All the Steelers do is win.
They became the first franchise in NFL history to win a record sixth Super Bowl championship this past season.
That's all great for the city of Pittsburgh who, oh yeah, watched their Penguins win the Stanley Cup this past season also, but what about fantasy owners?
Well the defense was tops once again. They finished first in total defense which adds only more credence to that tired sports cliche that defense wins championships. They never put their offense in bad spots.
Their offense wasn't as considerate. Pittsburgh finished 2008 ranked 22nd in total offense, gave up 49 sacks and didn't have a rusher over 1,000 yards. Is there anyone draft worthy on the Steelers?
Absolutely. Hey, if the Browns can squeeze at least one dude onto a roster, the champs can certainly do better.
Fantasy Info Nuggets:
DEF Steelers; It drives me nuts when I see someone in a draft reach for a defense anytime before the 11th round. Then I realize I'm playing against these numbskulls and I'm all smiles.
What baffles me even more is when someone takes any defense other than Pittsburgh with one of those reaches. In 2008, they allowed less than two TD's average per game, recorded 51 sacks and picked off the ball 20 times.
This is a rock solid, start them every week squad.
WR Hines Ward; Ol' reliable. Let's say you're considering a young wideout fresh off a hot year but Hines Ward is also sitting there. Call me conservative, but I'll almost always take Ward.
He's been the top receiver seven out of the last eight years. The only reason it wasn't a perfect 1.000 is because he missed a few games in 2007, which by the way almost never happens.
He's incredibly durable. He seems to get popped and nearly always bounce right back up smiling like someone just paid him a compliment.
QB Ben Roethlisberger; Look, don't send me hate mail. I love Big Ben. He's a hell of a quarterback/leader/winner.
But, based on the stats, he's an average to below average fantasy QB. I have no issues with holding him as your second or third QB but if he's your starter then that might be a problem.
Aside from one flukey season, where he tossed 32 TD's, Roethlisberger hasn't thrown for more than 17 TD's in any other of his five seasons. Also, I'll be keeping an eye out on that ankle he injured a few days ago.
That would be a damn catastrophe for the Steel City if he went down. I don't think Charlie Batch can take the pummeling Big Ben endures due to his porous O-Line.
RB Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall; Going into 2008 I thought this would be a truly dynamic duo. I was wrong but not because either were duds but because they couldn't stay healthy.
Parker has a short history accruing already of missing a handful of games per season and Mendenhall doesn't want to follow the same path. I would draft Fast Willie mainly on his resume and Mendenhall on potential but I'd keep my expectations low.
TE Heath Miller; Heath Miller and Todd Heap are rowing the same boat. Both are highly talented TE's that should put up better numbers than they do.
Miller's hinderance is that when Pittsburgh gets inside the ten, they prefer to run the ball. Considering that he's caught at least 47 balls and recorded over 500 yards the last two years, I still think he's a fantasy gold mine waiting to produce but I still caution owners to expect too much.