Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 0-2-0
Avg PTS
14.5
Rank: 29th
Avg Yds
212.5
Rank: 31st
Avg PYds
156
Rank: 30th
Avg RYds
56.5
Rank: 28th
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Posted 9/22/2019 9:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief will be inactive for the team's Week 3 game.
Huddle Up: It appears like the Steelers will be going with the youthful trio of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington as their main receivers. Smith-Schuster is a must-start option, while Washington could be a flex option because of previous work with Mason Rudolph. Fantasy players may want to see Johnson play in a game or two before considering him for their lineups.
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Posted 9/22/2019 8:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is expected to start throwing during the spring and should be ready for the start of training camp, according to a source. His surgery was to repair a muscle tear, and he did not have any damage to the ligaments or tendons in his elbow.
Huddle Up: Mason Rudolph will be taking over the starting job for the rest of the season and posted decent stats when he played in Week 2. Rudolph should not be a starting option in fantasy leagues at this point but could be a No. 2 quarterback in deeper leagues.
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Posted 9/20/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: McDonald showed a good connection with Mason Rudolph last week and could be a favorite target for Rudolph in Week 3. He should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues this week.
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Posted 9/20/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Conner has struggled during the first two games of the season but may receive more touches with Mason Rudolph as the starting quarterback. He should still be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues despite his slow start.
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Posted 9/20/2019 11:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson will make his first career start in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Josh Rowntree of 93.7 The Fan.
Huddle Up: Johnson will presumably take the place of Donte Moncrief. While this promotion is probably more about Moncrief's early drop issues than anything else, the rookie has drawn comparisons to Antonio Brown for his shiftiness and the team is quite high on him. Owners in deep leagues should not hesitate to add him immediately, as it might not take very long for him to become relevant in fantasy on an offense needing to find some playmakers after JuJu Smith-Schuster.
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Posted 9/19/2019 3:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) was upgraded to a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: McDonald has nine receptions for 78 yards and two scores through two weeks. He should see an increase in PPR value as the security blanket for new starter Mason Rudolph.
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Posted 9/19/2019 3:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) was upgraded to a full participant at practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Conner figures to be in for an increased workload with backup Mason Rudolph taking over for the injured Ben Roethlisberger under center. The opposition will be aware of this; however, and Conner should be the primary focus of the defense. He's averaging just 2.6 yards per carry through two weeks and can benched if you have better options.
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Posted 9/18/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: McDonald scored two touchdowns last week and appears to have a good connection with Mason Rudolph. He could be a starting option in all fantasy leagues since he should see more targets in the passing game.
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Posted 9/18/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Conner expects to play in Week 3, but fantasy players will know more about his status later in the week. He should still be a starting option if he plays, but Jaylen Samuel can be at least a flex option if Conner is ruled out.
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Posted 9/17/2019 7:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, who'll be making his first start in place of QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, has the support of No. 1 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. 'It was unfortunate for our best player to go down ... but (Roethlisberger will) be around helping and supporting us. Mason Rudolph is going to help us win a lot of games moving forward,' Smith-Schuster said.
Huddle Up: Rudolph hasn't started a single game since being chosen with the No. 76 overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft. He completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 112 yards with two touchdowns and an interception after replacing Roethlisberger in last week's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He doesn't warrant an immediate fantasy start, but with JuJu and WR James Washington at his service in the passing game, he does have a road to relevance. Fantasy managers in two-quarterback leagues may not have a better option this week with the plethora of injuries plaguing the position around the league.
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Posted 9/17/2019 6:09 am UTC
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) isn't having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and the recovery time isn't as long as the 12-to-15-month window it would take. His season is still over, though.
Huddle Up: Mason Rudolph will be a matchup play the rest of the way. If you own Big Ben in a dynasty league, it's hard to see holding on to him considering his age and the severity of the injury to his position.
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Posted 9/16/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) said he expects to play in Week 3 and that he does not have any tears or serious problems in his knee.
Huddle Up: Conner probably will be limited during practice this week, so fantasy players should check on his status later this week. He has struggled during the first two weeks of the season but could receive more touches with Ben Roethlisberger sidelined. Conner should still be a starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 9/16/2019 11:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) is not expected to miss much - if any - time with the knee injury that sidelined him late in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, multiple teammates believe the injury is not serious, and Conner appeared to be moving fine walking around the locker room after the game.
Huddle Up: While this isn't exactly getting clearance from a doctor, this news combined with the fact he is expected to do his usual Monday radio interview are good signs all is well. It hasn't been a good start to the season for Conner, but the Steelers may need to rely on him more now than ever with Ben Roethlisberger done for the year. Jaylen Samuels would get the start if Conner misses a game, but it looks like fantasy owners of Conner may have lucked out here.
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Posted 9/16/2019 8:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will require surgery on his right elbow, and he'll miss the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: This will have large ramifications on WR Juju Smith-Schuster, who will fall to a bottom-tier WR1 with Mason Rudolph under center. Depending on the severity of James Conner's (knee) injury, his value would increase in the interim. Rudolph is not a fantasy-viable quarterback outside of two-QB leagues.
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Posted 9/15/2019 12:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 2 game and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players should know more about Conner's status in the next day or two. Jaylen Samuels would take over the starting role if Conner misses time and would be at least a flex option.
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Posted 9/15/2019 11:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) suffered a right elbow injury during the Week 2 game and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Roethlisberger will be able to return. Mason Rudolph will take over the starting job if Roethlisberger misses any time but likely can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/15/2019 10:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (head) was evaluated for a possible concussion during the Week 2 game but he cleared the concussion protocol and returned to the game.
Huddle Up: McDonald has been a solid option in the passing game for the Steelers and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues if healthy.
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Posted 9/13/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster appears to have recovered from the injury he suffered last week and is ready for his normal workload. He can be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/13/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Conner should receive plenty of touches this week against the Seattle Seahawks even though he struggled some last week. He should still be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/13/2019 1:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has played better at home over the last several seasons and will look for a bounce back performance this week. He can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
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Posted 9/12/2019 5:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Donte Moncrief (finger) will keep playing through a dislocated finger suffered in training camp. '(QB Ben Roethlisberger's) depending on me and I've got to make plays for him, hurt finger or not,' Moncrief said. 'There's nothing you can do to a dislocated finger, especially when you're a receiver. You've just got to tough out the pain and go.'
Huddle Up: Moncrief was expected to be the Steelers' No. 2 receiver after signing a two-year, $9 million free-agent contract this offseason, but he called his own Week 1 performance "probably (his) worst game ever." He'll continue to battle James Washington for targets behind No. 1 option JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he's far from a safe weekly start.
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Posted 9/12/2019 3:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster should receive his normal workload this week despite his injury and will be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/12/2019 3:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Conner was largely held in check last week but likely will receive more touches against the Seattle Seahawks. He should still be considered a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/11/2019 5:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster is expected to play this week as long as he does not suffer a setback. He had a solid Week 1 outing with 78 yards and should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues this week.
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Posted 9/11/2019 5:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (illness) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Conner received only 14 total touches in Week 1 and finished with 65 total yards. He should be more involved this week and can be a starting running back in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/11/2019 4:09 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is coming off a disappointing Week 1 performance but has played better at home over the last several seasons. He could be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks this week.
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Posted 9/10/2019 9:09 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) has given the team optimism for his Week 2 status, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster will be a solid WR1 option against the Seattle Seahawks if he's good to go.
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