Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/18 10:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is tentatively expected to skip training camp but report before the start of the regular season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, who also stated Bell potentially missing games over his contract would be 'a shock.'
Huddle Up: This would be the expected outcome since Bell did the same thing last season. Although owners do not want to hear it, Bell is perhaps the riskiest player going in the early first round of drafts this spring and summer. Not only could he change his mind at any time and choose not to report until midseason, but he is entering this season with a new coordinator and coming off a 400-touch season. Missing camp just heightens his risk for injury.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/16/18 5:24am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiated all weekend, but parties aren't optimistic a long-term deal will get done. It's expected to go down to the wire Monday, July 16.
Huddle Up: Nothing changes from a fantasy perspective if a deal doesn't get done. Bell remains an elite RB1 in fantasy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/16/18 1:00pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not signed to a long-term deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 16. He will play on his $14.5 million franchise tag and is now slated to be a free agent in 2019.
Huddle Up: Whether or not Bell holds out into the regular season remains to be seen, but it's unlikely that he would choose to forfeit millions of dollars by doing so. Assuming he does not hold out, he arguably remains the No. 1 fantasy football target.
James Conner - RBPosted 7/16/18 5:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner was 'very impressive during the spring' and 'really looks like he can be a solid every down running back in this league,' according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: No one is going to confuse Conner for Bell, but everyone from Ben Roethlisberger to the coaching staff has sung the praises of the second-year back this year. With Bell likely done in Pittsburgh after this season, the 23-year-old's fantasy dynasty value just got a nice little boost. While he figures to have little to no redraft fantasy value if Le'Veon Bell doesn't hold out, Conner can make a strong case for being the most valuable handcuff in the league.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/15/18 11:04am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell 'wants to get the deal done' ahead of the July 16 deadline for signing players on the franchise tag to a long-term extension, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Both sides have expressed optimism in recent days, but unless the Steelers are willing to reset the market - and then some - for running backs, it seems unlikely there will be an agreement reached in just over 24 hours. As dynamic as Bell is, it doesn't make a ton of sense to give him the megadeal he desires as he comes off a 400-plus touch season. Based on the recent history of running backs coming off such high-usage seasons, Bell is a prime candidate to disappoint owners in 2018.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/14/18 12:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has made some progress in long-term contract talks with the Steelers, but it is still uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal before the July 16 deadline.
Huddle Up: Bell is facing the deadline for the second straight year, so owners should monitor the situation to see if he will receive a new deal. He likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if he has to play on the franchise tender. Bell is still one of the top performers in fantasy football and will be a top five pick in all drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/9/18 1:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has exactly one week to sign a long-term deal before he potentially holds out.
Huddle Up: It's another offseason with more drama from the Steelers and Bell. Don't be surprised to see him hold out from training camp. For now, he maintains his status as a top-three fantasy draft pick.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/7/18 9:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell probably will skip training camp if he does not receive a long-term contract before the July 16 deadline.
Huddle Up: Bell has said the two sides are closer to an agreement, but the two sides have been negotiating for the last two years. Bell probably would report right before the start of the regular season if he does not receive a long-term deal. He is one of the top players in fantasy and will be a first-round pick in all leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 7/5/18 11:49am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to receive at least 100 targets this season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster was one of the top rookie receivers in the NFL in 2017 and should receive a bigger role this season. He should be at least a No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 7/4/18 5:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he is walking a 'fine line' between resting his body and working out to prepare for the upcoming season. 'My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be,' Roethlisberger said. 'But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is still delivering despite his age, and last year, he reached 28 touchdown passes for the fourth time in the last five seasons. With plenty of weapons around him, another season of QB1 production should be on tap.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/26/18 5:09am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said on NFL Network that the two sides are a lot closer on a contract extension than they were last season. 'That's what I'm happy about,' Bell said. 'None of that matters if we don't get it done. Hopefully we'll try to get something done. That's what I'm looking forward to. I got confidence we'll get it done. I want to do it.' Bell said he didn't think he'd have fewer touches in offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner's system. However, he could have more catches than rushes sometimes.
Huddle Up: Bell is an elite RB1 in fantasy, but he's no longer alone at the top of the mountain. The emergence of guys like Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt and others make the older, more volatile Bell less of a slam dunk. Regardless, it's unlikely he slips out of the first round of drafts.
James Washington - WRPosted 6/25/18 3:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington is expected to be the No. 3 receiver for the Steelers this season. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster likely will be the slot receiver in three-receiver sets, while Washington and WR Antonio Brown would be the outside receivers.
Huddle Up: Washington has a change to post solid numbers in his rookie season because the Steelers like to throw. He can be a late-round option in deeper leagues and serve as a No. 4 or No. 5 fantasy receiver.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/17/18 5:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't pursue an extension on his contract, which expires in two years, over the summer months. Roethlisberger said he prefers to just play football and let his representation worry about the money.
Huddle Up: With no distractions over money, Roethlisberger should be a decent mid-round selection in most fantasy drafts, either as a low QB1 or high QB2. The question is can he stay healthy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/14/18 1:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not having contract talks with the Steelers at this point.
Huddle Up: Bell and the Steelers have about a month to work on a long-term deal before the July deadline. He probably will skip most of training camp like last season if he does not receive a new deal. He will be a No. 1 fantasy running back in all leagues if he plays all 16 games this season.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 6/14/18 7:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels has been doing all the things RB Le'Veon Bell normally does for the offense during practice. 'He's a hybrid guy who can move around and do some things,' wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said. 'I like his skill set.'
Huddle Up: Bell is the workhorse in the offense as long as he remains in Pittsburgh, but he is still waiting on a long-term deal. Samuels can be ignored in redraft leagues, but he could be worth stashing in dynasty formats.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 6/14/18 9:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said he likes playing in the slot because it fits his aggressive style of play. 'I like playing inside,' Smith-Schuster said. 'I just love the physicalness of being in the box with the bigger guys.'
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster topped 900 yards receiving last year to go along with seven touchdowns, and he has the potential to improve on those numbers in 2018. At worst, he should deliver WR3 production.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 6/13/18 12:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has been limited this offseason by what he referred to as a frustrating injury. He has not participated in team drills during organized team activities or minicamp, but he does expect to be ready when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: As long as JuJu doesn't have any setbacks leading up to or during training camp he should be fine for the regular season. It will be a tall task for him to improve on his 917-yard, seven-touchdown rookie year, but he did miss two contests. He's a legitimate WR2 candidate.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 6/8/18 5:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell likely will receive a contract extension this offseason, in the opinion of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
Huddle Up: Boswell has been a quality kicker for the Steelers over the last several years and can be a weekly starting option for fantasy owners.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/6/18 7:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger participated in organized team activities Wednesday, June 6. He said he missed the last several workouts because of a pre-planned vacation.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger will have a majority of his weapons back for this season and should be able to post similar numbers as he did in 2017 as long as he can stay healthy. He can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/31/18 10:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has not been attending organized team activities due to the absence of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Brown prefers to work with his starting quarterback and Roethlisberger has been on a family vacation, according to C Maurkice Pouncey.
Huddle Up: There is nothing to panic about here, at least not yet. Brown and Big Ben will return and do their due diligence. Brown is a perennial No. 1 WR candidate and Roethlisberger demands QB1 recognition in what is one of the most prolific NFL offenses year after year.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/30/18 7:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown are not participating in organized team activities this week. Roethlisberger has skipped the last four practices, while Brown has missed the last three.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger and Brown have a good understanding of the offense should be on the field for the June minicamp. Both Roethlisberger and Brown can be weekly starting options for fantasy owners this upcoming season.
James Conner - RBPosted 5/25/18 6:49pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) has been practicing during OTAs, and TE Jesse James said Conner looks more confident this year. 'He's running fast, running every ball to the end zone,' James said. 'He looks good.'
Huddle Up: It sounds like Conner has fully recovered from knee surgery, and he is worth stashing as a handcuff if you are a Le'Veon Bell owner.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/24/18 6:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report to camp before he did a year ago, which was just prior to Week 1 of the 2017 season, while still holding out for a long-term deal. Bell wants to be 'by far the highest-paid running back' in the league.
Huddle Up: It's hard to blame Bell after he posted yet another monstrous campaign last season, registering a career-best nine rushing touchdowns to go with 1,291 yards on the ground via 321 rush attempts. He also accumulated 655 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air on a career-high 85 receptions. Bell is a no-brainer early first-round pick in fantasy drafts, as usual.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/21/18 10:15am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still has not signed his franchise tender offer and is not expected to participate in organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the July 16 deadline. He is one of the best options in fantasy football and will be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/4/18 7:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he was 'surprised' that QB Mason Rudolph was drafted in the third round instead of a player 'that can help this team now.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger recently said he could play as many as five more years, but it's hard to blame Pittsburgh for thinking about the future since it wasn't all that long ago that he was hinting at retirement. Roethlisberger should remain a QB1 in 2018 while Rudolph will only have value as a dynasty stash.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/2/18 7:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he plans to play another three to five more years if he can stay healthy.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is still a productive quarterback despite his age and will have most of his weapons back in 2018. Owners in most fantasy leagues should considered him a solid No. 1 quarterback.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 4/28/18 12:10pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected North Carolina State RB/TE Jaylen Samuels with the 165th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Samuels can be used at multiple positions, so owners will need to monitor the situation to see where he plays. He could have some fantasy value if he lines up at tight end, but owners in most standard leagues can avoid Samuels.
James Washington - WRPosted 4/27/18 5:58pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State WR James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant, so Washington likely will compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. He should receive a solid amount of targets in 2018 and can be a late-round pick in standard leagues. He will have more value in keeper leagues.
Mason Rudolph - QBPosted 4/27/18 6:52pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Rudolph will be throwing balls to his college teammate, James Washington, as he was nabbed with the 60th pick earlier in the day. Rudolph will be the heir apparent once Ben Roethlisberger hangs up his cleats. His OK State teams filled up the stat sheet in a conference lacking big defense, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the black and blue AFC North Division.
Mason Rudolph - QBPosted 4/27/18 8:34pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph said he doesn't think it is QB Ben Roethlisberger's job to teach him anything but his job to learn from him. 'That's the way I am going to look at it,' Rudolph said.
Huddle Up: Rudolph could have a chance to replace Ben Roethlisberger somewhere down the road, which would put him at the helm of a powerful offense in a few years. He could be worth a speculative stash in dynasty formats.
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