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.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 5/18/17 2:30pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has the size and ability to serve as a successful slot receiver if that's where the Steelers want him to play, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: The rookie will need to battle Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey for playing time as Pittsburgh's No. 3 receiver behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. There is promise with Smith-Schuster in Pittsburgh, but it may take some time for him to reach his full potential. He's no more than a late-round flier.
Jesse James - TEPosted 5/18/17 7:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James will be the 'main guy' at the tight end position this year, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
Huddle Up: Pittsburgh released Ladarius Green and didn't draft a tight end, so the Steelers appear comfortable with James as the top option at the position. He could sneak into TE1 territory.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 5/14/17 7:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said he wants to earn a starting role but is currently focused on learning learning the playbook and running the proper routes.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is a physical receiver who could become a possession option alongside Antonio Brown sooner rather than later. He is a late-round flier in redraft leagues, but he is an attractive stash candidate in keeper formats.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 5/2/17 2:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is participating in offseason activities.
Huddle Up: Green spent a lot more time off the field than he did on it last season, and he hasn't played a full season since 2013. He's a skillful pass-catcher, but the risk is too high to draft him as a TE1.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 5/1/17 8:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was not on the field for the team's 'Phase 2' of their offseason workouts Monday, May 1. He still has 'steps to take' before being able to rejoin his teammates for practices, including securing a local counselor. Bryant is 'hopeful for minicamp or sooner.'
Huddle Up: All indications are that Bryant is determined and focused in making a successful return to the NFL in 2017. Considering the numbers he's posted and the high-octane offense he plays in, the 26-year-old figures to once again make an impact next season. Thus, he should seriously be monitored accordingly in drafts this summer for his mega potential.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 4/28/17 6:39pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected WR JuJu Smith-Schuster with the 62nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is a polished, physical receiver, and he could eventually become a reliable possession option for the Steelers. He is no more than a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues, but his long-term upside makes him worth a late first- round pick in rookie drafts.
James Conner - RBPosted 4/28/17 8:47pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected RB James Conner with the 105th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Conner fits the mold of a Pittsburgh back, and he is the likely handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 4/26/17 6:05pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers do not appear to have much faith in TE Ladarius Green producing for them, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
Huddle Up: Green has been a perennial tease in fantasy, blessed with a wealth of talent and no durability. Despite heading only the second season of four-year, $20 million contract, he may be on the way out of Pittsburgh if the Steelers find a tight end they like in the draft to pair with Jesse James.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/25/17 1:12pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was reinstated from his suspension Tuesday, April 25. Bryant served a season-long suspension last year for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.
Huddle Up: The prodigal son returns, again. Bryant has had more than his fair share of off-field issues, but there's no denying his talent and skill. Even so, he missed all of last season and only played in 21 games in the two years prior. He'll at least play second fiddle to Antonio Brown but the No. 2 wide receiver position is his for the taking. Plus, he already knows the team and knows the offense. If he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble, Bryant has a real shot at posting WR3 numbers.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/25/17 1:32pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cannot attend practices or play in the preseason until he finds a treating clinician. With the help of a clinician, Bryant must then plan activities for Pittsburgh's bye week and next offseason in an effort to keep him out of trouble.
Huddle Up: If the stars align for Bryant, meaning, if he can kick his bad habits and stay on the field, he is capable of achieving WR3 status, and possibly higher. Tread carefully, though. We've been down this road before.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/24/17 10:04pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers still have heard nothing from the league regarding WR Martavis Bryant's reinstatement from suspension days before the NFL Draft. According to general manager Kevin Colbert, the team now must 'operate under the assumption that, until he is here, he is not here.'
Huddle Up: While that's unfortunate news for Pittsburgh, considering they might acquire wide receiver help in the draft before potentially learning that they'll get the suspended wide-out back for the season, this isn't as harmful to fantasy owners. There's still plenty of time for Bryant to return to the team leading up to next season, and if he is indeed back, he'll definitely be someone to watch, having a solid WR2 ceiling.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/15/17 10:09am ET
Suspended Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant met Thursday, April 13, with the NFL?s Management Council as part of his efforts for reinstatement from a year-long drug suspension. Among the conditions for being cleared to play again, Bryant was told to assemble a plan detailing safeguards that would help him prevent a relapse upon returning to Pittsburgh, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There's been speculation Bryant was on the verge of being reinstated for a couple months already, but if the league can help him avoid any future suspensions by having him lay out this plan now, it is worth the wait. Bryant would obviously be a risky fantasy bet going forward, but he has low-end WR2 upside and 10-plus touchdown potential if he can stay on the straight and narrow.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 4/11/17 12:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has already lobbied to head coach Mike Tomlin to draft a tigh end, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Huddle Up: Heath Miller is gone and Ladarius Green didn't see much of the field last year due to poor health. Green would presumably be the favorite to start even if the Steelers do draft a tight end. If Green is fully healthy before the season begins, he can be drafted as a low-end TE1 to high-end TE2. As for Roethlisberger, he is over the hill and should no longer be regarded as a QB1.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 4/7/17 11:25am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger informed the Steelers he will return for a 14th season in 2017.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger suggested retirement was a possibility for him shortly after the team's AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, but few - including the Steelers - seemed to take him all that seriously. Even though he is coming back, Pittsburgh would be well-served to make finding his heir apparent a priority. For fantasy purposes, Big Ben should be considered a midrange to low-end QB1 in 2017.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 3/30/17 3:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates is expected 'to take another leap' next season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Coates showed glimpses of being a productive wide-out, such as his 139-yard, two-touchdown effort in Week 5 of this past season. Remarkably, the 24-year-old accumulated at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five games, yet only posted 14 yards combined the rest of the way, though a lot of that had to do with injuries. His ceiling remains high and he could be a great sleeper pick next year, but health may be the biggest factor.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/29/17 9:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expecting to hear back from the NFL soon in regards to his reinstatement from a year-long suspension for multiple violations of the league?s substance abuse policy. Per the Beaver County Times' Chris Bradford, a league source told the paper on Wednesday, March 29, that Bryant?s reinstatement is ?imminent.? According to Bryant's agents, the receiver has added 25 pounds of muscle and is in 'excellent condition'.
Huddle Up: Owners should know to believe the '25 pounds of muscle' comment when they see it with their own eyes. Bryant has tremendous upside, but he is obviously hard to trust considering he is played a total of 21 of a possible 48 regular-season games since becoming a Steeler in 2014. If he keeps out of trouble following is likely reinstatement, he should be a considered a high-risk, high-reward WR4 in fantasy.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/28/17 7:57am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play in 2017, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin said he hasn't asked him directly, but he expects him to play.
Huddle Up: Big Ben threw out some mild retirement shockwaves in the media, but he'll be in the midst of the midrange or upper-middle QB1 portions in fantasy.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/27/17 7:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin think it's a 'very reasonable discussion when you get 35,' referring to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's retirement talk, but ultimately, he feels people 'probably read too much into it' and 'are making more out of than what it is.'
Huddle Up: He's probably right, as it seems more likely than not that Roethlisberger will indeed be back for the 2017 campaign, especially considering that the 13-year veteran has been consistently excellent over the past handful of seasons. In fact, Big Ben has topped 3,800 passing yards in four consecutive years after reaching that plateau only twice previously. Fantasy owners can still look at him as their potential QB1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/26/17 1:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said there is no timetable for RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) but the team wants him to be 100 percent for the start of the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: Bell probably will not do much during offseason workouts and could be limited during training camp but should be fine for Week 1. Bell is one of the top running backs in the NFL when he is healthy and will be a first-round pick in all fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/26/17 3:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are proceeding as if QB Ben Roethlisberger will play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has said he is leaning towards playing but has not made an official decision, so owners should monitor the situation. The Steelers could consider adding a quarterback during the 2017 NFL draft even if Roethlisberger returns. He would be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he continues to play.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/19/17 10:22am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger spoke at a conference over the weekend and suggested he was 'leaning towards' a return. Roethlisberger stated on his radio show in January he had to think about whether or not he was going to play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Very few people seemed to take the 35-year-old Roethlisberger seriously regarding his talk of retirement, and this report would seem to be further proof Big Ben may have just been testing the waters. The Steelers would be wise to start grooming his heir apparent, although it would make sense for them to wait until next year to do it since the draft class is expected to be significantly better. Assuming he returns as expected, Roethlisberger figures to be a low-end fantasy QB1 again in 2017.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 3/17/17 3:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) said he expects to participate in the offseason workouts and is excited to return.
Huddle Up: Green was limited to six games in 2016 because of injuries and finished with 304 yards and one touchdown. He should have a solid role in the passing game next season if he stays healthy and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in most leagues.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/14/17 6:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is eligible to return from his one-year suspension, and the league has until the end of March to rule on his reinstatement. Sources close to Bryant said he has gained 15 pounds as he trained and helped coach high school football during his absence.
Huddle Up: Bryant scored 15 touchdowns in 21 games with elite speed on his 6-foot-4 frame. It's anyone's guess what a prolonged layoff would mean for him, though. He'll probably have to be taken as a WR3, but the risk and reward are both plentiful.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/13/17 8:02am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) had surgery Monday, March 13, to repair a core muscle. Recovery time is generally in six weeks.
Huddle Up: Bell is a stud in fantasy, but he just has to find a way to stay healthy. If he's no longer the top back in PPR leagues, he's not far from it.
Karlos Williams - RBPosted 3/9/17 2:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Karlos Williams was waived by the team Thursday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Williams appeared to be a solid candidate to serve as Le'Veon Bell's handcuff with DeAngelo Williams no longer in the team's plans, but that will no longer be the case. Still only 23 years old, Williams needs to get his act together if he hopes to capitalize on the talent he flashed during his 2015 rookie season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/3/17 3:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he would be open to playing under the franchise tag tender next season because he believes the team has the players to win the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Bell will be with the Steelers for at least one more year and has a few months to work on a long-term deal with the team. He will continue to be a focal point on offense for the Steelers and will be a must-start option in all leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/2/17 2:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers are heavily involved in negotiations on a long-term deal, according to a source. Terms of the possible deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if Bell becomes the highest paid running back in the NFL. In seasons in which Bell has played at least 12 games, he has averaged 1,786.0 total yards and 9.3 total touchdowns. Bell deserves to be one of the first few players, maybe even the first player, taken in fantasy drafts this year.
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