2012 Team Outlook: Pittsburgh
A fantasy football preview of the Steelers this year. Profiled players include Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Rashard Mendenhall, and Jonathan Dwyer.
The 28 year old TE from Georgia signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh after spending the past three seasons in KC with new Steeler OC Todd Haley. Pope has impressive size (6'8, 260), but he is not on the fantasy radar considering that he has never topped 250 yards in his six NFL seasons (has just eight TDs over his career).
Suisham missed eight field goals (23 of 31 attempts - 74%) in 2011 but will be the Steelers kicker in 2012. The 30 year old enters his 8th NFL season hitting a less than impressive 36% percent from 50+ yards over his career (4 for 11). Suisham's accuracy issues (especially from distance) make him a low end option.
The Steelers defense ranked first against the pass and 9th against the run in 2011 allowing just 14 PPG. Despite being one of the more stout defenses in the NFL, their fantasy production was lacking (finished in the bottom 10 defenses for fantasy points scored in 2011). The Steel Curtain totaled just 35 sacks (down 13 from 2010) with only 11 INTs (also down 10 from 2010). LB Lamarr Woodley battled a hamstring injury last season but should be 100% recovered providing a boost to the Steeler pass rush in 2012. Provided they can stay healthy - the Steelers could regain their 2010 form when they scored the 3rd most DST fantasy points.
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Fantasy Football Experience:
Been playing fantasy football since 1990 and fantasy baseball since 1995.
Have been writing fantasy football and baseball articles for FFToolbox since 2008.
Content manager for Spinball Inc. - responsible for planning all fantasy football related articles and coordinating/editing submissions from guest writers. Also take the lead on radio appearances (Sirius radio, blogtalk etc.)
Spinball's Mock Draft top 100 for the 2013 draft finished well ahead of ESPN self procalimed draft guru Mel Kiper: http://www.thehuddlereport.com/scoring/top100.shtml
Favorite Teams: all things Minnesota - Vikings, Twins, Twolves, Gophers, Wild. Also support home town Phillies (was in attendance for World Series clinching game 5 in 2008). Favorite athlete of all time was Kirby Puckett.
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