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Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: TITANS/STEELERS

When the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is running on all cylinders, it is a thing of beauty and this is what we all witnessed Thursday night when Ben Roethlisberger and company went to town on the Tennessee Titans.  Meanwhile it was another horrid game for DeMarco Murray who looks like he needs to take a seat.  Let's get to all the relevant fantasy football results that ultimately came out of the game.

-While he had played well of late, the totality of Roethsliberger's season leading up to Thursday night's game was overly disappointing and even more so when you take into the fact that he has arguably the most awesome collection of offensive weapons at his disposal.  It all came together Thursday night as Big Ben completed 30-of-45 passes for 299 yards with 4 TD's and even 10 yards rushing.  This is what Roethlisberger is fully capable of on a weekly basis and the Steelers using the no-huddle seems to unleash his best.  With another decent matchup in the Green Bay Packers on tap for Week 12, Roethlisberger should be fully back in the circle of trust.

On the other side, the Titans' Marcus Mariota was simply dreadful as he tossed four interceptions as part of his 22-of-33 day for 306 yards.  While he did toss for one TD and rush for another, Mariota simply can't be depended on outside of two-passer leagues and overall it is a giant step back for him after an emerging 2016 campaign.

-The Titans really need to strongly consider benching DeMarco Murray so that he can heal up from his myriad injuries.  We said back in the summer to avoid Murray given his age (29) and the fact he came off a very heavy workload in 2016 and we are seeing why.  Simply put, Murray has been terrible and last night he rushed for just 10 yards on 8 carries.  He did help a bit in PPR by catching 5 balls for another 37 yards but Derrick Henry (32 yards on 7 carries) needs to be given more leash.  At the very least, Murray needs to be benched in all standard setups.

As far as the Steeler's Le'Veon Bell is concerned, the game plan centered on the pass which is why he got just 12 carries for 46 yards (and narrowly missed a running score).  However Bell was terrific on the receiving end as he hauled in 9 balls for 57 yards to secure a very good night in PPR.  While the overall numbers on Bell have fallen below expectations, he still is without peer at the running back position.

-Speaking of without peer, we have known for awhile that was the stats of Steelers wideout Antonio Brown at the position.  What he did last night was silly as Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The third score got former New York Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree up off his couch cheering for sure as Brown snagged the ball against the side of his helmet as he stayed in bounds to collect the score.  Tremendous stuff and it is a reminder that there is Brown and then there is everyone else among the wide receiver hierarchy. 

With regards to the supporting cast, JuJu Smith-Schuster added 4 catches for 47 yards which keeps him in the WR 3 mode for PPR formats but Martavis Bryant (2 catches for 30) remains an enigma. 

On the Tennessee side, Delanie Walker led the way as usual with 6 catches for 92 yards but he somehow dropped a gift of a touchdown pass that had to have his owners banging their heads against the wall.  Also Corey Davis just can't seem to get going as he caught just three passes for 27 yards.  Keep the faith here however. 


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