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Fantasy Predictions: Week 13 Edition

The Giants Beat takes a closer looks at the Giants-Steelers matchup and what players will please fantasy owners come Sunday.

1.     Antonio Brown (160.70 points)- It would be difficult not to put arguably the best receiver in the league in my top three, especially since he’s going against a New York secondary that allowed Terrelle Pryor to amass 131 yards and ranks 23 in total pass defense and 24 in passing yards allowed per game with 265.  Brown has had another sensational fantasy season, scoring double-digit point totals in eight games and over 20 points in three, including a 27.10-point game against the Indianapolis Colts.  Brown had three touchdowns and 91 yards on Thanksgiving evening, his most touchdowns scored in a single game all season.  The Giants defense has only allowed three receiving touchdowns in their past five games and have given up the 12th-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers all season, but they haven’t gone up against a receiver quite like Brown all season, and I think he’s poised to have a big day in Pittsburgh.

2.   Odell Beckham Jr. (137.50 points)- Odell Beckham Jr. has been on a tear the past few weeks, and I don’t see a weak Pittsburgh secondary being able to slow him down.  Beckham scored 21.60 points on two touchdown catches and 96 receiving yards against Cleveland, with both scores coming at pivotal moments in the game to extend New York’s lead going into halftime and ultimately icing the game late in the fourth quarter.  Pittsburgh ranks 23 in passing yards allowed per game with 263, and I think that Beckham will be able to take advantage of their soft coverage.  They have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers all season but, as I mentioned about Antonio Brown, the Steeler secondary hasn’t faced a player quite like Beckham yet.  His possible increase in touches from punt returns could also lead to more points if he breaks any off for long runs.

3.      Le'Veon Bell (139.60 points)- Although the Giants have one of the best defense lines and run-stopping units in football, sometimes you play a guy as talented as Le’Veon Bell who always seems to have their number and make every defense he faces look like amateurs.  Bell has rushed for two touchdowns and 266 yards in his past two games, and has totaled over 15 points six times this season, which is extra impressive considering he missed the first three games with a suspension.  Historically, Bell has done well against the Giants, and on Sunday he has a chance to become the first running back in six games to rush for more than 77 yards against the Giants.  He’s also carried the ball over 20 times in each of the past two games, and I think that he’ll have plenty of room to run the ball if he gets passed the defensive line since the linebackers and secondary will have their hands full with Brown, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller.  


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