Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 8-8-0
Avg PTS
18.1
Rank: 28th
Avg Yds
291.3
Rank: 32nd
Avg PYds
200.9
Rank: 31st
Avg RYds
90.4
Rank: 28th
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Posted 2/13/2020 7:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has a check-up on his injured elbow scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, in Los Angeles, and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says he is optimistic. 'All signs are good,' Colbert said Thursday, Feb. 13. 'We're hopeful he can make a complete recovery.'
Huddle Up: Don't forget that Big Ben was fantasy's second-ranked quarterback in 2018, but he will turn 38 next month and will be coming off a season on the sideline. It all adds up to an uphill battle for Roethlisberger to automatically return to QB1 status.
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Posted 2/05/2020 12:49 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is scheduled to meet with his doctors later this month to have his surgically repaired elbow examined. He hopes to be cleared to start throwing tennis balls and other lighter objects after the meeting. Roethlisberger believes he will be able to participate in the May workouts.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation during the offseason to see if Roethlisberger suffers any setbacks. He has played well over the last several seasons and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he is healthy.
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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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