After a very disappointing six-quarter stretch, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense and defense haven't exactly been fantasy football juggernauts after two weeks. There is potential, as shown in the first half against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, but whether this team can duplicate that performance is yet to be seen.
Set your fantasy football rosters accordingly, but here are the Steelers players you should start and avoid heading into the Carolina Panthers game on Sunday Night Football.
Le'Veon Bell - The second-year running back is proving he's an every-Sunday starter for your fantasy football team. Even in games where the Steelers have to use the pass to climb back into the game, Bell is more than capable of racking up big fantasy points by catching the ball out of the backfield, as well as from the slot in multiple offensive sets. Bell has only one touchdown but, with this team due for a bounce-back, Bell is a must-start heading into Week 3.
Antonio Brown - Brown might be one of the most consistent and reliable wide receivers in the NFL when it comes to fantasy points. Brown seemingly catches at least five passes gaining a minimum of 50 yards just by putting on his uniform, so you'll get points from Brown, but whether he hits the splash plays or not is what is yet to be seen. The Steelers will look to try and move the ball through the air again, and Brown will get plenty of targets to boost your fantasy football team. Don't forget Brown's ability to return punts to add extra fantasy points to your team. The more Brown has the ball in his hands, the more he should be on your starting roster in Week 3.
Ben Roethlisberger - Since 2011, whenever Roethlisberger has a passer rating under 80, he has followed it up with a performance that's, at worst, a 95 rating. Plain and simple, Roethlisberger rarely has two 'duds' in a row, and his performance against the Ravens on Thursday night football certainly left a lot to be desired. Roethlisberger has now had extra rest and time to prepare for the stout Panthers defense and that should lead to a solid performance for the Steelers' signal caller.
Steelers DEF/ST - There's no reason to play the Steelers' defense or special teams after the last six quarters transpired in the manner they have. This defense has promise and potential, but until it can actually put that potential together and show the ability to stop the run, create turnovers and eliminate big plays, keep this unit on the bench and pick up another defense to start heading into Week 3.
Heath Miller - As painful as it is to put Heath on this list, he hasn't produced so far in 2014. Not only has his production on the field been nothing but underneath routes equating to 4- to 5-yard gains, Miller's fumble in Baltimore Thursday night was troubling. Miller is a solid red-zone target that might get points for your fantasy, but the Steelers' offense has struggled to get into the red zone during the last six quarters. Keep Miller on your bench until you see exactly how the Steelers plan on using the tight end inside the red zone or otherwise in this new, no-huddle offense.
Lance Moore - The Steelers have already talked about mass protection against the Panthers and utilizing Matt Spaeth and Will Johnson more in offensive packages. That will lead to minimal snaps for Moore who's looking to work the slot in his first action with the Steelers. On top of the protection issues the Steelers need to secure heading into Week 3, Moore is still coming off a groin injury, and that's something the team doesn't want him to re-aggravate and maybe turn into a long-term issue. Moore might be seen in the red zone if the Steelers get into that area, but just as Heath Miller, take a wait-and-see approach to Moore on your fantasy roster in Week 3.