The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet in Week 7 in an AFC North matchup that seems more important to the former than the latter. The Ravens are 3-3 and still in swinging distance of the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Steelers are 1-4 and barely hanging on. It's a young season yet, but this matchup contains less significance than we're used to seeing when these two teams meet.
But if you've got some fantasy players in the mix, it makes it a bit more interesting. Both teams have some intriguing options, and with some help from numberFire, we can provide some projections. Read on for those, starting with the home team:
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't having the best season of his career by any means, but he's been playing OK. The Steelers' offense has lagged in general, due to a myriad of issues, from lacking play from the running back position to poor play from the offensive line. Roethlisberger is expected to score just under 17 points for fantasy owners this week.
Antonio Brown is his primary target and he's been enjoying a nice career resurgence this season. Brown is projected to earn a little over 10 points for the game. Running back Le'Veon Bell ha struggled thus far, but is getting a bit of respect given Baltimore's struggling run defense. He's projected to earn 8.27 fantasy points, which might be a bit generous at this point.
Running back Ray Rice has struggled this season. He's on pace for his worst season yet, but the Steelers have a poor run defense and numberFire's projections seem to illustrate that something has got to give. That something is Pittsburgh's run defense, as Rice is expected to earn 13.43 fantasy points this week.
Coming in just ahead of him is quarterback Joe Flacco. He's got a big arm, but has a low completion percentage and is interception-prone at times. He's not a quarterback to solely rely on, but he's projected to earn a respectable 15.59 fantasy points this week. Second-year receiver Torrey Smith comes in at 9.71 fantasy points as Flacco's primary beneficiary.