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Jarvis Jones, LB11/24/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh linebacker Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery) is back at practice Monday.
Insight: Jones probably won't be ready this weekend, but more likely will return for Week 14.
Brian Hoyer, QB11/23/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 322 yards, but did not have a great day for fantasy owners on Sunday.
Insight: He threw three interceptions and no touchdowns, which will not make for many fantasy points on the day.
LeGarrette Blount, RB11/20/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount has been signed by one of his former teams - the Patriots.
Insight: That didn't take long. He's likely just there as insurance in case Jonas Gray gets hurt, but with Bill Belichick you never know. Remember his playoff performance against the Colts?
Dri Archer, WR/RB11/18/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer moves to the backup role for Le'Veon Bell after the team waived LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday.
Insight: Archer's fantasy value is still minimal, given the high level Le'Veon Bell continues to show us, but Archer is now one twisted ankle away from a starting role.
LeGarrette Blount, RB11/18/2014 1:36:00 PM
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.
Heath Miller, TE11/18/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught all five targets for 71 yards.
Insight: Miller is Ben Roethlisberger's security blanket, but doesn't usually see enough work to be fantasy worthy.
Martavis Bryant, WR11/18/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant caught just two of five targets for 11 yards and didn't get into the end zone.
Insight: The game plan reduced Bryant's chanes of adding to his touchdown total. There just weren't that many passes to spread around to all the receivers.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB11/18/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a back seat to the running game Monday night, throwing just 32 times for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Insight: The game plan was obviously to run the ball first and pass second, so six touchdown passes wasn't a possibility.
Le'Veon Bell, RBHot11/18/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: The Steelers got back to basics and that meant a big game for running back Le'Veon Bell.
Insight: They gave the ball to Bell early and often and he ran as well as he had all season. He finished with 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown. That's old school Steeler football.
Ike Taylor, CB11/17/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor (broken forearm) has still not been cleared for contact.
Insight: Taylor had hoped to be back by mid-November, but seems to be a little behind schedule. The Steelers secondary is without its two anchors in Taylor and Troy Polamalu.
Ryan Shazier, LB11/17/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) will not play Monday against Tennessee.
Insight: The first-round selection will miss his second game due to the ankle and already missed three games with a sprained knee earlier this season.
Troy Polamalu, SS11/17/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (knee) will not play again in Week 11 on Monday night against Tennessee.
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.
Antonio Brown, WR11/17/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued to produce despite a renewed emphasis on the ground game against Tennessee.
Insight: Brown caught nine of 11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. He didn't run wild as in past games, but he's still a fantasy stud.
Brian Hoyer, QB11/16/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted 50 passes and completed just 20 of them versus the Texans.
Insight: That's good for a 40 percent completion percentage. Hoyer did have 330 yards and a touchdown, but also threw a pick. There are better options at quarterback for fantasy purposes.
Heath Miller, TE11/9/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller did not do much in Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Insight: He had three receptions for 29 yards, on only three targets. Miller should be considered a borderline TE1 next week against Tennessee.
Antonio Brown, WR11/9/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had 74 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Brown had eight more catches on nine targets, but lose a fumble. In no way will Brown lose his WR1 status.
Martavis Bryant, WRHot11/9/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant had a team-high 143 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Insight: 80 of those yards came on a touchdown reception, and Bryant finished the day with four catches on seven targets.
Le'Veon Bell, RB11/9/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell rushed for only 36 yards on Sunday.
Insight: He did so on 11 carries, and also chipped in eight catches for 33 yards. Bell is still a fine option at runing back for the rest of the season.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB11/9/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not throw six touchdown passes, for a third-consecutive week.
Insight: He did throw for 343 yards and one touchdown, but also was picked off twice. Roethlisberger still a QB1 heading into Week 11 against the Titans.
Brian Hoyer, QB11/7/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer managed the game beautifully as the Browns dominated the Bengals.
Insight: Hoyer made no mistakes. He also didn't help fantasy owners with his 198 yards passing and zero touchdowns.
Troy Polamalu, SS11/6/2014 11:46:00 AM
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.
Markus Wheaton, WR11/3/2014 10:11:00 AM
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.
Martavis Bryant, WRHot11/3/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant has been active for three games and has five touchdown catches after two more Sunday night.
Insight: If you haven't picked him up by now its probably too late. Bryant is forcing defenses to play him and allowing Markus Wheaton and Antonio Brown more freedom.
Antonio Brown, WRHot11/3/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in 11 of 16 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Brown's fantasy owners can continue to smile. The Steelers are developing a couple of young guys across from him and it's forcing teams to defend the whole field.
Ben Roethlisberger, QBHot11/3/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: You can't get any hotter than Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Insight: For the second consecutive weekend Big Ben threw six touchdown passes. He was 25-of-37 for 340 yards and his five different receivers for scores.
Le'Veon Bell, RB11/3/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell couldn't get anything going on the ground against a tough Ravens run defense.
Insight: Bell rushed for just 20 yards on 10 carries. Fortunately, he also is involved in the passing game and caught five of six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Brian Hoyer, QB11/2/2014 4:48:00 PM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB10/27/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 275 yards and a touchdown without a turnover.
Insight: Hoyer wasn't great, but fortunately he was playing the one team that "wasn't great" can still get you a win and keep your job. he should hold off the "Johnny Football Era" for another week.
Heath Miller, TEHot10/27/2014 10:28:00 AM
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.
Martavis Bryant, WRHot10/27/2014 10:23:00 AM
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.
Antonio Brown, WRHot10/27/2014 10:22:00 AM
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.
Ben Roethlisberger, QBHot10/27/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can now say he's done something no other quarterback in the history of the NFL has done.
Insight: Big Ben can say "I've thrown for 500 yards in a game two times in my career." Sunday he was 40-of-49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns. Simply amazing!
Le'Veon Bell, RBHot10/27/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Agasinst Indianapolis Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continued to show the versatility that makes him a threat in every game.
Insight: Bell didn't score but totaled 148 yards from scrimmage. It's a tossup between Bell and Matt Forte for the most versatile back in the NFL.
LeGarrette Blount, RB10/25/2014 3:59:00 PM
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.
LaMarr Woodley, LB10/22/2014 8:53:00 PM
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.
Martavis Bryant, WR10/21/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans a memorable one by catching a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Insight: Bryant showed elite speed in running by the cornerback. Perhaps he'll become a force opposite Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown, WRHot10/21/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 90 yards.
Insight: Brown's day would be considered pedestrian except for his touchdown pass to Lance Moore in the second quarter.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB10/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled early in the Monday night game against Houston, but finished with a solid performance - 23-of-33 for 265 yards and two scores.
Insight: Big Ben wasn't good early on, holding the ball too long, but he rebounded just before halftime in a big way.
Le'Veon Bell, RBHot10/21/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to show the versatility that makes him a threat in every game.
Insight: It doesn't matter if the Steelers are ahead or behind, Bell is part of the game plan. Monday night he rushed for 57 yards and caught all eight targets for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Brian Hoyer, QBCold10/21/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will continue to start, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Hoyer had a tough day in Jacksonville, but the 3-3 Browns are opting to stay the course. Hoyer has a favorable matchup at home against Oakland this Sunday.
Martavis Bryant, WR10/20/2014 7:33:00 PM
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.
Lance Moore, WRCold10/20/2014 4:09:00 PM
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.
Martavis Bryant, WR10/20/2014 4:06:00 PM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB10/19/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was 12-of-34 for just 192 yards and couldn't get his team into the end zone.
Insight: It was a hugely disappointing game for Cleveland, who was hoping to win its third straight game. Instead, the offense was help without a touchdown against the winless Jaguars.
Brice McCain, CB10/17/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Backup cornerback Brice McCain will start this week as the Steelers have benched starter Cortez Allen.
Insight: McCain will face the team he played for last season. This may not be a trade up in quality and Houston receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins should be viable fantasy options.
Cortez Allen, CB10/17/2014 11:15:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB10/16/2014 12:38:00 PM
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.
Markus Wheaton, WRCold10/15/2014 8:16:00 AM
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.
Stephon Tuitt, DE10/14/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Rookie defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt is expected to move into the starting lineup after NT Steve McLendon suffered a shoulder injury and will not be avilable in Week 7.
Insight: The Steelers are missing a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and the Browns took advantage in Week 6 as will teams down the road.
Steve McLendon, DT10/14/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: The Steelers will be without starting NT Steve McLendon in Week 7 due to a shoulder injury suffered against Cleveland.
Insight: Second-round rookie Stephon Tuitt is expected to get a start at DE with Cam Thomas moving inside.
Heath Miller, TE10/13/2014 6:34:00 PM
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.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB10/13/2014 6:31:00 PM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB10/13/2014 5:43:00 PM
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.
Antonio Brown, WR10/12/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had another big game.
Insight: Brown totaled seven catches for 118 yards, and continues to be a steady WR1 this season.
Le'Veon Bell, RB10/12/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had a solid day in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He had 18 carries for 82 yards, and four receptions for 23 yards. While the yardage total is nice, Bell still only has one touchdown on the season.
Ryan Clark, FS10/6/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Redskins safety Ryan Clark left Monday night's game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury.
Insight: He is listed as questionable to return. Clark walked off the field on his own-power, which is obviously a good sign. Jamarca Sanford will replace Clark until he returns.
Antonio Brown, WR10/5/2014 5:42:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB10/5/2014 5:33:00 PM
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.
Markus Wheaton, WR10/5/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is active against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Insight: It is a very friendly matchup, so in bigger leagues, fantasy owners should start Wheaton. He should see a lot of targets against the worst pass defense in the league.
Martavis Bryant, WR10/5/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant is probable for Week 5 against the Jaguars.
Insight: Bryant has yet to see the field in his first season with Pittsburgh. He has been battling injuries and is behind Justin Brown in the depth chart.
Markus Wheaton, WR10/2/2014 4:37:00 PM
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.
Heath Miller, TE9/28/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught a team-high 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Insight: Miller tied Antonio Brown for most receiver targets with 11. It was nice to see Miller heavily involved in the game plan, but that cannot be counted on going forward.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB9/28/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 29-of-40 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Insight: He was, however, sacked five times and did not seem to convert key plays at the end of the game to put Tampa Bay away. This was the most pass attempts Roethlisberger has had this year.
Antonio Brown, WRHot9/28/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is one of the best fantasy wide receivers through four weeks.
Insight: Brown caught two more touchdown passes and went for 131 yards on seven receptions. It was the 20th straight game Brown caught at least five passes. He has five touchdowns in four games.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB9/28/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger missed some practice time this week, due to a non-injury issue, but is ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Big Ben threw for his fewest yards of the season (196), but should have a better time of in against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville over the next two weeks and should be in fantasy lineups.
James Harrison, LB9/23/2014 10:52:00 AM
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.
Jarvis Jones, LB9/22/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh linebacker Jarvis Jones will need wrist surgery, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: He's out indefinitely. Jones joins Ryan Shazier and Ike Taylor on the sidelines and it leaves the Steelers defense vulnerable.
Ryan Shazier, LB9/22/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: AN MRI on Monday will determine a timetable for his return. The Pittsburgh defense took a hit in Week 3 with Shazier, Ike Taylor and Jarvis Jones all injured.
Ike Taylor, CB9/22/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a broken forearm in Sunday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: Taylor is out indefinitely and is a candidate for the short-term injured reserve.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB9/22/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was facing a tough pass rush in Carolina, but did manage a couple of TD passes to Antonio Brown.
Insight: Big Ben threw for his fewest yards of the season (196), but should have a better time of in against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville over the next two weeks.
Antonio Brown, WRHot9/22/2014 11:30:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB9/22/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Steelers starting tailback Le'Veon Bell struggled to reach 50 yards of offense in the first half, but an 81-yard run in the second half made him a fantasy star.
Insight: Too bad he didn't score on the long run. Bell totaled 157 yards from scrimmage even with backup LeGarrette Bliunt rushing for 118 yards. It's quite a 1-2 punch.
Ike Taylor, CB9/21/2014 11:10:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor is one of three Steelers defenders knocked out of Sunday night's game against Carolina.
Insight: Taylor injured his forearm and is not expected to return. Linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier are also watching the action.
Brian Hoyer, QB9/21/2014 5:36:00 PM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB9/12/2014 3:03:00 PM
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
Le'Veon Bell, RB9/11/2014 11:56:00 PM
Description: Steelers starting tailback Le'Veon Bell was once again involved in both the running game and passing game, totaling 107 yards from scrimmage Thursday night.
Insight: On a night the Steelers did very little offensively, Bell still produced more than 100 yards of offense on just 16 touches. LeGarrette Blount saw three rushed for eight yards.
Antonio Brown, WR9/11/2014 11:50:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown took a big hit in the first half of Thursday night's game, but returned after passing a concussion test.
Insight: Brown couldn't find the end zone, but built his stats in the Steelers final drive and ended with seven receptions for 90 yards.
Markus Wheaton, WR9/10/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh WR Markus Wheaton was a nice surprise in Week 1 with six receptions for 97 yards and is a viable option in Week 2.
Insight: Wheaton was targeted seven times, one more than No. 1 receiver Antonio Brown. While that may not continue, we think he's worthy of a spot in fantasy lineups against the Ravens.
Lance Moore, WR9/10/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Lance Moore was inactive for Sunday's game due to a groin injury and has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against Baltimore
Insight: Markus Wheaton was very active in Week 1 (6-97-0) and both he and Antonio Brown should be Ben Roethlisberger's two primary targets Thursday night. Find a way to get Wheaton into your lineup.
Dri Archer, WR/RB9/10/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer has already been ruled out of Thursday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: He left Sunday's game with a left knee and ankle issue and did not return. Even when healthy, Archer's fantasy value is minimal unless LeVeon Bell or LeGarrette Blount are injured.
Antonio Brown, WRHot9/7/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown began his 2014 season with a bang, totaling 116 yards and a score against Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns.
Insight: Brown is coming off a 1,499-yard season and big things are expected. He just needs to post double-digit touchdowns with his yards and he'll enter elite status. This was a good start.
Le'Veon Bell, RBHot9/7/2014 6:38:00 PM
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.
Ben Roethlisberger, QBHot9/7/2014 6:15:00 PM
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.
Dri Archer, WR/RB9/7/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer left Sunday's game with a left knee and ankle issue.
Insight: He did not return. Archer's fantasy value is minimal unless LeVeon Bell or LeGarrette Blount are injured.
Lance Moore, WR9/7/2014 11:45:00 AM
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.
Martavis Bryant, WR8/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/27/2014 9:30:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/25/2014 9:12:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/22/2014 12:06:00 PM
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.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB8/21/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger needed into the third quarter to get the Steelers on the board in the third preseason game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He finished the night 15-for-24 for 157 1 TD and 1 INT. The Eagles defense isn't very good so this is disheartening.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/21/2014 11:09:00 AM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB8/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/20/2014 11:55:00 AM
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.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB8/17/2014 12:57:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/17/2014 11:55:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/14/2014 10:25:00 PM
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB8/6/2014 3:36:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB8/6/2014 3:33:00 PM
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.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR8/2/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion at Thursday's practice, according to Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly.
Insight: This is bad news for a receiver with a history of concussions. There is a chance he may not make the final roster if this lingers too long.
Felix Jones, RB7/1/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Former Cowboys and Steelers running back Felix Jones is not on any rosters at the moment, but still wants to play football, he told Tulsa World.
Insight: Jones isn't likely to catch on until some injuries pile up and even then we still wouldn't expect him to be fantasy worthy.
Heath Miller, TE6/17/2014 12:42:00 PM
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.
Maurkice Pouncey, C6/12/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has agreed to a five-year, $44 million contract extension. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: That makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Pouncey tore his ACL early last season but is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Markus Wheaton, WR5/25/2014 9:59:00 PM
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.
Ryan Clark, FS4/1/2014 3:50:00 PM
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.
LeGarrette Blount, RB3/28/2014 3:45:00 PM
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.
Lance Moore, WR3/21/2014 4:23:00 PM
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.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR3/15/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos are expected to sign former Pittsburgh wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Insight: The Jets, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Chiefs and 49ers had also been linked to Sanders. The 67 catches he logged last season were a career-high.
LaMarr Woodley, LB3/10/2014 7:24:00 PM
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.
Troy Polamalu, SS3/5/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Steelers and safety Troy Polamalu have reached terms on a new three-year contract.
Insight: The deal is worth $20 million. Polamalu was named to his eighth Pro Bowl in 2013. Even at age 32, he's still one of the best defenders in football.
Heath Miller, TE3/5/2014 8:21:00 PM
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.
Jason Worilds, LB3/4/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: The Steelers have inked linebacker Jason Worilds to a one-year contract.
Insight: He'll earn $9.754 million in 2014. Pittsburgh used its transition tag on Worilds earlier this week. The eight sacks he posted in 2013 were a career-high, as were his 63 tackles.
Antonio Brown, WRHot12/29/2013 12:01:00 PM
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.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR12/29/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is a go for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: The 26-year-old has a touchdown catch in four of the last five games and possesses low-end fantasy value, particularly with Cleveland corner Joe Haden out of the lineup.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR12/27/2013 3:46:00 PM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) will be a game-time decision in Week 17 against the Browns, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Sanders said he is "50-50" to play after injuring his knee in Week 16. The 26-year-old has a touchdown catch in four of the last five games.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR12/22/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hurt his right knee Sunday against the Packers and will not return.
Insight: Sanders caught a touchdown for the fourth time in his last five games before exiting.
LaMarr Woodley, LB12/17/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: The Steelers have placed outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Woodley injured his calf in Sunday's win over Cincinnati. He'll end the year with 36 tackles, one forced fumble and one recovery in 11 games.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR12/15/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is active for Sunday night's game with Cincinnati
Insight: Sanders has scored in three straight games and is a nice low-end option with 16 receptions for 160 yards over the last three games.
Le'Veon Bell, RB12/8/2013 11:45:00 AM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB12/5/2013 5:54:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB12/4/2013 4:34:00 PM
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.
Le'Veon Bell, RB12/3/2013 7:10:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh halfback Le'Veon Bell should be ready for Sunday's game against Miami. SOURCE: Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell looked good on Tuesday. Bell has a few concussion tests to pass before he gets clearance to play, but it looks like he's on track to play in Week 14.
Brett Keisel, DE12/3/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel will not play in Week 14, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: When Ed says it, it's usually true. Keisel has been dealing with a plantar faciitis issue and may be out for a while.
Le'Veon Bell, RB12/3/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was doing some running Monday, but he'll be a big question mark for Sunday's game with Miami.
Insight: The next test will be to see if he is allowed to practice Wednesday. Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones would share the workload if Bell ends up sitting Sunday.
Le'Veon Bell, RB11/29/2013 9:48:00 AM
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.


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