Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 12-4-0
Rank: 12th
Avg Yds
Rank: 22nd
Avg PYds
Rank: 10th
Avg RYds
Rank: 31st
Posted 7/03/2021 5:33 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson is among the players veteran NFL analyst Gil Brandt 'guarantees' will perform better in 2021.
Huddle Up: Johnson did catch 88 passes for 923 yards and seven TDs in 2020 to finish 21st among wideouts in total PPR points, but missed on even more production due to a league-high 14 drops. Expect a better catch percentage and another low-end WR2 season as the best fantasy bet among the Steelers' talented WR corps.
Posted 6/16/2021 9:52 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) was not at practice Wednesday, June 16, but head coach Mike Tomlin said it was an excused absence.
Huddle Up: Ebron should continue to have an important role in the passing game even though the team added Pat Freiermuth during the draft. He can be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/15/2021 11:02 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (undisclosed) needed to receive some attention from the trainers during practice Tuesday, June 15, but head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that it was nothing serious.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger struggled during the second half of the season in 2020 but will be working with a new offensive coordinator this season. He should be considered a No. 2 quarterback that likely will be a bye week replacement or an occasional starter depending on the opponent.
Posted 6/15/2021 10:23 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) left practice early Tuesday, June 15, because of an undisclosed injury, but head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that it is nothing serious.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster probably will miss the last few minicamp practices but should be ready for camp. He has a good connection with Ben Roethlisberger and should continue to see plenty of targets in the passing game. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/01/2021 5:21 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger disclosed to reporters Tuesday, June 1, his offseason elbow procedure in 2020 was a 'total reconstruction' and that the surgery might have had something to do with his inability to throw deep with any kind of consistency last season.
Huddle Up: For what it's worth, Roethlisberger told reporters Tuesday that his arm feels "really good" at the moment. The Steelers overhauled their offensive line and added Najee Harris in the draft, likely with an eye on reducing their dependence on 39-year-old Big Ben. Roethlisberger's supporting cast should be able to keep him firmly in the mid-to-high QB2 conversation, although his volume from last year (608 attempts in 15 games) figures to take a hit.
Posted 6/01/2021 5:03 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick RB Najee Harris appears to be adapting quickly to the pro game so far, according to comments made by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday, June 1. 'He doesn't seem lost. It's not too big for him. His head's not spinning. ... the most exciting part is once he gets it and it clicks and he goes full speed. It's going to be something to see,' Roethlisberger said.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger also told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala that Harris is putting in plenty of time in the classroom. The 23-year-old figures to be the centerpiece of a retooled offense as a rookie and one of the league's few true workhorse running backs. Combined with his propensity to break tackles and ability in the passing game, Harris should be a solid first-round pick in fantasy drafts at some point this summer.
Posted 5/25/2021 8:07 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick TE Pat Freiermuth (Penn State) signed a four-year contract Monday, May 24. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Freiermuth is unlikely to have much fantasy impact as a rookie considering he will be fighting for targets with Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron and Najee Harris. However, he is easily worth taking a shot on in the late second round of rookie drafts.
Posted 5/25/2021 6:30 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick RB Najee Harris signed a four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $13.1 million on Tuesday, May 25, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes a fifth-year team option and a signing bonus of $6.85 million, per The Athletic's Mark Kaboly.
Huddle Up: Harris is the overwhelming favorite to be the most impactful rookie in fantasy this year. The 230-pounder is expected to handle 300 touches at the minimum and consistently give the Steelers the every-down threat out of the backfield they have lacked since Le'Veon Bell departed after the 2017 season. Given the combination of talent and likely workload, Harris figures to see his draft stock rise over the summer to the point where he may get drafted late in the first round in fantasy drafts.
Posted 5/15/2021 4:37 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris said Saturday, May 15, that the team seems to want to use him in the passing game and even split him out wide as a receiver.
Huddle Up: Harris totaled 70 receptions for 729 yards and 11 TDs over his final two seasons at Alabama, averaging 10.4 yards per catch. That and the bountiful overall opportunity in Pittsburgh helps make him a rock-solid RB2 selection, even in PPR leagues.
Posted 5/06/2021 4:59 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris was drafted to be a rookie year-ready three-down back, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in an interview. 'Najee is a well-rounded running back (who) played in a pro system,' Colbert told Pro Football Talk. 'He made NFL runs routinely, and he could also play in the passing game, both as a receiver and as a blocker. He's basically a three-down back coming from an NFL-like system, plugging into a similar type system. He made NFL runs at the collegiate level. He did it at a high level. He helped them win a national championship, so hopefully he can help us win some games.'
Huddle Up: Harris improved from four to 27 to 43 receptions over his his final three seasons at Alabama and is primed to deliver the top fantasy season from a Steelers running back since James Conner produced 1,470 total yards and 13 TDs in 2018. Harris is a solid RB2 target in fantasy drafts this summer.
Posted 5/01/2021 12:55 am GMT
Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have Eric Ebron as their starting tight end, but Freiermuth likely will take over the job in a year or two. He can be a valuable option in keeper leagues but probably can be avoided in most standard leagues.
Posted 4/30/2021 3:11 am GMT
Alabama RB Najee Harris was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Harris had been linked to the Steelers leading up to the draft, and he should immediately become the focal point of the rushing attack. Harris should see enough touches to safely finish as a RB2, and he is a candidate to be the No. 1 pick in rookie drafts.
Posted 4/10/2021 3:26 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ranked 31st in yards per pass attempt from Week 10 to the end of the season, and he threw at least one interception in five of his final six starts.
Huddle Up: The slow finish to the regular season led into a four-interception performance in a playoff loss, and while he opted to return in 2021, fantasy owners shouldn't expect more than QB2 production out of the veteran.
Posted 3/25/2021 10:46 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron has agreed to restructure his contract, which created around $3.9 million in salary cap space for the team, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Ebron finished the 2020 season with 558 yards and five touchdowns and was a popular target for Ben Roethlisberger. He should have a similar role next season and can be a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/19/2021 5:28 pm GMT
Free agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on Friday, March 19, decided to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, accepting a one-year deal worth $8 million according to a source. In doing so, Smith-Shuster bypassed better offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: JJSS had a strange season in 2020, finishing with a career-high nine TDs but averaged a career-low 8.6 yards per reception as he produced only 831 yards on 97 catches. He still finished second on the team with 128 targets (8 per game) and is a solid low-end WR2 selection.
Posted 3/18/2021 4:27 pm GMT
Free agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been in recent conversation with the New York Jets, according to sources on Thursday, March 18. The Jets are still looking to add offensive playmakers despite their recent signing of free agent WR Corey Davis.
Huddle Up: Despite 97 catches and a career-high 9 TDs, JuJu Smith-Schuster only totaled 831 receiving yards (8.6 per catch) and finished 16th among wideouts with 234.1 PPR points. Going to the Jets with their unproven QB situation wouldn't help JJSS' fantasy value.
Posted 3/12/2021 12:21 am GMT
Impending free-agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) strongly hinted he will not be re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he personally responded 'that's a negative' to an Instagram poll that asked if he will be back with the team that drafted him in 2017.
Huddle Up: Instagram polls are rarely ever newsworthy items unless the focus of the subject matter makes his opinion public knowledge. The Las Vegas Raiders and New York Jets appear to be the two teams most likely to pursue the 24-year-old, who is technically not needed in Pittsburgh with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool establishing themselves as big-time threats. A departure to the Raiders or Jets would likely relegate Smith-Schuster to WR3 status in most leagues.
Posted 3/07/2021 6:18 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster likely will leave in free agency since the team will not be able to offer him a lucrative contract because of their salary cap situation.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster should receive plenty of interest in free agency and can be a starter on most teams. He has a chance to be at least a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/04/2021 7:25 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger signed a restructured contract Thursday, March 4. He agreed to reduce his pay to $14 million from $19 million in the final year of his contract and spread the cash payment through 2022, per source. The moves lowered his cap hit to $15 million in 2021, giving the team more flexibility.
Posted 2/26/2021 5:22 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger likely will be playing with a restructured contract in 2021, and Steelers president Art Rooney II is confident Roethlisberger can guide the franchise to success. 'We think Ben played at a high level last year,' Rooney recently told the team's website. 'We won our division and set a franchise record for most consecutive wins to open a season, so there was a lot of good stuff. Ben was as disappointed as anybody the way it ended. That last game is just hard to swallow, and I think in part Ben wants to come back and leave on a high note. We're still confident he has the ability to do that. His arm, I would say, is as strong or almost as strong as ever, so I think he's certainly capable of getting the job done. Part of the concern is putting a (competitive) team around him, and we had a good discussion about that. We know there are still a lot of pieces to the puzzle that still have to fall into place this season, and we're hard at work trying to make that happen.'
Huddle Up: At 38, Big Ben finished 14th among fantasy QBs last season -- his lowest finish for a full or near-full season (at least 15 games played) since a 20th-place fantasy finish in 2008. He's still a capable QB, but he's now mired in the mid-QB2 range in terms of fantasy.
Posted 2/25/2021 2:52 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster could re-sign with the Steelers, but it'll be very difficult with their salary cap situation. The Steelers can't use their franchise tag on him with their cap situation.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster hasn't been the same receiver since Antonio Brown left, but he has been a decent one. He'll be a WR2 target in fantasy.
Posted 2/24/2021 3:33 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will return in 2021, according to team president Art Rooney II.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger was 14th in fantasy points at the position last season in 15 games. The big question will be - how will they supplement around him? JuJu Smith-Schuster is a free agent, and the tight end and running back positions need addressed. He also lost his longtime center to retirement. Big Ben is a mediocre QB2 target in drafts.
Posted 2/19/2021 8:14 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had 41 of his passes dropped by his pass catchers this season. He has only 26 over the previous two seasons.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger did not have a great since coming back from elbow surgery, and his status with the Steelers is uncertain at this point. Fantasy players should consider him a No. 2 quarterback if he plays next season.
Posted 2/17/2021 6:18 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has told the team he wants to continue playing, but general manager Kevin Colbert said the team is still evaluating the situation. Colbert said the two sides will need to figure out the finances if Roethlisberger wants to return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation over the next few weeks to see where Roethlisberger will be playing in 2021. He played well at times this past season but did not put up the same numbers he did in the past. He probably will be a No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 2/15/2021 1:09 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson's 144 targets ranked eighth in the NFL, but his 61.5 receiving yards per game ranked 30th.
Huddle Up: Issues with drops didn't help his disparity between targets and yards, but there is a good chance that Johnson enters 2021 as Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver. As long as the quarterback situation remains stable, WR2 production is more than possible.
Posted 2/11/2021 3:14 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has heavy interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, according to 710 ESPN's John Clayton.
Huddle Up: He'll be an interesting case in free agency as he showed WR1 ability, but it was only when Antonio Brown was opposite of him. He'll be a WR2 target in PPR leagues if he stays with Pittsburgh, but it's a roll of the dice if he's elsewhere.
Posted 2/09/2021 12:04 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was charged with a league-high 15 drops in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: In Johnson's defense, nearly half of his drops (seven) came during a three-game period from Week 12 to Week 14. Johnson's star is clearly on the rise and should remain that way as long as Pittsburgh has someone competent throwing him the ball. The 24-year-old can make a strong case to be considered a low-end WR1 in fantasy next season.
Posted 2/08/2021 7:32 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is set to meet with team officials during the upcoming week to discuss his contract situation and future with the club, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Here's what we know: Roethlisberger won't play for the team in 2021 under his current cap hit of $41.2 million. Beyond that, it's wait-and-see time. The most likely scenario involves a restructure of some kind, but we could know a lot more by week's end.
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