Pittsburgh Steelers news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:30:10 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Both players should see plenty of playing time this season, so being a starting wide receiver likely will not matter much to fantasy owners. Bryant has the potential to be a starting option most weeks and could be an option in the middle rounds of drafts. Wheaton could be a late-round option in drafts
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:29:16 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant could be targeted in the red zone more often this season since he is 6-foot-4. Bryant had four receptions in the red zone last season and all of the catches were for touchdowns.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant has a chance to win a starting job during training camp but will have a solid role in the passing game even if he does not start. Bryant caught eight touchdowns in limited playing time in 2014 and should be an option in the middle rounds of drafts this season.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:39:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates said he wants to show he can be a multi-dimensional wide receiver and not just a deep threat. "I'm just trying to do everything I can to showcase I'm an all-around guy who can play anywhere," Coates said.
Fantasy Tip: Coates probably will not see regular playing time but should be on the field when the team uses four-receiver sets. Coates may not be an option in drafts this season but could be a waiver wire option if he is successful in the team's passing game.
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:49:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton said the slot position is not out of his comfort zone, but there are things he needs to learn that are different from playing on the outside. Wheaton said he's seeing a lot of the same defensive reads in the slot that he did on the outside.
Fantasy Tip: Wheaton will be the third option at wide receiver for Pittsburgh this year behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. He still has a lot of progress to make before becoming valuable in the fantasy realm, so only draft him for depth at wide receiver for now.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:54:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bell likely will sit out at least one game but could try to have his suspension reduced to two games. The suspension will affect Bell's fantasy value, but he should still be an option in the first round because of his ability to produce in the running and passing game.
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:56:07 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is embracing a leadership role this offseason. "It's fun because I can tell the guys what I want on the field and they are going to listen because we all want to be the best we can be and help each other win," Roethlisberger said. "I am just happy to have the coach's blessing to be able to do that and not stepping on anybody's toes." At 33 years old, Roethlisberger is the second-oldest player on the Steelers' roster, behind only LB James Harrison.
Fantasy Tip: Roethlisberger was criticized last year by former teammate Emmanuel Sanders for his lack of leadership, and he seems to have taken it to heart. With elite weapons in Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger is a fringe top-10 quarterback heading into 2015 drafts.
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:53:02 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison, who is expected to see a reduced role this season, said he is in better shape this offseason than last offseason. "I feel good, and I'm in a far better position than I was last year," he said. "I'm certainly in better shape. I can hit the ground running. My mindset is a little different (than last year) because I'm actually into football. Last year, it was just about working out. It's about football conditioning now."
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:57:00 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has focused on improving his game and mastering the flanker position this offseason, which has shown in his on-field confidence, according to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. QB Ben Roethlisberger has gained trust in Bryant, per Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Bryant turned heads during organized team activities during the week and can play both inside and outside.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant scored six times in his first four NFL games last year but failed to snare more than 12 passes the rest of the way. He will likely split time with WR Marcus Wheaton and should be at least a flex play most weeks.
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:14:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is excited about the team's offense heading into the 2015 season, which he feels might be the best supporting cast of his career. "I hate to yes or no, because I don't want to offend anybody else that's been here," Roethlisberger said Wednesday, June 10. "But you look at stats from the NFL, we had the No. 1 wide receiver and the No. 1 overall back. Kind of hard to argue with those numbers."
Fantasy Tip: Big Ben could be in line for a huge fantasy season with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton at receiver and Le’Veon Bell in the backfield.
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:36:05 -0700
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 20:01:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Archer averaged just 17.9 yards per return and couldn't find a consistent role in the offense either as a rookie. He has special speed, but until Pittsburgh finds a way to turn his speed into something useful on the field, he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 07:21:55 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon said he underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason but has completely recovered from the surgery. McLendon said he regained strength in his shoulder and has full range of motion.
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 06:41:12 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been working out three times per day this offseason and currently weighs 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds more than he weighed during his rookie season. "Everyone gets bigger and better every year," Bryant said. "I wanted to make sure I got better. I didn't want to slack off or become complacent. I had some things I wanted to get done in the offseason, so I went to work."
Fantasy Tip: Bryant made the most of his limited playing time last season with eight touchdowns on 26 receptions. He is expected to compete for a starting job during training camp. Bryant should be a solid fantasy option if he continues his ability to score touchdowns and could be selected in the middle rounds of drafts.
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:18:14 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has added five pounds of muscle this offseason because he wants to increase his durability. Brown said training, rest and nutrition have helped to contribute to his success.
Fantasy Tip: Brown has posted ridiculous numbers the last two seasons, finishing as WR3 in 2013 and WR1 in 2014. He's essentially a lock for 100 catches and 1,200 yards and should be in the No. 1 wide receiver conversation heading into 2015 drafts.
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:39:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Roethlisberger is coming off an outstanding season in 2014 and still have most of his offensive weapons to work with this season. Roethlisberger could be a starting option for owners in deeper leagues or a solid No. 2 quarterback in standard leagues.
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