Steelers vs Browns Fantasy Focus
Expect Edwards to put up a better performance than last week in which he had 2 receptions for only 14 yards. Edwards also dropped 3 passes. Edwards will probably be matched up with the Steelers top corner, Ike Taylor all day. Free Safety, Ryan Clark will provide over-the-top help for Ike. Also expect Troy Polamalu to be a presence in the Steelers secondary which should also help contain Edwards.
Last week, Winslow grabbed five balls for 47 yards and a touchdown. Expect similar numbers (or more) from Winslow this week. I expect Winslow to see more balls thrown his way due to the Steelers very active pass rush. Derek Anderson won't have much time to look down field which should mean that Winslow will see more action. I expect Lawrence Timmons to see significant playing time this week and matched up against Winslow. Winslow will be given the slight edge as he has more experience, but Timmons has the size, speed, and agility to match up well with Winslow. Remember, the Steelers drafted Timmons because they were intrigued with his athleticism and his ability to match up one on one with tight ends such as Winslow.
Willie Parker should have another good week for fantasy owners. While I don't think he'll have the same type of success as last week, I still expect at least 100 yards and a TD from Parker. Parker may be less successful due to the large defensive line of the Cleveland Browns. In the past, our offensive line has had trouble with larger defensive lines. The Browns boast a large defensive line especially with free agent pickup Shaun Rogers.
Holmes had a quiet week 1 with only 2 receptions for 19 yards. I expect Holmes to bounce back with a big week against the Browns. The Browns secondary is depleted with injuries and Holmes is too good to contain. Both Roethlisberger and Holmes seem to play well in there college alumni states. (Miami (OH) and OSU respectively).
Big Ben was 13 of 14 with 137 yards and two touchdowns in week 1 versus the Houston Texans. With a depleted Browns secondary, Roethlisberger should be able to throw at will versus the Browns. The only cause for concern is Roethlisberger's sore shoulder that he suffered from a hit by Mario Williams. If the offensive line can keep Roethlisberger clean, expect big things from #7.