Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/27/15 5:30pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy, according to league sources. He has filed an appeal.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- this will slow some of the momentum the second-year Bryant has built up as a rising fantasy commodity this summer. In the meantime, the Week 1 Suspension Bowl between the Steelers and Patriots is taking on the look of an added exhibition game with Bryant and teammate Le'Veon Bell and the Patriots' Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount all expected to be out.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 8/27/15 6:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Wheaton has been on the receiving end of rave reviews all offseason, and fellow wideout Martavis Bryant's expected loss (he's facing a four-game substance-abuse suspension) could certainly wind up being his gain. When it comes to late-round fliers, Wheaton is definitely worth a gamble at his current ADP of 175 -- 56th among WRs.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 8/27/15 10:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could be the No. 3 wide receiver if WR Martavis Bryant has to sit out the first four weeks of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Just when you think you've seen the last of the former first-round flop ...
Maurkice Pouncey - CPosted 8/24/15 9:55am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) is expected to miss eight or more weeks due to a fractured fibula just above his left ankle.
Huddle Up: That's roughly half the season for the Steelers to be without the anchor of their offensive line. While Le'Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger won't plummet in the fantasy rankings, Pouncey's absence will certainly have an impact.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/20/15 11:29pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes he can play better this season because he thinks he is quicker than he was last year. 'A lot of people talk about the season I had last year. They call it a breakout season, but I don't look at it like that,' Bell said. 'I look at it as me just getting started. ... I still feel like I can do a lot of things better. Last year wasn't even close to me being my best.' Bell said he lost four pounds this offseason and is at 2.9 percent body fat.
Huddle Up: That's sweet music for Bell's owners -- and a scary proposition for their fantasy-leagues foes -- as the RB is suspended for the opening two games but is still currently tops in ADP among all players.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 8/19/15 9:55am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is likely to start over WR Martavis Bryant, in the opinion of beat writer Ed Bouchette. The team uses three receivers a lot, and Bryant will see the field often.
Huddle Up: Use this news to keep a lid on Bryant's fantasy value. Bryant was ridiculously effective in fewer snaps than Wheaton last year, and with all the 3WR sets the Steelers use he'll have more than enough opportunity to reprise those numbers again this year.
Garrett Hartley - PKPosted 8/11/15 2:37pm ET
Free-agent PK Garrett Hartley (Browns) will be signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: The Pittsburgh PK gig is attractive to fantasy GMs given the strength of the Steelers' offense, but Hartley is going to have to show he's past the FG accuracy issues (73.3 percent conversion rate) that cost him his job with the Saints two years ago.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 8/10/15 10:08am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer received a long look in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 9, and he made several big plays. Archer converted a third-and-14 with a 15-yard run and caught a 14-yard pass on third-and-10. He finished with four rushes for 24 yards and a team-high six catches for 33 yards.
Huddle Up: Archer saw plenty of action and was a stumble away from turning a couple of his runs into something bigger. He flashed plenty of quickness against the Vikings backups, and if nothing else he'll force Pittsburgh opponents to spend practice time preparing for what Archer brings to the table. As far as him taking significant touches off of Le'Veon Bell's plate... nah.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 8/10/15 1:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) has told people he believes he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the Hall of Fame game. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday, Aug. 10, to determine the severity of his injury.
Huddle Up: Suisham has connected on 87-of-95 (91.5) of his field goal attempts over the last three seasons, so this is a big loss for the Steelers. This opens up an opportunity for a new kicker to step into a a good fantasy situation with a high-powered Steelers' offense.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 8/10/15 5:11pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) officially tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Steelers' first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: As expected, Suisham is out for the season. The Steelers will now look for another kicker. Whoever wins the job steps into a great fantasy situation.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 8/9/15 11:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham suffered what was later called a "potentially serious" left knee injury on the opening kickoff of the second half of the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9. Suisham was helped off the field after making a tackle on the play.
Huddle Up: One game into the exhibition season, and there's something to keep an eye on as Suisham was fantasy's seventh highest-scoring kicker as year ago, and the Steelers again figure to feature one of the most potent offenses in the league.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/5/15 12:26am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is unlikely to return punts in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 9, but he'll likely do it the following weekend, and the team has every intention of keeping him in the punt returner role unless any of the other candidates excels in the job. Brown likes returning punts and wants to continue doing so.
Huddle Up: Brown finished ninth in the league with a 10.6 punt-return average last season while bringing back 30 punts (sixth most). Tack those on to his league-most 129 receptions and four rushing attempts, and that's a lot of exposure for a 5-10, 180-pound player, but it's going to awfully tough for the Steelers not to want to have the ball in Brown's hands as much as possible.
Martvais Bryant - WRPosted 8/4/15 9:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant remains behind WR Antonio Brown on the team's first official depth chart. WR Markus Wheaton is listed as the starter opposite Brown.
Huddle Up: It's still very early, and the Steelers also will have an extra preseason game to sort things out as they kick off the exhibition season Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game. Most definitely a position to battle to keep an eye on.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/2/15 7:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection that will cause him to miss the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9, against the Minnesota Vikings. He is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of an infection caused by an ingrown hair.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like it will be anything more than a temporary setback for Bryant, who is looking to build on his impressive 26-549-8 season a year ago and nail down the Steelers' No. 2 WR role.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/28/15 4:25pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's original three-game suspension has been reduced to a two-game suspension Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Hey, a game is game for 2014's top fantasy's top RB and his fantasy owners, who were looking to be without Bell for a quarter of the season. Now, he'll just miss the season opener at New England and the Week 2 home opener against the 49ers before returning in Week 3 for a visit to St. Louis. DeAngelo Williams is expected to fill in as a starter while Bell sits.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 7/27/15 10:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is believed to have performed the best among the wide receivers during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Wheaton is set to be the Steelers' slot man when the team goes to three-WR sets, but as of right now, his fantasy upside is limited with Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Heath Miller and likely even Martavis Bryant ahead of him in Pittsburgh's pass-catching pecking order.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/27/15 10:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell last season became one of five RBs -- Marshall Faulk did it three times -- since the 1970 merger to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season.
Huddle Up: Bell finished second in the league with 1,361 rushing yards and led all RBs with 854 receiving yards last season, and while he figure to be up there again, the 1,000-800 Club is unlikely unless his current three-game season-opening suspension somehow gets trimmed to a game.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 7/26/15 1:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he is in great shape and that his arm feels great. He believes the offense can be even better than it was in 2014.
Huddle Up: The QB established career highs in attempts (608), completions (408), completion percentage (67.1), yards (4,952) and matched his career-best mark with 32 TD passes last season, and fantasy GMs have are jumping on the Big Ben bandwagon as the 33-year-old is currently going eighth in early fantasy drafts with an ADP of 75.7.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/26/15 9:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell looked explosive during the first day of training camp Sunday, July 26, and he said he is in the best shape of his life.
Huddle Up: Bell, of course, has had plenty of time to recover from the knee sprain that kept him out of the team's wild-card loss, and it still remains to be seen if he'll have to serve his full three-game suspension to open the season. Regardless, he's had the highest ADP (4.78) in early drafts so far.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 7/25/15 10:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant played an average of just 29% of offensive snaps in 2014, but he is expected to serve as the primary No. 2 receiver on the outside in 2015 with WR Markus Wheaton moving to more of a slot role.
Huddle Up: Bryant was productive playing around a third of the snaps, so there's plenty of reason for optimism with him slated for a big jump in playing time.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 7/25/15 10:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown ended speculation that he may hold out when he showed up for the first day of training camp Saturday, July 25. 'Hold outs never go well,' said Brown. 'Just look at history. It always ends badly. It wouldn't be the best decision. I make a lot of money. I pull up to camp in Rolls- Royces.'
Huddle Up: Brown recognizes that he'll get paid, so it's nice of him to eliminate the worry fantasy owners might have and just show up to honor his existing contract.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/21/15 8:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's supposed appeal for his three-game suspension has not been brought to the attention of commissioner Roger Goodell. Bell was suspended for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.
Huddle Up: Like Tom Brady, Bell and his fantasy owners are in a holding pattern, wondering if the suspension will get reduced by a game or two. But unlike the Brady appeal, the ruling on Bell could certainly alter the first round in re-draft leagues as the RB could be drafted anywhere from first through 12th, depending largely on the length of the suspension.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 7/16/15 11:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams has lost some weight this offseason since head coach Mike Tomlin asked Williams to report to training camp at 220 pounds or less. Williams said he is currently at the target weight after working with a nutritionist this offseason.
Huddle Up: Thanks to health issues, the 32-year-old Williams is coming off his worst year (219 rushing yards in six games) in nine pro seasons, but he should enter fantasy drafts as one of the most valuable handcuff backs given that it looks like he'll get at least three starts with Le'Veon Bell opening the season on suspension.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 6/24/15 1:08am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates said he wants to show he can be a multi-dimensional wide receiver and not just a deep threat. 'I'm just trying to do everything I can to showcase I'm an all-around guy who can play anywhere,' Coates said.
Huddle Up: In other words, the third-round pick wants to fill more than the one-trick role Martavis Bryant filled as a rookie last season when he caught only 26 passes but averaged a full 21.1 yards per grab. And, hey, comeing close to matching Bryant's eight TDs would be quite an accomplisment.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 6/19/15 8:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton said the slot position is not out of his comfort zone, but there are things he needs to learn that are different from playing on the outside. Wheaton said he's seeing a lot of the same defensive reads in the slot that he did on the outside.
Huddle Up: The 2013 third-round pick made a big-time leap last season, increasing his reception total from six to 53, but another big jump is rather unlikely with Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and emerging second-year wideout Martavis Bryant seemingly all ahead of him on the team's target totem pole.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/18/15 2:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he has not had the appeal of his three-game suspension heard at this point and does not know when the appeal will be scheduled.
Huddle Up: Mainly due to the suspension, Bell is currently ranked 13th on the Huddle's RB cheat sheet, but any reduction in his suspension figures to move him up incrementally into solid RB1 territory.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/14/15 10:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has focused on improving his game and mastering the flanker position this offseason, which has shown in his on-field confidence, according to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. QB Ben Roethlisberger has gained trust in Bryant, per Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Bryant turned heads during organized team activities during the week and can play both inside and outside.
Huddle Up: Bryant was a big-play master as a rookie, averaging 21.1 yards on his 26 receptions with almost a third of them (eight) resulting in TDs. Those numbers obviously aren't likely to repeat themselves, but his targets (48) and receptions should more than double as he'll be ready to contribute from the the get-go this season.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/11/15 10:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is excited about the team's offense heading into the 2015 season, which he feels might be the best supporting cast of his career. "I hate to yes or no, because I don't want to offend anybody else who's been here," Roethlisberger said. "But you look at stats from the NFL. We had the No. 1 wide receiver and the No. 1 overall back. Kind of hard to argue with those numbers."
Huddle Up: The weaponry also as benefited Big Ben as he posted career highs in passing yards (4,952) and TD passes (32) last season while finishing as fantasy's fifth highest-scoring fantasy QB (378 standard points). Don't be surprised if his numbers regress a little bit, but expect him to be in the thick of the QB1 discussion again this season.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 6/8/15 12:07am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer is in line to return kicks in 2015 after being stripped of the duty at the end of last season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers need to get the speedy Archer on the field, and kick-return duty seems like the most viable option as long as stud Le'Veon Bell is healthy and deservedly monopolizing the backfield touches.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/7/15 3:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been working out three times per day this offseason and currently weighs 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds more than he weighed during his rookie season. "Everyone gets bigger and better every year," Bryant said. "I wanted to make sure I got better. I didn't want to slack off or become complacent. I had some things I wanted to get done in the offseason, so I went to work."
Huddle Up: Bryant only caught 26 passes as a rookie last season but certainly made them count, averaging 21.1 yards per grab and reeling in eight TD tosses. It's not reasonable to expect that average or TD ratio to repeat themselves, but definitely expect more targets and catches and don't be surprised if he emerges as a the team's No. 2 option in back of Antonio Brown.
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