There were very few positives to mention in the Steelers 30-6 loss to the Houston Texans this past Sunday.
One of those positives was running back Najee Harris, who led the way on offense with 103 total yards (71 rushing and 32 receiving). For his efforts, Harris moves up 9 spots to No. 34 among running backs with 24.4 fantasy points, according to fantasypros.com. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about quarterback Kenny Pickett, who struggled in a big way against the Texans defense. Surprisingly, he only moved down two spots to No. 26 among quarterbacks with 46.0 fantasy points.
Receiver George Pickens, who finished the game with just 25 receiving yards, moved down seven spots to No. 31 among receivers with 32.3 fantasy points. After making healthy gains in Week 3, receiver Calvin Austin III moved down nine spots this week to No. 57 with 20.6. fantasy points. Tight end Pat Freiermuth, who sustained a hamstring injury in the loss, moved down to the 12th spot among players in his position with 17.3 fantasy points.
As bad as things were on offense, the defense was just as bad, allowing rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud to throw for 306 yards with two passing touchdowns.
On the defensive line, All-Pro T.J. Watt failed to produce any sacks or turnovers as in previous weeks. As it stands, Watt is ranked second among linebackers with 78.8 fantasy points. His partner-in-crime, Alex Highsmith, also failed to register any splash plays as his stock dramatically decreased from No. 17 to No. 36 with 45.8 fantasy points.
In the secondary, veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson struggled with coverage, most notable with Nico Collins, who beat him on a 52-yard touchdown late in this contest. Even with this, Peterson somehow moved up seven spots to No. 81 among defensive backs with 29.8 fantasy points. His teammate in the backfield, Levi Wallace, saw his value increase to five spots at No. 26 with 43.8 fantasy points.
Lastly, All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick made the biggest move, going up 18 spots to No. 29 with 43.6 fantasy points.
Who To Start In Week 5
RB Najee Harris
RB Jaylen Warren
WR George Pickens
TE Darnell Washington
WR Calvin Austin III
S Minkah Fitzpatrick
LB T.J Watt
LB Alex Highsmith
LB Elandon Roberts
DL Keeanu Benton
CB Desmond King