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WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-2, 210Born: 2-26-1987College: MarylandDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Seattle is always a tough place to visit, and that is what the Steelers have to do Sunday afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger fought through his sore foot to come off the bench and win one for the home team two weeks ago (bombing the Browns for 22/33 for 379 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown). His favorite wide receivers feasted on the Browns during that one, with 10 targets for 6/178/1 going to Martavis Bryant and 14 for 10/139/2 flowing to Antonio Brown. Brown and Bryant owners love Roethlisberger and his passing arm. The Seattle pass D is ranked second in the NFL this year, averaging 207.2 net passing yards allowed, with 10 passing scores handed out but a mere four interceptions (tied for dead last in the NFL) and 25 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL). They gave up 22/34 for 247 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Blaine Gabbert last week, though, and over the past four weeks the Seahawks have flown in the middle of the NFL flock, averaging 19.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19th in the NFL), allowing the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (18.6 per game on average) and have given up the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (9.4 per game on average). This is not a shut-down pass D entering December, but they are hard on opposing wideouts. This will be a tough matchup for Roethlisberger, but he's also probably your fantasy starter unless you are loaded up for bear at quarterback.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CIN 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs OAK 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
10 vs CLE 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
12 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 9 vs OAK (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey was targeted twice but did not have any receptions.

2015 Week 8 vs CIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey was targeted twice but did not have any receptions. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 6, Heyward-Bey ran a deep route down the right sideline. Roethlisberger's pass hit Heyward-Bey in the hands but he could not come down with the reception.

2015 Week 7 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey received zero targets in the game. Martavis Bryant's return has factored Heyward-Bey out of the game plan.

2015 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey only received one target in the game. With the return of Martavis Bryant, Heyward-Bey's playing time looks to be significantly reduced.

2015 Week 5 vs SD (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey made two receptions late in the 4th quarter. The first reception was a short 9 yard comeback route. On the next play, Heyward-Bey made a 14 yard reception in loose coverage near the left sideline.

2015 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)

Late 2nd quarter on a 1st and 10 from the Baltimore 22 yard line, Darrius Heyward-Bey ran an out-route for an 11 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 5 from the Baltimore 9 yard line, Heyward-Bey ran a corner route in the left corner of the end zone. On the play, he caught a Michael Vick play-action pass for the Steelers second touchdown of the game. Early 4th quarter, Heyward-Bey caught a jump ball for a 12 yard gain. A few plays later on a 3rd and 4 from the Pittsburgh 38 yard line, he caught a delayed out-route for no gain.

2015 Week 3 vs STL (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey did not have the same amount of targets as he did during the first two weeks of the season. During the second series on a 1st and 10, Heyward-Bey caught a WR screen for a 6 yard gain. After the touchdown, Heyward-Bey was targeted on the two point conversion attempt, which was blocked. During the 3rd quarter, Heyward-Bey caught a quick pass for a 6 yard gain. Late in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 9, Heyward-Bey caught a crossing route for a 7 yard gain.

2015 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 4 / 77 / 1 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey made an impact in the passing game with his vertical speed. On the second series of the game, Heyward-Bey caught a 41 yard pass on a vertical route. This play was the springboard that got the offense started. Later in the first half, Heyward Bey caught a 35 yard touchdown reception when he outran the defense on another vertical route.

2015 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey was inconsistent throughout the game. During the third series on a 3rd and 8, Heyward-Bey caught a 48 yard pass for a 1st down. While it was a good catch, the pass was perfectly dropped in by Ben Roethlisberger. During the fourth series on a 4th and 3 from the Patriots 35 yard line, Heyward-Bey caught a quick slant for the first down. On the same drive with thirteen seconds before halftime, Heyward-Bey caught a basket catch in the end zone for what looked to be a touchdown. It should have been an easy touchdown but his right foot was out of bounds on the chalk.


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