2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers

- Updated: Sunday, July 23rd

In addition to viewing our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2017 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Ben Roethlisberger394603.9467429.614.921.2470280.26
Since 2010, Roethlisberger has missed multiple games in more seasons (four) than he has not (three) and has finished as fantasy's QB18 and QB20, respectively, over the past two seasons, at least partly due to missed games. His home-road splits are another concern. In the past three seasons, he has averaged 8.66 Y/A with 59 TDs and 16 INTs. During that same span, he has averaged 7.38 Y/A with only 23 TDs and 22 INTs. That said, Big Ben should finish as a top-12 fantasy QB on a per-game basis in 2017 and is a must-start at home.

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Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell352.41634.210.385.4683.61.9304.98
Missing the first four games of the 2016 season, Bell has now missed three-plus games (suspension and/or injury) in three of his four seasons as a pro. When on the field last season, however, the (now) 25-year-old back was better than ever as he was on a 16-game pace of 2,512 yards from scrimmage, 100 receptions and 12 touchdowns. (The single-season YFS record is 2,509 by CJ2K in 2009.) Failing to reach a long-term deal prior to the July 17th deadline, Bell will play the season on the franchise tag, which he has yet to sign and means he's likely to skip much of training camp and the preseason.
James Conner25.2106.203.321.5012.77
As noted earlier, Bell has missed multiple games in the majority of his seasons due to injury and/or suspension. It's certainly possible that the rookie could get a start or two this season.
Fitzgerald Toussaint8.530.604.236.806.74

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Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown103.71348.19.24.621.20192.13
Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has finished as the WR1, WR1 and WR3 in standard-scoring formats, respectively. Averaging more than 100 receiving yards per game over the past four years, Brown has triple-digit receptions in each of those four seasons with double-digit touchdowns in past three. No receiver has a higher floor than Brown.
Martavis Bryant60.4961.76.94.628.10140.38
Playing only 21 games in three seasons and none last year due to suspension, skepticism about his ability to stay on the field (or off suspension) would be natural. That said, the big-play receiver has averaged 17.29 Y/R and scored on one out of every 5.43 receptions in his young career. In addition, Bryant has added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason as the 6-foot-4 wideout is now up to 225 pounds. If (a big if) he can stay clean, he's a high-upside option for fantasy owners. For me, my Bryant exposure will mostly be limited to DFS tournaments this season.
Eli Rogers32.8399.41.800050.74
JuJu Smith-Schuster18.1220.61.600031.66
Sammie Coates6.4106.604.621.2012.78
Darrius Heyward-Bey3.246.400004.64
Cobi Hamilton3.241.600004.16

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Tight Ends

Jesse James48.8461.13.868.91
James had a 39/338/3 slash line in his second season, but he should see more looks in 2017 given the offseason release of Ladarius Green. In two playoff games last season, James had 10 catches for 131 yards and the 6-foot-7 tight end has the potential to make a big jump in the red zone.
Xavier Grimble17.2181.81.627.78
David Johnson7.879.507.95

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