Fantasy Player Projections

 
Steelers
MetLife Stadium
Sunday , Nov. 04 | 04:25 PM EST (CBS)
Giants
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

318 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 11 rush yards

New York allows 273.5 passing yards per game (ranking 29th) and made Tony Romo look like a god in the second half of last week's contest. Roethlisberger has been one of the league's most accurate passers and should do well against a young Giants secondary that is still finding its way.

RBJonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

89 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Fantasy owners who picked up Dwyer as a short-tem fill-in should hold on to the Steelers' back a wee bit longer. He has given the ground game the spark it's been lacking for much of the year, and will keep the starting role despite the expected returns of Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.

RBIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

14 rush yards, 2 rec, 21 rec yards

Redman was a game-time decision last week, so there is a good chance he'll see the field Sunday. The Steelers' muddied backfield makes him a risky fantasy play, however.

RBRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

11 rush yards

Mendenhall was kept off the field last week to allow his Achilles injury extra time to heal. In the meantime, Jonathan Dwyer has gained 100-plus yards in consecutive starts. If Mendenhall does suit up this week, fantasy owners should expect him to play a supporting role.

WRMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

5 rec, 87 yards, rec TD

Wallace is supposed to be the Steelers' speed receiver, right? It's hard to explain why he has managed less than 10 yards per catch in three of his last four outings. Wallace must hope he can get behind a Giants secondary giving up 8.3 yards per passing attempt.

WRAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

4 rec, 73 yards

Brown's struggles in recent weeks shouldn't scare fantasy owners; he faces a New York secondary that gave up 100-yard games to three Cowboys receivers last week. This matchup should help Brown get his legs back.

WREmmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders

2 rec, 32 yards

Sanders makes big plays, just not enough of them. He has caught at least one pass of 20 or more yards in four of Pittsburgh's last five games, yet hasn't caught more than four passes in any one game this season.

TEHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Last week, Jason Witten set a Dallas franchise record with 18 catches against New York. Granted, Miller is no Witten, but that number coupled with Miller's own touchdown total should sit favorably with fantasy owners pondering whether to start Pittsburgh's veteran tight end.

KShaun Suisham

Shaun Suisham

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Suisham has averaged nine points per game for Pittsburgh, and has yet to be held to fewer than seven points in a game this season. He's as steady as they come.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

Pittsburgh has held opposing offenses in check but has not created the explosive plays the unit is known for. Part of this has to do with Troy Polamalu's absence. The Steelers cannot afford to make mistakes this week against a Giants offense that makes opponents pay for the slightest misstep.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBEli Manning

Eli Manning

236 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Last week Manning was roughed up by Dallas' secondary. Now he must face the top-ranked Steelers pass defense. He has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in three of New York's last five games. Time to panic? Nah, ride out the storm. He's a Manning, after all.

RBAhmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

74 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

Bradshaw's fantasy stock is starting to fall following his blow-up with Tom Coughlin in Week 7 and his fumble last Sunday. Bradshaw wasn't given goal-line duties against Dallas (Andre Brown was) and he didn't see a pass. These are not good times for New York's No. 1 back.

RBAndre Brown

Andre Brown

22 rush yards, 1 rec, 4 rec yards

Brown scored on a short run that he bounced to the left side last week. He's been productive for New York, but on limited touches. Until the workload increases, keep him on the bench.

RBDavid Wilson

David Wilson

6 rush yards

Wilson carried just twice against Dallas and was ineffective as a kick returner. He won't see many touches unless Ahmad Bradshaw misses time with an injury, and even then Andre Brown will get the first call.

WRVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

4 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Despite a dismal performance in Week 8, Cruz remains tied for the league lead in touchdown catches, and ranks among the top five in receiving yards.

WRDomenik Hixon

Domenik Hixon

3 rec, 39 yards, rec TD

Hixon's biggest hurdle this week isn’t Pittsburgh's imposing secondary, but rather the rapid rise of fellow Giants receivers Rueben Randle and Ramses Barden. No one likes to share, certainly not a No. 3 receiver.

WRHakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

3 rec, 49 yards

At halftime last week, Tom Coughlin questioned why his receivers weren't winning one-on-one matchups. The fact is, Dallas' cornerbacks took Victor Cruz and Nicks out of the game. Pittsburgh has the same kind of reputation. Two weeks ago the Steelers shut down A.J. Green.

TEMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 42 yards

Bennett has been more effective at home than on the road this season, having logged almost twice as many yards and five more catches in the same number of home/road dates.

KLawrence Tynes

Lawrence Tynes

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Tynes is on pace to score 213,569 points this season. OK, slight exaggeration, but his pace is ri-dic-u-lous. Last year, kickers for six NFL teams failed to reach the 100-point mark; Tynes will get there in Week 9.

DEFENSE

2 Sacks

The New York defense took its lumps in Big D and lost a few key players to minor injuries. To stop Pittsburgh, the Giants must protect against downfield passing and slow down the Steelers' power rushing attack. Sounds like a tall order.

 
 
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