The Steelers (11-1) lost last week to the Washington Football Team 23-17 at home. Pittsburgh took command of the game early with a 14-3 lead. But they did not keep their foot on the gas and allowed Washington to stay in the game. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 33-of-53 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, which is good. However, the Steelers’ running game was non-existent against Washington’s stout and physical front seven.
Defensively, Pittsburgh could not defend tight end Logan Thomas, who was the game’s leading receiver. He had nine receptions (nine targets) for 98 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Cam Sims was right behind Thomas with 92 receiving yards and running back J.D. McKissic had 70 receiving yards.
As for the Bills (9-3), they returned to Arizona, where they dominated the San Francisco 49ers 34-24. Third-year quarterback Josh Allen had one of his best games this season, completing 32-of-40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. Through 13 weeks, Allen has 3,403 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 13
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Diontae Johnson, WR, $6,700
The second-year wide receiver out of Toledo had a solid performance against WFT last week. Johnson had eight receptions (12 targets) for 71 yards and a touchdown, which also equaled out to 13.1 fantasy points. It was the third times in four games that Johnson has crossed the 10-point threshold. The 5-foot-10 wideout has a favorable matchup in Week 13 against a Bills’ defense that has allowed 11 touchdowns and 22.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
One could infer that Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White will be matched up against JuJu Smith-Schuster, which may open up things for Johnson against Josh Norman.
Eric Ebron, TE, $4,600
The veteran tight end has been a perfect complement to the Steelers’ wide receiver unit this season. Through 13 weeks, Ebron has 49 receptions (78 targets) for 481 yards and four touchdowns. With the weapons on the perimeter surrounding Ebron, he could be a weekly top-10 play in fantasy. But between the loaded wide receiver depth and his casual drops, Ebron becomes more of a top-15 play.
After playing well against a favorable matchup in Washington’s defense, Ebron gets another good matchup in the Buffalo Bills’ defense. Buffalo allowed its first touchdown to a tight end last week (Jordan Reed) since Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Overall, they’ve given up seven touchdowns this season to the position.
Josh Allen, QB, $7,100
Josh Allen has been playing good football this season and is one of the main reasons why they have in the driver’s seat to win the AFC East. But this might not be the week to start him in fantasy. The Steelers’ defense is one of the best in fantasy football when it comes to defending opposing quarterbacks. Pittsburgh is only allowing 13.6 fantasy points per game this season. They’ve also not allowed an opposing quarterback to score 20 fantasy points since Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans.
Stefon Diggs, WR, $7,800
Stefon Diggs has been on the receiving end of many Josh Allen passes this season. After being traded from Minnesota this offseason, he has not skipped a beat. The 27-year-old wide receiver has 90 receptions (121 targets) for 1,037 yards and four touchdowns. In his last three games, Diggs has scored 15.3, 3.9 and 9.2 fantasy points, which isn’t necessarily special.
However, he can easily flip the switch and dominate a game. Diggs could be in store for a standout game Sunday night against the Steelers. This season, the Steelers’ defense is allowing 22.6 fantasy points per game and 14 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers.