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ILB Ryan Shazier - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 237Born: 9-6-1992College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 15

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Summary

If he could stay healthy Ryan Shazier might be in the conversation as one of the best inside linebacker in the fantasy game, if not the best in the NFL. He would almost certainly be a perennial top fifteen. Shazier brings a great balance of physical run defender and athletic play maker. He can stack and shed at the point of attack, drop into coverage and rush the passer with equal success. The only real negative has been his injuries. Entering his fourth NFL season Shazier is still looking to play all sixteen games for the first time. While he has officially missed 13 games in the past three years, he has played at less than 100% or had reduced roles in several more. This was the case in 2016 when he struggled through a sprained knee. With Lawrence Timmons moving on the Steelers are counting on Shazier more than ever as he is expected to take over the leadership role. In fantasy terms he is an injury risk but the big potential is enough to make Shazier worth the gamble as a low end LB1 or a priority LB2. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 12, 7, 9, 12, 12, 19, 19, 20
Overall Redraft - 22, 11, 16, 17, 22, 29, 37, 43
ILB Dynasty - 12, 10, 14, 17
Overall Dynasty - 28, 20, 21, 52

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 PIT 9 23 12 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015 PIT 12 54 33 3.5 2 1 1 4 0
2016 PIT 14 55 32 3.5 3 1 3 9 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 76 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 79 * * * * * * *

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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