Pittsburgh Steelers versus New England Patriots Professional Fantasy Football Picks 9-10-2015
The 2015 NFL Fantasy Football season gets underway on Thursday September 10th when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the New England Patriots. DFS draft managers can tune to NBC TV at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their rosters.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were a playoff team in 2014 as they were champions of the AFC North Division. Without a first round bye they hosted a wildcard team Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs and were defeated 30-17. The Steelers went on a nice run to close the regular season with four straight wins and eight wins over their last ten games. They put up some outstanding offensive numbers from their passing game as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown had career years. In week one the Steelers has roster issues as their featured running back Le’Veon Bell will miss the game due to a suspension. Bell will return in week three. They took some hits in preseason as their starting center Maurkice Pouncey will miss at least the first twelve weeks of the season. The Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is out for the year with a knee injury and that is significant for down the road because Heinz Field is a difficult place for kickers.
Tom Brady won his court case and will play in week one for the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Their offense will be without running back Shane Vereen who left the team in free agency for the New York Giants. Vereen was a key cog for New England as he was used in the passing game as a safety valve to move the sticks to keep drives alive for the Patriots. Starting wide receiver Brandon LaFell will miss the first six weeks of the season with a foot injury. Running back LeGarrette Blount will miss week one with a suspension.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB:
Ben Roethlisberger put up some monster numbers in 2014 as the signal caller completed 67% of his throws for 4952 yards with 32 touchdowns and 9 picks. He eclipsed many career high numbers last year and targeted heavily to Antonio Brown. Without his featured running back playing expect Big Ben to throw more than average.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB:
DeAngelo Williams will see extended work with the suspension to Bell in the opener. Williams did not work much in the Carolina backfield in 2014 as he rushed for 219 yards on 62 carries. He had 3.5 yards per carry average with no touchdowns. Steelers will pass a lot in the opener.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR:
Antonio Brown was the go to guy for the Steelers last year. The sixth year wide out caught 129 balls for 1698 yards with 85 first down games and 13 touchdowns.
Markus Wheaton is in his third season all with the Steelers. He played in all 16 regular season games last year and caught 53 passes for 644 yards with two touchdowns and 33 first down gains.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE:
Heath Miller sees a lot of playing time because is a very good blocker in the running game. In 2014 he caught 66 passes for 761 yards with three touchdowns and 42 first down gains.
New England Patriots QB:
Those who draft Tom Brady for their one day leagues are hoping the off the field drama doesn’t impact on the field performance. Brady connected on 64% of his throws last year for 4109 yard with 33 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The attempts and yardage were down from previous seasons because the Patriots developed a running attack.
New England Patriots RB:
With the Blount suspension and the Jonas Gray cutting the Patriots will look to Brandon Bolden. The four year pro rushed for just 89 yards on 28 attempts last year.
New England Patriots WR:
Julian Edelman will be targeted heavily in the opener with no Vereen or LaFell on the field. Last year he caught 92 passes for 972 yards with four touchdowns and 49 first down gains.
Danny Amendola has an opportunity for plenty of work the first six weeks of the season. The seventh year receiver caught 27 balls for 200 yards last year with a touchdown. He had 12 first down gains.
New England Patriots TE:
Rob Gronkowski figures to get heavy attention from the Steelers secondary and linebackers on Thursday. In 2014 he caught 82 balls for 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 60 first down gains.
Fantasy Football One Day League Picks
QB: Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)
RB: DeAngelo Williams (Steelers), Brandon Bolden (Patriots)
WR: Antonio Browns (Steelers), Julian Edelman (Patriots)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)