Fantasy football has consumed the NFL. All of the sudden die hard fans are flipping to NFL Red Zone over their favorite team’s play to see if the running back they only started because of bye weeks can score a touchdown. Of course, it has a lot of non-Steeler fans watching the black and gold on Sundays now. Antonio Brown are the two best performers in fantasy football to date. They were both drafted in the top three in almost every league, and rank one and two in yards gained this season. Sunday will be another chance for fantasy football fans to bet on their studs in fantasy football, and watching them come home with big statistics.
The Steelers offense flows around these two. No matter what the gameplan, everything starts with Brown and Bell. This week, they just so happen to also have the best matchups.
At cornerback, Vontae Davis is now out for the season. It is going to leave Rashaan Melvin and Pierre Desir as the outside cornerbacks with Nate Hairston in the slot. Melvin has been in the NFL for five seasons and has 19 career starts. 17 have come in the past two seasons with the Colts. Desire has been on four different rosters in four seasons and has made three of his ten career starts this year. Hairston is a rookie and a former wide receiver with limited abilities. Anywhere Brown lines up is a plus matchup, and it will be nearly impossible to contain him.
On the defensive line, the same exact thing happened. This week, their best defensive lineman Henry Anderson was placed on the injured reserve. He led the team in snaps last week and only him and Johnathan Hankins played over 50% of the snaps last week on a defensive line that rotates players in.
The Colts ranked 21st in rushing DVOA and 19th in adjusted line yards this season with Anderson. Without him, it almost a guarantee the unit will get worse. The Steelers are coming off of a bye, they are adding Marcus Gilbert back to the lineup, and should be moving to Vance McDonald more at tight end to make the running game an even bigger threat.
Bell and Brown are always in for big games. However, against the Colts, it feels like both will be over 100 yards at the half. The teams have met three times in the past three seasons. The halftime scores were 21-7, 21-10, and 35-20. Bell has finished with an average of 106 yards and .5 touchdowns in the two games he played in. Brown has an outstanding average of 7.6 receptions for 114 yards and 2.3 touchdowns in his last three meetings with the Colts.
Bell and Brown are always in for big games. However, against the Colts, it feels like both will be over 100 yards at the half.