The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, and even though this is not a matchup full of fantasy football studs, there are a handful of players who owners must have in their lineup.
The Steelers are surging and have won their last three games. The defense is returning to the level that it was expected to be at this season, and Pittsburgh is emerging as an elite team.
While their opponents are rising, the Chiefs are sinking with shocking speed. Kansas City has been plagued by turnovers and has made an extremely strong case for being the worst team in the league.
Such a lopsided matchup will not be easy for Chiefs fans to watch, but it will produce a few fine fantasy performances. Here are the players in this game that must be started.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Antonio Brown out of the lineup, Emmanuel Sanders will have an increased role in the Steelers offense.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio notes that Brown suffered a high ankle sprain that may keep him on the sidelines for a few weeks. That will bump Sanders up the depth chart, and he will be Ben Roethlisberger’s second option at wide receiver.
Kansas City is allowing 30 points per game this season, which ranks No. 30 in the NFL. The Pittsburgh offense will be able to move the ball and put up points, with all of the team’s major offensive players turning in productive days.
Sanders will have his best fantasy performance of the season on Monday night.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
The Steelers are allowing the fewest yards per game through the air. Therefore, the Chiefs will need to get their running game in rhythm early to have any chance in this matchup.
The Chiefs may be drastically overmatched, but they are fortunate that the Pittsburgh run defense is not quite as proficient as its pass defense.
Jamaal Charles is Kansas City’s best offensive weapon, and they will need to use him often in this game, as their subpar passing game has very little chance of success against the Steelers secondary.
Kansas City will give Charles plenty of opportunities, and he is most likely to get any points the Chiefs do earn in this game.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense/Special Teams
If the Chiefs continue turning the ball over at their current rate, the Pittsburgh defense and special teams may be the most valuable fantasy performer in this game.
Kansas City has an astonishing 29 giveaways this season. The quarterbacks are just as much to blame as the skill position players, as the team has recorded 14 interceptions and 15 fumbles.
Pittsburgh has only forced eight turnovers this year, but the Chiefs have basically handed the ball to their opponents this season, averaging 3.6 turnovers per game.
This game will feature several inexplicable errors by the Kansas City offense, and fantasy owners who start the Pittsburgh defense will benefit from these mistakes.