PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 04: Second round draft pick Mike Adams #76 of the Pittsburgh Steelers works out during their rookie minicamp at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility on May 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Steelers rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams will start the team's preseason opener. We break down the fantasy implications.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and 2012 second round pick Mike Adams will start in the team's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Adams has impressed coaches with his athleticism, a trait he was praised for in the pre-draft process. Adams' physicality was called into question before the draft, but the coaches have also praised his ability to push people off the line of scrimmage. Adams will be joined by fellow rookie David Decastro on Pittsburgh's starting front.
Analysis: The Steelers have had issues protecting Ben Roethlisberger over the last few seasons. Big Ben always seems to be battling minor injuries, so keeping him upright is a huge priority in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger presents a ton of value in fantasy football drafts, but he'll need to stay healthy to reach his potential. The Steelers drafted Decastro and Adams with their first two picks to help make sure that happens. The fact that both are already starting is reason for optimism. Adams will have to continue to battle throughout the preseason once Max Starks is removed from the PUP list.