Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 8-8-0
Rank: 28th
Avg Yds
Rank: 32nd
Avg PYds
Rank: 31st
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Rank: 28th
Posted 5/27/2020 8:38 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (groin) said he played most of the 2019 season with a groin injury and had to undergo surgery in February to repair the injury. He has not received full clearance to train at this point but hopes to be cleared in a few days.
Huddle Up: Johnson finished his rookie season with 680 yards and five touchdowns despite the injury and likely will be one of the starting receivers for the Steelers in 2020. He likely will be selected in all fantasy drafts but will not be a weekly starting option.
Posted 5/25/2020 8:12 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell should be able to be more productive for the Steelers this upcoming season since he will be more comfortable playing in the NFL, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Snell rushed for 426 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie season and saw more playing time than expected because of an injury to RB James Conner. He likely will be the No. 2 running back for the Steelers in 2020 and should see a handful of carries each game. He should be a handcuff to Conner in drafts and could be a late round pick in other drafts.
Posted 5/19/2020 4:22 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has been ready to throw for 'some time,' NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. The Steelers coaches have been overly cautious with Roethlisberger following elbow surgery last year.
Huddle Up: The 38-year-old likely will continue to take it easy during the summer months, probably being placed on a pitch count until the team is fully confident in his recovery. In 2020 fantasy football drafts, Big Ben is a backup but should be considered a matchup play when the proper opportunities arise.
Posted 5/18/2020 7:02 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) recently worked out with RB James Conner, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and WR Ryan Switzer and was throwing passes during the workout.
Huddle Up: It appears Roethlisberger is on track to play in 2020 as long as he does not suffer a setback. He played well in his last full season and will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with this upcoming season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/15/2020 2:02 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner will remain the featured back in 2020, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. 'James is a featured guy and proven runner when healthy,' Tomlin said. 'We're excited about him getting back to health and displaying that in 2020. Benny Snell is a guy that is capable of being a featured runner who plays with a physical style in a similar manner to James. He's capable of being a James-type of guy if James is unavailable.'
Huddle Up: Conner is a physical runner that has had the propensity for injury. They have plenty of backs that can lighten the load via the air, which makes Conner a more attractive RB2 in non-PPR formats.
Posted 5/14/2020 11:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph will be the backup to Ben Roethlisberger in 2020, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Rudolph was unimpressive over 10 games and eight starts in 2019. He finished the season with 1,765 yards and 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He won't have fantasy value in redraft leagues and he has very little value in dynasty leagues with the Steelers figuring to look elsewhere for the longterm replacement to Big Ben.
Posted 5/14/2020 11:01 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has been progressing well in his recovery after missing the final 14 games of the 2019 season due to an elbow injury, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. 'He's doing great thus far. He's in great physical condition. Rehabilitation, in regards to the injury itself, is going well. I hear nothing but positive reports from that standpoint,' Tomlin said. 'There have been no bumps in the road.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger led the NFL in pass attempts (675), completions (452), yards (5,129) and interceptions (16) in 2018 before being limited to just a game-and-a-half last year. He no longer has WR Antonio Brown, but he still has WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, and TE Eric Ebron and WR Chase Claypool were added to the pass-catching corps. Big Ben will be a mid-tier QB1 entering draft season, and he also boosts the stocks of all of his receivers.
Posted 5/14/2020 10:16 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron (ankle) tweeted Thursday, May 14 he passed his physical. He added he has been able to run and cut without pain.
Huddle Up: Ebron is set to play a big role as a red-zone threat for the Steelers after signing as a free agent. He took a step back in 2019 with three touchdowns in 11 games after making a career-high 13 TD grabs and being named to the Pro Bowl in 2018.
Posted 5/08/2020 2:10 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is doing well in his rehab and expected to be ready for the season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. 'As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness,' Tomlin said. 'We are enjoying the process that he's going through right now. Obviously, it's not without its angst. The guy is coming off a season-ending injury and surgery. But we like where we are. He's throwing on a rehab schedule, and it's going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger, at his advanced age, and coming off a major arm injury, is really limited to QB2 status.
Posted 5/03/2020 1:03 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner will likely have his carries 'cut back' in order to keep him healthy and to utilize other backs more frequently, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Conner has battled multiple injures since taking over as the starter in 2018, and he missed six games last year while averaging just 4.0 yards per carry. He should still be the lead back, but a workhorse role seems unlikely. Don't count on him being more than a low-end RB2.
Posted 5/03/2020 12:48 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool should 'work his way quickly' into the starting lineup as an outside receiver, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic
Huddle Up: Claypool has the size and speed to develop into a big-play threat and a weapon in the red zone. If Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, the rookie could deliver some useful performances. He's worth a a flier in the later rounds of standard drafts, and he's a must-own player in dynasty leagues.
Posted 4/28/2020 7:53 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool is expected to primarily line up outside, according to offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, but the 6-foot-4 receiver can also play in the slot.
Huddle Up: Claypool's size and speed are expected to allow him to serve many roles for the Steelers. He'll help a 32nd-ranked red-zone offense from 2019 and he'll take some defensive attention off of WR JuJu Smith-Schuster as the No. 2 option. Claypool's versatility can also help allow Smith-Schuster to move around the field a bit more and get some more looks out of the slot.
Posted 4/22/2020 9:12 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster will not be traded to the San Francisco 49s, according to a well-placed source Wednesday, April 22. Smith-Schuster had previously been linked to the Niners in trade rumors.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster would have left a gigantic hole in the Steelers' passing attack. He had a disappointing 2019 campaign, but he should return to high-end WR2 form in 2020 with QB Ben Roethlisberger back under center.
Posted 4/17/2020 8:56 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said he is excited to return to the field and believes missing most of the season last year put a 'little fire' into him. Roethlisberger said he is going to give it everything he has to be better than ever. While he previously rested his arm during the offseason, he is throwing about three times a week as he works through recovery from surgery.
Huddle Up: In his last full season, Roethlisberger, 38, threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is, however, coming off surgery, so we're going to have to temper our expectations a bit until we see him on the field. He should be considered at strong backup quarterback entering the season and should come at a cheap price on draft day.
Posted 4/15/2020 5:15 pm UTC
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope TE Eric Ebron will be able to return to his 2018 Pro Bowl form, when he caught 66 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Indianapolis Colts. With Ebron and Vance McDonald on roster, the team may be able to utilize both players in double tight-end sets.
Huddle Up: Ebron should be considered a better TE2 or DFS play than a TE1 entering the year; he'll lose some targets to McDonald, who also had a career-year in 2018 (50-610-4) and will also be looking to rebound.
Posted 4/12/2020 1:31 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell topped 90 rushing yards in both of his starts as a rookie and ran for at least 63 rushing yards in four of the five games when he was given at least 16 carries.
Huddle Up: James Conner is expected to lead the Pittsburgh backfield in 2020, but he's no stranger to missing time with injuries. Snell would likely serve as the early-down back if Conner goes down, and he's not a bad late-round flier as a RB5.
Posted 4/06/2020 6:59 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said his recovery is going fine and that he believes he would have been able to participate in some offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger miss most of the 2019 season because of elbow surgery but appears to be on track for training camp and the 2020 season. He has played well over the last few seasons and could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/05/2020 1:49 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron is one of six tight ends with at least 20 red zone touchdowns over the last five seasons, and he joins a Pittsburgh offense that ranked last in red zone scoring in 2019.
Huddle Up: A healthy Ben Roethlisberger under center should also go a long way to helping the Pittsburgh offense, but Ebron addresses a big need. He's a lower-end TE1 candidate, even if he could be a little touchdown dependent.
Posted 4/04/2020 12:20 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron (ankle) said he has not fully recovered from his ankle surgery yet and could not play if the season started today.
Huddle Up: Ebron has several months to rehab the injury and should be ready for training camp. He likely will be a red zone target in the passing game and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
Posted 4/03/2020 5:45 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Shuster ranked third in the NFL, and second among wide receivers, in 2019 with his average of 5.9 yards per contact per reception.
Huddle Up: JJSS was infamously one of fantasy's biggest busts of 2019, totaling only 73.2 fantasy points (standard scoring) in 12 games. But don't forget his injury issues or the Steelers' myriad QB issues with Ben Roethlisberger going down for the year in Week 2. Smith-Shuster is a mid-round draft value with WR1 bounce-back potential.
Posted 3/20/2020 5:35 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has 'no doubts' he'll be able to make a full return in 2020 and come back and play well, he said Thursday, March 19. 'I have complete confidence in that. I'm throwing without pain for the first time in years,' Roethlisberger said. 'Some games, I would have a little pain. Some games, I would have a lot of pain.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played just the first two games of the 2019 season with no touchdowns and one interception. He led the league in passing attempts, completions and yards in 2018, and his return would boost the fantasy appeal of everyone else within the Steelers offense. He's a low-tier QB1.
Posted 3/20/2020 5:20 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Colts) on Friday, March 20, agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per a source.
Huddle Up: Ebron reeled in 97 of 162 targets for 1,125 yards and scored 17 total TDs in 27 games over two seasons with the Colts, and while his numbers were certainly over-inflated by his 14-touchdown season in 2018, he immediately gives the Steelers a tight end weapon they've been lacking. He'll be a TE1 consideration in drafts this offseason.
Posted 3/16/2020 8:37 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald has agreed to restructure his contract in order for the team to create some salary cap space, according to a source. The team converted McDonald's $5.5 million base salary to a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: McDonald had a disappointing 2019 season but should post better numbers with Ben Roethlisberger back as the quarterback. He could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 3/16/2020 2:50 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Bud Dupree received the franchise tag Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Dupree had 11.5 sacks last year, but he had just 49 total tackles. That put him 22nd among linebackers in fantasy points, and he'll be a risky flex candidate.
Posted 2/24/2020 2:36 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had eight catches on 11 targets in the six quarters he played with QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) in 2019, and Brooke Pryor of ESPN believes Smith-Schuster needs another 'reliable offensive weapon' to be at his best.
Huddle Up: While Smith-Schuster's numbers would have been better with a healthy Roethlisberger under center, we still don't know if he can replicate his monster 2018 numbers as the go-to option of the passing attack.
Posted 2/23/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said he has been cleared to start throwing a football but is still about two and a half to three months away from receiving full clearance.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger probably will not do much during offseason workouts but appears to have a good chance to be ready for training camp. He has posted very good numbers over the last several seasons and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he is healthy.
Posted 2/17/2020 6:18 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) should be ready for the start of the 2020 regular season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is scheduled to have his surgically repaired elbow examined later this month and also hopes to participate in some offseason workouts. He played well in 2018 and can still post solid numbers in the passing game. Roethlisberger can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback next season if he is healthy.
Posted 2/13/2020 11:10 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (hernia) recently underwent sports hernia surgery, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Thursday, Feb. 13.
Huddle Up: Johnson should again be the Steelers' No. 3 receiver in 2020, behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington. He caught a total of 59 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2019 and will look to take a step forward while working with QB Ben Roethlisberger. He can be a good addition in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Posted 2/13/2020 9:13 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is still viewed as a starter by the team, and he's expected to have a bounceback season in 2020, according to general manager Kevin Colbert Thursday, Feb. 13. 'James Conner had a disappointing season in James Conner's viewpoint and ours, as well,' Colbert said. 'Our point to James was, 'You had an unfortunate year.' The year before that he was one of the best in the league.'' ... 'He's still a young player. We think there's something there. We know there's talent there. We hope James can regain it. And, if he's healthy, there's no reason he shouldn't. We don't want to say we don't have a starting running back because we feel we do.'
Huddle Up: Conner gained 1,470 yards from scrimmage with 13 total touchdowns during his sophomore 2018 campaign in place of then-holdout RB Le'Veon Bell. Conner regressed significantly in 2019, totaling just 715 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger should provide a significant boost to everyone within the Steelers offense in 2020 and Conner will be a bargain RB2 at a discounted average draft position.
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