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.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/1/17 11:31am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) still has not decided whether he will undergo groin surgery and will need to make a decision in the near future. Bell recently had a second opinion on his groin injury.
Huddle Up: Earlier reports indicated that Bell is not expected to need surgery, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Bell probably would not be on the field until training camp if he needs surgery but likely would be ready for the 2017 season. Bell should be a first round pick in all leagues if he is healthy and could be an option for the first overall pick.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/1/17 11:32am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he expects to see QB Ben Roethlisberger on the field when the team starts their offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger indicated that he was considering retirement this offseason, but most people believe that he will return for at least one more season. He struggled during the playoffs but posted solid numbers during the regular season. Roethlisberger can be considered a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season because of the weapons he has in the passing game.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/27/17 9:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has made significant progress toward a contract extension, according to sources. A goal is reach a deal by March 9.
Huddle Up: AB is one of the best players in fantasy, and that shouldn't change with the security of a big contract. He'll be a name to ponder early in the first round.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/27/17 11:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive the franchise tag before the franchise tag deadline Wednesday, March 1.
Huddle Up: There's no way the Steelers are going to let their star running back leave Pittsburgh. Look for Bell to play this year under the tag while both sides hammer out a long-term deal. Bell should be one of the first three to five players taken in fantasy drafts as long as he's healthy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/27/17 1:01pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell received the franchise tag Monday, Feb. 27, as expected, according to a source.
Huddle Up: No surprise here. Bell could end up being a Steeler for the remainder of his career. He's one of the most skilled running backs in football and should be one of the first running backs, and players, taken in fantasy drafts this year.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/27/17 2:17pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was given the exclusive franchise tag Monday, Feb. 27, meaning he cannot negotiate with other teams. The tag will earn Bell at least $12 million for 2017.
Huddle Up: As has been stated previously, Bell should be one of the first players taken in fantasy drafts in 2017 as long as he is healthy. The Steelers could rely on him even more if they feel Ben Roethlisberger is regressing.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/27/17 2:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown reached an agreement to become the NFL's highest paid wide receiver Monday, Feb. 27, according to a source. Brown will earn more than $15 million per year.
Huddle Up: Brown deserves to be the highest paid receiver in the NFL because he's the best all-around receiver in the NFL. Not only that, he's the best receiver for fantasy football. Brown is an early-first round consideration once again this year, with added value in PPR leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/27/17 3:07pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown signed a new five-year deal Monday, Feb. 27, worth $72.71 million.
Huddle Up: Brown will continue to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and should be a first-round option in all fantasy leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/27/17 2:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's new deal is five years in length. As stated earlier, the deal is worth more than $15 million.
Huddle Up: There's no denying Brown's elite status. He should arguably be the first receiver taken in fantasy drafts, and possibly the first player. He has back-to-back seasons of at least 100 catches, so give him added value in PPR formats.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/24/17 3:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has not made much progress in contract talks with the Steelers and likely will receive the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the deadline.
Huddle Up: Bell should be with the Steelers for at least one more year and should continue to be a focal point in their offense. He likely will be a top five pick in all fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/22/17 11:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is not scheduled to undergo groin surgery at this time even though he met with doctors after the season, according to a source. Bell probably would have had surgery by now if it was necessary.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will rehab the injury during the offseason and could be limited during workouts but should be fine for training camp. He probably will receive the franchise tag from the Steelers or sign a long-term contract. He continues to be one of the best running backs in the NFL and should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/17/17 3:53pm ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger hinted about retirement after the season, but most people believe that he will play at least one more season. He recorded 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2016 and will have most of his weapons back next season. He can be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/17/17 7:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Green's concussion history is concerning, but he showed flashes of his potential when healthy in 2016. Feel free to gamble on his TE1 upside, but make sure you have a solid alternative in place.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/16/17 12:19pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers want impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown to remain Steelers for the rest of their respective careers, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: One would hope so. Bell and Brown are two of the best players in the NFL and arguably the best at their respective positions. Both are early first-round picks no matter the format, as long as they're healthy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/16/17 2:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell will hit the free-agent market March 9, and general manager Kevin Colbert said signing Bell and tagging Bell are both options. 'The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary,' Colbert said. Colbert did add that even if Bell is tagged the Steelers still want to sign him to a long-term deal eventually.
Huddle Up: Bell is perennially one of the best running backs in the league. It would be in the Steelers' best interest to sign their star running back to a long-term contract sooner rather than later. It's unlikely that Bell will be playing for another team in 2017. He should be one of the first players taken in fantasy drafts as long as he is in good health.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/16/17 5:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is not currently in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he's yet to be cleared from a concussion that he sustained in the team's Week 15 game opposite the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: This is definitely concerning, as health continues to be a roadblock for the 26-year-old tight end. Green has flashed notable potential before of being a legitimate TE1, but until he proves he can stay healthy, owners should look elsewhere in that department. He was limited to just six games this past season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/14/17 12:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) and the Steelers are being investigated by the NFL over injury report protocol regarding Bell's groin injury. The injury was not listed on injury reports in the weeks before the AFC Championship. Bell left that game because of the groin injury. Pittsburgh has said that Bell's injury did not impact his practice participation as Bell missed practice due to a personal matter, not an injury. These investigations may lead to fines, suspensions or lost draft picks.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that the Steelers would be punished if Bell indeed missed practice because of a personal matter. Nonetheless, Bell is arguably the best player in the fantasy football realm and is worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in all formats next season.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/14/17 8:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is likely to remain on the roster, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who believes there is 'no reason for them not to bring him back.' He added: 'His health will determine what happens from there.'
Huddle Up: Of course, that last item is huge, as health has always been the main bugaboo about Green's career. The 26-year-old has a history of concussions and was limited to just six games this past season, and while he's shown glimpses of being a legitimate, dependable TE1, it doesn't mean much if he can't get off the sidelines. Green will have to prove he can stay on the field before being relied upon in fantasy leagues in '17.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/7/17 8:50pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) mentioned to people around him that he will seek a third opinion on potentially getting surgery. Previously, one doctor told him to get it, while the other suggested rest.
Huddle Up: This is the injury that led to Bell departing in the AFC Championship Game, and while his course of action is still unknown, owners can pretty much dismiss this issue going into next season. By the start of training camp, he should be back to 100 percent, and as a result, he can be safely relied upon as one of the first few players taken off the board in drafts everywhere.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/5/17 10:21am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has already had contract with the front office in regards to a contract extension, but Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes the team should consider trading him as he enters his walk year. According to Cook, Brown committed three excessive celebration penalties early in the season, jogged back to the line of scrimmage in the team's first playoff game during a two-minute drill and frequently ran the wrong routes in more than one game as a way to pout about how he was being used.
Huddle Up: As Cook points out, the Steelers have a lot of places to spend the money they would theoretically not use on Brown should they decide enough is enough, such as extending Le'Veon Bell and/or Stephon Tuitt. It's unlikely a trade ever comes to fruition, but it has become clear the Facebook Live incident drove some of the people on the fence about Brown's previous antics over the edge. The 28-year-old Brown is a good bet to remain a Steeler and remain a top-three fantasy receiver for at least one or two more years.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/3/17 5:18pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun contract extension talks with WR Antonio Brown and both sides are optimistic about agreement being reached well before training camp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brown has been one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last few years but has been underpaid during those seasons. The two sides have plenty of time to work on a deal, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Brown will be a No. 1 receiver in leagues in 2017 and could be a first-round pick in drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/1/17 10:14am ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is still assessing his options to determine if he needs offseason groin surgery. 'I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not,' Bell said. 'I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better. I'm going to take it from there.'
Huddle Up: Bell is set to become a free agent in March but is a priority for the Steelers. It would be surprising if he signed elsewhere. He remains a surefire RB1 as long as he enters draft season healthy and out of trouble.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 1/31/17 1:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green has 'physical conditions' the Steelers need to evaluate this offseason, according to owner Art Rooney. Rooney was non-committal on Green's future in Pittsburgh.
Huddle Up: Green's main concern regarding his future is the multiple concussions he's sustained. His offensive skill is undeniable, but he may be too much of a liability in real life and in fantasy football.
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