2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Steelers always seem to field a solid team and this year should be no different. Pittsburgh has a solid defense that will keep them in games and the offense is always capable of posting big numbers. The offense needs to show some more consistency for the Steelers to be a Super Bowl contender. If that happens, don't be surprised if the Steelers make a deep run in the playoffs. They certainly have the talent to make that happen.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Le'Veon Bell, RB. Bell is a rookie but the odds on favorite to start for the Steelers. He is a complete back that can help as a runner and receiver. Bell is a game changer because of top speed and moves in the open field. Bell won't be handed the starter's job but it seems to be his to lose. The Steelers like his upside and potential. Pittsburgh could be leaning on the running game a tad more this year with a talented player in the backfield, so don't be surprised if Bell becomes a top No. 2 back for fantasy teams.

FANTASY DUD

Ben Roethlisberger, QB. Roethlisberger is a productive fantasy player but not in that elite group. And we wouldn't be surprised if he takes a bit of a step backwards this season. He will be without his top No. 1 receiver from last season in Mike Wallace and his favorite tight end, Heath Miller, is returning from a major knee injury. Big Ben will be missing some of his favorite targets from the last few years. Plus, while his numbers are solid, they have never been off the charts. He has topped 30 passing touchdowns just once and has just two 4,000-yard seasons in nine years.

Team Notes

Apr 22, 09:43 AM The Pittsburgh Steelers exercised DE Cam Heyward's fifth-year player option.
Apr 15, 05:13 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, April 15.
Apr 12, 08:22 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have not started contract extension talks with C Maurkice Pouncey at this point. Pouncey will be entering the final year of his contract.
Apr 06, 08:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team expect WR Markus Wheaton to play better in 2014, because he dealt with broken fingers this season.
Apr 05, 03:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey's one-year contract only includes $65,000 guaranteed via a signing bonus, with a base salary of $730,000.
Apr 03, 11:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Arthur Moats said he does not think it will be a problem for him to be able to play inside and outside linebacker for the team this upcoming season. The team is expected to initially use Moats as an outside linebacker. Moats is also expected to play special teams in 2014.
Apr 02, 01:33 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Colts) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll help on special teams but don't expect him to get much playing time as a receiver.
Apr 01, 03:23 PM Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers CB Brice McCain agreed to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 01, 01:13 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers signed CB Brice McCain (Texans) Tuesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mar 28, 08:42 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers may use RB LeGarrette Blount as a kick returner next season, because he averaged 29.1 yards per return this season.
Mar 28, 08:33 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers are not interested in re-signing free-agent RB Felix Jones this offseason.
Mar 28, 05:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount was signed to a two-year, $3.85 million deal, which includes a $950,000 signing bonus.
Mar 28, 03:52 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) to a two-year contract Friday, March 28. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Blount should be the top backup for the Steelers. He likely won't get a ton of work in that role but six or so touches per game.
Mar 27, 08:32 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers could re-sign free-agent RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) later in the offseason if he is recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Mar 27, 08:32 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will give WR Markus Wheaton every opportunity to win a starting job during training camp.

Fantasy Impact: Wheaton could see a huge bump in value this coming season. He has a shot to earn a lot of playing time.
Mar 26, 03:53 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers may restructure the contract of LB Lawrence Timmons because they could create as much as $3.8 million in salary cap space. The team currently has a little more than $1 million in cap space.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Bruce Gradkowski, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, TE Matt Spaeth, P Brian Moorman, CB William Gay, CB Ross Ventrone. 

Losses:
RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Mike Wallace, OG Willie Colon, LB James Harrison, CB Keenan Lewis, SS Will Allen, FS Ryan Mundy. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  17 Jarvis JonesLB
 # 2  16 Le'Veon BellRB
 # 3  17 Markus WheatonWR
 # 4  14 Shamarko ThomasDB
 # 4  18 Landry JonesQB
 # 5  17 Terry HawthorneDB
 # 6  18 Justin BrownWR
 # 6  38 Vince WilliamsLB
 # 7  17 Nick WilliamsDL
 Undrafted Miguel MaysonetRB
 Undrafted Jasper CollinsWR
 Undrafted Lanear SampsonWR

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Tennessee
2     Sep 15 8:40PM     at Cincinnati
3     Sep 21 8:30PM     Chicago
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Minnesota
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at New York Jets
7     Oct 19 4:25PM     Baltimore
8     Oct 26 4:05PM     at Oakland
9     Nov 2 4:25PM     at New England
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Buffalo
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Detroit
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Cleveland
13     Nov 27 8:30PM     at Baltimore
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Miami
15     Dec 14 8:30PM     Cincinnati
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     at Green Bay
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Cleveland
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