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 30, 03:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Oct 30, 03:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) and SS Ross Ventrone (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 30. CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury) were limited during practice, while OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Oct 29, 06:43 PM Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson (glute) and CB Jabari Price (hamstring) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. CB Josh Robinson (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), S Antone Exum Jr. (ankle, shoulder) and TE Chase Ford (foot) all were limited in practice.
Oct 29, 04:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury), TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring) and SS Ross Ventrone (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. CB Ike Taylor (forearm) was limited during practice, while OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Oct 28, 04:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 60 catches and is second in receiving yards with 852 after the first eight weeks of the season. Brown is on pace for 120 catches and 1,704 yards, which would both be team records. He set the team record for receiving yards last year with 1,499. Brown has seven touchdowns, which is just one fewer than he had all of last year. He had 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 8 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Oct 26, 11:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller posted seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Miller joins former WRs John Stallworth and Hines Ward as the only players in team history with 500 receptions.
Oct 26, 11:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 40 of his 49 pass attempts for 522 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts. His passing yardage and touchdowns were each franchise records, as he racked up his 100th victory in his 150th NFL start. In fact, Roethlisberger's yardage total was the fourth highest in NFL history. Roethlisberger is now 18-1 at home in the month of October.

Fantasy Impact: It was a career game for Big Ben, who had the best game of any quarterback this season. It was some type of performance.
Oct 26, 05:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (leg) jogged off to the sidelines in the second quarter of the Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He had his right cleat off for a bit on the training table, but they taped him back up.
Oct 26, 03:13 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared QB Landry Jones, WR Justin Brown, CB Ike Taylor, SS Shamarko Thomas, CB B.W. Webb, OT Marcus Gilbert, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 8.
Oct 25, 11:32 AM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) should be able to play in Week 8, but it is not known if he will start at inside linebacker. Shazier and LB Sean Spence shared reps with the starting defense during practice Friday, Oct. 24.
Oct 24, 02:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 8. OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion) is listed as doubtful, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) are listed as probable. Gilbert and McLendon did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24. Taylor and Thomas were limited during practice, while the other players fully participated in practice.
Oct 23, 05:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) didn't practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited, while S Mike Mitchell (non-injury) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) practiced in full.
Oct 22, 05:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited during practice.
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.

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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