Pittsburgh Steelers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 11-5 9-7 6-10 3,882 1,600 60.14% 39.86% 41%
2015-16 10-6 9-6-1 6-10 4,603 1,724 61.62% 38.38% 39%
2014-15 11-5 9-7 9-7 4,825 1,752 61.23% 38.77% 45%
2013-14 8-8 9-7 8-8 4,017 1,383 61.49% 38.51% 37%
2012-13 8-8 6-9-1 7-9 3,787 1,537 59.73% 40.27% 41%

Season Outlook

The Steelers are loaded with fantasy talent heading into 2017 and will be a hotbed for many fantasy owners begin crafting their team. Starting with their scheme, head coach Mike Tomlin designed plays specifically for star WR Antonio Brown. QB Ben Roethlisberger will continue to look downfield and through the middle of the field to Antonio Brown, which immediately increases Roethlisberger's fantasy value. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley will also run the ball with the shifty and elusive Le'Veon Bell to set up play action fakes while utilizing Bell out of the backfield. The team hasn't seen a massive overhaul on the coaching staff the past few seasons, so their diverse zone run game that allows Bell to run inside or outside the tackles has resulted in Bell averaging just under 5 yards per carry last season. Brown and Bell are consensus top-5 overall draft picks in fantasy this offseason, with either viewed as a solid No. 1 overall pick. Brown led NFL WRs in fantasy points by a receiver in 2016 with 307.3 fantasy points. His 1,284 receiving yards was the 5th best mark in the NFL and his 105.7 yards per game cemented his value as a top-3 fantasy player last season. Bell and Cardinals RB Johnson are projected to be the two best fantasy RBs due to their unique ability to receive a pass behind the line of scrimmage and tear it up the field for big yard. Bell ranked second on the Steelers with 616 receiving yards on 75 receptions. He was also a beast running the ball on the gridiron, ranking second in yards per game on the ground with 105.7.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger

With this season almost assuredly Bell's last in Pittsburgh, expect the Steelers to use him extensively. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster figure to be one of the best WR1/WR2 combos in the league, and the addition of rookie James Washington in the deep threat role previously occupied by the mercurial Martavis Bryant should also be considered an improvement for this offense overall. If he can stay healthy for sixteen games, Roethlisberger could be in line for his best season since 2014.

Mason Rudolph

Rudolph is unlikely to see the field in 2018, but he's a player to keep an eye on in the preseason, as Pittsburgh is starting to think about life after Ben Roethlisberger.

Defenses

Pittsburgh Defense

The Steelers haven and ADP sitting at 11.3 for defensive teams, which is right where most experts across the industry have them. They finished first in the league for sacks, ninth in interceptions, tied for 17th in forced fumbles, and fifth fewest yards allowed. They have been the face of consistency over the last several seasons and we should be expecting much of the same this year. A few additions, a few departures in terms of their personnel, but nothing too impactful. It's clear they aren't an "elite" defense, but also not a defense you should be passing up if you have the chance to draft them. Early projections have them as favorites in 11 of their games this season, which should hold true as the season goes on.

Player Updates

Player Update Jaylen Samuels, RB - Samuels to start for PIT, but will split work
5 Dec 2018 - 4:52pm

Jaylen Samuels said he'll be the Steelers' starting running back Week 14 against the Raiders. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update James Conner, RB - James Conner (ankle) ruled out for Week 14
4 Dec 2018 - 12:58pm

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said James Conner (ankle) will not play Week 14 against the Raiders. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Trey Edmunds, RB - Steelers promote RB Trey Edmunds
4 Dec 2018 - 12:58pm

Steelers signed RB Trey Edmunds from their practice squad. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Le'Veon Bell, RB - Le'Veon Bell unlikely to play this season
10 Nov 2018 - 8:56pm

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Le'Veon Bell isn't expected to report before Tuesday's franchise tag deadline. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Ben Roethlisberger, QB - Report: Roethlisberger will play vs Chiefs
15 Sep 2018 - 3:19pm

Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will play in Week 2 against the Chiefs. - From Rotoworld.

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