Fantasy Player Projections

 
Steelers
M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday , Dec. 02 | 04:25 PM EST (CBS)
Ravens
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBCharlie Batch

Charlie Batch

191 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

There's a chance, however slight, that ben Roethlisberger suits up, but that chance was declining as the week progressed. As for Batch, last week was a nightmare -- and that was against Cleveland! What can fantasy owners expect against Baltimore? Not much. The Ravens have their problems on defense, but Batch showed nothing last week to suggest he is capable of exploiting those weaknesses.

RBJonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Dwyer

46 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

According to coach Mike Tomlin, Dwyer will be the starting running back heading into Week 13. It's a situation that changes week to week, so fantasy owners really have no reason to gamble on Dwyer (or any of the Steelers' backs).

RBRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

32 rush yards

The coaching staff came down hard on Mendehall for fumbling twice against Cleveland (Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey also lost fumbles in that game). Regardless, Mendenhall is in no position to help fantasy owners this week.

RBIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

21 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Redman's stats from the past three weeks: 11 carries and 33 yards. Um, no thanks. There are a dozen or more backs on the waiver wire possessing more upside than Redman right now.

WRMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

5 rec, 76 yards, rec TD

More than anyone, Wallace desperately needs to have Ben Roethlisberger back in the lineup.Wallace was drowning with Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch under center, managing a combined 33 yards in two games.

WRAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

2 rec, 34 yards

The Steelers intend to bring Brown back (ankle) for this all-important AFC North matchup. He hasn't played since Week 9, so fantasy owners should expect a little rust.

WREmmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders

3 rec, 32 yards

With Mike Wallace struggling Sanders has picked up his game, registering 157 yards over the past two weeks. Sanders never seemed on the same page as Ben Roethlisberger, so it really wouldn't be a surprise if his totals regress upon Big Ben's return.

TEHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 47 yards, rec TD

Miller has been a road warrior this season, with four touchdowns and an average of 56.8 yards in six games. And his fantasy stock will receive a boost from Ben Roethlisberger's return.

KShaun Suisham

Shaun Suisham

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Suisham's opportunities have dwindled in recent weeks (one field goal in the past two games) and he is no longer one of the top-12 fantasy kickers, in terms of scoring average.

DEFENSE

3 Sacks

The Steelers limited Baltimore to just 200 yards of total offense two weeks ago. Somehow we doubt Pittsburgh will be able to contain Ray Rice a second time.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

244 pass yards, pass TD

While Flacco has not thrown an interception in his last four games against Pittsburgh, he also has not thrown many touchdowns (five). The Steelers do a good job of keeping the field short and limiting the big play.

RBRay Rice

Ray Rice

86 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 41 rec yards

Steelers fans would like to see Rice pay for draping a Terrible Towel over his head after the Ravens' win two weeks ago. That won't happen. Rice has averaged 24.7 touches over his last four games. The Ravens are going to ride him in all four quarters of this contest.

RBBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

19 rush yards

Pierce made the highlight reels last week for hurdling over Eric Weddle on a pretty run to the outside. That's about the only attention Pierce will see these days, with Ray Rice handling the bulk of the workload.

WRTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

5 rec, 58 yards

The Steelers own the top-rated pass defense, allowing 165.7 yards per game, and two weeks ago they held Smith to just one catch for seven yards. He'll do better this time around, but fantasy owners can expect Pittsburgh to build its game plan around limiting Smith's effectiveness downfield.

WRAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

3 rec, 41 yards

For a brief stretch in the first half of the season, Boldin had the makings of a fantasy sleeper, with 311 yards combined in Weeks 4-6. But his production has slowly died down since then. He still demands much of Joe Flacco's attention, but does very little with it, scoring just one touchdown catch this season.

WRJacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones

2 rec, 26 yards

Jones was responsible for the key play in Baltimore's Week 11 win over Pittsburgh: a 63-yard punt return for a score in the first quarter. In terms of offensive production he was a no show (one yard), just like most other weeks.

TEDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Pitta has picked his game up in recent weeks, having caught two scores in the past three games. And against San Diego last Sunday he was targeted nine times, his most since Week 2.

KJustin Tucker

Justin Tucker

3 PATs, FG

Often, these AFC North clashes become low-scoring defensive battles decided by a touchdown or less. In other words, they are not always kicker friendly.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks, TD

The Ravens received a boost of energy this week from the announcement that spiritual leader Ray Lewis may still return before the end of the year. This week the Ravens will try to exploit a Pittsburgh offense that turned the ball over eight times last week.

 
 
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