The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the season with a strong defense on paper, and little has happened to alter that perception. The unit has allowed just 37 points in its first two games combined and has yielded solid fantasy production as a result. However, they face their biggest challenge of the season to date in Week 3.
Fantasy Football analysis: Steelers D/ST
The Steelers D/ST ranks second in fantasy scoring through two weeks, trailing only the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. Some of that production comes as a result of playing weak offenses in back-to-back weeks. The New York Giants barely mustered a scratch outside of a deep shot to wideout Darius Slayton in Week 1. Then last Sunday, Pittsburgh saw the Denver Broncos lose starting quarterback Drew Lock and No. 1 wide receiver Courtland Sutton to injuries, adding further stress to an offense already in a state of flux.
However, though the Houston Texans and star quarterback Deshaun Watson arrive in Week 3, the Steelers still appear well-positioned for a good performance. The Texans have floundered offensively through two weeks, unable to find a rhythm in a passing game that no longer featuers All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins. While running back David Johnson has shown signs of life since arriving in Houston — 159 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown — he can’t fill the void left by Hopkins. If the Steelers can contain Watson’s ability to make plays out of structure, they can produce another solid performance in fantasy.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start the Steelers D/ST in all formats.