When the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is moving at a record-setting pace, it would be easy to want to start any offensive player wearing black and gold on Sunday when the team travels to play the New York Jets. However, if you look at this matchup closely, and follow some very basic trends, you'll see not all players should get the nod this Sunday against Gang Green.
Here is who you should start on your fantasy roster in Week 10 and who you should put on your bench.
Ben Roethlisberger - Is there any player in the NFL that would be a must-start over Roethlisberger? It isn't the fact he has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in two weeks, but also because of the matchup. The Jets' defense has surrendered 24 touchdowns in 2014 and has only intercepted one pass. The Jets' secondary is beat-up and young. A deadly combination when facing a quarterback with a hot hand like Roethlisberger. If you have Big Ben on your team, start him.
Antonio Brown - For many of the same reasons you should start Roethlisberger vs. the Jets, the same could be said about Antonio Brown. Unlike most teams, the Jets don't have a true No. 1 cornerback to shadow Brown wherever he goes on the field. Gone are the days of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Brown has faced and beaten some of the best this season. Expect Brown to have a big day receiving, the big question being whether he'll find paydirt or not. Regardless, start Antonio Brown on Sunday.
Martavis Bryant - What does Martavis Bryant do? Catch touchdowns. Seriously, that seemingly is all the rookie wide receiver does. Through three games, he has already caught five touchdowns. Each week the Steelers expand their package to utilize Bryant in new ways and, going against a poor Jets' secondary, Bryant is worth inserting into your starting lineup Sunday. Granted, it's a risk considering it would be difficult for Bryant to keep up this pace, but at a time when the team is focused on getting Bryant quality looks in the red zone, it could pay huge dividends for your fantasy team.
Le'Veon Bell - It was tough for me to put Bell in the 'start 'em' category, but even going against a Jets' defense that is 7th against the run, only allowing 88.4 yards per game, the Steelers' star running back is by far worth a start every week. This week it could very well be because of Bell's receiving skills. Bell has caught more touchdowns than he has rushed for, and against a Jets team that has struggled against tight ends from the slot, you can expect plenty of looks for Bell via the passing game. The odds of Bell rushing for 100 are unlikely, but the odds of Bell being a difference-maker are high as always.
Markus Wheaton - Wheaton's production has been solid the past two weeks, scoring a touchdown in each game, but as Bryant's game excels, Wheaton's touches and targets have dropped tremendously. If you're thin at wide receiver and are looking for a flier, then you could insert Wheaton into your lineup. But if you have choices at wide receiver, I would shy away from Wheaton. I've been wrong before, but Wheaton still seems to be a bit off-point with Roethlisberger, something that's never good for your fantasy football team.
Steelers Defense/Special teams - The Steelers have won three in a row, the defense is creating turnovers, but should still be placed on the bench on your fantasy football roster. Why? The team is giving up too many points and a ton of yardage. Granted, many of those points and running yards have been in garbage time during the past two games, but they're still yards that count against your team. The Steelers aren't the suffocating defense they used to be, and they're going up against a solid running team quarterbacked by Michael Vick. Doubt still creeps in when talking about the Steelers' run-defense. In other words, the defense is improving but don't start the unit until they prove they can limit points and yardage in the coming weeks.
Heath Miller - Used primarily to block last week against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers find themselves facing a Jets defense that is capable of getting after the quarterback. When that occurs, it typically means Miller will be utilized more as a blocker than a pass-catching tight end. But look for the Steelers to utilize Miller's abilities as a receiver against a team that has genuinely struggled against tight ends and routes exploiting the middle of the field. Miller could be utilized in the red zone, but could also have a game similar to the Ravens game, where his numbers diminish due to the needs of the team.