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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th128.6 (9th)258.1 (8th)
Defense15th114.1 (17th)230.9 (13th)

Last Game

Mon, October 20
Heinz Field
TV: ESPN
Houston Texans
at
Pittsburgh Steelers
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Game Leaders

HOU
Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (21-32, 262)
Rushing: A. Foster (20-102)
Receiving: D. Hopkins (6-108)

PIT
Passing: B. Roethlisberger (23-33, 265)
Rushing: L. Bell (12-57)
Receiving: A. Brown (9-90)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 30 - 27CLE
Recap
Thu Sep 11
L 26 - 6at BAL
Recap
Sun Sep 21
W 37 - 19at CAR
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 27 - 24TB
Recap
Sun Oct 5
W 17 - 9at JAC
Recap
Sun Oct 12
L 31 - 10at CLE
Recap
Mon Oct 20
W 30 - 23HOU
Recap
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
on CBS SportsIND
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
at NYJ
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 17
at TEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at CIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
KC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
CIN

Standings

AFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Baltimore5-2-02-1-0
Cincinnati3-2-11-0-0
Pittsburgh4-3-01-2-0
Cleveland3-3-01-2-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1413915072
Martavis Bryant a threat to Markus Wheaton
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton didn't impress through the first six weeks of the season, so the Steelers saw fit to give someone else a chance Week 7 against Houston. Active for the first time this season, Martavis Bryant had as productive a day as any pass catcher not named Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell, hauling in two passes for 40 yards, including a 35-yarder in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. His five targets were third-most on the team, and no one after him had more than two.

That includes Wheaton, who was among those with two targets, going without a catch. He actually played 48 percent of the Steelers' snaps compared to Bryant's 34 percent, which makes his lack of production even more discouraging. Considering he's been up around 80 percent most of the year, he may be in danger of being overtaken.

Of course, Wheaton probably wouldn't disappear completely, and because Antonio Brown is still the go-to guy in the Steelers passing game, Bryant probably wouldn't have the opportunity for big numbers in his place. But in leagues deep enough that Wheaton is relevant, Bryant is now, too.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413913898
Outlook for Le'Veon Bell continues to improve
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell averaged 4.7 receptions per game through his first six games, but because he was involved in the passing game only intermittently as a rookie, you had reason to wonder if you could rely on him for that long-term.

But then he went and caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Texans in Week 7, putting him second among all running backs with 36 receptions, behind only Matt Forte (who remains in a class of his own). In PPR leagues, he's also third among running backs, behind Forte and DeMarco Murray, in Fantasy points to date.

Even better, his touchdown came from the 2-yard line -- a situation where the Steelers may have gone to LeGarrette Blount earlier in the season. Only one of Blount's seven carries even came in Texans' territory in this one.

Bell's touchdown total seven weeks into the season may be disappointing, but in terms of his receiving ability and role on offense, the verdict is in. If we were re-drafting today, he might be one of the first five running backs off the board.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413911358
Takeaways make Steelers' day
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Steelers didn't have a tremendous defensive performance Week 7 against Houston, falling into an early 13-0 hole and ultimately giving up 23 points on 393 yards. But they did a fine job taking the ball away from the Texans, allowing their offense to come from behind for the victory.

They got an interception from Brett Keisel and two fumble recoveries, one by Troy Polamalu and one by Sean Spence. The three takeaways were the most they've had in a game this season.

The Steelers did have one sack but remain a poor source of those this year, tying with the Bengals for 23rd with 10. Because their DST has thrived only in games in which it's gotten a touchdown, it remains a risky start in Fantasy.

With the Steelers facing the Colts, the league's No. 1 offense, in Week 8, you should avoid the Steelers DST in Fantasy.

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Shaun Suisham stays hot on MNF
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham improved to 14 of 15 on field goals by drilling three in Monday's win over Houston. Suisham connected from 44, 30 and 40 yards and added three PATs for a 12-point night.

He'll face the Colts in Week 8.

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Steelers get offensive contributions
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Steelers got a variety of offensive contributions in their 30-23 win over the Texans. Among them, running back LeGarrette Blount ran seven times for 9 yards and caught an 8-yard pass. Running back Dri Archer carried twice for 7 yards.

Tight end Heath Miller secured his only target for 13 yards, while wideout Markus Wheaton was targeted twice without a catch. They'll all play the Colts in Week 8.

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