MIAMI - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by offensive linemen Ramon Foster #73 after Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller #83 in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Roethlisberger;Ramon Foster
With Week 6 of the NFL season on the horizon, your fantasy football teams are likely either proving to be pretty darn good, or pretty God awful. That further shows the difference between real-life football and fantasy football since there has yet to be any NFL teams stand out as the top teams in the league in a season which seems to feature the most parity ever seen in the NFL.
Even still, there are still some stars out there, and one makes his 2010 debut on Sunday.
Stud of the week
Ben Roethlisberger returns from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's "personal conduct policy" and steps right into a great matchup against a Cleveland Browns team that has struggled in just about every facet of the game. And he gets to do it in front of his hometown fans instead of traveling to the "Dawg Pound" in Cleveland.
Look for all of the Steelers' offensive players to benefit from Big Ben's return, most notably WR Mike Wallace, who was supposed to be a breakout player this year with Santonio Holmes' departure but has yet to click with the likes of Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch. That should end this week. Roethlisberger will have a huge week.
Dud of the week
Brett Favre, given normal circumstances, would be a great start this week. The Cowboys secondary looked like it forgot to show up to Sunday's game against Tennessee and Moss just landed the most feared wide receiver in football last week when Randy Moss was traded back to Minnesota from New England. In case you forgot, Randy Moss has a history of being a nightmare for the Cowboys.
But Moss clearly hasn't fully learned the Vikings' playbook yet. It'll likely be better than Sunday when he just ran go routes against the Jets just days after arriving in Minnesota, but he'll still be limited in the playbook. Even still, Moss can be pretty effective just going deep, but there lies the problem. Favre is battling what seems to be a pretty serious case of elbow tendonitis, which had a flare up against the Jets. It'll be interesting to see if Favre can get the ball downfield to Moss, if he even plays. My bet is he plays. He won't let a little tennis elbow break his NFL record for consecutive starts. And if Tarvaris Jackson ends up playing, you definitely don't want to start Favre.