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DE Cameron Heyward - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-4, 294Born: 5-6-1989College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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Summary

For a 3-4 team with a storied history of sack production from the outside linebacker position, it was strange to see a pair of defensive ends lead the team in sacks in 2015. Heyward's 7 and Stephon Tuitt's 6.5 were the best on the team that season. Last year was much different however. Heyward started strong before a week five injury eventually landed him on IR. When both are healthy this tandem of defensive ends rivals that of any 3-4 team in the league. Both of these players are prototypical 3-4 ends with the size and power to hold the point of attack and eat up blockers. What they have that most at the position do not is an extra burst as pass rushers. They are no threat to win the sack title or finish among the top ten fantasy options at the position, but both Heyward and Tuitt are capable of 35 tackles and 6-8 sacks. Such numbers will make them solid second starters or top shelf depth in most leagues. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 21, 12, 20, 23, 23, 25, 26, 29
Overall Redraft - 73, 37
DE Dynasty - 19, 16, 21, 22
Overall Dynasty - 72, 56

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 PIT 16 33 19 7.5 0 0 0 4 0
2015 PIT 16 39 16 7 1 0 0 2 0
2016 PIT 7 16 4 3 0 1 0 3 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 36 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 35 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1@ Cleveland Browns
2vs Minnesota Vikings
3@ Chicago Bears
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Kansas City Chiefs
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns