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Steelers | Markus Wheaton not sure of role

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:45:33 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton said he isn't sure if he will remain in the slot or will see more time on the outside with WR Martavis Bryant suspended for the 2016 season.

Fantasy Tip: Wheaton will have a golden opportunity to carve out a big role in the offense, especially if Sammie Coates is slow to develop. Consider Wheaton a WR4 with intriguing upside.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Ralph N. Paulk

Steelers | Pittsburgh confident in Sammie Coates

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:13:53 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates will be one of the next men up in light of WR Martavis Bryant's year-long suspension for violating the NFL' substance abuse policy. There is no urgency to sign or draft another wide receiver, according to general manager Kevin Colbert, who said they feel good about Coates.

Fantasy Tip: As stated earlier, Coates, Markus Wheaton and Ladarius Green will all play larger roles with Bryant out for the year. Coates will ideally help open up the field with his deep-threat ability. He'll still only be in his second season in the NFL, though, so don't set expectations too high. Antonio Brown should be the first wide receiver taken in fantasy drafts, though, especially in PPR formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac

Steelers | Pittsburgh won't cut Martavis Bryant

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:37:20 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will not be released despite his one-year ban for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

Fantasy Tip: The Steelers have lost an important part of their offense for 2016, but the likes of Ladarius Green, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates are capable of replacing him together. Green and Coates should help spread the field more, while Wheaton serves as more of a possession receiver. Green is now a borderline TE1, while Wheaton and Coates should be viewed as a WR3 and WR5, respectively.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Martavis Bryant's contract unchanged

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:35:42 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will have two years on his contract after he serves his one-year suspension, according to team president Art Rooney.

Fantasy Tip: There looks to be little recourse for Bryant this season. Markus Wheaton will be the second receiver, as he was for the first half of last season. He didn't set the world on fire last season and is more of a WR4 in fantasy. TE Ladarius Green could be huge, though, as a low-end TE1.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac

Steelers | Martavis Bryant accepts suspension

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:18:19 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has accepted his one-year suspension from the NFL and will begin serving it immediately, according to a source. The suspension will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players. Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension.

He was suspended last year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This second offense included missing several scheduled drug tests, having a diluted specimen and a failed drug test for marijuana.

Fantasy Tip: Markus Wheaton and Ladarius Green should be the primary beneficiaries with Bryant gone for the year. Wheaton has more value in PPR formats as more of a possession receiver. Green is one of the better downfield tight end threats in the league and should be in the TE1 conversation, while Wheaton should be viewed as a lower-end WR3. Sammie Coates gets an uptick in fantasy value, too. He's a viable deep threat that is better suited for non-PPR leagues. Le'Veon Bell was already fairly involved in the passing game, but he could see even more targets, too, with Bryant's absence. Bryant's suspension may also solidify Antonio Brown as the top wide receiver in fantasy football, too, especially in PPR leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Aaron Wilson

Steelers | Martavis Bryant checking into rehab

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:08:17 -0800

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant plans to check into rehab and undergo evaluation for depression, according to one of his agents, Brian Fettner. Fettner confirmed Bryant is appealing his suspension, though getting it overturned is seen as a long shot. It stems from multiple missed drug tests, Fettner said, while also acknowledging Bryant has a problem with marijuana.

"We're all stunned, me included," Fettner said. "We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it."

Fantasy Tip: Ladarius Green could emerge as a bigger factor with the news. He'll be a high-end TE2 with upside in this offense.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Tom Pelissero

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger's stock takes hit

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:16:55 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to have one less target to throw to in 2016 with WR Martavis Bryant facing a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Fantasy Tip: Roethlisberger still has some quality weapons at his disposal, including Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green and Sammie Coates. Wheaton and Coates won't be able to fully make up for Bryant's size, athleticism and speed, though. Put Brown at the top of your fantasy wide receiver rankings, if he's not already. Bell is easily a top RB1, while Wheaton can now be part of the WR3 conversation in PPR leagues. Again, Green is a borderline tight end starter.

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Steelers | Martavis Bryant appealing suspension

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:58:14 -0800

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is appealing his year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This is Bryant's second such offense in as many years.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant was suspended four games at the start of last season for the same offense. It looks like he could be heading down the same road as Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, who was suspended all of last season for the same circumstances. Assuming Bryant's suspension is upheld, Antonio Brown should be the first wide receiver, and possibly the first player, taken in fantasy drafts. Ladarius Green and Le'Veon Bell will also have more action in the passing game and should be viewed as a top-tier PPR RB1 and low-end TE1, respectively.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Steelers | Martavis Bryant out for the year?

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:53:35 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: This is a big development for Bryant and the Steelers. Antonio Brown should already be seen as the top fantasy wide receiver, but his value will increase even more, if that's possible, if Bryant's suspension is upheld. Ladarius Green will become more intriguing, too, in one of the league's better offenses.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Steelers | Martavis Bryant being counseled

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:33:46 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is working out in Los Angeles this offseason, and he's talking to a counselor via phone once a week. Bryant was suspended four games last season for multiple failed drug tests.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant emerged as a core player for the team and was targeted more than eight times per game last season. He finished with a 50-765-6 season in 11 games. Bryant will be a WR2 option in fantasy in next year's drafts.

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