Pittsburgh Steelers news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:54:47 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been cleared to participate in training camp. Bell is less than nine months removed from tearing his posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. "I'm going to do as much as coach Tomlin lets me do," Bell said. "I'm confident where I am right now. I felt if we had a game tomorrow, I'd be able to play."
Fantasy Tip: It's good that Bell is feeling healthy and ready for the season, but off-field issues have obviously interfered. He is facing a four-game suspension, but should still be considered as a low-end RB1 in the late-first or early-second round.
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Fantasy Tip: A successful appeal seems unlikely for Bell, but we won't officially know until mid-August. It's best to plan to go without him for the first four games of the season. DeAngelo Williams is one of the better running back handcuffs to draft this year as he is capable of providing four quality starts in addition to the playing time he'll have behind Bell. Bell should still be taken as a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues, while Williams is more of a mid-round option.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:06:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Green is recovering from offseason surgery, so it is not known when he will be able to practice again. He should be an important part of the passing game this season and probably will be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end if he is healthy.
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Fantasy Tip: James will receive more playing time in 2016 and should be a target in the red zone. He probably will not be selected during fantasy drafts but he could be a waiver wire option if he starts catching touchdowns.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:03:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has vowed not to miss any games due to suspension for reportedly missing several drug tests, but no sources with knowledge of the situation believe he has a strong chance to win the appeal. As such, RB DeAngelo Williams would be in line to carry the load until Bell returns.
Fantasy Tip: He is still worth drafting as an RB1, but you'll obviously either need to draft DeAngelo Williams early or have plenty of depth on hand to fill the void in the first four games if his suspension is indeed upheld. Bell is a top-notch option when he is on the field.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:19:59 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, July 28, despite displeasure with this contract. Brown is hopeful his contract situation will be addressed before the start of the season. He has $6.25 million and $8.71 million salaries the next two seasons.
Fantasy Tip: Brown's 2015 was absurd with 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 scores. He's arguably the top player in all of fantasy and should be one of the first picks in PPR formats.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:54:23 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, said "I'm not going to miss games, trust me." "I'm gonna win the appeal...ppl have no idea what happened, but don't worry...let em hate," Bell wrote directly to a fan. "When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I'm only ridin with my LOYAL fans!!"
Fantasy Tip: Bell is rather optimistic about his chances, that's for sure. There's a good chance he won't win the suspension, though, so a player that would've been a surefire top-five pick in point-per-reception leagues now becomes more of a midrange RB1. DeAngelo Williams finds himself in a similar spot replacing Bell, and he put up great numbers in 2016 in a leading role. But draft Williams as more of an RB3/flex type with more value to open up the season.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:27:24 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like Bell will be missing the first four games of the 2016 season, paving the way for DeAngelo Williams to start in his place once again. Williams' fantasy value brings him up a few rounds, and he will be one of the top running back handcuffs, assuming Bell is suspended. Bell should still be considered a low-end RB1 option, while Williams is now worth a look as low-end RB2 to high-end RB3.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:53:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.
Fantasy Tip: It's important to note that this was because he missed a test, and it wasn't the result of a failed test. However, there is very little history of these things being overturned. Bell is coming off of torn ligaments in his knee, and the possibility of him missing a quarter of the season sparks a descent into the low-end RB1 mix. If the suspension is overturned, Bell is in the mix for the top back in PPR leagues. DeAngelo Williams was expected to remain involved with a healthy Bell, and the Steelers have two good matchups of the first four games. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins were 32nd and 26th, respectively, in rushing yards allowed last season. They'll have two tough matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, though. Williams will serve as a high-end RB3 in drafts, but he'll likely be reduced to an RB4 or a handcuff when Bell hits the field. Fitzgerald Toussaint is slated to back up Williams if Bell is absent. He could be worth a final-round flyer for depth.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:19:00 -0700
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:55:13 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (knee) was released with a failed physical designation Thursday, July 21. "Matt never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this past offseason, and he will not be ready to return to football activities at this time," general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team.
Fantasy Tip: Spaeth was more known for his blocking skills than receiving talents in Pittsburgh, and he had just six catches in the last three seasons combined for them. No matter where he lands, he won't have any fantasy value to speak of.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:32 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Williams is coming off a terrific 2015 season and should receive decent playing time as a No. 2 running back this season. He should be selected in the middle to late rounds of most fantasy drafts.
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