Monday Night Football Fantasy Versus | Week 15
We witnessed the Packers lose, the Colts win, and Tebowmania come to a temporary crashing halt in week 15. Now we have the luxury of arguably the game of the week tonight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
It could very well be “all defense” in this one, but those of you making the final roster moved for week 15 will undoubtedly be keeping your fingers crossed. We hope this matchup somehow gives you a ton of points, but either way, we’re here to assist you in making the final call with the players available.
Here is week 15′s Monday Night Fantasy Football Versus to help you win in your fantasy playoffs:
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) vs. Alex Smith (49ers) vs. Charlie Batch (Steelers)
Big Ben is dealing with a bad ankle injury, and there are majorly mixed reports on his status for tonight. I think he plays, and due to his ability and weapons, I think he could actually have a pretty big night. The 49ers are vulnerable through the air and Big Ben somehow dominates when he’s hurt. If Roethlisberger is out tonight, you’ll have to roll with Alex Smith.
Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers) vs. Frank Gore (49ers)
Mendenhall seems to find his way into the end-zone against even the toughest matchups, but I’m not buying it this week. The 49ers haven’t allowed 65+ rushing yards or a single rushing score all season. The Steelers will have to strike through the air, meaning Gore has the slight edge in game with brutal run defenses.
Isaac Redman (Steelers) vs. Kendall Hunter (49ers)
I don’t like either of these guys with awful matchups, but Hunter is clearly more explosive and has the slightly easier matchup. With Gore less than 100% still, he should also get more overall touches than Redman.
Mike Wallace (Steelers) vs. Antonio Brown (Steelers) vs. Michael Crabtree (49ers)
The 49ers mainly get beat on yards after the catch, something Wallace and Brown excel at. I think Wallace and Brown both have a great night (if Big Ben plays), and both should still be OK even if he doesn’t. It’s Wallace, Brown, Crabtree tonight, although I’ll easily take Crabtree over all other wide receivers listed below.
Hines Ward (Steelers) vs. Braylon Edwards (49ers) vs. Kyle Williams (49ers) vs Tedd Ginn (49ers) vs Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers)
None of these guys are safe options are all, and each one is a complete shot in the dark if you’re relying on solid production from them this week. Edwards will easily be locked-up by the Steelers, and Ward isn’t explosive enough to beat this 49ers defense. It will come down to Williams or Ginn getting a couple big plays, and right now I’ll give Ginn the edge due to his added value as a return man. In standard leagues, I’ll narrowly take Ward over the heap.
Heath Miller (Steelers) vs. Vernon Davis (49ers)
Both tight end options tonight are pretty inconsistent, but Davis is more athletic and with the 49ers having to pass more than they’d like, he has a pretty decent chance of posting solid numbers.
Shaun Suisham vs. David Akers
Both kickers could be pretty active tonight in an expected defensive battle, but Akers is just a beast fantasy option at the position right now. Both are solid, but Akers should be the pick.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers
Both of these defensive units are beastly, but San Francisco is the team riding a two-game losing streak and has gotten absolutely abused through the air at times this year. Pittsburgh still has to be your D/ST of the two this week.
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