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2020 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers

Updated: August 5, 2020


In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

MORE: Fantasy football projections for all 32 NFL teams

QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger517.3331.13905.626.1211.3829.582.60.74250.64
Missing virtually all of 2019, Roethlisberger is a high-end QB2 that should produce QB1-type numbers on a per-game basis. GM Kevin Colbert improved the supporting cast around him by adding Eric Ebron in free agency and Chase Claypool through the draft.
Mason Rudolph41.926261.91.861.224.27.60.0416.48


RUNNING BACKS

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
James Conner177.1752.76.6425.8216.70.9142.18
Durability is an obvious concern as Conner played in only 10 games, several of which he exited early, in 2019 and he missed three games with a high-ankle sprain towards the end of 2018. While the team drafted Anthony McFarland in the fourth round, Conner is still the team's No. 1 back, but it's likely to be more of a committee backfield even if Conner stays healthy.
Jaylen Samuels67.5236.30.6838.72671.9466.05
Anthony McFarland Jr.94.9398.62.148.8660.1860.38
Benny Snell42.2164.60.742.116.20.0422.76
Derek Watt1.12.40.043.227.20.033.38

WIDE RECEIVERS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
JuJu Smith-Schuster77.51011.46.39000139.48
With Ben Roethlisberger lost for nearly the entire season, Smith-Schuster struggled to get anything going and finished with career lows in receptions (3.5) and yards (46.0) per game, yards per target (7.9) and catch rate (60.0%). A healthy Big Ben will lead to improved numbers in his age-24 season but far less than his career-best 2018 season (111/1,426/7).
Diontae Johnson65.5802.45.93.220.80.03117.9
As a rookie, Johnson posted team highs in targets (92), receptions (59) and touchdowns (five) and was second in receiving yards (680) as he finished as fantasy's WR41. Even though the team drafted Chase Claypool in the second round and JuJu Smith-Schuster missed several games, Johnson should post better year-over-year numbers in his second year with the Steelers, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is able to stay healthy.
Chase Claypool37.4493.73.7400071.81
Claypool provides the Steelers with a physical mismatch due to his size (6'4", 238 pounds) and athleticism (4.42 forty and 40.5" vertical). While he likely will start out as the team's fourth receiver, it's possible that he pushes James Washington for snaps in three-wide sets.
James Washington29.3424.92.200055.69
Washington led the team in receiving yards (735), but the addition of second-rounder Chase Claypool could (eventually) bump him down to fourth amongst the team's receivers behind Smith-Schuster, Johnson and (eventually) Claypool.
Ryan Switzer5.334.50.162.16.30.025.16
Deon Cain1.8220.090002.74


TIGHT ENDS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron41.9473.53.9800071.23
The 10th-overall pick in 2014, Ebron is still just 27 years old and only one season removed from his career-best 66/750/13 campaign with Indianapolis (Andrew Luck) in 2018. Touchdown regression was expected in 2019, but Ebron also averaged a mere 34.1 yards per game (the lowest since his rookie season) in an injury-shortened 11-game campaign. He should be more involved as a receiver than Vance McDonald, but Ebron is better-viewed as a mid-TE2 type as he transitions to a new team and offense.
Vance McDonald24.9262.71.8700037.49
Zach Gentry2.722.10.140003.05

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