Run 'N' Shoot: Injury Sunday
Run 'N' Shoot: Injury Sunday

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Any recap of Injury Sunday, a.k.a. Week 8 of the NFL season, has to start with Pittsburgh, where Le'Veon Bell's torn MCL is obviously a devastating blow to the Steelers and his fantasy owners. With Bell expected to miss the rest of the season, DeAngelo Williams immediately becomes a low-end RB1 in fantasy. Remember, this is a guy who dominated the Steelers' backfield touches while Bell was suspended in Weeks 1-2, going 21-127-0 and 20-77-3, respectively. All of your remaining FAAB should be spent here.

The other big change in Pittsburgh is the surprising play of its defense. Thought by many to be a sieve that would turn many Steelers games into shootouts, Pittsburgh's defense actually looks like an above-average unit, as it's among the league leaders in points against. That unexpected improvement on D, coupled with Bell's injury and a Week 11 bye, lowers the fantasy ceiling of all Steelers offensive players just a bit. I'm not giving any of them away by any means, but I'm no longer expecting Pittsburgh games to all be played in the 30s, either.

I was never a Panthers or Ravens fan, but it was impossible not to be a fan of Steve Smith. If Sunday was his last NFL game, and it probably was (it's hard for anyone to come back from a torn Achilles' tendon, and Smith is 36), I'll remember him as the toughest NFL player, pound for pound, I ever saw – a guy who consistently

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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