Dixon could end up starting for Steelers

This is what I get for being so high on Steelers WR Mike Wallace. Second-year QB Dennis Dixon could end up starting for the Steelers in the wake of Byron Leftwich‘s knee injury. Leftwich went to the hospital for an MRI.

Dixon will not have much, if any, fantasy value if he starts. That is not the problem. But what happens to the other Steelers players if Dixon is the starter?

RB Rashard Mendenhall will be fine. Remember this, Mendenhall rushed for 95 yards against the Ravens last season with Dixon as the starter. Although that was the only game of the season that Wallace did not have a reception.

Open the curtain on Overreaction Theater, I have season tickets.

Ah, just kidding.

Dixon is going to be fine, if he does have to start. (Our own NFL.com Fantasy Live analyst Dave Dameshek believes that Charlie Batch is going to start.)

Jon Gruden made an interesting point this week that Dixon has the kind of improvisational, play-making skills that makes Ben Roethlisberger excel in the Steelers offense.

Either way, keep Mendenhall and Wallace where you had them on your draft boards. No reason to think that the production will swing heavily one way or the other.

Adam Rank

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