Team Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers
Continuing our series on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we move to 2020's 1st-place team from the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers scored the 12th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 15th most passing yards. They were dead last in rushing yards on their way to a 12-4 record. Vegas currently has their Win Total at 8.5 games.
Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben was a decent late-round QB last season, finishing the year as the QB14. Looking ahead, it's difficult to envision him doing as well after losing three of his starters on the offensive line to retirement and free agency. Adding another year around the sun won't help things either. I see Ben finishing slightly worse in 2021 and somewhere around QB15-18.
Najee Harris: I love the landing spot for Najee, and it's easy to envision him becoming the next Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. He has the size, power and receiving ability to do it. One thing he doesn't have is the dominant offensive line that Bell had over the years. Even so, I see him getting the necessary volume to be a borderline RB1 in 2021.
Diontae Johnson: The 5th most targeted WR from 2020 was great last season, the only thing that held him back was injuries. He left three games early due to injury, which skewed his points per game. His 14.8 points per game which ranked 22nd, are closer to 19 points per game when you remove those games he left early. Those are Top 5 WR numbers. I have him as a high-mid WR2, but if he can stay healthy and cut back on some of his drops, he could easily finish as a WR1 in 2021.
JuJu Smith-Schuster: JuJu was only slightly worse than Diontae in 2020. His 14.6 ppg ranked 24th at the position. That's about where I have him in 2021. I see him as a back-end WR2 with limited upside and slight TD dependency.
Chase Claypool: All of these WRs in Pittsburgh are bunched sort of close together, and Claypool I have 3rd of the bunch. I expect him to continue to be a big play, boom/bust type player. 1/4 of his fantasy points came via touchdowns. If you watched the game vs the Eagles where he found the endzone 4 times, this is no surprise. Unfortunately, that will be difficult to replicate. Claypool is a WR3 for me in 2021.