One of the late afternoon games on Sunday will feature two marquee quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. These quarterbacks haven’t faced off since 2008 when Eli led the New York Giants to victory, throwing for an underwhelming 189 yards and one touchdown. Over the years, the two quarterbacks have put up more impressive stat lines – Eli was close to posting 5,000 passing yards last year. Each of these quarterbacks are valuable fantasy assets for their owners. Let’s take a closer look at how their fantasy days will shake down this Sunday.
The New York quarterback will face the number-one defense in the land. Even without Troy Polamalu, their secondary has allowed the least amount of passing yards this year. Per game, the Pittsburg Steelers only give up 183 yards. Not good news for Eli and his favorite target Victor Cruz. The only saving grace for Eli is that the Steelers have not gotten to the quarterback often. They only have 13 sacks on the year, which is tied for 25th in the league. Give either of the Manning boys time in the pocket, and they will pick you apart.
Big Ben will have a notably easier matchup this Sunday. Much has been made of the Steelers travel schedule, as they will be arriving to New York on Sunday; but, these are professionals, and this should not affect their play. New York gives up 274 yards per game, which is in the bottom quarter of league. They do, however, excel in turnovers and sacks: the Giants are first in interceptions with 16, and seventh in sacks with 21. As Big Ben is no stranger to being pressured, and is very accurate as a mobile passer, I still think he will put up big numbers for fantasy owners.
Both quarterbacks are in the top 10 in fantasy production for quarterbacks. Even though Eli has thrown for more yards, Big Ben has put the ball in the end zone more. When it’s all said and done, Roethlisberger will have the upper hand, as New York gives up way too many yards through the air, and Pittsburg has been a stifling defense for opposing quarterbacks.