December 6, 2022, 1:56 pm
Steelers 19 @ Falcons 16 (Steelers covered -1, U43)
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With this victory over the Falcons, the Steelers have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season. While this wasn’t their best looking win, they’ll take it as they fight through the congested AFC. Kenny Pickett played fairly well, trying his best to no make the big mistake but doesn’t seem to be much of a fantasy option moving forward. Jaylen Warren returned, but it made no difference to Najee Harris who started and got the lion share of the backfield handoffs, rushing 17 times for 86 yards. The receiving core continues to disappoint as George Pickens caught just one pass for two yards and Diontae Johnson got 11 targets but only caught five of them for 60 yards as the Steelers did most of their damage via field goals. Pat Freiermuth led all receivers for the Steelers, catching three balls for 76 yards and should continue to be in lineups as a TE1.
Another disappointing outing from these Falcons whose fans will be wondering if Desmond Ritter gets some work with the first team during this bye week. Marcus Mariota wasn’t great, completing 13-of-24 passes for 167 yards and just 17 rushing yards with a pick. He can’t be anywhere near single quarterback rosters at the moment. Cordarrelle Patterson continued to split the backfield with rookie Tyler Algeier, gaining just 60 yards on 11 carries with no catches. These kind of games are prone to happen with Patterson as he’s more of a touchdown-dependent RB2. Drake London was a focal point of the offense, catching just 6-of-12 targets for 95 yards. No one has really emerged with the absence of Kyle Pitts and it may just be London getting all he can handle in the limited receiving game.
RB Najee Harris: The Steelers don’t have many performances to be thrilled about but Harris dominating the backfield is a positive sign for those who took him in the early rounds. We just hope he can start finding the endzone soon.
WR Drake London: London was just about all the Falcons were targeting and moving forward we should see him as a viable WR3 with the hope he retains this target share.
WR George Pickens: Just when we thought Pickens was taking the top receiver role for the Steelers, the rug is pulled from underneath us with this performance. He remains a true boom/bust option in desperate situations.
RB Cordarrelle Patterson: A disappointing day for Patterson who can’t seem to find any fantasy consistency. Patterson is beginning to shy away from RB2 value to more of a FLEX as long as this split is to continue.
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Broncos 9 @ Ravens 10 (Broncos covered -8.5, U39.5)
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