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Steeltown is one of the best fantasy spots in the NFL – they have players at essentially every position that will be on most people’s rosters at some point during the fantasy season.
QB Ben Roethlisberger, covered in our top ten list, is a dynamic player, and has been since he was drafted in 2004. While he does sometimes miss games due to injury, he is still a tremendous option. He should generally be available later in most drafts, and can be a bargain considering his production.
A large part of that production is, of course, the wide receivers: Pittsburgh is exceptionally talented in the WR scouting department, previously producing players such as Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace, and now again with Antonio Brown. The current Steelers WR is a lock for a top five pick in most leagues of any format – Brown consumes catches and produces yards and TDs like a machine. He is a crisp route runner, and has top end speed. Truly, there is nothing to dislike about Brown (other than perhaps his hair). He could be the #1 overall pick, and while it would come down to your preference for RB vs. WR, it’s not a bad option either way.
With WR Martavis Bryant out for the season with a suspension, it’s easy to think that defences will key in on Brown. Thankfully for him – and for fantasy owners everywhere – the presence of WRs Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton are enough to ensure that Brown gets some single coverage now and again. They’re not mainstay options, but they could be potential sleepers, given Bryant’s own production last season next to Brown.
TE Ladarius Green, fresh from San Diego where he backed up Antonio Gates, hasn’t played much due to ankle injuries and some alleged headache problems. However, he’s shown flashes of talent – if he can get on the field, it’s another option for Big Ben to gain some yards now that Heath Miller has gone to retirement.
It’s hard to imagine, but even with all that fantasy wealth, we cannot forget the running game: RB Le’Veon Bell is one of the most exciting backs in the league, though he does seem to enjoy his recreational marijuana too much. As such, he’ll be starting the year off again with a suspension, which was recently reduced to three games. When he is on the field in Week 4, he’s another tremendous resource for the Steelers offence, and is worthy of a top ten pick. While he’s gone for the beginning of the season, RB Deangelo Williams has shown he is perhaps the best handcuff in fantasy, so be sure to pick him up if you’re going after Bell (or even if you just want some fantasy production of your own).
Recap: QB Ben Roethlisberger; WR Antonio Brown; WR Sammie Coates; WR Markus Wheaton; TE Ladarius Green; RB Le’Veon Bell; RB Deangelo Williams