1.Last year, the Browns did not win the turnover battle in a single game. The Steelers did not lose when winning the turnover battle in 2017.
2.The Browns threw 27 interceptions in 2017. Tyrod Taylor has thrown just 16 interceptions in his last three seasons combined.
3.Since 2015, more than half of Taylor's touchdowns have come on "deep" (20+ yard) throws. The Steelers allowed the sixth-most deep passing yards in 2017.
4.Ben Roethlisberger has just five passing touchdowns while throwing five interceptions in his last five games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
5.Last year, the Browns held opposing rushers to no gain or negative yardage on nearly a third of all carries, a total that was best in the NFL.
6.The Steelers allowed 5.1 yards per carry after Ryan Shazier suffered his season-ending injury. That was a full yard per carry worse than they did against the run with Shazier in the lineup.
7. Jarvis Landry has the longest active streak in the NFL of games with at least five receptions at 17 straight games.
8. Antonio Brown averages a ridiculous nine catches for 130 yards and just about a touchdown when Le'Veon Bell is not in the Steelers lineup.
9. James Conner has yet to be targeted or catch a pass in his NFL career. He caught only 30 in his collegiate career.
10. Carlos Hyde has a touchdown run in five of his last six career games with 20+ carries. He has three multiple touchdown games in that span and has totaled eight rushing scores. He is the top fantasy play on the Browns this week.
3 to Start
1.QB Philip Rivers vs. KC – Rivers has his go-to guy Keenan Allen and an overall improved receiving corps to match up with a totally decimated Chiefs secondary that will be without its top two DBs from a year ago (Eric Berry – injury and Marcus Peters – trade). The Chiefs were prone to give up big pass plays last year, and without Berry to play centerfield, I expect the Chargers to get vertical and hit multiple big plays.
2. RB Alex Collins vs. BUF – Collins was a top 10 fantasy back over the final seven games of the 2017 season. He takes on a Bills team that allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs in 2017 at 28 per game. The Bills are huge underdogs to the Ravens, so Collins should get plenty of second-half "lock it up" carries, and I expect over 100 total yards and a score.
3. WR TY Hilton vs. CIN – Hilton has Capt. Andrew Luck back at the helm and with a healthy sidearm, look for Hilton and Luck to connect early and often in 2018. The last time Hilton had a healthy Luck at QB, he led the NFL in receiving yards.