Steelers Fantasy Outlook: PFF releases stat predictions for each skill player
Tight end stat predictions:
TE Eric Ebron, 43.0 receptions, 525.9 yards, 3.7 TD
TE Vance McDonald, 33.5 receptions, 311.7 yards, 2.0 TD
If you were looking for Eric Ebron to elevate himself to elite fantasy status when the Steelers signed him, you may want to lower your expectations. While he should no doubt give Pittsburgh a boost in the passing game, the Steelers have never been a team that sees a high volume of targets go to tight ends – even in Heath Miller’s days.
Ebron, however, should be a respectable mid-level starter, but it remains to be seen what type of formations the Steelers will deploy this year. Vance McDonald is coming off perhaps the worst season of his NFL career. However, when Ben was around in 2018, he had a breakout campaign. McDonald is projected to be the inline tight end this year with Ebron serving more as a ‘move’ tight end and big slot option.
My money is on Ebron seeing a bulk of the targets at the position, but with a quarterback who historically loves throwing to wide receivers, I wouldn’t pull the trigger on Ebron until late in the draft.
It’s hard to say what will actually go down in the regular season, and these stat predictions by Pro Football Focus could end up being way off the mark. Still, it’s nice to get an idea of what they think in terms of fantasy outlook heading into the 2020 NFL season.