by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/28/14) Despite another favorable matchup Week 5 against Tampa Bay, the Steelers DST again couldn't deliver a strong Fantasy performance. Not only did the Steelers allow 27 points on 350 yards, but they had just one sack and one interception against backup quarterback Mike Glennon, who was making his first start of the season.
Despite matchups against the Browns, Ravens, Panthers and Buccaneers to begin the season, the Steelers DST has only once scored double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. Still, it's a good bet to reverse the trend Week 5 at Jacksonville, its most favorable matchup yet.
Steelers disappoint vs. Bucs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) Facing a backup quarterback and a team that had just been blown out, the Steelers DST unit had high hopes for Week 4 against the Buccaneers. So, a 27-24 loss wasn't exactly what they had in mind.
The Steelers held the Buccaneers to just 10 first-half points, including a touchdown just two minutes in off a turnover. Unfortunately, the defense came apart in the second half, as they ultimately allowed 350 yards and three offensive touchdowns.
The Steelers forced just one turnover, and interception, and sacked quarterback Mike Glennon just once as well. In spite of Sunday's disappointment, the Steelers are back in action in Week 5 against the hapless Jaguars and could be worth using then.
Sean Spence moves into starting lineup Week 4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/24/14) Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler told linebacker Sean Spence that Spence will start Sunday against the Bucs in place of the injured Ryan Shazier, according to ESPN.
"The tunnel was dark for me for a long time, but I stayed positive and Steelers Nation stayed behind me," said Spence, who shredded his left knee in a 2012 preseason game and dislocated his knee cap while also sustaining nerve damage. "I finally get to get some good quality reps on defense."
Steelers, Dolphins, Chargers top streaming options in Week 4
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/23/14) In his Week 4 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg tabs the Steelers, Dolphins and Chargers DST units as the best streaming options for Week 4.
The Steelers have a date with the Buccaneers coming up in Week 4, and that has been a good thing for other defenses this season. Opposing DST units are averaging 18.3 Fantasy points per game against the Bucs, including two games above 15 points.
The Dolphins travel to London to face the Raiders, who have yet to top 14 points on offense this season. Opposing DST units have scored 12 Fantasy points in each game against Oakland.
The Chargers are coming off a strong performance, as they racked up 13 Fantasy points against the Bills, on the strength of three sacks and a safety. They get the Jaguars in Week 4, who have allowed opposing defenses to rack up at least 15 Fantasy points in each game, for an average of 19.0.
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.