | KC@HOU | NYJ@DEN | OAK@SF | DAL@MIN | IND@WAS | TEN@JAX | (Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Carolina)
With Ben Roethlisberger back under center, it’s no stretch to think the Steelers will make the 20.9-14.5 projected victory stand up.
Let’s go back to McCoy for a second. Unless Eric Mangini has been hiding something from us, we’ll get a look at the rookies composition. Will he get up after the fifth sack? Will his shoulders slump after the third interception? Tune in Sunday to find out. McCoy’s backup is Brett Ratliff. He’s not worth picking up.
Fun with numbers: McCoy has zero NFL pass attempts … The Steelers defense has 6 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions and 10 sacks in four games.
Running back Peyton Hillis has become the focal point of the Browns offense. But unfortunately for him and McCoy, the Steelers have the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense.
Ben Roethlisberger gets a Browns pass defense that is very up-and-down based on statistics alone. Take away a 371-yard game in Week 4, and the Browns have allowed an average of just 200 yards passing per game. Of course, they also had that 371-yard game and gave up six passing touchdowns in the last three weeks. It’ll be a nice return for Big Ben, expect him to hit on some short routes to Heath Miller and Hines Ward to break the rust off early.
The Browns have also allowed 109 or more yards rushing in four of five contests this season.
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: 19-33, 255, 1.8 TD, 0.7 INT, 10 rush yards
Colt McCoy, CLE: 22-35, 223, 0.6 TD, 1.3 INT, 10 rush yards
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT: 100 yards, 0.5 TD, 2 catches 10 receiving yards
Peyton Hillis, CLE (Q): 60 yards, 0.5 TD, 5 catches, 35 receiving yards, 0.1 TD
Mike Bell, CLE: 10 yards, 0.1 TD
Isaac Redman, PIT: 15 yards
Mewelde Moore, PIT: 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Mike Wallace, PIT: 4-95, 0.7 TD
Hines Ward, PIT: 7-95, 0.7 TD
Josh Cribbs, CLE (P): 4-55, 0.1 TD, 20 rush yards, 0.1 TD
Chansi Stuckey, CLE: 4-40, 0.1 TD
Mohammed Massaquoi, CLE: 2-25, 0.1 TD
Antwaan Randle-El, PIT: 1-10
Brian Robiskie, CLE: 1-5
Heath Miller, PIT: 4-40, 0.4 TD
Ben Watson, CLE: 5-50, 0.2 TD
Evan Moore, CLE: 1-15
Jeff Reed, PIT: 1.7 FG, 2.2 XP
Phil Dawson, CLE: 1.4 FG, 1.5 XP
Steelers: 2.0 sacks, 1.3 INT, 0.9 fumble recovery
Browns: 2.0 sacks, 0.7 INT, 0.5 fumble recovery