In the offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the tight end position has always been very important. The team has mostly had solid run blocking out of their tight ends, but TE Heath Miller has emerged as a legitimate receiver in the team’s offense. He may be a top-five fantasy football tight end, but the veteran proved that he can have value in leagues with 10-plus owners.
Miller has an uncanny rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The tight end has been in this offense for nine years, all of which have been with Big Ben at the helm. Miller has developed into the ultimate check down target for Roethlisberger to look for over the middle.
The tight end has caught 129 balls over the last two years alone to go along with 1,409 receiving yards. These pretty respectable numbers for a tight end that constantly seems to be siting on the waiver wire.
After hauling in a career-high eight touchdowns in 2012, the veteran tight end caught just one touchdown last season. It was a huge letdown for fantasy owners and ruined the veteran’s fantasy appeal as a weekly starter.
Pittsburgh has also started to use more four wideout sets in the red-zone in recent seasons. The team has been leaving Miller on the bench more in the red-zone, which will only result in fewer red-zone targets moving forward.
Miller has also had health issues recently. He has only finished a 16-game season once in the last four seasons and he likely won’t play all 16 games again this season. A tight ends needs to be durable nowadays, because it they aren’t, they quick become expendable. Miller’s health will be a serious factor this season, especially considering he will be turning 32 years old this October.
Miller will once again be the ultimate free agent fill-in at the tight end position. He will be worth drafting in 14-man leagues as an emergency option, but other than that Miller will be the bottom of the tight end barrel.
Bye Week: 12
Projected Round: 12
Auction Value: $2