Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/19/18 5:55am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is expected to be in the facility Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: There is a chance coach Mike Tomlin disciplines him after AB missed meetings Monday. Keep tabs on his status throughout the week.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/18/18 8:40am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was absent from meetings and film review Monday, Sept. 17, and it's not known whether it was excused or not.
Huddle Up: A former Steelers employee was critical of AB on social media saying he was a product of the positive circumstances the team had when he was drafted. Brown fired back: "Trade me and let's find out." Clearly, there is a disconnect of some sorts here. Keep tabs on this when practice opens Wednesday to see if there is potential punishment for the elite WR1.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/18/18 9:19am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was absent from team meetings and film review Monday, Sept. 17, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 18, but did not say whether the absence was excused or not. As for Brown's 'trade me' tweet Monday, Tomlin said, '(I'm) not going to talk about much social media. I'll address that with him. I'll leave that between he and I.'
Huddle Up: Brown fired off his tweet in response to a critical jab by a former Steelers PR staff member, but his absence Monday may indicate that there could be a little more here going on behind the scenes. The best guess, though, is that Tomlin and Brown will be able to smooth things out, and the latter will remain locked into his customary elite WR1 status.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/18/18 10:38am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus released a statement Tuesday, Sept. 19, explaining his client's recent actions, including a 'trade me' tweet and missing team meetings Monday, Sept. 17. 'The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows,' Rosenhaus said in his statement. 'It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be traded. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate. Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That's all that that is. That's not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that's what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.'
Huddle Up: Brown and coach Mike Tomlin are set to meet Tuesday, and the expectation is this issue will amount to nothing and blow over quickly in time for the next Steelers dramatic incident.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 9/18/18 6:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the NFL with eight red zone targets through two weeks.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has drawn an eye-popping 27 targets so far, six fewer than teammate and league leader Antonio Brown. Taking that one step further, Smith-Schuster has 60 more yards on the same number of receptions. Perhaps more interestingly, the second-year receiver has lined up in the slot in 92 of his 105 snaps this season. His production will start slowing down a bit once the Steelers operate in positive game scripts, but he has certainly emerged as a high-end fantasy WR2.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/16/18 6:40am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) is expected to play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: McDonald was listed as questionable on the injury report despite being a full participant in each of the team's three practice sessions during the week. He should be viewed as a low-end TE1 in most fantasy formats.
Jesse James - TEPosted 9/16/18 3:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James posted five receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: James, a yinzer from McKeesport, Penn., is going to be a fan favorite at this rate. Ben Roethlisberger loves to use the tight end, jelling for years with Heath Miller, and James is quickly emerging as a star. He'll try to keep it going in Week 3 against the Buccaneers on Monday night.
James Conner - RBPosted 9/16/18 3:44pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed eight times for 17 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs while adding five grabs for 48 yards.
Huddle Up: Conner had an enormous performance in Week 1, lessening the blow from the absence of Le'Veon Bell. However, the Steelers fell behind 21-0 after one quarter and they got away from the run early on. It wasn't really anything Conner did wrong, although he did go for just 2.1 yards per rush when he was given the chance. He is still a decent RB2 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 3 in Tampa Bay as long as Bell is holding out.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/16/18 3:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 39-of-60 pass attempts for 452 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 2 loss against the Chiefs and he added a rushing score.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger had a pair of 100-yard receivers in Jesse James and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and he targeted Smith-Schuster 19 times and Antonio Brown 17 times. With the run not working this week it was Big Ben jacking it up early and often, much to the delight of fantasy owners. The Steelers travel to meet the Buccaneers next Monday night.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/16/18 3:56pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown snagged nine receptions for 67 yards on 17 targets in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: It wasn't a terrible game for Brown, but he was third in receiving yardage during the game and he failed to score. It certainly wasn't from lack of training, as Brown's 17 targets were second to JuJu Smith-Schuster (19). Fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned heading into Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 9/16/18 3:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster racked up 13 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 19 targets in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: The catch total and targets were easily career bests, as his previous high was nine grabs in Week 17 and he had 10 targets just twice last season. It was also his fourth-career 100-yard game. He is emerging as a fantasy stud, and should be treated as a WR2 in most formats heading into Week 3 at Tampa Bay on Monday night.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/15/18 9:20am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will be able to play in Week 2, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has played better at home over the last several years, so he should be a solid starting option in most fantasy leagues this week.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/14/18 10:20am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) was a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 14, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Week 1 in rainy Cleveland was a struggle for Big Ben (one TD, five turnovers), but big things are expected Sunday as he's back home for a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Start him with confidence.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/14/18 1:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.
Huddle Up: McDonald probably will make his season debut this week as long as he does not suffer a setback. He could receive a solid role in the passing game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could make him a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/14/18 1:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger appears to be on track to play in Week 2, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He is coming off a disappointing Week 1 performance but plays much better at home. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback if he plays.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/13/18 12:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on Roethlisberger's status Friday, Sept. 14, to see if he is in any danger of missing the Week 2 game. He usually plays well at home and can be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback this week if he is active for the game.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/13/18 1:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: McDonald appears to be on track to play in Week 2 and could receive a solid role in the passing game if he is active. He has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues but can also be benched if owners have better options.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/12/18 5:41am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains absent from the facility Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: It's not a good sign for Bell's Week 2 potential, and James Conner owners can start planning for another week with him in the lineup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/12/18 3:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, as he rested his right elbow injury. 'It just got hit,' Roethlisberger said of the elbow. 'It's bruised. It will be fine.'
Huddle Up: The injury is not believed to be serious, so he should be good to go for Sunday's Week 2 showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. He remains a solid low-end WR1 in all fantasy formats, especially as long as Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are around.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/11/18 12:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was removed from the team's Week 2 depth chart on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with a 'has not signed franchise tender' denotation as his holdout continues. Bell remains listed on the team's roster.
Huddle Up: Another week of watching and waiting is at hand for Bell's fantasy owners, and the next key date will be Wednesday when the Steelers begin on-field practices for Week 2. Hopefully, in the meantime, Bell owners have been able to procure the services of James Conner, who had himself an RB1 outing in Week 1.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/11/18 12:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is dealing with a sore elbow, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Sept. 11. The issue cropped up in the Week 1 tie with the Cleveland Browns but isn't believed to be serious.
Huddle Up: Big Ben threw for 335 yards and a TD but also gave the ball away five times, including a trio of interceptions, in the wet and soggy slugfest of an opener. Provided the elbow doesn't prove to be anything serious, better days are most certainly ahead as Roethlisberger remains a low-end QB1 option.
James Conner - RBPosted 9/9/18 5:09am ET
Confirming a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner will start Week 1's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: There appears to be no end in sight to Le'Veon Bell's contract dispute, so Conner should be viewed as a short-term RB1 for the duration of the holdout. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley may also see a few touches versus the Browns but they possess minimal fantasy value.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/9/18 7:37am ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not entertained the option of trading RB Le'Veon Bell, according to a source. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Steelers are willing to wait for him and some around the league believe that Bell could return to the club before the end of September.
Huddle Up: James Conner will receive the bulk of the playing time in Bell's absence and should be viewed as a short-term RB1, with Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley also expected to see a few touches. Bell should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats once he returns.
James Conner - RBPosted 9/9/18 3:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 31 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns and he added five catches for 57 yards.
Huddle Up: Conner had a giant game stepping in for the absent Le'Veon Bell. As long as Bell's holdout continues it appears Conner is more than capable of shouldering the load in the Pittsburgh backfield. Even when Bell does elect to return, Conner could carve out a much larger role than previously anticipated. The Steelers host the Chiefs in Week 2.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 9/9/18 3:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-41 passes for 335 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in the Week 1 tie against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger still has more victories than any other quarterback in NFL history at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, 11. He was sacked four times in this one and was fairly mediocre against a hungry defensive line. He'll look to cut down the miscues in Week 2 in the home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 9/9/18 3:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster racked up five receptions for a game-high 119 yards on eight targets in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has emerged as a tremendous weapon in the Pittsburgh pass game even with a dynamic superstar like Antonio Brown on the other side. Treat Smith-Schuster as a solid WR3 or flex fantasy option in all fantasy formats. The Steelers host the Chiefs in Week 2.
Jesse James - TEPosted 9/9/18 3:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James finished with three receptions for 60 yards on five targets in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Ben Roethlisberger loves utilizing his tight end, so James will always have some fantasy value as long as he is healthy. He isn't quite as productive as former stud tight end and fantasy favorite Heath Miller, but he is a decent low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues of 14 or more teams.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 9/9/18 3:43pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown posted a game-high nine receptions in the Week 1 tie against the Cleveland Browns while racking up 93 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets.
Huddle Up: Brown was busy on the short and intermediate routes during sloppy conditions at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Despite the fact JuJu Smith-Schuster is emerging as a solid fantasy option in his own right, Brown remains an obvious stud across all formats. The Steelers host the Chiefs in Week 2.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/8/18 12:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will officially miss the regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns as his holdout continues.
Huddle Up: The two sides are dug in and this could potentially last a while, as not many expected Bell to miss any regular season games. Fantasy owners who took Bell early in the first round are sweating, particularly if Todd Gurley or David Johnson end up going off in the opener. James Conner will assume the starting tailback duties until further notice.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 9/7/18 10:27am ET
Pittsburgh TE Vance McDonald (foot) has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: McDonald has proven to be quite injury-prone over his first five years in the league, so it's disheartening to see his sixth season get off to a bad start as well. Jesse James should be a full-time player versus the Browns, whose regular use of a safety as far back as 20 yards off the line of scrimmage under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has allowed tight ends to carve up their defense on a regular basis. James is a fine streaming tight end option for this week.
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