Pittsburgh Steelers make a move that may be of major concern to fantasy football players

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new offensive coordinator and it was not a choice that many fantasy football managers will be too thrilled about.
Dec 24, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith shown on the field prior to a game in late 2023.
Dec 24, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith shown on the field prior to a game in late 2023. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Arthur Smith was fired as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons following the 2023 season but he has found a new home. On Tuesday, he was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith was let go followed three consecutive 7-10 seasons in Atlanta but prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. However, it wasn't the Falcons' lack of success that is troublesome for fantasy football managers, it was the lack of success and the way he used certain players as it related to fantasy.

Make no mistake, Arthur Smith doesn't care about your fantasy team.

Bijan Robinson, who was far and away the top rookie off the board in dynasty leagues this year, had a solid year, but fantasy players were frustrated throughout the season with his usage, feeling like he could have done so much more. Instead, Smith opted to run Tyler Allgeier often, specifically in goal-to-go situations.

This carried over to the passing game, where Drake London and Kyle Pitts were losing targets to the likes of Mack Hollins and Jonnu Smith.

This should concern fantasy managers who own shares of players like Najee Harris and George Pickens.

The Steelers struggled mightily as an offense in 2023 and much of that blame was placed at the feet of offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who the team fired in November. This brought home that things would improve, but with mostly poor play at the quarterback position, players like Harris and Pickens sputtered this season.

With Smith coming aboard, optimism won't be high. The Steelers still have an issue at quarterback with Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph likely to battle it out for the starting spot in camp next summer.

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With these things in mind, it might not be the worst idea to work up an offseason trade if you have Harris and/or Pickens or even guys like Jaylen Warren and Diontae Johnson. If you don't believe this Steelers offense is going to get any better, see if there is a team in your league that is willing to make a deal while you can still get back some decent value.