2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers

- Updated: Friday, August 31st

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In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterbacks

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDFLPoints
Ben Roethlisberger537.3351.941642913.724.536.80.50.8260.24
Throwing for 3,800-plus yards in each of the past five seasons, Big Ben has thrown 28-plus touchdowns in four of those five seasons. Since being drafted 11th overall in 2004, however, Roethlisberger has played a 16-game season only three times in his career so there's certainly a strong chance that he'll miss a game or two in 2018. With the league's best RB/WR combo in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger has weekly QB1 upside (especially at home), but he's finished as the yearly QB20, QB13 and QB10 over the past three seasons, respectively.
Landry Jones40.926.23071.61.46.7-6.70015.21
Mason Rudolph5.83.5430.20.300001.92

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDFLPoints
Le'Veon Bell304.81310.69.872.4597.31.81.2257.99
Referring to reports as "fake news," Bell has denied that he will report on Labor Day, but it's unlikely that he misses any regular-season games. A six-game 2015 season being the exception, the three-down workhorse has 1,200-plus rushing yards, 75-plus receptions and 600-plus receiving yards in three of his past four seasons.
James Conner60.1264.41.83.220.80.10.139.72
Fitzgerald Toussaint13.455.60.12.5200.10.18.56
Roosevelt Nix3.17.102.311.50.102.46

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDFLPoints
JuJu Smith-Schuster72.2971.16.50000.3135.51
Exceeding expectations in his rookie season, Smith-Schuster had 41 catches for 686 yards and four touchdowns over his final seven regular-season games including three 100-yard games during that span. (He had 17/231/3 in his first seven games.) Even as the offense's third option behind Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Smith-Schuster is poised for a bigger and better second season with Martavis Bryant traded to the Raiders.
James Washington36.4600.64.40000.485.66
With Bryant traded to the Raiders for a third-round pick, the Steelers used their second-round pick on the Oklahoma State deep threat. Finishing his collegiate career with three consecutive 1,000/10 seasons, Washington averaged 20.28 Y/R over the past three seasons.
Darrius Heyward-Bey10.2182.614.541.40.50.131.2
Justin Hunter3.434.70.400005.87

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDFLPoints
Vance McDonald40.6519.74.10000.276.17
McDonald had just 14 catches for 188 yards in the regular season, but he had both of his 50-yard regular-season games in December and 10/112/0 on a team-high 16 targets in their playoff loss to the Jaguars. With good health, expectations are pointing up for his second season with the Steelers.
Jaylen Samuels27.3294.82.226.7117.50.50.257.03
The Steelers announced Samuels as a running back when they drafted him in the fifth round, but Samuels is a hybrid H-back type of player that can do a variety of things in Pittsburgh's offense. Samuels had 1,000 yards from scrimmage -- 75/593/4 receiving and 78/407/12 rushing -- and 16 touchdowns for the Wolfpack last season.
Jesse James17.8153.11.60000.124.71
James had a nearly identical season in 2017 (43/372/3 on 63 targets) as he had in 2016 (39/338/3 on 60 targets). Towards the end of the season, McDonald was involved more in the passing game and that seems like a trend that will continue into 2018.
Xavier Grimble2.322.10.20000.13.21

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