Fantasy football is all the craze and even players in today’s game have their own fantasy teams. Unfortunately, it is a new craze and generational talents that played the game seasons ago have missed out. Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, and Franco Harris would have been a favorite on every fantasy NFL roster. Now that social media and digital technology have improved, we can track just about every stat there is.
So, what would happen if we had to compile a "Best Ever Fantasy Team " for some of today’s NFL teams. Would anyone on the current roster even make the cut? Or would it all be stars of yesteryear that compile the list? In this article I have taken a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers and who would be on their all-time fantasy roster.
I have focussed on the offense due to tackle stats only being recorded since 1994.
QB – Ben Roethlisberger
Given the nature of today"s game, there is no other option for the Quarterback of an all-time fantasy Steelers team. Roethlisberger is a gunslinger at heart who owns every possible record at the Quarterback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his career, he recorded 64,088 passing yards and 418 touchdowns. In our scoring format, Roethlisberger would have racked up a grand total of 4235.52 points. That would give Roethlisberger an average of 235.30 per season and 17.01 per game. QB1 in Pittsburgh history.
RB1 – Franco Harris
Roethlisberger was lucky. He played his career when fantasy football was a huge thing. Franco Harris missed out on the fantasy craze. However, he put up some great numbers. In his 165 games, he rushed for 11,950 yards and 91 touchdowns.
This would be good for 1741 points throughout his career. Giving Franco Harris an average of 10.55 points per game and 145.08 per season. Just edging into the number one running back position.
RB2 – Jerome Bettis
Despite putting up a higher average per season than Franco Harris, Bettis was slightly lower in his points per game. Through ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers Bettis racked up 1525.10 fantasy points. This was good for 10.52 points per game and 152.51 per season.
Not quite running back one material in this format but certainly good enough for the backup.
WR1 – Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown is the best wide receiver to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is also one of the best wide receivers to play in the NFL. If you only consider what he has done on the field, which I am focussing on. During his nine-season career with the Steelers, he racked up 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Brown developed a connection with Roethlisberger that is one of the best connections ever. Brown racked up 1564.7 fantasy points during that span. This equates to 12.04 points per game and 173.86 per season. Wide receiver one material.
WR2 – Hines Ward
Is there a more famous wide receiver in Steelers history than Hines Ward? Not only did he dominate in the league he also returned a kickoff to the house for the Gotham Knights whilst Bane blew up a football field.
For his real team, he racked up 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns over a 14 season career. On average he would produce 7.92 points per game and 122.74 per season. A great option for Ben Roethlisberger after Antonio Brown.
WR3 – John Stallworth
Another player who could never have dreamed of the impact fantasy football would have on the NFL. Stallworth played in a time that the league was focused on the run game and not the passing game so his numbers aren’t as high as the wide receiver one and two. That being said, he did have Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw throwing him the ball.
John Stallworth racked up 8,723 in 165 games and added 63 touchdowns. For the purposes of this article, he would add 7.58 points per game and 89.31 points per season.
TE – Heath Miller
"HHHHEEEEEEAAAAATTTTTTHHHHHH" A chant that echoed around Heinz Field for 11 seasons. Miller was the security blanket that Roethlisberger needed when he started his career in the NFL.
Heath Miller finished his career with 6569 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns. On average per game that only equated to 5.52 points per game. Not huge numbers by any stretch but a welcome addition nonetheless.
Kicker – Gary Anderson
With kicking being difficult to assess this decision was simply made on who has made the most field goals. Gary Anderson wins that with his 309 made field goals in his 13-year career as a Steeler. Chris Boswell will probably break that record in the future but until then, meet you kicker one.
There you have it, your all-time Pittsburgh Steelers fantasy team. Let me know what you think and if there is anyone I have missed.
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