In football, there are some events that don’t show up in the box score, but portend of big things to come. And while the Steelers offense hasn’t performed anywhere near its expectations this season, there is great reason to believe those big things will begin this week. Pittsburgh returns home to face the Jaguars on Sunday as 8.5-point favorites, and that, coupled with their prowess at Heinz Field, suggests the offense will finally find its footing.
Let’s look at the Steelers four regular fantasy starters: Antonio Brown has mostly done his thing this year, and Le’Veon Bell got going in his elite RB1 way last week. Roethlisberger has slogged his way to 14.7 points per game in standard-scoring leagues, scoring no more than 17.52 points any week. For my money, though, Bryant has fallen further from where I expected him to be. He has had fewer than 50 yards in three of Pittsburgh’s four games, mixing in a 91-yard, one-touchdown game in Week 2 for good measure. He’s also one of this season’s best illustrations of why fantasy owners need to look beyond the box score.
After his 3-91-1 game against the Vikings, Bryant posted a 2-30-0 line against the Bears, and 3-48-0 line against the Ravens. Both of those duds were painfully close to being better than his game against the