It's time for the home stretch, not just for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also for your fantasy football team. Each week has greater importance than the previous week, so making the appropriate moves on your roster could pay huge dividends. This Week 13 matchup at Heinz Field could have some huge offensive performers, so be sure to set your rosters appropriately.
Le'Veon Bell - The last time Steelers fans saw Le'Veon Bell toting the rock, he was closing out the game against the Tennessee Titans to the tune of 204 yards and a touchdown. The Saints' defense ranks 23rd against the run in 2014, and is missing a key part of its defensive line in Broderick Bunkley. That could spell a big performance for Bell, who you can't forget is always a legitimate threat out of the backfield in the passing game as well.
Antonio Brown - Brown will have the job of going against former teammate Keenan Lewis in what should be a tremendous matchup. No defensive back yet has kept Brown from getting his 5 catches and 50 yards or more this season, so I wouldn't expect that trend to start this week. Brown has lit up the scoreboard at Heinz Field in 2014, making him an absolute must-start this week.
Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger hasn't played particularly well the past few outings, but he has been known to bounce back from poor performances, especially at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger will be dealing with plenty of pressure from a Rob Ryan defense that can do nothing but dial up pressure to cover up a porous run-defense and secondary. Roethlisberger has been sacked 30 times this season, and how he deals with the pressure early will dictate how his offensive numbers will help or hurt your fantasy football statistics.
Martavis Bryant - Bryant didn't catch a touchdown for the first time in his NFL career against the Titans on Monday Night Football before the bye-week, but with an extra week to get in rhythm with Roethlisberger and the offense you can expect to see more from Bryant against the Saints. Bryant will be the top performer to benefit from Lewis shadowing Brown around the field, and whichever matchup Bryant draws will be severely lopsided in his favor. Certainly worth a start this week.
Heath Miller - Speaking of Roethlisberger dealing with plenty of pressure this week from the Rob Ryan defense, the last time the Steelers faced this type of attack was against the Indianapolis Colts, and Miller was a primary beneficiary of that defensive style with a 100-yard receiving performance. The same could come to fruition on Sunday with Miller being used as the primary receiver in blitz pick-up packages. Miller could have a big game and could see plenty of looks in the red zone.
Markus Wheaton - Until Wheaton starts not only to put up quality numbers offensively, but also show he's consistently on the same page with Roethlisberger, he's a player that should stay on the bench of your fantasy football roster. Wheaton is capable of a multiple-catch performance and a touchdown, but his inconsistency in those categories makes him a huge gamble for your fantasy football roster. Keep Wheaton on the bench, but don't dump him yet, as his performances should improve as the season drags on.
Steelers DEF/Special Teams - The Steelers defense has struggled against quality quarterbacks and athletic tight ends for a couple of years now. When talking about Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, they don't get much better than those two players. The Saints most likely will get their points, but how well the Steelers' defense gets to the quarterback could ultimately decide the outcome of this game. Nonetheless, with a high-powered offense coming to town, it isn't worth the gamble to start a defense that's as inconsistent as any in the NFL.
Lance Moore - Don't underestimate the power of a jilted player going against his former team. Moore has the opportunity to show exactly what the Saints let walk by going out on Sunday and putting together a quality performance. If you're looking for a low-value option at wide receiver with the potential for dividends in the form of touchdowns, Moore could be an option for you this week.