Steelers Fantasy Football: Who to start for Thursday Night Football

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

On paper it appears to be a favorable match-up in several areas for the Steelers in terms of Week 6 Fantasy Football.

Start

The big name in Week 5 was Rashard Mendenhall, and his 101 total yards and a touchdown are encouraging stats for Fantasy owners. While his production was outstanding, the main thing with Mendenhall to worry about is his snap count. He isn't likely to get 20 or more touches against Tennessee.

Still, given the Titans' sagging defense, you gotta ride the hot hand the Steelers' offensive line is dealing its running backs, and give him the nod in Week 6.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was given a touchdown pass after Mendenhall's touchdown in Week 5 was initially ruled a run, making Fantasy owners celebrate. Still, Roethlisberger didn't quite have the Fantasy performance he has in recent weeks, but he can't be on the bench against a defense as soft as Tennessee's has been this season.

Mike Wallace and batterymate Antonio Brown have something of cases of dropsies as of late, but neither are known for having poor hands. Mental focus and opportunities will cure that, and this offense has yet to come together for multiple big plays in one game. It will happen at some point, and this is as good an opportunity to do so than any other.

If past performance is any indication, the Titans have been shredded by tight ends in recent weeks, giving Heath Miller a nod on the start list. He'll be Roethlisberger's primary red zone target, even with drawing a double-team the way he did against Philadelphia. Miller will be a prominent part of the offensive game plan.

It's weird writing this, but kicker Shaun Suisham is a solid starting option in this game. He's 8-for-8 this season, and the Steelers' offense has moved the ball against better defenses than Tennessee's. It could be another strong Fantasy performance for the Week 5 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Don't Start

Isaac Redman is a second-option behind Mendenhall, and while he still had his best game in terms of yards gained, he doesn't look to have the kind of upside Mendenhall will have in terms of carries. Mendenhall may get 18 carries, he may not, but Redman definitely will not have that kind of production barring injury (knock on wood).


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