Romo is regaining his fantasy magic. He had another huge game last week, passing for 331 yards and three TDs against Seattle. He's topped 300 yards in each of the past two games while throwing for six touchdowns. This week's matchup is much more difficult, however, as the Steelers the league's best pass defense. Pittsburgh allows only 166.8 passing yards a game. Romo certainly has the weapons to get it done and he's extremely difficult to sit but in this critical week he's not looking as good as usual so benching him isn't the worst option. It's extremely risky to sit him, but the Steelers swallow up opposing passing games so if you do start him, lower your projections and don't expect Romo to go off.
Barber rushed for only 32 yards last week, though he did score, before leaving the game with a toe injury. He expects to play this week but monitor his status closely throughout the week. Even if he plays, he's looking worse than usual against Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked run defense (71.2 yards allowed per game). When he's right, Barber can run over any defense and he's always a threat to score. But if he's hobbled in any way, it may be best to sit him this week given how difficult it will be for him on the ground. He's a better start in PPR leagues since he should be very active in the short passing game. This projection is based on Barber's toe not being an issue and he's at full strength on Sunday. Set your lineup accordingly based on his practice work this week.
Choice has become the No. 2 RB for Dallas with Felix Jones out for the year. If Barber can't go, Choice will start but he'd be a poor fantasy option against this defense. He's only Barber insurance at this point and shouldn't be started in any league if Barber plays as expected.
Owens had another strong game on Thanksgiving, catching five passes for 98 yards and a TD in the rout of Seattle. He's scored in consecutive games and appears to be back to being an explosive big-play threat. That's the good news. The bad news is he won't have it easy against this elite secondary. The Steelers excel at shutting down top WRs (Randy Moss caught only four passes against them last week), so TO isn't looking as good as usual. You still start him unless you have obscene talent at WR, but don't expect him to go off this week.
Williams hasn't done much since being acquired by the Cowboys. He has only eight receptions in the past three games and is a distant third on the receiving pecking order behind TO and Jason Witten. Against a stellar pass defense, Williams is a poor fantasy option this week. It's best to bench him and look elsewhere.
Witten looks healthy again. He was a monster on Thanksgiving, nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers won't give up much in the passing game, but Witten has a chance to deliver solid results working against their tight ends and safeties. Of all the options in the Dallas passing game, he's the one I feel best about this week.
Folk has had a down season after being an elite fantasy kicker last year. He's made only 15 FGs this season and with the Cowboys' offense looking worse than usual this week he's not a strong fantasy option. Look for a kicker with more upside this week than Folk.
The Cowboys look to be gaining some late-season momentum. They've improved to ninth in the league in total defense and are allowing 21.7 points per game. Although Ben Roethlisberger has played better of late, he will take unnecessary sacks and will make poor throws at times as well. The Cowboys will bring the heat and pressure Big Ben into some mistakes, making them a solid fantasy starting option this week.
Roethlisberger delivered another uninspiring performance last week for his fantasy owners, passing for only 179 yards and two TDs in the win over New England. His passing yardage has declined the past two games and he's thrown only three TDs in his last three games. He has a so-so matchup against a Dallas pass defense that allows 200 yards a game. He should be OK this week, but he lacks upside so he's not the most exciting starting option by any means.
Parker returned from his knee injury last week and looked good, rushing for 87 yards on 16 carries. He lost a lot of snaps to Mewelde Moore and that will likely continue, but he ran hard and best of all, he stayed healthy. The Cowboys give up only 96.8 rushing yards a game so he's not looking great this week given the matchup and the timeshare with Moore. But he should be a solid RB2 so start him there this week in larger leagues.
Moore continues to deliver for the Steelers and his fantasy owners. He rushed for 69 yards and caught two passes last week in the win over New England. Look for him to get double-digit touches again and be a fine flex play in PPR leagues.
Ward got back in the swing of things last week, catching five passes for 37 yards and a TD against the Patriots. This isn't a prime matchup for the Steelers' passing game by any means but Ward will be needed and he'll deliver for his owners in PPR leagues. Start him there as a WR2 with mild WR1 upside.
Holmes caught only two passes last week, but one went for a touchdown against New England. He's struggling to make a big impact offensively as he's topped 65 yards receiving only once in the past three games. He's been rendered a WR3 with upside but he's not a safe pick this week given the matchup. Look elsewhere if you can but expect just mild production from Holmes if you do start him.
Miller is getting more involved in the passing game of late. He's caught four passes in each of the past two games and has been targeted at least six times in those games. He'll be needed again as the running game could stall in the Red Zone. He's a fine reach this week if your TE isn't giving you much.
Reed has some upside this week. The Cowboys allow 21.7 points per game but their defense is solid against the run and that could lead to Pittsburgh's offense stalling in the Red Zone. Reed is always a good choice at home and he's looking good if you need him this week.
The Steelers have the league's premier defense. This will be a tough test against the high-powered Cowboys, but so far Pittsburgh has met all challenges. If Barber is limited, that will be a big plus but even if he isn't, this defense has the talent to bring pressure on Romo and make some plays. You start them every week given how well they're producing.