Fantasy Player Projections

 
Eagles
Heinz Field
Sunday , Oct. 07 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Steelers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMichael Vick

Michael Vick

194 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 41 rush yards

Vick hasn’t been electric, but he certainly improved last week after an abysmal performance against Arizona. The Steelers have allowed the fewest passing yards of any team in the NFL (partly because they have only played three games), but they have only forced two turnovers and are coming off of a loss to the Raiders. Vick will try and spread them out, but that isn't a strategy that has traditionally worked against Pittsburgh.

RBLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

111 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 29 rec yards

The Eagles are facing a Steelers team that could not contain Darren McFadden in Week 3. McCoy has been underwhelming thus far, but the Eagles will probably give him the ball early and often with Michael Vick still not comfortable. Running all over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field is unusual, but this feels like McCoy's game. The Steelers are allowing better than four yards per carry and were flummoxed by McFadden's versatility. McCoy is capable of doing the same.

WRDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

6 rec, 70 yards

Jackson is a so-called "bright lights" performer, so it might be a big day if he can find room in the secondary. Much of Jackson's performance will probably depend on the health of Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. The Steelers' pass defense has been staunch this season, but Jackson might be the player to open it up.

WRJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

4 rec, 23 yards

Maclin is listed as probable (his hip has been bothering him), but he remains one of the most difficult players to try to predict. That said, the Steelers had trouble containing the middle of the field against Raiders' receivers Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. Maclin very well could blow up against Pittsburgh, but he has only two catches in the past two weeks.

TEBrent Celek

Brent Celek

6 rec, 63 yards, rec TD

If the Eagles are able to get their running game going with LeSean McCoy, Celek may well be the beneficiary. If McCoy can run the Eagles to second-and-short and third-and-short situations Celek should be targeted frequently, especially inside of the red zone. Celek remains one of the most dangerous tight ends in the NFL (just reference his Week 2 performance) and could be in for a big week.

KAlex Henery

Alex Henery

2 PATs, FG

Henery is coming off of a big week last week (4-for-4) and his only miss came in Week 1. It looks like he is starting to perform -- the question now is if the Eagles are able to effectively get into field-goal range.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, Sack

The Eagles have intercepted more balls than they have allowed touchdowns, but they haven't been great with quarterback pressure (seven sacks in four games) and have been far better defending the run than the pass. The Eagles have only forced one fumble as well while the Steelers have only coughed up one.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

301 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, 2 INTs, 11 rush yards

This has all the makings of a back-and-forth game, and Roethlisberger will be facing a talented pass coverage unit, even if Nnamdi Asomugha's eye condition somehow keeps him out of Sunday's game. Roethlisberger has big-play weapons in Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace and his ever-dependable tight end in Heath “Big Money” Miller. Roethlisberger’s attempts are up and so are his yards. He will undoubtedly be throwing often.

RBRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

26 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

The Steelers targeted a Week 5 return date for Mendenhall, but it's unlikely he will shoulder too much in his season debut. Whether or not his knee is completely healed, don't expect a major workload.

RBIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

27 rush yards

This number shrinks further if Rashard Mendenhall ends up playing, but Redman has been generally ineffective this season. Perhaps Baron Batch could see a few more carries if Redman can't start running for more yards.

WRMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

8 rec, 93 yards, rec TD

Wallace finally appears to be in the shape that he was last season, and he annihilated an overmatched Oakland secondary in Week 3. Wallace will not be able to roam as freely against the Eagles as he did against the Raiders, but Ben Roethlisberger will be looking for his vertical threat.

WRAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

6 rec, 80 yards

Brown has emerged as one of Ben Roethlisberger's most consistent threats this season, averaging six catches per game and more than 13 yards per catch. Brown will see plenty of throws in this game.

TEHeath Miller

Heath Miller

7 rec, 71 yards, 2 rec TDs

Miller is one of Ben Roethlisberger's most trusted targets, and he was able to roam freely in Oakland. The Steelers’ offense is at its best when Miller is deployed as a viable weapon. Expect a big week from Miller, especially if the Steelers' vertical threats struggle with the Eagles' secondary.

KShaun Suisham

Shaun Suisham

3 PATs

Suisham has never been a particularly dependable kicker and he only has five attempts this season. Suisham has yet to miss, but he's not a guy with a ton of range.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

In a game that should be full of action (and likely miscues), Pittsburgh should certainly be aggressive. The Eagles have the most fumbles of any team in the NFL, and Michael Vick’s inconsistency is well-documented. It could conceivably be a huge day for the Steelers D.

 
 
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