(12/21/14) The Steelers DST unit continued its solid play in Week 16, in a 20-12 win over the Chiefs.
The Chiefs racked up 327 yards of total offense in the win, but did little to take advantage of that. They made four trips to the red zone and failed to come away with a single touchdown, settling for four field goals in the loss. The Steelers forced one turnover and sacked Alex Smith six times, en route to 14 Fantasy points.
The Steelers have at least 9 Fantasy points in eight of their last nine games, including 9 against the Bengals in Week 14. They will look to pull that feat again in Week 17, with the Bengals on the schedule again to close the season out.
Steelers DST comes through with big play
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/14) The Steelers didn't have a standout defensive performance Week 15 at Atlanta, giving up 20 points on 407 yards, but one big defensive play early in the second quarter ended up being the difference in the game. William Gay intercepted a Matt Ryan pass over the middle of the field and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. It was the one takeaway for the Steelers on the day. They also didn't record a sack.
The Steelers DST has been light on big plays all season, recording a total of four takeaways and four sacks in its last four games. It's why the only time you'd want to use it in Fantasy is when it has a favorable matchup. With a so-so one Week 16 against Kansas City, you should probably avoid it.
Steelers' defense comes alive in the second half
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/14) The Steelers defense got off to a slow start Sunday, but they buckled down in the second half and ran away with a 42-21 win over the Bengals in Week 14.
The Steelers allowed the Bengals to score twice in the second quarter, as they headed into halftime down, 14-10. However, they allowed just one more score, on a long touchdown to A.J. Green, en route to the blowout. The Bengals racked up 408 yards of total offense, but lost a pair of fumbles and made it into the red zone just once in the loss.
The Steelers DST unit came away from the game with 9 Fantasy points, a big improvement over their 1-point showing in Week 13. They face a tough test in Week 15, with the Falcons on the schedule.
Steelers place DE Brett Keisel on IR, sign DE Clifton Geathers
(11/30/14) The Steelers DST unit had a streak of four straight games with at least 10 Fantasy points come to an end in Week 13, in a 35-32 loss to the Saints.
The Saints roled up 393 yards of total offense on just 54 plays, an average of 7.3 yards per play. They avoided any major mistakes and scored on each of their four trips to the red zone, while the Steelers defense offered little in the way of resistance, registering just a single sack.
The Steelers had averaged 11.0 Fantasy points per game over the previous four games entering the bye week, before Sunday's meltdown. Of course, the Saints have long been one of the toughest offenses in the league to slow down, so the Steelers could find better luck in Week 14 against the Bengals.
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The Steelers DST has the rep of being one of Fantasy's best. But that wasn't quite the case last season when they finished outside of the Top 12. While they ranked ninth against the pass they also ranked a disappointing 21st against the run. That's not the kind of football the Steelers defense usually plays. To that end they drafted Ryan Shazier to help in run support and outside linebacker Arthur Moats and nose tackle Cam Thomas were also added. There's some concern that the Steelers DST won't be among the best in football, but their opening slate puts the Steelers in play as a draft-worthy option. They host the Browns in Week 1, play the Ravens in Baltimore on a short week in Week 2 and then play at Carolina, vs. Tampa Bay, at Jacksonville, at Cleveland and vs. Houston! That's seven weeks of favorable matchups to begin the season! You can't pass on that unless you're committing to a top-shelf DST. Because of that early season schedule the Steelers DST is worth taking in the second-to-last round in your draft.