Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 8-8-0
Avg PTS
18.1
Rank: 28th
Avg Yds
291.3
Rank: 31st
Avg PYds
200.9
Rank: 30th
Avg RYds
90.4
Rank: 28th
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Posted 1/05/2020 2:40 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson led all rookies with 59 receptions this season, finishing with 680 receiving yards and five scores.
Huddle Up: Johnson turned in a solid rookie campaign, and another year of experience combined with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback could lead to bigger and better things in 2020. Best-case scenario, Johnson becomes the unquestioned No. 2 option behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and a WR3 for fantasy owners.
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Posted 1/05/2020 2:34 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin Bush led all rookies with 109 total tackles in 2019. His 72 solo stops ranked second among rookies, and he added a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble, four fumbles recoveries, six passes defensed and a defensive score.
Huddle Up: Bush wasted no time becoming a playmaker in the middle of Pittsburgh's defense. All signs point to him becoming a solid IDP option for fantasy owners moving forward.
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Posted 12/31/2019 10:04 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) reportedly has a medical checkup scheduled in February that will be 'significant in terms of mapping out what is next,' according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely Roethlisberger will do much throwing before training camp regardless of how his elbow checks out, but the Steelers' ability to return to the playoffs in 2020 hinge greatly on 37-year-old's ability to return to form. Assuming he is 100 percent by August, fantasy owners should view him as a serviceable QB2 option.
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Posted 12/27/2019 8:14 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: McDonald probably will receive a few targets in the passing game this week but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/27/2019 7:48 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) on Friday, Dec. 27, was ruled out of the team's Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Conner's disappointing, injury-wracked regular season will end on a down note as he'll miss his sixth game of the season. Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte are expected to head the Steelers' backfield Sunday but none are particularly intriguing options.
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Posted 12/26/2019 9:26 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been held to 40 yards or less in every game this season and can be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week.
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Posted 12/25/2019 9:31 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been a disappointing fantasy option this season and can be keep on the bench this week.
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Posted 12/25/2019 9:25 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Conner's status for Week 17 is uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should monitor his status over the next few days. Fantasy players may want to consider other options for their lineups because Conner may see limited work if he plays.
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Posted 12/25/2019 6:22 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger took to Twitter to announce that he has been working hard and is more determined than ever to come back stronger next year.
Huddle Up: Big Ben sounds like he's definitely coming back in 2020 after some recent reports that he was uncertain about his future. He'll be in the QB2 mix in drafts next year.
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Posted 12/24/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner's (thigh) availability is very much in question for Week 17, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Benny Snell would likely see the bulk of the work against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have nothing to play for with the top seed secured, and they could rest a lot of regulars. Snell would be a flex option if Conner sits.
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Posted 12/24/2019 3:01 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Devlin Hodges is set to start the Week 17 regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens, as QB Mason Rudolph (shoulder) isn't healthy enough to take snaps. QB Paxton Lynch is expected to serve as the backup.
Huddle Up: Hodges was a disaster against the Jets in Week 16, and the only reason he re-entered the game after getting pulled was because Rudolph banged up his shoulder and couldn't return. Avoid for fantasy purposes and DFS play.
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Posted 12/23/2019 11:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is recovering from surgery to reattach three tendons in his elbow, and the team is optimistic about his availability for 2020, according to sources. He is not been cleared to throw at this point, but he expects to play next season and beyond.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Roethlisberger suffers any setbacks during the offseason. He has the chance to be a low-end No. 1 quarterback next season if he completely recovers from the surgery.
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Posted 12/23/2019 7:17 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (shoulder) is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks because of his shoulder injury, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Devlin Hodges will be the starting quarterback in Week 17 but may be on a short leash since he was benched in the Week 16 game. Fantasy players should avoid all of the Steelers quarterbacks this week.
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Posted 12/23/2019 6:39 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quad) is awaiting the results of an MRI on the quad injury he suffered on his final carry of Week 16.
Huddle Up: It's been a season to forget for Conner, who has sustained a handful of injuries to various body parts. Owners should consider him unlikely to play in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte Jr. to split the workload once again if Conner is ultimately ruled out.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:37 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster ended up with two grabs for 22 yards on four targets in Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster was a little rusty, which is never good in Week 16 when most fantasy championships are decided. The best thing that happened in this game, and lately, is that Diontae Johnson has stepped up as a secondary option, something Smith-Schuster has needed. That's promising heading into 2020.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:32 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Diontae Johnson registered eight grabs for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the New York Jets on nine targets.
Huddle Up: Johnson is that guy who has stepped up as the season has gone on, a much-needed secondary option to Juju Smith-Schuster. That's promising heading into 2020, as Johnson looks like he could be an effective fantasy option going forward.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:30 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell ran seven times for just 14 yards in Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Snell managed to go nowhere when his number was called after James Conner suffered a thigh injury. Kerrith Whyte was slightly more effective, but not much. It's a mess for the Steelers heading into Week 17 in Baltimore.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:27 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Kerrith Whyte rushed six times for 22 yards in Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Whyte saw some extra action with Benny Snell going nowhere and James Conner out with a thigh injury, and perhaps Whyte is an attractive low-cost DFS option in Week 17 if things break right. However, seasonal owners won't want to roll the dice on him in Baltimore.
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Posted 12/22/2019 7:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (thigh) suffered a thigh injury during the Week 16 game and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Conner has dealt with multiple injuries this season and is a risky fantasy option because of his injury history. Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte will all receive snaps while Conner is out, but none of them are more than flex options.
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Posted 12/22/2019 6:57 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Devlin Hodges was benched during the Week 16 game and has been replaced by QB Mason Rudolph.
Huddle Up: Rudolph was the starting quarterback for the first half of the season but was benched a few weeks ago. Fantasy players should avoid all of the Steelers quarterbacks.
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Posted 12/20/2019 8:32 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 16.
Huddle Up: McDonald has not been a big factor in the passing game this season and probably will only see a few targets this week. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/20/2019 7:18 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) does not appear on the team's Week 16 injury report, but his status for Week 16 still remains uncertain.
Huddle Up: Despite practicing in full Thursday and Friday, Smith-Schuster still sounds uncertain about his knee, and it looks as if it will boil down to a pre-game decision Sunday. If he plays, he's a WR3/flex consideration against the host Jets.
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Posted 12/20/2019 6:57 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald on Friday, Dec. 20, cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to play in Week 16, on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Yes, McDonald should be back after missing Week 15, but he's a super-deep league consideration only after catching more than three passes twice all season and reaching 40 yards only once with three total TDs on the year.
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