The Baltimore Ravens welcome the last undefeated team in the NFL this week. The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to take on their division rival in what could be a nice playoff preview. These two teams are among the best in the AFC, so this should be a bit of a measuring stick for both sides.
The Steelers are coming off an impressive win over the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans. The offense for the Steelers was pretty interesting to observe. They were so effective on third down, converting 13 of 18 chances. Big Ben just had three interceptions and gave the Titans unnecessary possessions.
In their closer than necessary win over the first place Eagles, the Ravens let the Eagles score 22 fourth quarter points and make the game close. Despite the poor defensive performance, the Ravens are still the leagues best scoring defense, only allowing 17.3 points per game.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Steelers: #3 Overall — #17 offense, #2 defense, #5 special teams
Ravens: #2 Overall — #19 offense, #3 defense, #1 special teams
Steelers: +4, +175
Ravens: -4, -200
Fantasy football start/sit advice
James Conner, RB, $6,400
Conner continues to be the Steelers main source of productivity on offense. He had a great performance against a pretty good Titans defense. The Steelers should prioritize the ground game yet again.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, $6,600
Big Ben is actually having a pretty solid season. He isn’t passing the ball in large quantities, but he’s been pretty productive with the throws he’s making. Removing the poor performance against the Titans last week, and Ben has 11 touchdowns and one pick on the year. He might be worth a shot against a great Ravens defense if you’re desperate.
Marquise Brown, WR, $6,100
Brown has been excellent the last few weeks. His productivity has been solid and as Lamar gets more comfortable it seems like only a matter of time till Brown has a breakout week.
Ravens, D/ST, $3,700
The league’s best scoring defense had a slight embarrassment against the Eagles. With some time to think about that game and some extra cycles to prepare for the Steelers, I’d expect an excellent game from the Ravens defense.