Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/21/17 6:41am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to sign his franchise tender and report shortly after the third preseason game, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bell is a PPR beast, but he has missed significant time the last two years due to injury and suspension. He's one of the top handful of backs in fantasy with the usual risks.
James Conner - RBPosted 8/20/17 4:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Conner may be the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job at this point and could work with the starters in the third preseason game. He has a chance be an option in the late rounds of drafts because Le'Veon Bell has an injury history.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/20/17 6:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant saw his first game action in 18 months, finishing with two catches for 20 yards in a 17-13 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Bryant's issues off the field are well documented, but he is a big-play weapon on the field. He is a high-risk, high-reward option, but the gamble is worth it if you can land him as a WR3.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/18/17 11:49am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to report to training camp, reportedly turned down a five-year contract extension averaging more than $12 million per year annually that his agent and the team had agreed upon right before the July 17 NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.
Huddle Up: It has already been reported that Bell intends to report to camp in the coming days, but Bell's desire to reset the market for running backs may ultimately end up hurting him. While he does have a history of keeping himself in good shape and coming back from long layoffs, the history of players - especially running backs - missing most of camp and holding up for the season is not great. At this point, a compelling case can be made to slide Bell down fantasy draft boards every so slightly.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/18/17 3:16pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Brown should play in the third preseason game like he did last season. Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/17/17 10:27am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the Steelers prior to the commencement of the regular season, although it is unclear exactly when he will report, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bell continues to wait for a long-term deal after being tagged this offseason. Nevertheless, he will return to the field as arguably the best running back in the game. He has to be one of the first two players taken off the board in any format.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 8/17/17 4:12pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17, because of a bone bruise in his knee.
Huddle Up: It appears Smith-Schuster is dealing with a minor injury but may miss the second preseason game because of the injury. He is still an option for the No. 3 receiver job but needs to return to the field if he wants to win the job. He has a chance to be a late-round flier in deeper leagues if he receives a solid role in the passing game.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 8/16/17 7:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Coates is expected to battle for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, and the offensive firepower makes that spot relevant. He's on the WR5 watch list.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/16/17 3:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been told that he will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, but will play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger had a similar workload last preseason, so the team wants to make sure he is healthy for the start of the regular season. Roethlisberger has plenty of weapons to work with in the passing game but is not a great fantasy option because he has struggled on the road for the last few seasons. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 8/16/17 5:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 16, after suffering an undisclosed injury. He was on the ground for a few minutes but was able to walk off on his own.
Huddle Up: Owners probably will know more about Smith-Schuster's injury in the next day or two and there is a chance he misses the second preseason game. He has been competing for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp but could lose the job if he misses time. He could be worth a late-round flier if he wins the No. 3 receiver job.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 8/14/17 3:44pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) said hopes to be activated from Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Coates probably will compete for the No. 3 receiver job when he returns to practice but may be behind Eli Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart at this point. He has dealt with injuries over the last year and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 8/13/17 5:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) said he felt great after doing individual work and 7-on-7 drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, and he is on track to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: As long as Conner's recovery remains on schedule, he should enter the season as the primary backup to Le'Veon Bell. He is one of the more appealing backup running backs to draft, and Bell owners should grab him as a handcuff.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 8/13/17 6:44pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is in a battle for the No. 3 receiver role in Pittsburgh. If he breaks camp with the job, he is worth a late-round flier. If he has a smaller role, his value is limited to keeper formats.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/12/17 9:35am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant participated in a closed practice session Thursday, Aug. 10, and has been cleared for full practice Sunday, Aug. 13, after the Steelers received word from the league earlier in the week he was allowed to rejoin the team.
Huddle Up: The reports on Bryant have been positive all offseason, but he is at risk of being overpriced in fantasy as his ADP has already shot into the fourth round. While he certainly has the talent to live up to it, he will be hard-pressed to do so in an offense that will be centered around Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. Owners also need to consider the likelihood Ben Roethlisberger will miss time again this season. He's a high-risk, high-reward WR2 at his current ADP.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/11/17 2:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 11, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bryant is allowed to play in preseason games but has not practiced with the team yet, so he is more likely to play in the second preseason game. He is a risky option for fantasy owners because of his off-field issues but can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver because of his big-play ability.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 8/11/17 4:28pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) left the preseason game early Friday, Aug. 11, and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Smith-Schuster will miss time because of a concussion. He is competing for the slot receiver job but may be the No. 4 receiver if he misses extended time. He could be a No. 5 receiver in some leagues if he is the slot receiver for the Steelers.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 8/11/17 5:23pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) suffered a concussion during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster will not return to the field until he is able to pass his concussion tests, so his chance to be the No. 3 receiver is in question. His fantasy value will depend on what his role will be in the Steelers offense.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/9/17 3:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he has been in contact with RB Le'Veon Bell during his holdout but does not have an update on when Bell will report. Bell is working out in South Florida and may report to the team in late August.
Huddle Up: Bell probably does not need a lot of practice time before he plays in a game, so he likely will skip most of the preseason. Bell has dealt with injuries during his career but is one of the top running backs in the NFL when healthy. He should be a first-round pick in all leagues and could be selected with the first-overall pick.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/9/17 4:31pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been cleared for all preseason activities but will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular season activities.
Huddle Up: Bryant can practice during training camp and play in preseason games for now but appears to be on track to be on the field for Week 1. He can be a solid No. 3 fantasy receiver despite his off-field issues.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/9/17 4:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is now permitted to participate in all football activities, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Bryant probably will not play in the first preseason game but has a chance to play in the second game. Bryant is a risky option for owners because of his previous off-field issues but is a productive player with 14 touchdowns in 21 career regular season games. He should be considered a high-end No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Fitzgerald Toussaint - RBPosted 8/8/17 8:49am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint is listed as the first-team running back with RB Le'Veon Bell not in camp.
Huddle Up: Toussaint has something to prove before he can be anything more than a handcuff in fantasy. Bell has had trouble staying on the field the last couple of seasons, and Toussaint could make a name for himself for future usage this preseason.
James Conner - RBPosted 8/8/17 6:43pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) participated in light drills during practice Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Conner probably will miss the first preseason game but appears to be on track to return to practice on a full-time basis. Conner has a good chance to be the No. 2 running back this season and see some work during games. He is only a late-round option at this point as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/6/17 5:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to be fully reinstated and return to practice this week, a team source said Sunday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: Assuming Bryant stays out of trouble and on the field, he will be a high-upside WR3 as the deep threat in Pittsburgh's passing attack.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 8/6/17 7:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster split reps with WR Eli Rogers as the slot receiver with the first-team, but Smith-Schuster was used more often in the red zone.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has some intriguing long-term potential, so he is worth a roster spot in keeper formats. He probably doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues unless Martavis Bryant or Antonio Brown misses time.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/4/17 10:48am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has yet to satisfy all of the NFL's requirements for reinstatement after serving his one-year drug suspension and will continue to not be allowed to practice at training camp until that changes. 'Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant?s clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games,' according to a statement provided by league spokesman Brian McCarthy, who added there is no timetable for a decision from the league.
Huddle Up: Bryant must pass an NFL review prior to the start of the regular season in order to play Week 1 and will be evaluated during the season before being granted full reinstatement. Whether or not this throws cold water on his rising ADP in fantasy drafts is another story, but it should. Until he is cleared by the league, owners can't assume he will be. He should be considered a high-risk, high-reward WR3 until he receives his clearance.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/3/17 7:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was unable to finish practice Thursday, Aug. 3, because of a right ankle injury, but head coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the injury.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger was great at home but struggled on the road last year, making him a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2 in 2017.
Justin Hunter - WRPosted 8/3/17 7:34pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter is 'making a lot of plays,' head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Hunter has never been able to live up to the hype, and even if he can emerge as the No. 3 receiver, he isn't likely to have much fantasy value.
James Conner - RBPosted 8/2/17 3:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint and probably will only be sidelined for a few days, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Conner could miss the first preseason game but should be back on the field in the near future. He is considered the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job and would start if Le'Veon Bell decides to hold out during the regular season. Conner will only see limited touches if Bell is healthy and probably should only be a late-round option as a possible handcuff to Bell.
James Conner - RBPosted 7/31/17 3:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) was sent to a Pittsburgh hospital Monday, July 31, to have his injured shoulder evaluated. Head coach Mike Tomlin said he is not sure about the severity of Conner's injury.
Huddle Up: Owners likely will know about Conner's injury in the next few days. Conner has been receiving most of the first-team snaps since Le'Veon Bell is not at camp and has a decent chance to be the No. 2 running back this season. He could be a handcuff to Bell in fantasy leagues or a late-round option in deeper leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 7/30/17 4:01pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during practice Sunday, July 30, and will be reevaluated in the near future, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Owners should keep an eye on the situation because Conner is expected to be the No. 2 running back this season. He will see limited playing time as long as Le'Veon Bell is healthy but will have value as a possible handcuff to Bell in fantasy leagues.
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