Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

260 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 15 rush yards

Big Ben has enjoyed a great start to the season so far, with two touchdown passes in each of his first two games. The Raiders have a decent pass defense, but starting Big Ben still makes sense in fantasy leagues.

RBJonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

55 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Dwyer looks like the best option for the Steelers at running back, but Isaac Redman continues to see carries at the goal line. Consider him an RB3 or flex option going up against the Raiders' subpar rushing defense.

RBIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

40 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Any lead that Redman had on Jonathan Dwyer in the running back race in Pittsburgh appears to have faded away. But the Steelers continue to use Redman near the goal line, which makes him a decent flex player against the Raiders, who rank 29th against the run.

WRMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

5 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

The Steelers' top playmaker was at it again in Week 2, with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Jets. While Brown is considered the more reliable wide receiver, Wallace remains the better scoring threat and a solid fantasy starter in Week 3.

WRAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

With seven catches for 79 yards against the Jets, Brown continues to be a reliable, albeit boring, wide receiver. The Raiders are better against the pass than they are against the run, but Brown is good enough to start again in Week 3.

TEHeath Miller

Heath Miller

3 rec, 35 yards

Is there a less exciting tight end to own in fantasy than Miller? Yet, he keeps scoring touchdowns and being Big Ben's favorite end zone target each week. The Raiders are a little tougher against the pass than they are against the run, but start Miller until his scoring streak ends.

KShaun Suisham

Shaun Suisham

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Suisham has been reliable, if not spectacular, in his first two games this season. He has two field goals in each game, but he kicked three extra points in Week 2 against the Jets. The Steelers should have an easier time moving the ball against the Raiders, so consider starting him again.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

The Steelers got two more sacks in Week 2 against the Jets, but they have just one forced turnover on the season. The Raiders' offense was held in check for the most part against Miami, so perhaps this will be an easier foe for the Steel Curtain.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

230 pass yards, pass TD, INT

After an impressive 2012 debut, Palmer looked even better for his fantasy owners in Week 2. He threw for 373 yards and a touchdown at Miami, along with his first interception of the season. The Steelers should pose a bigger threat, however, making it tough to start Palmer in Week 3 fantasy play.

RBDarren McFadden

Darren McFadden

75 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

Run-DMC was expected to run roughshod over Miami's defense, especially after Houston ran well in Week 1. But McFadden was held to just 22 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards in Week 2. Even so, he's a must-start player each week when he's healthy.

RBMike Goodson

Mike Goodson

20 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Serving as the backup running back to Darren McFadden last Sunday, Goodson rushed just once -- for minus-six yards. But he did grab a pass in the flat that he took for a 64-yard touchdown. Even so, until McFadden gets injured, Goodson shouldn't be used in fantasy leagues.

WRDenarius Moore

Denarius Moore

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Moore's hamstring was healthy enough to allow him to play at Miami in Week 2. He caught three passes for 67 yards, but it's clear that Carson Palmer likes his play-making skills. Moore is worth a look as a WR3 in Week 3 against the Steelers.

WRDarrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

4 rec, 50 yards

DHB failed to eclipse the 50-yard receiving mark yet again, despite the Raiders averaging more than 325 passing yards per game. Nine different players caught passes in Week 2 at Miami. Reserve Heyward-Bey for his Week 3 matchup against the Steelers.

TEBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

5 rec, 50 yards

For the second week in a row, Carson Palmer went to Myers regularly, and the tight end caught six passes for 86 yards at Miami. With more than 150 yards receiving already, Myers is becoming a tight end option to consider in fantasy play.

KSebastian Janikowski

Sebastian Janikowski

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Janikowski has been good on all three field goal attempts this season, but he just hasn't scored as much as most of his fantasy owners had hoped. He has a cannon for a leg, though, and long field goals are quite common from him.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Raiders laid down against Reggie Bush and Co. in Week 2. Bush rushed for over 170 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins scored 35 points against Oakland. Fantasy owners should have several better options for Week 3 than the Raiders D/ST.

 
 
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