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.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, according to Scott Petrak of chroniclet.com.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Sanders would be limited in practice this week, so his full participation Wednesday is a sign that his foot injury is even less serious than the team thought. Sanders is only a fantasy option in PPR leagues.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said his foot injury isn't serious, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Sanders will be limited in practice this week but he is "encouraged" about his status for Sunday's game against the Browns. Sanders is only a fantasy option in PPR leagues.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had his second straight 100-yard game Sunday against the Lions.
Insight: Brown also had his second two-TD game of the year and finished with seven receptions for 147 yards on 13 targets. The 5-foot-10 receiver leads the NFL with 74 catches and is on pace for 118 receptions, 1,523 yards and eight scores.
Description: The Steelers have parted ways with running back Isaac Redman.
Insight: Redman began the year as the starter but inconsistency quickly landed him on the bench. Le'Veon Bell has since taken over as the starter with Felix Jones getting some work in on third downs. Redman could make sense for the Buccaneers with Doug Martin likely out for the season (torn labrum).
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has a partially torn ACL, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down in the first quarter of Thursday's game. He'll get a second opinion, but his season appears to be over. It's too bad as he had just led the Browns to two consecutive victories and was playing at a very high level.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will not return to Thursday's game due to a right knee injury, reports Alex Flanagan of NFL Network.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down in the first quarter. The team is fearful he tore ligaments in his right knee and will send him for an MRI. A serious knee injury would be devastating for the career backup, who went 2-0 in his first two starts with Cleveland and looked like a potentially viable starting quarterback.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer left Thursday's game against the Bills in the first quarter with a right knee injury.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down. He was helped to the bench and then walked to the locker room under his own power after being checked out. It's back to Brandon Weeden for Cleveland.
Description: Pittsburgh rookie Markus Wheaton had surgery to repair a broken pinkie and is questionable to play in Week 6, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Steelers have a bye in Week 5.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that they will not evaluate Wheaton until he has his stitches removed. The rookie's snap count has risen every week and he had a season-high 36 snaps in Week 4 against the Vikings, but he is still fourth on the receiver depth chart and has only been targeted six times.
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has accumulated 789 passing yards over the last two games.
Insight: The Steelers defense has really struggled the last two weeks, forcing the offense to play catch-up. After throwing for 383 yards, one TD and one INT Sunday against the Vikings, Roethlisberger is averaging 308 passing yards per game with a 5-5 TD-INT ratio.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown saw 13 targets from Ben Roethlisberger Sunday against the Vikings and caught 12 of them. However, he only had 88 yards receiving.
Insight: Fantasy owners in PPR leagues likely feel much different about Brown's day than those who play with standard settings. Nevertheless, Brown has been targeted 26 times over the last two games and is a must-start WR2 in all formats.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell touched the ball 20 times, had 84 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns in his NFL debut Sunday versus the Steelers.
Insight: Bell missed the first three games with a sprained foot, but the Steelers threw the second-round pick right into the mix in his first game. Pittsburgh's other running backs combined for four carries for 10 yards. Bell should be a workhorse going forward, which makes him a reliable RB2.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot), who was a full participant in Friday's practice, is active for the Week 4 game versus Minnesota.
Insight: The Pittsburgh offense is struggling, particularly the running game and look to be determined to see if Bell is the answer. We're not sure if he is, but he's got a better chance to turn around the ground attack than anyone else on the Steelers' current roster.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) was a full participant in Friday's practice and appears to be in line with his first NFL start.
Insight: The Pittsburgh offense is struggling, particularly the running game and the look to be determined to see if Bell is the answer. We're not sure if he is, but he's got a better chance to turn around the ground attack than anyone else on the Steelers' current roster.
Description: The Steelers have not given the official word, but Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will start Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Bell is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday after missing the first three games with a sprained foot, and the team isn't wasting any time getting him involved after an 0-3 start. If he's officially announced as the starter, bump him up to a mid-level flex play.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell says his foot is 100 percent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bell is expect to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Vikings after missing the first three games with a sprained foot. The rookie should eventually take over as the lead back but he's a risky flex option Sunday given his uncertain role and Pittsburgh's ineptitude on offense.
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will play in Week 4, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That doesn't mean Bell will start, but given Pittsburgh's offensive issues the Steelers might want to get Bell as many touches as he can handle right off the bat. He's a low-end flex option for Week 4, but he could emerge as a solid option.
Description: Brian Hoyer overcame three interceptions to lead the Browns to victory Sunday in his first start of the 2013 season.
Insight: He tossed three touchdown passes, all to tight end Jordan Cameron. The 321 yards Hoyer racked up through the air were a career-high. It seems likely that he'll start again next week, regardless of Brandon Weeden's availability.
Description: Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer could overtake Brandon Weeden for the starting job if he plays well Sunday against the Vikings. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns shook things up by changing their running back situation earlier this week and now it looks like they're about to do the same thing at quarterback. Hoyer probably won't be a fantasy option as he's only thrown for 616 yards and two touchdowns in 15 career games. His combined quarterback rating in those games is just 72.2.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will not play Week 3, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bell put in a limited practice Wednesday and fully participated Thursday and Friday, so he might be able to play next week. The Steelers will go with Felix Jones, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer again Sunday night against the Bears, and fantasy owners can ignore this running back situation until Bell returns to action.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller practiced fully for the third straight day on Friday and he could play Sunday night against Chicago.
Insight: Miller had been having a career year in 2012 before a torn ACL ended his season in Week 16. Now almost nine months removed from surgery, it looks like his knee is finally healthy again. Expect him to play a role in Sunday's game against the Bears, though he may be on a play limit.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) was a participant in practice again on Friday.
Insight: Bell returned to a limited practice Wednesday but admitted that his foot sprain was still in the "healing process." However, his full participation in practice Thursday and Friday is a sign that he might be ready to play by Week 4.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) surprisingly put in a full practice session Thursday, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Bell returned to a limited practice Wednesday but admitted that his foot sprain was still in the "healing process." However, his full participation in practice is a sign that he might be ready to play by Week 4.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) put in a limited practice Wednesday but says he is "still in the healing process." SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: "I don't want to rush it ... For now, I'm making sure I'm confident enough to go out there and make all the proper cuts, that I can completely stop when I need to with a burst and jump," Bell said. We expect the rookie to be out until after the Steelers' Week 5 bye.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller practiced fully on Wednesday and he may be given the green light to play Sunday night against Chicago. SOURCE: Mark Kaboly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Miller had been having a career year in 2012 before a torn ACL ended his season in Week 16. Now almost nine months removed from surgery, it looks like his knee is finally healthy again. Expect him to play a significant role in Sunday's game against the Bears, especially if the Steelers get behind and are forced to air it out in the second half.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown and OC Todd Haley apparently had a first-half confrontation Monday night, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Brown was upset over seeing just three first-half targets. He finished with nine targets, tied with Jerricho Cotchery and one behind Emmanuel Sanders. Given that Brown is the most talented receiver of the trio, we wouldn't expect this even ratio to continue. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.