Updated: Nov 15
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to find ways of winning games, even if they are ugly ones.
In their 24-19 win over the Green Bay Packers, the team may have found an identity, one that helped raise the value of two players on the offensive side of the ball. (All stats courtesy of fantasypros.com.)
- Offense -
The story of the game was the ground duo of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren. In Week 9,both of them combined for 157 rushing yards and a touchdown. This week, the dynamic tandem accounted for 183 and two touchdowns. In the case of Harris, he currently remains at No. 28 among running backs with 75.9. Warren, on the other hand, moved up one spot to No. 29 with 70.2 total fantasy points.
Things were not so prosperous for receiver Diontae Johnson, who registered 17 receiving yards against the Packers. His stock slightly declined, moving down to No. 65 among players at his position with 37.9 fantasy points. His teammate, George Pickens, fared slightly better, finishing the game with 45 receiving yards on three receptions. Pickens moved down only one spot to No. 25 with 76.2 fantasy points.
As for Kenny Pickett, he continues to be a mystery on the field. Despite contributing only 126 passing yards and no touchdowns against the Packers, he only moved down one spot to No. 28 with 94.4 total fantasy points. With the potential return of tight end Pat Freiermuth, there is a good chance he could accumulate more points; however, it won't be easy against the Cleveland Browns' defense.
- Defense -
All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt recorded his 88th career sack in the team's victory over the Packers. To no one's surprise, Watt continues to be one of the most valuable players in the NFL and in fantasy football. For his efforts, which included eight tackles and two quarterback hits, Watt moved up to the 11th spot among linebackers with 143.7 fantasy points. Another impact player was Elandon Roberts, who registered eight tackles and a tackle for loss. For his performance, he moved up nine spots to No. 43 with 91.7 fantasy points. As for Alex Highsmith, he moved down three spots to No. 45 with 90.2 fantasy points.
Along the interior of the defensive line, the story was rookie Keeanu Benton, who had an outstanding game that included six tackles, two quarterback hits, and a pass deflection. For his efforts, Benton leaped up 18 spots to No. 119 with 36.1 fantasy points. As for veteran Cameron Heyward, he currently stands 207th among defensive linemen with 16.3 fantasy points. As his health improves, fantasy owners should not trade him away just yet.
In the secondary, veteran Patrick Peterson had a strong performance, finishing with two tackles, a blocked field goal, and a deflection that resulted in an interception by defensive back Keanu Neal. For his performance, Peterson moved up to No. 127 with 50.8 fantasy points. Speaking of Neal, he rose to No.57 with 76.8 fantasy points. As for rookie Joey Porter Jr., he moved up six spots to No. 160 among defensive backs with 39.9 fantasy points. He would finish with four tackles, one of them for a loss.
Who You Should Start In Week 11
- Offense -
RB Jaylen Warren
RB Najee Harris
WR George Pickens
- Defense -
LB T.J Watt
LB Elandon Roberts
DL Keeanu Benton
DL Cameron Heyward
CB Joey Porter Jr.