Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/26/19 4:18pm ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell won't be burnt out with his new team if head coach Adam Gase has his way. Gase said the Jets will keep an eye on Bell's practice snaps and snap count in games. 'This is not going to be [a situation] where we burn him out in the first six months,' Gase said.
Huddle Up: Bell's tires have plenty of tread after being one of the most dutiful running backs in the NFL for five years before taking last year off. His legs should be fresh coming off the hiatus, and while his fantasy ceiling may not be as high as it was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he's still a top RB1 with added value in PPR leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/24/19 7:50pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract talks are 'still ongoing,' according to general manager Kevin Colbert. 'This is probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it's significant,' Colbert said.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is coming off of one of his most productive seasons as a passer, and even with the loss of Antonio Brown, he is still a solid bet for low-end QB1 production in 2019.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/14/19 7:24pm ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said he wants to be a 'security blanket' for QB Sam Darnold.
Huddle Up: Bell probably isn't going to finish as the top fantasy back after ending up with the Jets, but his ability to also help in the passing game should help him stay firmly in the RB1 mix.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/13/19 8:36am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was a strong target of the San Francisco 49ers before the Jets eventually signed him, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It would have been an even more interesting backfield in San Francisco had this worked out, but the situation is now moot. Bell is the featured back for the Jets and deserves to be drafted later in the first round or early in the second round.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/13/19 1:33pm ET
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown has officially been traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The trade became official with the new league year beginning Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. EDT.
Huddle Up: Brown is a low-end No. 1 receiver and is probable to be overdrafted in some fantasy circles. He has to learn a new system and build chemistry with a suspect quarterback. However, given Brown's elite skill set, he should adapt sooner than later.
Jesse James - TEPosted 3/12/19 8:50am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent TE Jesse James agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Lions, according to a source. He will receive $11 million fully guaranteed.
Huddle Up: James looks to have some upside as a high-end TE2 with this signing.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/12/19 9:59am ET
Free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has received a final offer Tuesday, March 12, from the New York Jets. The offer reportedly contains solid guarantees and incentives but the final numbers won't be 'earth-shattering.'
Huddle Up: While plenty of other big $$$ has gone elsewhere so far in the first 24 hours of free agency, the market has been cool so far for one of the most notable free agents and prime fantasy stars. Don't be surprised if Bell continues to wait things out.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/12/19 10:34am ET
The Oakland Raiders remain a candidate to sign free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers). 'The water is still warm,' a team beat reporter tweeted Tuesday, March 12.
Huddle Up: Bell reuniting with former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown out West would be intriguing to say the least, but wherever Bell lands, RB1 fantasy expectations will follow.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/12/19 11:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has been given a deadline from the New York Jets to decide whether he will accept their contract offer, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bell has been linked to several teams this offseason with the Jets being considered the frontrunner. He can be a factor in the running and passing game and will be a No. 1 fantasy running back no matter where he plays in 2019.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/12/19 12:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has not had any talks with the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It appears the Ravens are looking to sign Mark Ingram, so Bell will need to find another team to join. He will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues not matter where he signs.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/12/19 9:20pm ET
Impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) reportedly plans to sign with the New York Jets, according to a league source. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the contract will be worth $52.5 million over four years.
Huddle Up: The Jets have been considered the frontrunners for a while and were potentially the only team willing to come close to paying him what he wanted. While New York isn't a dream destination for his fantasy outlook, Bell has no real competition for massive volume with the Jets. He doesn't figure to be the elite fantasy back he was with the Steelers, but he should have no issue being a mid-tier RB1.
Jesse James - TEPosted 3/11/19 1:22pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent TE Jesse James plans to sign with the Detroit Lions, according to a source. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: James is a solid tight end and likely will compete for the starting job next season. He posted 423 yards and two touchdowns this past season but should see more targets with the Lions. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/11/19 9:01pm ET
Impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) is expected to decide on his new team Tuesday, March 12.
Huddle Up: The New York Jets are considered the frontrunners for his services, but they have made it clear they don't want to bid against themselves and/or break the bank to land Bell. The reality is he probably has a handful of teams willing to spend between somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million per year for him but no one willing to set the market. Wherever he lands, he should see enough volume to be a solid fantasy RB1, but not at the elite level he displayed in Pittsburgh.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 3/10/19 9:35am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted 'I'm ready' Sunday, March 10, the morning following teammate Antonio Brown's trade to the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster proved as much last season, leading the Steelers in receptions (111) and yards (1,426) despite drawing two fewer targets than Brown, and earning team-MVP honors in only his second season. As long as the aging Ben Roethlisberger suddenly doesn't fall off a cliff, look for similar numbers from JJSS and more TDs after he's posted seven in each of his first two seasons.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/9/19 3:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been linked to the Philadelphia Eagles in regards to a potential trade, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The main hindrance for a Brown trade seems to be related to his contract.
Huddle Up: The Eagles, Oakland Raiders and who knows who else are candidates to trade for Brown. His fantasy value will likely decrease, but he remains a WR1 option as arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/9/19 9:53pm ET
Updating an ongoing saga, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will be traded to the Oakland Raiders, per a source. The verbal agreement reached will send 2019 third-round and fifth-round picks to Pittsburgh, and Oakland will add $30.125 million in guaranteed money to the remaining three years of Brown's contract. The deal is worth $50.125 million with incentives to reach a maximum value of $54.125.
Huddle Up: Brown will be the primary target in Oakland and should remain a No. 1 receiver in fantasy. Age, mileage, a new quarterback, Brown's drama, and having to learn a new system are all factors of concern, but talent and volume make him a late first-round pick in most all formats. He shouldn't fall much beyond the early quarter of the second round in any conventional 2019 format.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/8/19 5:13am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown nixed a potential trade to the Buffalo Bills because he wouldn't commit to playing for them. The Steelers are at square one and running out of potential suitors Friday, March 8.
Huddle Up: Brown will be an elite WR1 in another uniform, but he's not a lock to be the top option away from the Steelers.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/19 11:45am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is a hot trade candidate for the Oakland Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden would love to acquire him. However, the 31-year-old Brown wants a new contract with guaranteed money on his new team, which could be a hindrance for the Raiders.
Huddle Up: Brown is an elite wide receiver and he wants to be paid like one. That fact does not jive well with some teams, nor does his drama. Either way, Brown will remain a WR1 wherever he lands, even as he treks over the hill in football years.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/19 2:56pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is no longer a trade target for the Washington Redskins, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Brown is expected to be traded in the next few days and probably will be the top option in the passing game for his new team. He will continue to be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues but may not be the first receiver selected in drafts.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/19 3:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is no longer a trade target for the New Orleans Saints, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Brown would have been a nice addition to the Saints passing game, but they will stay with the pass catchers they have. Brown will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver no matter where he plays in 2019.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/19 8:54pm ET
The Buffalo Bills are nearing a deal to acquire WR Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to leagues sources.
Huddle Up: Landing with the Bills won't do Brown's fantasy value any favors. Even if Josh Allen makes a big leap forward in his second season, Brown will likely be a WR2, at best, in Buffalo's offense.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/19 8:58pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers are nearing a deal to send WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills, according to league sources.
Huddle Up: The trade will leave JuJu Smith-Schuster as the No. 1 option in the Pittsburgh passing attack, and while opposing defenses will now focus on him, you have to like his chances of delivering a WR1 campaign. James Washington will become an intriguing sleeper as a result of the deal.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/6/19 5:47am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's trade talks have heated up to the point that the team has asked for suitors' final offers.
Huddle Up: AB will be a top-flight receiver regardless of the jersey he dons, but it'll be hard to find a spot where he can replicate the explosion of the Steelers offense.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/5/19 2:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has received trade interest from the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: The Jets have the salary cap space to add Brown, but it is not known if the team would be willing to offer what the Steelers want in a trade. Brown will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver no matter where he plays in 2019.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/4/19 5:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. likely will not be acquired by the Cleveland Browns this offseason, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
Huddle Up: Brown and Beckham have been rumored to be available this offseason, but it likely would take the Browns a lot in order to acquire one of the receivers. The Browns may look to add a receiver in free agency or the NFL Draft but probably will have Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins as their top receivers.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/4/19 6:42pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not a trade option for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Eagles have Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor as their main receivers, so Brown likely is not a high priority for the team. Jeffery can be a No. 2 in fantasy leagues, while Agholor has a chance to be a low-end No. 3 receiver.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/3/19 5:12pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is receiving 'little interest' from the New York Jets, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, and Pauline said the Jets are likely to target a second-tier back in free agency.
Huddle Up: Whichever team ends up shelling out big money for Bell is going to make him the centerpiece of the offense, so he'll remain a RB1 no matter where he signs.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/2/19 11:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is receiving trade interest from the Tennessee Titans, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Titans have some solid young receivers, but Brown would be the top option in the passing game if he joins the Titans. He should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues no matter his team.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/2/19 11:52am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is receiving trade interest from the Washington Redskins, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Redskins may lose Jamison Crowder in free agency, so Brown could take over the starting role. Brown should continue to be one of the better receivers in the NFL no matter where he plays and can be a No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/2/19 4:43pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown told ESPN's Jeff Darlington in a televised interview Saturday, March 2, he didn't need football, and the Steelers must play by his rules in their current feud. 'I don't even have to play football if I don't want, bro,' Brown said. 'I don't even need the game. I don't need to prove nothing to anyone. If they're going to play, they're going to play by my rules.' He discussed his frustration with QB Ben Roethlisberger, 'If I'm your guy, make me know that I'm your guy,' Brown said. 'Don't say I'm your guy and then point fingers.' Brown noted he and Big Ben have not trained together and are not close off of the field.
Huddle Up: There really isn't anything fantasy relevant here, but he is doing a fine job of sabotaging his trade value with every new comment. Recent reports say Oakland, Washington and Tennessee appear interested in Brown, but his value will wildly fluctuate from one city to the next, despite being arguably the best receiver in the game today.
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