The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team in transition and it has made pre-season polls and rankings resemble roller-coaster rides from one spectrum to another as NFL insiders and analysts attempt to predict the outcome of a 2014 regular season. In a ‘Fantasy Watch’ ranking piece by Nick Mensio on August 3, the Steelers had some high marks amongst AFC North division rivals.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown were all included on Mensio’s “All Fantasy First Team” list.
In the ‘Overated’ category, only Lance Moore made the list for the Steelers, but Mensio’s reasoning was that Moore was no longer with Drew Brees and was a fourth-string wide receiver at best. Pittsburgh has indicated that Moore will be used in plenty of situations within their offense, so expect Moore to possibly move up on fantasy charts depending on training camp competitions.
Tight end Heath Miller was placed on the ‘Underated’ section of the list. This is possible due to Miller suffering an injury that made 2013 a season to put behind him, but Miller is healthy and seems ready to get back to business. Teams that underrate him in 2014 may pay for it.
As for ‘Late Round Fliers’, running back LeGarrette Blount and receiver Markus Wheaton topped the list. Mensio expects both players to have big years.
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