Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount has been waived.
Insight: That didn't take long. We were just hearing rumors of his discontent over the past month and he left the field early on Monday night. The Steelers will go with Le'Veon Bell. Dri Archer becomes Bell's handcuff.
Description: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (knee) will not play in Week 10.
Insight: When healthy he's one of the best in the league at disrupting an offense. Will Allen will take his spot in the lineup. That's three of four opening day starters in the Steelers secondary no longer in the lineup.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton has scored in each of the last two games.
Insight: It's easy to score when your quarterback is throwing six touchdowns every weekend. The Steelers have developed a couple of youngsters (Wheaton, Martavis Bryant) to go along with Antonio Brown and it appears that defenses are incapable of stopping them.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for his first 300-yard game of the season in Week 9.
Insight: Hoyer finished with exactly 300 yards and threw two touchdowns with two interceptions. He is a decent QB2 in two-quarterback leagues, but he is still to reliant on the big play to be a quality QB1.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught seven of eight targets for for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The Steelers were wearing their throwback uniforms (really ugly, sorry) so we shouldn't be surprised they resurrected Miller too. Miller is far too inconsistent for fantasy owners to start on a regular basis.
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant has been active for two games and has three touchdown catches.
Insight: Against the Colts he caught five for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant has shown elite speed in running by most cornerbacks and should become the guy opposite Antonio Brown. If he's available in your league he should be claimed.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 133 yards and two scores.
Insight: Brown's fantasy owners were probable unhappy when Ben Roethlisberger's first two touchdown passes went to wideouts other than Brown, but "Big Ben" didn't forget his No. 1 guy and hit him for two scores in the second quarter.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount will replace Dri Archer as the Steelers kick returner.
Insight: The rookie Archer has been a huge disappointment. The Steelers are averaging 17.5 yards per return and are ranked No. 31st in starting field position. Archer's longest return is 23 yards. Blount averaged 29.1 yards per return in New England last year. This won't be much of a factor in fantasy other than maybe Blount will receive fewer rushing attempts, lowering his overall fantasy value.
Description: Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn biceps muscle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Insight: Woodley only had five tackles and zero sacks in six games, anyway, so the Raiders really won't miss him. Woodley's sacks totals have been in steady decline since 2009. He has one more season on the deal Woodley signed with Oakland this past offseason, but the Raiders will likely release him this spring.
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant is making his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans.
Insight: The Steelers have grown impatient with Justin Brown, so Lance Moore moves up into 3-wide sets, and Bryant will be active. Moore and even WR2 Markus Wheaton have made costly mistakes too, so perhaps Bryant gets a chance to steal a few snaps in two-wide sets.
Description: Steelers receiver Lance Moore hasn't caught more than one pas in any game this season.
Insight: Moore's 26-yards reception last week was for a touchdown, but he's totaled just three catches for 64 yards this season. The Steelers may turn to youth Monday night and see if Martavis Bryant can help out Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Description: Pittsburgh rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could actually see the field tonight, according to Lisa Salters.
Insight: Bryant has been battling injuries and been buried at the bottom of the Steelers depth chart, but Justin Brown and Lance Moore haven't exactly been producing so Bryant might get a target or two. He won't be fantasy worthy, however. That's only for Antonio Brown and once in a while Markus Wheaton.
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Cortez Allen, he of the big contract, has been benched in favor of free agent signee Brice McCain, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Though Allen isn't playing well, this isn't the only problems for a Steelers defense that yielded 31 points to the Cleveland Browns. McCain started four games for Houston last season, Monday night's opponent.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's off-the-field issues should not concern fantasy owners for this season.
Insight: Bell's attorney waived his preliminary hearing, but the entire issue isn't likely to be completed until January and it will likely end up effecting next season's fantasy value in the form of a couple of weeks suspension.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton has failed to become the big-time receiver oppostire Antonio Brown that fantasy owners had hoped for.
Insight: It is a very friendly matchup, so in bigger leagues, fantasy owners should start Wheaton. Since a six-catch, 97-yard season opener, he's failed to crack the 60-yard mark in any game. Like the rest of the Steelers offense of late, he's let fantasy owners down.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller had two catches for 19 yards against the Browns.
Insight: Miller did not escape the Steelers poor play on offense against the Browns. The tight end had a couple drops as the offense hit its low point for the season. Miller is a hit-or-miss fantasy player.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed just 50 percent of his passes for 228 yards, a touchdown and interception in the loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Insight: Big Ben was awful, along with the entire Steelers offense. This unit has talent and gains yardage, but for some reason, cannot convert in the red zone. There were several other problems as well against Cleveland. Most of the Pittsburgh yardage also came in garbage time. For anyone who still thought he was, fantasy or otherwise, Roethlisberger is officially no longer an elite quarterback.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer completed just 8-of-17 throws for 217 yards and a touchdown in a winning effort against the Steelers on Sunday.
Insight: It was not the most impressive day for Hoyer through the air, but Cleveland got the job done on the ground while Hoyer also found his tight end Jordan Cameron for a couple big plays. Hoyer remains a QB2 in deep leagues.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown again caught five passes to extend his streak to 21 straight games with at least five receptions.
Insight: Brown extended his streak just barely as he caught his fifth ball on the last official play the Steelers ran on offense. They kneed the ball for the victory after that. Brown finished with 84 receiving yards.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had 118 total yards but was held out of the end zone in Week 5.
Insight: Pittsburgh scored just one offensive touchdown against lowly Jacksonville. Still, fantasy owners have to be encouraged by Bell's 20 touches. He has 20 touches or more in four of five games to start the year.
Description: Pittsburgh WR Markus Wheaton is dealing with a groin injury and continues to be listed as limited in practice.
Insight: Wheaton might be a nice flier against the worst pass defense in the NFL if he can get himself healthy. He's caught at least four passes in each of the first four games this season, though he's still searching for his first touchdown.
Description: Retired linebacker James Harrison was brought back to Pittsburgh and signed to a contract.
Insight: Harrison is a move out of desperation as the Steelers lost both Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones in Week 3. Harrison knows the team and the defense, but we're not sure he has anything left to give.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was a fantasy stud with two touchdowns and 90 yards receiving.
Insight: Brown is quicking become the top-five fantasy receiver we all expected him to become. The key is his ability to get into the end zone because he could always produce big yardage totals. He's scored three times in three games.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer played well during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.
Insight: He had an impressive 127.1 passer rating, while completing 19 of his 25 passes, for 290 yards and a score. Hoyer has done an admirable job holding off Johnny Manziel, and has simply caught some tough luck. The Browns have lost by a combined total of five points, during their two losses this season.
Description: Browns QB Brian Hoyer was likely in danger of finding himself on the bench after the first half, but responded in the second half and should be given a longer leash in Week 2.
Insight: Hoyer went 19-of-31 for 230 yards and a touchdowns without an interception as the Browns gave the Steelers all they could handle in Week 1. Johnny Manziel will likely have to wait until at least Week 5, after the bye, for a chance to show his stuff. Considering the team will probably be 0-3 at the time, that's when fantasy owners should expect to see Johnny Football
Description: Steelers starting tailback Le'Veon Bell showed fantasy owners everything they wanted to see Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Insight: Despite having LeGarrette Blount scavenge a short touchdown run in the first half, Bell was huge with 109 yards and a score on the ground and another 88 yards receiving on seven catches. This is not a shared situation.
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger went 23-of-34 for 365 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland.
Insight: Big Ben could have posted so much more after a 278-yard first half, but the Steelers forgot to bring the offense out after halftime. The Roethlisberger-to-Antonio Brown combination looks unstoppable.
Description: Steelers receiver Lance Moore is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns due to a groin injury.
Insight: Expect the Steelers to turn to Justin Brown in the slot, but Markus Wheaton sees the biggest fantasy boost with Moore's absence. Wheaton is making his starting debut, lining up opposite of a fantasy favorite Antonio Brown. Heath Miller could also see a small increase in targets on Sunday.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Martavis Bryant suffered a right AC shoulder sprain in the final exhibition game, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bryant was well down the depth chart and not on fantasy radar screen. It's Antonio Brown and a bunch of question marks headed by Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore and the always under-producing Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Description: Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are not going to impose a team suspension on either Le'Veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount.
Insight: Bouchette listed two reasons why the Steelers will not suspend their running backs for their marijuana arrest. 1. Pittsburgh cannot afford to miss both running backs for even a game because they have absolutely no depth after Bell and Blount. 2. Team-imposed suspensions for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy are against the league's collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, only the NFL can suspend Bell and Blount, but the word is that still won't happen until after the season. Fantasy owners have been afraid to draft Bell too early since his arrest, so he can provide some tremendous value in the third or fourth round, but he is also still worthy of a second round selection.
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the team has not ruled out suspending running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for their recent arrests, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Bell and Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Aug. 20 and Bell was also charged with DUI. It's likely the Steelers will just wait for the legal process to play out and let the NFL punish Bell and Blount. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was recently suspended one game for getting arrested for marijuana possession in November. Rookie Dri Archer is Pittsburgh's third-string running back.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell played into the fourth quarter, gaining 23 yards on nine carries.
Insight: Bell, along with the entire Pittsburgh offense, laid a stinker in Philadelphia. Playing into the fourth quarter appeared to be Bell's punishment for his DUI and marijuana arrest. He will more than likely not miss a game this season due to a suspension, and is thus still the clear No. 1 guy in the Pittsburgh backfield and a quality second or third round pick on draft day.
Description: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount "probably face no more than a one-game suspension and that won't come anytime soon." Ross Township Police in Pittsburgh arrested Bell and Blount for marijuana possession on Wednesday.
Insight: Police also charged Bell with DUI, according to Colin Dunlap of CBS Sports. The NFL, however, typically waits for the legal process to play out until handing out their own suspensions. For instance, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe had marijuana in his car last Novemeber and is not serving his one game suspension until Week 1 this year. The only question remains is whether the Steelers suspend Bell one game like they did to Santonio Holmes back in 2008 for the same offense. Since Bell's crime happened during preseason, he may only sit out the third preseason game rather than a regular season game.
Description: The Browns have named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Week 1, according to clevelandbrowns.com. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," coach Mike Pettine said. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
Insight: Hoyer started three games last season but tore his ACL early in the third one. In the two games in which Hoyer played heavily, tight end Jordan Cameron had 16 catches for 157 yards and four touchdowns on 23 targets. If Hoyer doesn't get off to a good start in the Browns' first three games (at Pittsburgh, vs. New Orleans, vs. Baltimore), we could see the team make the switch to Johnny Manziel during the Week 4 bye.
Description: Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday and Bell was also charged with DUI, according to Colin Dunlap of CBS.
Insight: Bell and Blount may face suspensions once the case is resolved, which won't be for a while. Bell will be Pittsburgh's workhorse this season, but he said over the weekend that Blount will probably get the goal-line carries.
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was efficient in his time on the field in the Steelers second preseason game, throwing for 128 yards and two scores.
Insight: Big Ben hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard touchdown pass that should have caught fantasy owners attention. He also hit young Markus Wheaton on a 16-yard strike. Don't underestimate Roethlisberger's fantasy value.
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that LeGarrette Blount is thought of as a red zone and goal-line back.
Insight: After Saturday night's preseason game Le'Veon Bell said Blount would get the goal line work. It seems pretty obvious that everyone is in agreement on this fact. Reduce Bell's fantasy value accordingly and raise Blount a bit.
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said running back Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will "both get their share."
Insight: Concerning words for fantasy owners who want to select Bell early in the draft. Bell had excellent numbers after missing the first three games in 2013 (1,259 yards from scrimmage, 8 TDs) and fantasy owners want big production from him this season, but Blount could thwart the strategy.
Description: Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start the Browns preseason opener on Saturday, according to beat writer Scott Petrak.
Insight: Hoyer is the favorite to start in Week 1 over Johnny Manziel, but Manziel could close the gap quickly once the exhibition season begins. Browns coach Mike Pettine said the first two preseason games will "more than likely" determine the winner of the quarterback competition.
Description: Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell reported to training camp at 232 pounds, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He played in the 240s last season.
Insight: "I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," Bell said. "I'm still strong, I'm still a big back -- 230 is still big. So I don't feel like I need to be 240. Looking at my film, when I was lighter, I made cuts a lot quicker, I was faster. I feel better around that weight, so I'm going to stay around that weight." Bell averaged just 3.5 ypc last season, but getting down to 232 pounds should help him increase that this season.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller looks healthy again, according to his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Insight: Miller played 14 games last season, but never looked like the tight end we have become familiar with after 2013 ACL surgery. He's one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets and should rebound in 2014.
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WR Markus Wheaton is expected to take the departed Emmanuel Sanders' place at X-receiver in the starting lineup.
Insight: Lance Moore will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the slot and may actually see more playing time in two-receiver sets than Wheaton. Sanders had 67 receptions, 740 yards and six touchdowns on 112 targets in the X-receiver role last season, while Cotchery had 46 catches, 602 yards and 10 touchdowns on 76 targets. Antonio Brown (110 rec, 1,499 yards, 8 TDs) will be back as Ben Roethlisberger's No. 1 target.
Description: Safety Ryan Clark agreed to a one-year deal with Washington.
Insight: The former Steelers defensive back will certainly help the Redskins porous secondary that yielded 243 ypg through the air. He's also a solid tackler who has posted 100 or more tackles for three consecutive seasons.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount has signed a two-year, $3.85 million deal with Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Blount (772 yards, 7 TD with the Patriots last season) has shown flashes of talent over the years, but he'll be stuck behind Le'Veon Bell and doesn't figure to have much fantasy value in 2014.
Description: Former New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore has signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh.
Insight: Moore was always a Drew Brees favorite when it came to crunch time, but his fantasy numbers for the most part have been pedestrian. Outside of Antonio Brown, the Steelers have little talent at wideout and Moore could win the No. 2 job.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Steelers will release linebacker LaMarr Woodley within the next 24 hours.
Insight: Woodley produced double-digit sacks three years in a row between 2008 and 2010 but he only has nine in his last two seasons. The 29-year-old Michigan product has played his entire career in Pittsburgh.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller has agreed to a two-year extension. SOURCE: Tom Pelissero, USA Today
Insight: Miller also restructured his contract for next season by trimming his cap figure from $9.5 million to $6.1 million. He's one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets and should have a decent fantasy campaign in 2014.
Description: Good news for Steelers receiver Antonio Brown: Browns corner Joe Haden (hip) won't be in the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Brown has two 100-yard games over the past three weeks and five for the season. He should be a big-time factor in Week 17. He has 101 receptions for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns this season, all career-highs.
Description: Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) is active for Sunday's game just 10 days after taking a big hit at the goal line.
Insight: Bell was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving while attempting to dive into the end zone. However, he has gone through the league's concussion protocol and will play Sunday against Miami.
Description: Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice and says he is fine, according to Scott Brown of espn.com.
Insight: Bell was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving when he was hit in the head while attempting to dive into the end zone against the Ravens. However, he has passed all tests to this point and should be able to play Sunday against Miami.
Description: According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com, Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Bell was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving when he was hit in the head while attempting to dive into the end zone against the Ravens. However, he's expected to start in Week 14 against the Dolphins.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell suffered an apparent head injury late of the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Fantasy owners were robbed of a touchdown on the play in question when Bell's helmet flew off as he was falling over the goal line. A new rule signals the end of the play at the moment the helmet comes off costing fantasy owners a score.