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Donte Moncrief Fantasy Outlook Improves After Usage With Steelers Starters in Preseason

Max Staley
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If you've played fantasy football over the past few seasons, you've likely rostered Donte Moncrief at some point. It's not hard to figure out why Moncrief has been such a buzzy player throughout his career. He's a 6-foot-2, 220-pound WR who ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Combine. Those are the numbers fantasy dreams are made of.

Even so, Moncrief's impressive measurables haven't really translated to consistent production at the NFL level. However, now that he's signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Moncrief's fantasy value is once again trending upwards.

Moncrief has reportedly turned heads with his performance in training camp, and he's widely viewed as the favorite to earn the No. 2 WR job across from JuJu Smith-Schuster. The snap counts with Ben Roethlisberger and the first-team offense in Pittsburgh's third preseason game certainly back that up.

Moncrief played 19 of a possible 20 snaps with the first team. That's a pretty significant edge over his primary competition for No. 2 WR duties, James Washington, who played just two snaps with Roethlisberger.

If this trend continues when the games actually begin to count, Moncrief could be significantly undervalued for fantasy purposes. Moncrief's average draft position (ADP) is currently WR49, making him a fringe WR4 option in a standard 12-team league.

Considering the Steelers lost Antonio Brown and Jesse James, who saw a combined 207 targets in 2018, Moncrief could be stepping into an ideal fantasy situation in the upcoming season.

Moncrief has never been an elite producer, but Pittsburgh is likely the best situation he's played in during his NFL career. The last time Moncrief played with an elite QB was 2015, when he racked up 733 yards and six TDs catching passes from Andrew Luck, who only played seven games that season.

Even though fantasy analysts have seemingly predicted a breakout season for Moncrief every year, he has a real shot to deliver in 2019. Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense is arguably the best situation he's been in over the course of his five-year career, and he has a chance to earn a pretty significant target share, making Moncrief an intriguing late-round target.

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