RB Baron Batch - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 203||Born: 12-20-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 9: vs Baltimore Ravens
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Steelers held the football almost 40 minutes on last Sunday (39:43 to 20:17 for Indianapolis), rushing for 117 yards as a team. Le'Veon Bell posted 24/92/0 rushing and 6/56/0 receiving during the contest, but somehow missed out on the six-TD-pass bonanza of fantasy points from Ben Roethlisberger. LeGarrette Blount continues in a backup role, with 6/21/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving to his credit last weekend. All is well with the Steelers' rushing attack, though fantasy owners might wish for more TDs on Bell's part (just one rushing and one receiving score so far this season for Bell). The last time Pittsburgh saw Baltimore (Week 2), Bell posted 11/59/0 rushing and 5/48/0 receiving to go over 100 yards combined.
The Ravens' rush D allowed 34/111/3 to the Bengals' runners last week, after giving up just 16/68/0 to the Falcons two games ago. To date the Ravens are seventh in the NFL averaging 90.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores surrendered to their opposition.
Bell is zipping along at a quick pace (he averages 4.9 yards per carry this season), while the Ravens' rush D has been up and down in recent weeks, but is usually stout. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Steelers.
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