Sunday, June 23, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.




Ben Roethlisberger607.9392.14498.529.4815.8129.965.81.2280.02
Only Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan scored more fantasy points than Roethlisberger last season as no team threw the ball more than Pittsburgh (689 attempts). Since Antonio Brown entered the NFL in 2010, Roethlisberger has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in only four of those nine seasons -- and two of those were just barely (QB12 in 2013 and QB10 in 2017). Losing Antonio Brown may mean there's less drama in Pittsburgh's locker room, but it will obviously impact Big Ben's on-field production as well. Given how infrequently Roethlisberger has played a full 16-game season, his home-road splits and the loss of AB, he's outside of my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for 2019.
Joshua Dobbs28.615.7194.50.570.865150.110.44

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James Conner243.11069.610.9448.4406.60.97219.08
Conner missed three games and was less productive in the second half of the season, but he still finished as fantasy's RB7 (top-six in PPR). In his first eight games, Conner rushed for 100-plus yards five times and scored multiple touchdowns in four of those games. Conner failed to exceed 65 rushing yards in his final five games. Especially if he can stay healthy and be more consistent from start to end, the sky's the limit for the Pittsburgh's workhorse back.
Jaylen Samuels61.8278.11.2435.2285.12.8280.68
Despite talk of splitting the workload more evenly in Pittsburgh's backfield, Samuels remains a handcuff to Conner, who should continue to be the team's workhorse. Samuels had 42 (75 percent) of his 56 carries in the three games that Conner missed.
Benny Snell47.8200.81.434.533.80.0932.58
Roosevelt Nix12.30.023.423.10.173.68

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JuJu Smith-Schuster97.41275.97.31150.01172.01
Taking a massive step forward in his sophomore campaign, Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) in 2018. With Antonio Brown and his 104/1,297/15 production now in Oakland, there could be more targets in Smith-Schuster's future, but there were certainly be more defensive attention.
Donte Moncrief51.7703.14.1400095.15
With Brown now in Oakland and JSS getting the double coverage, the 25-year-old Moncrief (turns 26 in August) could be the team's No. 2 receiver. Moncrief had 48/668/3 in his lone season with the Jaguars, but gets a significant offensive upgrade by signing with the Steelers this offseason. With ADP a couple of rounds lower than James Washington, Moncrief is the better value of the two at their current costs.
James Washington49.9711.13.7400093.55
The Steelers have a stellar record of drafting Day 2 and 3 receivers that become highly productive. Washington had a pair of 60-yard games over the final three weeks and lost 15 pounds this offseason. There's no doubt that he'll outdo last year's numbers (16/217/1), but the question is by how much?
Diontae Johnson24.3313.51.4600040.11
Eli Rogers19.2201.60.9614026.32
Ryan Switzer15.71130.39824.80.0816.6

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Vance McDonald53678.44.7700096.46
Missing multiple games in each of the previous four seasons, McDonald played 15 games last season and set career highs in receptions (50) and yards (610) and tied his previous career in touchdowns (four). A top-12 fantasy tight end (TE10 in PPR) last season, McDonald remains a viable back-end TE1 in all formats in 2019.
Xavier Grimble14.6157.70.8800021.05
Zach Gentry4.243.70.210005.63

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