The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2015 NFL season as one of the most prolific offenses in the entire league, led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is coming off a career year in 2014. The Steelers also have two premier playmakers in running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited about the Steelers’ fantasy potential this year, what about second year wide out Martavis Bryant, who emerged during the second half of last year. The anchor Heath Miller has been a reliable tight end for years, and is expected to be his normal self once again. The Steelers are going to be a fun team to watch this year, but where to draft all their playmakers in fantasy football leagues is the big question.
It will be impossible to pass on Le’Veon Bell in the first round even with the two game suspension. Bell is in line for an even bigger workload this season than a year ago when he put up 1,361 rushing yards on 290 attempts with 8 touchdowns, not to mention Bell caught 83 balls for 854 yards and 3 touchdowns. Simply put, Bell is going to have another monster year and worth real consideration for the first pick in your fantasy leagues this year.
The Steelers have another first round fantasy football talent in wide out Antonio Brown who posted 129 receptions last season with 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. Brown had at least 5 catches and 70 yards in every game last season, which is an elite level of consistency you can count on once again this year. Brown is a lock to be a first round pick and quite possibly the best PPR WR in the league.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has an ADP of 55 and the potential of pairing up Roethlisberger with Antonio Brown this year is going to be a very appealing option. Roethlisberger is coming off a sensational year throwing for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Big Ben has elite QB1 talent this year and a nice pivot off the quarterbacks who will be taken before him. Roethlisberger should easily outperform his ADP this season.
A little later in the draft the wildcard Martavis Bryant will be available, with an ADP of 62. Bryant is coming off a 25 catch season with 549 yards and 8 touchdowns in only 10 games. Martavis has elite size at 6’4 211 pounds and showed off his big play ability as a rookie in 2014. However be very cautious with Bryant this year with Markus Wheaton emerging as a candidate to the be Steelers number two wideout this season. Wheaton is worth a late round flier in all formats as this will be a issue to follow leading up to your league’s draft.
In closure, the Steelers are going to be a high powered offensive machine this season. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will be an elite duo, mixed in with Le’Veon Bell to complete one of the best units in the NFL. The Steelers will also provide a very nice DFS stack this year to use in cash games and GPP tournaments.