WR Arnaz Battle - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 217Born: 2-22-1980College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 6, pick

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Week 15: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. At the moment, Devlin Hodges is not being cast as a superhero. He's throwing just 20 passes a game in the Steelers' banged-up, stripped-down offense, averaging just 165 yards and 1 touchdown. But he's also been much steadier than Mason Rudolph, leading and throwing with poise and accuracy in a lessened role. Hodges has completed 71% of his passes, and his ability to keep plays alive and convert has made for a huge improvement. Unfortunately, the lack of volume continues to hamper his receivers' value. James Washington has thrived of late, with 69+ yards in 4 of his last 6 games. His Week 14 line (4 for 33) could have been much bigger had he not drawn a pair of pass interference flags deep down the field. Washington's value will take a hit if JuJu Smith-Schuster can return this week, but perhaps not much of one. His connection with Hodges is impressive, and it's likely Smith-Schuster's return would add some target opportunity by itself. It would, however, push Diontae Johnson's role (6 for 60 and a touchdown last week) into uncertainty. This attack boasts plenty of dynamism, but doesn't offer the volume to support much fantasy value - nor the clarity to know where it will come from on a given week. The Buffalo pass defense remains a major team strength; in fact, it's probably been the catalyst to this improbable 9-4 record. This has been a near-lockdown unit, sitting third in net yardage allowed per game and per attempt. They've allowed only 3 opposing passers to top 250 yards, and 2 of them needed extensive garbage time to do it. It's no surprise they're so stingy against No. 1 wideouts with shutdown cornerback Tre'Davious White on board. White is enjoying another All-Pro caliber season, routinely limiting the opponent's top target. He's helped stifle downfield playmakers Marquise Brown, Courtland Sutton, and Terry McLaurin (a combined 64 yards on 8 receptions) in recent matchups. White gets great support from the elite safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, which keeps the deep game mostly under wraps. The Steelers will likely keep the offense as close to Devlin Hodges' vest as possible, getting by on quick, underneath throws short of the secondary. Whatever they do, it's hard to project them to much dynamism in this grueling matchup.

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

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Arnaz Battle's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

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