Steelers fantasy football: Rankings and projections for 2020 season

Tommy Jaggi
JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly have the fantasy football stars they did in the past. Here are projections and rankings among NFL players in 2020.

With the NFL sesaon quickly approaching, it’s time to take a deeper dive into fantasy football. The Pittsburgh Steelers once sported a star-studded fantasy cast just a few short years ago, but those days may be past us.

ESPN currently has their fantasy rankings and projections for the upcoming NFL sesaon. Using PPR format, they ranked each player by their projected fantasy points in 2020. Here’s how they have the top Pittsburgh Steelers fantasy players ranked this year:

Ben Roethlisberger

Projected points: 239.74

Overall rank: 35th

Quarterback rank: 17th

Ben Roethlisberger may be set to make a full return from a serious elbow injury he suffered in 2019, but this doesn’t mean that we should pounce on him in fantasy leagues. Though he led the league in passing yards in 2018, it was also accompanied by 675 pass attempts, and the league leads in interceptions.

Now two years older and with a recently recovered throwing elbow, it’s highly unlikely offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is going to let him sling the ball forty to fifty times per game. In an effort to make sure Ben lasts the year, his total pass attempts could be cut by more than 100 from his previous full season as a starter.

Projected just the 17th most fantasy points among quarterbacks this year by ESPN, Roethlisberger shouldn’t be touched until late in the draft, unless perhaps you are in the deepest of fantasy leagues. Even still, there are more reliable options out there.