- Aaron Rodgers | ADP: 17.8
Supporting Cast (+++): Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett. He also has an up and coming running game that can also catch out of the backfield.
Offensive Line (++): A talented unit, especially at the tackle position but was hit with the injury bug in 2016.
Division (++): Chicago and Detroit are not good at defending the pass.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 11/32
- Tom Brady | ADP: 19.6
Supporting Cast (+++): Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski are all dangerous threats. All of his running backs are excellent pass catchers and heavily involved there.
Offensive Line (++): The unit as a whole is underrated and isn’t much of a factor when Brady gets the ball off so quickly.
Division (+++): Arguably the worst division in football. Brady owns the division and each defense against the pass are very poor.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 19/32
- Matt Ryan | ADP: 38.1
Supporting Cast (++): Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper. Ryan also loves to throw it to his running backs, who are both great pass catchers and very involved.
Offensive Line (++): Not an excellent unit, but they performed well enough in 2016.
Division (+++): Tampa Bay, Carolina and New Orleans all have trouble defending the pass.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 7/32
- Drew Brees | ADP: 36.3
Supporting Cast (++): Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener. Peterson and Ingram aren’t pass catchers but rookie Alvin Kamara is.
Offensive Line (+): Not a very good unit, but young. Brees gets the ball out quick and will adjust.
Division (+++) The falcons were 28th against the pass in 2016 but were without their number one cornerback for a while. Jalen Collins is suspended. Until further notice, they can be passed on.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 1/32
- Andrew Luck + | ADP: 68.7 ** May not play week one
Supporting Cast (+++): TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Kamar Aiken and Jack Doyle. Adding Aiken was huge for Indy. Frank Gore is actually a good pass catcher and Luck will have some really good options.
Offensive Line (+++): The right side is a bit shaky, but I actually really like this offensive line this year.
Division (+): Usually the soft division, but the Jaguars and Titans have really improved defensively. JJ Watt is back in action and the Texans always have a good defense.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 24/32
6. Kirk Cousins | ADP: 88.4 | SoS: 31/32
7. Russell Wilson | ADP: 61.4 | SoS: 9/32
8. Marcus Mariota | ADP: 106.8 | SoS: 16/32
9. Derek Carr | ADP: 73.0 | SoS: 32/32
10. Jameis Winston | ADP: 91.3 | 5/32
(+++) 3/3 – Very strong, excellent, strong confidence
(++) 2/3 – Good, not great. Satisfactory, not to be concerned with
(+) 1/3 – Worrisome, may cause issue for the player, caution
ADP: Average Drafted Position
Strength of Schedule (SoS): 1 – Least Difficult, 32nd – Most Difficult
What is fantasy Strength of Schedule? (From FantasyPros.com)
Each team’s Strength of Schedule (SOS) displays the relative ease or difficulty of their matchups for the season. SOS is measured by calculating the fantasy points allowed by each team’s opponents to determine who has the easiest and most difficult fantasy schedules. Teams with the easiest schedules face opponents with the highest fantasy points allowed.
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While you may not actually see Cam Newton or Matt Ryan or Andrew Luck or Odell Beckham, Jr in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers, you might get to see them on the sidelines at least in the 2017 preseason.
The National Football League announced the preseason schedules for all 32 teams today. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will of course play two at home and two on the road.
The two home contests this year will feature the defending NFC Champions Atlanta and AFC rival Indianapolis. On the road, the Steelers will travel to New York to battle the Giants and they’ll conclude the preseason with a trip to Carolina.
Week One: 8/10-8/14 @NYG
Week Two: 8/17-8/21 ATL
Week Three: 8/24-8/27 IND
Week Four: 8/31-9/1 @CAR
Actual dates will be determined later. One interesting note is that the Steelers will not continue their in-state rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Pittsburgh Steelers spend the first of their three holiday games in Indianapolis for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Colts. I’m giving you everything you need to know heading into this crucial AFC match-up for both teams.
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN
When: Thursday November 24th 2016 825pm ET Kickoff
Weather: Perfect. It’s indoors!
Line: Steelers -9
TV: NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines
Radio: Steelers Nation Radio/WDVE Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley on the sidelines.
Key Injuries: PIT: DeAngelo Williams (knee), Xavier Grimble (Quad), Shamarko Thomas (groin), Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) IND: OUT Andrew Luck (concussion), Clayton Geathers (concussion)
2016 NFL Ranks: Colts’ Offense: Overall 14th Rushing 25th Passing 13th . Colts‘ Defense: Overall 30th Rushing 24th Passing 30th … Steelers’ Offense: Overall 12th Rushing 24th Passing 7th . Steelers’ Defense: Overall 21st Rushing 8th Passing 24th
AFC North Rankings: Baltimore 5-5, Pittsburgh 5-5, Cincinnati 3-6-1, Cleveland 0-11
What You Need to Know: Ben Roethlisberger is now 20-2 against Cleveland… He has as many wins as any Cleveland QB since First Energy Stadium opened…
What’s at Stake: The Steelers need to put the ball in Baltimore’s court as the Ravens host the Bengals Sunday. A Steelers’ win puts the pressure on the Ravens to keep pace in the AFC North.
All-Time Series: Steelers Lead 16-6 and they lead in Indianapolis 5-4
Series Highs: Passing: PIT Ben Roethlisberger 522 yards 2014 IND Andrew Luck 400 yards 2014 Rushing: PIT Barry Foster 179 yards 1994, IND Edgerrin James 124 yards 2005 Receiving: PIT Louis Lipps 154 yards 1985 IND T.Y. Hilton 155 yards 2014
Three Things We Need to See for a Steelers’ Victory:
Spread and throw at Will. Last week, the Steelers rightfully came out and pounded Le’Veon Bell into the Browns at will. They were 31st in the league against the run and with the high winds, it was the smart play. This week, the Colts enter as the 31st worst team in the NFL against the pass and they may be without one half of their secondary. Todd Haley needs to go three and four-wide while keeping Bell in the backfield. His heavy reliance on multiple tight end sets has a time and place and this is neither the time nor the place. Ben Roethlisberger has too many weapons at his disposal to not attack this defense through the air.
Punish and Punish Some More. The Steelers’ Defense recorded eight sacks last week. This week, they play the only other offensive line that has given up more sacks than Cleveland. Keith Butler was relentless with his blitzing last Sunday against a young and old quarterback but this week he might have to be a little more judicious with the Colts. Yes, Scott Tolzien is making his third career start but the talent around him is better than what the Browns had. That said, I think you’ll see plenty of five-man rushes but they’ll be of the zone variety where guys will be coming from everywhere. Regardless, he needs keep steady pressure on Tolzien.
Tomlin Needs to be “Cautiously Aggressive.” In the loss to Dallas, I thought Tomlin went to the well too often on his two-point conversion trys and then last week I thought his gambles at the end of the half were uncalled for. I don’t think people realize just how close that game could have been had the Browns’ penalties not bailed us out. 6-0 would have been significantly different than 14-0. Don’t get me wrong, I like Tomlin’s aggressiveness, but it has to be done wisely and with caution. This team isn’t good enough to keep allowing teams to stay in games.
I’ll get right to it… There is no way Mike Tomlin’s team can afford to lose against a Colts’team that is this banged up and especially without Andrew Luck. I expect the Colts to play hard and keep this game closer than expected simply because it’s on national TV and they don’t want to be embarrassed. That said, Ben Roethlisberger needs to get rolling early and the defense needs to pick up where it left off.
Steelers 32 Colts 16
Good Morning Steelers’ Fans!
The possibilities for a Steelers’ win on Thanksgiving night in Indianapolis have improved over the last 24 hours. Colts’ QB Andrew Luck is in concussion protocol and as of right now it doesn’t look like he’ll play. He took two vicious shots to the head against the Titans Sunday including one where his head slammed the ground. His back-up is Scott Tolzein. As always however, the Steelers can’t take any young, unproven QB lightly.
Besides Luck, the Colts’ secondary is also banged up as well.
Don’t forget! ‘Nail the Number‘ entries are due by 8pm ET tomorrow night!!
Let’s be honest; the Steelers don’t do anything “easy” when it comes to playing on the road but if they can’t win a game with Andrew Luck out against a beat up secondary and with ideal conditions inside a stadium likely packed with Steelers’ fans then they don’t deserve a postseason berth.
The Colts’ Defense is very similar to the Browns in terms of rankings although they are better against the run. With good conditions and a fast track I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers come out throwing.
Tweet of the Day… Good cause great photo!
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Kind of surprising but Antonio Brown, who has 77 receptions, is only two off the pace through ten games that he was the last two years. I’m not positive but the yardage has to be noticeable less though.
It’s tough to draw any conclusions from what the Steelers’ D did against Cleveland because… Well, it’s Cleveland… But I thought the outside linebacker rotation seemed to work well. If it wasn’t Harrison getting pressure it was Moats. Even Jarvis Jones and Anthony Chickillo had some moments where they got pressure as well.
One of the big things I’m watching Thursday night is the red zone offense for the Steelers. The Colts give up almost four red zone scores per game defensively but they are decent at limiting those to field goals. Steelers need to break through.
Have a great Tuesday Steeler Nation!