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Pittsburgh vs Detroit
The Steelers no longer expect much from Ben Roethlisberger’s arm. The 18-year veteran wins downfield less and less by the week, relying almost entirely on quick-hitters underneath the defense. Still, he remains capable of strong, volume-driven fantasy days against the league’s weaker secondaries. Roethlisberger has formed a strong rapport with go-to man Diontae Johnson, who’s drawn 32% of targets since JuJu Smith-Schuster was knocked out for the year. Johnson is both a deep threat and a dependable short-game weapon, giving him both a strong floor and ceiling in the fantasy world. Across the field, Chase Claypool has proven wily enough to produce his share of splash plays (11 of 15+ yards) despite Roethlisberger’s erratic arm. The wild card of late has been rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth, who’s worked his way into the weekly gameplan and scored three touchdowns over the past two weeks.
The Lions secondary has been so besieged by injury it’s now down to mixing-and-matching journeymen. The last men standing at cornerback simply aren’t limiting anyone down the field. No team has allowed more yards per attempt than Detroit’s 9.3 – that’s 11% more than the 31st-place Jaguars. Only garbage-time script has kept any Lions opponents from big fantasy lines, though the likes of Matthew Stafford, Joe Burrow, Aaron Rodgers, and Lamar Jackson have found their way – some without even playing their fourth quarters. The cornerbacks are running on fumes, with two Week 1 starters and a handful of their replacements all on the shelf. Through eight games, the overworked Amani Oruwariye, Jerry Jacobs, and Daryl Worley have combined to allow 7 opposing receivers to put up 95+ yards. The last time a team felt the need to throw in this matchup, the Rams pulled 269 yards and 3 touchdowns out of their top 3 wideouts. There’s little pressure from up front to make things easier, and there’s not much hope on the horizon anywhere in this unit. Ben Roethlisberger may not have to throw much to post a solid (or better) fantasy day.
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