Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North

James Conner says his role this year should be similar to what it was in 2018. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Conner erupted in 2018, totaling 1,470 yards and 13 touchdowns. There have been reports that Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell could eat into Conner's workload this year, but the Pitt alum should still be viewed as a high-end RB1 in fantasy.

Donte Moncrief is likely to be the Steelers’ No. 2 receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to a report from the Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. (Source: The Athletic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moncrief has reportedly been a standout at OTAs already, and he’s impressed QB Ben Roethlisberger too. The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly reports that Moncrief “looks like a slam-dunk No. 2” receiver. Moncrief finished 2018 with his best statistical season in three years, with a 48-668-3 line in his only season with the Jaguars. The numbers don’t seem like much at face value, but they are pretty impressive considering he was catching passes from Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. Moncrief has yet to top 733 receiving yards or seven receiving TDs in a season over his five years in the league, but he is a strong breakout candidate, especially given his current ADP of WR61 at overall pick 173.

Category: Rumors

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have agreed to a two-year contract extension to keep him with the team through 2021. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit different than the last two offseasons where we heard rumors about Roethlisberger hanging up the cleats and possibly retiring. After drafting Mason Rudolph last year, it was unlikely the Steelers were going to take another quarterback in this draft regardless. If anything, this is great news for JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Vance McDonald, as they'll have a few more dynasty years with Roethlisberger.

Category: Transactions

Mark Barron and the Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms on a two-year, $12 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barron spent last year with the Rams, who reportedly had interest in re-signing him. He instead lands in Pittsburgh where he will have to improve his play after a disappointing 2018.

Category: Transactions

Pro Football Talk reports the Steelers will re-sign Eli Rogers to a one-year contract. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rogers appeared in just three games last year after tearing his ACL the previous season. The slot receiver will compete for snaps behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, and perhaps James Washington.

Category: Transactions

Le'Veon Bell has decided to sign with the New York Jets. The deal is for four years, $52.5 million with $35 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jets signed a new guard in Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders to bolster their o-line earlier in the week and Sam Darnold flashed at times in his rookie season. Bell will be depended on to bolster an offense that has a need for a top-end talent like his and he should help open up the pass game for Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. He'll maintain his workhorse status as Isaiah Crowell and Elijah McGuire pose no threat to stealing away major carries. He's a sure-fire RB1 for 2019.

Category: Transactions

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the Lions have agreed to a contract with tight end Jesse James. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Detroit remains the most active team at the onset of free agency. James posted a career-high in receiving yards last season but still wasn't much of a fantasy factor. His departure from Pittsburgh could open up a big role for Vance McDonald.

Category: Transactions

Pro Football Talk reports the Raiders have acquired Antonio Brown from the Steelers. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: There’s no word yet on what Pittsburgh is getting in return, but Brown does appear to be getting a new contract because of the trade. PFT adds his new contract over the next three years will increase from $38 million in total value to over $50 million. Brown’s guaranteed money will increase from $0 to over $30 million. It appears the star wideout has won his disputes with Pittsburgh, though it’s tough to imagine his fantasy value increasing sans Rosethlisberger.

Category: Transactions

The Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST finished the 2018 season on a strong note in a 16-13 win over the Bengals. Pittsburgh racked up four sacks in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers were one of the top teams in the league when it came to sacking the quarterback this season. They finish 2018 with 52 sacks, eight interceptions, and seven fumble recoveries.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matt McCrane nailed all three of his field goal attempts and his lone extra point attempt in a 16-13 win over the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Starting kicker Chris Boswell landed on injured reserve earlier in the week, giving McCrane the chance to kick for his third NFL team this season. He wound up hitting 8-of-12 field goal attempts for the Raiders, Cardinals, and Steelers in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald caught three passes for 39 yards in his team's 16-13 win over Cincinnati in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald drew six targets in the game. The veteran tight end finishes his second season in Pittsburgh with 50 catches for 610 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games. All of those stand as career highs except the touchdowns, which ties his high-water mark set with the 49ers in 2016.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught all three of his targets for 64 yards in a 16-13 win over the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Taking on a larger role with Antonio Brown sidelined, Washington fell one yard short of his career high in yardage. The wideout finishes his rookie season with 16 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown. He remains a strong hold in dynasty leagues, even though he's unlikely to make an impact until Brown is out of the picture.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 5-of-9 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in his team's 16-13 win over the Bengals in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster's 11-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was Pittsburgh's only touchdown in the game. He finishes his sophomore campaign with 111 catches, 1,426 yards, and seven touchdowns. He will be a rock-solid WR1 in fantasy in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels picked up two yards on two carries in his team's 16-13 win over the Bengals in Week 17. He added seven receptions for 40 yards in the game.

Fantasy Impact: With James Conner active, Samuels didn't see a full workload but he stayed involved in the game plan. Samuels didn't do much on the ground but he continued to show that he can be an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield. He caps off his rookie season with 256 rushing yards, 26 receptions, 199 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Boswell placed on IR

Fri, Dec 28th 7:12pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Chris Boswell has been placed on season-ending IR with an undisclosed injury.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell had struggled down the stretch, but he recovered over the last few weeks. It would seem that he's still in line to return as the team's kicker in 2019. In his absence, the team has signed rookie K Matt McCrane.

Category: Injury Updates

Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was named AFC defensive player of the week for his performance in Sunday’s win over the Patriots. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Haden had a key interception of Tom Brady as he out-battled Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski late in the 17-10 victory. It was his second pick of the season, doubling his total from 2017. He also knocked down Brady’s pass on the final fourth down stop of the game, sealing the Pittsburgh win.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Stevan Ridley picked up 16 yards on three carries in his team's 17-10 win over New England in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact: Ridley played behind rookie Jaylen Samuels, who was the team's workhorse back. With James Conner tentatively due back in Week 16, what little fantasy value Ridley had will evaporate.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer caught just one pass for one yard in his team's 24-21 loss to the Raiders in Week 14.

Fantasy Impact: Switzer's usage in the passing game had been ticking up in recent weeks but he was barely used in his team's surprise loss to the doormat Raiders. It didn't help that Ben Roethlisberger missed over a quarter of action with a rib injury. Switzer will not be a fantasy option in Week 15 against the Patriots.

Category: Game Recaps

Stephon Tuitt ruled out Week 12

Fri, Nov 23rd 11:56pm EST
By Alex Johnson

Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Tuitt was unable to practice all week and will be missing his second consecutive game. He is dealing with a hyperextended elbow that he suffered in the Week 10 Thursday night game against the Panthers. Tyson Alualu is expected to start in his absence.

Category: Injury Updates

T.J. Watt turned in a dominating effort during the Steelers' 17-16 win over the Jaguars, recording six combined tackles, one TFL, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Fantasy Impact: Watt now has 10 sacks and four forced fumbles on the year, which both rank within the top 5 among all NFL defenders. The second-year pro is emerging as one of the NFL's most disruptive edge rushers and he carries massive weekly upside, making him a quality starter in all IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps