Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/16/18 9:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is out of the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Crisis officially averted. It's unclear how much Big Ben will play this preseason, but the veteran is primed to post another QB1 year with one of the best supporting casts in the NFL behind him. As long as the injury bug doesn't bite, that is.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/16/18 11:48am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) likely will participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, and should be available to play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger will not need many preseason snaps to be ready for the start of the regular season. He has struggled at times on the road over the last few seasons but should still be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/16/18 4:50pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) went through the concussion protocol even though he did not suffer a concussion during practice, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger probably will be able to play in the third preseason game and will be ready for the start of the regular season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 8/16/18 7:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed five times for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: If you are a Le'Veon Bell owner, grabbing Conner as a handcuff isn't a bad idea. He could step into a workhorse role if Bell misses time for whatever reason.
James Washington - WRPosted 8/16/18 8:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington caught five passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-34 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: With all the weapons in Pittsburgh, Washington will likely have issues making a consistent impact for fantasy owners this year. However, his big-play ability could make him an appealing flier in DFS contests.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/15/18 4:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is believed to be fine and traveled with the team for their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger may not play in any preseason games but should be fine for the start of training camp. He has been a solid fantasy option for the last several seasons and can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback again this season.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/14/18 12:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (undisclosed) was looked at by trainers Tuesday, Aug. 14, after being face down on the field and picking himself up.
Huddle Up: There aren't many details regarding the nature of Ben's injury yet, so this development will need some monitoring. Assuming the issue is not serious, Big Ben remains comfortably in the QB1 conversation.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/13/18 3:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (leg) limped off the practice field Monday, Aug. 13, but did not aggravate his quadriceps issue and is fine, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There's nothing to see here. Look for the Steelers to take it a little bit easier with their star receiver for the remainder of the preseason, but his status as the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver has not changed.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/13/18 8:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) is not expected to play in the team's second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 16, against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: This is just standard procedure for the 15-year veteran, who has sat out the second preseason game in each of the last several years. He's perfectly healthy at the moment and remains a higher-end QB1 entering the new campaign, leading one of football's most potent offenses.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/11/18 1:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quadriceps) took part in a padded practice session Saturday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners everywhere can breathe again. There is even video of Brown making catches on underthrown balls, stopping rather awkwardly and showing no ill effects of his upper leg injury. He'll once again be a top-notch fantasy wideout and another big year is in store for AB84.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/7/18 9:24am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quad) is expected to return to practice after the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Brown is obviously sitting out practice again, but he is back with the team after getting checked out in Pittsburgh. He was never expected to miss all that much time, so this update would seem to confirm that. Owners can continue taking him inside the top five picks of most fantasy drafts.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/5/18 3:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quadriceps) is one of several injured players that could return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Brown has been dealing with a quadriceps injury but should be back on the field in the near future. He should be fine for the start of training camp and probably is the top receiver in fantasy. He likely will be a top-five pick in all fantasy drafts.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 8/5/18 4:56pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell said his representatives started talking to the Steelers about a long-term deal early last week.
Huddle Up: Boswell is playing on a one-year tender and would be an unrestricted free agent next offseason if he does not receive a long-term deal. He is coming off a solid 2017 season and should be a weekly starting option for owners.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 8/4/18 11:01am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald is listed as the starting tight end on the team's first depth chart.
Huddle Up: McDonald dealt with injuries last season but had a big performance in the team's playoff game. He should have a solid role in the passing game if he can stay healthy and can be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/2/18 2:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (undisclosed) has been sent to Pittsburgh to undergo further evaluation on his undisclosed injury. Head coach Mike Tomlin said he still considers Brown's injury a minor injury.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see how long Brown may be sidelined. He will not receive much playing time even if he is healthy, so he will have several weeks to recover from the injury. Brown is in the conversation for the top fantasy receiver in all leagues and will be a first-round pick.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/2/18 4:07pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quadriceps) is dealing with a strained quadriceps but is expected to return to practice in a few days, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brown probably will return to the practice field at some point next week but may not play until the third preseason game like he did last year. He has been one of the most consistent fantasy options over the last several years and will be a first-round pick again in 2018.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/1/18 2:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (undisclosed) miss practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, due to an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: Don't be alarmed. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about for the stud fantasy receiver but it is noteworthy since it's AB84.
James Washington - WRPosted 8/1/18 5:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington (foot) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 1, because of a foot injury. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.
Huddle Up: Owners should look for an update on Washington in the next day or two. He is expected to be the No. 3 receiver for the Steelers this season and has a chance to post decent numbers. Washington could be a late-round option in deeper leagues as a depth receiver.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 7/31/18 11:52am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) is dealing with an undisclosed injury, but head coach Mike Tomlin said Smith-Schuster is considered day-to-day.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster probably will miss a few days of practice but does not appear to be in any danger of missing any playing time. He is coming off a terrific rookie season and should be in the starting lineup for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster can be considered a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 7/29/18 4:24pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) was not able to finish practice Sunday, July 29, because of an undisclosed injury but was catching passes after practice.
Huddle Up: The severity of Smith-Schuster's injury is uncertain at this point, but it is probably a good sign that he was working after practice. He should receive plenty of targets in the passing game this season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 7/27/18 2:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Chris Boswell said his agent has not started contract extension talks with the Steelers at this point but that things could change in the near future.
Huddle Up: Boswell was one of the most important players for the Steelers last season and could receive a new deal before the end of training camp. He should be a weekly starting option for owners in 2018.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 7/26/18 4:32pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger reported to camp Thursday, July 26, looking 'noticeably leaner.' He made a concerted effort during the offseason to cut down on carbohydrates and sugar, as he worked with a nutritionist. Roethlisberger wouldn't reveal his weight when asked, however.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger finished with his lowest passer rating (93.4) since 2013, but remains a steady QB1 entering 2018, nonetheless. He plays for one of the league's most explosive offenses, and with virtually the same big-name supporting cast around him, Big Ben should manufacture yet another productive campaign.
James Washington - WRPosted 7/21/18 9:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington's production in college won't translate to the NFL, according to an NFL scout. 'In college, he used his body against a lot of people to get separation,' the scout said. 'He's not going to do that. They're going to cover him up in the NFL. He can be a No. 4, or maybe a No. 3 on a bad team.'
Huddle Up: Time will tell if Washington will be effective in the NFL, but in the meantime, he's expected to be the No. 3 receiver for a potent Pittsburgh offense. He is worth a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues and a second-round pick in rookie drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/18 10:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is tentatively expected to skip training camp but report before the start of the regular season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, who also stated Bell potentially missing games over his contract would be 'a shock.'
Huddle Up: This would be the expected outcome since Bell did the same thing last season. Although owners do not want to hear it, Bell is perhaps the riskiest player going in the early first round of drafts this spring and summer. Not only could he change his mind at any time and choose not to report until midseason, but he is entering this season with a new coordinator and coming off a 400-touch season. Missing camp just heightens his risk for injury.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/16/18 5:24am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiated all weekend, but parties aren't optimistic a long-term deal will get done. It's expected to go down to the wire Monday, July 16.
Huddle Up: Nothing changes from a fantasy perspective if a deal doesn't get done. Bell remains an elite RB1 in fantasy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/16/18 1:00pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not signed to a long-term deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 16. He will play on his $14.5 million franchise tag and is now slated to be a free agent in 2019.
Huddle Up: Whether or not Bell holds out into the regular season remains to be seen, but it's unlikely that he would choose to forfeit millions of dollars by doing so. Assuming he does not hold out, he arguably remains the No. 1 fantasy football target.
James Conner - RBPosted 7/16/18 5:08pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner was 'very impressive during the spring' and 'really looks like he can be a solid every down running back in this league,' according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: No one is going to confuse Conner for Bell, but everyone from Ben Roethlisberger to the coaching staff has sung the praises of the second-year back this year. With Bell likely done in Pittsburgh after this season, the 23-year-old's fantasy dynasty value just got a nice little boost. While he figures to have little to no redraft fantasy value if Le'Veon Bell doesn't hold out, Conner can make a strong case for being the most valuable handcuff in the league.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/15/18 11:04am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell 'wants to get the deal done' ahead of the July 16 deadline for signing players on the franchise tag to a long-term extension, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Both sides have expressed optimism in recent days, but unless the Steelers are willing to reset the market - and then some - for running backs, it seems unlikely there will be an agreement reached in just over 24 hours. As dynamic as Bell is, it doesn't make a ton of sense to give him the megadeal he desires as he comes off a 400-plus touch season. Based on the recent history of running backs coming off such high-usage seasons, Bell is a prime candidate to disappoint owners in 2018.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/14/18 12:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has made some progress in long-term contract talks with the Steelers, but it is still uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal before the July 16 deadline.
Huddle Up: Bell is facing the deadline for the second straight year, so owners should monitor the situation to see if he will receive a new deal. He likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if he has to play on the franchise tender. Bell is still one of the top performers in fantasy football and will be a top five pick in all drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/9/18 1:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has exactly one week to sign a long-term deal before he potentially holds out.
Huddle Up: It's another offseason with more drama from the Steelers and Bell. Don't be surprised to see him hold out from training camp. For now, he maintains his status as a top-three fantasy draft pick.
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