Thursday Night Fantasy Football Decision-Maker: Steelers Vs Browns

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes off on a second quarter run  while playing the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It's the final week for making your playoff push for a lot of leagues, and for those that are already gearing up for the first round of the playoffs, well, this is it.

It's make or break time, and if you're not confident in your roster, you better start making some rash decisions. This means a quick glance at our Start/Sit column could do you a lot of good. And at the very worst, it will remind you of your options.

While few people are relying on any Cleveland Browns to make a difference this week, there are some borderline playoff teams out there that may have to decide between the likes of Brady Quinn and Bruce Gradkowski, or may be forced to take a chance on Jerome Harrison.

Let's hope not, but regardless of your situation, there's never anything wrong with getting some more info before you set your final lineup. If you're considering any of the options in tonight's NFL game, read on:


Pittsburgh Steelers


QB Ben Roethlisberger

He's always a tempting play, and considering a lovely matchup against the weak Cleveland Browns defense this week, why not, right?

Well, the weather isn't expected to be exactly favorable for passing tonight, so if you have a better alternative at quarterback, you may want to roll with it. We still like Big Ben to post decent numbers (after all, it is the Browns), but there's no doubt that the weather can come into play, especially when the Steelers can run the ball extremely well against weak opponents.


RB Rashard Mendenhall

The Browns can't stop the run at all, and Mendy is due a big game. That, and the poor weather forecast, suggests more running that usual for the Steelers, and that's saying something.

Mendenhall is a must-start play in every format.


WR Hines Ward

He's extremely doubtful for Thursday, and despite the tasty matchup, you just can't risk it this late in the season. Don't play with hamstring injuries, folks. Leave Ward on your bench and look for a guy like Kenny Britt to take his place this week.


WR Santonio Holmes

Even with the weather concerns, we like Holmes this week. He's scored two times in these last two games after being shut-out of the end-zone since Week One. Big Ben may not have a huge day through the air, but that doesn't mean Holmes can't beat the Browns woeful secondary a few times.


WR Mike Wallace

As we said, Ward is almost certainly out of this game. That means more looks and better production than usual for Wallace. Again, the weather could play a huge hand in how this game, and how each player's production goes, but Wallace would still make a fine WR3.


TE Heath Miller

Miller is a strong candidate to get a lot of dump-off passes and red-zone targets every week, and especially so if the weather restricts Roethlisberger from airing it out. Miller is a solid TE1 in most leagues.

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