As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to play the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome Sunday, your fantasy football league is starting to wind down. All the more reason why every roster move you make and every decision between wide receivers and running backs can be crucial to your team's success in your respective league.
It's almost a guarantee that the Steelers are well represented in most fantasy football leagues, so take a look at who you should start and sit this Sunday as the Steelers look to advance their record to 9-5 and keep their AFC North Championship hopes alive.
Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger is coming off of a tremendous performance where he threw for three touchdowns and more than 350 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. He hasn't done too well against NFC South teams in 2014, but his statistics have been solid. For your fantasy value, Roethlisberger is a quarterback you could use in a playoff format, given his weapons and the porous Falcons defense. If Roethlisberger can stay away from turnovers, he could be a top-3 fantasy QB today.
Antonio Brown - Brown is about to break some Steelers' receiving records, and don't think for a second he doesn't realize it. With only a handful of catches and another great receiving game, Brown will surpass Hines Ward in almost every statistical category for receiving in a season. Throw the bad Falcons secondary into the mix, along with a need to prove he's the best WR in the NFL over Julio Jones who may face off against him, and you would be wise to start No. 84 for Pittsburgh today. Brown could be in for a huge fantasy performance.
Le'Veon Bell - Bell, like Brown, is rewriting the Steelers' record books for the running back position. His versatility, tenacity and ability to stay on the field for nearly the entire game makes him an invaluable piece of the Steelers' puzzle. Bell will get plenty of carries and touches coming out of the backfield. After three consecutive games of 200 yards or more from scrimmage, there's no reason Bell shouldn't be able to continue that trend against the Falcons Sunday.
Martavis Bryant - Bryant is a player who has been streaky the past few weeks in terms of production, but when he cashes in, he scores touchdowns. Bryant's seven touchdowns in his first NFL season is impressive enough, and he has turned into a matchup nightmare lining up across from A. Brown. Some may view it as a stretch to start Bryant in a crucial matchup in your fantasy football season, but when Bryant catches passes, he catches touchdowns. I'd certainly give him a chance this Sunday.
Steelers DEF/ST - Julio Jones and Matt Ryan have developed a unique relationship, as Jones has nearly 500 receiving yards the past two weeks. Jones is listed as questionable for the game and, if the starting WR plays, he could pose unbelievable issues for the Steelers' secondary, similar to what A.J. Green provided last week. Throw in Devin Hester returning kicks and punts for the Falcons and I wouldn't be starting the Steelers defense and special teams this week.
Markus Wheaton - Wheaton still hasn't provided the consistency needed to actually be a regular starter in any fantasy football league. Weeks have passed since Wheaton hit pay dirt, and that trend doesn't look to change anytime soon with Bryant's surge of success and Bell's performance out of the backfield. Don't give up on Wheaton as a huge player for the Steelers' future, but for now, he's not a reliable fantasy football option.
Heath Miller - Miller has been hit-and-miss this year in terms of his production and usage within the Steelers' offense. Last week, Miller had one catch, but that catch was a one-yard touchdown pass. Miller could be a fantasy option, especially with right tackle Marcus Gilbert returning to the lineup, meaning Miller won't be needed as much for blocking as he was when Mike Adams was starting the past two weeks. Nonetheless, Miller will be used primarily in red zone situations, which is why I list him this week as a Sleeper Pick.
Shaun Suisham - Suisham hasn't missed a kick from 40-49 yards this season. Tremendous numbers for a kicker who was left for dead in the NFL before being signed by Pittsburgh. Today, Suisham takes his consistent leg to a dome for perfect kicking conditions. Suisham has shown the leg needed to make 50+ yard field goals, so there's a chance he could be making some big kicks for the Steelers. Add in the Steelers' struggles in the red zone and starting Suisham could be a smart decision if you need some crucial points this week.