Week 3 fantasy football preview with projections: Steelers at Buccaneers

The Steelers have proven they can win without Ben Roethlisberger, but their 2-0 start has nothing to do with fantasy football. Fantasy owners sure will be glad to see Ben back after last week’s putrid passing showing.

This week Hines Ward and Mike Wallace owners get either Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich against the new-look, undefeated Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

Our projection model is not perfect. There are many improvements that could be made but we had relatively good accuracy with it this season despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.

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The Steelers are projected to win 17-15. Don’t be surprised if the Buccaneers flip that score, they’ve got something going on over there in Tampa.

Matchups

Aqib Talib is back from his suspension and promptly introduced Panthers rookie Jimmy Clausen to the Buccaneers defense with an interception last week. Don’t expect a lot of offensive fireworks in this game. Talib will do his job against a Steelers backup quarterback (either one) who let Dennis Dixon (O-knee) take their job in the preseason.

Pittsburgh’s been stingy to fantasy performers this season, but the Steelers do the most damage to opposing running backs. Look for Cadillac Williams to struggle this week.

This will be a good test for Bucs QB Josh Freeman, who has made excellent decisions this season and looks like he might live up to the QB-of-the-future hype.

Projections

Quarterbacks

Josh Freeman, TB (P-thumb): 19-33, 206 yards, TD, INT, 25 rush yards

Byron Leftwich/Charlie Batch, PIT: 17-29, 193 yards, INT

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall, PIT: 105 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards

Cadillac Williams, TB: 55 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards

Isaac Redman, PIT: 5 yards

Mewelde Moore, PIT: 5 yards, 2 catches, 10 receiving yards

Earnest Graham, TB: 5 yards, 2 catches, 5 receiving yards

Wide receivers

Mike Wallace, PIT: 3-70, TD

Mike Williams, TB: 6-50, TD

Hines Ward, PIT: 7-80

Sammie Stroughter, TB: 4-40

Michael Spurlock, TB: 1-20

Antwaan Randle-El, PIT: 1-5

Tight ends

Kellen Winslow, TB: 6-45

Heath Miller, PIT: 3-20

Kickers

Jeff Reed, PIT: 2 FG, 1 XP

Connor Barth, TB: FG, XP

Defenses

Buccaneers: 3 sacks, INT, fumble recovery

Steelers: 2 sacks, INT, fumble recovery

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