2013 Team Outlook: Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Heath Miller, --- - Gamble (high risk)
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.
TE David Paulson, --- - Low Potential
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.