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

Sep 18, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury related) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Sep 18, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OG Ramon Foster (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. RB Dri Archer (ankle) was limited. WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), WR Lance Moore (groin) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) fully participated.
Sep 17, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Sep 17, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. RB Dri Archer (ankle) and OG Ramon Foster (ankle) were limited during practice, while WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) fully participated in practice.
Sep 17, 04:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Fantasy Impact: Moore seems ready to make his season debut this week.
Sep 16, 02:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he is still very sore after taking a hit in the chest in the team's Week 2 game from Baltimore Ravens LB Courtney Upshaw. 'I'm hurting today as much as I was at any point I can think of in the last year,' Roethlisberger said.

Fantasy Impact: He should be ready to go for the game this week, though. We wouldn't worry too much about this one.
Sep 16, 01:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 16, and the team will keep tabs on how he responds this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Moore has missed the first two regular season games.
Sep 12, 12:32 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tallied 107 total yards in the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11, rushing 11 times for 59 yards and catching five passes for 48 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Another solid game for Bell. He is going to have a huge season at this rate. He is getting a lot of touches and making some big plays.
Sep 11, 11:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) is questionable to return to the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11, with a right shoulder injury.
Sep 11, 09:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (head) passed all tests after being evaluated for a concussion and will return to the team's Week 2 Game Thursday, Sept. 11.
Sep 11, 09:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (head) left the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11, and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. His return is questionable.
Sep 11, 07:12 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, DT Daniel McCullers, RB Dri Archer, WR Lance Moore, QB Landry Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, OG Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 2.
Sep 11, 06:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been fined $8,200 for cleating Cleveland Browns P Spencer Lanning in the face in Sunday's game, according to a source.
Sep 10, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury), RB Le'Veon Bell (non-injury), WR Antonio Brown (non-injury), WR Markus Wheaton (non-injury) and TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, and are listed as probable for Week 2.
Sep 10, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Vince Williams (non-injury), WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Brice McCain (groin), DT Steve McLendon (stinger), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (non-injury), SS Shamarko Thomas (Achilles', ankle) and C Cody Wallace (finger) are listed as probable for Week 2. Williams did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, while the other players fully participated in practice.
Sep 10, 04:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, and has been ruled out for Week 2.

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
 # 5  33 Wesley JohnsonOL
 # 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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