The Week 2 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers features two high-flying wide receivers that should be scoring points in bunches today. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
The Cincinnati Bengals were lucky to walk out of New York with a one point victory over the Jets last week. Fantasy owners of wide receiver A.J. Green were equally fortunate as the superstar pass catcher scorched Darrelle Revis on several occasions and managed to put up big numbers. Green was targeted 13 times in the game by quarterback Andy Dalton and secured 12 of those passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Going up against a prolific Steelers offense that should be firing on all cylinders led by the game’s unanimous number one receiver Antonio Brown should inspire Green to try to put together a second straight huge game, which would certainly help the Bengals come out on top.
Should Green fail to connect with Dalton on a regular basis, Cincinnati will hand the ball off to Jeremy Hill to try to make up for it. Hill rushed the ball just nine times for 31 yards last week, not exactly the level of involvement fantasy owners were hoping for when they drafted him. That said, Hill did manage to save his fantasy day by scoring a touchdown. While he does share the backfield with teammate Gio Bernard, especially on passing downs, Hill should still get the majority of the carries against Pittsburgh. Hopefully he gets into the double digits this time.
No matter who is suspended or injured for the Steelers, it seems that the connection between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown is going to be driven based on talent alone. Roethlisberger scorched Washington last week to the tune of 300 passing yards and three touchdowns. He did toss an interception but overall looked fantastic, even with Le’Veon Bell (suspension) and Markus Wheaton (injury) on the sidelines. The Bengals do represent a tougher test than Washington but there is no reason Big Ben can’t still put up huge numbers for the second straight game.
That will of course mean equally big-time numbers from Brown. Brown caught two of Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes last week. Overall he finished with eight catches for 126 yards. He has at least 1,499 receiving yards in each of the last three years and is likely the only receiver who could possibly surpass 2,000 yards this time around. Five catches and 100 yards seem automatic for a player of Brown’s caliber. In the prime of his career and looking unstoppable, don’t be surprised if the consensus number one overall fantasy draft pick exceeds 150 yards and catches multiple touchdowns once again this week.