Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 10/13/15 12:33am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 111 yards and a TD and added four receptions for 16 yards Monday, Oct. 12 in a 24-20 win over the San Diego Chargers. Bell's rushing TD was a 1-yarder on the final play of the game.
Huddle Up: With the Michael Vick-quarterbacked Steelers facing the Chargers and their poor run defense, it shaped up to be a busy night for Bell, and it was as he received 25 touches and turned them into his third straight 15-point-plus fantasy night since returning from his two-game suspension. As for the dramatic walk-off TD, it was the cherry on top for one of the elite fantasy studs in the league.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 10/12/15 8:14pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was not activated to the 53-man roster Monday, Oct. 12, and is not eligible to play tonight against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: This is the first game that the big-play Bryant was eligible to play in after serving a four-game suspension, but he reportedly tweaked a knee in his first practice back and will need some extra time.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 10/10/15 12:03am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant appears unlikely to make his season debut in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers despite the fact his four-game suspension is complete. He has practiced just once this week, and the team does not have to activate him for the game if they do not choose, and since he isn't active they do not need to disclose what kind of injury he is dealing with.
Huddle Up: There are very few details right now about why Bryant won't play this week but fantasy owners will have to continue to wait on Bryant. It looks like he won't be activated this week.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 10/10/15 12:37pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (knee) injured his knee during practice Monday, Oct. 5, which likely will keep him out of the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Bryant will be ready for Week 6 but owners will have to be prepared for him to be out on Monday night.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 10/9/15 8:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has practiced only once this week, and QB Michael Vick said he is a little concerned about Bryant's availability for the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Bryant didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and hasn't been added to the active roster yet. The reason for his absence isn't known but coming off his four-game suspension it looks like there's a chance Bryant won't be ready to play on Sunday. Owners will need to have other options ready.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 10/6/15 4:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton looks dramatically improved from his ankle injury and has a good chance to play in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Wheaton was limited to one catch for 18 yards in Week 4 and has been a disappointment overall with only eight receptions for 156 yards on the season, but has had ample time to recover with the Steelers having 11 days between games and should be out there this coming Monday night if you need him.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 10/2/15 12:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five of his nine targets for 42 yards Thursday night in his team's 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It ended his streak at 35 games with at least five receptions and 50 yards.
Huddle Up: As USA Today Sports' Ryan R. Bonini tweeted after the contest, "so even though @Steelers WR Antonio Brown is matchup proof, he's not Michael Vick proof." Sadly after only one game, it's kinda looking that way as Vick struggled through a 19-of-26, 124-yard, one-TD outing with few big-play opportunities. Yeah, you're still starting Brown if you own him, but maybe it's time to also explore trade possibilities if you can get close to full pre- Roethlisberger-injury value for Brown.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 10/1/15 4:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's production could suffer with QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) out four to six weeks. Brown credits astounding chemistry he has with Roethlisberger on and off the field to their success. Roethlisberger throws to Brown about 30 percent of the time on broken plays, and QB Michael Vick has had accuracy issues.
Huddle Up: That may well turn out to be the case, but definitely still start Brown as usual and see what happens in Game 1 Thursday night.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/27/15 8:21pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is expected to miss at least four weeks due to the knee injury he suffered in the Week 3 win against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: It's a big blow to the Steelers' offense. Mike Vick will take over and while he's surrounded by a bevy of weapons in Pitsburgh, Vick isn't a viable fantasy option right now. He's a QB2 for the time being.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/27/15 10:52pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) did not suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but he an MRI revealed he has a sprained medial collateral ligament and is now expected to miss 'probably six weeks,' according to a source.
Huddle Up: The quarterback position has been decimated by injuries this year. Big Ben will miss at least a month with his ACL sprain. Mike Vick will take over the offense until he returns.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 9/24/15 7:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (chest) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on in the Steel City as Wheaton practiced Wednesday and wasn't listed on the injury/participation report. He's third on the team with five catches for 122 yards, and Darrius Heyward-Bey would get a bump if Wheaton somehow can't play or is limited Sunday in St. Louis.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/23/15 2:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said the team plans on continuing to attempt 2-point conversions after a 3-for-3 start in said situations on the season. 'Oh, we're going to keep doing it,' Roethlisberger said. 'We don't practice it this much to not do it. We practice it every single day. ... I tried to tell you guys early on that we would do it, and I think you guys kind of didn't quite believe it. But it's something we feel comfortable with.'
Huddle Up: A nice little added bonus for the fantasy GMs who own Big Ben and the Steelers' other main skill-position players, but it meanwhile obviously lowers the value of PK Josh Scobee who has struggled regardless, missing two of his four FG attempts and one of his five extra-point kicks.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/22/15 8:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is slated to return for Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams after serving his two-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Bell owners should be positively salivating after watching 32-year-old backup DeAngelo Williams compile the most fantasy points (40) among RBs over the first two weeks.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 9/17/15 3:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams, who gained 127 yards against the New England Patriots in the season opener, will still be a factor in the running game when RB Le'Veon Bell returns from suspension, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. 'I think he's proven he can be a guy who can help give Le'Veon breaks. If he's tired, he won't be nervous to come out because he knows he has a guy who can step up right behind him and do great things.'
Huddle Up: After LeGarrette Blount was released, Bell really didn't have a handcuff last season, but it looks like the veteran Williams will fill that bill this season. If you Bell owners don't already have him rostered, perhaps he'll get released in the next few weeks with Bell returning in Week 3.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/11/15 12:07am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught a team-high nine passes for 133 yards and a TD Thursday, Sept. 10 in a 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots. Brown's TD reception came with 2 seconds remaining in the game.
Huddle Up: Brown made an already-strong PPR night 8.1 points stronger with his garbage-time 11-yard scoring reception. He also earlier extended one of the more amazing statistical streaks in NFL history as he now has had at least five-or-more catches and 50-or- more receiving yards in 33 consecutive games (i.e. since the start of the 2013 season).
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 9/11/15 12:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams rushed 21 times for a game-high 127 yards and added a 5-yard reception Thursday, Sept. 10 in a 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old Williams, the ex-Panther filling in for the suspended Le'Veon Bell, looked as if he turned back the clock five years, averaging an even six yards per carry. Those who started him, though, got vultured when FB Will Johnson was put in for a 1- yard scoring plunge in the third quarter. Still, as long as Williams can stay healthy, the Steelers will have a strong No. 2 back for the rest of the season, and Bell owners will have a must- own handcuff if they haven't locked him up already.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 9/9/15 9:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates is considered to be the No. 5 wide receiver by beat writer Ed Bouchette, behind WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 3 wideout job.
Huddle Up: If you're looking for a short-term fill in for Martavis Bryant, Coates isn't it. Not that DHB is much of an answer, either.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 9/2/15 10:02am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will have a bigger role with WR Martavis Bryant suspended the first four games.
Huddle Up: The anticipation is that DHB will provide a deep threat with Bryant out of the mix, but the real question is can he make the catch after getting behind the defenders? That's what has significantly limited Hayward-Bey to this point in his NFL career.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/1/15 11:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown received a $2 million signing bonus as part of the restructured contracts of Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham, according to sources. Brown's salary increased to $8 million from $6 million.
Huddle Up: Certainly well-deserved on his 2014 fantasy numbers alone, and fantasy GMs are counting on more of the same this year as Brown owns the top WR ADP in both standard- and PPR-league drafts.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/31/15 10:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's appeal of his suspension has been denied, and he will sit out the first four games of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Bryant leads the league in receiving yards this preseason with 205 and two TDs on seven catches, but he now won't be eligible for regular-season action until Oct. 12. Missing a quarter of the fantasy season will send a player tumbling down the draft board, but he's definitely worth a pickup if he's still available in the later rounds of your draft.
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.
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