Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: Troy Polamalu will start wild-card game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/3/15) Steelers safety Troy Polamaluwill be in the starting lineup for Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the Ravens, coach Mike Tomlin told the team's official website. Polamalu missed the previous two games and four of the last seven due to numerous injuries. He entered Saturday as probable despite dealing with a knee injury.
"I needed to see him prepare. Sometimes a guy is able to play at the 11th hour and they don’t get the in-helmet preparation over the course of the work week," Tomlin said. "When you get to January football and the stakes are high, detail is going to define you. Not only him but us, and you need that in-helmet preparation to do it. He was able to practice this week, and so that made the decision easier. Had he not been able to practice this week, that’s an element of the discussion that makes it more complex. That’s what I was referring to earlier in the week."
Steelers pass rush dominates in victory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(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
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.