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Pittsburgh Steelers: Limas Sweed is on the Rise

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Steelers second year receiver Limas Sweed has looked good during this off-seasons OTA’s and camp so far. While the 2nd round pick, Texas Longhorn standout did not play much last season due to a wrist injury, he does figure to get more work in 2009.

For fantasy football owners I believe Sweed is probably a season away from being a true fantasy relevant player in your league. But I thought it would make an interesting piece to discuss Sweeds potential impact on this team for the season to come.

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If Limas continues to grow in the offense one has to wonder if it will hurt the fantasy values of fellow receivers Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. The Steelers are set to have a very run heavy offense this year with Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore all in the mix.

Not only do they have a talented group of runners but the offensive line is much more suited to run the football most of the time. As a pass protecting unit they are young and still have much to prove as they need to keep star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger healthy.

This year I have Roethlisberger labeled as a bust pick for the 2009 fantasy football season. The reason for this is not just because the team is a run first offense but Ben is probably going to go in the mid rounds of most fantasy drafts this season. This is mainly because he is a winning NFL quarterback and a high profile one at that.

If you should find Big Ben at the end of your fantasy draft then I believe he would be a fair value pick as a backup for your squad. Not only does he have talent but he has the weapons to have success as well.

With Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller and now Limas Sweed this team is one of the more talented squads in the NFL.

Super Bowl XLIII Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Florida.

Health Miller, Hines Ward and Limass Sweed won’t be high draft picks coming into this season but Santonio Holmes will be. True Holmes did have a very nice Super Bowl and made one of the more memorable catches to win the game but he was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in the regular season.

Many also seem to have Santonio pegged as the teams No.1 receiver but that title is really Hines Wards and he will always be involved in the offense.

Heath Miller at tight end is a problem as he is traditionally a very good touchdown maker inside the red zone. Now bring in Limas Sweed into the mix and I would probably pass on Holmes for my fantasy football team this year.

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The player that stands to profit most if Sweed does in fact continue to mature is quarterback Ben Roethlisburger. It doesn’t matter for fantasy who catches the balls and scores the touchdowns so long as your quarterback produces numbers every week.

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Going one step further it makes a fantasy quarterback even more value able if he doesn’t lock on to just one or two players all the time. Head to Head fantasy football format league owners love a guy like Drew Brees because they don’t have to worry about Drew locking onto Marques Colston to often for all the production.

This is starting to hold true for Ben as he now has more receivers to work with and has a good tight end as well.

I still wouldn’t take Ben as a mid round pick because of his offensive line problems, health issues and he’s in a run first offense. But as noted before if you can snag him up as a late round backup he would be a very nice value at that time.

Look for Holmes as an early middle round draft pick in this years fantasy football draft as he will struggle with consistency issues again in this offense. For a team that is already a run first team they have just too many weapons in the passing game for Holmes to be counted on as your No.2 receiver.

Hines Ward and Heath Miller are nice picks to fill in he depth of your team as they can be solid contributors during the season.

Limas Sweed as noted at the beginning of this article is not draft worthy at this time for fantasy owners. But should Ward or Holmes go down for any reason, he could hold value as a nice waiver pickup as was the case with Nate Washington a season ago.

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