Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (-5.5)
- Pittsburgh Steelers Moneyline: +205
- Green Bay Packers Moneyline: -245
- Over/Under: 43
- Kickoff: Aug. 16, 2018 – 8:00 p.m. ET
The Steelers opened as +2.5 underdogs but ballooned to +5.5 after head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion/rest), backup quarterback Landry Jones (rest) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (quad/rest) won’t suit up. This could be a good opportunity to see how backup running back James Conner can perform with a featured workload. The second-year third-rounder hasn’t seen many touches to date as Le’Veon Bell’s backup, but in that offense he will have massive fantasy upside if Bell misses time for any reason.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers scored 31 points and passed for 356 yards against the Titans last week, and that was without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to start this week. It remains to be seen who will emerge as his No. 3 wide receiver, but there are three primary contenders, all of whom are at least 6-feet-3.
- Geronimo Allison isn’t an elite producer or athlete, but the reported favorite does have Rodgers’ trust and averaged an additional 4.3 fantasy points per game with him in 2017.
- J’Mon Moore is athletic (93rd-percentile SPARQ score) and was productive in college: The fourth-round pick is one of just 18 players from the SEC with a season of 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving since 2000.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling stole the show last week, converting his seven targets into a 5-101-1 line, including a pretty 51-yard touchdown. MVS ran a sizzling 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the combine.
Steelers (+5.5) at Packers
Not having Roethlisberger, Jones and Brown doesn’t help, but how much were we going to see from them anyway? High-upside quarterbacks Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph are capable of beating, or at least covering against, the underachieving Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer.