James Conner - RBPosted 12/9/18 6:58am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) will be evaluated Monday, Dec. 10, but there is a possibility that he could miss Week 15's game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Conner was injured during Week 13's game versus the Los Angeles Chargers and has already been ruled out for Week 14's contest against the Oakland Raiders. Jaylen Samuels will receive the bulk of the carries for as long as Conner is sidelined and warrants consideration as a flex option in most fantasy formats. Stevan Ridley could also see a handful of carries but should be avoided in all leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/9/18 7:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) completed 25-of-29 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 14 game against the Oakland Raiders, but he exited early due to a rib injury. He said after the game that he expects to start in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger was replaced by Joshua Dobbs, and that's who would start if Big Ben is unable to practice and/or misses additional playing time.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 12/9/18 8:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught eight of his 12 targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster topped 100 yards for the third time in the last four games, putting up WR1 numbers in the process. As long as the injury to Ben Roethlisberger isn't serious, there is no reason to expect Smith-Schuster to slow down any time soon.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 12/9/18 8:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels rushed 11 times for 28 yards and caught seven passes for 64 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Samuels was unable to find much room on the ground, but his receiving skills paid dividends. If James Conner can't return in Week 15, Samuels can be a decent flex play, especially in PPR formats.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/9/18 8:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five of his seven targets for 35 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Brown was never able to find a rhythm in this one, and the Pittsburgh offense just wasn't clicking in what looked like a great matchup on paper. Even the best in the business deliver the occasional dud, but it came at the worst possible time for Brown owners with the fantasy playoffs in full swing.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/5/18 1:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Brown was simply getting a mid-week veteran's rest and there is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as some get ready for their playoffs this weekend. AB84 will be there and ready to roll against a poor and very giving Oakland Raiders side.
Ryan Switzer - WRPosted 12/5/18 1:42pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) went through a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Switzer was knocked out of the Sunday Night game late against the Chargers, but it appears he has quickly moved through the league's mandated concussion protocol and is trending toward being ready for Sunday's tilt in Oakland. He has emerged as a decent WR4 or flex option in deeper PPR formats.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 12/5/18 7:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels said he will be the starting running back for the Week 14 game but will split playing time with RB Stevan Ridley.
Huddle Up: Samuels should be involved in the running and passing game this week and probably will have a favorable matchup. He can be considered at least a flex option in most leagues. Ridley probably will only receive a handful of carries and can be avoided in leagues.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 12/4/18 9:18am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels is the front-runner to start in Week 14 after it was announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, that starting RB James Conner (ankle) will be sidelined with an ankle sprain. RBs Stevan Ridley and Trey Edmunds figure to be the backups.
Huddle Up: Samuels is a converted tight end who filled in after Conner went down late in Week 13, rushing two times for five yards and catching all three of his targets for 20 yards and a TD. Ridley has more rushing attempts (18) and yards (56) than Samuels (12- 31) on the season and also likely will be involved, but Samuels will be the Pittsburgh back fantasy general managers should target.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/4/18 9:10am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) will miss Week 14 with a sprained ankle, head coach Mike Tomlin said in a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 4. Conner's injury wasn't a leg contusion as first reported, and the ankle sprain is more significant than first expected.
Huddle Up: Conner is the latest RB1 to go down and miss time late in the season -- just in time for the fantasy postseason. Hopefully, Conner owners have heeded the warnings and secured the services of likely replacement Jaylen Samuels.
Mike Tomlin - HCPosted 12/4/18 9:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said using a running-back committee 'is our intention' Tuesday, Dec. 4, in replacing injured starting RB James Conner (ankle).
Huddle Up: Jaylen Samuels, a converted tight end, is the favorite to start and have the most fantasy value as long as Conner is out, but veteran Steven Ridley and Trey Edmunds, just elevated from the practice squad, also figure to be involved. In other words, there isn't likely to be another Pittsburgh RB1 as Conner was in replacing Le'Veon Bell.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/3/18 8:05am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (leg) wasn't believed to have suffered a major injury, and it wasn't to his ankle. The swelling will be somewhat of an indicator.
Huddle Up: It looks like Conner has avoided anything serious, and he should remain in the RB1 discussion in the interim.
Ryan Switzer - WRPosted 12/2/18 8:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) left the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to concussion.
Huddle Up: Switzer left the game for the locker room and is officially in the league's mandated concussion protocol. When healthy he has some fantasy appeal for those in PPR formats.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/2/18 8:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (lower leg) left the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to an apparent lower right leg or ankle injury. He limped off to the locker room to be evaluated.
Huddle Up: Conner was able to punch in a pair of rushing touchdowns before departing, but obviously fantasy owners are concerned with the playoffs right around the corner. Jaylen Samuels would be the player to target if Conner is forced to the shelf.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/2/18 10:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 29 of 45 passes for 281 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT during the team's Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Huddle Up: Big Ben was picked for the third straight game and passed for less than 300 yards for the first time since Nov. 4, so it wasn't a banner day. Worlds will collide next week when Roethlisberger, whose road woes are well known, travels to the Black Hole to face a woeful Raiders team. To paraphrase the late, great Gorilla Monsoon, it's the resistible force meeting the movable object. Consider your alternatives before deploying Roethlisberger in Oakland.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/2/18 10:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: After taking a backseat to JuJu Smith-Schuster recently, Brown was the alpha dog Sunday night, setting season bests in receptions and yardage. With the fantasy playoffs almost here owners would welcome a more productive AB down the stretch.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/2/18 10:20pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (leg) suffered a lower leg contusion on Sunday, Dec. 2, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Prior the injury, Conner ran 15 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns; he added 14 yards on three receptions.
Huddle Up: Conner was reportedly moving around alright after the game, but owners will need to keep an eye on what news the next 24 hours brings. If Conner misses time you'd probably be looking at a combination of Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley. Stay tuned.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 12/2/18 10:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald caught four passes for 28 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: McDonald had some good games early, but it's now six and counting since he last topped 50 receiving yards in a game. He's a desperation play.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 12/2/18 10:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had six receptions for 49 yards in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Huddle Up: This was Smith-Schuster's worst game since a four-catch, 33-yard effort against the Browns in late October. He should have plenty of chances to bounce back next week against the Oakland Raiders.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 11/30/18 1:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been targeted at least five times in three of the last four games and has two touchdowns during that span but has been held to under 50 yards in all of those games. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues but is not a must-start option.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/30/18 1:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown five interceptions over the last two weeks but has played very well at home this season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues despite the matchup.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/29/18 1:14pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown five interceptions over the last two weeks but has also thrown for more than 300 yards in each of the last three games. He will be facing a solid Los Angeles Chargers defense this week but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 11/28/18 1:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was not able to practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: McDonald has an uphill battle to play this week. If he continues to miss practice then have Jesse James primed and ready to go as he would start in McDonald's place.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/28/18 1:22pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Big Ben has been lights out this year but faces one of the best fantasy pass defenses in the Los Angeles Chargers. He can still be started, of course, just lower your expectations.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/27/18 10:52am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner has fumbled four times this season, with the latest resulting in a turnover in the Week 12 loss to the Denver Broncos Broncos. Head coach Mike Tomlin said he's not 'overly concerned' with the issue in his weekly news conference Tuesday, Nov. 27, but knows upcoming opponents will put the running back's football security to the test.
Huddle Up: Ranking fourth in the league with 235 touches, Conner remains a weekly RB1 starter, but he has tailed off of late with 217 total yards and one TD on 46 touches over the last three games.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/27/18 10:42am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a soon-to-be free agent, hinted on Instagram on Monday, Nov. 26, that he wouldn't mind playing with the Indianapolis Colts next season, tagging a NFL Andrew Luck graphic with the words 'Just imagine.'
Huddle Up: There's no shortage of intriguing destinations for Bell, and Indy would rank high on any list with the potential pairing of the All-Pro back and QB Andrew Luck, who's currently enjoying an MVP-worthy comeback season.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 11/27/18 11:45am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) will be limited early this week with the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 12.
Huddle Up: McDonald has served in an underrated capacity in Pittsburgh's high-flying offense, but if he can't get to full health before game day then look for Jesse James to see more targets.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/25/18 9:32am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown needs five receptions in Week 12 on Sunday, Nov. 25, to become the fastest player in league history to reach 800 career catches.
Huddle Up: After failing to score in a Week 2 shootout with the Chiefs, Brown has caught a TD pass in eight straight games, which is now the longest current TD streak in the league. Keep rolling him out with extreme confidence as an elite WR1.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/25/18 7:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 41-of-56 passes for 462 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Big Ben had a season high in passing yardage, surpassing the 452 yards he posted in Week 2 against Kansas City. He has three straight 300-yard games, but this game snapped his four-game run with two or more passing scores. Next up is a battle next Sunday night against the visiting Chargers.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 11/25/18 8:24pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell misfired on one of his two field-goal attempts in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos, but he made up for it with a TD pass to OG Alejandro Villanueva on a fake field goal just before halftime.
Huddle Up: Despite the misfire on field goals, Boswell isn't in hot water in the Steel City. He remains a decent low-end No. 1 fantasy option heading into Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
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