The start of the summer typically means that fantasy football draft season is right around the corner. With rankings to fill, and players to pick, the most die hard of fantasy fans will be busy. But if you just like playing for fun and want to land your favorite Pittsburgh Steelers players, I have got you covered. Below are the rounds you should typically see these guys come off the draft board, so be prepared and get your guy!
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10. Pat Freiermuth - Undrafted
When it comes to rookie Tight Ends they tend to not get the best shake in Pittsburgh. While I think Freiermuth could be one of the in-season pick ups of the year if he doesn't develop you will only be losing a roster spot by drafting the young big man. He is an interesting late round pick for those dynasty users out there.
9. Eric Ebron - Undrafted
This year isn't shaping up great for Eric Ebron. He’s a year older, he’s probably going to be asked to block more, and a rookie is hot on his heels. I highly suggest finding your tight end elsewhere and picking up Ebron only if it’s absolutely necessary.
8. Ben Roethlisberger - Undrafted
Yes, I know this may be surprising to some but Roethlisberger’s stock is extremely low across the league. If your opponents aren't Steelers fans Ben will go unclaimed, but I still wouldn't be surprised if he put up Top 10 fantasy numbers for a quarterback. Bottom line is load up your team at other spots and circle back around early on in the season.
7. James Washington - Undrafted
Washington will again be the least productive of the Steelers big four receivers making his status as an undrafted player fairly obvious. However, If someone got hurt this would be a sneaky good add to fill the void left by your other Steelers receivers.
6. Chris Boswell - Round 15 (Last round)
Fact, you need a kicker. Fact, Chris Boswell is a good kicker. Fact, you're bad at fantasy football if you select a kicker anywhere outside of the last round.
5. Steelers Defense - Round 12
The Steelers still have the number one ranked fantasy football defense. Typically you would want to take this spot with your second last pick however, with their talent and point discrepancy from number two you’ll need to grab them a round or so earlier.
4. JuJu Smith-Schuster - Round 7-8
JuJu Smith-Schuster has tumbled down fantasy rankings as the years have gone on. His misuse in Pittsburgh is a concern, however splitting out wide may get the senior receiver some better routes and more yardage.
3. Chase Claypool - Round 6-7
Chase Claypool is a fantasy beast who's on the cusp of breaking out as a deep threat. Overall he may prove to be the most talented Steelers receiver, but the outside concerns with Ben Roethlisberger caps his ceiling, which could easily be blown off. This could be your sleeper pick of the year.
2. Diontae Johnson - Round 4-5
Diontae Johnson has become Roethlisberger’s top target. He gets a load of passes thrown his way and if you're playing in a point per reception league that means everything. The biggest worry is if the drop problems insist and the Steelers bench Johnson for a number of weeks. But if he figures it out he could pay big dividends for your fantasy team.
1. Najee Harris - Round 2-3
Could it be anyone else? Fantasy football is a running back centric game, and the Steelers invested heavily in this one. Harris has the potential to become the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. He could claim an upwards of 400 touches (23 per game) and smash all expectations of the rookie running back class. If your playing with other Steelers fans you might need to grab him in the late first round or early second round, but if you manage to scoop him up in the third round you might just win your league!
But what do you think? Which Steelers do you want on your fantasy football team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.