Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 1: Which Steelers To Play

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 30: Chris Rainey #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against Jason Phillips #53 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game on August 30, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The 2012 season is finally here and that also means fantasy football is back. This year's Pittsburgh Steelers team is loaded with talent and thus, they have tons of fantasy options. The question each week will be which Steelers to start and which to sit? This week, the big question marks are with Mike Wallace and the stable of running backs the Steelers have.

Start Em

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger is an obvious start every single week. He should have success vs. a Broncos secondary that is considered the weakness of the team. As long as the offensive line can give him some time to throw the ball, he should have a great game. Projection: 310 Yards, 2TD, 0INT

Antonio Brown - Brown should be a viable #2 WR week in and week out. This week is no different and I expect him to have success against the Broncos secondary. Projection: 6 rec, 97 yards, 1TD

Emmanuel Sanders - If you are in a league of 12 teams or more, Sanders is a viable #3 WR/Flex play this week. With Wallace likely not his usual self, Sanders will likely see more targets than normal. Projection: 5 rec, 62 yards, 1TD

Jonathan Dwyer - Dwyer has had an incredible preseason and has emerged as the Steelers likely starter for week one. Even if Redman is listed as the starter, I still expect Dwyer to see significant action. Projection: 14 Rush, 71 Yards, 3 Rec, 28 Yards, 1 Rush TD

Isaac Redman - If Redman is ruled as active for the game (he practiced all week), I see him as a viable option to play. Even if he only sees limited carries, he will likely get some carries in the redzone and have good oppurtunites for touchdowns. Projection: 10 Rush, 47 Yards, 1TD

Steelers Defense - Despite going up against Peyton Manning, I think the Steelers defense is a playable option this week. Manning is unlikely to be at full speed at this point and should have his fair share of struggles against the Steelers improved secondary. Projection: 275 Yards allowed, 17 Points allowed, 1INT, 3 Sacks

Chris Rainey - If you are in a 14 or 16 team league and in need of a Flex play, Rainey should be an option. He is bound to get 5-7 touches minimum and he is capable of taking any one of those to the house. If your league gives points for return yards, Rainey becomes an obvious play. Projection: 2 Rush, 17 yards, 4 Rec, 41 Yards, 4 Punt Returns, 57 Yards, 3 Kick Returns, 93 Yards

Sit Em

Mike Wallace - I would play with caution with regards to Wallace in week one. He has not had a game speed anything yet and I think he is at risk of not seeing many targets. Also, he will likely draw Champ Bailey in coverage all game which is not good. Projection: 2 Rec, 41 Yards

Rashard Mendenhall - Despite Tomlin not ruling out Mendenhall yet, I don't believe, even if active, he will see any touches in this game. Wait a couple weeks on Mendenhall and if he is a Free Agent in your league, I would pick him up now because he will be back to 100% by week 4. Projection: 0 Rush, 0 Yards

Heath Miller - Even though I believe that Miller will be used a fair amount in Haley's offense, that is more based on a guess than anything we have seen in the preseason games. If Miller proves to be a go to option for Ben in the first two or so weeks, then he becomes a playable TE for the rest of the season. Projection: 4 Rec, 47 Yards

Shaun Suisham - Suisham is probably one of the five worst kickers for fantasy in the NFL and you should have someone else on your roster at all costs. Never play him. Projection: 4 Extra Points, 0-1 Field Goals (miss from 43 Yards)

Fantasy Football Advice Week 1 - KEEPERS (via sbnation)


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