2018 Fantasy Football - Pittsburgh Steelers - Team Moves





By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
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Each offseason brings change to NFL rosters, and those changes often have fantasy implications. Below, I lay out the changes at the skill positions and how those moves impact the fantasy status of the new roster.


2017
    QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones
    RB: Le'Veon Bell, James Conner, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Stevan Ridley
    WR: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant, Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey
    TE: Jesse James, Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble


2018
    QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones
    RB: Le'Veon Bell, James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Stevan Ridley
    WR: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant, Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey
    TE: Jesse James, Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble




Pre-Draft Offseason:

The Steelers haven't made any moves on the offensive side of the ball this offseason. They did rank fifth in points and third in yards last season, and they haven't lost any big pieces to their offense, so the lack of movement makes sense and goes with the Steelers' overall strategy of building their team through the draft and not overpaying free agents.



Post-Draft Update

The Steelers decided to look to the future in the 2018 NFL Draft, as they scooped-up Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round. With Ben Roethlisberger contemplating retirement last season, the Steelers must have felt pretty vulnerable with Landry Jones as the next guy up, and Rudolph is a strong pick, but one who could benefit from being the backup for a couple years.

Before they took Rudolph, the Steelers traded away Martavis Bryant to the Raiders and then took Rudolph's teammate, wide receiver James Washington as Bryant's likely replacement. Unlike Rudolph, Washington should be ready to step into the No. 3 receiver position behind Antonio Brown and Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster this season. Rudolph's fantasy upside will be limited behind those two and with Le'Veon Bell catching a wide receiver's share of passes, but Rudolph has long-term upside and should help Roethlisberger and the passing game overall.

Pittsburgh also added running back Jaylen Samuels out of N.C. State. Samuels was a hybrid running back/tight end/fullback/wide receiver and would likely fit in as relief for Le'Veon Bell in the receiving game. And if Bell moves on, Samuels could have an even bigger role in the future.

The Steelers didn't address their linebacker need and took some iffy defensive backs, so there is a good chance their defense takes a step back this season with the loss of Ryan Shazier. I have a feeling this offense is going to put up huge numbers.



2018 Fantasy Outlook:

Stud: Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown

Solid: Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster

Sleeper: Vance McDonald



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