Pittsburgh Steelers news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:37:02 -0800
Suspended Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant applied for reinstatement early this month, but head coach Mike Tomlin said while he is "hopeful", he is also in "wait-and-see mode" in regards to his potential return to the team.
Fantasy Tip: It is an expected reaction from a coach regarding a player who has suited up in only 21 of a potential 48 regular-season games since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Bryant reportedly considered retirement at one point during his year-long suspension, but his application for reinstatement suggests that is no longer an issue. Bryant has been a huge big-play threat during his brief rollercoaster career and a player the Steelers missed while he sat out in 2016.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:32:28 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hinted retirement was an option when he joined The Cook and Poni Show on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Jan. 24. "I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season," Roethlisberger said.
Fantasy Tip: It's likely a bit of an emotional reaction in the wake of a disappointing result in the AFC Championship this past weekend. Roethlisberger is only 34 and would owe Pittsburgh $18.6 million if he calls it a career, so the odds are he will be back in 2017. With that said, the Steelers probably need to ramp up their efforts to find his successor in the next draft or two.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:10:51 -0800
Free-agent RB Gus Johnson (Chargers), RB Brandon Brown-Dukes (Steelers), RB Dreamius Smith (Steelers), WR Dez Stewart (Packers) and WR Marcus Tucker (Steelers) were signed to future contracts Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:16:52 -0800
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:34:02 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) would like to return to the Steelers next season. He is not considering retirement despite suffering multiple concussions with multiple teams. "Frustrating season, but everybody has one," Green said. "I hope it's the only one I have. I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better."
Fantasy Tip: Green showed promise when he did play in his first season with Pittsburgh, which was only in six games. He caught 18 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown in those contests, including a 110-yard performance in early December. He'll need to prove he can stay healthy and play consistently before he's even thought about as a TE1.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:21:42 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught just five passes for 53 yards in zone coverage against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. He only bested Patriots CB Malcolm Butler for two catches and 24 yards in zone coverage.
Fantasy Tip: Butler did a great job in coverage all game. Look for him to shadow Julio Jones as much as possible in the Super Bowl. Despite Brown's lack of success in such a crucial game, he remains a top-tier receiver in all fantasy formats for 2017.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:13:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: All things considered, Roethlisberger had a good game statistically, but the Patriots really limited the Steelers' big-play potential. A large part of that was due to Antonio Brown not finding much room as Malcolm Butler did a great job in coverage all game. Look for Butler to shadow Julio Jones as much as possible in the Super Bowl. Injuries and gradual decline make Roethlisberger a backup fantasy option next season.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:55:55 -0800
Updating an earlier report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) had an injured groin before the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 22. Bell said he had been managing the ailment, but he knew during warmups that he wasn't close to 100 percent. He left the game and returned for one play, but he knew his day was done afterwards. "I saw the seam and couldn't hit it," Bell said. "It was like I was running 50 percent out there. At that point, I knew I couldn't go. I was holding the team back."
Fantasy Tip: Bell will be one of the top options at the position in fantasy drafts next season. There is some concern about his durability, though. He's a fantastic combo back in PPR leagues, but he has had a knack for injuries the last few years.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:17:39 -0800
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:13:32 -0800
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) returned to the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 22, for one play after suffering a groin injury. He left again, and he didn't return.
Fantasy Tip: Bell is expected to remain with the club in 2017, possibly via the franchise tag, and he'll be one of the top running back options in fantasy.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:45:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: No Ladarius Green meant more work for James, who served admirably as a safety blanket. He has mild upside in 2017 if given a larger role.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:19:44 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Rogers flashed at times in 2016, but his role for the upcoming season won't be clear until much later in the summer. He has upside to be a WR4 in fantasy, but if the "Killer B's" are reunited, Rogers will remain a fringe play most weeks.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:01:55 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arguably AB will be the best fantasy pick in all formats once again. He's at the top of his game and in a great system for elite fantasy results.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:57:24 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams rushed 14 times for 34 yards and a touchdown filling in for an injured RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) on Sunday, Jan. 22, against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Williams added 51 yards on seven catches.
Fantasy Tip: Williams is a free agent this March, and given how well he has played backing up Bell through the past few seasons, it stands to reason that Pittsburgh will look to offer him another contract. He is nothing more than a handcuff in deep leagues, however, when Bell is on the field.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:53:00 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 31 of his 47 passing attempts for 314 yards, one touchdown and an interception Sunday, Jan. 22, against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Fantasy Tip: Big Ben was done no service by his receivers -- namely Sammie Coates, who dropped three catchable balls. Losing Le'Veon Bell early was costly, but New England largely bottled him up before his departure. Roethlisberger is a low-end QB1 or ideal backup in 2017 fantasy drafts.
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