Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/15/18 5:13am ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't told the team when he'll report, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport expects Bell to return to a committee with RB James Conner.
Huddle Up: Bell is the gift that keeps on giving his fantasy owners this season since he could be an RB2 when he finally returns.
James Conner - RBPosted 10/15/18 5:12am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is expected to remain involved in a committee when and if RB Le'Veon Bell returns, in the opinion of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Conner would lose some value, but he should remain on rosters as a flex option.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/15/18 7:44am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is absent from meetings during the bye week Monday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: The team doesn't have to pay him during the bye, and he may not show up all week. When/if he reports, it's very likely he's going to be part of a two-headed attack at running back, which could push him to RB2 status.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/15/18 3:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report this week, according to a source. The Steelers are on a bye this week, but Bell could report Monday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: James Conner will continue to be featured in Pittsburgh's backfield as long as Bell stays away. If you haven't traded Bell by now, the best you can do is keep him on your bench and hope he returns soon.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/14/18 7:49am ET
Although Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is still expected to report to the team in order to play versus the Cleveland Browns Oct. 28, he has not had any contact with club officials and players, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: Bell's fantasy owners should continue to remain patient, since he is an unquestioned RB1 in all formats. However, it may take him a week or two to shake off the rust once he returns, since he did not have the benefit of going through training camp or preseason games in order to get into game shape. James Conner should be viewed as a solid RB2 option for as long as Bell is out of action.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/14/18 1:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 32-of-46 passes for 369 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 6 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger improved to 15-2 in his career on the road against the Bengals, including 6-1 when the Steelers are listed as an underdog. The Steelers will get to revel in the comeback win for the next 14 days as they have a bye in Week 7.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 10/14/18 2:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster pulled down seven receptions for a game-high 111 yards on 10 targets in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster entered with just 94 receiving yards over his past two games, but he was back in business against the Bengals. That's his fourth 100-yard game of the season, and he has been targeted at least eight times in five of his six outings. Fantasy owners will have to make alternate plans in Week 7 as the Steelers are on a bye.
James Conner - RBPosted 10/14/18 1:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 19 times for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 6 win against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added four receptions for 18 yards on seven targets.
Huddle Up: There are reports Le'Veon Bell might return to the team after the bye, which would mean Bell reports this coming week to get back into the mix. That would splash a ton of cold water on Conner's fantasy appeal. He has back-to-back 100-yard performances with four rushing touchdowns over the past two games. He also has at least three receptions in all six of his outings to please fantasy owners in PPR leagues.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 10/14/18 2:16pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald absorbed seven of his eight targets for 68 yards in the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: McDonald had seven of the 14 receptions gathered by Pittsburgh tight ends in a busy day. He has emerged as a decent low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues, especially at a position with very little depth. However, Pittsburgh is off in Week 7 so you'll need to make other plans.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 10/14/18 2:12pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown finished with five receptions for 105 yards and a game-winning 48-yard touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Brown was held relatively in check until erupting for a 48-yard score with just :10 remaining in regulation to sink the Bengals. He might have had some help just past the line of scrimmage on a pick by Justin Hunter, but fantasy owners say, "Shhh!" You'll need to make other arrangements in Week 7 as the Steelers are on their bye.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/12/18 12:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is coming off a solid Week 5 performance and has thrown at least three touchdowns in three of the last four games. He still struggles at times on the road but can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/12/18 11:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has been bothered by an elbow injury since the opener and won't throw at all during the team's upcoming bye week, according to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
Huddle Up: There's no indication Big Ben is in danger of missing time, and this seems to be primarily a maintenance move. Still, it's something to file away going forward. For now, he's a low-end QB1.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/11/18 1:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.
Huddle Up: Big Ben is notorious for playing worse on the road, but that doesn't mean he should be benched in a tough matchup in Cincinnati with the Bengals. He's a low-end QB1 in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/10/18 1:28pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Huddle Up: Big Ben and the Steelers are coming off a shellacking of the Atlanta Falcons, but a key divisional road matchup awaits versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger generally plays worse away from home, but he remains a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
James Conner - RBPosted 10/10/18 7:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner hopefully will still have a solid role in the offense even when RB Le'Veon Bell returns to the team, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger said he will push for Conner to receive playing time because he has played well this season.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will take over the starting role when he returns, but Conner should receive a good amount of playing time when Bell returns. Conner probably will no longer be a weekly starting option but could be a flex option against certain opponents.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 10/9/18 11:49am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell has the support of head coach Mike Tomlin despite three missed field goals and three missed extra points this season. 'This guys has delivered a lot for us the last few years,' Tomlin said Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: After finishing fourth among fantasy kickers a season ago, Boswell ranks only 25th so far in 2018 and is on pace to score almost 100 fewer points. There surely are better options currently on your waiver wire.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/8/18 4:43pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not been a trade target for the Philadelphia Eagles and likely will not be one even after the team created salary cap space, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Eagles have lost Jay Ajayi for the season, so they probably will go with a committee at running back with Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Josh Adams all candidates to see playing time. Clement and Smallwood probably have the most fantasy value out of the group and could be flex options for owners. Bell is expected to join the Steelers during their bye week and can be a No. 1 running back.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/7/18 9:15am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell wants to finish the season with the Steelers and is not interested in being traded, according to sources. Bell is expected to report to the Steelers in a few weeks and would need to be convinced that a trade would be beneficial for him.
Huddle Up: Bell reportedly will be joining the team during their Week 7 bye, but nothing is official at this point. He may be a bit rusty in his first few games but can still be a weekly starting option in all leagues even if he is traded.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 10/7/18 2:01pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Brown posted his first 100-yard game of the season this week and showed good chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger during the second half of the game. He is a weekly starting option for fantasy owners despite his slow start.
James Conner - RBPosted 10/7/18 1:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. He also caught four passes for 75 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Conner had been quiet the last few weeks but was a big part of the team's success on offense this week. He will receive at least one more start and can be a No. 2 running back next week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/7/18 1:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 19-for-29 for 250 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played well against a struggling Falcons defense and continues to play well at home. He will be facing a solid Cincinnati Bengals defense next week but can still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 10/5/18 6:48am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is sought to see more carries by offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. 'I probably just need to do a better job heating him up,' Fichtner said, referring to giving Conner more carries. 'It's just like quarterbacks, too. You get into a rhythm. And all good running backs, they need that rhythm.' Conner has received fewer than 10 carries in two of the past three games.
Huddle Up: Conner has a good matchup against the Atlanta Falcons this week, but his usage has been really concerning. He's an RB2 or flex option.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 10/5/18 12:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Boswell has struggled during the early part of the season but did make both of his field goal attempts last week. He can still be considered a starting option in fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/5/18 12:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown the ball at least 40 times in three of the first four games this season and is coming off a disappointing Week 4 performance. He can still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues this week because it may be a high-scoring game.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/4/18 1:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.
Huddle Up: Big Ben and company are primed for a big day at home this weekend in a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Roethlisberger is a must start as the Steelers look to rebound from a 1-2-1 start.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 10/4/18 1:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell (foot) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.
Huddle Up: Boswell is a recommended play as the kicker of one of the NFL's most potent offenses.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 10/3/18 2:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell (foot) practiced fully Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: Boswell will be fine as long as there aren't any setbacks heading into the weekend. He's a weekly No. 1 fantasy kicker in one of the league's most potent offenses.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/3/18 1:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (coach's decision) was held out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: Big Ben got the day off but should return to practice tomorrow. In what is expected to be the biggest shootout of the week, Roethlisberger is a strong top-tier QB1 versus the Atlanta Falcons.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/2/18 9:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is planning to end his holdout and return to the team later this month, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, that he is in good physical shape and is not concerned about resuming his usual heavy workload if it's in the Steelers' plans. 'My intentions (when this started, were), I'm going to save myself for when you want to make a long-term deal,' Bell told ESPN. Bell then added that, once on the field, 'I'll be fully committed and give you everything I have.'
Huddle Up: Bell's reported return date is still a few weeks away, and much could still change in the meantime. His fantasy owners will have to maintain their patience, but at least there is now a rough timetable/light at the end of the tunnel.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/2/18 10:05am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is planning to end his holdout and return to the team during the Week 7 bye, has to sign his franchise tender in order to be traded and thus could veto any offer he didn't approve of. Bell, though, told ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 2, he is willing to work with the Steelers and other possible interested trade partners. 'I would have to know everything,' Bell said. 'It depends on what team it is and whether they want to do a long-term deal after the tag. If they really wanted to do a long-term deal, they could get me traded.'
Huddle Up: It's been a rough ride so far for fantasy general managers who spent a top-five pick on Bell, but more patience will be required as more twists and turns are likely in this reality show-like saga.
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