By Kenneth Teape @teapester725 on June 22, 2014
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to bounce back from an up-and-down 2013 that was derailed by some injuries. They have an aging defense, but an offense that has the potential to be explosive. It makes for an intriguing team to pay attention to come fantasy draft season. Here are five Steelers you should target in your fantasy football drafts this season.
LeGarrette Blount had a huge bounce back season for the Patriots last season, rushing for 772 yards on 153 carries to go with seven touchdowns. He does not offer much in the passing game, but should help the Steelers on early downs as the bruising running back to soften up defenses for Le’Veon Bell. He should also factor into goal line packages. He is a late-round, handcuff option for anyone drafting Bell who is worried about his injury history.
Heath Miller missed the first two games of last season recovering from surgery, and was able to play in the last 14 without many problems. He was far from 100 percent, yet put up a respectable 58 receptions for 593 yards and one touchdown. The prior season, Miller had a career-high 816 yards and eight touchdowns. His numbers should be closer to that now that he is healthy going into the season. He is a low TE1 option if he stays healthy.
Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves as a fantasy quarterback. He flies under the radar, putting up good stats without much fanfare. Last season, Roethlisberger finished ninth in passing yards and seventh in touchdowns. Those are better stats than players like Andrew Luck and Tom Brady last season. The 14 INT’s he threw in 2013 tied the third most he’s ever had in a season, and is a number that should come down as well.
Antonio Brown is arguably the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL. He is a threat in the short, middle and deep passing game, making him one of the most versatile receivers in the league. Last season, he finished second in the NFL in receptions and yards with 110 and 1,499. He also reeled in eight touchdowns, making for one of the best fantasy seasons for a WR in 2013. He should be one of the first receivers off the board in drafts.
Le'Veon Bell is a well-rounded running back who is a dual threat as a runner and a receiver. He brought an added dimension to the team last season that helped them get back into the playoff race. A full season with Bell in the backfield will benefit everyone on the offense. He is a low RB1, high RB2 until Blount’s role is figured out. If he holds off Blount, he is easily an RB1 for fantasy teams that will produce week in and week out.
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