Fitzpatrick had his best game as a pro in the 13-13 tie vs. Philadelphia last week, completing 29 of 44 passes for 261 yards and one TD. In the 38-10 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 7, he completed 21-of-35 passes for 164 yards and a TD, but was sacked seven times. He's not a good play this week as the Steelers rank No. 1 in the NFL against the pass and they will bottle Fitzpatrick up again.
Benson was limted to 42 yards on 23 rushes last week against Philadelphia, although he did add six receptions for 37 yards. He rambled for 22 yards on a screen pass in the first quarter, but never got anything going after that. He's now going against the No. 1 ranked rushing defense and nothing will come easily this week. He's not a worthy play in Week 12 as the Steelers will easily contain Benson this week.
Perry suffered a head injury in overtime and is questionable for this week's game. He has become a non-factor in this offense since Benson was signed and isn't a recommended fantasy play even if he is cleared to play on Thursday night.
Houshmandzadeh was dominant in Sunday's 13-13 tie with Philadephia as he had 12 catches for 149 yards and a TD. The TD catch was his first since Week 5 as he now has four TD catches after snaring 12 last year. In the first matchup with Pittsburgh, he had eight catches for 58 yards. He's a worthy fantasy play each week, but the No. 1 ranked Steelers' pass defense will keep his numbers down this week.
Johnson was limited to just four catches for 34 yards even though the Bengals threw 44 times and played an extra quarter. That was a huge disappointment one week after he scored two TDs. Johnson caught eight passes for 52 yards and a TD in the Week 7 matchup vs. Pittsburgh, but don't expect the same success this week as the Steelers will keep him in check on the slow turf of Heinz Field.
Henry was held to one catch for eight yards vs. Philadelphia last week and won't be effective on the slow turf of Heinz Field this week. He will see more action because of the injury to Antonio Chatman, but he's still not a good play against the No. 1 ranked passing defense in the NFL.
Kelly caught three passes for 24 yards last week vs. Philadelphia, but in the Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh he was held without a catch. The Steelers do a good job defending the tight end, so don't start Kelly this week on the road as this could be a low-scoring affair.
Graham missed a 47-yard field with seven seconds left in overtime that would have won it for the Bengals last week. Don't expect any game-winning heroics this week at Pittsburgh as this should be a blowout.
The Bengals still aren't a worthy fantasy defense, but last week they had good success against Philadelphia, forcing three interceptions and a fumble, while sacking Donovan McNabb twice. They won't have the same success this week at Pittsburgh, however.
In the cold and mud of Heinz Field last week, Roethlisberger still found a way to throw for 308 yards as the Steelers beat the Chargers 11-10, the NFL's first-ever 11-10 final. In the Week 7 win at Cincinnati, Roethlisberger completed 17-of-28 passes for 216 yards and two TDs. The Steelers will try to ground out a win at home this week, but Big Ben should still have a solid game as the Steelers continue to find success through the air.
Parker bounced back from his shoulder injury to rush for 115 yards on 25 carries against San Diego as he had one TD called back because of a penalty. He played with a shoulder harness, but said he had no problems at all and will start again on Thursday. The Bengals rank 23rd against the run and will have trouble stopping Parker at home. Give him another start and watch him rush for 100-plus yards again.
Moore was the star of the Week 7 win at Cincinnati as he rushed for 120 yards and two TDs and added a receiving TD. He won't see as much action this week with Parker now healthy, but look for him to be a big part of the passing game as he had five catches for 33 yards on Sunday vs. San Diego. He's not a recommended fantasy play this week, but he will have some value to the Steelers.
Ward was a dominating force last week vs. San Diego as he had no trouble getting open and finished with a season-high 11 catches for 124 yards. In the Week 7 win at Cincinnati, Ward had four catches for 60 yards and a TD. He will put up even better numbers this week as the Steelers methodically move the ball through the air with Ward leading the way.
Holmes continues to be a fantasy disappointment as he's still stuck on two receiving TDs, but last week vs. San Diego he finished with five catches for 63 yards, not bad in PPR leagues. In the Week 7 matchup at Cincinnati, Holmes had five catches for 89 yards. This week he will find paydirt as he finally rewards his fantasy owners.
Washington was limited to two catches for 14 yards vs. San Diego last week and isn't a worthy fantasy play this week, either. He's a solid No. 3 wideout for Pittsburgh, but he's not ready for prime time just yet in fantasy football.
Spaeth has had six catches in each of his last two starts, finishing with six catches for 55 yards on Sunday vs. San Diego. He has done a good job filling in for the injured Heath Miller, but Miller should return this week from his high ankle sprain. See which TE is going to get the start on Thursday before committing to either one.
Reed kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left last week vs. San Diego and finished with three FGs overall. But he's still a weak fantasy kicker, averaging just over 6 points a game this year.
The Steelers' defense was robbed of a touchdown at the end of Sunday's game as the NFL ruled it should have been a TD and was ruled incorrectly. They did finish with a safety, two interceptions and two sacks as they continue to be one of the best fantasy defenses around. Look for a big day against Fitzpatrick as they sacked him eight times the last time these two teams met.