The 0-1 Denver Broncos will face the 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. The Broncos have one of the youngest cores in the NFL and will be up against a Steelers team led by veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is off to a strong start after missing most of 2019 with an elbow injury.
This matchup doesn’t look promising for Denver’s Drew Lock, as his receiving corp is banged up. Pittsburgh made things very difficult for Saquon Barkley in Week 1. If Melvin Gordon can’t get going while Phillip Lindsay deals with a toe injury, the Broncos will have to rely on Lock’s arm to beat one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Date: Sunday, September 20
Time: 1 p.m.
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Broncos: 23rd Offense, 19th Defense, 11th Special Teams
Steelers: 14th Offense, 2nd Defense, 27th Special Teams
Broncos: +7.5, +300
Steelers: -7.5, -360
LB Mark Barron (hamstring), CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot), T Garett Bolles (elbow), WR Tyrie Cleveland (hip), S Trey Marshall (wrist), WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder), LB Bradley Chubb (knee), WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring), TE Albert Okwuegbunam (hip)
T Zach Banner (knee), RB James Conner (ankle), G David DeCastro (knee), WR Diontae Johnson (toe), C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), DE Stephon Tuitt (achilles), T Alejandro Villanueva (illness), G Stefen Wisniewski (chest)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Noah Fant, Tight End, $4,400
Fant is extremely underpriced. he torched the Tennesee Titans with five receptions for 81 yards and a score in Week 1 and appears to be Lock’s most reliable target. Lock will need his security blanket against such a tough Steelers defense.
Melvin Gordon, Running back, $5,200
Lindsay is suffering from a toe injury and is questionable for Week 2, so Gordon will become the feature back. He rushed for 78 yards and a score on 15 carries in Week 1 and is one of the cheapest starters available. It wouldn’t be surprising if he went over 15 carries against Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback, $6,300
Ryan Tannehill picked Denver apart in Week 1, and Big Ben could do the same in Week 2 after throwing for three touchdowns in his 2020 debut. If he attacks rookie defensive backs like Tennessee did, he could be in for a monster performance. He just has to shake some rust off.
Benny Snell Jr., Running back, $4,500
James Conner is already injured in 2020, and Snell impressed against the New York Giants by running for 113 yards on 19 carries. Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Samuels shouldn’t take too many touches from Snell if Conner can’t go in Week 2.