Steelers-Chargers Week 5 fantasy football recap

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers (Monday)

Top performers:
»Mike Vick, QB: 203 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT, 24 rush yards, 12.52 fantasy points
»Le'Veon Bell, RB: 111 rush yards, 16 rec yards, 1 rush TD, 18.7 fantasy points
»Antonio Brown, WR: 45 rec yards, 4.5 fantasy points
»Markus Wheaton, WR: 72 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 13.2 fantasy points
»Philip Rivers, QB: 365 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 1 INT, 20.60 fantasy points
»Melvin Gordon, RB: 42 rush yards, 52 rec yards, 7.4 fantasy points
»Danny Woodhead, RB: 10 rush yards, 66 rec yards, 7.6 fantasy points
»Keenan Allen, WR: 57 rec yards, 5.7 fantasy points
»Antonio Gates, TE: 92 rec yards, 2 rec TDs, 21.2 fantasy points

Another Steelers game in prime time, another down-to-the-wire nailbiter. But this time, Pittsburgh was on the winning end.

The game started off with a bang as the Chargers scored on their first drive. Philip Rivers hit tight end Antonio Gates for his 100th career touchdown reception just a few minutes into the first quarter. But the Chargers' offense slowed after that. And with Mike Vick under center, the Steelers offense struggled to move the ball in the first half save for Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh constantly fed Bell and on his way to 105 yards from scrimmage by halftime.

The second half was a different story in terms of scoring.

Pittsburgh's offense remained sluggish, but the defense capitalized on a mistake by Rivers in the third quarer. The kind of mistake that resulted in a pick-six for Pittsburgh. But Rivers answered mid-way through the fourth quarter with another touchdown pass to none other than Gates, boosting the veteran tight end's total to over 20 fantasy pointst and likely winning matchups for owners who slotted him into their lineups. But the Steelers weren't done yet. Vick bombed a pass Markus Wheaton for a 72-yard score on Pittsburgh's ensuing possesion, which probably helped close to no one in fantasy. A few minutes later, the Steelers found themselves down by three with little time left on the clock. Vick led a drive into the red zone and Pittsburgh had the ball on the goal-line with five seconds to play. Who did they give it to? Well they put it in the hands of their best player, of course. Bell took a direct snap into a pile of defenders and, with a little extra effort, broke the plane on his way to the ground, solidifying a last-second win for the Steelers, and cementing victories (or losses) for fantasy owners (or opponents of Bell).

Key fantasy takeaways from Monday night:
»Gates is going to play a major role in the Chargers passing game and will be a major red zone threat. He's a weekly TE1 going forward.
»As long as Vick is starting for the Steelers, Antonio Brown owners will need to temper expectations. This was his second straight contest with fewer than 50 yards.
»Melvin Gordon is questionable in standard leagues as a flex starter. He has yet to total double-digit fantasy points this season.
»It doesn't matter who the Steelers signal-caller is, Le'Veon Bell is basically a lock for somewhere around 15-20 standard points each and every week. But you knew that already, right?

Matt Franciscovich is an associate fantasy editor at He's been listening to the latest My Morning Jacket record *The Waterfall at least twice a day in recent weeks. Hit him up on Twitter @m_franciscovich for music recommendations and fantasy advice.*

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