DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/21/16 11:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) has been ruled out Week 7 against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Williams did not practice all week. While Fitzgerald Toussaint moves up a spot on the depth chart for now, Williams' status this week all but locks Le'Veon Bell into a massive workload for an offense that was already missing Ben Roethlisberger.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 10/20/16 6:57am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) has no timetable to begin practicing. Green was permitted to begin practicing Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: Green will likely need a couple of weeks of practice before he'll be able to play in a game. He's a solid chip at full health, but it's 50-50 whether he's worth stashing at this critical point in the fantasy season with bye weeks testing roster depth.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/19/16 7:50am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) could miss four to six weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. 'Doc says my knee looked good, but there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis,' Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 'He said that might keep me out a little longer than just a simple meniscus tear. Maybe an extra week or so. But there's no way to put an exact timetable on it. It all depends on my pain and how I feel.'
Huddle Up: The Steelers have a bye in Week 8, which means Big Ben could just miss three games. The team could opt to hold him out for Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns because of the short week for Week 12 at the Indianapolis Colts. Landry Jones had a couple bright spots last season, but he's just a matchup play in DFS.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/19/16 12:49pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney said a two-to-three week timetable for QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is considered a best-case scenario but believes a fair range for his return would be two to six weeks.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Week 7, so owners will need to check on his status after the team's Week 8 bye. Landry Jones will be the Steelers' starting quarterback in Week 7 but should be avoided in all leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/19/16 8:16pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) might miss just two to three weeks due to his torn meniscus. Team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday, Oct. 19, that the two- to three-week timetable is a 'best case' scenario.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger might miss just one game in Week 7, using the bye in Week 8 to rest and get ready for Week 9. Landry Jones will start in his place in Week 7.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 10/19/16 8:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) said Wednesday, Oct. 19, that he re-injured his shoulder and does not expect to play until after the bye in Week 8.
Huddle Up: If Wheaton is expected to be sidelined Eli Rogers and Cobi Hamilton would be called upon to fill the void, but only Rogers is worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/18/16 10:00am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will not play in Week 7 against the New England Patriots after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus Monday, Oct. 17.
Huddle Up: The Steelers go on a bye after this week, so it is quite possible he will make it back in time to suit up against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 if all goes well with his recovery. Landry Jones will get the start against the Patriots, but he is well off the fantasy radar. Roethlisberger's absence is a severe temporary downgrade for the fantasy stock of Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates, and a slight hit to Le'Veon Bell as well despite the fact he might see a few more touches.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 10/18/16 10:45am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is eligible to return to practice this week, but head coach Mike Tomlin said a decision to that end has yet to be made.
Huddle Up: Nearly seven weeks into the season, we really still do not have a good grasp on whether or not Green is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery or dealing with lingering effects from multiple concussions, which was once thought to be the main concern. With only one more game before the bye, the Steelers will likely sit him out Week 7 and attempt to have him ready for the second half of the season, beginning in Week 9 versus the Baltimore Ravens. Jesse James will continue to start in his absence.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/17/16 6:42am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is expected to have a cleanup procedure on his knee Monday, Oct. 17, which is likely to yield a short recovery time.
Huddle Up: Big Ben could just miss one game and be back in Week 9 after their bye week. Landry Jones is not a good play against the New England Patriots in Week 7.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/16/16 8:08am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to line up at wide receiver at times during the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Bell has been involved in the passing game since he returned from his suspension with 14 carries with 122 yards in two games. Bell should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues and his receiving yards makes him very valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/16/16 9:40am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hand) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Coates probably will be limited by the hand injury but should still be attractive to owners because of his big-play potential. He should be considered a No. 3 receiver or a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/16/16 11:06am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) left the team's Week 6 game because of a knee injury and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Roethlisberger will be able to return or if he will miss extended time because of the injury. Roethlisberger is a weekly starting option when healthy.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/16/16 12:03pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) was able to return to the team's Week 6 game after missing some time because of a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Roethlisberger suffers any setbacks or if he will need to miss more playing time.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/16/16 3:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) said Sunday, Oct. 16, he will get an MRI on the left knee he banged up in the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins. His right knee was bruised in the loss. 'It obviously hurts,' Roethlisberger added.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger should be good to go if the MRI concludes he only has bruised and no structural damage. He is a fantasy must-start whenever he is in the starting lineup.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/16/16 8:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (finger) was active for the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins, but he was held off the scoresheet despite being targeted four times.
Huddle Up: Coates had 139 yards and two scores last week, and looked to be emerging as a fantasy standout. So much for that. He has a fractured finger, so that has certainly stalled his ascension to fantasy stardom. Don't drop him, but temper expectations for the next couple of games until he gets back to full health.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 10/16/16 8:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown posted four receptions for 39 yards in the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins. He was targeted eight times.
Huddle Up: With the Steelers behind for a majority of the game, it's surprising Brown didn't have more stats even in garbage time. Credit the Dolphins with holding him down. AB will look to bounce back in Week 7 against the visiting New England Patriots, although his fantasy production might take a hit with Landry Jones likely to start at least a game or two with Ben Roethlisberger set to have surgery for a torn meniscus.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/16/16 8:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Le'Veon Bell rushed 10 times for 53 yards in the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins, and he added six receptions for a team-high 55 yards on seven targets.
Huddle Up: Bell had a decent performance for fantasy owners in PPR leagues, but his rushing total was ordinary and his lack of touchdowns made for a mediocre line in standard formats. Bell should be even more of a focal point of the offense with Ben Roethlisberger set for surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It's uncertain how much time he will miss.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 10/16/16 8:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was targeted twice in the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins, but he had no receptions. He made up for it with his feet, running 60 yards for a touchdown on his only carry of the game.
Huddle Up: The big scoring play was nice, but he does not touch the ball enough to warrant fantasy usage in most formats.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/16/16 8:18pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) suffered a torn meniscus and he is scheduled for surgery Monday, Oct. 17. He left the Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins, but returned and gritted it out through injury.
Huddle Up: With Big Ben on the shelf that means Landry Jones is expected to take over as the starting quarterback. Reserve Big Ben, but certainly do not drop him. It's uncertain how long Roethlisberger will be sidelined.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 10/16/16 9:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He will not play in the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots, but the team has a bye in Week 8. There is no official timetable for Roethlisberger's return, but it is possible he might be ready for the Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens, missing just one game.
Huddle Up: Reserve Roethlisberger for Week 7, obviously, but know that his injury isn't as serious as Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, and he might only need a couple of weeks to recover.
Landry Jones - QBPosted 10/16/16 9:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones is expected to start in Week 7 against the New England Patriots with QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) scheduled to have surgery on his left knee for a torn meniscus.
Huddle Up: Jones has plenty of weapons at his disposal, and could put up solid statistics for fantasy owners in leagues which require two starting signal callers. However, he isn't worth using in most standard formats.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/15/16 10:06am ET
Updating a previous story, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hand) is dealing with a broken index finger in addition to seven stitches in his left hand. He is listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Miami Dolphins but was able to catch passes while getting in a limited practice on Friday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Local reporters seem to believe Coates will play, but it may be difficult for him to live up to the bar he has set in recent weeks considering the nature of his injury. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh ends up giving him the week off, but if he does go, he is certainly worth a start as a WR3 given his big-play nature and forgiving matchup against an overmatched secondary.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/14/16 11:15am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hand) was able to catch passes with his lacerated hand Friday, Oct. 14, but he is listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Coates is awaiting clearance from doctors, which means owners need to keep checking back for updates for a receiver with another salivating matchup after burning the New York Jets last week. If Coates must sit, Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be asked to step up.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 10/14/16 9:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers (toe) is expected to return from a turf toe injury in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, and the team believes Rogers will draw the attention of the safeties and help free up WR Antonio Brown.
Huddle Up: Injuries could force Rogers into a starting role, and he could be a sneaky sleeper against a Miami in Week 6.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/13/16 1:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (finger) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Coates has not practiced yet this week, so there is cause for concern here. It will be telling if he's able to practice or not tomorrow. If Coates can't play, then Eli Rogers and Markus Wheaton would assume the No. 2 and No. 3 receiver positions, with Rogers likely in the slot. That's assuming Wheaton plays, too. Rogers would not be a bad sleeper start if Coates is out, but Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell would be the only automatic starts in that case.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 10/13/16 2:59pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Wheaton and Sammie Coates have both missed practice this week. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are both due for a plethora of targets, but especially if either Wheaton and/or Coates aren't playing. Keep tabs on their statuses this weekend, but Coates is definitely the better play if both he and Wheaton are active.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/13/16 6:49pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (non-injury) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Williams isn't worth starting as long as Le'Veon Bell is healthy and staying out of trouble, but he is a must-own handcuff for Bell owners.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 10/12/16 1:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Coates suffered the injury during last week's game, but he has said he expects to play in Week 6. Owners should monitor the situation during the week because he can be a No. 3 receiver in most leagues if he plays.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/12/16 2:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Williams has received only five carries since Le'Veon Bell has returned to the lineup and should continue to see limited playing time moving forward. Owners should keep Williams on the bench unless Bell suffers an injury.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/11/16 9:42am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) was among the injured players head coach Mike Tomlin discussed with the media Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Huddle Up: Williams only received one carry against the New York Jets in Week 5, so this might help to explain that. Unfortunately, owners won't know anymore until the Steelers return to practice Wednesday, but his status is much less important in fantasy now than it would have been about two weeks ago. Given his high-profile status as perhaps the best handcuff in fantasy, he's obviously well worth holding in the event of another injury or suspension to Le'Veon Bell.
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