5 Steelers you should add to your fantasy football team roster

Jan 1, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws
Jan 1, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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#1 Kenny Pickett

Some may be wondering why Kenny Pickett is not down in the 4th or 5th spot. Well, it’s a fair question. He barely got to 300 fantasy points, if that. Thus, as a quarterback, that ranks him 26, 27, or 28, depending on your league.

Remember, he was not the starter until week five and missed some playing time because of two concussions. Thus he averaged 22.66 fantasy points a week, about what you might expect by a rookie on a team trying to move on from Ben Roethlisberger.   

In 2022 you could see a vastly improved Kenny Pickett. He added several pounds of muscle in the off-season, now has a year under his belt, and fundamentally understands Matt Canada’s offense. He knows now what to expect from his receivers; timing routes should be better. The Steelers pass game should be vastly better. With the Steelers drafting Broderick Jones in the first round and their heist of Darnell Washinton. Pickett should have excellent pass protection this season allowing his passing game to evolve.

While Kenny Pickett will score more fantasy points, we need to temper this here. Easily he could maybe hit the 450-500 point range. Keep in mind that’s well short of Patrick Mahomes who is averaging 700 plus fantasy points a year. How and where you take Kenny Pickett in your league's draft will depend on if you’re a redraft league or a dynasty league. In a dynasty league, you want him on the bench. You might need him for injuries or the bye week, but he will be your dynasty team’s starter at some point.    

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In a redraft league, this would not be the year to take Pickett as your number one quarterback; you will want to get a Mahomes, Burrow, Allen, or Justin Herbert. However, Pickett would be viable as a backup just in case your starting quarterback goes down, which has happened to everyone in fantasy football at least once. He would be valuable as a replacement. In about 1-2 years is when you start to consider Pickett as your number-one quarterback in redraft leagues