The Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive play-makers have been a tough pick in recent weeks. At times, they make you look like a genius while, at others, they leave fans scratching their heads and wondering what happened. As the Steelers prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, there are some players to consider for your fantasy football lineup, as well as some to avoid.
Let's take a look...
Le'Veon Bell - When Le'Veon Bell gets going on the ground, the Steelers are a balanced team capable of putting up huge point totals and yardage. This was evident in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 but, after falling behind the team and needing to turn to the pass to stay in the game, the result wasn't good. Look for the Steelers to get Bell 20 or more carries, which will only help your fantasy production this week.
Antonio Brown - Brown has been a player the Steelers can't afford to lose. Brown continues to get his usual five or more catches for 50 or more yards, but if you take away the garbage-time touchdowns last week against the Saints, he hasn't been the same fantasy performer that he was earlier this season. The Steelers have to get the ball into Browns' hands, and this game could depend on it. Look for Brown to get nine or more catches vs. the Bengals.
Ben Roethlisberger - Some might call me crazy, but I see Roethlisberger due for a bounce-back game. After three weeks of sub-par play, the franchise quarterback looks to continue his dominance in the state of Ohio, as well as in the Queen City. Roethlisberger must play well for the team to win and the pressure on his shoulders will either make or break him. I'll put money on him thriving under that pressure rather than the opposite.
Steelers DEF/Special Teams - The Cincinnati Bengals love to run the ball, averaging 124.5 yards per game. Scary numbers considering the Steelers have struggled against the run at times this season. Not to mention that, since the team could be playing without Steve McLendon and James Harrison, it doesn't look like the defense will be posting any shutouts today. Keep the Steelers' defense on the bench.
Markus Wheaton - Wheaton has been as inconsistent as this offense in 2014. Just one of the reasons why you should keep the Steelers' No. 2 receiver on the bench today. Wheaton has struggled against defenses that play a lot of bump coverage, something the Bengals do to limit the amount of yardage against them through the air. Wheaton could break out or he might only have two catches for 25 yards. His inconsistencies and inability to always be on the same page with Roethlisberger make him less attractive this week.
Heath Miller - Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is missing the Bengals game due to an ankle injury, forcing Mike Adams into his second consecutive start and only his third of the season. After watching Adams against the Saints last week, it's safe to say Miller will be used to help on Adams' side to prevent the Bengals from getting constant pressure off of the edge. With Miller being relegated more to blocking duties, keep him on the bench this week.
Martavis Bryant - Bryant at one point was a must-start player for the Steelers, but the rookie wide receiver has hit the first slump of his young career. Bryant's drops have been baffling at times and the Steelers haven't tried stretching the field as much as due to Roethlisberger's inconsistencies and a lack of pass protection. Bryant could break out against a Bengals' defense determined to take Antonio Brown out of the game.