Things have not gone well through three weeks for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they got a bit of good news last week as they prepared for the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now has a familiar face to throw the ball to, as tight end Heath Miller returned from injury. The question is, can he have a fantasy football impact right away despite probably not being 100%?
Any time a player returns from a knee injury, there is bound to be some second guessing going on early. There is always that thought in a player’s mind that they are not fully ready to compete, even if they have gone through all the rehab.
Miller tore his ACL and MCL in week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals last year, the same week he was named to his second Pro Bowl. He had his best season ever as a pro, racking up 816 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. With a limited running game, the Steelers were able to compete thanks to Miller being a reliable short yard receiver.
The tight end position in fantasy football has been relatively down this season, so given the fact that the Steelers still have no running game to speak of, Miller might be worth a look. He is not getting a lot of action right, being owned in only about 5% of all leagues. However, this is typical for a player over 30 coming off a knee injury. One solid game this week, and Miller will fly off the waiver wire in fantasy football.