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The AFC North is setting up to be the best division in football in 2018, with all four teams at or above .500 through five weeks. That means that every divisional game matters even more than they usually do with all four teams likely to battle for playoff spots. Right now, the Pittsburgh Steelers sit tied for third at 2-2-1, while the Cincinnati Bengals have come roaring out of the gate with a 4-1 record on the year. The two will face off in Cincinnati on Sunday to renew their heated rivalry. But outside of the actual game, there's the fantasy-quarterback conundrum. 


Both Dalton and Roethlisberger have been putting up great numbers this season, but you can only have one quarterback in your lineup, so which one should you start Sunday?


Let's start with their stat lines.


Roethlisberger: 64.2 percent completion, 1,664 yards, 11 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

Dalton: 65.8 percent completion, 1,445 yards, 12 touchdowns, 7 interceptions


This is one of the closest decisions we've ever had, with the two quarterbacks having identical yards-per-attempt numbers at 7.7. Roethlisberger has thrown for about 200 more yards, but Dalton has the touchdown edge by one. It comes down to the matchup, as the Steelers defense sits at 29th in the league against the pass while the Bengals are 21st. You really can't go wrong with either of these guys this week as the difference may wind up being a matter of a few points.

Dalton takes the slight edge on the matchup with the Steelers defense and that's enough to make him the favorite here, but the stats are too close to call definitively either way. 


I'd rather have Dalton (but wouldn't hate Roethlisberger) in my lineup.


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