Fantasy Football Pittsburgh Steelers Edition: Five Fantasy Options
Fantasy football's almost here, sites are pumping out their rankings like a back-to-school sale and junkies have been putting their big boards together since the draft.
Every team has one guy that's almost too good to pass up, so let's take a look at the top five fantasy options for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
5. Jonathan Dwyer, Running Back
Yes, he's a rookie but if he performs up to expectations, he could very well be the go-to guy on the goal line for the Pittsburgh franchise.
With the team relying more-so on the rushing attack early in the season, he could see some decent time resting starter Rashard Mendenhall.
4. Heath Miller, Tight End
With the team less likely to air it out, that leaves Heath Miller near the top of the reads for the starter, whoever that may be going into the season.
And that only bodes well for his fantasy numbers this year: More looks equates to more touches, which equates to more yards, touchdowns and points—in theory at least.
3. Mike Wallace, Wide Receiver
Honestly, I'm a huge Mike Wallace fan, but pushing that aside for a moment, I truly believe that he's going to have a breakout season, if you can call it that after a great rookie year.
He's going to be the number two guy behind Hines Ward. But truthfully Wallace could line up as a number one receiver, depending on what the Steelers offense wants to come out in, package-wise.
Simple math dictates that he'll have more receptions than last year, a year in which he led the NFL in yards per reception.
2. Hines Ward, Wide Receiver
Everyone claims that Hines Ward is "slowing down," but, uh, last I checked his speed was never his strong point. Receivers like Ward (see: Derrick Mason) tend to have nice, long careers—careers that they make over the middle of the field.
Ward's had two 1,000 yard seasons in a row and I see no reason that he doesn't repeat that in 2010.
1. Rashard Mendenhall, Running Back
A shocker, I know.
But, realistically, with Ben Roethlisberger being out of commission for at least the first four games of the season, the running game is going to shoulder the bulk of the work for the Steelers offense, and that means that it's going to be Mendenhall all day long.
The Steelers offense will live and die on his shoulders for the first few weeks of the season, making him an obvious fantasy pick, albeit not until the second or third round of your draft.
The Pickings Are Slim
When Roethlisberger comes back from his suspension, he'll of course make the list but until then, I can't justify putting him on here.
All in all, the Steelers aren't stacked with fantasy options, but none of these guys are going to hurt a team, if the owner of the team is smart during the drafting process.