Get the Blackhawks Championship Package  Give the Gift of SI
SI.com Home
Fantasy Football, Fantasy Baseball and More

Fantasy Player Projections

 
Cleveland Browns
Heinz Field | Sunday, October 18 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Steelers 27, Browns 6
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDerek Anderson
120 pass yards, 2 INT
Anderson completed two passes last week against the lowly Bills, with one going to a reserve tight end who shouldn't even come near your fantasy radar. Doesn't exactly bode well for this week's grudge match with the Steelers.
RBJamal Lewis
50 rush yards
So much for that hamstring injury: Lewis rushed for 117 yards against the Bills. But it was the veteran's first 100-yard rushing game since December 2007, so it'd be risky to expect a similar outburst Sunday on the road against the defending champs.
RBJerome Harrison
5 rec, 40 rec yards, 15 rush yards
Could be a shrewd flex play in PPR leagues, since Harrison is a popular pass-catching option out of the backfield.
WRMohamed Massaquoi
1 rec, 40 yards
Massaquoi followed up that eight-catch, 148-yard breakthrough with a total dud against the hapless Bills. He could be in for a long afternoon against the hard-hitting Steelers.
WRJoshua Cribbs
1 rec, 10 yards
Worthless from a fantasy point of view.
WRChansi Stuckey
2 rec, 25 yards
Could be worth a play down the road against an easier matchup. Don't even think about starting him against the Steelers.
TERobert Royal
1 rec, 5 yards
A fantasy non-entity. You'd be better off starting Ohio State's Jake Ballard.
KBilly Cundiff
2 FGs
Cleveland's impotent offense undercuts Cundiff's fantasy value dramatically.
Defense
1 sack
Defense? What defense?
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger
220 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Roethlisberger enters a mouth-watering matchup at home against the Browns, fresh off prolific performances against San Diego (333 yards, two touchdowns) and Detroit (277 yards, three touchdowns). Expect more of the same against the Browns, though Mike Tomlin may focus more on the ground attack given Cleveland's 32nd-ranked rush defense.
RBRashard Mendenhall
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 100 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Mendenhall has made the most of the opportunity created by Parker's turf toe. He'll be the feature back against the Browns and should post excellent numbers.
RBWillie Parker
25 rush yards
Parker is expected to play after missing consecutive games with turf toe. But he's ceded the starting job to Mendenhall (at least for the time being) and might not be back to 100 percent. A risky play even against the lousy Browns.
WRSantonio Holmes
4 rec, 65 yards
After an impressive Week 1 outing against the Titans, Holmes has neither caught a touchdown pass nor cracked 100 yards receiving in a single game. That said, this week's matchup offers a juicy opportunity for a rebound performance.
WRHines Ward
5 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Ward has been consistent with receptions and yardage but didn't find the end zone until last week. Not the most reliable play but certainly an enticing one against the Browns.
WRMike Wallace
4 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
The Steelers' up-and-coming WR3 has been slowly disappearing from waiver wires and could be a legitimate threat by season's end. But Wallace is nothing more than a bye-week replacement for now.
TEHeath Miller
4 rec, 35 yards
Miller always catches a couple of balls and he's scored three touchdowns in 2009.
KJeff Reed
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Despite playing on a capable offense, Reed has disappointed fantasy owners by making just over half of his field-goal attempts (5-of-8). Look elsewhere.
Defense
2 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
Pittsburgh has the second-ranked rush defense in the NFL -- but they've been nothing more than average against the pass since the loss of Troy Polumalu.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
SI.com
Hot Topics: Boston Marathon NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs LaMarcus Aldridge Dwyane Wade Carlos Gomez
TM & © 2013 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint