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Steelers pass rush dominates in victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) 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
(12/14/2014) 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
(12/7/2014) 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


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Steelers announced defensive end Brett Keisel will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury. The team placed him on the injured reserve list and signed defensive end Clifton Geathers on Monday, per the team's official website. Keisel's season ends with 14 total tackles, one sack and one interception. 

Steelers DST falls flat vs. Saints


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) 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. 


Steelers expect Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor to return vs. Saints


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he's not expecting any issues in terms of safety Troy Polamalu (knee) playing Sunday against New Orleans. Tomlin also included cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm), who is on track to return to the starting lineup Week 13, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers will watch Shazier, McLendon 'closely' in practice


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that the team will watch linebacker Ryan Shazier and defensive lineman Steve McLendon "closely" during practice leading up to Sunday's showdown against the Saints in Week 13, per the team's official website. Shazier missed the previous two games because of an ankle injury. McLendon sat out Week 11 due to a shoulder injury.

Steelers expect to have Polamalu, Taylor, Shazier back Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Steelers are expecting to have Troy Polamalu (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) back in the starting lineup for Week 13 against New Orleans, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. All three defensive players sat out Week 11 against Tennessee but have had an extra week of rest with a Week 12 bye.

Steelers CB Ike Taylor gets the green light for Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor told reporters he was given the green light by a medical staff to return to the starting lineup Week 13 against the Saints, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Taylor missed the previous eight games with a forearm injury.

Steelers' Jarvis Jones returns to practice, opens 21-day window


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will start practicing on Monday, according to the team's official website. Jones is on the short-term injured reserve list because of a wrist injury and will have 21-day window to be added to the 53-man active roster. If he's not activated by Dec. 15, he'll sit out the remainder of the season.

Steelers hope to have Troy Polamalu back after bye


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) A knee injury will keep Steelers safety Troy Polamalu out Monday night against Tennessee. However, the Steelers remain optimistic that their star safety will return Week 13, following a bye week, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Saturday.

Polamalu has been sidelined since Week 9 due to the injury. He has 51 combined tackles and one forced fumble through nine games.


Ankle injury to Steelers LB Ryan Shazier not considered serious


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier's injury does not appear to be considered serious, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Monday. Shazier twisted his ankle early during Sunday's 43-23 victory over the Ravens in Week 9. The injury was described as "minor," according to Rapoport.

The Steelers will face the Jets at MetLife Stadium in Week 10.


Steelers offense outshines DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) The Steelers were fine defensively against Baltimore in Week 9, but with their offense lighting up the scoreboard for a second straight week, they didn't have much incentive to shut down the Ravens.

Still, they allowed 23 points on 332 yards. They also had a season-high four sacks, recording an interception and recovering a fumble.

The Steelers DST hasn't been as reliable as in years past, relying on the occasional touchdown for most of its production, but it's still worth using in Fantasy with the right matchup. It has an especially favorable one Week 10 at the Jets.


Steelers DST gets another touchdown


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2014) As should have been expected against the league's No. 1 offense, the Steelers gave up plenty of points and yards Week 8 against Indianapolis -- 34 and 448, to be exact -- but their DST still had a decent showing in Fantasy thanks to a number of big plays.

The two biggest were a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown by William Gay in the second quarter and a safety on an intentional grounding penalty by Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter. In all, the Steelers had two interceptions and two sacks.

The Steelers DST has been far from dominant this season, but it's scored three touchdowns, keeping it relevant in Fantasy. In 12-team leagues, you probably won't have much use for it Week 9 against Baltimore, but keep it on your radar for Weeks 10 and 11, when the Steelers visit the Jets and the Titans.


Takeaways make Steelers' day


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) 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
(10/13/2014) 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
(10/10/2014) 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
(10/6/2014) 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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas left Sunday's game at Jacksonville with a left hamstring injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest in the second quarter.

Steelers list Week 5 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Ike Taylor, wide receiver Martavis Bryant, quarterback Landry Jones, defensive tackle Dan McCullers, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson and guard Chris Hubbard were all ruled inactive Week 5 at Jacksonville.

Steelers DST again can't capitalize


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) 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
(9/28/2014) 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
(9/24/2014) 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
(9/23/2014) 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. 


Ryan Shazier, Ike Taylor ruled out for Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and Ike Taylor (forearm) will be out Week 4 against the Bucs. Taylor is expected to be out several weeks, but Tomlin deemed Shazier's injury "less significant."