Fantasy Football Quarterback to Own -
Ben Roethlisberger has been an excellent field general for the Steelers since joining the team in 2004, but this does not
always equate into great fantasy success. Generally a run heavy offense in Pittsburgh they will be forced into passing the ball early and often in 2012 with the lack of an established running back due to injuries. With Mike Wallace ending his holdout and the emergence of other Steelers receivers such as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, Big Ben should start putting up good numbers right out of the gate in this revamped offense. I see Roethlisberger as a solid #1 fantasy quarterback option and Iwould look to draft him around the 9th round of your fantasy draft.
Fantasy Football Running Back to own –
The Steelers backfield remains relatively unclear to begin the 2012 season. Rashard Mendenhall was taken off of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but still should not see any action for the first few weeks of the season due to the severity of last year’s ACL Injury. Isaac Redman, who would have been the natural next in line, has been suffering from a lingering groin issue that has limited his time during the preseason. Jonathan Dwyer was lucky enough to come out of the 2011 preseasonunscathed and should see a significant number of touches to start out the season and I believe that he will have the largest fantasy impact early in 2012. With that being said I still view Mendenhall as the best overall option once he is back at full
speed. Don’t reach for any of these guys as it should be a muddy situation until later in the year.
Fantasy Football Wide Receiver to own –
Mike Wallace has finally ended his offseason holdout and is coming into camp having to learn an entirely new offense in just over a week. Granted he did receive the playbook a month or so back, but that is nothing like getting it done on the field. By mid season Wallace should be putting up his usual stat line, but temper your expectations early in the season as the lockout will keep him out of his normal #1 fantasy wide receiver spot. In my eyes Antonio Brown takes over the spot of #1 fantasy wide receiver in Pittsburgh. While he does not have the blazing speed of Wallace his ability to gain yards after the catch is second to none. Look for him to flourish early and be consistent throughout the season. If you can get your hands on Antonio Brown in the 5th or 6th round of you will be very happy with the return on your investment.
Fantasy Football Tight End to own –
While Heath Miller has not put up more touchdowns than two since 2009 he is still a solid weekly contributor in fantasy especially in points per reception (PPR) formats. With the Steelers looking to move the ball through the air early in the season expect Miller to be heavily involved. While he will never be the #1 fantasy tight end he should provide a solid security blanket for your starting tight end or as a bye week fill in. Look to draft Miller in the back end of your draft in 2012.
Fantasy Football Place Kicker to own –
Shaun Suisham has been an erratic kicker over his last four seasons in the NFL. He can be rock solid and in some instances downright awful. While the Steelers should have no issues moving the ball and giving Suisham opportunities to put up numbers, I would avoid him in any format unless it is for a bye week fill in.
Fantasy Football Defense / Special Teams –
The Steelers once again bring to the table one of the most dominant defensive groups in the NFL. As a unit they can hit the quarterback consistently, defend passes, and score on any given play. You should not be hesitant to have them as your starting defense in a team scoring format. If you are in an individual defensive position (IDP) league the Steelers offer plenty of choices to help your team. While Lawrence Timmons (Linebacker) probably provides you with the most consistent scoring each week other players such as James Harrison (Linebacker), LaMarr Woodley (Linebacker), Troy Polamalu (Defensive Back), and Ryan Clark (Defensive Back) will also be solid additions to your fantasy team.
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