(10/21/14) The Steelers didn't have a tremendous defensive performance Week 7 against Houston, falling into an early 13-0 hole and ultimately giving up 23 points on 393 yards. But they did a fine job taking the ball away from the Texans, allowing their offense to come from behind for the victory.
They got an interception from Brett Keisel and two fumble recoveries, one by Troy Polamalu and one by Sean Spence. The three takeaways were the most they've had in a game this season.
The Steelers did have one sack but remain a poor source of those this year, tying with the Bengals for 23rd with 10. Because their DST has thrived only in games in which it's gotten a touchdown, it remains a risky start in Fantasy.
With the Steelers facing the Colts, the league's No. 1 offense, in Week 8, you should avoid the Steelers DST in Fantasy.
Steelers DST shows its true colors
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) After dominating the Jaguars in Week 5, as every team does, the Steelers came back down to earth defensively Week 6 at Cleveland, giving up a season-high 31 points on 368 yards. They again didn't generate much of a pass rush, recording just one sack for the third straight game. They also recovered a fumble.
Going by standard CBSSports.com scoring, the Steelers DST has recorded double-digit Fantasy points in just two of its first six games. It's tied for 14th in total Fantasy points.
And that's with mostly favorable matchups to begin the year. You'll probably want to avoid it for a not-so-favorable matchup Week 7 against Houston.
Steelers LB Ryan Shazier gets the red light for Week 6
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/14) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) was officially ruled out for Week 6 at Cleveland, per ESPN on Friday. Shazier practiced again Friday on a limited basis, but the team appears to be taking a cautious approach with the rookie, who will now have an extra week to prepare for a Week 7 Monday night clash against the Texans.
Steelers D comes up big in Week 5 win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/14) The Steelers defense showed up, as expected, in Week 5 against the Jaguars, in a 17-9 win.
The Jaguars really couldn't muster anything in this game, finishing with just 243 yards of total offense on 52 plays. The Steelers forced two turnovers, both on interceptions of Blake Bortles, and one of which was brought back 22 yards for a game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. They added one sack in the game.
The Steelers had allowed at least 20 points in three of their first four games, before holding the Jaguars in check. They will look to keep rolling in Week 6 against the Browns, who put up 27 points on them in Week 1.
Shamarko Thomas suffers left hamstring injury Week 5
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.