Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 2, 2010 @ 09:45:00 PDT


Hines Ward | Pittsburgh Steelers | 6-foot, 205 pounds | 13th year 

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WR Hines Ward, Steelers

Pros: Like a fine wine, Ward just keeps getting better with age. Last year, he had his highest reception (95) and yardage (1,167) totals since 2003 and remains the No. 1 target in the Steelers' conservative passing game. For the most part, he's incredibly durable. He had at least six receptions in 10 games last year and went over the 100-yard mark five times.

Cons: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the first six games of the season, so the passing game is likely to take a step back early in the season. He isn't much of a scorer; Ward hasn't scored more than seven touchdowns in a year in the past four seasons. While he has remained productive, at 34 years old, his better days are behind him.

Fantasy tip: Ward won't be a sexy pick during your fantasy football draft, but you know what you're getting with him. He's a sure and steady contributor that won't haul in a zero too many weeks. His value is slightly higher in point-per-reception formats, but his current placement of the sixth round is fair. While steady, he doesn't provide much upside.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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