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

Nov 20, 03:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (wrist) hopefully will be able to play again this season, according to linebackers coach Keith Butler. Jones has been working out and attending all of the meetings.
Nov 20, 02:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor (forearm) still needs to be cleared to resume playing and is scheduled to meet with a doctor Monday, Nov. 24. Taylor will wear a small cast on his forearm when he returns but will have to deal with some pain.
Nov 20, 02:23 PM Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) said he expects to be able to play in Week 13. He said he believes he could have played if the team had a game in Week 12.
Nov 20, 02:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) will be eased back into practice next week and is considered questionable to play in Week 13. Shazier is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.
Nov 20, 09:22 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will receive as many carries as he can handle, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Nov 18, 12:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who had six touchdowns in his first four games entering Week 11, was held to just two catches (five targets) and 11 yards against the Tennessee Titans Monday, Nov. 17.
Nov 18, 12:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell had a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in the team's Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans Monday, Nov. 17, and he had all but three of the team's carries in the game. Bell had rushed for 205 yards and no touchdowns over the previous four games.

Fantasy Impact: Bell is playing as well as any back in the game right now. He is having a monster season.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 17, 07:03 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon, SS Troy Polamalu inactive for Week 11.
Nov 15, 07:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) is expected to return in Week 13.
Nov 15, 05:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (personal), LB Arthur Moats (personal) and FS Ross Ventrone (hamstring) practiced Saturday, Nov. 15, and are probable for Week 11. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), SS Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) are out for Week 11. Taylor and Thomas were limited in practice all week, while McLendon, Polamalu and Shazier missed practice all week.
Nov 15, 05:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (personal), LB Arthur Moats (personal) and FS Ross Ventrone (hamstring) practiced Saturday, Nov. 15, and are probable for Week 11. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), SS Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) are out for Week 11. Taylor and Thomas were limited in practice all week, while McLendon, Polamalu and Shazier missed practice all week.

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
 Undrafted Josh HarrisRB

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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