A lot of changes are happening for the Pittsburgh Steelers right now, and we’re not just talking about Heinz Field renamed as Acrisure Stadium. For the first time in the Mike Tomlin era, Pittsburgh will not have franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under center. The Steelers look to continue their streak of not one losing season under Tomlin going but with young, promising talent who all happen to be sleeper MVP candidates as we speak.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Top Sleeper MVP Candidate this 2022 NFL Season
Remodeling With “Pickett” Fences and Steel Curtains
The retirement of Pittsburgh legend Ben Roethlisberger means that there will be a battle for the starting QB job in Steel City this season. As it stands, five-year veteran Mitchell Trubisky has the edge in that battle. Many would claim that the former No. 2-overall pick was a victim of poor coaching throughout his first four seasons in Chicago, which is why experts are high on him reviving his career as a Steeler. In turn, Trubisky is currently a (+6,000) sleeper to win the 2022 NFL regular-season MVP award.
However, the Steelers did also spend their first-round pick from this year’s draft on local college hero Kenny Pickett. The 20th-overall selection finished with 4,319 passing yards and 42 passing touchdowns to just seven interceptions in his senior year at Pitt. Pickett is a +12,500 MVP candidate himself but would need to win the starting job over Trubisky first and foremost.
If the quarterback controversy paints too cloudy of a picture, perhaps taking a shot at a couple of other dark horses from the Steelers’ camp is a better option. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt makes a strong case as a +15,000 sleeper pick after his amazing 2021 campaign that saw him rack up a record-tying 22.5 sacks to go with 21 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. Watt is the heart of the Steelers’ defense without question and his presence on D alone could ease the offense’s expected growing pains with a new QB at the helm.
Speaking of Pittsburgh’s offense, it’s more than likely that running back Najee Harris will see plenty of touches in 2022 compared to his rookie season. Harris, also a +15,000 sleeper MVP candidate, ran for 1,200 yards and caught 74 passes for 467 receiving yards (the most receptions by a running back last season). The 24th-overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft finished with 10 offensive TDs without a single fumble and is one of the more appealing RB talents from the entire MVP sleeper pool.
Updated Steelers’ Super Bowl 57 Odds
As of this writing, the Steelers are +8,000 longshots to win Super Bowl LVII; the fourth-worst odds amongst all NFL teams to date. They share those same odds with a couple of rebuilding franchises in the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks. Pittsburgh also has the worst odds at +900 to win the crowded NFC North this season.
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