The Pittsburgh Steelers have put up 30 or more points in two of their three games in this young 2014 season. Against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are some matchups fantasy football owners could exploit and some to stay away from.
Le'Veon Bell - If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. The second-year back out of Michigan State has become a must-start on your fantasy football roster every week. He has proven he can get the tough yards when necessary and also occasionally break off an 81-yard jaunt, as he did against the Panthers in Week 3. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as run between the tackles has made him a premier running back in the NFL and, although he only has one touchdown this season, his production states he's a start every week.
Markus Wheaton - Antonio Brown - AB will get his catches, but pretty soon defenses will start to put all of their focus on taking No. 84 out of the equation. Coming off of a two-touchdown performance against the Panthers in Week 3, look for the Buccaneers to try to do just that. That leaves Wheaton as Roethlisberger's primary target in the passing game. Ben has shown tremendous trust in the second-year receiver so far, and this could be the first game when he reaches paydirt as a professional.
Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben had a rough outing in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, but he also was playing on the road on a short week in a very difficult place to win football games. He finds himself finally back at the friendly confines of Heinz Field where he can work the no-huddle offense and spread the ball around. Roethlisberger had a 100.7 passer rating in Week 1 when the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, and he's coming off of a game where his passer rating was 112.6 against the Panthers. Put Roethlisberger in your lineup today.
Steelers DEF/ST - Although the Steelers' defense only gave up 19 points in Week 3 and caused two turnovers, that doesn't mean I'd be starting them this week. Especially not against a Buccaneers team that's getting Doug Martin back in the lineup. The Buccaneers run a stretch running scheme, and that has equated to issues for the Steelers' defense so far this season. Until they prove they can stop it, I'd keep this matchup on the bench for another week. The Steelers' defense might be an option next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but not this week.
Heath Miller - This is the second week in a row that Miller has found his name on the list of players to bench. Rarified air for a tight end with Millers' pedigree, but the tight end simply isn't what he once was in terms of fantasy football standards. Miller can't run like he used to and his only upside in fantasy football is hoping he gets plenty of red-zone targets. Depending strictly on red-zone targets doesn't equate to a start on your Week 4 fantasy roster.
Dri Archer - Archer should be back in the lineup, and if you're in need of a utility player that could give you return yards, as well as potential big plays, Archer could be your man. Archer will benefit from the distraction of a running game that has been lethal this season, as well as a wide-receiver corps that's extremely stout. Todd Haley has favored reverses and cut-back plays this season, all which set up potential big plays for the fastest man in the 2014 NFL Draft.