2014 Fantasy Football: Week 11 Monday Night Football Preview
Monday November 17, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans
We can’t lie to you guys this week, this game does not look very promising. The Titans aren’t good on defense and are worse on offense. They have turned to their third QB, their rookie RB is very pedestrian and highly touted Justin Hunter has been subpar. It doesn’t help that breakout TE Delanie Walker could be sidelined with a concussion. On the other hand, the Steelers are stocked with fantasy stars. They have a top five QB, RB and WR. Not to mention the hottest young star of the minute, Martavis Bryant. The Steelers will be angry coming off an embarrassing loss to the miserable Jets. Look for them to take out their frustration on the Titans.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Key Players
QB Ben Roethlisberger
After back-to-back six TD performances, Big Ben suffered an embarrassing loss to the Jets last Sunday. He is sure to be extremely focused and out for revenge. Look for him to bounce back in a major way this week in Tennessee. Unlike Andy Dalton, Roethlisberger shines when he’s under the bright lights.
Verdict: Start Roethlisberger. He’s been great, don’t worry about one bad outing. If anything the poor performance will drive him to be better.
RB Le’Veon Bell
Bell is coming off his worst game of the season. PPR owners probably weren’t devastated by his eight receptions. Nonetheless, it was a bad game by his high standards. Look for him to get back on track this week with another big game like we have become accustom to from the sophomore back.
Verdict: Start Bell. He’s been an elite RB1 all year and this week he gets the 29th ranked rush defense. He is in line for a monster game.
WR Antonio Brown
You may see a trend developing here, but Brown is also coming off his worst game of the season. Once again, no worries. Brown will get back on track this week. He’s a lock for at least 85 yards and a TD.
Verdict: Start Brown. He’s the best WR in the league this season. A must start every week.
WR Martavis Bryant
The Jets slowed down all of the Steelers last week. All but one man. That man was Bryant. The boom-or-boom receiver went out and had the best game of his career. We have no reason to believe he has any intentions of slowing down.
Verdict: Start Bryant. Until somebody stops him there is no reason to take him out of your starting lineup.
Tennessee Titans: Key Players
QB Zach Mettenberger
Mettenberger hasn’t been bad, but he also hasn’t done anything to wow us. He’s a big armed rookie, however, he hasn’t done enough to warrant any kind of starter consideration.
Verdict: Sit Mettenberger. He should only be started in leagues that utilize the elusive QB3. So nobody should start him for that matter.
RB Bishop Sankey
Sankey has been a major disappointment this season. Especially when you consider the fact that he was the first RB drafted in this year’s draft and was widely considered the favorite to be the offensive rookie of the year.
Verdict: Sit Sankey. If you have to start him, he’s not an awful option. Hopefully you have better options though.
WR Kendall Wright
Wright is your best option on this horrendous offense. He is still not a good start. He has seen a 25-percent decrease in targets this season. He was a volume guy who has seen a major decrease in his volume.
Verdict: Sit Wright. If you need him you can plug him in as a desperation flex. If you don’t have to, don’t.
WR Justin Hunter
If we learned one thing from last year’s rookie draft class, it’s don’t just draft athletes and assume they’ll figure it out. Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson and Hunter are all perfect examples.
Verdict: Sit Hunter. He has shown no consistency and has proven to have a low ceiling to this point. He just can’t be trusted and isn’t worth the risk.
Steelers: Le’Veon Bell
Titans: Kendall Wright