Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has signed a multiple-year extension to stay in Pittsburgh.
Insight: His old deal was set to expire at the end of this season. Big Ben had a monster season, throwing for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He has a lot of talent around him including Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell, and should be a very good fantasy option again in 2015.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive a two-game suspension for his DUI arrest in August 2014, according to John Clayton.
Insight: Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and caught 83 balls for another 854 yards last season making him one of the best players in all of fantasy, so missing a couple of games will hurt. That's 15 percent of a typical fantasy regular season.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's hyperextended knee, that cost him a chance to help his team against Baltimore in a playoff loss is rounding back into shape.
Insight: Bell also missed the Pro Bowl, but claims he's 85-90 percent at this point. As long as the budding superstar is ready for training camp his fantasy owners will be happy. Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and caught 83 balls for another 854 yards last season.
Description: As expected, Steelers tight end Heath Miller picked up some of the slack with Le'Veon Bell out of the lineup.
Insight: Miller saw nine targets, catching six balls for 76 yards, but lost a costly fumble in the second half. He's always a low-end fantasy option who has a couple of big days every season, but is never an elite choice.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown finished his season like he started it, on fire.
Insight: Brown, who caught nine balls for 117 yards, was one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy football. It could have been much better too, if his knee didn't land at the 1-yard line on a 44-yard reception. The Steelers star led all receivers in the regular season with 129 receptions for 1,698 yards and scored 14 times.
Description: With Le'Veon Bell declared out for the game against Balitmore, running back Josh Harris had a chance to show what he could do, but it wasn't much.
Insight: Ben Tate actually started the game, but Harris led the team in rushing attempts (9) and yards gained (25). He also caught two balls for six yards, but those numbers are obviously not "Bell-like."
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not practice on Thursday.
Insight: Look for Bell to be a game-time decision, but even if he is active, there is a chance he will be very limited. Josh Harris will most likely be the primary ball carrier, with Dri Archer and Ben Tate being mixed in as well.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said his hyperextended knee feels "great" but did not answer whether he would play on Saturday in the Wild Card game against the Ravens according to NFL.com.
Insight: This is obviously good news, but just a day ago CBS Sport's Jason La Confora reported it is unlikely Bell plays, and despite this news, it still seems like there is more of a chance Bell doesn't play than plays. Pittsburgh is probably calling Bell a game-time decision so Baltimore has to prepare for him in their game plan. If Bell indeed can't go, Josh Harris will start and Dri Archer will see some time along with newly signed veteran Ben Tate.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was seen badly limping into the locker room Monday morning.
Insight: Dale Lolley, Steelers beat reporter, said he "could barely walk." Coach Mike Tomlin called it a hyperextension, but "not anything major." That doesn't mean he can be ready to play by Saturday. Josh Harris would likely get the running workload and Dri Archer the receiving targets if Bell can't go.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught three passes for just 17 yards.
Insight: Although Wheaton is the starter opposite Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant has more fantasy value because he's a touchdown maker. Wheaton caught 50 passes this season for 627 yards and two scores.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown finished his best season with 128 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions and added a 71-yard punt return for a score.
Insight: Brown was one of the most consistent players in all of fantasy football. The Steelers star led the league with 129 receptions for 1,698 yards and scored 14 times. he caught at least five balls in all 16 games.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught six balls for 80 yards before being sent to the sidelines by a hit on his right knee.
Insight: Coach Mike Tomlin called in a hyperextension, but "not anything major." Still, it's worth watching on a short work week for a Saturday Wild Card game against Baltimore. Josh Harris would likely get the running workload and Dri Archer the receiving targets if Bell can't go.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller continues to be Ben Roethlisberger's safety blanket.
Insight: Miller is not going to light up any fantasy scoreboard, but he will have a few important catches every week. In Week 15, he caught the third-and-one pass from Roethlisberger to seal the victory. Miller finished with four catches and 68 yards.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is the first wide receiver to have 30 straight games with at least five catches and 50 yards.
Insight: That is the most meaningless real-life stat, but it holds great importance to fantasy owners. Brown now has 115 catches and 1,498 receiving yards, which both lead the NFL at the moment. Brown is just 29 catches away from breaking Marvin Harrison's single-season receptions record set back in 2002.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell used all his skills to put up another great fantasy day.
Insight: Bell only averaged 2.4 yards per carry but still managed 119 total yards as he gained 72 yards on five catches. Bell also had two rushing touchdowns. He also broke the Steelers single-season record for total yards on offense.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very efficient but failed to score in Week 15.
Insight: Roethlisberger was 27-of-35 and threw for 360 yards. That's good enough for a 10.3 yards per attempt average. Not finding the end zone, however, likely hurt his chances of taking many teams to the championship round.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had another monster game.
Insight: He rushed 26 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, along with totaling six catches for 50 yards and another score. Remember in the preseason when everybody thought Bell would be splitting carries?
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller had eight catches for 82 yards versus the Saints.
Insight: Miller was tied with Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown for the team-high eight catches. Miller also led the team with 14 targets. As a fantasy player, however, Miller is very inconsistent because Pittsburgh must use him as a blocker a lot.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown scored two late garage-time touchdowns to end with a huge fantasy day.
Insight: Brown caught eight passes for 97 yards with both his touchdowns coming inside of three minutes left in the game, and Pittsburgh trailing by three scores. Brown also caught a two-point conversion.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to be a fantasy monster.
Insight: Bell went over 1,000 rushing yards on the season with 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He, however, also led the Steelers with eight receptions and 159 yards through the air. That's over 200 yards of offense and a touchdown for a second straight week.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a great fantasy day but not a great real life day.
Insight: Pittsburgh fell behind 35-16 having to settle for field goal attempts four times. So with the help of garbage time, Roethlisberger went 32-of-58 with 435 passing yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners will take it but just recognize he wasn't anywhere close to that good.
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine has relieved quarterback Brian Hoyer with first round pick Johnny Manziel.
Insight: Hoyer went 18-of-30 for 192 yards with two interceptions before leaving the game due to the coaches decision. It will be interesting to see what happens next week as even with a pending loss to Buffalo, the Browns will be in the thick of things in the AFC.
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.