Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Prognosis for the Steelers running game in Week 7 isn't good, so avoid the urge to pick up a Steelers back-up to replace Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer.
With Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman out, don't feel the sudden urge to pick up Jonathan Dwyer or Baron Batch. Their is a reason they were the backups and that is because they are both not very good. However, despite the Steelers having no running backs worthy of starting, they do have some solid options at WR and TE. This week, I think you should definitely start Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Heath Miller and starting Emmanuel Sanders at a flex spot in a bigger league is not a bad idea. This game should be a shootout and I could see both teams getting into the 30's. Therefore, I would avoid starting the Steelers defense, despite Andy Dalton's propensity to turn the ball over, but Shaun Suisham could be an option as well. Here are some projections for the game.
Ben Roethlisberger - 359 yards passing, 4TDs, 1INT
Mike Wallace - 4 receptions, 119 yards, 1TD
Antonio Brown - 7 receptions, 98 yards - 1TD
Heath Miller - 5 receptions, 52 yards, 1TD
Emmanuel Sanders - 4 receptions, 58 yards - 1TD
I think Roethlisberger will continue to distribute the ball to multiple targets and as you can see, I have four different WRs scoring touchdowns. As for the running backs, I think Dwyer should be in the 40-60 yard range and I could see Batch in the 30-40 yard range as well but neither of them are worth starting. Here is what Shaun Suisham should do
4-4 XP's, 3-3 FGs (32 yards, 37 yards, 41 yards) for a total of 13 points which is solid production from a kicker.