Chiefs vs. Steelers: Fantasy News and Injury Report for Monday Night Showdown
The Kansas City Chiefs will be in Pittsburgh for Monday Night Football in Week 10 to take on the surging Steelers at Heinz Field.
Mike Tomlin's squad has won three in a row and is a perfect 3-0 at home in 2012. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have dropped five straight overall, including their last two road games. To put it bluntly, Kansas City will need an absolute miracle in order to escape with win on Monday night.
Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know to set your fantasy lineups before kickoff of Week 10's AFC clash.
Players to Start
Isaac Redman, RB
The Steelers' powerful runner is poised for a big night on Monday. Just last week, Redman rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries against the New York Giants on the road.
In Week 10, he'll face off against the NFL's 23rd-ranked rush defense in terms of yards allowed. Kansas City's defense is giving up more than 125 yards on the ground per game this season, and it will be without talented defensive end Glenn Dorsey for the fifth straight game.
Redman may not see more than 20 carries again this week if Jonathan Dwyer is healthy enough to return to the lineup, but he'll still eat up chunks of yards on the ground when he does touch the ball against a woeful run-stopping crew in the Chiefs.
Also, Kansas City ranks 11th against the pass, so expect Ben Roethlisberger and the offense to defer to the ground game when they can.
Shaun Suisham, K
Over/Under 2.5 field goals made for Shaun Suisham on Monday?
Pittsburgh placekicker Shaun Suisham is expected to play on Monday night despite a sore ankle, and that bodes well for fantasy owners. Before Week 9 vs. the Giants, Suisham had scored double-digit fantasy points over four consecutive weeks in ESPN standard leagues.
Suisham is 17-of-18 on field goal attempts this season, tied for 10th in the NFL in makes and tied for fourth in percentage made.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs' opponents have made 17-of-19 field goals against them. Only eight NFL teams have surrendered more made field goals than Romeo Crennel's squad in 2012. Therefore, if Pittsburgh's offense bogs down in the red zone, Suisham owners can celebrate early.
Players to Sit
Jamaal Charles, RB
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is expected to suit up Monday night, but unfortunately for fantasy owners, he'll be pitted against another strong rush defense for the second straight week.
He ran for only 39 yards on 12 carries against San Diego's second-ranked rush defense last week. But this time around, he'll be shut down by the Steelers.
Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL defending the run and is surrendering fewer than 89 yards on the ground per game. The Steelers held the Giants to just 68 total rushing yards on the road in Week 9. For these reasons, Charles is not a smart fantasy play in Week 10.
And if you need any more reason to sit Charles, consider this: He hasn't rushed for more than 100 yards since Week 5 against Baltimore, and he hasn't scored a rushing touchdown since Week 4 versus San Diego.
Dwayne Bowe, WR
Who will score more fantasy points on Monday?
Kansas City's top wideout, Dwayne Bowe, is best suited for the fantasy bench Monday night at Pittsburgh. Bowe and the Chiefs are set to go up against the league's top secondary, one that's allowing just 174 yards through the air per week.
If you're not impressed, you should be. Pittsburgh held Eli Manning and the Giants to just 114 passing yards in Week 9 and have allowed just 11 passing touchdowns in eight games this season.
On the other hand, Bowe hasn't recorded a 100-yard receiving game or a single touchdown reception since Week 4 versus the Chargers. The only thing Bowe has going for him in terms of fantasy potential in Week 10 is that he's healthy. But even that won't translate into success.
To say that Kansas City's struggles have been severe would be an understatement. The Chiefs are in complete disarray and don't look poised to snap out of their funk anytime soon.
Monday Night Football Injury Report Week 10
Chiefs Injury Report (according to USA Today)
DB Javier Arenas (Head), questionable (expected to play Monday night)
RB Jamaal Charles (Head), probable (expected to play Monday night)
RB Nate Eachus (Concussion), probable (expected to play Monday night)
QB Brady Quinn (Concussion), questionable
WR Devon Wylie (Hamstring), questionable
T Jeff Allen (Concussion), probable (expected to play Monday night)
T Branden Albert (Back), questionable
G Ryan Lilja (Neck), questionable
DE Glenn Dorsey (Calf), placed on IR
TE Kevin Boss (Concussion), placed on IR
Steelers Injury Report (according to USA Today)
RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles), questionable
RB Chris Rainey (Ribs), probable (expected to play Monday night)
RB Jonathan Dwyer (Groin), probable (expected to play Monday night)
WR Antonio Brown (Ankle), doubtful (not expected to play Monday night)
K Shaun Suisham (Ankle), probable (expected to play Monday night)
DT Alameda Ta'Amu (Suspension), questionable
LB Stevenson Sylvester (Hamstring), doubtful (not expected to play Monday night)
T Marcus Gilbert (Ankle), out indefinitely
G David DeCastro (Knee), out until December
S Troy Polamalu (Calf), out
LB Sean Spence (Knee), placed on IR
TE David Johnson (Knee), placed on IR
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