By: Fantasy Football Dude
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Landry Jones
- Mason Rudolph
- Josh Dobbs
- Big Ben is one of the safer fantasy QBs in the league you don’t have to spend to much to acquire him and he usually has the potential to be a top 5 QB any given year since he has Brown and Bell. Ben Falls in that middle tier of fantasy QBs and if you are looking not to spend a lot or draft a QB early usually Ben is your best bet. Usually my suggestion to most people is don’t spend or draft a QB early because guys like Big Ben usually fall and come at a cheaper price and help give you a more well rounded fantasy team.
- Now last year at time Ben looked like he was going to just retire and call it a day but as the season progress he got better and was able to right the ship. If you do decide to put him on your fantasy team I wouldn’t worry to much about a decline in his play and he has the fire power on offense to put up some really good numbers. The only concern with Ben is injury since he has taken a beating over his career but other than that he is one of the safest fantasy QBs.
- Le’Veon Bell
- James Conner
- Stevan Ridley
- Jaylen Samuels
- There isn’t much to say about Bell that isn’t already know. He is one of the best fantasy options you can have on your team and will pretty much carry your fantasy teams some weeks with how he plays. Even with his holdout that won’t matter he will be ready and prepared to put up video game numbers when he comes back and is pretty much a non-issue.
James Conner & Jaylen Samuels
- Now if Bell were to go down Conner in my opinion would be first in line to get the chance to take over Bell’s role now he ran well in very limited times last year but he has the ability to be a 3 down back and help somewhat fill the hold that would be left by Bell if he were to get hurt. Conner is a physical runner who is not afraid of contact and in his 2nd year like all 2nd year players he will be even more prepared.
- Now with Samuel he was a Swiss army knife in college and his biggest attribute is being able to receive the ball. Now again if Bell goes down it might turn into a one-two punch in the backfield with Samuel controlling the passing down work while Conner works on running downs. But if it comes down to choosing one of the 2 I would take Conner as the Handcuff to Bell.
WR & TE
- Antonio Brown
- Juju Smith-Schuster
- James Washington
- Jesse James
- Vance McDonald
- Like Bell, there isn’t much to say about Brown because he is an absolute beast when you have him on your team you know what you are going to get week in week out. So if you have him just leave him in your lineup and don’t worry about a thing.
- Now with Bryant in Oakland Juju is primed to have a huge year next to Brown an Bell. As a rookie he almost ended with 1,000 yards receiving and had 7TDs. So now with Bryant out of the picture I expect big things from the 2nd year WR. As a rookie he made plays happen as the season rolled along and he just never stopped. Pitt might end up having 2 fantasy WR1 on this team and that is something to keep an eye out. If you get a chance to have Juju be your WR2 this year you did a great job. Juju is a complete WR can pretty much run any route has great hands, size and speed to him and is pretty much what you look for in a WR. So don’t try and convince yourself or have someone else convince you that Juju could have a down year because I highly doubt it.
- Washington couldn’t have landed in a better situation. He won’t be asked to do to much and will have a chance to develop and learn from Brown and Juju this season. The one thing about Washington that had me down was that if he was forced into a situation where he would have to be one of the main parts in an offense he would not be able to handle it given he only ran like 3 different routes in college.
- Landing in Pitt gives Washington a chance to develop learn how to run different type routes and allow Pitt to utilize his strengths in the mean time while he is improving. He will have a pretty solid role on this team as the 3rd WR but he won’t be asked to do to much and will have plenty of opportunities to make plays since Bell and Brown will command so much attention.
Jesse James & Vance McDonald
- Jesse James has had his chances to be a starting TE for this high powered offense but all he has been is serviceable as a receiver but he does a good job at being a blocker in the run game. This year I would expect him mainly becoming a blocker and have a reduced role as a receiver.
- McDonald enters this season as one of my sleeper candidates. Towards the end of the year as Pitt started using him more and more he showed he could be really special in this offense and he looks like the guy who might be starting at TE when Pitt opens the season. It also helps that Pitt did nothing to the TE group and his happy with the progress McDonald mad towards the end of the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for McDonald as he might put up pretty solid numbers in Pitts high flying attack.