Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 3: Which Steelers To Play

Sep 16, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

It looks like an outstanding match-up for the Steelers' big Fantasy producers. Oakland has been among the loosest defenses in the NFL through two weeks, on the ground in particular. But the Steelers will continue their run-by-committee approach. It's a tough call, and one of those weeks where you could stare at a guy's double-digit points on your bench, cursing your decision, so tread lightly.

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Ben Roethlisberger - while this could be a pretty "blah" game in terms of offensive production for Roethlisberger (the Raiders are giving up 147 yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry) on the ground, the Steelers have shown a desire to run a balanced offensive attack, and as banged up as the Raiders' secondary is, the Steelers seem to have an equal opportunity to produce on the ground and through the air.

Mike Wallace - Two games, two touchdowns for Wallace, one was a 37-yard backyard style pass from Roethlisberger, the other a short slant in Week 1. There's a line here about a one-trick pony, but I forget what it is.

Antonio Brown - He's the Steelers' leading receiver, and clearly, a guy in which Roethlisberger has loads of confidence. He hasn't made that game-breaking play yet, but it's only a matter of time. Oakland is just as good a team against which to break a slump as any.

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Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer - this is absolutely a reverse jinx, considering the amount of yards Oakland is surrendering on the ground, but there is no evidence to suggest the pair of Steelers' running backs won't again split carries. One of them will eventually break off a big run, but without a reasonable way to determine which it would be, it's difficult to start either of them, even when facing a porous defense.

Heath Miller - separated rib cartilage kept Miller out of Wednesday and Thursday practices, and won't be 100 percent in this game. Miller is as good as it comes, but his quickness and route-running will likely be affected by his injury, so we're saying to look for other options before considering Miller.


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