Fantasy Player Projections

 
Cleveland Browns
Heinz Field | Sunday, October 17 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Steelers 27, Browns 6
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBColt McCoy
155 pass yards, 10 rush yards, 2 INT
With Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace sidelined with ankle issues, all indications are that former Texas star Colt McCoy will get the start for the Browns. As a rookie facing a robust Steelers defense McCoy could be in for a long day.
RBPeyton Hillis
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Hillis was limited in practice and in Sunday's game due to a quadriceps injury. Jerome Harrison saw a few more carries as a result. Keep an eye on both backs this week, as either could end up carrying the load against Pittsburgh.
WRMohamed Massaquoi
4 rec, 50 yards
Massaquoi had his best game of the season last week with five receptions for 55 yards. Still, it was far off of what one should expect from a team's No. 1 receiver. As has been the case all season, leave Massaquoi on waivers for now.
WRJoshua Cribbs
3 rec, 35 yards
Cribbs is on pace for a career year receiving. That isn't saying much, however, with just 13 receptions through five games. He's much more valuable in leagues that take into account the return game.
TEBenjamin Watson
5 rec, 45 yards
Watson continues to be the Browns' only reliable fantasy pass catcher. He had five receptions last week, his third game in a row with at least that number. He only has one score this season, however.
KPhil Dawson
2 FGs
Seven field-goal attempts in five games is hardly a blistering pace. Dawson cannot become a reliable fantasy kicker until the Browns' offense improves.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Browns will have the task of taking on Ben Roethlisberger in his first game back from suspension. While it's reasonable to expect some rust from the QB, he and Rashard Mendenhall should still provide plenty of headaches.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger
200 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
Expect some rust as Big Ben returns from a four-game suspension. But he couldn't ask for a more favorable matchup for his return than the Cleveland Browns, who have given up eight passing TDs to date.
RBRashard Mendenhall
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 100 rush yards, 1 rush TD
With Ben Roethlisberger back from suspension, expect more room to run for Mendenhall. A quarterback who is a real threat to pass should help draw defenders out of the box.
WRHines Ward
5 rec, 55 yards
Ward has been very quiet the last three weeks, with just six receptions while the Steelers emphasized the ground game. Expect a return to a more balanced attack with Ben Roethlisberger coming back.
WRMike Wallace
4 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Charlie Batch did an admirable job under center, but Roethlisberger is the team's franchise quarterback for a reason. Wallace only stands to gain.
TEHeath Miller
3 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
Miller was a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger's last season with 76 receptions.
KJeff Reed
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Reed has 12 field-goal attempts in four games this season, so he is earning plenty of opportunities to score despite making just eight so far. The Steelers offense should continue to move the ball against the Browns.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Steelers are an easy D/ST pick this week against a Browns offense with a non-existent passing game and a hobbled running game. Pittsburgh's front seven is allowing just 62.3 yards per game on the ground.
 
 
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