Roethlisberger was physically beaten up by the Giants last week, getting sacked five times and throwing four interceptions as he reinjured his throwing shoulder. He completed just 13-of-29 passes for 189 yards and a TD as the Steelers fell to the Giants 21-14. The Redskins rank 11th in the NFL vs. the pass, so nothing will come easy this week, but look for the Steelers to connect a little better and give Big Ben just enough time to have success this week.
Parker has missed the last four games with a sprained knee, but practiced on Tuesday and should return in a platoon role this week. He won't play all of the snaps and the Redskins rank fifth against the run, so he's a risky fantasy play in Week 9. Still, the Steelers will try to pound the ball and Parker could have enough success to merit a starting role your team in this big Monday Night Football matchup.
Moore has been a great fill-in for the Steelers over the last three weeks, rushing for 303 yards and three TDs in 56 carries. Last week against a tough Giants' defense, he rushed 19 times for 84 yards and a TD. Moore could see a decreased role if Parker plays this week, but he should still get enough carries to merit a spot in your starting roster once again. Don't give up on him just yet.
Thanks to a strong pass rush, the Giants were able to hold the Steelers' passing game in check last week. As a result, Ward was limited to just three catches for 30 yards and 0 TDs after catching TD passes in each of the two previous games. The Redskins rank 11th in the NFL vs. the pass, so this is another tough matchup, but look for Ward to rise to the occasion.
Holmes was inactive last week after being arrested for possession of marijuana, but he will be active and start this week at Washington. He obviously made a major mistake and will pay for it, but the Steelers are wise to move on and get him back on the field this week. He should repay them with a good game at Washington.
Washington has now caught a TD pass in three straight games as he caught a 65-yard bomb from Roethlisberger in the third quarter of last week's game vs. the Giants. It was his only catch of the game, but he remains a big playmaker in this offense. He's a risky fantasy play each week, but it's hard to argue with the production over the last three games.
Miller is being used more to block in passing situations as the Steelers' offensive line is struggling so badly this year, which has hurt his numbers on the year. He still was able to break free for three catches for 52 yards on Sunday, but still has just 21 catches and 1 TD on the season. Expect similar production again this week.
Campbell had his most efficient game of the season in last week's 25-17 win over the Lions as he completed 23-of-28 passes for 328 yards and a TD. He's been efficient for the Redskins, but unspectacular for fantasy owners as he has eight TD passes in eight games and no game with more than 2 TD passes. He now goes against the No. 1 ranked passing defense in the NFL, so expect lesser results in this prime time matchup.
Portis suffered an ankle injury in last week's 25-17 win over Detroit, but still rushed for 126 yards, his fifth straight game of 100-plus yards. He should start this week and has a chance to go over 1,000 yards as he enters this game with 944 yards and 7 TDs. It won't be easy, however, as the Steelers rank third in the NFL vs. the run, allowing just 2.8 yards per carry and 71.6 yards per game. The Redskins are the No. 2 ranked rushing offense, so something will have to give this week.
Moss had his best game of the season last week vs. Detroit, catching nine passes for 140 yards and a TD. It was the fifth game this season in which he's caught a TD pass. Unfortunately, he suffered a hamstring injury late in the game and could be inactive for this game. Watch his situation closely all week long because this could be the difference-maker in this game.
If Moss is sidelined on Monday with his hamstring injury, then Randle El will have to step up and be the No. 1 WR. He's not accustomed to that role, so don't expect any better numbers if that happens. In fact, Randle El is an iffy start either way as he needs Moss in the lineup to take pressure off of him.
Thrash has no value as the Redskins' No. 3 wideout, but he could move into a starting role if Santana Moss is sidelined this weekend. But even in that role against the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the NFL, he still has no fantasy value. Also look for Devin Thomas to move up into the No. 3 WR role if Moss is sidelined.
Cooley will have to step up this week if Santana Moss is hobbled by his hamstring injury. The Steelers rank No. 1 in the NFL against the pass, but look for Cooley to bail out Campbell this week when needed.