It is interesting to look around at other projections and see how much credit national media is giving the Vikings defense…or maybe it is because Ben Roethlisberger isn't that good.
Here's what you need to know about Charch's 5th rated QB. The Vikings defense is allowing 323 yards and just under three passing touchdowns per week and just allowed Brian Hoyer to pass for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. You can add to that starters Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford will not play and this feels like a 350 3TD performance for big Ben.
Rookie Le'Veon Bell makes his NFL debut and immediately becomes the top runner in Pittsburgh. While the story of the game will be the passing game, Bell will win the backfield job against the 21st defense against the run. A 70 yard performance with a shot at a score sounds about right for Bell.
Antonio Brown should be licking his chops. He'll line up against Marcus Sherells and rookie Xavier Rhodes. He'll top 100 yards and score. Emmanuel Sanders is also a decent flex play this week. Sanders will catch a touchdown and come close to 100 yards. Tight end Heath Miller will bring in the third Roethlisberger score.
The defense will face backup QB Matt Cassel who is not mobile. The Vikings offensive line has been a mess and the Steelers D might tee off on Cassel.
Matt Cassel is the starter this week for the inept Christian Ponder. From a fantasy perspective, nothing really changes. Cassel has no real fantasy value and looks to breathe life in the 23rd ranked passing game.
The light for Adrian Peterson might come this week as he gets all-pro fullback Jerome Felton back from suspension. The Steelers have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher this season. Chris Johnson (70 yards), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (75 yards) and Matt Forte (87 yards) have been held in check. The silver lining is that the Steel curtain has allowed four rushing scores in three weeks. Peterson should near 100 yards and score a pair of touchdowns.
Despite the change at quarterback, nothing in the passing game looks appetizing. Kyle Rudolph could be a play if you are in a bye week bind. The Steelers gave up 132 yards against Cincinnati tight ends in week two.
Kicker Blair Walsh is a good start this week.