Manning had his lowest yardage total of the season last week against the 49ers, completing just 16-of-31 passes for 161 yards and one TD. He was out of sync with his receivers most of the day and now this week he faces a Steelers' pass defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL and allows just 158.7 yards per game. This will be a tough matchup on the road, so kept your expectations in check with Eli for Week 8.
Jacobs is becoming a scoring machine for fantasy owners recently as he has six rushing TDs in his last four games. He scored twice last week in the 29-17 win over San Francisco while adding 69 yards on 17 carries. Now he faces a Steelers' defense that ranks first overall and second against the run, allowing just 2.9 yards per carry. Start Jacobs again as he will eventually wear down this defense just enough.
Ward gained 69 total yards last week on three catches and four runs, one week after topping 100-plus rushing yards. Ahmad Bradshaw actually got more carries last week than Ward (8 to 4) and both backs should see some action as the Giants try to run the ball on the Steelers. Neither is a worthy Flex play against this No. 1 ranked defense, however.
Burress caught his third TD pass of the season last week against San Francisco, a nice 6-yard catch in the third quarter. However, he finished with only three catches for 24 yards and suffered an injury to his pinkie finger, although he will be able to play this week. He still seems to be out of sync with Manning and realize that nothing will come easily this week against the Steelers.
One week after being held without a catch against Cleveland, Toomer caught three passes for 31 yards against the Niners. He still hasn't scored since Week 2 and has only one TD reception on the season. His numbers won't improve much this week on the road against the No. 2 ranked passing defense in the NFL.
Smith had four catches for 39 yards last week against the Niners and now has 13 receptions in the last two games as he's finding more targets than Toomer right now. Still, he isn't a recommended fantasy play this week as the Steelers will be tough to pass against at home.
Boss was held without a catch last week against San Francisco and now has been held without a catch in three of the Giants' six games thus far. He's obviously not a good option this week or any week going forward.
Roethlisberger easily threw for 216 yards and two TDs last week against Cincinnati as he completed 17-of-28 passes in the 38-10 romp. He now has six TD passes in the last three games and nine in the first six games. The Giants rank 11th against the pass and already have 21 sacks on the season, but you have to start Big Ben at home and expect him to stand in the pocket tall and get results.
Parker should return to practice this week and will be available for this week's game against the Giants, but he won't be rushed back into a full-time role right away. Parker hasn't played since Week 3, so be careful throwing him back into your starting lineup as the Giants already rank fifth against the run.
Moore has filled in admirably since the injuries to Parker and Rashard Mendenhall and will likely be the featured back this week even with Parker's return. Last week he rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries and two TDs, while also catching five passes for 14 yards. He now has 219 rushing yards in two starts, but will have a much tougher time this week against a Giants' defense that allows just 84.5 rushing yards per game. Start him this week, but expect lesser results.
Ward had another TD reception last week, his second in as many games and fifth of the season. He finished with four catches for 60 yards and now has 11 catches for 150 yards and two TDs in the last two games. He will be a key target again this week, but nothing will come easily against a tough Giants' defense that ranks 11th vs. the pass.
Holmes still has just one TD reception on the season, but he continues to be a big part of the passing game. Last week he had five catches for 89 yards and he's again averaging over 16 yards per reception. This will be a tough week against the Giants, but Holmes is still a worthy play even with this matchup.
Washington continues to be a solid third wideout for the Steelers, but his fantasy value remains minimal in 2008. He had two catches for 57 yards last week against the Bengals and has 15 catches for 225 yards over the last four games. Keep him on your bench this week, however, as the matchup isn't favorable.
It's not a good year for tight ends, and Miller is among those struggling this year. He has just one TD catch this season and last week he was limited to two catches for 13 yards. He now has two or fewer catches in three of six games this year. Expect minimal production again this week vs. the Giants.