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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Rest of Season Rankings
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 17. James Conner RB - (at CLE)
Conner continues to produce each and every week. He may dominate from a yards-per-carry average at every turn, but he gets plenty of goal-line looks on a team that often plays from ahead. He's a locked-in strong RB2.
1 week ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 78. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - (at CLE)
Smith-Schuster saw only six targets against the Giants but caught all six and turned two of them into touchdowns. Although Ben Roethlisberger looked rusty to start, once he found his groove, the entire Steelers offense looked strong, including Smith-Schuster. He looks likely to justify his status as a borderline WR1 coming into the season, with upside for even more.
5 weeks ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 89. Diontae Johnson WR - (at CLE)
Johnson is in the concussion protocol after a hard hit in Week 3, but he'll get an extra week to recover after the Steelers' game against the Titans in Week 4 was postponed. There's nothing to suggest that Johnson's availability is threatened for Week 5, so for now, those rostering him appear to have dodged a bullet.
3 weeks ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 94. Chase Claypool WR - (at CLE)
Some might be thinking that this would be a good time to cash in on Claypool, and I would've been one of them last week because there were certainly playing-time concerns, as he was splitting snaps with James Washington as the No. 3 receiver. But after he's performed at a high level in back-to-back games, he's earned more playing time, even when Diontae Johnson comes back into the lineup. It's up to the Steelers to figure out how to use him, and if the last few weeks are any indication, they know what to do.
3 days ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 103. Ben Roethlisberger QB - (at CLE)
Other than the first half of the Steelers' first game against the Giants, Roethlisberger has looked close to his old self this season. With seven touchdown passes through three games and an average of more than 250 passing yards per game, Roethlisberger has established himself as a borderline QB1 option, and one you can easily stream in the right matchup.
3 weeks ago
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 150. Benny Snell Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Snell Jr. went back to his role as a backup in Week 2 with James Conner healthy. He showed in Week 1 that he can carry the load if necessary, but so long as Conner is healthy, Snell will be just a high-end backup.
4 weeks ago
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 159. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (at CLE)
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 178. Eric Ebron TE - (at CLE)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 202. James Washington WR - (at CLE)
Throw out everything that happened for any Steelers receiver in 2019. The combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges would (and did) sink any pass-catcher they came across. With Ben Roethlisberger back under center, there's some optimism as a vertical threat, but he's certainly been passed by Diontae Johnson in terms of "breakout Steelers receivers." With Chase Claypool also in tow, Washington's chances of fantasy relevancy seem dim, and he's more of a "handcuff" receiver to Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
6 weeks ago
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 241. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 243. Chris Boswell K - (at CLE)
After a disastrous 2018 season, Boswell bounced back in a big way last year, hitting 93.5% of his field-goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts. Boswell's upside is limited somewhat by Heinz Field, a notoriously difficult place to kick because of its turf. Indeed, Boswell has attempted just 11 field goals of 50-plus yards in his five seasons. Nevertheless, with Ben Roethlisberger returning, the Steelers offense should move the ball with ease, providing Boswell with plenty of opportunities, which should make up for the lack of long attempts.
6 weeks ago