Steelers- Broncos: Rashard Mendenhall Puts Game Away | NFL Fantasy Football
This game was a tale of two halves as the Broncos dominated the clock in the first half and then the Steelers dominated in the second. It seemed that the Broncos were going to give the Steelers defense all they could handle at the start of this game but it all turned around.
Rashard Mendenhall is Taking Over
This game is just another reason why Rashard Mendenhall is going to remain the starting running back in Pittsburgh. For the night Mendenhall slashed into the Broncos defense for 155 yards on 22 carries.
The Broncos were only giving up an average of 86 yards per game on the ground this season and Mendenhall almost doubled that total on his own.
What impresses me the most about Mendenhall is his ability to run the ball just as good in-between the tackles as he does running to the outside.
If Mendenhall continues to run the football like he has since taking over than he will be at least a second round pick in fantasy football drafts next year. Willie Parker is expected to leave the team after this season and that means he won’t be around as a threat to steal touches.
Even though Parker is still on the team and active right now you would have never known it in this game.
Consider Mendenhall a must start for the rest of the fantasy football season.
Ben Roethlisberger Leads His Team Back
Big Ben Roethlisberger almost gave the game away in the third quarter when he fumbled the football and Denver’s defense scored on the turnover.
After that play Roethlisberger had a flawless game as he charged his team down for three touchdown scores.
The Steelers are going to be a very hard team to face going forward as they now have balance on offense and still have a strong defense. Next week’s showdown with the Bengals should be a fun one to watch.
Brandon Marshall Hauls in Eleven Catches
The Broncos offensive attack was highlighted by Brandon Marshall as he had eleven receptions for 112 yards.
While this is a fine stat total and PPR fantasy owners with Marshall but I need to see more. Don’t get me wrong Marshall’s performance was solid, but I’m still not seeing this team trying to throw the football down the field.
Not only that but if I’m not mistaken the Broncos didn’t even get inside the red zone for the entire game.
If the Broncos are going to be a playoff team this year they need to do a better job against defensive teams.
NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com