Pittsburgh
Steelers
Stadium Heinz Field
0-2-0 Overall | 0-0 AFC NORTH 4th
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense56.5231.514.5
Defense125336.530.5
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Fri  8/9
vs
Buccaneers
W30-28
Week 3Sat  8/17
vs
Chiefs
W17-7
Week 4Sun  8/25
@
Titans
W18-6
Week 5Thu  8/29
@
Panthers
L19-25
Regular season
Week 1Sun  9/8
@
Patriots
L3-33
Week 2Sun  9/15
vs
Seahawks
L26-28
Week 3Sun  9/22
@
49ers
CBS4:25pm
Week 4Mon  9/30
vs
Bengals
ESPN8:15pm
Week 5Sun  10/6
vs
Ravens
CBS1:00pm
Week 6Sun  10/13
@
Chargers
NBC8:20pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Even with Ben Roethlisberger it turned out Antonio Brown was the straw the stirred the Steelers' drink. Ask any Steelers hater who they feared and they would tell you it was Brown. People also got too excited about James Conner's yards per carry being better than LeVeon Bell's. Bell's ability to crank out 4.2 ypc on 25 carries was very underappreciated. Now with Ben out the team is definitely done for the season. Although on a per game basis, Mason Rudolph is projected to fare surprisingly well and the Steelers' per game spread only lost around 3 points without Ben. The Steelers are not contenders to win the Super Bowl at 200/1, 0.5%. They are one of 2 teams with these odds (#23 in the league). While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the Super Bowl is under 0.1 percent. In simulations, they win the AFC 0.1% of the time and are not a good value at 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 7 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 9.5. Their playoff chances stand at 12.9% (4.2% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the AFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Based on the money lines, the Steelers had an expected win percentage of 48% after 2 games. At 0-2, they are short of expectations in this early part of the season. If you bet on them to win every game you would be down 200 units. They are 0-2 against the spread for a -220 loss. Their over-under record is 1-1. They were expected to win 60% of their games last season so their 9-6-1 met expectations. They were solid against the spread going 8-7-1 for (+30 profit). They went over 8 times and came in under 8 times. Based on computer simulations they only have a 36% chance to beat the 49ers in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are an above average scoring team based on points per game, which make sense given their strong yards per play rank. They are a below average scoring defense based on points per game, despite having a much better yards per play allowed rank.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by James Conner who is projected to be the #11 RB the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
92 Adeniyi, Ola LB6-124809/12/19972Toledo
94 Alualu, Tyson DE6-330405/12/198710California
72 Banner, Zach T6-836012/25/19933USC
26 Barron, Mark ILB6-223010/27/19898Alabama
4 Berry, Jordan P6-519503/18/19915Eastern Kentucky
9 Boswell, Chris K6-218503/16/19915Rice
96 Buggs, Isaiah DT6-329508/24/19960Alabama
25 Burns, Artie CB6-019705/01/19954Miami (FL)
55 Bush, Devin LB5-1123407/18/19980Michigan
57 Canaday, Kameron LS6-424508/20/19923Portland State
56 Chickillo, Anthony LB6-325512/10/19925Miami (FL)
30 Conner, James RB6-123305/05/19953Pittsburgh
37 Dangerfield, Jordan DB5-1119912/25/19903Towson
66 DeCastro, David G6-531601/11/19908Stanford
48 Dupree, Bud OLB6-426902/12/19935Kentucky
34 Edmunds, Terrell SS6-121701/20/19972Virginia Tech
51 Elliott, Jay LB6-324011/11/19914Toledo
71 Feiler, Matt T6-633007/07/19923Bloomsburg
67 Finney, B.J. G6-431810/26/19914Kansas State
--- Fitzpatrick, Minkah FS6-120711/17/19962Alabama
73 Foster, Ramon G6-532801/07/198611Tennessee
81 Gentry, Zach TE6-826509/10/19960Michigan
54 Gilbert, Ulysees LB6-023008/09/19970Akron
85 Grimble, Xavier TE6-426109/22/19924USC
23 Haden, Joe CB5-1119504/14/198910Florida
79 Hargrave, Javon NT6-230502/07/19934South Carolina State
97 Heyward, Cameron DE6-529505/06/19899Ohio State
28 Hilton, Mike CB5-918403/09/19943Ole Miss
--- Hodges, Devlin QB6-121004/12/19960Samford
80 Holton, Johnny WR6-319008/22/19913Cincinnati
18 Johnson, Diontae WR5-1018307/05/19960Toledo
74 Johnson, Fred G6-732606/05/19970Florida
29 Kelly, Kam DB6-220508/19/19961San Diego State
31 Layne, Justin CB6-219201/12/19980Michigan State
44 Matakevich, Tyler ILB6-123512/22/19924Temple
93 McCullers-Sanders, Dan DT6-735208/11/19926Tennessee
89 McDonald, Vance TE6-426706/13/19907Rice
11 Moncrief, Donte WR6-221608/06/19936Ole Miss
22 Nelson, Steven CB5-1119401/22/19935Oregon State
45 Nix-Jones, Roosevelt FB5-1124803/30/19925Kent State
76 Okorafor, Chukwuma T6-632008/08/19972Western Michigan
53 Pouncey, Maurkice C6-430407/24/198910Florida
2 Rudolph, Mason QB6-523507/17/19952Oklahoma State
38 Samuels, Jaylen RB6-022507/20/19962NC State
19 Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR6-121511/22/19963USC
24 Snell, Benny RB5-1022402/27/19980Kentucky
20 Sutton, Cameron CB5-1118802/27/19953Tennessee
10 Switzer, Ryan WR5-818511/04/19943North Carolina
91 Tuitt, Stephon DE6-630305/23/19936Notre Dame
78 Villanueva, Alejandro T6-932009/22/19885Army West Point
13 Washington, James WR5-1121304/02/19962Oklahoma State
90 Watt, T.J. OLB6-425210/11/19943Wisconsin
98 Williams, Vince ILB6-123312/27/19897Florida State