Fantasy Player Projections

 
Pittsburgh Steelers
Raymond James Stadium | Sunday, September 26 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Steelers 17, Buccaneers 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCharlie Batch
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Either Batch or Byron Leftwich will start for the Steelers in Week 3. Whoever gets the nod may be a useful Week 3 option in 2-QB leagues but not in standard leagues.
RBRashard Mendenhall
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 100 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Tampa Bay's run defense is improved, but Mendenhall should see a lot of work - and provide a lot of production - in Week 3.
WRHines Ward
4 rec, 60 yards
Ward remains a valuable underneath receiver, but he will probably be counted on to put his superior blocking skills to work quite a bit in Week 3.
WRMike Wallace
3 rec, 50 yards
The Bucs' corners like to go for interceptions, so Wallace will have a chance to burn them for a big play deep. If he is unable to do so, don't expect more than average production since the Steelers will likely run early and often.
TEHeath Miller
3 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD
Miller should be Charlie Batch's primary passing target this week given the quality of the Tampa corners. Miller is a strong Week 3 option.
KJeff Reed
2 PATs, 1 FG
Pittsburgh's offense figures to be efficient but slow-moving in Week 3, so Reed's opportunities may be limited. Don't count on him for double digit points.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Steelers defense should be aggressive against a young offense, so expect a big week from them as long as they can force a few mistakes.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJosh Freeman
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 2 INT
Freeman will need a big game in Week 3 if the Buccaneers hope to knock off the Steelers. He should be a useful option in 2-QB leagues given his 4:1 TD:INT ratio and ability to pick up yards on the ground.
RBCarnell Williams
50 rush yards
Williams is averaging just 2.6 YPC on his 49 attempts this season. With the Steelers on the schedule in Week 3, that number does not figure to improve much. It's best to go another direction this week.
WRMike Williams
6 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
It has not taken Williams long to establish himself as the Buccaneers' top receiving option. He scored a touchdown in each of the first two weeks, making him a viable third receiver option in most formats.
WRArrelious Benn
3 rec, 35 yards
Benn has not caught a pass through two games. He will have to prove he can produce before being a viable option.
TEKellen Winslow
4 rec, 45 yards
Winslow racked up 83 yards in Week 2, but don't expect a big performance this week against Troy Polamalu.
KConnor Barth
1 PAT, 1 FG
The Buccaneers probably will not score a lot of points in Week 3, so don't expect Barth to do much either.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
Tampa Bay's run defense is much improved, and they will face a fairly immobile quarterback in Week 3. Still, Tampa Bay remains only an average fantasy defense.
 
 
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