NFL 2021 – Week 2 Expert Picks

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Gabe’s Faves and Fades: Fantasy Football Rankings 2021 – Week 1

Welcome back to my Fantasy Football Faves and Fades for 2021. The goal as always is to pick the optimal plays of the week to get that money up. I like to focus on numbers and matchups. These plays could serve you well in season long as well. If you followed me last year nothing much has changed in the format.

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As a reminder FAVES obviously means to start or choose the listed players or defense for the respective week. FADES means that player or defense is best to bench or not select for daily fantasy that respective week.

The NFL 2021 season is here and so is Gabe’s Faves and Fades for Week 1 of fantasy football. Let’s get it!!!

QUARTERBACK

FAVES

Patrick Mahomes (KC) – This is the safest pick on the slate with the highest game total at 53. Mahomes is back with all of his weapons looking to make another run at the championship. Mahomes is averaging 24 points a game vs the Browns as they are favored by 6.

Kyler Murray (ARI) – Murray is also a no-brainer going up against the 24th ranked defense in the Titans. Adding AJ Green to the mix should keep defenses honest against Hopkins. It’s really a toss-up between him and Patrick Mahomes in Week 1.

Sam Darnold (CAR) – Since the other QB’s are obvious choices, Darnold presents the value option. He is facing off against his former team in the New York Jets so the narrative is there to prove them wrong. The only problem with that is Zack Wilson seems primed to have a stellar rookie season according to chatter.

FADES

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Rumors are ramping up that Ben appears to be over his shoulder issues. However, we never play Big Ben on the road as the splits are damning.

Justin Herbert (LAC) – Herbert surprised most with the stellar year last season but faces a stiff road test against the Washington Football team.

RUNNING BACK

FAVES

Christian McCaffrey (CAR) & Derrick Henry (TEN) – 1 and 1A. I’d slightly lean towards Derrick Henry due to its high game total but you can’t go wrong with CMC either. It all comes down to price and roster construction.

Mike Davis (ATL) – The Atlanta Falcons is a team I’m most excited about. He will see plenty of opportunities in both the run and pass game with the addition of rookie TE Kyle Pitts. Ridley is set to have a massive year with the departure of Julio Jones. You really have to pick your poison defending the Falcons.

FADES

Najee Harris (PIT) – See Ben Roethlisberger. I expect the Steelers to be passing a ton to keep pace with the Bills. It doesn’t mean Harris won’t be busy but there are better options in Week 1.



WIDE RECEIVER

FAVES

DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) & Tyreek Hill (KC) – Again, we want to attack the game with the highest totals and these studs fit the bill. Hopkins would be my preferred target slightly due to the Chiefs having multiple weapons that could take away from Hill.

Calvin Ridley (ATL) – Fire him up!! Once again, the Falcons will have a potent offense and he will be most responsible for that. He is definitely one of the top drafted receivers in season-long fantasy for good reason.

Marvin Jones Jr. (JAX) & Tee Higgins (CIN) – These are some value options that should be heavily targeted in their respective matchups.

FADES

Terry McLaurin (WAS) & Keenan Allen (LAC) – These two are slated to face each other in a very low-scoring affair with decent defenses on both sides of the ball. I expect the run games of both offenses to be the headliners.

TIGHT END

FAVES

Travis Kelce (KS) & George Kittle (SF) – Once again these are the obvious plays and for good reason. Kelce is an every-week play but sometimes you need to find an edge elsewhere. Kittle should be fully healthy and ready to be Jimmy G’s target hog.

Kyle Pitts (ATL) – Truly touted as the next big thing at 6’6 240lbs. He is basically Julio Jones with a bigger frame and uber-athletic. Expect him to step in and contribute immediately being utilized all over the field.

FADES

Dallas Goedert (PHI) & Zach Ertz (PHI) – It appears to be a slight timeshare at the position and that’s definitely something we don’t want at the position. Jalen Hurts is also going to be running a ton so let the situation play out a few weeks.

DEFENSE

FAVE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – The Colts have way too much talent on this squad to not make life difficult for Wilson and Co. The Seahawks offensive line is still problematic and relinquishes sacks like no other.

FADE

ARIZONA CARDINALS – High-scoring affairs usually mean very little defensive production. The Titans are filthy so expect fireworks.



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NFL 2021 – Week 1 Expert Picks

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1st & 10 – 2021 NFL Season Predictions

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NFL 2021 – Division Previews

The NFL 2021 season is upon us soon! Baseline Times brings you the official NFL 2021 Division Previews. We hope to give you the guidance of many fantasy football wins, success on your betting tickets, and ultimately may your team satisfy you this season. Check out our NFL 2021 Division previews below!

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1st & 10 – 2021 AFC Offseason & Predictions

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NFL 2021 – NFC West Preview

Only one new Quarterback enters the NFC West this season while another stays after advising that he needed more protection. Hello J.J. Watt and welcome to the NFC! On paper one could say this division looks like one of the toughest. However, in 2020 it may have been a little underwhelming for the teams that made the playoffs. The Rams and Seahawks battled in Wild Card weekend only to have Los Angeles move on and lose in Green Bay in the Divisional Round. This divisional should have the eyes on a potential disruptor to another Brady-Rodgers NFC Championship game. Let’s get on with the NFC West 2021 preview!

Arizona Cardinals

  • Key Additions: DL J.J Watt, WR A.J. Green, CB Malcolm Butler, QB Colt McCoy
  • Key losses: LB Haason Reddick, RB Kenyan Drake, TE Dan Arnold
  • Starting Quarterback: Kyler Murray
  • Last season: 8-8

    2021 outlook: It’s hard to say that the Cardinals didn’t have one of the better offseasons and addressed the bigger holes. With J.J. Watt and Malcolm Butler entering the defense gets veteran help that can still be effective at a high level. The Cardinals defense finished tied for fourth place in total sacks with 48 in 2020 (Tampa Bay also had 48 sacks). Murray has to take another leap as a young QB and adding A.J. Green as another veteran WR helps the case. It’s time for the Cardinals to land a spot in the playoffs but the division itself becomes an issue. Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco are on the schedule twice so division games are important for Arizona. They were 2-4 against the division in 2020. Kliff Kingsbury has a 5-10-1 and 8-8 record so far as Head Coach. I’m sure entering year three of a four year deal making the playoffs becomes a necessity for his career.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Key additions: QB Matthew Stafford, WR DeSean Jackson,
  • Key losses: QB Jared Goff, OLB Samson Ebukam, S John Johnson III, RB Malcolm Brown, TE Gerald Everet
  • Starting Quarterback: Matthew Stafford
  • Last season: 10-6

    2021 outlook: As mentioned in our 2021 NFC North preview, the Lions and Rams did the QB swap. Both sides of the argument brings a fair point. Jared Goff is gone but he is also younger, better, and the Lions ran away with draft picks. Stafford (when healthy) is still considered a productive QB. After the Rams Super Bowl LIII (2018 season) the run game became more efficient but the passing game declined. Out went Goff and now insert Stafford. Sean McVay should be trusted to make this work with a new QB. The offense can thrive but ultimately the defense will be in question. The schedule for the Rams includes the Packers, Colts, and Ravens on the road and one game against the 49ers in San Francisco. A tough AFC team in Tennessee is also on the schedule. Division games would be just as important for any team in the NFC West at this point. We could say play the safe bet and don’t expect the Rams to win the division this season but a close runner-up.

San francisco 49ers

  • Key additions: C Alex Mack, DE Samson Ebukam, WR Mohamed Sanu,
  • Key losses: WR Kendrick Bourne, DE Kerry Hyder Jr., CB Ahkello Witherspoon, RB Tevin Coleman, RB Jerick McKinnon, CB Richard Sherman
  • Starting Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Last season: 6-10

    2021 outlook: We should address adding Trey Lance as the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft meant Jimmy Groppolo ain’t the answer in San Fran. Well, the 49ers are giving it a shot with Garoppolo as the clear QB1 until further notice. However, Lance has looked nice in preseason. The biggest plus for the 49ers finishing ranked fifth in the NFL in total defense last season. This is on top of pass rushers Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman, combined to miss 40 games due to injuries. However, the man behind the plan was Robert Saleh who is now the newest Head Coach of the New York Jets this season. The new Defensive Coordinator is DeMeco Ryans who enters his first year as a DC in the NFL. Richard Sherman’s NFL future is not looking great as he’s now a free agent. Nonetheless the 49ers will have the biggest question mark in the division. Can the offense keep the team afloat should the defense need some time under new leadership? If there is a team that competes but finish last in this division it’s probably the 49ers.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Key additions: G Gabe Jackson, DE Kerry Hyder Jr., TE Gerald Everett, WR D’Wayne Eskridge, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DE Aldon Smith
  • Key losses: RB Carlos Hyde, WR Phillip Dorsett, CB Shaquill Griffin, TE Jacob Hollister, DT Jarran Reed, WR David Moore
  • Starting Quarterback: Russell Wilson
  • Last season: 12-4

    2021 outlook: Russell Wilson is normally in the media for other reasons besides the NFL. Part of that is due to his wife being Ciara the R&B singer she is. However, earlier this year Wilson made things public about his feeling with the future of the franchise. He commented on being “hit too much” which created trade rumors galore of course. However, Russ has a point. Wilson has been sacked 394 times in 144 regular-season games. According to ESPN Stats & Information research. Fair point Mr. Wilson, fair point. Shane Waldron is a first-time offensive coordinator in Seattle this season. The turnaround for the Seahawks would be to move away from the run-heavy offense that Pete Carroll influences. Roster moves made didn’t quite upgrade Seattle more than what they were last season.There isn’t a true stud pass rusher unless one emerges this season for the Seahawks. However, Wilson’s abilities and resume clearly explains he will keep you in a game any given day. There shouldn’t be a surprise to see Seattle playing as a higher seed come Wild Card weekend or repeat as the Division winner in 2021.

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NFL 2021 – AFC South Preview

A few new exciting notes about the AFC South this year features young and old. The Tennesse Titans landed WR Julio Jones via trade from the Atlanta Falcons. The veteran receiver joins a Titan team that made some sort of improvement in 2020 by playing in Wild Card Weekend. The freshest face in the division is Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars and he’s got some interesting reinforcements behind him. The Colts were trying for a new QB this season but he’s now injured and the Texans have a lot of uncertainty surrounding theirs. Strap in for the NFL 2021 AFC South preview!

Houston Texans

  • Key Additions: WR Nico Collins, RB Phillip Lindsay, DB Desmond King, TE Brevin Jordan, RB Mark Ingram, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Chris Conley, QB Tyrod Taylor
  • Key losses: DL J.J. Watt, LB Benardrick McKinney, WR Will Fuller, CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • Starting Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor
  • Last season: 4-12

    2021 outlook: A really disappointing end to the Texans season was J.J. Watt (then a Texan) walking off the field letting his QB know he was sorry for “wasting” the 2020 season. It wasn’t only the issue with Houston’s team as Watson now faces allegations of misconduct with former masseuses. Watson also wanted to be traded out of Houston however, the Texans management advised he would still be a Texan for now. While Watson is partcipating in training camp and around the team, there is still a dark cloud over the team. Out goes J.J. Watt (to Arizona) while the Texans did beef up their RB depth by signing Mark Ingram, Rex Burkhead, and Philip Lindsay. The prime WR core is made up by Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, and Keke Coutee. On paper with Watson, this team still looks great offensively. Defensively, the Texans may struggle to defend the run losing J.J. Watt means some of the depth will have to play better this season for the interior of the Texans defense. Further out to the secondary it is the strong point of the defense but definitely not one of the top in the NFL. For now Tyrod Taylor gets the start and the Texans season looks like another wasted one.

Indianapolis Colts

Jackonsville Jaguars

  • Key additions: QB Trevor Lawrence, WR Marvin Jones, RB Carlos Hyde, DT Roy Robertson, WR Phillip Dorsett, CB Shaquill Griffin, DT Malcolm Brown,
  • Key losses: WR Chris Conley, TE Josh Oliver, CB Josiah Scott, WR Dede Westbrook
  • Last season: 1-15

    2021 outlook: Well what do we have here? Urban Meyer is coaching in the NFL for a franchise that had the number one pick. Hyped as the next best thing in the NFL is Lawrence but he’s joined by his fellow RB at Clemson, Travis Etienne who also was drafted by the Jaguars. Better yet, Jacksonville’s GM Trent Baalke took over as interim GM in 2020 but later upgraded as the GM. His era of Lawrence and Meyer starts now to turnaround a franchise that has only three Division Championships and seven playoff appearances. While the Jaguars are one of the younger franchises (est. 1995), their most recent 2017 season was the most successful as the only AFC South division championship in the modern era of divisions. Adding WR Marvin Jones next to D.J. Chark and Phillip Dorsett II signing gives a few more quality targets for Lawrence. RB James Robinson is the clear RB1 on this team for now. Overall, Jacksonville has a future to be excited about and anything more than one win this season means you did better than the last.

Tennessee Titans

  • Key additions: WR Julio Jones, OLB Bud Dupree, DL Denico Autry, CB Janoris Jenkins, OT Kendall Lamm, OLB Ola Adeniyi, DB Chris Jones, CB Janoris Jenkins
  • Key losses: CB Malcolm Butler, WR Adam Humphries, WR Corey Davis, TE Jonnu Smith,  OLB Jadeveon Clowney, DB Desmond King, OL Jamil Douglas, CB Adoree’ Jackson
  • Starting Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill
  • Last season: 11-5

    2021 outlook: Down went the divsion winner last season in the first round against the Baltimore Ravens. While the game was mostly competitive the Titans have to feel like 2021 can be different. That being said Lamar Jackson threw for 179 yards, 0 TD (1 rushing TD), and threw 1 interception. There was all the opportunity to win the game. However, it was Jackson who also led the Ravens with 16 rushes, 136 yards in the 20-13 Wild Card win last season. Long story short? Maybe defend the run a little bit better to advance? A.J. Brown is the biggest target for Tannehill but you wanna add Julio Jones to the mix now? Sounds lovely! However, the biggest concern for the Titans is keeping the clamps on defensively. They allowed 398.3 yards per game which was the fifth worse in the NFL last season. The good news is that the defense has been reconfigured. This offseason the Titans spend more than $132 million on defensive players. Shane Bowen is appointed the Defensive Coordinator this season to lead hopefully a better effort. Certainly, a change from Mike Vrabel making the defensive calls. Tennessee could be that team we told you not to doubt come playoff time.

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NFL 2021 – NFC North Preview

Two teams will feature new Quarterbacks in the 2021 season. Fortunately, if you’re a Green Bay fan that does not include you. All signs still point to the Packers are the favorite to win this division. With the playoff expansion, last season the Chicago Bears felt the benefit of playing on Wild Card weekend with an 8-8 record. The door is open in the NFC to take advantage of a similar scenario this season. The Vikings might have a ceiling to enter Wild Card but definitely not the division. Let’s find out what to expect in the NFC North 2021 preview!

Chicago Bears

  • Key Additions: QB Andy Dalton, CB Desmond Trufant, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, OL Elijah Wilkinson, LB Christian Jones, WR Marquise Goodwin, CB Desmond Trufant
  • Key losses: RT Bobby Massie, DL Roy Robertson-Harris, QB Mitchell Trubisky
  • Starting Quarterback: Andy Dalton (for now) and possibily by season’s start Justin Fields
  • Last season: 8-8

    2021 outlook: Holy Quarterback carousel for the Bears. Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky has turned into Justin Fields and Andy Dalton for the QB1 spot in 2021? However, this might be the next best thing for Chicago. They spent a large part of the offseason reworking contracts and re-signing their core defensive players. WR Marquise Goodwin did not play in the 2020 season due to COVID-19 but he is back for the Bears. He joins Allen Robinson III as the other prime WR for the Bears offense. Cole Kmetz is taking over at Tight End with Jimmy Graham as the second option. The offensive line saw no major upgrades and the defense will be the best case scenario to push this ball cub to an 8 win season again. In this division if the Vikings show a underwhelming hand again the Bears could knock on Wild Card weekend. However, much less likely if Justin Fields gets the nod as the starter midway through the season (and doesn’t this feel like Deja Vu Bears fans?).

Detroit Lions

  • Key additions: QB Jared Goff, WR Breshad Perriman, RB Jamaal Williams,
  • Key losses: WR Marvin Jones Jr., K Matt Prater, WR Kenny Golladay, WR Mohamed Sanu, CB Desmond Trufant
  • Starting Quarterback: Jared Goff
  • Last season: 5-11

    2021 outlook: One of the first teams to make a Quarterback change was the Lions and Rams. Basically, swapping starting Quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford is a Ram) and maybe hoping this is part of the fix for both teams? The Lions best WR arguably in Kenny Golladay is out but Detroit did aquire Brashad Perriman this offseason to help fill a WR spot. T.J. Hockenson remains as a target for Goff while the run game is led by D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams primarily. This team enters some rebuilding mode and especially since they ran away with two first-round picks and a third in the trade that sent Goff to Detroit. While some might feel that the Lions got better at quarterback the team is clearly rebuilding their defense by releasing Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, and Danny Shelton. A five win team at the most again? Most of us can agree on that and it’s probably better to catch a Pistons game this season with the young exciting Cade Cunningham.

Green Bay Packers

  • Key additions: LB De’Vondre Campbell
  • Key losses: DL Montravius Adams, RB Jamaal Williams,
  • Starting Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
  • Last season: 13-3

    2021 outlook: The NFC’s best team based on overall record last season almost didn’t return their franchise QB? Well good news, Aaron Rodgers is a committed Green Bay Packers QB1 until further notice. Most of their offseason was probably spent smoothing over Aaron Rodgers and enciting him to return to the team. However, part of Rodgers’ complaints was not being included in the offseason discussions and direction with the team. Hopefully, a part of the signings and re-signings also included Rodgers this past summer. What’s next for the Packers? An attempt to secure the number one spot in the NFC again and this time beat the Buccaneers? Hard to say the Packers will be knocked off as a top three team in the NFC this season. With that being said it’s not impossible for Green Bay to secure a 13-14 win season in 2021. Likewise the Ravens, they are in a prime spot to go to the Super Bowl but have failed recently. Maybe Rodgers gives it one more year and then it’s time to peace out?

Minnesota Vikings

  • Key additions: DT Dalvin Tomlinson, LB Nick Vigil, CB Patrick Peterson, WR Dede Westbrook
  • Key losses: TE Kyle Rudolph, K Dan Bailey, LT Riley Reiff
  • Starting Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
  • Last season: 7-9

    2021 outlook: When you lose one of the better offensive linemen (Riley Reiff) in the league you have to wonder what direction do the Vikings want to take here? Stefon Diggs was traded to the Buffalo Bills last year and this season comes with cuts to Kyle Rudolph with Reiff included. Salary cap could be a concern as the Vikings were punished for a salary cap violation in 2019. However, did the Vikings really get better as a team? Will Kirk Cousins make decisions and throws that puts the Vikings over the Packers? Probably not. The promosing part of the roster is still the backfield with Dalvin Cook. Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, and K.J. Osborn are the prime targets for Cousins again this year. The Vikings were at the bottom in defending the run and is still a concern this season. That 7-9 record could repeat should Chicago (or Detroit) overachieve in the division this season.

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NFL 2021 – AFC North Preview

Three of the four AFC North teams held significant positions in the standings for the 2020 season. The Browns and Steelers battled in the Wild Card weekend only for the Browns to move to lose to eventual AFC Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. After a disappointing playoff game against the Bills, the Ravens are still not over the hump to get to a championship. Here is the quick preview for the 2021 AFC North Division!


Baltimore Ravens

  • Key Additions: OT Alejandro Villanueva, OT  Kevin Zeitler, RB Gus Edwards, G Kevin Zeitler, DE Derek Wolfe, WR Sammy Watkins
  • Key losses: OT Orlando Brown, DE Yannick Ngakoue, OLB Matthew Judon
  • Starting Quarterback: Lamar Jackson
  • Last season: 11-5

    2021 outlook: It almost seems like its time for the Ravens to make that Super Bowl run happen. But then Patrick Mahomes still is employed by the Chiefs and for a long time. The only thing standing in the way of the Ravens getting a shot in Los Angeles in Feburary 2022 for the championship will be themselves being able to win the big playoff games. This team should be in tact to be a top team season after season with the current core roster still in place. It’s Lamar Jackson‘s time to shine again. He’s 1-3 in the playoffs, has thrown more interceptions in the last two playoffs than touchdowns. Something has to give at the QB position to be better in the playoffs otherwise the Ravens are just another great regular season team only. The division is definitely winnable for them this season however.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Key additions: DE Trey Hendrickson, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Mike Hilton, DT Larry Ogunjobi, CB Eli Apple, WR Ja’Marr Chase
  • Key losses: DT Geno Atkins, WR A.J. Green, DE Carl Lawson
  • Starting Quarterback: Joe Burrow
  • Last season: 4-11

    2021 outlook: Burrow was 10 games into his Rookie season before a knee injury derailed the rest of the season. Five interceptions in the 10 games put Burrow at 5th best out of Quarterbacks in 2020. If he even kept that pace you could argue that he was on pace similar to what eventual champion Tom Brady did on paper (12 INT). The Bengals let go some long-time talent this offseason but now focus on a new direction. Ja’Marr Chase was taken with the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft this past spring. A former LSU teammate of Joe Burrow and now reunited in the pros. These college matchups are becoming more common but the Bengals are filling holes to move on from Andy Dalton and now A.J. Green. A hefty part of their offseason was building up the defense. Starting to notice a trend here? Some of the young offensive cores have arguably a better defense than offense which is like a safety net for the young QB and his learning curve. The Bengals are still slated to be around a 4-6 win team. Anything more than that is overachieving.

Cleveland Browns

  • Key additions: DT Marvin Wilson, CB Troy Hill, DE Jadeveon Clowney,
  • Key losses: OT Kendall Lamm, DT Larry Ogunjobi, CB Terrance Mitchell
  • Starting Quarterback: Baker Mayfield
  • Last season: 11-5

    2021 outlook: This is an outlook we can say is very bright. The Browns clearly have talent on both sides of the ball and on paper might be the best of the division (depends who you’re talking to). Cleveland has done nothing but trended upwards last season. After their season opener loss to the Ravens last season, they went on a four game win-streak and never looked back. In fact they would win another four games in a row later in the season to finally beat the Steelers in the Wild Card round. Signing Clowney finally and with their current roster makes this defensive line one of the top tiers in the league. Something is working in Cleveland and the offensive core seems set with Baker Mayfield at the helm, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb as targets and serious threats for any defense in the NFL. The Browns are set up this season on paper to make serious noise as an AFC contender. However, their divsion rival, the Baltimore Ravens could force the Browns into the Wild Card weekend again if the competition stays close this season. Will the Browns take the leap to contenders this season? Let’s find out.

Pittsburg Steelers

  • Key additions: OT Joe Haeg, C BJ Finney, RB Kalen Ballage, QB Dwayne Haskins
  • Key losses: CB Mike Hilton, CB Steven Nelson, OLB Bud Dupree
  • Starting Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger
  • Last season: 12-4

    2021 outlook: There might be a new division leader this season should the Steelers not have some sort of overacheiving part of their season in 2021. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is back on a one-year deal and the Steelers have more key losses than additions to help their case in 2021. The division is obviously much better with Cleveland and Baltimore but it feels like they haven’t gotten up to speed with the arms race in the division. One extra win made the difference between the Steelers having to let a tie breaker decide on who won the division last season. Pittsburg would have won all tie breaker scenarios against the Browns and Ravens but an overacheiving 11-0 start helped that cause. The most the Steelers can hope for is to squeeze out wins against the division rivals. They’ll have games that are winable against Denver, Cincinatti twice, Chicago, and Detroit. However, that’s as far as you could say are sure wins as the rest of the schedule plays out against tough teams like Baltimore, Cleveland, Tennessee, Buffalo, Green Bay, Seattle, and Kansas City.

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