2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The defense was the big factor last season for the Steelers, struggling at times throughout the year. If that unit plays better, the Steelers make the playoffs once again. Pittsburgh added some pieces to that side of the ball this offseason that should help, including safety Mike Mitchell. The offense remains on the upswing with some good young talent emerging (Bell, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton). The Steelers are certainly talented enough to make a playoff run but probably aren't in that Super Bowl caliber realm right now.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Le'Veon Bell had a solid rookie season but he can take his game to a different level this year. He is a complete back that should get a ton of touches in this offense. He runs well, catches the ball well and is a big-play threat at the position. Bell is the real deal at running back. He has great total yardage potential in this offense. There aren't a ton of three-down backs in the game anymore but Bell is one of them. He is going to be an elite fantasy back in 2014.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Heath Miller has battled some health issues the last few season and been in the league several years. His numbers were down some last season compared to past years. This could be the start of a downward trend for Miller. He is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger but there are plenty of younger options emerging in this offense that should take some of those targets away from Miller.

Team Notes

Oct 21, 04:06 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cut into WR Markus Wheaton's workload in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, and QB Ben Roethlisberger took three 'shot' plays down the field to Bryant. The team is unsettled at receiver behind WR Antonio Brown, with WRs Wheaton, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey fighting for targets. It was the first game in which Bryant was active this year.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant could get his chance to start before long. He might have the most potential right now out of this group.
Oct 21, 01:23 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) 'have a pretty good chance' of returning in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Oct 21, 12:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell became the first running back in team history to start the year with seven straight games of 100 yards of total offense. Bell ran 12 times for 57 yards and caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 7 win over the Houston Texans Monday, Oct. 20.

Fantasy Impact: Bell is having a monster season, getting a ton of work rushing and receiving.
Oct 20, 10:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion) is out for the remainder of the team's Week 7 game after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Oct 20, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 7.
Oct 20, 06:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) was released from the practice squad injured list with an injury settlement Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 18, 03:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) have been ruled out for Week 7. SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not practice Saturday, Oct. 18, and has been ruled out. LB Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited and is questionable. DE Cam Heyward (ankle), Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) participated fully.
Oct 17, 02:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17. FB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) were limited during practice, while DE Cam Heyward (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) fully participated in practice.
Oct 16, 05:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) have been ruled out for Week 7. RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. DE Cam Heyward (ankle), LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited.
Oct 15, 08:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list on the practice squad, and he doesn't count on the active practice squad roster.
Oct 15, 01:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be accepted into a probation program in his case for marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges, according to his attorney. Bell likely would serve one year of probation and could have his arrest record expunged.
Oct 15, 09:13 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Oct. 15, on marijuana possession and driving under the influence chargers. That means he and his attorney acknowledge police have enough evidence for the charges to go to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, where Bell must either plead to all or some of the charges or stand trial.
Oct 12, 02:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 6 and will not return.
Oct 12, 11:52 AM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Cam Thomas, OG Chris Hubbard, DT Daniel McCullers, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, LB Ryan Shazier inactive for Week 6.
Oct 11, 12:42 AM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards with a touchdown in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, the team's Week 6 opponent. Over his past eight starts against the Browns, Roethlisberger has thrown two or more touchdown passes. However, in 19 career starts, he has eclipsed 281 yards just twice.
Oct 11, 12:42 AM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will face the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. He punished the Browns for 116 yards on five receptions with a touchdown in Week 1, and he has 87 or more receiving yards in five of his past six games against Cleveland, scoring four times in those six outings.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Mike Mitchell, S; Arthur Moats, LB; Lance Moore, WR; LeGarrette Blount, RB. 

Losses:
Larry Foote, LB; Jerricho Cotchery, WR; Emmanuel Sanders, WR; Ziggy Hood, DT; LaMarr Woodley, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  15 Ryan ShazierLB
 # 2  14 Stephon TuittDL
 # 3  33 Dri ArcherRB
 # 4  18 Martavis BryantWR
 # 5  17 Shaquille RichardsonDB
 # 6  16 Jordan ZumwaltLB
 # 6  39 Daniel McCullersDL
 # 7  15 Rob BlanchflowerTE
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Cleveland
2     Sep 11 8:25PM     at Baltimore
3     Sep 21 8:30PM     at Carolina
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Cleveland
7     Oct 20 8:30PM     Houston
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     Indianapolis
9     Nov 2 8:30PM     Baltimore
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at New York Jets
11     Nov 17 8:30PM     at Tennessee
-- Week 12 Bye --
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     New Orleans
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Atlanta
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Kansas City
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Cincinnati
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