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Fantasy Football: Which Steelers to start and sit vs. the Chiefs in Week 7

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have to endure another week without Ben Roethlisberger, but don't let that stop you from playing several members of the Black-and-Gold this week in fantasy football.

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Welcome to Week 7 and the change at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers has completely altered the fantasy status for Pittsburgh players. Here is our fantasy analysis of who to start and who to sit this week vs the Kansas City Chiefs.

Keep in mind that fantasy numbers were averaged using stats from ESPN Fantasy, Yahoo Fantasy and NFL.com Fantasy.

QB Ben Roethlisberger
2015 Passing Stats: 37/58 365 yards 2 TD/1 INT

2015 Rushing Stats: 1 carry/-1 yards

Average Position Rank: 30

2015 Average Total Points: 55.2
2015 Average Points Per Game: 18.4
Week 6 Average Points: Injured
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 5.32

QB Landry Jones
Week 6 Passing Stats: 8/12 168 yards 2 TD/0 INT
2015 Passing Stats: 8/12 168 yards 2 TD/0 INT

Week 6 Rushing Stats: 1 carry/-1 yards
2015 Rushing Stats: 1 carry/-1 yards

Average Position Rank: 39

2015 Average Total Points: 14.3
2015 Average Points Per Game: 14.3
Week 6 Average Points: 14.3
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 14.72

Verdict: Monitor 10 minutes before kickoff and start the man that gets the call to play quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis: As much as I'm anxious to see Big Ben make his triumphant return as QB No. 1 for the Pittsburgh Steelers, I hope it's not this week. But I still don't know what's going to happen.

Ben has been practicing well, but he still has pain and I fear the repercussions of his rushing back from a serious injury too early. If Vick was still in play, the Arizona outcome would probably not have been so favorable. In fact, I don't think they win that game, so Roethlisberger's return would be lobbied for from every square foot of Steeler Nation.

Landry Jones isn't even close to being the long-term Mr. Right for the Steelers, but he seems to be Mr. Right-Now for another week. His debut last week worked because he had better knowledge of the Steelers' offense and he's more of a pure passer than Vick. His entrance into the Arizona game revitalized the wide receivers, as he found a way to get them more involved in the action.

The secret to Jones' success is sponsored by the letter B. That's Brown, Bell and Bryant. He doesn't need to carry the team, he simply needs to employ the weapons at his disposal.

Whoever starts at QB for the Steelers against Kansas City should put up good numbers. Unless you have a top-tier and can't-miss QB1, start the Steelers QB.

RB Le'Veon Bell
Week 6 Rushing Stats: 24 carries/88 yards
2015 Rushing Stats: 86 carries/390 yards 3 TD

Week 6 Receiving Stats: 0 targets/0 receptions/0 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 20 receptions/107 yards

Average Position Rank: 8

2015 Average Total Points: 69.5
2015 Average Points Per Game: 17.38
Week 6 Average Points: 8.8
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 18.97

Verdict: Start

Analysis: If you were going by the eye-test, Bell didn't look particularly great against an Arizona team that is tough against the run and was keying on him. However, Bell still had 88 yards and also ripped off some key first downs. Although not the best fantasy day from Bell, it was still serviceable.

With Vick sidelined, the receivers become more viable weapons again. This means Bell will not have the box stacked up against him and it will open up things for the third-year man from Michigan State. Don't sit Bell, he's going to give you more great games than merely average ones. Look for him to have a bigger game against Kansas City.

RB Deangelo Williams
Week 6 Rushing Stats: 1 carry/-1 yards
2015 Rushing Stats: 50 carries/230 yards 3 TD

Week 6 Receiving Stats: 0 targets/0 receptions/0 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 6 targets/5 receptions/20 yards

Average Position Rank: 33

2015 Average Total Points: 43.5
2015 Average Points Per Game: 7.25
Week 6 Average Points: -0.1
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 2.43

Verdict: Sit

Analysis: Williams is probably the best backup running back in the NFL, but he's not going to get the touches to be fantasy relevant. He is insurance for a bye week, but he's not going to get the opportunity to get you the fantasy points you need with Bell healthy.

WR Antonio Brown
Week 6 Receiving Stats: 8 targets/3 receptions/24 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 58 targets/40 receptions/547 yards 2 TD

Average Position Rank: 14

2015 Average Total Points: 72.69
2015 Average Points Per Game: 12.12
Week 6 Average Points: 2.7
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 14.6

Verdict: Start

Analysis: Business is about to pick up for Brown again. Antonio has two factors going his way. He will again have a quarterback that can get him the ball and the return of a dominant Martavis Bryant is going to demand attention. This should increase AB's stock. Brown was frustrated with Vick at QB, and rightly so, but more action is coming his direction. Look for #84's fantasy numbers to rise again, but Ben Roethlisbeger is the key opening the gates to Brown's highest potential.

WR Martavis Bryant
Week 6 Receiving Stats: 8 targets/6 receptions/137 yards 2 TD
2015 Receiving Stats: 8 targets/6 receptions/137 yards 2 TD

Average Position Rank: 65

2015 Average Total Points: 27.1
2015 Average Points Per Game: 27.1
Week 6 Average Points: 27.1
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 11.07

Verdict: Start

Analysis: Owners who took a flyer on Bryant and let him occupy a valuable spot on the bench for five weeks were greatly rewarded for their faith and patience in a big way last week. Martavis' return was nothing short of spectacular. He was targeted eight times and caught six balls against Arizona, making him the highest-scoring WR in all of fantasy. You waited this long, so start him and reap the plethora of points that he promises.

WR Markus Wheaton
Week 6 Receiving Stats: 2 targets/1 reception/8 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 20 targets/10 receptions/236 yards 1 TD

Average Position Rank: 54

2015 Average Total Points: 32.6
2015 Average Points Per Game: 5.43
Week 6 Average Points: 0.9
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 2.63

Verdict: Sit

Analysis: Wheaton is not reliable enough to be a starter on your fantasy team and quite possibly the Steelers. He only has been targeted 20 times and has been successful on only 50% of those chances. It's a contract year for Wheaton and he's proving himself expendable. Against a tough pass-defense in Kansas City, he is not expected to break through.

WR Darius Heyward-Bey
Week 6 Receiving Stats: 0 targets/0 receptions/0 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 27 targets/17 receptions/209 yards/2 TD

Average Position Rank: 50

2015 Average Total Points: 34.6
2015 Average Points Per Game: 5.77
Week 6 Average Points: 0
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 3.4

Verdict: Sit

Analysis: DHB became an afterthought with Ben Roethlisbeger sitting on the shelf. With Bryant back, Darius will take a back seat. However, now that the Steeler offense has a passing quarterback at the helm, this opens up opportunities for a third option. Heyward-Bey has proven himself more reliable than Wheaton to occupy that third spot. It's hard to predict when he'll hit. Save DHB as a bye-week option or an injury replacement. Then, cross your fingers and hope he hits instead of misses.

TE Heath Miller
Week 6 Receiving Stats: 1 targets/1 receptions/5 yards
2015 Receiving Stats: 22 targets/17 receptions/168 yards/1 TD

Average Position Rank: 22

2015 Average Total Points: 26.5
2015 Average Points Per Game: 4.42
Week 6 Average Points: 0.6
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 4.93

Verdict: Start

Analysis: Miller is yet another guy that will benefit from a change at quarterback. He's going to resume his status as a valuable safety-valve. He's due for a score and 40-plus yards. That's over ten points. I'd put him in this week.

K Chris Boswell
Week 6 Kicking Stats: Field Goals 4/4 Extra Points 1/1
2015 Kicking Stats: Field Goals 5/5 Extra Points 4/4

Average Position Rank: 31

2015 Average Total Points: 24.0
2015 Average Points Per Game: 12
Week 6 Average Points: 17.0
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 7.7

Verdict: Start

Analysis: Let's hold off on the Hall of Fame jacket for Chris Boswell just yet and enjoy the fact that the guy has a strong leg and was able to kick five balls through the uprights in less-than-favorable weather. His performance so far reminds me of 2002 and the early days of Jeff Reed.

Boswell is going to start to show up on fantasy rosters this week and he's definitely a good option to start. Chris was the top fantasy kicker in the NFL over the weekend. The rookie is going to get plenty of opportunities to score and should be considered a K1 over the remainder of the season. If you're so-so on your kicking situation, drop him and pick up Boswell.

Steelers D/ST
Week 6 Defensive/Special Teams Stats

Week 6 Total Yards Allowed: 459
Week 6 Rushing Yards Allowed: 55
Week 6 Passing Yards Allowed: 414
Week 6 Sacks: 1
Week 6 forced Fumbles/Fumble Recoveries: 1/1
Week 6 Interceptions: 2
Week 6 Kick Returns/Yards/YPR/Touchdowns: 4/89 22.3 YPR/0 TD
Week 6 Punt Returns/Yards/YPR/Touchdowns: 1/8 8 YPR/ 0 TD

2015 Total Yards Allowed: 376.5 YPG (#23)
2015 Rushing Yards Allowed: 93.6 YPG (#6)
2015 Passing Yards Allowed: 283.2 YPG (#26)
2015 Sacks: 17 (#7-tied)
2015 Forced Fumbles/Fumble Recoveries: 5/4
2015 Interceptions: 5 (#14-tied)
2015 Kick Returns/Yards/Touchdowns: 9/226 25.1 YPR/ 0 TD
2015 Punt Returns/Yards/Touchdowns: 11/105 9.5YPR/ 0 TD

Average Position Rank: 6

2015 Average Total Points: 51.00
2015 Average Points Per Game: 8.5
Week 6 Average Points: 11.00
Week 7 Average Projected Points: 4.3

Verdict: Start

Analysis: The defense surrendered a ton of yardage last week, but they are creating turnovers and sacking the quarterback. Their fantasy ranking is increasing by the week.

Against KC, they line up against a team riddled with injuries too. The line is shaky, the running backs are untested and the quarterback is average. Start the Steelers and don't look back.