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.
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.
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