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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is extremely versatile. How versatile? Let us show you…
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is both versatile and dynamic. Those two adjectives couldn’t always be used when describing the Steelers’ offense. Even in the days of the Killer Bs, when Le’Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown all patrolled the offense, the Pittsburgh offense often just ran through those three players.
With the trio all long gone from the organization, no one can project which Steelers pass catcher is going to hit it big any given week.
This is great for the Steelers organization, and fans should be ecstatic to watch such a diverse attack developing throughout the 8-0 start, but it can be mind-numbingly painful as a fantasy football owner.
The days of being able to insert Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell into your lineups and being able to get double-digit point totals from both every week are long gone. They have been replaced with guessing if James Washington, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson or Eric Ebron will be the one who get the majority of targets, and by default the fantasy football points.
Want a visual to know what I am talking about? Check out the graph below. The bottom line are the weeks of the regular season. The vertical line indicates who had the most fantasy football points that week.
Just look at the top names for every week and it is almost different week in and week out.
— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) November 9, 2020
The craziest aspect of the above graph is this isn’t just pass catchers. As you can see, James Conner is included into this chart. When you have receivers out-gaining your running back it says a lot about the game that week, but also how the team moves the football.
Look at the point leaders for each game:
Week 1: Diontae Johnson
Week 2: James Conner
Week 3: James Conner
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Chase Claypool
Week 6: James Conner
Week 7: Diontae Johnson
Week 8: Chase Claypool/JuJu Smith-Schuster
Week 9: Chase Claypool
Again, having a diverse offense with a wide array of targets isn’t a bad thing, but at the same time it can be frustrating for fantasy football owners. I think I speak for everyone when I say most people would gladly sacrifice their fantasy football league for the Steelers’ perfect start.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals to invade Heinz Field in Week 10.