FBG says: Good matchup. The Steelers' post-Antonio Brown Era opened struggled Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger completed just 27 of 47 throws, producing 276 yards (many in garbage time) along the way. His line would have been bigger if not for several back-breaking drops by Donte Moncrief, but Roethlisberger certainly underperformed. There's hope for a quick bounce-back, but they'll have to establish a downfield game; without Brown, the team lacked that element Sunday. JuJu Smith-Schuster was solid before leaving with a toe injury - he's expected to be fine for Week 2 - but changes will likely be made further down the line. Most certainly, Moncrief will cede some usage to James Washington, following a night that saw him turn 10 targets into just 7 yards. Washington flashed in limited snaps, and his 45-yard reception helped keep the Steelers (briefly) alive in the third quarter. Even rookie Diontae Johnson, who caught three passes of his own, could work in ahead of Moncrief. The team will probably look to get tight end Vance McDonald involved up the seams, as well. McDonald didn't draw a target until the game's final drive, but can present mismatches against linebackers and safeties. Roethlisberger will need that kind of advantage as he transitions into life without Brown.
The Seattle pass defense has tumbled severely from its Super Bowl heights. With its trio of All-Pros now all gone from the secondary, this unit has become fairly targetable for fantasy purposes. In Week 1, Andy Dalton posted a career day (35 of 51 for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns) with A.J. Green sidelined. The Seahawks had no answer for speedy John Ross, who caught both those touchdowns from long distance. Cornerbacks Tre Flowers and Shaquill Griffin struggled throughout the day, and there was little resistance on quick-hitting throws into the slot. The overmanned secondary would benefit from a strong pass rush, and Sunday was certainly promising in that regard. Jadeveon Clowney had an impactful Seahawks debut, while down lineman Quinton Jefferson broke out with five hits (two sacks) on Dalton. This is a shaky unit, but one capable of mixing in strong performances alongside permissive ones.