For those of you that do fantasy football (myself included), KFFL is giving props today to a couple of Steelers who they think will have big seasons this year. Big Ben and Santonio Holmes are both being described as “Players on the Rise.” You can see what the site says about them below:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Many fantasy owners look at Roethlisberger and only remember his near-fatal summer 2006 motorcycle crash, an emergency appendectomy that forced him to miss Week 1 and an overall disappointing season (3,513 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes, 23 interceptions, 98 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns). However, we see a young quarterback on the rise that will get back on track this year. Roethlisberger seemed to turn things around during the last 10 weeks of the 2006 regular season. He averaged 290 passing yards and 1.3 touchdown passes per contest; we expect “Big Ben” to throw more frequently this year. New offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is promising to use more multi-wide receiver sets with developing wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Heath Miller. The Steelers’ running game is still good, but it struggled against tougher opponents last year. In addition, the vaunted “Steel Curtain” defense has slipped. Roethlisberger makes an intriguing No. 2 fantasy quarterback who will surprise.
Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers – After spending most of his rookie 2006 season trapped in a backup role, Holmes caught fire as a starter during the last four weeks of the regular season. He averaged four catches and 80 yards per game and capped off the Steelers’ season with a game-winning, 67-yard touchdown catch in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals. On the year, Holmes caught 49 passes for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Although the club is deep at wide receiver, the speedy Holmes likely will keep his starting gig and has a great chance to supplant wide receiver Hines Ward as the deep threat in the passing game by the end of the season. Holmes probably won’t catch as many passes as Ward, but he has a good chance to out-produce Ward in yardage and touchdowns. The team is expected to throw more frequently. Barring an injury, Holmes could top the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Holmes looks like a weaker-than-most No. 3 wide receiver with upside. In leagues with point-per-reception scoring, he is probably a strong No. 4 fantasy receiver.
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