James Conner - RBPosted 6/23/19 11:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner finished with a 34.9 breakaway percentage in 2018, meaning that 340 of his 972 rushing yards came on plays of 15 or more yards.
Huddle Up: Conner had a breakout season in more than one way as he stepped in for Le'Veon Bell, but the campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. This year, he won't sneak up on anyone as a low-end RB1 entering the summer.
James Conner - RBPosted 6/22/19 10:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner gained 340 of his 972 rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or longer last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: For the sake of comparison, Conner's breakaway percentage (the percentage of yards gained on runs of at least 15 yards) of 35 percent ranked sixth among running backs with at least 200 carries. Much has been made this spring about Pittsburgh sharing the load in the backfield this season in an attempt to keep Conner fresh for games in November and December. Regardless of whether or not the Steelers end up spreading the wealth, it's likely Conner will remain firmly in the RB1 conversation.
James Conner - RBPosted 6/13/19 11:15am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner amassed more than 62 percent of his team's carries and 64 percent of the targets to running backs last season, but he is under the impression those numbers will come down this season based on what he has seen during spring practices, especially from Jaylen Samuels and rookie Benny Snell. 'I think it'll be spread out pretty evenly. ... 'I've seen (Snell's) college tape. He's also learned the offense really quick. I know he'll be ready to play this year. Jaylen, obviously, is going to make a lot of plays, too,' Conner told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Huddle Up: Pittsburgh has long been an offense that relies on one bell-cow back, so hearing Conner support his teammates here is much different than offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner say the touches will be spread out evenly. Nevertheless, the Steelers now have the kind of depth to make sure Conner is well-rested, so it would not be a total surprise if he drops from the 20.8 touches he averaged last season to 17 or 18 in 2019. He very much remains in the fantasy RB1 discussion.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/6/19 4:18pm ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said he does not plan to participate in practices next week and will return to Florida to train.
Huddle Up: Bell participated in the mandatory minicamp but will not practice with the team again until training camp. He has not played since 2017 but should still be one of the better running backs in the NFL. He should be a No. 1 running back in all leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/4/19 12:03am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell reported to the team's facility Monday, June 3, ahead of the team's voluntary minicamp start on Tuesday, June 4.
Huddle Up: Bell is at the facility getting ready to work with second-year QB Sam Darnold and learn the team's new offense, while also getting back onto the football field after a one-year hiatus due to his contract dispute in Pittsburgh. It will be good for him to knock off the rust this summer. He'll be a high-round fantasy draft pick again in 2019.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/4/19 10:48am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said Tuesday, June 4, that he understands if some have forgotten he was the best running back in the league when last played 17 months ago. Bell added that people 'will remember' when he takes the field again.
Huddle Up: Bell is still in his prime at age 27 and the year off could very well be a benefit after he totaled a whopping 742 touches the previous two seasons. Value him as mid-level RB1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/4/19 3:55pm ET
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold said Tuesday, June 4, it'll take time to form chemistry with new RB Bell. 'I don't think there's necessarily a certain time period that you can put on it,' Darnold said. 'It's just kind of when we click, we click. ... I think, me and (Bell), we get along well. So, that's kind of the first step in building that relationship. It's good to kind of go on the same page with him and just see how he kind of runs routes and how he runs out there. I haven't seen him really run and it was good to kind of see him run some routes and throw the ball to him a little bit.' Darnold added that he wants to get some offensive players together for workouts ahead of training camp later this summer.
Huddle Up: Bell should be able to reassert himself as an RB1 after sitting out the entirety of the 2018 season. His presence, should he be able to form chemistry with the sophomore QB, could put Darnold on the fantasy radar. The signal-caller will turn 22 years old ahead of the 2019 season and enters as a low-ceiling QB2.
Jesse James - TEPosted 5/25/19 3:43pm ET
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is considered the leading candidate to start at tight end this upcoming season, but he likely will be sharing playing time with TE Jesse James.
Huddle Up: Hockenson likely will be a weapon in the red zone, but fantasy players will need to monitor him during training camp and the preseason. He has a chance to be a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 5/24/19 3:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels lined up in the backfield together at times during practice this week, and Samuels said he believes that formation could cause problems for defenses.
Huddle Up: Conner will receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season, but Samuels will be involved in the offense as well after a solid 2018 season. Conner likely will be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues, while Samuels could be a late-round pick or a handcuff to Conner in deeper leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 5/22/19 11:34am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown is participating in practice Wednesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Brown is working with a new quarterback and needs to learn the offense but will be the focal point in the passing game. He can still be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues but probably will not be the first receiver off the board.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/21/19 10:53am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday, May 21, he plans to be around more at OTAs this year in part to all the team's new faces.
Huddle Up: Remember the formidable offensive "B's" the Steelers featured only a few years ago? Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Martvis Bryant are now gone, leaving Big Ben with a new cast. He remains, though, a borderline QB1/high-end QB2.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 5/21/19 4:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown was not present during practice Tuesday, May 21.
Huddle Up: Brown was with the team earlier in the preseason and should return for at least the mandatory minicamp. He will be working in a new offense and with a new quarterback but should still be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 5/11/19 11:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster ranked second in the league with 63 receptions out of the slot last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster firmly established himself in 2018, joining Isaac Bruce (1995) and Larry Fitzgerald (2005) as the only receivers in league history with more than 100 catches and 1,400 receiving yards in either of their first two seasons. With the Steelers trading away Antonio Brown and adding mostly perimeter receivers in the offseason, it appears Smith-Schuster will continue spending significant time in the slot for the foreseeable future. He has emerged as an elite fantasy receiving option to say the least.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/10/19 9:49am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be at the team's mandatory minicamp in June. 'I don't expect him not to be there,' head coach Adam Gase said Friday, May 10.
Huddle Up: Bell's absence from voluntary workouts of his new team has rekindled some unpleasant memories for a number of fantasy GMs, but he remains a solid RB1 fantasy pick, who may be a little undervalued.
James Washington - WRPosted 5/9/19 11:07am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington has reportedly 'slimmed down' this offseason and is expected to play around 210 pounds this season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Washington is officially listed at 213, but he appeared to be carrying more weight than that during what was a trying rookie season. The Oklahoma State product did enjoy his two best performances late in the season, giving the team and fantasy owners some hope for 2019. Currently sporting an ADP in the 11th round in PPR leagues, Washington can easily emerge as a value pick in fantasy drafts if he shows the same kind of deep-ball ability he did in college.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 5/3/19 6:18pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown won't play at all in the preseason, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Brown is going to have a tough time putting up the same lofty numbers that he did in Pittsburgh, but he could still finish as a WR1. Just make sure you don't treat him like a sure-fire, top-five fantasy option at the position.
Jesse James - TEPosted 4/29/19 9:04am ET
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is likely to be a co-starter in Week 1 with TE Jesse James, in the opinion of beat writer Kyle Meinke
Huddle Up: Hockenson has some TE2 upside, but he has a limited forecast early on if he's sharing time.
Diontae Johnson - WRPosted 4/28/19 5:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson is 'naturally gifted' and can line up anywhere on the field, according to wide receivers coach Darryl Drake.
Huddle Up: With Antonio Brown now in Oakland, Pittsburgh will be looking for someone to step up alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson is definitely worth scooping up by the second round of rookie drafts, and he could be worth a flier in redraft leagues.
Benny Snell - RBPosted 4/27/19 10:15am ET
Kentucky RB Benny Snell was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 122nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Snell likely will be the primary backup to James Conner and could also see some work around the goal line. Fantasy players could consider Snell as a possible handcuff to Conner but is not a must-own player in leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 4/24/19 5:02am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is in the final stages of a contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid players annually. Terms weren't disclosed, but it could be announced as early as Wednesday, April 24.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has lost two key weapons in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and Big Ben wasn't an elite option in fantasy with them. He'll be a midrange QB1 in drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/23/19 9:13am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was not spotted with his teammates Tuesday, April 23, as the Jets opened a three-day voluntary minicamp.
Huddle Up: The key word in the above is "voluntary," but one would think Bell has had enough time away from football and would want to start off with a good impression on his new team. Until further notice, though, Bell remains a solid RB1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/23/19 9:55am ET
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was a no-show Tuesday, April 23, on the first day of the team's voluntary minicamp, but head coach Adam Gase didn't appear overly concerned. 'It's voluntary,' Gase said, noting that Bell was with the team earlier this month for the first week of the offseason program and adding that Bell has a strong self-training regimen.
Huddle Up: This absence is just a little different than the one that burned fantasy owners last year in Pittsburgh, and Bell remains a no-doubt RB1 until further notice.
James Washington - WRPosted 4/22/19 5:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will have a bigger role in the passing game in 2019, and head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects great things from Washington.
Huddle Up: Washington did not have a big role during his rookie season and finished with 16 receptions, 217 yards and one touchdown. He should be a top three receiver for the Steelers this season and will see plenty of targets. He can be a late-round in some fantasy leagues next season.
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.
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