It's difficult to advocate the start of any Steelers offensive player right now. Let's just mark them all as iffy choices.
The return of tight end Heath Miller is tempting, if for no reason than the likelihood of Miller getting a few red zone targets (assuming the Steelers get into the red zone). Kicker Shaun Suisham did not appear to have any ill-effects from a hamstring injury last week, connecting on a 44-yard field goal.
Again, the lack of opportunity is the main issue.
That hasn't been a problem for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has 22 targets in two games, but no touchdowns, and he's only caught 12 of those 22 chances for 135 yards.
Antonio Brown boiled over during the Steelers' loss to Cincinnati Monday, allegedly wanting the ball more. How much that will work remains to be seen, but if the Steelers can't run the ball effectively, and defenses stay dropped heavily into coverage, no Steelers receiver will gain much of anything.
Perhaps the return of Miller could provide a boost to the bubble screen incorporated last year often (and painfully for the Steelers' opponents). Miller is a beast in space, and his presence may be enough for a few of those plays - Brown has the quickness to make a move and go the distance as well.
There is a decent chance the Steelers dress and play running back Le'Veon Bell, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a foot injury. The Steelers rushing offense just hasn't been strong enough to consider Bell a decent Fantasy start, but keep an eye on him.
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