James Conner - RBPosted 11/15/18 1:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: Conner should be cleared to play this week and will continue to be used in the running and passing game. He will be facing a tough defense in Week 11 but can still be a No. 1 or No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/15/18 12:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown for nine touchdowns and only one interception over the last three games but will be facing a solid Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Owners in most leagues can consider Roethlisberger as a low-end No. 1 quarterback this week.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/14/18 2:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) practiced in full on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: Conner appears to be trending toward being active in Week 11 after being shaken up late in Sunday's game. Circle back around on Friday for his official injury report designation.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/14/18 2:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: Big Ben was held out of the mid-week practice, as most veterans get to sit during mid-week workouts. He'll be ready to go for Sunday's battle against Jacksonville.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/13/18 9:13am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Nov. 13. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner will be given the opportunity to practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, and that should 'lay those (concussion) discussions to bed.'
Huddle Up: With Conner getting injured last Thursday, he has a little extra time to clear the protocol, and it sounds like his head coach has little doubt he will. Keep an eye out for official confirmation of course, but plan on having Conner is his usual RB1 role for the Week 11 game against the Jaguars.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/13/18 9:45am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Nov. 13, at his weekly news conference that he hasn't spoken to holdout RB Le'Veon Bell and that he has 'no expectation' about the situation. When asked about potentially never coaching Bell again, Tomlin replied, 'so be it.'
Huddle Up: Bell has until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to report or forego the rest of 2018 season, but he's still not expected to show, meaning a lost season for Bell's fantasy owners who weren't fortunate enough to pick up stud backup James Conner. Those rostering Conner and Bell, though, are better off if the latter stays away.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/13/18 10:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has scored a touchdown in seven straight games, which is the second-longest streak in franchise history behind an 11-game run from former WR Buddy Dial.
Huddle Up: The streak, which includes nine TDs in all, has erased any early-season doubts about Brown and vaulted him back to his customary standing among the top five fantasy wideouts. His 10 TDs on the season are the most among wide receivers.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/11/18 6:37am ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers are optimistic that RB James Conner (concussion) will clear concussion protocol prior to their Week 11 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Conner sustained the injury in Pittsburgh's victory over the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Nov. 8, so he will have a slightly longer-than-normal period of time to recover. Assuming that Le'Veon Bell does not report to the team within the next few days, Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels would split carries in the backfield if Conner is unable to play versus the Jaguars.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/10/18 6:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to report by the deadline Tuesday, Nov. 13, according to multiple sources, which would make him ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: If true, James Conner owners will no longer have to worry about Bell crashing the party. All Bell owners can do is wait until Tuesday and hope the reports turn out to be false.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/8/18 8:41am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell would be franchise tagged at the quarterback level, around $25 million in 2019, not at the lower number he was tagged at in 2018, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'I've been told by both league and team sources that neither the NFL nor the Steelers have any plan to argue that the second tag should carry over, should Bell not play this year,' NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported. 'They are all in agreement that any potential tag would be the third (or the transition).'
Huddle Up: What does this mean? Bell doesn't have to report at all, and he's likely to wind up a free agent after the season. The team is unlikely to tag him at that rate or transition tag him. It's still worth holding onto him, but the chances are high that he sits the entire season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/8/18 5:34pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is 'in town,' according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Huddle Up: Another development in the Bell saga, and it could be one that points to the franchise running back's return. We'll find out by Tuesday, which is the deadline for Bell to sign a contract in order for him to be eligible to play this season.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/8/18 7:44pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) exited against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. He had 13 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown and one catch for eight yards before exiting.
Huddle Up: With Pittsburgh dismantling the Panthers, Conner's night is likely over regardless of the results of his evaluation. Going forward the potential return of Le'Veon Bell is going to have more of an impact on his value than a possible concussion.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/8/18 8:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught all six of his targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in a 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10, and he has scored in eight of his nine games this season.
Huddle Up: Brown's yardage totals have been a little lackluster by his standards, but he is making up for it with frequent trips to the end zone. He's still delivering WR1 production.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 11/8/18 8:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three of his five targets for 90 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and added a 13-yard run in a 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has been a little more inconsistent in recent weeks, but he offers WR2 upside on a weekly basis.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/8/18 8:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of his 25 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger and company overwhelmed Carolina, and he remains on pace to have the best season of his career. He's entrenched as a QB1 heading into a Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/8/18 9:03pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the team next week, according to team president Art Rooney II.
Huddle Up: Speculation has been flying hot and heavy this week, but this is the team president talking, and though he stops short of explicitly saying Bell will report next week, he says more than once that he "expects" Bell to be there. As has been noted, Bell must report by Tuesday, Nov. 13, or he forfeits the 2018 season so all will be clear by then. In the off chance he's been discarded in your league, scoop him up post-haste.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/8/18 10:15pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: While it's never a good thing for a player to suffer a concussion, the silver lining here is that Conner will get a few extra days to recover. The injury is sure to amplify interest in the potential return of Le'Veon Bell, who must report by this coming Tuesday or miss the season entirely, and could affect any possible plans to ease Bell into action (should he report). Stay tuned.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/7/18 12:22pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (coaches' decision) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: Brown will play tomorrow night assuming there aren't any setbacks prior to kickoff. Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry has held his own versus elite receivers for the most part this year, but Brown remains a top-five fantasy receiver candidate.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/7/18 12:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger) put in a full practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is good to go for Week 10. A tough test looms in the form of the Carolina Panthers, but Big Ben still possesses fringe QB1 appeal. Some quarterbacks to consider ahead of him include Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Wentz and Tom Brady.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/6/18 9:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted 'Farewell Miami' on Monday, possibly indicating he's heading north to report and end his season-long holdout from the team. Bell needs to report by Nov. 13 to make sure he accrues enough service time to reach free agency in March.
Huddle Up: This could turn into a nightmare scenario for those fantasy general managers who own both Bell and James Conner, who trails only Todd Gurley in RB fantasy points per game. If Bell reports this week, he could return to the field as soon as Week 11 and some sort of timeshare would likely ensue, sapping a portion of value for both backs and making for a less-than-ideal stretch run for fantasy owners.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/6/18 2:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger, coaches' decision) was held out of practice Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Huddle Up: Big Ben didn't practice last week either and still played, and played well. His matchup with the Carolina Panthers this week is tougher, but he's a borderline QB1.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/6/18 2:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (coaches' decision) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Huddle Up: Brown came out of Week 9 unscathed, so this was likely just a maintenance day. He should return to full status tomorrow and for the remainder of the week. A matchup with up-and-coming Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry looms, but Brown can attain top WR numbers any given Sunday.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/6/18 5:08pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is reportedly contemplating whether or not he will show up by the Nov. 13 franchise tag deadline based on newly learned information from the collective bargaining agreement that would allow him to be deemed a third-year franchise player in 2019 rather than revert to the second year, even if he doesn't report.
Huddle Up: If true, owners should be able to pretty much write off any chance of Bell returning to the team this season. The good news is this drama will come to a temporary end in exactly seven days, as Bell will be ineligible to play in 2018 if he does not report by then. It's unreasonable at this point for owners to expect any fantasy contributions from Bell, as James Conner has mostly thrived in his absence. Conner should be considered an elite RB1 until further notice.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 11/5/18 11:31am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not reestablished contact with the team as of Monday, Nov. 5 - leaving him eight days to report before he becomes ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, so he wasn't going to be a realistic possibility to play in Week 10 anyway. Bell's owners are losing whatever little remaining fantasy trade value Bell's name carried, and it's looking more and more likely James Conner will finish the season out as the team's unquestioned feature back.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/5/18 2:01pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger) did not participate in practice Monday, Nov. 5. The Steelers did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger should be fine for the Week 10 game and has been playing well over the last several weeks. He will be facing a solid Carolina Panthers defense but could still be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 11/4/18 1:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. He also caught seven passes for 56 yards and one touchdown during the game.
Huddle Up: Conner has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his last four games and has recorded at least 50 receiving yards in three of those games. He is a must-start option in every week against any opponent.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 11/4/18 1:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 28-for-47 for 270 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. He also rushed for four yards and one touchdown on two carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown for at least 250 yards in every game this season and has four touchdowns in his last two games. He can be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 11/4/18 1:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five passes for 42 yards and one touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Brown has caught at least one touchdown in each of the last six games and has scored in seven of the eight games this season. He should continue to be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 11/4/18 1:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 78 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster was more involved in the passing game this week and has been targeted at least six times in all but one game this season. He will continue to be a big part of the passing game and can be a solid No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 11/4/18 2:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald caught three passes for 25 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been targeted at least six times in two of the last three games but has seen a drop in yards in each of those games. He can be owned in most leagues but should be seen as a No. 2 tight end.
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