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Who scores the touchdowns for Pittsburgh?
Willie Parker can do a lot of things, but goal-line running is not one of them. I also don’t think Duce Staley can stay healthy – no great reach there. Verron Haynes will have an expanded role in the offense. He’s looked really good this preseason, but I have a hard time forgetting about his past four seasons of mediocrity. Haynes is valuable as a third-down blocker and as a receiver out of the backfield, but not much else. I haven’t seen him avoid too many tacklers when he has run the ball. That leaves the passing game and receivers like Hines Ward, Heath Miller and maybe Cedrick Wilson as red-zone targets. What do all of these options have in common? They all need Ben Roethlisberger to throw them the pill to succeed. And therein lies the one player whose fantasy value has the best chance of going up – Big Ben Roethlisberger. Whether he passes the ball more frequently near the end zone or runs it in himself, there’s a real good chance that he’s going to be more directly involved in the Steelers’ scoring. Don’t forget, some of this mentality is coming from within the organization itself – how else can one account for the Steelers drafting two receivers in the first three rounds and not taking a running back (at least until the 7th round, that is) with Jerome Bettis retiring? Willie Parker is not a power back, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Steelers don’t have a goal-line back, leaving Roethlisberger to weave his fantasy magic.

Posted by Topper at 8/24/2006 12:50:00 PM
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Monday's ESPN Fantasy Draft...
The Draft was a joke...8 teams? And some of the picks? Whoa! Waste of time...

Posted by Mike D. at 8/22/2006 7:02:00 AM
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Is LJ Still #1?
When we placed Larry Johnson at the top of our draft list, it wasn't only due to his unreal production last season once he became the Chiefs starting RB; it was also due to the continuity of the Kansas City offensive line, arguably the best in the business.

Well, that continuity has been shattered over the past few weeks. Willie Roaf is retired, Will Shields is limping with a high ankle sprain and Brian Waters just returned to practice after his own foot injury. Between them, that's 24 (!) Pro Bowl appearances either missing or at less than 100% on the Chiefs' front line come Week 1.

Given the multiple question marks among his blocking core; the presense of Herm Edwards (not exactly noted for his offensive acumen) as the new head coach; and Johnson's very short track record as an elite fantasy running back, is it time to start considering a 'safer' Shaun Alexander or LDT if you have the #1 pick?

Posted by Erik Siegrist at 8/20/2006 12:37:00 PM

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