Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/22/17 9:27am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, but once he returned, he received 85.6 percent of the team's carries and 21.6 percent of the team's targets over the final 13 games of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Needless to say, that kind of workload is highly unusual for a running back in today's game and does not figure to be repeated anytime soon. Assuming Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown all stay healthy for the bulk of this season, expect the aforementioned percentages to dip into the 70- and 15-percent ranges, respectively. That still plenty of work to keep Bell in the conversation among the top three picks of any fantasy draft.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/20/17 6:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't committed to reporting to training camp on time, but he plans to play in every regular season game.
Huddle Up: Bell could skip some of camp as he lobbies for a lucrative long-term extension, but with no plans to take a holdout into the regular season, he remains a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in all formats.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/19/17 5:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he is looking for a deal that will pay him like a No. 1 running back plus a No. 2 wide receiver, according to NFL Network analyst Ike Taylor.
Huddle Up: Bell finished fifth in the NFL with his 1,268 rushing yards in 2016, and his 75 receptions ranked second on the team. He will remain with the Steelers for at least one more season and should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues as long as he joins the team before Week 1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/18/17 11:54am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was given an offer that would have averaged $12 million per year. He would have earned $30 million over the first two years and $42 million over three years, according to sources. The franchise tag he will play under in 2017 is worth $12.1 million.
Huddle Up: Bell apparently wants more over the next several years of his career. He deserves it as arguably the best running back in the NFL. He does have a history of suspensions, but he remains a No. 1 overall pick candidate.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/17 8:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell continues to negotiate a contract in the final hours before the deadline players receiving the franchise tag can sign a deal Monday, July 17.
Huddle Up: Bell remains a stud RB1 with enhanced value in PPR leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/17 1:32pm ET
Pitssburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will play the 2017 season under the franchise tag if/when he signs it. He is not obligated to show up for training camp since he has not signed the tag.
Huddle Up: Bell will show up eventually. Missing training camp and time with the team is expensive. This does not affect his draft stock, at least not for this year. He should be one of the first players off draft boards.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/17 4:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell may not sign his franchise tag tender until the Steelers break training camp, in the opinion of an unnamed teammate.
Huddle Up: Bell was not able to agree to a long-term extension, so he may not report to the team until close to the start of the regular season. Bell will continue to be a main part of the Steelers offense and is a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/16/17 1:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not close to an agreement on a long-term contract with the Steelers at this point. The Steelers have until Monday, July 17, to sign Bell to a multi-year deal.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because Bell could consider sitting out training camp if he does not have a contract. He is one of the top running backs in the NFL and should be a first-round pick in all leagues as long as he is with the team for Week 1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/14/17 12:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is due to make $12.1 million in 2017 if he plays the season under the franchise tag, but the team hopes to 'press' negotiations over the weekend as the sides head toward the deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals Monday, July 17.
Huddle Up: Bell is due to make roughly $4 million more than any other running back in the league if he plays under the tag this season, which obviously isn't helping things progress any quicker. Still, the 25-year-old is as good of a back as there is in the league and a great fit in the Steelers' offense, so look for both sides to make an honest attempt to get a deal done. Bell is a strong top-three pick in virtually all fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 7/14/17 6:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he wants to talk with QB Ben Roethlisberger 'man-to-man' about the public comments Roethlisberger made about Bryant's suspension. 'Hopefully we'll have it before the season starts,' Bryant said. 'If not, that's fine. I'm still going to go out and perform and do what I have to do to be the best teammate I can be.'
Huddle Up: Fair or foul, the comments Roethlisberger made shouldn't have much impact on Bryant's fantasy value. If he can stay out of trouble, Bryant's big-play potential makes him a high-upside WR3.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/13/17 6:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's extension talks could go down to the July 17 deadline, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Fittipaldo believes both sides have enough incentive to work out a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not an extension is worked out, Bell enters the season as the workhorse of Pittsburgh's backfield. He should be a top-three pick in standard formats and a top-two pick in PPR leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 7/5/17 7:19am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster saw work in goal-line packages with the first-team offense during organized team activities. He also saw extensive work with the Juggs machine after practice, and by his estimation, he caught 240 passes. He caught them in sets of 20 from distances far away to up close and practically right in front of the machine. It was a way of toughening his hands and seeing passes come at a variety of speeds.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has a chance to start on the outside, but with Martavis Bryant back, the rookie might not see a lot of balls thrown his way initially. He's a speculative WR5 flyer.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 7/5/17 11:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said he is looking forward to building better chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger during training camp. He did receive some work with the first-team offense as a slot receiver during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster likely will enter camp as the No. 4 receiver but should have the chance to move up the depth chart with his play. He could be a late-round option in most fantasy leagues because he is part of one of the better offenses in the NFL.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 7/4/17 12:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is the third wide receiver in NFL history to amass at least 400 catches, 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in years four through seven of a professional career. Former WRs Herman Moore and Marvin Harrison are the other two receivers to accomplish the feat.
Huddle Up: Brown hasn't stopped being elite since 2013 -- the year after Hines Ward retired. Since then he has averaged 120.25 catches, 1,578.75 yards and 10.75 touchdowns per season. He has been a top three PPR wide receiver in each of those four seasons as well. Needless to say, Brown deserves consideration as early as the first overall pick of fantasy drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/1/17 11:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) has been training in Los Angeles this offseason and said he is feeling healthy after he underwent groin surgery earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have a few weeks to try to sign Bell to a long-term contract, but he should be at training camp even if an agreement is not reached. Bell will continue to be a major factor on offense for the Steelers and should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/27/17 7:50am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell signing a long-term deal could go either way, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Both sides have motivation to get it done, but there's no deal in sight for now.
Huddle Up: Bell remains an elite option in PPR leagues, but he's no longer the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy running back. Injuries and suspensions have made his stock murky, but the PPR luster is still very evident.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/26/17 6:14am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) posted a video of him playing basketball over the weekend after having core surgery in the offseason.
Huddle Up: It's a good sign that he's near full strength in the weeks preceding training camp. Bell has fallen from the top running back option in fantasy over the last couple of years, but he's one of the first names to consider after David Johnson in PPR leagues.
Xavier Grimble - TEPosted 6/23/17 6:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Xavier Grimble could push TE Jesse James for the starting job if he can become consistent catching the football, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com.
Huddle Up: With a receiving corps led by Antonio Brown and bolstered by the return of Martavis Bryant and addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster, whoever ends up as Pittsburgh's top tight end should be considered a TE2 for fantasy purposes.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 6/22/17 8:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (groin) said he has spent the last month making sure his 'body is back to normal' following offseason groin surgery.
Huddle Up: Coates has big-play speed but inconsistent hands, and now that Martavis Bryant is back in the mix, Coates probably won't have a defined role in the offense.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/20/17 1:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has a 50% chance of agreeing to a long-term extension before the July 17 deadline, in the opinion of Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. La Canfora cites Bell's history of injuries and suspensions as logical reasons to take a year-by-year approach with Bell. Plus, Bell counts $12 million against the Steelers' salary cap.
Huddle Up: Bell is arguably the best running back in football, but $12 million is a steep price to pay for a running back, no matter how good they are. Deal or not, it would behoove owners with a top three draft pick to select Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/19/17 10:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said WR Martavis Bryant 'looks like a stud, as usual' when asked how the returning wide-out is fitting back in with the team.
Huddle Up: Before he was suspended for the entirety of last season, Bryant was indeed a stud in his first two years in the league, catching 14 touchdown passes across 21 games, while accumulating 76 receptions for 1,314 yards over that span. If he can avoid the off-the-field issues that have plagued his career, there's no doubt Bryant can be a big-time contributor again in 2017 and should be monitored in drafts accordingly.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/15/17 8:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'
Huddle Up: Bell is one of the true workhorse backs left in the NFL, and he is also one of the most versatile backs. Expect him to see all the touches he can handle again in 2017, and he should be one of the first two players selected in drafts.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 6/10/17 9:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been showing why he was drafted so high during OTAs, according to LB Ryan Shazier.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster could emerge as Pittsburgh's slot receiver this season, but don't expect a consistent impact just yet, especially if Martavis Bryant stays on the field. He should be reserved for keeper leagues for now.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/31/17 1:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could skip the rest of organized team activities and the team's minicamp because he still has not signed his franchise tender, according to sources. Bell and the team has had some discussions about a long-term deal, but neither side seems worried about the situation at this point.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have about six weeks to sign Bell to a long-term deal, so owners should monitor the situation. Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL and will be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 5/31/17 5:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he knows that it will take time for him to rebuild chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger and become more comfortable with the plays.
Huddle Up: Bryant should be one of the Steelers top three receivers in 2017 as long as he does not have any off-field issues. He is a risky option for owners because of his previous suspensions but should be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues because of his touchdown potential.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 5/30/17 11:40am ET
As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been practicing in the slot at organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is a nice fit for the Steelers in the slot, but it will be difficult for him to demand targets away from Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. He's an early-round option in rookie drafts, but merely a flier in traditional drafts.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 5/26/17 9:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant worked with the first-team offense during OTAs and 'looked great on the field while showing a more mature demeanor,' according to a team source.
Huddle Up: It looks like the Steelers are wasting no time reinserting their big-play weapon into the offense. It remains to be seen if Bryant can stay out of trouble and on the field, but he is a high-upside WR3 when he's out there.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 5/22/17 3:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to be on the field for organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Bryant was reinstated earlier this offseason and will be allowed back on the field for practices. Bryant has caught 14 touchdowns in 21 career games and is a deep threat for the Steelers. He will be a risky option for owners because of his off-field issues but can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is on the field.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 5/19/17 2:49pm ET
Free-agent TE Ladarius Green (Steelers) hopes to find a new team and play in 2017 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a player that has talked with Green.
Huddle Up: Green has dealt with injuries over the last few seasons and may need to sign an incentive-laden deal with his next team. He is a solid fantasy option when he is healthy, but owners probably should avoid him because of his injury history.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 5/18/17 12:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green was released Thursday, May 18.
Huddle Up: That experiment didn't go very well for the Steelers. Jesse James now has a firm grasp on the starting tight end job in Pittsburgh. He'll cede some playing time to David Johnson, but James is officially a deep sleeper at his position.
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