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Steelers Fantasy Football: Who to start and sit in Week 6 vs. the Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense has shut down in recent weeks in terms of fantasy football, but they could be due for a resurgence against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6.

Rob Foldy

The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cleveland to play the Browns in Week 6 action and there are plenty of players to start and sit this week as Pittsburgh wraps up their regular-season series against Cleveland.

Start 'em

Ben Roethlisberger - The Steelers' franchise quarterback is having himself a stellar season and is trying to extend his streak of a passer-rating over 100 for the fourth straight game for only the second time in his career. Roethlisberger slinging the football against a defense that won't have a healthy Joe Haden in the lineup makes him a must start this week. In the Week-1 matchup between these two teams, Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards and a touchdown and completed passes to five different receivers. Expect a duplicate performance Sunday.

Antonio Brown - Brown has dominated his yearly meetings against Joe Haden, and the fact Haden might be out of the lineup for the Browns, or physically hindered if in the lineup, is a huge advantage for the Pro Bowl receiver. In Week 1 against Haden, Brown caught five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. You can only imagine his numbers if Haden isn't in the lineup and Brown lines up across Buster Skrine or Justin Gilbert.

Markus Wheaton - Wheaton had a full week of practice after being limited before the Jacksonville Jaguars game with a groin injury. The Steelers will want Wheaton healthy since the offense will be playing against an injury-depleted secondary of the Browns. In Week 1, Wheaton torched Justin Gilbert for six catches and 97 yards. Wheaton hasn't had a 100-yard receiving game or a touchdown yet this season, but this might be the game the second-year wide receiver finally reaches those milestones.

Le'Veon Bell - Besides the fact the Steelers' running back essentially guarantees you 100 yards from scrimmage every time he puts on his cleats and jersey, Bell is playing against a defense that has struggled to stop the run.

Despite LeGarrette Blount declaring he wants the ball more, the Steelers will be focusing on running the football and, after being maligned for not running the ball even once in the red zone in Week 5, expect Bell to get red zone touches that could boost his fantasy value in terms of points.

Sit 'em

Steelers Defense / ST - Coming off a quality performance against the Jaguars only allowing 9 points, creating 2 turnovers and scoring a touchdown, some might think about inserting the Steelers' defense into their starting lineup this week. I would caution against it, though, since the Browns have only turned the ball over once this season and they were able to move the ball with ease against the Steelers in Week 1. If the Steelers are able to stop the Browns' running attack and slow down Brian Hoyer, they might become a defensive unit you can rely on weekly going forward.

Dri Archer - The dynamic plays the rookie wide receiver/running back made in the preseason have been replaced with questionable play calls that leave the smaller running back searching for running lanes in a crowded line of scrimmage. Archer is due for a breakout game with a big play or two, but to start the rookie speedster until those plays come to fruition is a mistake.

Sleeper Pick

LeGarrette Blount - Blount wants the ball more, and if the Steelers are moving the ball with ease, he will get his opportunity. Look for the Steelers to run the football more in the red zone, and that's where Blount makes his living on the football field. Blount already has two touchdowns this season and could add to that total if the team decides to run the football early and often, especially around the goal line.