Land Shark Stadium | Sunday, October 24 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Steelers 10, Dolphins 6
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTRoethlisberger went 16-for-27 passing for 257 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in his first game back from suspension. Granted, the Dolphins should present more of a challenge than the Browns, but Big Ben looked in good form.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 75 rush yardsBen Roethlisberger's return did not limit Mendenhall's role any. He still had 30 touches during Pittsburgh's win over Cleveland. The Dolphins have been mediocre against the run this season.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 10 rush yardsMoore recorded just one carry against the Browns last week. Rashard Mendenhall is the workhorse in Pittsburgh, making Moore an emergency option only.
3 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDWallace's rapport with Ben Roethlisberger picked up where it left off last season. Wallace is a deep threat only, so expect a lot of feast-or-famine performances. Still, he should prosper with his franchise quarterback back at the reins.
4 rec, 50 yardsWard had his best game since Week 1 last Sunday, due in no small part to Ben Roethlisberger's return. Ward should be a much better fantasy option going forward. Though he's not a downfield target, he will continue to see lots of targets in the red zone.
3 rec, 35 yardsMiller may have benefited more than any other Steelers' pass-catcher from Ben Roethlisberger's return. While he shouldn't approach the 76 receptions he had last season, Miller will take more 50-yard, one touchdown performances like he had last week.
1 PAT, 1 FGReed is just 1-for-5 from beyond 40 yards this season, hindering his fantasy value in leagues that provide bonus points for distance. He has 12 field goal attempts, however, so the opportunities are there.
4 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FumbleMiami is moving the ball well as of late, putting up 381 total yards against the Packers. Still, the Steelers are one of the league's best defenses for a reason. They are safe to play this week.
160 pass yards, 2 INTThe Dolphins kept the ball on the ground, and Henne reined in last week. He is still averaging over 40 attempts over his last three games. The Steelers will bring a lot of pressure, however, and Miami will try to run the ball if they can.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 40 rush yardsBrown's 19 carries last week were a season high, and with Ricky Williams around upside is limited. Worse still, the Dolphins face the league's best rush defense this week. It's a good week to bench Brown if you can.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yardsRonnie Brown still gets the lion's share of carries, but Williams is still averaging 11 carries for 48 yards per game. He's a spotty flex play, but he can produce with the right matchup. He's better left on the bench against the Steelers, however.
6 rec, 80 yardsMarshall had 17 targets for the second game this season, recording 10 catches for 127 yards against Green Bay. With so many passes being thrown his way, there is no reason to consider removing Marshall from your starting lineup.
4 rec, 45 yardsChad Henne is averaging over 40 pass attempts over his last three outings, and believe it or not all of those targets are not just going to Brandon Marshall. Bess has 19 receptions over those three games, and is a worth flex consideration most weeks.
1 rec, 20 yardsFasano's production has been up and down this season, but when he does touch the ball big things usually happen. He is averaging better than 13.5 yards per catch, and has two touchdowns so far. He'll do as a bye week replacement.
2 FGsCarpenter has had plenty of opportunities from deep range this season, and has responded well for the most part. He is 6-for-8 from beyond 40 yards, including 2-for-3 past 50 yards. With 10 field goal attempts in five games, he is a solid fantasy option.
2 sacks, 1 INTMiami will be Ben Roethlisberger's first decent test since his return from suspension, with the Browns not providing much resistance last week. Still, against a team that is running the ball well, you should be able to find a better defensive option.