By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 1:13am EDT
LeGarrette Blount toted the ball just four times for 25 yards with no scores and did not record a catch.
Fantasy Impact: Blount is simply just a better real-life player than fantasy player. He is nothing but Le'Veon Bell's handcuff or a gamble bye-week filler in deeper leagues. Keep him stashed away in 14+ team leagues, but otherwise, you can do better with a spare roster spot. The Steelers simply don't have the defense to support a heavy run game at the moment which leaves Blount on the sidelines more than he would like. He is a risky flex option next week at Jacksonville in deep, standard leagues only.
By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 1:28pm EDT
Blount carried the ball 10 times for 118 yards and scored a touchdown. He also had a run of 50 yards which is quite impressive as he isn't one of the faster RBs in the league.
Fantasy Impact: Albeit a great surprise performance, Blount can not be counted on as a fantasy starter and is strictly playable if and only if Bell were to go down. Handcuff him in deeper leagues (14 teams+) but you could do better with bench players in leagues with less teams. He is a mere RB4, but showed what he can do if he is given the volume.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:23am EDT
Blount is projected for 7 carries and 29 yards. (Source: FantasyPros
Fantasy Impact: It is yet to be fully determined how much Blount will be used during the game. Will he solely be a third down/goal line back or will he figure more in the running game between the 20s? Unless you like to gamble on a player "vulturing" goal line TDs, it might be best to leave Blount on the bench.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 6:31pm EDT
The Steelers could be without one or both of their top running backs when they open the regular season in two weeks against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reiterated Monday that Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be punished after getting arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday, shortly before the team flew to Philadelphia for a preseason game the following night. Tomlin said the Steelers have not ruled out suspending Bell, who was also charged with driving under the influence, and Blount.
Fantasy Impact: The Steelers are known for demanding their players not be a distraction to the team and tolerate very little. It would not be surprising to see the Steelers levy some type of discipline prior to any NFL decision. With fantasy drafts taking place now, there seems to be a couple of ways fantasy owners can take this bit of news. First, they can hope the Steelers do not suspend the players for any game time and draft Blount as they normally would. Maybe the best course of action would be to scan your waiver wire and see if Dri Archer is available. If so, you may want to consider picking him up and storing him on your bench. If Blount plays in week 1, then it can be assumed there was some other type of punishment levied to Blount and Archer could then be safely dropped.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 5:22pm EDT
Steelers will allow NFL to handle any disciplinary measures vs. Bell, Blount. Again, Goodell not likely to act in 2014. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This is good news for potential Blount owners. This means that the Steelers will not take matters into their own hands and will wait for Goodell to act. There is recent precedent with the NFL Commissioner waiting until the following year to mete punishment. D. Bowe (WR-KC) was recently suspended for the first game in 2014 for a 2013 drug issue. Blount is currently being drafted around the middle of the 12th round. Continue drafting Blount as you previously planned.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:38pm EDT
Legarrette Blount to face charges on pot possession. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Dale Lolley reported on Twitter that any punishment from the NFL would not happen soon. This will be Blount's first offense in the NFL which normally carries a one game suspension. However, Blount did have the incident in college of striking the fan in the stands. It is conceivable that Goodell uses that incident in his decision and could extend a suspension out to 2 games. With L Bell also being charged with marijuana possession and DUI the same day, Pittsburgh's RB corps may be taking a huge hit during the season. Blount's ADP was as the 49th RB off the board (146th overall). With this news, expect his draft stock to take a hit and drop from a 12-13th round pick to a flier in the 15-16th round.
By Clinton Ho, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:15pm EDT
LeGarrette Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell were both arrested after their game on Wednesday night for possession of marijuana after being pulled over. They were supposed to catch a team plane to Philadelphia that night. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Blount hasn't been in any trouble since entering the NFL, but he has been suspended before, although it was for punching an opponent in college. Punishment from the league may take a bit of time, but the team will likely hand down its own repercussions. Blount wasn't likely to be drafted and after this news, he will surely be taken off many draft lists.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Aug 1st 7:38pm EDT
LeGarette Blount in shorts. It doesn't look like he is practicing after a maintenance day on Thursday. (Source: Scott Brown on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Blount may just be getting a day to relax. It is too early to worry about missing one day of practice as the Steelers first preseason game isn't until the 9th. Currently being drafted as the 46th RB (143rd player overall), he will be a late round pick. His draft position may begin to drop as the exhibition season progresses depending on the progress and how the Steelers choose to use Dri Archer out of the back field.
By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 8:40pm EDT
It's easy to see that Mike Tomlin loves Blount. During an 11-on-11 period, Blount plowed his way forward for about 4 yards, dragging defenders with him. âWay to punch a hole in it 27. That's the way to punch a hole in it, big back. I'll take that,â Tomlin said. (Source: Pitt Trib Review
Fantasy Impact: Bell will no doubt be the RB1 on the Steelers. Blount will get all short yardage and goal line looks. Another back who gained notoriety doing this was Jerome "Bus" Bettis. Can Blount be used the same way and have the same success? With an RB ADP of 45 and an overall ADP of 138 per FantasyPros web site, early expectations are hopeful.
RotoBaller | Sep 8th
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues 49% Owned in Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: If the NFL does decide to punish LeGarrette Blount for his recent arrest, it likely will not be this season. Blount is still listed behind Le’Veon Bell on the depth chart, but it looks like he will be the Steelers’ primary option in short […]
EDSFootball | Aug 21st
So far, Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have been sharing the first-team reps this preseason; now, they share something else in common.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell & RB LeGarrette Blount charged by Ross Twp Police today w marijuana poss. Bell also charged w DUI after stop today.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) August 20, 2014
Per Colin Dunlap, a third person, an ...