2010 Week 6 fantasy football preview with projections: Browns at Steelers

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.

All Week 6 content | Chinstrap Ninjas fantasy football contest: Week 6

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.

Matchups

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.

Projections

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

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

Wide receivers

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

Tight ends

Heath Miller, PIT: 4-40, 0.4 TD

Ben Watson, CLE: 5-50, 0.2 TD

Evan Moore, CLE: 1-15

Kickers

Jeff Reed, PIT: 1.7 FG, 2.2 XP

Phil Dawson, CLE: 1.4 FG, 1.5 XP

Defenses

Steelers: 2.0 sacks, 1.3 INT, 0.9 fumble recovery

Browns: 2.0 sacks, 0.7 INT, 0.5 fumble recovery

Comments are currently closed.