2017 Fantasy Football: Pittsburgh Steelers Team Outlook
WR Martavis Bryant, PIT - Sleeper (undervalued)
Update 12/29/17Last week was more of the same for Bryant. He caught three of his four targets for 60 yards. Martavis has 60 yards or fewer in 12 straight games while scoring only three TDs on the year. He'll go down as a 2017 bust while being on a ton of my rosters. In Week 1, he caught two of his six targets for 14 yards against the Browns. Pittsburgh announced on Thursday that Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell won't play on Sunday. This leave us in a quandary with the value of Bryant. His salary is much too high for his present path while still owning explosiveness in his game.
WR Eli Rogers, PIT - Low Potential
Headed into the 2016 high stakes draft season, Rodgers was gaining momentum with Bryant out for the season. Over four seasons at Louisville, Eli caught 176 passes for 2020 yards and 12 TDs. In his first pro game, he had six catches for 59 yards and a TD on seven targets. He ended being a bad play in Week 2 (1/9) before getting hurt in Week 3 leading to three missed games. Rodgers flashed again in Week 6 (6/103 on a season-high ten targets). His role became more defined over the last three games of the season (5/75/1, 4/84, and 6/61), but he only had 17 targets in those games. In the end, Eli finished with 48 catches for 594 yards and three TDs on 66 targets. This year he'll compete for playing time at WR3. Possession type WR who will see more favorable coverage this season with Bryant back in the mix. More of an injury cover for me with limited explosiveness.
TE Jesse James, PIT - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Update 10/16/17James has fewer than 45 yards receiving in each game with three catches or fewer in his last three starts. On the year, Jesse has one playable game (6/41/2) while averaging five targets per game. The Chiefs allowed over 100 yards receiving to the TE in two games (PHI - 6/107 and WAS - 5/110), which is part of the demise due to the Eric Berry injury. Overall. TEs don't have a TD with 19 catches for 365 yards on 36 targets vs. Kansas City. James doesn't have the big play ability to beat this secondary so I'd avoid him in this matchup.
PK Chris Boswell, PIT - Quality Backup
Over two seasons in the NFL, Boswell made 87.7 percent of his field goal chances. He was perfect from 50 yards or more in 2015 (2-for-2), but he whiffed on both chances last year. Chris has one missed extra point in 63 tries. Last week Boswell missed Week 13 with an abdomen issue. The Steelers will be a high scoring team, but they do score TDs in the red zone. Over the last two seasons, they've averaged 30 field chances per year. Viable swing as a top ten kicking option, but I'd like to see eight to ten more field goal chances in 2017.