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Fantasy Football: Three Steelers sleeper picks vs. the Browns in Week 1

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of household names on their offense, but some fantasy football sleeper picks may help you get over the hump in your weekly matchup.

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Fantasy Football is all about offense, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of offense on their roster for fantasy football owners to salivate over. If you’re a fantasy owner, there’s a good chance Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are all regular starts on any roster.

But what about those sleeper picks? Those players who might either be on the free-agent wire or stashed on your bench, but who can pay huge dividends due to an often overlooked matchup in any given week.

When it comes to Steelers on your roster, there are three players/units you could be starting this week to help get your team the ‘W’.

I delve further into all of these exceptions in the latest ‘Steelers Connection’ podcast in the player above. Give it a listen!

But for those three sleepers, here they are:

1. WR Eli Rogers

The slot receiver spent 2016 building a rapport with Ben Roethlisberger, but it’ll be in 2017 when that rapport pays dividends. No, he likely won’t see Antonio Brown stats, but then again, who does? But he’ll be good enough to add some solid WR production on your team. Also, he’s a great red-zone target.

2. Steelers Defense/Special teams

Say what you want about the Steelers’ defense. They sometimes give up too many yards and don’t get enough sacks or turnovers, but they generally feast on the Browns. DeShone Kizer will be taking the snaps, and Pittsburgh’s defense will be licking their chops, looking to get 2017 off on the right track. They might not be your defense every week, but in Week 1 they should be a great option.

3. TE Jesse James

Vance McDonald was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in a trade, and many saw James’ contributions to the team dwindling as a result. Call it a hunch, but I’ve got a feeling James will be doing some special things on Sunday when the team travels to Cleveland. This might not be reflected in yardage, but James has turned into a very good red-zone target for the Black-and-gold. If you don’t have a guaranteed option on your roster, James might be worth a shot in the dark.

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