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Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Why RB Maurice Jones-Drew Would Lose Value With Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Why Maurice Jones-Drew Would Lose Value With Pittsburgh Steelers

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With news that Maurice-Jones Drew is set to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers, fantasy football players are wondering if the former Jacksonville Jaguars star can be fantasy relevant in 2014. While he could be added to your draft board if he signed with a different team, the Pittsburgh Steelers will ruin his fantasy value.

Here are five reasons why Maurice Jones-Drew will lose his fantasy value if he signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

5. Backup

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5. Backup

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With Le'Veon Bell as the starter, Jones-Drew will find himself in a backup role. He won't have the involvement in the offense to have a productive fantasy season.

4. Chemistry

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4. Chemistry

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After spending his entire career in Jacksonville, Jones-Drew will have to quickly find a way to fit into this Steeler offense. It may take him a long time to build chemistry with his teammates.

3. Lack Of Rushing Attempts

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3. Lack Of Rushing Attempts

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Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 244 times last year, and his workload could increase if he can stay healthy for the entire season. Bell will also get the goal line carries, so Jones-Drew will not have the rushing attempts that he is accustomed to.

2. Pass-Heavy Team

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2. Pass-Heavy Team

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In 2013, the Steelers ranked 12th in passing yards and Ben Roethlisberger averaged 266.3 passing yards per game. There just isn't much room for Maurice to make his presence known.

1. Tough Division

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1. Tough Division

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Anytime there is a game between two teams in the AFC North, it is normally a low-scoring event. In 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals ranked fifth in rushing yards allowed, the Baltimore Ravens ranked 11th and the Cleveland Browns ranked 18th. It will be a tough division for Jones-Drew to have a successful campaign.