Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 9-6-1
Rank: 8th
Avg Yds
Rank: 4th
Avg PYds
Rank: 1st
Avg RYds
Rank: 30th
Posted 8/22/2019 10:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday, Aug. 22, that he's 'pretty sure' he'll play Sunday, Aug. 25, in the team's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Big Ben is coming off a huge 2018 season but has since lost longtime top target Antonio Brown. Value him as a high-end QB2.
Posted 8/18/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson won't be used much to start the season, according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: With Donte Moncrief and James Washington expected to start alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster, Johnson may have to wait his turn. He is worth stashing in dynasty formats, but he can be left on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
Posted 8/15/2019 9:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief (finger) had not practiced for six straight days with a broken ring finger before returning to the field Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Moncrief is battling James Washington and rookie Diontae Johnson for the Steelers' No. 2 WR role and has a little catching up to do after sitting out. Moncrie, though, remains the favorite and should be valued as a WR4 for now.
Posted 8/10/2019 3:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington caught four of his five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in a 30-28 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: The pecking order behind JuJu Smith-Schuster is not set in stone, and Washington could end up jumping Donte Moncrief for the No. 2 role or sliding behind Diontae Johnson and being the No. 4 option. For now, Washington is worth a look in the later rounds.
Posted 8/09/2019 1:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson is challenging WR James Washington for the No. 3 receiver job, according to Amber Theoharis of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: The battle is worth keeping an eye on as Pittsburgh looks to find a secondary weapon behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. If Johnson ends up on the field in three-receiver sets, he will be worth a flier in the late rounds. Washington would have similar fantasy appeal if he wins the gig.
Posted 8/08/2019 1:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will rest and not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: It's rather standard operating procedure for veterans to rest during dress rehearsal games rather than risk injury in even a series or two. Joshua Dobbs will get the start, followed by Mason Rudolph. At this point Big Ben remains a low-end QB1 or top-end QB2 in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted 8/08/2019 1:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief appears to be the frontrunner for the starting job opposite WR Juju Smith-Schuster at this point, according to beat writer Dan Graziano.
Huddle Up: The team released the first unofficial depth chart of training camp earlier in the week and Moncrief was listed among the starters, so it's not much of a surprise. At this point, Moncrief remains more of a WR4 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted 8/07/2019 5:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief is listed as the starter across from JuJu Smith-Schuster on the initial depth chart ahead of the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Moncrief has been the leader for the No. 2 receiver spot throughout the offseason, and if he heads into Week 1 in the same role, he will have WR3 upside in an offense that produced two 1,200-yard receivers last season.
Posted 8/06/2019 6:08 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels has been filling a 'significant part of the offense' so far during training camp, as the team limits the workload of RB James Conner. Samuels has been lined up at various positions during practices.
Huddle Up: Samuels showed his versatility filling in for Conner down the stretch last season, and he is someone who showed he has especially solid hands out of the backfield. Conner could be a nice PPR option out of the gate in leagues of 12 or more teams, especially if the Steelers move to more of a dual backfield situation rather than riding a single workhorse like in recent seasons.
Posted 7/30/2019 6:07 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief (finger) suffered an apparent finger injury on a deep ball during practice Monday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Moncrief is in the Steel City on a two-year deal looking to get back on track after a couple of down seasons, scoring-wise. He had 13 total touchdowns in two seasons in Indianapolis from 2015-16, but he tailed off with just five scores in the past two seasons with the Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has the chance to be the No. 2 receiver opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster, and as such he has the potential for career numbers if he can stay healthy. He is an intriguing middle- to late-round pick in most fantasy formats.
Posted 7/28/2019 2:07 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief opened practice as the starting receiver across from WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Saturday, July 27.
Huddle Up: At his best, Moncrief has been a touchdown-dependent flex option, but he lands in an intriguing situation in Pittsburgh. If he hangs on to the No. 2 receiver job, he will have WR3 upside in an offense that produced a pair of 1,200-yard receivers last year.
Posted 7/01/2019 6:07 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner notes that while 'no deep discussion' on his role for the 2019 season has taken place, he is expecting a workload similar to the one he had last season when carry the ball 215 times and recorded 55 catches in 13 games. 'First and foremost, I'm 100 percent healthy now. We'll cross that bridge (in regards to how heavy his workload will be) when we get there. ... The game plan will be different each week. I know I'll be a big part of it and have a big role. As far as specifics, we don't play it like that,' Conner said.
Huddle Up: General manager Kevin Colbert got the masses riled up earlier this offseason when he suggested a committee backfield approach, but Pittsburgh has long been an offense that likes to rely on one main running back. Conner can obviously make it a moot point with his play on the field, but the odds are he's going to push for 275 to 300 touches if he doesn't completely fall on his face and plays 16 games. He remains a high-end RB1 option in fantasy.
Posted 6/30/2019 7:06 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief is currently slotted as the team's No. 3 receiver and could move up or down the depth chart depending on the development of WRs James Washington and Diontae Johnson.
Huddle Up: At the moment, WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eli Rogers are both ranked higher on the depth chart than Moncrief, who will be playing for his third team in as many seasons. He has been working out at all three receiver positions for the Steelers this offseason and should see a decent amount of targets in 2019, making him a possible late-round flier in most fantasy formats.
Posted 6/23/2019 6:06 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner finished with a 34.9 breakaway percentage in 2018, meaning that 340 of his 972 rushing yards came on plays of 15 or more yards.
Huddle Up: Conner had a breakout season in more than one way as he stepped in for Le'Veon Bell, but the campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. This year, he won't sneak up on anyone as a low-end RB1 entering the summer.
Posted 6/23/2019 5:06 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner gained 340 of his 972 rushing yards on runs of 15 yards or longer last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: For the sake of comparison, Conner's breakaway percentage (the percentage of yards gained on runs of at least 15 yards) of 35 percent ranked sixth among running backs with at least 200 carries. Much has been made this spring about Pittsburgh sharing the load in the backfield this season in an attempt to keep Conner fresh for games in November and December. Regardless of whether or not the Steelers end up spreading the wealth, it's likely Conner will remain firmly in the RB1 conversation.
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 6/07/2019 7:06 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 7:03 am 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 3/13/2019 7:03 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.
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