2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Steelers won the division last year and return much of that team from 2014. Pittsburgh can find success again this season. The offense is becoming one of the best in the league while the defense has improved from the last few years. The defense still has a few holes but the offense can make up for that. A big concern might be early in the year when star running back LeVeon Bell is serving a suspension. If the Steelers can get by while Bell is out, this team can make another playoff appearance. The Steelers might not be a Super Bowl contender but are pretty close to that level.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Martavis Bryant showed his promise the second half of last season, having two 100-yard games while scoring eight touchdowns. He also averaged more than 21 yards per receptions. Bryant is a big-play threat that will start from day one this season. He has big potential in this offense and could reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Donā??t expect his touchdown pace to maintain from last season but heā??ll get his scores and should get more yards and receptions. Bryant is a young receiver on the rise.
FANTASY DUD
It came as a bit of a surprise, but tight end Heath Miller had a nice season last year. Just when you thought he was starting to fade, he finishes with 761 yards and four games with seven or more receptions. Miller had another productive season as the starter for the Steelers. But Miller has to start to fade sooner than later. He is another year older with a lot of wear and tear on his body. Plus, the Steelers have more weapons in the passing game, which should take some targets away from Miller. We expect his numbers to take a bit of a dip this season.

Team Notes

Aug 27, 08:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could be the No. 3 wide receiver if WR Martavis Bryant has to sit out the first four weeks of the regular season.
Aug 27, 07:12 PM Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's impending four-game suspension is for failing marijuana tests, according to a source. The suspension's appeal is in its latter stages.
Aug 27, 05:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

Fantasy Impact: Move Wheaton up your rankings some. He is going to get more chances in this offense.
Aug 27, 04:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) may be able to return this season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin said how Pouncey heals after surgery will dictate if he's able to return or not.
Aug 27, 03:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy, according to league sources. He has filed an appeal.

Fantasy Impact: Not good. You can see why the Steelers have continued to talk up Wheaton all camp. They knew this was going down. Move Bryant down your rankings some.
Aug 27, 12:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) could land on Injured Reserve designated to return, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Aug 25, 11:33 PM Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) on the reserve/injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25, ending his 2015 season. The team signed QB Michael Vick to work as the backup to QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 25, 07:42 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25. Financial terms were not disclosed. QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Fantasy Impact: Vick will try to win a roster spot. Don't expect much if he makes the team.
Aug 25, 07:42 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25. Financial terms were not disclosed. QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Aug 25, 01:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR David Nelson (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 12:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) suffered a dislocated finger on his left hand during the team's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, according to a source. He will have surgery on the finger Tuesday, Aug. 25, and is expected to miss three to four weeks. QB Landry Jones is the only other quarterback currently on the roster.
Aug 25, 11:12 AM Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Eagles) is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Aug 24, 01:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will undergo surgery on his fractured ankle Monday, Aug. 24, or Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is no timetable for his return, but it does not appear to be a season-ending injury.
Aug 24, 08:22 AM Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) is expected to miss eight or more weeks due to a fractured fibula just above his left ankle.
Aug 23, 04:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DL Stephon Tuitt (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for several weeks because of an ankle injury suffered during a preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Aug 23, 04:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will require surgery on his ankle, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. However, it is uncertain how much time he will miss.

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge loss for the offensive line. Pouncey is one of the best in the game.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
DeAngelo Williams, RB. 

Losses:
Brice McCain, CB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  22 Bud DupreeLB
 # 2  24 Senquez GolsonDB
 # 3  23 Sammie CoatesWR
 # 4  22 Doran GrantDB
 # 5  24 Jesse JamesTE
 # 6  23 Leterrius WaltonDL
 # 6  36 Anthony ChickilloLB
 # 7  22 Gerod HollimanDB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 10 8:30PM     at New England
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     San Francisco
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at St Louis
4     Oct 1 8:25PM     Baltimore
5     Oct 12 8:30PM     at San Diego
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Arizona
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Kansas City
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Cincinnati
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Oakland
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     Cleveland
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 29 4:25PM     at Seattle
13     Dec 6 8:30PM     Indianapolis
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
15     Dec 20 4:25PM     Denver
16     Dec 27 8:30PM     at Baltimore
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Cleveland
18     Jan 9 8:15PM     Baltimore
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