October 25, 2022, 2:03 pm
Steelers 10, Dolphins 16 (Steelers covered +7, U45)
The Dolphins jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before the end of the first quarter, but the Steelers were able to respond with a pair of scores in the second before a Jason Sanders FG to finish the half. After that, unfortunately, there were zero combined scores in the entire second half. Even with the lack of scoring in this game, there were still a handful of very fantasy relevant players, including a pair of top-6 performances on Sunday. The Dolphins snapped a three-game losing streak, advancing to 4-3 on the season, while the Steelers were unable to build off last week’s big victory over the Bucs and fall to 2-5 on the year. Tua Tagovailoa returned from his multi-game absence and Kenny Pickett also suited up after being cleared from concussion protocol earlier in the week.
Pregame: After entering concussion protocols and being removed from the Week 6 contest in the third quarter, there were concerns that Pickett was not going to be able to suit up this weekend. He was able to get in full practices all week and as of Friday, he cleared concussion protocol. Outside of dynasty leagues and assuming he is starting this weekend, Pickett does not offer much for fantasy relevance at this time on an offense that has yet to show much signs of life. He is the QB23 over the past two weeks, so there are a handful of better streaming options who offer much more upside.
Postgame: The Dolphins defense was able to keep Pickett fairly in check on Sunday night, but he was able to still finish the week as the currently ranked QB21. Pickett was able to complete 32-of-44 attempts for 257 yards, including one touchdown and three interceptions. If the rookie is able to clean up his interceptions, he should be able to transform into a streamable option for the remainder of the season. The Steelers offensive line did not have their best game, forcing Pickett to rush throws on a number of occasions, including being sacked three times.
Pregame: Najee Harris has been incredibly disappointing this season, but last week was able to find the end zone for the first time in three weeks. He is a high-volume play that will always get around 20 touches per game. Unfortunately if he does not score, his yards per rush and efficiency numbers rank near the bottom at his position, making him a scary play every week. The Steelers have also openly said they want to get Jaylen Warren more touches.
Postgame: Once again, Harris did not have the most spectacular of games this week. Although he did finish as the RB24 entering MNF, that was mainly due to the lack of monster games from other backs around the league and four teams on byes. Harris only finished with 11.0 points in full-PPR formats, which is a pretty average outing for RBs. He rushed 17 times for 65 yards, adding three receptions on four targets for 15 yards.
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