Michael Beller

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans
Heinz Field | Sunday, Sep. 08 | 01:00 PM EST (CBS)

Tennessee Titans

    1. Jake Locker
    2. Jake
    3. PASS YDS225
    4. PASS TD0
    5. INT2
    6. RUSH YDS24
    7. RUSH TD0

    Locker was underhwleming in every sense of the word last season. Opening with a tough road matchup against the Steelers, you'll want to stay away from him, even in two-quarterback leagues.

    1. Chris Johnson
    2. Chris
    3. RUSH YDS103
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS31
    6. REC TD0

    Fantasy owners consistently view Johnson as a bust, but is that only because of the unrealistic expectations he set for himself with his 2,000-yard season? He'll start the season with a strong performance in a loss.

    1. Shonn Greene
    2. Shonn
    3. RUSH YDS21
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Greene could end up having some value if he's able to secure goal-line carries, but until that happens he is barely even roster-worthy.

    1. Kenny Britt
    2. Kenny
    3. REC YDS63
    4. REC TD0

    Britt has all the potential in the world, but he's going to have to convert that into something sooner or later if he's going to be a realistic option in fantasy leagues. I'm not holding my breath.

    1. Nate Washington
    2. Nate
    3. REC YDS42
    4. REC TD0

    Who among us hasn't owned Washington as a fifth wide receiver at some point during our fantasy careers? He'll reprise that role again this year and is not worth starting this week.

    1. Kendall Wright
    2. Kendall
    3. REC YDS26
    4. REC TD0

    This isn't a week you want Wright in your lineup. Unless disaster strikes, you shouldn't be considering him until teams start having their bye weeks.

    1. Delanie Walker
    2. Delanie
    3. REC YDS39
    4. REC TD0

    Walker moved from San Francisco to Tennessee in the offseason, but his first game with the Titans will not be one worth remembering.

    1. Rob Bironas
    2. Rob
    3. PAT1
    4. FG2

    Heinz Field is famously tough on kickers, but that isn't the primary reason you want to avoid Bironas this season. We shouldn't trust Tennessee's offense until they prove they deserve it.

    1. Tennessee Titans
    2. PTS ALLOWED27
    3. SACKS2
    4. INT1
    5. TD0

    The Titans may prove to be the type of defense you could stream with the right matchup, but that isn't the case this week. You shouldn't be considering it at all.

Pittsburgh Steelers

    1. Ben Roethlisberger
    2. Ben
    3. PASS YDS263
    4. PASS TD2
    5. INT1
    6. RUSH YDS8
    7. RUSH TD0

    It'll be interesting to see how Roethlisberger plays without his two favorite targets from last year, Mike Wallace and Heath Miller. My bet? Expect a big season for Antonio Brown.

    1. Isaac Redman
    2. Isaac
    3. RUSH YDS64
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS7
    6. REC TD0

    Did the Steelers feel confident in Redman or exceedingly unconfident in Jonathan Dwyer when they released the latter? Hard to say, but no matter what Redman could be a nice little fantasy player before Le'Veon Bell returns.

    1. Antonio Brown
    2. Antonio
    3. REC YDS94
    4. REC TD2

    Everything is set up for Brown's breakout season in Pittsburgh. As the focal point of the passing game, he'll end the season as a top-12 receiver, and will get it started Week 1 against the Titans.

    1. Emmanuel Sanders
    2. Emmanuel
    3. REC YDS81
    4. REC TD0

    Sanders could slide into the Antonio Brown role from last year, but he's not really worth rostering just yet. Keep an eye on how his role in the offense develops.

    1. Matt Spaeth
    2. Matt
    3. REC YDS32
    4. REC TD0

    There's no reason for fantasy owners to consider Spaeth in any capacity. He's merely keeping the seat warm for Heath Miller.

    1. Shaun Suisham
    2. Shaun
    3. PAT3
    4. FG2

    Suisham was very accurate last year and enters the 2013 season as one of those guys who could unexpectedly challenge for the league lead in points.

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. PTS ALLOWED13
    3. SACKS5
    4. INT2
    5. TD0

    They may not be the Steelers of old, but they should still be able to take advantage of an offense helmed by Jake Locker.

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