Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
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Posted 6/13/2019 6:06 pm UTC
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.
Posted 6/08/2019 1:06 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief said he has 'the potential to make a big impact' in the passing game and believes the receiving group can be 'electric' in 2019.
Huddle Up: JuJu Smith-Schuster is locked in as the No. 1 option, but the pecking order is up in the air after that. Moncrief should be in the mix for targets, and he could be worth a speculative add late in drafts while Pittsburgh's sort things out.
Posted 5/24/2019 10:05 pm UTC
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.
Posted 5/21/2019 5:05 pm UTC
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.
Posted 5/12/2019 6:05 am UTC
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.
Posted 5/09/2019 6:05 pm UTC
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.
Posted 4/24/2019 12:04 pm UTC
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.
Posted 4/23/2019 12:04 am UTC
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.
Posted 3/25/2019 2:03 am UTC
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.
Posted 3/19/2019 4:03 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief has received a two-year, $9 million contract that includes $3.5 million guaranteed at signing. He'll make $5 million in cash in 2019.
Huddle Up: Moncrief is headed to his third team in three years, and with Antonio Brown and his massive target share now out of the picture in Pittsburgh, Moncrief has WR3 upside if he adapts well to his new offense.
Posted 3/14/2019 4:03 am UTC
The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent WR Donte Moncrief (Jaguars) reached an agreement on a two-year deal on Thursday, March 14, according to a source.
Huddle Up: There are plenty of targets and receptions to snap up with Antonio Brown off to Oakland, Jesse James in Detroit and Le'Veon Bell to New York. Moncrief will be in the mix for a key role behind JuJu Smith-Schuster in the 'Burgh for the new-look Steelers. For now, he shouldn't be considered as anything more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted 3/10/2019 4:03 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted 'I'm ready' Sunday, March 10, the morning following teammate Antonio Brown's trade to the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster proved as much last season, leading the Steelers in receptions (111) and yards (1,426) despite drawing two fewer targets than Brown, and earning team-MVP honors in only his second season. As long as the aging Ben Roethlisberger suddenly doesn't fall off a cliff, look for similar numbers from JJSS and more TDs after he's posted seven in each of his first two seasons.
Posted 3/01/2019 11:03 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has begun preliminary contract extension talks with the Steelers and could reach an agreement in the near future, according to a source. The extension is expected to run through at least the 2022 season.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger likely will not have Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown next season but is still coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback next season despite the losses on offense.
Posted 2/26/2019 5:02 pm UTC
Impending free-agent WR Donte Moncrief (Jaguars) is a target of the New York Jets, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Jets are hungry for help at the position, and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold simply needs more weapons to assist his development. Should Moncrief join Gang Green, he's a WR3 or flex in fantasy, with a hint of upside, provided he can stay healthy.
Posted 2/16/2019 2:02 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington will be 'sitting pretty' to become the No. 2 receiver if WR Antonio Brown doesn't return to the team in 2019.
Huddle Up: Washington had a quiet rookie year, but he occasionally flashed the ability to make plays down the field. If Brown is out of the picture, Wahington's numbers could jump up significantly. Keep him in mind as a late-round sleeper.
Posted 2/12/2019 9:02 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has fared exceptionally well in three games without WR Antonio Brown. In those three contests he has averaged nine targets, 6.6 catches, 85 yards and one touchdown.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster will be one of the most coveted wide receivers in the fantasy realm if/when Brown is traded. One could easily argue that JSS would deserve to be drafted ahead of Brown depending on where Brown would land.
Posted 2/02/2019 3:02 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster's 617 yards after catch were the sixth most in the NFL in 2018, and he was the only wide receiver ranked in the top 10 in the category.
Huddle Up: Dangerous as a deep threat and as an underneath option, Smith-Schuster also finished tied for sixth in the league with 111 receptions and ranked fifth in receiving yards. He's already shown he can be a WR1, and his ceiling would only grow if Antonio Brown ends up elsewhere this offseason.
Posted 1/28/2019 10:01 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is fine after suffering a knee injury during the Pro Bowl.
Huddle Up: The Steelers can breathe a sigh of relief. Smith-Schuster is primed to be Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiving option if/when Antonio Brown is traded. The third-year receiver is a WR1 candidate either way, but his value is obviously higher if Brown is gone.
Posted 1/27/2019 8:01 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) suffered a knee contusion during the 2019 Pro Bowl and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster probably will be fine for offseason workouts and could be the Steelers main option in passing game next year if Antonio Brown is traded. He posted 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns this season and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver in 2019.
Posted 1/23/2019 11:01 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has started contract extension talks with the Steelers, according to owner Art Rooney II. Rooney said he believes Roethlisberger could play for several more seasons.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger recorded career-highs in yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34) this season but could lose Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason. He will still have several receivers to work with and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues in 2019.
Posted 1/05/2019 4:01 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to restructure his contract and receive an extension before the start of the new league year so the team could create some salary cap space.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played well this season, but it is not known who he will be throwing to next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback next season at this point.
Posted 12/31/2018 5:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald caught three of his six targets for 39 yards in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: At what proved to be another brutal season for the tight end position in fantasy, McDonald finally stayed healthy and posted career-best totals across the board with 50 receptions, 610 yards and four touchdowns. While Jesse James will almost certainly continue to steal snaps from him again in 2019, McDonald figures to be in line to repeat this season's production if he proves he proves this year's durability was not a fluke, making him a low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 12/31/2018 5:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers hauled in seven of his nine targets for 57 yards - all season bests - and lost four yards on his only rushing attempt in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: This was only the third game Rogers played in this season, and he only saw significant time due to Antonio Brown's absence. When everybody is healthy in Pittsburgh in 2019, he will be no better than the fourth option, and it's possible he won't make the 53-man roster. Rogers can be ignored for fantasy purposes for the foreseeable future.
Posted 12/31/2018 5:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington finished with a game-high 64 yards receiving and caught all three of his targets in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Washington was bound to produce a bit more this week with Antonio Brown nursing a knee injury. The rookie did most of his damage on a 47-yard deep strike, but this effort marked the second time in three games he exceeded 60 yards receiving. Washington's path to fantasy stardom is blocked indefinitely by Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but reports of his strong practices near the end of the season suggest he is starting to pick things up. He should have some deep sleeper appeal in 2019.
Posted 12/31/2018 4:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels ran only two times for two yards but caught seven of his eight targets for 40 yards in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Samuels played more of a specialist role in the season finale with James Conner returning from a three-week absence, but his performance could be a preview of things to come in 2019. The rookie not only justify Pittsburgh's faith in him as a mismatch weapon in the passing game, but he also proved to be a capable rusher in Conner's absence. As a result, Samuels enters 2019 as one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football.
Posted 12/31/2018 4:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger finished 31-of-45 for 287 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger added three carries for three yards.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger threw a bad pick-six and didn't come anywhere close to matching the standard he set for most of the season, although the absence of Antonio Brown certainly did not help matters. The 36-year-old did become only the seventh quarterback in league history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season (5,129), however, and also set a career high with 34 passing touchdowns. With one of the best supporting casts in the league at his disposal, Roethlisberger should be considered a mid-tier QB1 in 2019.
Posted 12/31/2018 4:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught five of his 10 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: It was a bit of a disappointing day at the office for the second-year wideout considering the Steelers were without Antonio Brown, but the Bengals also did their best to make Pittsburgh's other players beat them. Still, Smith-Schuster finishes the year with an eye-popping 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven scores. Already arguably a top-five receiver in dynasty formats, he has done more than enough to justify pick in the late second or early third round in redraft leagues next summer.
Posted 12/31/2018 4:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries and added 30 yards by hauling in each of his three targets in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Connor did not appear to be the least bit inhibited by the high-ankle sprain that cost him the previous three games and returned to a heavy workload considering the length of his absence. The second-year back proved to be a very capable replacement for Le'Veon Bell in his first extended opportunity to be the bell-cow back in Pittsburgh this season, posting 1,470 total yards and 13 total touchdowns in 13 games. Conner figures to be a late first-round pick at worst in most fantasy drafts next summer.
Posted 12/30/2018 9:12 pm UTC
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Donte Moncrief caught two passes for 21 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Moncrief will be a free agent this offseason, so he could be with a new team in 2019. He has posted solid numbers during his career and could be a late-round pick in some leagues next season depending on his situation.
Posted 12/30/2018 5:12 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is determined to play in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team wants to test him during warmups before making a final determination, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It seems entirely possible Conner, who is listed as questionable on the injury report with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 13, could be limited to early-down work if he plays while Jaylen Samuels takes most of the passing-down snaps. It is also possible the Steelers view Cincinnati as an opponent they should beat without their top running back and give him one more week to heal in the event they sneak into the playoffs. If that scenario occurs, Samuels could enjoy RB1 production again.
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