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Steelers vs. Raiders: Fantasy Performers Set to Shine in Oakland

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

Fantasy owners will have a close eye on Sunday's Week 3 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders in the Bay Area. 

The two storied franchises together boast a handful of fantasy performers who are sure to put up big points under the California sun.

Wondering if you should play that Silver and Black RB? Not sure which Steelers WR to start in your flex spot?

Fear not. Here we highlight a trio of fantasy performers set to shine in Oakland Sunday afternoon.


Mike Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers' best wide receiver, Mike Wallace has scored a touchdown in each of the past two games and will be targeted plenty by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 3. Wallace's nose for the end zone makes him a must-start fantasy star week after week, and that doesn't change this weekend.

Arguably the fastest wideout in the NFL today, Wallace will present a matchup nightmare for the Raiders' secondary and no doubt create a few big plays in the passing game. Last week he broke free for a 37-yard touchdown pass against the Jets.

With fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown receiving plenty of attention on the other side of the field, and Roethlisberger well aware of that, Wallace will shine as the best WR on the field Sunday afternoon.


Darren McFadden

Great runners can't struggle forever. Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden has found green grass hard to come by through the season's first two weeks, averaging just over two yards per carry thus far in 2012. But expect McFadden to break out of his slump at home on Sunday afternoon.

The former Arkansas Razorback was a 1,100-plus-yard rusher in 2010 and averaged a career-high 5.4 yards per carry last season despite missing nine games to injury. Pittsburgh's defense has been stout to start the season but is weakest by far against the run, where it ranks just 11th in the league. 

Fantasy owners should start their star RB on Sunday. He has too much potential to leave on the bench and is capable of breaking a big run at any moment. McFadden is also a phenomenal receiver for Oakland. His 15 catches are the most of any Raider this season.


Isaac Redman

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman will be a reliable red-zone option for the Black and Yellow on Sunday in Oakland, and a worthy fantasy starter. The Raiders' rushing defense is among the worst in football, ranking 29th in the league and allowing more than 147 yards on the ground per game. 

Redman found the end zone against the New York Jets last weekend, so don't be surprised if he shines as a scorer rather than a big-play threat in Week 3. For fantasy owners, that'll work just fine. 

Redman will likely split carries with Jonathan Dwyer, but Dwyer has yet to prove to the coaching staff that he is the best option out of the backfield. Watch for Redman to be the better of the two backs and rack up some major fantasy points in Oakland on Sunday. 


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