Fantasy owners have already waited three weeks to start Le’Veon Bell. Why wait any longer? Bell can be fired-up as a top-flight RB1.
Ben Roethlisberger has a tough matchup at home, but Bell’s reinsertion into the lineup only bodes well for a quarterback who is more than capable of thriving even in less than ideal circumstances. Roethlisberger can be considered a low-end QB1, even against a defense that just picked off six passes in Week 3.
Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 40 targets, and it’s difficult to argue that there is another receiver in the NFL who could do more with those opportunities than Brown. He is a high-end WR1 as usual.
Even with Eli Rogers out of action, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates will remain afterthoughts in the receiving game compared to Brown and Bell. DeAngelo Williams can once again go back to the fantasy bench despite being an elite option filling in for Bell.
Kansas City Chiefs
Spencer Ware has a difficult matchup against a capable Steelers run defense, but is still in line for a heavy workload. Charcandrick West has been ruled out, and if Jamaal Charles suits up, it’s likely he will be eased into action on a snap count. Ware can be considered a low-end RB1. Travis Kelce’s matchup looks tough on paper after the Steelers held Jordan Reed in check in Week 1, but Ryan Shazier, who is battling a knee injury, had much to do with that. Kelce remains a TE1.
Jeremy Maclin is in a slump to begin the season, but could potentially have a “get right” game in store. The Steelers are giving up 7.7 yards per passing attempt and 332 passing yards per game, which both rank in the bottom third of the NFL. Maclin is 10th in the NFL in targets and monopolized a passing game that should be busy with the possibility of playing catch up with the Steelers’ offense always existing. Maclin can be considered a WR3, but upside to capitalize is there. Alex Smith deserves streamer consideration in deeper leagues as well.
Charles shouldn’t be in any lineup until he displays his dominant form he had before his ACL injury. Chris Conley can be safely kept out of lineups as well.