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2013 Team Outlook: Pittsburgh Steelers

A fantasy football preview of the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. Profiled players include Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Le'Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, and Felix Jones.

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UPDATE (10/21): Over his first four games, Miller is averaging 52 yards per game but has found the end zone just once. He should remain a solid borderline TE1 as a Big Ben favorite in the red zone. Looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs, he faces a Miami defense in week 14 that is allowing the second most fantasy PPG to opposing TEs.

UPDATE (8/13): The Steelers intend to keep Miller off the PUP list, which would force him to miss the first 6 games of the season. His current ADP has him coming off the boards in rounds 14/15 (which is probably a risk worth taking as he'll likely be the go-to red zone option for Big Ben).

PROFILE: The 8-year veteran enjoyed the best season of his career before suffering a devastating knee injury in week 16 as he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and remains a candidate for the PUP list. Reports this week have surfaced that Miller is targeting a week 1 return, but that seems very optimistic considering the severity of the injury and age of the player (31). The Virginia alum finished 2012 with 71 catches for 816 yards and 8 touchdowns and has reached pay dirt 39 times during his career. The uncertainty surrounding his recovery makes Miller best drafted as a high end TE2 and his current ADP has his name being called in rounds 12-14.

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UPDATE (8/13): With Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth recovering from surgery, Paulson appears likely to be the starting TE for at least the first 2-4 games of the season.

The Steelers used a 7th round pick in the 2012 draft on the 6-foot-3, 247 pound Oregon Duck. He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, but finished with just seven passes for 51 yards. Paulson has the athleticism to surprise if he gets a few starts (ran a 4.81 at the Combine) and could be worth a deep league flier depending on Heath Miller's recovery.

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The Steel Curtain didn't rank among the top 5 units as they had in recent memory, but still finished 2012 as a respectable fantasy option as they ranked 12th posting 37 sacks (but just 10 interceptions and one total touchdown). Dick LeBeau's defense will need to replace veterans James Harrison, Casey Hampton, and Keenan Lewis, but still boasts an elite playmaker in ILB Lawrence Timmons. First round pick OLB Jarvis Jones will team with Lamar Woodley to generate a solid pass rush outside the tackles. Three of the Steelers' starting four DBs are 32+ ( Polamalu, FS Ryan Clark, and RCB Ike Taylor). Ike Taylor remained a shutdown CB in 2012. The steelers added Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas in hopes of injecting youth into an aging secondary. The Steelers defense is aging and are best targeted as a final round pick that can be used when the matchup is favorable (two matchups with division rival Cleveland for instance).

 
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