When the Indianapolis Colts and their high-powered offense travel to Heinz Field Sunday to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, offensive talent will be all over the field. For the Steelers, going against a stout Colts' defense shouldn't scare you away from starting some key players in your fantasy football lineup this week. Here's who you should start and sit this Sunday vs. the Colts.
Antonio Brown - If Antonio Brown isn't a must-start every week on your Fantasy Football team, then I'm not quite sure who is. Brown has been the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL for a reason. He's leading the league in receiving yards and is Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target. In terms of fantasy value, Brown can get you points in a variety of ways. He threw a touchdown last week, returns punts, runs the football and obviously can pull down some phenomenal catches. Brown plays with a chip on his shoulder and he'll need that Sunday to work against a very good Colts secondary.
Le'Veon Bell - Just like Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell should be a starter every week he plays and is healthy. He might not get you the added points that come with 100 yards rushing, but if your league gives you bonus points for 100 yards from scrimmage than Bell is getting you those and then some on a weekly basis. The Colts' defense ranks 12th against the run, giving up 123 yards per game. Look for that to be exploited by the Steelers and doing so with Bell in the backfield.
Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger is coming off a solid performance against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, but Roethlisberger and company have yet to put their best product on the field. Roethlisberger is due for a huge game and, although you might call it a hunch, that very well could come at home in the month of October where Roethlisberger has only lost once in his NFL career. Throw in the fact there's a chance the Steelers have to throw the ball to get back into the game if they fall behind, and Roethlisberger could be throwing for big yardage today.
Steelers Defense/Special Teams - If there was ever a matchup to sit the Steelers' defense it would be this Sunday against the No. 1 offense in the NFL. The Colts wear down defenses with the most time-of-possession in the league and are finishing drives with touchdowns. Although the Steelers caused three turnovers on Monday Night Football, you can't count on that type of production with this night-and-day unit. If you have to start the Steelers' defense out of necessity this week, you could be in for a long day.
Markus Wheaton - Wheaton hasn't been on the same page with Roethlisberger for weeks, and it's showing on his stat sheet. Last week he had zero catches for zero yards on two targets. Wheaton is a player presumed to take the pressure off of Antonio Brown as the No. 2 receiver. But with his lack of production and the emergence of rookie Martavis Bryant, it very well could limit Wheaton's role in the offense. Until Wheaton starts to put up numbers as he was earlier in the season, leave the second-year WR on the bench.
Heath Miller - Although Miller is a great red-zone target, when Marcus Gilbert went out of the game with a concussion against the Texans, Miller and Matt Spaeth were deployed primarily as blockers to help keep the pass rush off of Roethlisberger in the second half. It was successful, as the Steelers didn't give up a sack in the second half. Against a Colts team that pressures the quarterback as well as they do, look for that same theory to be used this Sunday. Using Miller more for blocking limits his opportunities in the passing game, and that's why he should be left on the bench this week.
Lance Moore - Moore seems to be a wide receiver who's trending in the opposite direction from Wheaton. Since returning to the lineup after an injury, Moore has started to show a chemistry with Roethlisberger and has been targeted eight times the past two games with two touchdown catches. The Steelers look to utilize Moore in the red zone as well as on third downs, and he very well could be targeted more often in a game that could find the Steelers needing to throw to get back into the game if the Colts take the lead. If you're desperate, you could try inserting Moore into your lineup as a sleeper pick.