The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, Nov. 13, in a matchup of two six-win teams with playoff aspirations. Cincinnati, which allows just 17.5 points per game, No. 4 in the NFL, presents a challenge to the Steelers' No. 19 offense. As such, few Steelers stand as strong starts in Week 10.
Perhaps the best Steelers bet for fantasy owners is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. SB Nation parter numberFire projects the signal-caller to produce a respectable 15.64 fantasy points against the Bengals, throwing for 248.9 yards, 1.72 touchdowns, and 1.08 interceptions. If one looks at those numbers more optimistically, it's clear he could produce even more, if able to cross the 250-yard threshold with two touchdowns. Owners should start Big Ben.
Meanwhile, numberFire projects receiver Mike Wallace to contribute 84.4 yards and 0.64 touchdowns, good for 12.33 fantasy points. That figure makes him the No. 3 fantasy receiver this week, trailing Steve Smith and Wes Welker, but be warned: he could produce as few as 5.66 points, which makes Wallace a riskier play this week than in most other weeks.
The Steelers' other position players offer lower reward with higher risk. Running back Rashard Mendenhall, fresh off a 52-yard, one-touchdown effort against the Baltimore Ravens, is projected to score 12.63 points, but numberFire cautions that number could dip as low as 5.09. Receiver Antonio Brown (as low as 3.07) offers similar risk. As such, fantasy owners ought to sit both players unless they have no better alternatives.
Below, a complete list of how numberFire expects Pittsburgh's players to perform Sunday: