-Ben Roethlisberger is ranked fifth among quarterbacks, behind Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. As talented as Roethlisberger is, that seems like a stretch, particularly after his uneven last two games. This week, Roethlisberger faces a Patriots defense that has allowed a ton of yards through the air.
Rashard Mendenhall ranks fifth among running backs, behind Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Arian Foster and Frank Gore. This seems about right – Mendenhall has been a very consistent option, and even after the loss of offensive lineman Max Starks, there’s reason to hope that he can continue to post 80 or so yards of rushing a game, often with a score.
Mike Wallace and Hines Ward are ranked 14th and 18th among receivers, respectively. Wallace looks like a tempting option right now after a big game against Cincinnati that included a long touchdown catch, but the problem is that he’s so inconsistent from week to week, since his yards totals tend to come from small numbers of receptions. If he catches five balls, he’ll put up huge fantasy stats; if he catches only one or two, your team could be in some trouble. This is true with all receivers, but not to the same degree as it is with Wallace.
Heath Miller ranks 19th among tight ends which, unfortunately, looks about right. The Steelers’ defense ranks first overall.