Antonio Brown - He's the league's leading pass-catcher for a reason. That reason is he gets 10 targets a game. He's also averaging 95 yards a game. While Baltimore's outstanding duo of cornerbacks will present a difficult challenge, he's scored at least one touchdown in his last two games - two against Detroit on run-after-catch plays and one deep (and underthrown) ball on Joe Haden against Cleveland.
Le'Veon Bell - A very tough decision on him in this game. The Ravens' run defense is among the best in the NFL, and has tightened the screws over the last few weeks. A healthy Haloti Ngata won't help things either. But the Steelers ran very well against Baltimore the last time they played, and Bell had his best game of his young career.
Steelers defense - With nine takeaways and 13 sacks over their last four games, the "hit" is back in Pittsburgh's defense. A new look of sorts has helped them, as Jason Worilds is emerging as a serious threat in his time at left outside linebacker, replacing LaMarr Woodley (who isn't expected to play Thursday). Troy Polamalu is coming off the best game of his season, and always is a big factor against Baltimore.
Shaun Suisham - In the rough-and-tumble world that is the Steelers/Ravens rivalry, one seldom-mentioned key is the kickers. There are always multiple field goal attempts in this game. Suisham's been solid everywhere except Oakland this year, and since this game isn't being played at O.co Coliseum, He's got as good a chance as any to perform well.
On the Fence
Ben Roethlisberger - historically, he just doesn't put up great Fantasy numbers against the Ravens. But the AFC Offensive Player of the Month is riding a hot streak, and could hit on a few big plays to push him into the upper echelon of starters this week.
Emmanuel Sanders - We have a feeling he's got a game left in him, and the attention Antonio Brown will draw makes Sanders an appealing option in this game, but in what typically figures to be a conservative offensive approach, he just won't see the ball enough.
Heath Miller - The Steelers struggle in the red zone, and while Miller is becoming more viable with each week of strength he's gaining back in his knee, teams are still blanketing him in the end zone. Baltimore's coverage in the middle of the field is outstanding as well.
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