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Vance McDonald | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted: 11/15/2017 3:15pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, and he is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Huddle Up: McDonald is the top tight end option in Pittsburgh and he could be worth a look as a low-end TE1 against a Titans pass defense ranking 19th in the NFL.

Posted: 10/22/2017 8:48pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald posted two receptions for 37 yards on three targets in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: McDonald appears to be getting a lot more comfortable in the system after coming over from San Francisco right before the regular season opener, and Ben Roethlisberger is trusting him more and more. The tight end is usually a big part of Pittsburgh's offensive game plan, so McDonald could be a fantasy standout if he continues to progress.

Posted: 8/29/2017 4:22pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald was acquired because fellow TEs Jesse James and Xavier Grimble were 'not consistently varsity enough,' in the words of head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin did make it clear that McDonald will not be crowned the started right away and will need to compete for that job.
Huddle Up: Ben Roethlisberger likes his tight ends, but the Steelers now have a crowded group at tight end. McDonald is more promising, but this could turn into a committee of sorts.

Posted: 8/29/2017 9:24am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This move clears the way for rookie George Kittle to start. McDonald was rumored to be on the block about as soon as the team laid eyes on Kittle during offseason workout, but that talk seem to disappear during the preseason. Either way, Kittle is now clearly on the dynasty radar and could enjoy some back-end TE2 value down the road.

Posted: 8/16/2017 7:43pm et
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said the team is very happy with how TE Vance McDonald has performed during training camp.
Huddle Up: McDonald was made available in a trade at the draft but is still with the team and could be a starter when the season begins. He could be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues as a possible No. 2 tight end.

Posted: 12/14/2016 11:08am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of a broken shoulder blade.
Huddle Up: McDonald finished the season with 391 yards and four touchdowns and should have a solid role in the offense in 2017. Owners should consider McDonald a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues or a solid No. 2 tight end in most standard leagues.

Posted: 12/11/2016 3:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) left the Week 14 game against the New York Jets due to a shoulder injury and he was unable to return.
Huddle Up: McDonald was going to be a strong streaming option this week for fantasy owners, but now that's all out the window. He did not record a catch and he was not targeted in his brief game action.

Posted: 12/9/2016 7:14pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald signed a five-year, $35 million extension through the 2021 season Friday, Dec. 9, and general manager Trent Baalke said McDonald has 'only scratched the surface' of his potential.
Huddle Up: McDonald is enjoying his best season, and he could sneak into TE1 territory in Week 14 with a friendly matchup with the Jets on tap.

Posted: 12/4/2016 1:29pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald caught two passes for nine yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.
Huddle Up: McDonald played well in the previous four games but was quiet against the Bears. He should still see a decent amount of targets no matter the quarterback and can be a starting option against favorable matchups.

Posted: 11/27/2016 2:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald caught a team-high 60 receiving yards on four receptions in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: McDonald has reemerged as a fringe fantasy play in recent weeks, but gamers have to be in a rough spot to start him with only one more week of byes ahead.

Posted: 11/20/2016 10:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald posted three receptions for a team-high 46 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the New England Patriots. He was targeted six times.
Huddle Up: McDonald has had much more success with Colin Kaepernick under center than Blaine Gabbert, posting 10 receptions for 180 yards with two touchdowns over the past three games. He has been targeted six times in each outing. He has re-emerged as a decent streaming option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.