James Conner - RBPosted 12/15/18 11:45am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is considered unlikely to play in the Week 15 game, according to a source. Conner probably will be able to play in the Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Owners should check the inactive list to determine Conner's status but probably should look for other options for their lineups and keep Conner on the bench. Jaylen Samuels likely would receive most of the work at running back if Conner is ruled out and could be at least a flex option.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 12/15/18 12:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Stevan Ridley is expected to see a larger role in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, his former team, with RB James Conner doubtful due to injury. Ridley has an ax to grind against the Patriots, and he is looking forward to the matchup. 'I was trashed after an injury. To be a starter for four years, to tear my ACL, and to never get a call back, that's a tough pill to swallow,' Ridley said.
Huddle Up: The 29-year-old back is expected to share time with Jaylen Samuels if Conner is officially inactive, and Ridley could be running with authority in a game against a team he feels slighted him. That motivation makes him a sneaky fantasy play in deeper leagues, and an especially solid value in DFS.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 12/15/18 12:36pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers activated WR Eli Rogers (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Saturday, Dec. 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Rogers could see snaps immediately, as Ryan Switzer is questionable due to an ankle injury. While Rogers could be active on Sunday, it's likely Darrius Heyward-Bey would be the No. 3 behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster if Switzer is sidelined. Rogers isn't someone to rely upon for fantasy purposes at this juncture.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/14/18 12:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Conner likely will be a game-time decision for Week 15, so owners will need to monitor the situation over the next few days. He would be a risky option if he is active but could still be a No. 2 fantasy running back. Jaylen Samuels would receive another start if Conner is ruled out and could be a flex option.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/14/18 12:29pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is on track to play this week even though he likely will have to deal with pain from his injured ribs. He has struggled with interceptions at times this season but can still be a No. 1 quarterback in most leagues and likely will be part of a high-scoring game.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/13/18 3:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.
Huddle Up: Conner has not been ruled out at this point but probably will not play if he is not able to practice Friday, Dec. 14. Owners can monitor the situation but should have other options available in case Conner misses another game.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/13/18 3:16pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger should be able to play in the Week 15 game as long as he can tolerate the pain from his injured ribs. He likely will be asked to throw a lot this week since it could be a high-scoring game. He can be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/13/18 6:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) does not need to practice in order to play against the New England Patriots in Week 15, according to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
Huddle Up: It would certainly be a step in the right direction to see Conner log some practice time before Sunday, but until he is officially ruled out, his fantasy owners can hold out hope.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/12/18 4:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) missed practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Big Ben had to spend a little bit of time on the sidelines in last week's loss in Oakland. Seeing as how he was able to return, though, it would seem more likely than not he plays this week in a very important game with the Patriots. As usual, he'll be a QB1 if he's active.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/12/18 4:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: This isn't how fantasy owners wanted the week to begin for Conner after the second-year tailback missed his first game of the season this past Sunday. If he remains out, Jaylen Samuels would once again occupy an RB1 role in an advantageous matchup.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/11/18 8:17am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) received a pain-killing injection in his ribs at halftime last week. He didn't enter the game after the half to allow for the injection to kick in.
Huddle Up: Big Ben expects to play next week, but he might be a little too risky for such a pivotal point in the fantasy playoffs. His upside just doesn't hold enough weight for the potential downside. So consider that if there is a matchup play on waivers you could slot in instead.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/11/18 9:23am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) was not ruled out of returning in Week 15 by head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Tomlin added that whatever Conner can do in practice this week will be his guide.
Huddle Up: Of course the Steelers are going to leave the door open as long as possible, but Conner's return remains unlikely two weeks after the injury. We'll see what the practice reports out of Pittsburgh say this week, but in the meantime, plan on Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley carrying the RB load Sunday against the Patriots.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/11/18 9:46am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) is dealing with several rib bruises, but should be available for Week 15, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Dec. 11. Tomlin added that Roethlisberger will need pain management throughout the week.
Huddle Up: Despite missing most of the second half, Big Ben was able to return in the fourth quarter and direct a go-ahead TD drive and finished 25-of-29 for 282 yards and two TDs. Barring a setback this week, he'll be a QB1 option Sunday against the Patriots.
Mike Tomlin - HCPosted 12/11/18 9:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Dec. 11, that the team will hold kicking tryouts this week.
Huddle Up: Steelers PK Chris Bowell has struggled this season, missing six field goals (out of 16 attempts) and five extra points (out of 44). He missed both of his field-goal attempts in Week 14's 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a new kicker in the Steel City.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/9/18 6:58am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) will be evaluated Monday, Dec. 10, but there is a possibility that he could miss Week 15's game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Conner was injured during Week 13's game versus the Los Angeles Chargers and has already been ruled out for Week 14's contest against the Oakland Raiders. Jaylen Samuels will receive the bulk of the carries for as long as Conner is sidelined and warrants consideration as a flex option in most fantasy formats. Stevan Ridley could also see a handful of carries but should be avoided in all leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/9/18 7:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) completed 25-of-29 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 14 game against the Oakland Raiders, but he exited early due to a rib injury. He said after the game that he expects to start in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger was replaced by Joshua Dobbs, and that's who would start if Big Ben is unable to practice and/or misses additional playing time.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 12/9/18 8:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught eight of his 12 targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster topped 100 yards for the third time in the last four games, putting up WR1 numbers in the process. As long as the injury to Ben Roethlisberger isn't serious, there is no reason to expect Smith-Schuster to slow down any time soon.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 12/9/18 8:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels rushed 11 times for 28 yards and caught seven passes for 64 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Samuels was unable to find much room on the ground, but his receiving skills paid dividends. If James Conner can't return in Week 15, Samuels can be a decent flex play, especially in PPR formats.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/9/18 8:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught five of his seven targets for 35 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Brown was never able to find a rhythm in this one, and the Pittsburgh offense just wasn't clicking in what looked like a great matchup on paper. Even the best in the business deliver the occasional dud, but it came at the worst possible time for Brown owners with the fantasy playoffs in full swing.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/5/18 1:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Brown was simply getting a mid-week veteran's rest and there is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as some get ready for their playoffs this weekend. AB84 will be there and ready to roll against a poor and very giving Oakland Raiders side.
Ryan Switzer - WRPosted 12/5/18 1:42pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) went through a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Switzer was knocked out of the Sunday Night game late against the Chargers, but it appears he has quickly moved through the league's mandated concussion protocol and is trending toward being ready for Sunday's tilt in Oakland. He has emerged as a decent WR4 or flex option in deeper PPR formats.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 12/5/18 7:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels said he will be the starting running back for the Week 14 game but will split playing time with RB Stevan Ridley.
Huddle Up: Samuels should be involved in the running and passing game this week and probably will have a favorable matchup. He can be considered at least a flex option in most leagues. Ridley probably will only receive a handful of carries and can be avoided in leagues.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 12/4/18 9:18am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels is the front-runner to start in Week 14 after it was announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, that starting RB James Conner (ankle) will be sidelined with an ankle sprain. RBs Stevan Ridley and Trey Edmunds figure to be the backups.
Huddle Up: Samuels is a converted tight end who filled in after Conner went down late in Week 13, rushing two times for five yards and catching all three of his targets for 20 yards and a TD. Ridley has more rushing attempts (18) and yards (56) than Samuels (12- 31) on the season and also likely will be involved, but Samuels will be the Pittsburgh back fantasy general managers should target.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/4/18 9:10am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) will miss Week 14 with a sprained ankle, head coach Mike Tomlin said in a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 4. Conner's injury wasn't a leg contusion as first reported, and the ankle sprain is more significant than first expected.
Huddle Up: Conner is the latest RB1 to go down and miss time late in the season -- just in time for the fantasy postseason. Hopefully, Conner owners have heeded the warnings and secured the services of likely replacement Jaylen Samuels.
Mike Tomlin - HCPosted 12/4/18 9:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said using a running-back committee 'is our intention' Tuesday, Dec. 4, in replacing injured starting RB James Conner (ankle).
Huddle Up: Jaylen Samuels, a converted tight end, is the favorite to start and have the most fantasy value as long as Conner is out, but veteran Steven Ridley and Trey Edmunds, just elevated from the practice squad, also figure to be involved. In other words, there isn't likely to be another Pittsburgh RB1 as Conner was in replacing Le'Veon Bell.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/3/18 8:05am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (leg) wasn't believed to have suffered a major injury, and it wasn't to his ankle. The swelling will be somewhat of an indicator.
Huddle Up: It looks like Conner has avoided anything serious, and he should remain in the RB1 discussion in the interim.
Ryan Switzer - WRPosted 12/2/18 8:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) left the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to concussion.
Huddle Up: Switzer left the game for the locker room and is officially in the league's mandated concussion protocol. When healthy he has some fantasy appeal for those in PPR formats.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/2/18 8:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (lower leg) left the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to an apparent lower right leg or ankle injury. He limped off to the locker room to be evaluated.
Huddle Up: Conner was able to punch in a pair of rushing touchdowns before departing, but obviously fantasy owners are concerned with the playoffs right around the corner. Jaylen Samuels would be the player to target if Conner is forced to the shelf.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/2/18 10:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 29 of 45 passes for 281 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT during the team's Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Huddle Up: Big Ben was picked for the third straight game and passed for less than 300 yards for the first time since Nov. 4, so it wasn't a banner day. Worlds will collide next week when Roethlisberger, whose road woes are well known, travels to the Black Hole to face a woeful Raiders team. To paraphrase the late, great Gorilla Monsoon, it's the resistible force meeting the movable object. Consider your alternatives before deploying Roethlisberger in Oakland.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/2/18 10:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: After taking a backseat to JuJu Smith-Schuster recently, Brown was the alpha dog Sunday night, setting season bests in receptions and yardage. With the fantasy playoffs almost here owners would welcome a more productive AB down the stretch.
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