The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team brimming with talent on both sides of the football, and, while most Fantasy Football enthusiasts might salivate at the myriad options on the Steelers’ offense, there are also some intricacies and caveats which can make the Pittsburgh offense a nightmare for fantasy football owners.
It would be great to have Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell on your team, but this scenario isn’t a reality for most fantasy owners. So, as I do almost every week, I give you three players who might be sleeper picks for the Black-and-gold in Week 3 vs. the Chicago Bears.
JuJu Smith-Schuster — WR
Smith-Schuster is probably not owned in many leagues right now and, if so, he’s probably a bench player. But you might want to think about giving the rookie a nod this week. Everything about him coming out of Pittsburgh this week has been glowing about his work ethic, love for the game and attention to detail. If you’ve learned anything from the Steelers organization, it’s when they speak so highly of a player, you know they’re doing a lot of things right. Smith-Schuster brings a new dynamic to fantasy owners as a jack-of-all-trades, and could cash in by beating plenty of one-on-one matchups. If you have JuJu, start him.
The Steelers’ defense would be a top fantasy defense if they had more than two turnovers throughout 2017, but honestly that’s the only thing separating the Steelers defense from the Baltimore Ravens, in terms of fantasy football ownership. The Steelers have been stopping the run well and getting after the quarterback, and their Week 3 matchup against a Chicago Bears team led by Mike Glennon could be just what Fantasy Football owners are looking for in a defense. If someone doesn’t have the Steelers DEF/ST, or you have them on your bench, it very well might benefit you to give them a start.
Martavis Bryant — WR
I know, I know...Bryant isn’t really a “sleeper” pick, but in the Steelers’ offense, he could be. With the likes of Brown, Bell, Bryant and others, there are only so many footballs to go around. Look at how the 2017 season has played out at the receiver position. Week 1 vs. the Browns Antonio Brown has 11 catches for 160+ yards. Week 2 it was Bryant who had 3 catches for 90+ yards and a touchdown. Who knows who will break out in Week 3 vs. Chicago, but my primary thought is still how opposing defenses are going to try to stop Brown. Bryant should feast on single-coverage opposite Brown, not to mention how the Steelers use him with reverses and other gadget plays at times. While possibly not a genuine sleeper pick, I like Bryant to break out on Sunday for the second straight week.
I analyze this situation in further detail, including in-depth stats on these players, in the podcast which you can find in the player above. So give this 15-minute show a listen!