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The Steeler offense is all about the skills of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who should have a very successful 2012 season.
Relatively speaking, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a down year in 2011. Yes, he threw for over 4,000 yards, but his 21-to-14 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 40 sacks made him a rather risky every-week starter.
There were, of course, far, far worse fantasy quarterbacks out there. And this year, Roethlisberger should bounce back significantly enough to put him in the top five or seven fantasy quarterbacks of the year.
Last year, Roethlisberger was helped immeasurably by wide receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace, both of whom had more than 1,000 receiving yards apiece. That should continue into 2011, with greater success, thanks to some smart offseason moves and the hiring of Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.
Roethlisberger should be better protected by a more talented and reliable offensive line; in concert with that, Roethlisberger will also be spending more time in the pocket, which should limit his sacks.
Haley is also fond of throwing to running backs, which gives Roethlisberger a greater variety of targets. Don't believe the rumors that the Steelers are going to re-focus on the run—while they may run the ball a bit more often, it's more about the effectiveness of the run game rather than the number of handoffs.
Roethlisberger is still the fount from which the Steelers offense flows, and he should have another year with over 4,000 passing yards, fewer interceptions to touchdowns and fewer sacks, which should help him prevent injury.
But do keep in mind you might want a solid backup quarterback (more solid than usual), considering that even though the offensive line is improved, Roethlisberger has just one season in which he has played all 16 games.