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Pittsburgh Steelers
Ford Field | Sunday, October 11 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Steelers 27, Lions 10
Detroit Lions
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger
275 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Big Ben had a sick game against the Chargers, compiling a 128.9 passer rating with 333 yards on 26/33 passing with 2 TD and no INT. While his numbers on the season (5 TD, 4 INT) aren't spectacular, he's connected on over 70% of his passes and is a definite No. 1 fantasy option against the Lions.
RBRashard Mendenhall
60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Mendenhall went for 165 yards on 29 carries last week and figures to see more and more carries in the coming weeks. Consider Mendenhall to be a good No. 2 fantasy RB option with Willie Parker sidelined (turf toe).
RBMewelde Moore
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Moore will get some extra carries with Parker out but don't expect much.
WRSantonio Holmes
5 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD
He's the No. 1 WR on the pass happy Super Bowl Champs, despite having a subpar 4 for 52 against the Chargers (against whom he historically struggles). The sky is the limit against the Lions' 27th ranked pass D. A No. 1 option.
WRHines Ward
7 rec, 85 yards
Ward is 3rd in the NFL with 26 catches after going for 8 rec and 113 rec yards against the Chargers. Clearly, Big Ben trusts him implicitly. He is always a good No. 2 WR option in any league, especially PPR leagues.
TEHeath Miller
5 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD
A good red zone option for Big Ben, Miller had 2 TDs against the Chargers. With 24 receptions on the year, he is approaching the top tier of fantasy TEs. He's a great option, a must-start if you will, against the Lions.
KJeff Reed
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Expect Reed to have a solid game in the dome. Though he's missed 3 FG on the year, the Steelers have a prolific offense and he's a decent option.
Defense
5 sacks, 2 INT
Pittsburgh is a must start every week. Though their second half collapse against the Chargers is troubling, they are an excellent start against the Lions.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford
235 pass yards, 2 INT
With 3 TDs and 6 INTs on the year, Stafford is an inadvisable option against anybody, let alone the Steel Curtain. He twisted his knee against the Bears and may not play. Daunte Culpepper is also an inadvisable start if he can't go.
RBKevin Smith
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Smith had 2 TDs against the Bears tough run D. It doesn't get any easier here, though Smith remains a low end No. 2 option because he's the Lions best offensive weapon.
WRCalvin Johnson
7 rec, 110 yards
Megatron is SICK, any way you slice it, one of the top talents in the game. After getting 133 yards on 8 catches against the Bears, Johnson is back to his spot amongst the elite WRs. Figure the Lions to be down big in the 2nd half, and whomever the QB is to be chucking it up in his direction. Must start against any opponent.
WRBryant Johnson
2 rec, 30 yards
Johnson is not an advisable starting option under any circumstances, especially since Brandon Pettigrew and Kevin Smith get so many looks.
TEBrandon Pettigrew
5 rec, 60 yards
The highly touted rook had his best game as a pro with 4 catches for 64 yards against the Bears. Going forward, it's safe to move him up into the low-end of the top tier of TEs based on his prodigious talent alone.
KJason Hanson
1 PAT, 1 FG
Hanson hasn't missed a kick in 2009 after going 21 for 22 in 2008. Even on such a lousy team he's a decent starting option.
Defense
2 sacks
You shouldn't start the 23rd ranked Lions D under any circumstances.
 
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