Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.



Ben Roethlisberger529346.5410028.613.524.636.90.50.8256.49
Throwing for 3,800-plus yards in each of the past five seasons, Big Ben has thrown 28-plus touchdowns in four of those five seasons. Since being drafted 11th overall in 2004, Roethlisberger has played a 16-game season only three times in his career so there's certainly a strong chance that he'll miss a game or two in 2018. With the league's best RB/WR combo in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger has weekly QB1 upside, but he's finished as the QB20, QB13 and QB10 over the past three seasons, respectively.
Landry Jones40.325.83021.61.46.7-6.70015.01
Mason Rudolph5.83.5430.20.300001.92

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Running Backs


Le'Veon Bell316.5136110.175.9626.21.91.2268.32
Once again, the Steelers and Bell were unable to reach a long-term deal before the league-imposed cutoff. Given that, Bell won't report until after the preseason is over, but it "would be a shock" for him to miss regular-season games. Aside from his six-game 2015 season, the three-down workhorse has 1,200-plus rushing yards, 75-plus receptions and 600-plus receiving yards in three of his past four seasons.
James Conner44.7196.71.12120.10.127.87
Fitzgerald Toussaint11.246.50.121600.16.65
Stevan Ridley6.728.10.200004.01
Roosevelt Nix3.17.102.311.50.102.46

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Wide Receivers


Antonio Brown104.41419.
As good and consistent as it gets, Brown has finished as a top-three fantasy wide receiver in four consecutive seasons. Over the past five seasons, Brown has 582 receptions for 7,848 yards and 52 touchdowns. Leading the league by a wide margin in those categories, second-most in those categories are 481 receptions (Demaryius Thomas), 6,897 yards (Julio Jones) and 46 touchdowns (Dez Bryant).
JuJu Smith-Schuster74.41000.76.70000.3139.67
Exceeding expectations in his rookie season, Smith-Schuster had 41 catches for 686 yards and four touchdowns over his final seven regular-season games including three 100-yard games during that span. (He had 17/231/3 in his first seven games.) Even as the offense's third option behind Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Smith-Schuster is poised for a bigger and better second season with Martavis Bryant traded to the Raiders.
James Washington31.7518.33.30000.470.83
With Martavis Bryant traded to the Raiders for a third-round pick, the Steelers used their second-round pick on the Oklahoma State deep threat. Finishing his collegiate career with three consecutive 1,000/10 seasons, Washington averaged 20.28 Y/R over the past three seasons.
Darrius Heyward-Bey9.2164.70.94.541.
Justin Hunter3.434.70.400005.87

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Tight Ends


Vance McDonald34.6442.93.10000.262.49
McDonald had just 14 catches for 188 yards in the regular season, but he had both of his 50-yard regular-season games in December and 10/112/0 on a team-high 16 targets in their playoff loss to the Jaguars. With good health, expectations are pointing up for his second season with the Steelers.
Jaylen Samuels26.5286.21.926.8117.
The Steelers announced Samuels as a running back when they drafted him in the fifth round, but Samuels is a hybrid H-back type of player that can do a variety of things in Pittsburgh's offense. Samuels had 1,000 yards from scrimmage -- 75/593/4 receiving and 78/407/12 rushing -- and 16 touchdowns for the Wolfpack last season.
Jesse James21.3183.21.90000.129.52
James had a nearly identical season in 2017 (43/372/3 on 63 targets) as he had in 2016 (39/338/3 on 60 targets). Towards the end of the season, McDonald was involved more in the passing game and that seems like a trend that will continue into 2018.
Xavier Grimble2.221.10.20000.13.11

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