Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/23/19 4:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has started contract extension talks with the Steelers, according to owner Art Rooney II. Rooney said he believes Roethlisberger could play for several more seasons.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger recorded career-highs in yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34) this season but could lose Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason. He will still have several receivers to work with and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues in 2019.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/16/19 6:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has not been the topic of trade talks at this point, according to owner Art Rooney II. Rooney said Brown staying with the Steelers is still an option but not many signs are pointing that way at this time.
Huddle Up: The Steelers probably will have trade talks with teams closer to the start of the new league year, so people should keep an eye on the situation. Brown is still one of the better receivers in the NFL and can be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/14/19 9:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown wants to join the San Francisco 49ers 'really badly,' according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who spoke with 95.7 The Game during an interview Monday, Jan. 14. Rice and Brown have reportedly 'often communicated in the past' and did so during a FaceTime chat Sunday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: It appears the official unofficial recruitment of Brown has begun. The 49ers have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, but it is more likely they would part with their second-round pick (No. 34) and other selections if a trade is consummated. San Francisco is already looking like a bit of a sleeping giant with Jimmy Garoppolo set to return from ACL surgery and head coach Kyle Shanahan calling the shots on offense. A move out west would firmly keep Brown on the elite fantasy WR1 radar.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/12/19 10:59am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is expected to receive interest from the Denver Broncos if he is placed on the trade block this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brown would reunite with Emmanuel Sanders if he joins the Broncos, but he likely will be pursued by multiple teams if he is available in a trade. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy receiver next season no matter where he plays.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/12/19 3:22pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will be the subject of trade offers this offseason. Numerous general managers believe the Steelers could obtain at least a second-round pick for Brown, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Among the teams who could be interested in Brown are the Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Brown's potential trade will be one of the hottest topics of the offseason. His locker room presence is evidently an issue, but teams can overlook and risk that for his talent. Wherever he goes, he's still a No. 1 fantasy receiver.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/10/19 1:22pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not be released this offseason, but team owner Art Rooney did not rule out the possibility of trading the star receiver.
Huddle Up: This situation is headed downhill quickly with Rooney now saying Brown could be traded. The polarizing receiver has suddenly turned into somewhat of a cancer for the Steelers and he could be gone within months. This story will need close monitoring, but he's a WR1 no matter where he plays.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/5/19 8:50am ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to listen to trade offers for WR Antonio Brown prior to the start of free agency and would consider moving him if they receive adequate compensation, according to multiple sources. Brown is a due a roster bonus of $2.5 million by the third day of the new league year, so any deal would need to be completed before that point. A potential trade would free up $1 million in cap space for the Steelers and create cash savings of $15 million.
Huddle Up: Despite the drama surrounding Brown, he should still be viewed as a high-end WR1 entering the 2019 season in all fantasy formats. The 30-year-old had 104 catches for 1,297 receiving yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns in 2018.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/5/19 9:33am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to restructure his contract and receive an extension before the start of the new league year so the team could create some salary cap space.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played well this season, but it is not known who he will be throwing to next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback next season at this point.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/31/18 1:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown missed the season finale because he chose to sit out practice last week following a heated dispute with a teammate, according to sources. Brown's benching reportedly had nothing to do with his knee injury. The dispute occurred mid-week during a routine walk-through at practice. Brown threw a football at the aforementioned teammate and chose not to practice for the remainder of the week.
Huddle Up: Evidently there was excessive drama in Pittsburgh unbeknownst to the rest of the football world. Who knows what Brown's Steelers future holds, but he appears to be on extremely rocky ground with his current team. Nonetheless, he still has to be drafted as a WR1 going into next season.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/30/18 7:23am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) will participate in pregame warmups to determine if he will play in Week 17's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. His knee was still experiencing some discomfort and he will need to show improvement in order to be declared active.
Huddle Up: Brown was listed as questionable on the injury report despite not practicing at all during the week. If he is active, he should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats, especially with the Steelers needing a victory to earn a playoff berth. If Brown is held out of action, James Washington would likely start in his place and be worthy of consideration as a WR3 or flex option this afternoon.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WRPosted 12/30/18 9:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught five of his 10 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: It was a bit of a disappointing day at the office for the second-year wideout considering the Steelers were without Antonio Brown, but the Bengals also did their best to make Pittsburgh's other players beat them. Still, Smith-Schuster finishes the year with an eye-popping 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven scores. Already arguably a top-five receiver in dynasty formats, he has done more than enough to justify pick in the late second or early third round in redraft leagues next summer.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/30/18 9:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries and added 30 yards by hauling in each of his three targets in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Connor did not appear to be the least bit inhibited by the high-ankle sprain that cost him the previous three games and returned to a heavy workload considering the length of his absence. The second-year back proved to be a very capable replacement for Le'Veon Bell in his first extended opportunity to be the bell-cow back in Pittsburgh this season, posting 1,470 total yards and 13 total touchdowns in 13 games. Conner figures to be a late first-round pick at worst in most fantasy drafts next summer.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/30/18 9:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger finished 31-of-45 for 287 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger added three carries for three yards.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger threw a bad pick-six and didn't come anywhere close to matching the standard he set for most of the season, although the absence of Antonio Brown certainly did not help matters. The 36-year-old did become only the seventh quarterback in league history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season (5,129), however, and also set a career high with 34 passing touchdowns. With one of the best supporting casts in the league at his disposal, Roethlisberger should be considered a mid-tier QB1 in 2019.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 12/30/18 9:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels ran only two times for two yards but caught seven of his eight targets for 40 yards in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Samuels played more of a specialist role in the season finale with James Conner returning from a three-week absence, but his performance could be a preview of things to come in 2019. The rookie not only justify Pittsburgh's faith in him as a mismatch weapon in the passing game, but he also proved to be a capable rusher in Conner's absence. As a result, Samuels enters 2019 as one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football.
James Washington - WRPosted 12/30/18 10:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington finished with a game-high 64 yards receiving and caught all three of his targets in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Washington was bound to produce a bit more this week with Antonio Brown nursing a knee injury. The rookie did most of his damage on a 47-yard deep strike, but this effort marked the second time in three games he exceeded 60 yards receiving. Washington's path to fantasy stardom is blocked indefinitely by Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but reports of his strong practices near the end of the season suggest he is starting to pick things up. He should have some deep sleeper appeal in 2019.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 12/30/18 10:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers hauled in seven of his nine targets for 57 yards - all season bests - and lost four yards on his only rushing attempt in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: This was only the third game Rogers played in this season, and he only saw significant time due to Antonio Brown's absence. When everybody is healthy in Pittsburgh in 2019, he will be no better than the fourth option, and it's possible he won't make the 53-man roster. Rogers can be ignored for fantasy purposes for the foreseeable future.
Vance McDonald - TEPosted 12/30/18 10:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald caught three of his six targets for 39 yards in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: At what proved to be another brutal season for the tight end position in fantasy, McDonald finally stayed healthy and posted career-best totals across the board with 50 receptions, 610 yards and four touchdowns. While Jesse James will almost certainly continue to steal snaps from him again in 2019, McDonald figures to be in line to repeat this season's production if he proves he proves this year's durability was not a fluke, making him a low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/29/18 10:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is determined to play in Week 17 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team wants to test him during warmups before making a final determination, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It seems entirely possible Conner, who is listed as questionable on the injury report with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 13, could be limited to early-down work if he plays while Jaylen Samuels takes most of the passing-down snaps. It is also possible the Steelers view Cincinnati as an opponent they should beat without their top running back and give him one more week to heal in the event they sneak into the playoffs. If that scenario occurs, Samuels could enjoy RB1 production again.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/29/18 10:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) has reportedly not responded well to playing on turf in Week 16. Even though he is listed as questionable on the Week 17 injury report, he did not practice all week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there doesn't appear to be 'a lot of optimism' he will be able to play, although a final decision isn't expected until an hour or two before the start of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: It's obviously not an ideal scenario for a team that needs to win and a bit of help to make the playoffs. JuJu Smith-Schuster fared well as the lead receiver in Brown's absence late last season and would be in prime position to post WR1 numbers against the Bengals' struggling secondary if Brown sits. Rookie James Washington may get a start opposite him and could be worth a shot as a desperation WR3.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/28/18 10:01am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is undergoing tests on his knee after experiencing knee discomfort, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, who is reportedly 'leaving the door open' for Brown to play in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Brown has yet to practice this week. JuJu Smith-Schuster would move into Brown's role as Ben Roethlisberger's top target, while rookie James Washington would likely make a start opposite him. If Brown sits, Smith-Schuster is a decent bet for WR1 production against the Bengals' poor secondary, while Washington could be worth a shot as a desperation WR3.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/28/18 1:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 28 and he is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Brown didn't practice all week, but it's hard to imagine he won't at least give it a go with the Steelers in full must-win mode for a playoff spot.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/28/18 1:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 28 and is off the injury report ahead of the Week 17 game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger and the Steelers desperately need to win and get a Ravens loss in Week 17 to make the playoffs. Big Ben should be slinging it early and often, much to the benefit of fantasy owners playing into the final week.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/28/18 1:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) practiced in full for a third straight day Friday, Dec. 28 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 17 game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Conner appears to be on track to play in the all-important season finale with the Bengals, as it is a must-win game with all hands on deck. It's possible he gets frequent rests since Jaylen Samuels has proven more than capable to handle backfield touches, too.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/27/18 3:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of the last four games and will have a favorable matchup this week. He can be a No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/27/18 3:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (non-injury, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Brown is dealing with a knee issue, but some of his teammates believe he will be able to play in Week 17. He will be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues if he is active for the game.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/27/18 3:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Conner appears to be on track to play after missing the last few weeks because of the ankle injury. He should receive most of the carries during the game and can be a No. 1 or No. 2 running back in all leagues.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/26/18 1:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) was able to practice in full Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Conner appears to be trending toward playing in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Bengals, and it wouldn't be surprising to see his touches limited somewhat after Jaylen Samuels was fairly effective in Conner's stead. Either way, if Conner is active in Week 17 he is a nice fantasy play and DFS option against a Cincinnati run defense which ranks 29th in the league.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 12/26/18 1:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Brown was simply being rested or preserved for Sunday's all-important game against the Bengals. It will be all hands on deck, as Pittsburgh must win to keep their playoff hopes alive, so AB84 will be a good fantasy play in Week 17.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/25/18 9:07am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told KDKA-FM radio he has every intention of playing in 2019 but doesn't want to think about it until this season has ended, according to Chris Adamski, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Huddle Up: Big Ben enjoyed a strong fantasy season and should have plenty left in the tank. A system that fits his style is highlighted by a pair of stud receivers, only further suggesting he should be a sound QB1 once again.
James Conner - RBPosted 12/25/18 11:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is questionable to play in Week 17, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. His practice participation this week will determine his availability.
Huddle Up: Both Conner and Jaylen Samuels have RB1 upside, but Conner is the better back and should be started if he's active. As for next year, Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to return to the Steelers. Samuels may limit Conner's ceiling, but Conner will hold low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 PPR value.
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