RB - FA
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have released RB Fitzgerald Toussaint.
The Steelers will enter the 2017 season with Le'Veon Bell as their RB1 with rookie James Conner in line as his primary handcuff. Since they are only accustomed to carrying three running backs on their roster, Toussaint became expendable. Terrell Watson, who is 24 and three years younger than Toussaint, will round off the depth chart as the RB3.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released RB Fitzgerald Toussaint.
An intriguing prospect due to his agility, Toussaint laid an egg this preseason, averaging a mere 3.1 yards per carry. Heading into his age 27 season, Toussaint had a minuscule chance of fantasy relevance, even in the high-powered Pittsburgh offense. At the time of this note this move signifies that Pittsburgh is going to start the season with Le'Veon Bell, the rookie James Conner, and preseason darling Terrell Watson as its Week 1 RB group.
Fitzgerald Toussaint exited the Steelers' third preseason game with a leg injury.
Toussaint entered the game listed first on the depth chart at running back (with Le'Veon Bell remaining absent from camp), but he was limited in this one. It could have been due to the injury, though it remains difficult to determine the RB hierarchy behind Bell at this point. James Conner figures to provide the most talent and upside of the trio of current reserves, also including veteran Knile Davis.
Toussaint tallied only six yards on three carries in the Steelers Week 1 win over Washington.
DeAngelo Williams was the bell cow and that will likely continue until Le'Veon Bell returns to the field. For now, Toussaint is insurance in deeper leagues in case of injury to Williams, but that is the extent of his fantasy relevance.
Toussaint received eight carries and gained 26 yards in the Steelers 17-0 loss to the Eagles on Thursday. He also had two receptions for 16 yards.
Toussaint received a heavy workload due to the absence of both Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams. He was not especially impressive, though he may have the chance to spell Williams in the first four weeks of the season if Bell's suspension is upheld.
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