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David Dorey  

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WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN * DAL at NYG * NYJ at MIA SF at STL
* BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO * IND at JAC * SD at OAK * TEN at HOU
* UPDATED CHI at MIN * KC at DEN SEA at ARI * WAS at PHI

Prediction: PIT 17, CLE 3

The Steelers have clinched being in the playoffs but need the Ravens to lose to the Bengals in order to win the division. Possible but unlikely. That means the Steelers are otherwise playing for nothing because they would already have wrapped up the #5 seed. But both games go off in the afternoon so there would be no way for the Steelers to know about the Ravens until it is actually happening. This is a replay of week 14 when the Steelers won 14-3 at home. The Browns are on a five game losing streak.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Homefield: Heinz Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @BAL 7-35 10 @CIN 24-17
2 SEA 24-0 11 Bye -
3 @IND 23-20 12 @KC 13-9
4 @HOU 10-17 13 CIN 35-7
5 TEN 38-17 14 CLE 14-3
6 JAC 17-13 15 @SF 3-20
7 @ARI 32-20 16 STL 27-0
8 NE 25-17 17 @CLE -
9 BAL 20-23      
Steelers Report | Statistics | Roster
PITTSBURGH at CLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Ben Roethlisberger - - 120,1
RB Rashard Mendenhall 70,1 10 -
WR Antonio Brown - 80,1 -
WR Hines Ward - 20 -
WR Emmanuel Sanders - 20 -
WR Mike Wallace - 50 -
PK Shaun Suisham 1 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Steelers wind down the regular season concerned that Ben Roethlisberger has been out for two games and that he'd be rusty in January but the plan is to get him about a half's worth of work and let Charlie Batch clean it up. There may be a small chance that players are pulled from this game if the Ravens-Bengals game shows the Ravens with a big lead but then again - this is only the Browns.

QUARTERBACK: With Ben Roethlisberger aiming at just two quarters worth of work, there is no fantasy value here this week. The Browns have a good secondary but Big Ben still burned them for 280 yards and two scores in the last meeting, one of the worst showings for the Browns all year. Charlie Batch won't do enough to consider as well.

RUNNING BACKS: Rashard Mendenhall was a disappointment in the last meeting with the Browns when he only gained 76 yards on 18 carries and did not score against one of the weakest rushing defenses in the league. He should be a lock for decent yardage and has the chance for a big game with a score but that hasn't always happened in the past. Thrown in Isaac Redman or even John Clay into the mix and expecting a touchdown from Mendenhall is even tougher to do.

I'll credit him with a score but the yardage is more reliable.

WIDE RECEIVERS: In the last meeting, the Browns were successful using CB Joe Haden to limit Mike Wallace to only 57 yards on four catches but Antonio Brown had a career best 151 yards on five receptions with one touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders has been out with a foot injury but is expected to return this week.

The Browns have only allowed three touchdowns to visiting wideouts this year though in fairness, most opponents clobber them with the run instead. Brown should have another decent showing but with a rusty Roethlisberger and then changing to Batch, this is a bit more murky than usual. Wallace has been a must start all year but here should be again limited to moderate yardage.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PIT 13 19 4 20 20 30
Preventing Fantasy Points CLE 3 27 2 18 23 11


Cleveland Browns
Homefield: Cleveland Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CIN 17-27 10 STL 12-13
2 @IND 27-19 11 JAC 14-10
3 MIA 17-16 12 @CIN 20-23
4 TEN 13-31 13 BAL 10-24
5 Bye - 14 @PIT 3-14
6 @OAK 17-24 15 @ARI 17-20
7 SEA 6-3 16 @BAL 14-20
8 @SF 10-20 17 PIT -
9 @HOU 12-30      
Browns Report | Statistics | Roster
CLEVELAND vs PIT Rush Catch Pass
QB Seneca Wallace - - 180
RB Peyton Hillis 60 - -
TE Evan Moore - 60 -
WR Mohamed Massaquoi - 30 -
WR Greg Little - 40 -
PK Phil Dawson 1 FG XP -

Pregame Notes: The end of yet another bad year and one where no progress was made despite the new coaching staff. Apparently Peyton Hills' appearance on Madden affected the entire team. The rookie Greg Little showed some promise but a lack of a decent quarterback will always hold him back. This is an offense that scored over 20 points only twice all year.

QUARTERBACK: Colt McCoy has not been cleared to play and will likely miss this final game because of his concussion he received in the last meeting with the Steelers. Seneca Wallace takes his third start and his first one at home. But the Steelers held them to 222 pass yards and no scores in the other game with two interceptions. No reason to expect a miracle here.

RUNNING BACKS: Going into the final week it should be all Peyton Hillis as the runner but that only turned into 25 yards on ten carries in the first meeting. Hillis has been running better in the last couple of weeks but the Steelers have always had their number. Hillis is a low-end flex play at best this week and is better left on the bench against the Steelers defense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: No reason to consider any receiver here. This has been consistently one of the least productive units in the league and aside from the emerging Greg Little has marginal hope about next year. In week 14, no wideout caught more than three passes or gained over 44 yards. That leaves the unit well below any fantasy consideration.

TIGHT ENDS: Evan Moore was the leading receiver against the Steelers before when he had four catches for 55 yards and with Ben Watson out, Moore will get even more work. He's still a poor bet to score but should post decent yardage if not lead the team yet again.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 26 32 29 12 28 32
Preventing Fantasy Points PIT 1 7 1 11 3 15

WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN DAL at NYG NYJ at MIA SF at STL
BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO IND at JAC SD at OAK TEN at HOU
  CHI at MIN KC at DEN SEA at ARI WAS at PHI

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