Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown Should Start in Fantasy Leagues in Week 5

By Clyde A. Speller
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

To all of you fantasy football owners who happen to have Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown on there team, I advise you to keep them in your lineup this week.

I know it may be a little discouraging to look at the small fantasy numbers Brown produced in the first two weeks of the season, but he started to show his big play ability in Week 3 versus the Oakland Raiders when he churned out 12 points.

As for Wallace, he has scored a touchdown in each of Pittsburgh’s first three games this season, and has caught 17 of the 22 passes thrown his way by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The speedy receiver’s fantasy point production has increased week by week, and this week’s numbers shouldn’t be too different.

Sunday, Wallace and Brown will be up against one of the NFL’s best cornerback tandems in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However, despite the Eagles’ seventh-ranked pass defense, they were scorched for 309 yards by the New York Giants last week.

Pittsburgh’s aerial attack is just as good as the Giants’ and should cause fits in Philly’s secondary.

Another factor that will help Wallace and Brown in fantasy leagues this week is the return of Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.  Mendenhall is the team’s best running back, and should draw some much-needed attention away from the Steelers’ sixth-ranked pass offense.

Mendenhall’s presence will draw another defender in the box to stop the run and give Wallace and Brown more room to operate on the field. Don’t expect Mendenhall’s carries to take away from opportunities for Wallace and Brown. The fifth-year running back isn’t expected to get many touches since this is his first action since January.

After coming off a bye week, both Wallace and Brown should have big days this Sunday. Expect double-digit contributions from both receivers and more big games this season.

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