There is an unwritten rule in fantasy football that says you do not draft any members of the Pittsburgh Steelers for your team.
The reason is that if you are looking for flashy stats, you are looking in the wrong place. The Steelers choose to win with sound defense, short fields and conservative offense.
But even with that, a projection of the Steelers' stats seems like a reasonable exercise. Factors like age, personnel changes and scheme changes all figure into these projections. The same goes for past statistical trends.
Overall, I expect to see a boost almost across the board in individual offensive and defensive stats. A second season of the new offense should bolster the offensive production, especially in the passing game. The defense could slide back some and keep teams on the field longer.
So take a look at these projections, then tuck them away, and let's see at the end of the season just how close they are.
Props to Pro-Football Reference for the assist on the historical statistics.