Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting suspended Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been reinstated by the NFL. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant was reinstated Tuesday on a conditional basis. He will be allowed to attend Pittsburgh's training facilities and meetings until arrangements are confirmed regarding the troubled wideout's clinical resources. At that time, he will be able to participate in all preseason activities, per reports. Before the start of the 2017 regular season, Bryant's progress will be reviewed by the league, and if he is in full-compliance with his program, he would then be permitted to participate in regular season activities.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he will return for the 2017 season. (Source: NFL Network on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After contemplating retirement following January's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for his 14th NFL season in 2017. The 35-year-old signal caller, whose battled injuries throughout his career, could have the best arsenal of weapons at his disposal that he's ever played with in the previous 13 seasons. The Steelers retained both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, plus, Ladarius Green's health could finally be intact by training camp. Also, if Martavis Bryant's suspension is lifted, and its fully expected to be, Pittsburgh's offense could evolve into an even greater juggernaut. Currently, Roethlisberger is in the low-end QB1 conversation for the upcoming fantasy football campaign, but will likely move up a tier once Bryant is reinstated.

Category: Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the media that there is "no timetable" for running back Le'Veon Bell's (groin) return from the groin surgery he underwent in mid-March. "Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said Sunday. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell underwent groin surgery in mid-March and is unlikely to participate in OTAs in the spring. However, the elusive and versatile rusher is fully expected to be ready for training camp in July. Barring a setback that could include injury or an unforeseen suspension, Bell is a presumed top-five pick in upcoming fantasy drafts for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton will sign with the Chicago Bears. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that Alshon Jeffery moved on to the Eagles, the Bears have a significant void at wide receiver. They filled with Wheaton Thursday. During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Wheaton showed flashes of talent, but never lived up to expectations. Perhaps a change of scenery and a new system will jumpstart Wheaton's career.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $68 million on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Signing a deal that will pay him $17 million per year over four years, and $18.5 million over three years, Brown is now the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL and is tied to the Steelers until the 2021 season. While accumulating at least 106 receptions, 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the last four seasons, Brown's new extension is well-deserved. The Steelers, who franchise tagged Le'Veon Bell on Monday, will likely work on their premier rusher's long-term deal next.

Category: Transactions


In a Q&A article, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Gerry Dulac revealed that Steelers tight end Jesse James is a favorite of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the coaching staff. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Given how unreliable Ladarius Green was last year, James was often asked to step up as the starter at tight end. He didn't post eye-popping numbers, but was reliable and came through in the clutch during the playoffs. Despite the positive vibes from Big Ben and the coaching staff, James isn't likely to be more than a middling TE2 in fantasy leagues.

Category: Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette believes the team will retain tight end Ladarius Green in 2017. "The decision, I believe, has been made," Bouchette said via Steelers chat. "He is on their roster and will remain there. No reason for them not to bring him back. His health will determine what happens from there." (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Shortly following Pittsburgh's elimination from the 2016-2017 playoffs, Bouchette strongly believed that the team would part ways with Green this offseason due to his injury concerns. However, the beat reporter's sentiments have since changed. He now feels that they will retain Green. If Green is, in fact, on Pittsburgh's roster at the start of 2017, and his health is intact, expect the injury-plagued tight end to enter the new season as the starter. As much as the Steelers have praised Jesse James' play, Green presents a better threat from the pass-catching standpoint. He is a matchup nightmare for the opposing defense due to his size and speed.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger/ groin) underwent sports-hernia surgery following the conclusion of the 2016 season for a groin injury that went unreported on the team's injury report throughout the course of the year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported earlier in the offseason that Coates underwent, and was recovering from, finger surgery. However, Fowler states that Coates, instead, underwent a sports hernia procedure only, following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. The groin injury, which was never included on Pittsburgh's injury report in 2016, did not affect the wideout's ability to participate in practice. Therefore, it did not have to be listed per league rules as a team is only required to report an injury that renders a player's availability to practice or appear in a game. Similar to Le'Veon Bell's situation in which he was dealing with a groin injury for weeks prior to the AFC Championship Game, and the team's failure to report the matter, Coates' groin injury is also subject to investigation by the NFL to ensure that the Steelers were in full compliance with league rules.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed tight end Xavier Grimble to a one-year deal Wednesday. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Grimble, who caught 11 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 2016, was re-signed to a one-year deal Wednesday. This could be an indication of the future of Ladarius Green, whose rumored to be cut due to his health issues this offseason. If Green is indeed released, Grimble will compete with Jesse James for the starting tight end position in 2017. However, if Green is retained, expect Grimble to assume a similar role that he played last season.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette does not expect the team to re-sign running back DeAngelo Williams this offseason. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams' contract is expiring this offseason, making him a free agent. If Pittsburgh elects against re-signing the 33-year-old running back, they will be in need of a backup for Le'Veon Bell. As Bell is prone to injury and off the field issues that result in suspensions, Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back must have the ability to effectively fill the void in the event the former is sidelined. Expect the Steelers to address the position of need in the draft.

Category: Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hamilton played in 11 games with Pittsburgh in 2016 and proved to be a solid role player for their offense. He caught 17 targets for 234 yards receiving and two touchdowns while playing in a limited number of snaps. He'll compete throughout the offseason for a chance to earn an expanded role in 2017.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Karlos Williams to a reserve/ future contract. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Williams, who is serving a 10-game suspension, only has one game remaining on the ban. He'll be available to return for Week 2 of the 2017 regular season if he remains with the team through training camp and makes the final 53-man roster.

Category: Transactions


Eli Rogers did as much as he could on Sunday to help the Steelers advance to the Super Bowl, but it wasn't enough. Rogers caught six passes for 66 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers is definitely a talented receiver and Pittsburgh is excited to have him. If Rogers can stay out of trouble, he will easily be the Steelers number two receiver next to Antonio Brown. It's a very good combination of Brown, Rogers, and Roethlisberger as their gunslinger.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell successfully made 6-of-6 field goal attempts in Sunday's Divisional Round win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers have advanced to the AFC Championship on the leg of Boswell, who made all six of his field goal attempts Sunday night in Kansas City. Pittsburgh's normally high-octane offense stalled and failed to find the end zone, but they put Boswell within his range on six different occasions. He's been a top fantasy kicker in the postseason thus far and is poised for another solid outing next week at New England.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones completed 24-of-37 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' 27-24 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Filling in for Ben Roethlisberger and without playmakers Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell in the lineup, Jones actually had a very solid effort in Week 17, hitting WR Cobi Hamilton for a 26-yard game-winning TD in overtime. He'll revert to his regular backup role when the Steelers take on the Dolphins next week in their Wild Card matchup.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) has been ruled out for Week 10. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey is ruled out for Sunday's contest with Dallas due to a sprained foot that was sustained last week against Baltimore. Despite being named a starting wide receiver before last week's matchup, Heyward-Bey was never considered a fantasy-relevant commodity. With Markus Wheaton ruled out on Sunday as well, Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates are both in line for increased target shares behind Antonio Brown. For fantasy football purposes, Rogers is coming off of a six catch, 103-yard performance last week against Baltimore and is poised to continue his success in the slot versus the Cowboys. Rogers and Coates are both in the WR4/ Flex conversation for Sunday's matchup. However, Rogers is better suited for PPR formats whereas Coates is a boom or bust play in standard scoring leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Toussaint tallied only six yards on three carries in the Steelers Week 1 win over Washington.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that, according to an inside source, Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski has a torn hamstring. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Gradkowski suffered the injury in Friday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, and claimed he heard a "pop" when he pulled up lame after a second half scramble. In all likelihood, the 33-year-old veteran will be placed on IR for a second consecutive season, but the team hasn't announced their official decision yet. This injury could quietly come back to haunt the Steelers' depth at the QB position should Landry Jones continue to underwhelm as the backup. With only Dustin Vaughan left behind Jones, who has never taken a regular season snap in the NFL, the Steelers could now look to free agency to address their QB situation.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Matt Spaeth (knee) with a failed physical designation. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Spaeth was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday after nine seasons with the club. Spaeth was a career backup to the recently retired Heath Miller who was primarily used in blocking assignments. Spaeth may have to wait until the regular season begins and the injury bug rears its ugly head before landing with a new team

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released K Shaun Suisham (ACL) on Friday with a failed physical designation following a setback during his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shaun Suisham was released by the Steelers on Friday after five seasons with the club. Suisham suffered a torn ACL prior to the start of the 2015 regular season and missed the entire campaign as a result of the ailment. Suisham is a productive NFL kicker who can catch on with another organization at some point in 2016 if he makes a full recovery.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Following the team's rookie mini-camp, the Observer-Reporter cited undrafted rookie Canaan Severin as someone to keep an eye on going forward. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: A Virginia product, Severin is listed at 6'2" and 215 pounds with a 4.59 forty time. During his final year at Virginia, he earned All-ACC second-team honors and posted a 54-759-8 stat line. With Martavis Bryant suspended for the year, Severin has a real chance to crack the 53-man roster behind Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey.


Heath Miller announced his retirement on Friday after 11 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heath Miller retired after 11 seasons in the NFL leaving a void at the tight end position in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are likely to address this via free agency or the draft this offseason.

Category: Transactions


Playing alongside Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jordan Todman saw 11 carries in an 18-16 win over the Bengals, recording 65 yards. He had a fumble that went out of bounds.

Fantasy Impact: Despite Todman's success, Toussaint was visibly the better back in this game, and that should continue into any future playoff games Denver plays until DeAngelo Williams' return.

Category: Game Recaps


Pead had been third on the running back depth chart.

Fantasy Impact: This means that Jordan Todman is clearly the second RB and handcuff to DeAngelo Williams. Williams owners who want insurance down the stretch can own Todman; they'll know he would get the touches in the event of a Williams injury.

Category: Transactions


Michael Vick fully participated in practice today after slightly tearing his hamstring two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: PennLive)

Fantasy Impact: With Ben Roethlisberger not suffering any setbacks, Vick does not hold any more fantasy value over the next backup quarterback.

Category: Injury Updates


With Ben Roethlisberger out, the Steelers will instead slot Tyler Murphy as their backup quarterback against the Chiefs. (Source: Ed Werder)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy will only see the field this week if there is a Landry Jones injury/benching. No substantial fantasy value.


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Josh Scobee hit on both his field goal attempts in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, with his longest one from 41 yards outs.

Fantasy Impact: It was a relatively quiet day for Scobee, but the biggest news may be QB Ben Roethlisberger's injury. With Big Ben looking at a lengthy absence, the entire offense may come to a stand-still, limiting Scobee's field goal attempts the next few weeks.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released quarterback Tajh Boyd, according to Burt Lauten, the team's Communications Coordinator. His spot on the roster was taken by wide receiver Jarrod West. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers)

Fantasy Impact: The once highly-touted Boyd was buried on the depth chart and was unlikely to make the team's 53-man roster. He isn't guaranteed another shot with other teams.


He tried out for the Cowboys in late May to no avail. He has had little interest in his services after a poor showing in 2014. He is still young, 28 in August, and the Lions may be getting desperate with Joique Bell still sidelined. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This indeed may be a sign that Joique Bell is nowhere near 100%. Keep an eye on Ameer Abdullah, he's the best of the bunch anyway.


Free Agent WR, Lance Moore was signed by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. He was released by the Steelers on March 2nd this offseason. Moore will presumably compete for one of final wide receiver positions with Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles, and TJ Jones. Moore is 31 years old this year and this will be his 10th year in the NFL. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: It seems unlikely that Moore will have any sort of fantasy impact for the Lions, although it shouldn't be ignored that he has played several seasons under Lions OC, Joe Lombardi. Last year with the Steelers he had a pedestrian season with 14 catches for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator Todd Haley stated that he wants to get the speedy Archer more involved during his sophomore campaign. Haley said that it’s “important that we do have a role for him” and to “have a little patience and let him continue to develop” throughout the upcoming season. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Archer had just 17 offensive touches in his rookie season and totaled just 63 yards. He’s one of the fastest players in the league but his 5-foot-8 size could pose durability issues. Archer is off the re-draft radar for 2015 but he could be an interesting acquisition in dynasty leagues if the Steelers do end up carving out a role for him. Still, his production would likely be too unpredictable to trust in fantasy.


Josh Harris had the opportunity to lead the Pittsburgh backfield on Saturday against the Ravens, but had a hard time finding room to run. He carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and added two catches for six yards.

Fantasy Impact: The Baltimore run defense was boosted by the return of star lineman Haloti Ngata. The Pittsburgh running game was bottled up all evening as it was clear the team missed Le'Veon Bell. Harris is an interesting dynasty league prospect as he does appear to have some potential.


LeGarrette Blount, who was released earlier this week by the Steelers, is set to sign a two-year deal to return to the Patriots, according to ESPN. Blount, who starred down the stretch for New England last season before signing a free-agent contract in Pittsburgh, was cut loose earlier this week by the Steelers. He played in each of Pittsburgh’€™€™s 11 games in 2014, rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries with two touchdowns and added six catches for 36 yards. In 2013, Blount played a sizable role in the Patriots success down the stretch, rushing for 772 yards for New England and helping power the Patriots to the AFC title game. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Jonas Gray must be wondering if scoring 4 TDs last week was enough. The Patriots tandem of Gray and Shane Vereen seems to be a solid mix of hard running by Gray and Vereen is excellent in the passing game. LeGarrette Blount is great insurance and will help strengthen the running attack. But on the surface it looks like he would have a similar role as he did in Pittsburgh. Which he was not happy with. Hopefully he can be receptive to whatever role he is given. For now fantasy owners should hold onto Gray and see how things play out.


Justin Brown is the primary backup to Antonio Brown. Based on this, it would appear that as of the issuing of this initial depth chart Justin Brown is currently the team’s WR4. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brown is making the most of his chances to make the final 53 man roster. His primary back ups are Heyward-Bey and Bryant. The 6 foot 3 inch 209 pounder out of Oklahoma will make for an enticing target in the red zone. Brown is currently not being drafted in redraft leagues. That could change as the preseason moves on should Roethlisberger look his way in the red zone.


Steelers Head Coach Tomlin says Blanchflower has a high ankle sprain. Out at least a week. (Source: Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers first preseason game is scheduled for Aug 9 vs the NY Giants. This injury will jeopardize Blanchflower's participation in the game. Any missed exhibition game time could be dangerous for the rookie to make the final 53 man roster.


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he will return for the 2017 season. (Source: NFL Network on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After contemplating retirement following January's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for his 14th NFL season in 2017. The 35-year-old signal caller, whose battled injuries throughout his career, could have the best arsenal of weapons at his disposal that he's ever played with in the previous 13 seasons. The Steelers retained both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, plus, Ladarius Green's health could finally be intact by training camp. Also, if Martavis Bryant's suspension is lifted, and its fully expected to be, Pittsburgh's offense could evolve into an even greater juggernaut. Currently, Roethlisberger is in the low-end QB1 conversation for the upcoming fantasy football campaign, but will likely move up a tier once Bryant is reinstated.

Category: Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones completed 24-of-37 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' 27-24 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Filling in for Ben Roethlisberger and without playmakers Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell in the lineup, Jones actually had a very solid effort in Week 17, hitting WR Cobi Hamilton for a 26-yard game-winning TD in overtime. He'll revert to his regular backup role when the Steelers take on the Dolphins next week in their Wild Card matchup.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that, according to an inside source, Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski has a torn hamstring. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Gradkowski suffered the injury in Friday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, and claimed he heard a "pop" when he pulled up lame after a second half scramble. In all likelihood, the 33-year-old veteran will be placed on IR for a second consecutive season, but the team hasn't announced their official decision yet. This injury could quietly come back to haunt the Steelers' depth at the QB position should Landry Jones continue to underwhelm as the backup. With only Dustin Vaughan left behind Jones, who has never taken a regular season snap in the NFL, the Steelers could now look to free agency to address their QB situation.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Vick fully participated in practice today after slightly tearing his hamstring two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: PennLive)

Fantasy Impact: With Ben Roethlisberger not suffering any setbacks, Vick does not hold any more fantasy value over the next backup quarterback.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released quarterback Tajh Boyd, according to Burt Lauten, the team's Communications Coordinator. His spot on the roster was taken by wide receiver Jarrod West. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers)

Fantasy Impact: The once highly-touted Boyd was buried on the depth chart and was unlikely to make the team's 53-man roster. He isn't guaranteed another shot with other teams.


Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the media that there is "no timetable" for running back Le'Veon Bell's (groin) return from the groin surgery he underwent in mid-March. "Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said Sunday. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell underwent groin surgery in mid-March and is unlikely to participate in OTAs in the spring. However, the elusive and versatile rusher is fully expected to be ready for training camp in July. Barring a setback that could include injury or an unforeseen suspension, Bell is a presumed top-five pick in upcoming fantasy drafts for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette does not expect the team to re-sign running back DeAngelo Williams this offseason. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams' contract is expiring this offseason, making him a free agent. If Pittsburgh elects against re-signing the 33-year-old running back, they will be in need of a backup for Le'Veon Bell. As Bell is prone to injury and off the field issues that result in suspensions, Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back must have the ability to effectively fill the void in the event the former is sidelined. Expect the Steelers to address the position of need in the draft.

Category: Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Karlos Williams to a reserve/ future contract. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Williams, who is serving a 10-game suspension, only has one game remaining on the ban. He'll be available to return for Week 2 of the 2017 regular season if he remains with the team through training camp and makes the final 53-man roster.

Category: Transactions


Toussaint tallied only six yards on three carries in the Steelers Week 1 win over Washington.

Fantasy Impact: 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.

Category: Game Recaps


Playing alongside Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jordan Todman saw 11 carries in an 18-16 win over the Bengals, recording 65 yards. He had a fumble that went out of bounds.

Fantasy Impact: Despite Todman's success, Toussaint was visibly the better back in this game, and that should continue into any future playoff games Denver plays until DeAngelo Williams' return.

Category: Game Recaps


Pead had been third on the running back depth chart.

Fantasy Impact: This means that Jordan Todman is clearly the second RB and handcuff to DeAngelo Williams. Williams owners who want insurance down the stretch can own Todman; they'll know he would get the touches in the event of a Williams injury.

Category: Transactions


He tried out for the Cowboys in late May to no avail. He has had little interest in his services after a poor showing in 2014. He is still young, 28 in August, and the Lions may be getting desperate with Joique Bell still sidelined. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This indeed may be a sign that Joique Bell is nowhere near 100%. Keep an eye on Ameer Abdullah, he's the best of the bunch anyway.


Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator Todd Haley stated that he wants to get the speedy Archer more involved during his sophomore campaign. Haley said that it’s “important that we do have a role for him” and to “have a little patience and let him continue to develop” throughout the upcoming season. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Archer had just 17 offensive touches in his rookie season and totaled just 63 yards. He’s one of the fastest players in the league but his 5-foot-8 size could pose durability issues. Archer is off the re-draft radar for 2015 but he could be an interesting acquisition in dynasty leagues if the Steelers do end up carving out a role for him. Still, his production would likely be too unpredictable to trust in fantasy.


Josh Harris had the opportunity to lead the Pittsburgh backfield on Saturday against the Ravens, but had a hard time finding room to run. He carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and added two catches for six yards.

Fantasy Impact: The Baltimore run defense was boosted by the return of star lineman Haloti Ngata. The Pittsburgh running game was bottled up all evening as it was clear the team missed Le'Veon Bell. Harris is an interesting dynasty league prospect as he does appear to have some potential.


LeGarrette Blount, who was released earlier this week by the Steelers, is set to sign a two-year deal to return to the Patriots, according to ESPN. Blount, who starred down the stretch for New England last season before signing a free-agent contract in Pittsburgh, was cut loose earlier this week by the Steelers. He played in each of Pittsburgh’€™€™s 11 games in 2014, rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries with two touchdowns and added six catches for 36 yards. In 2013, Blount played a sizable role in the Patriots success down the stretch, rushing for 772 yards for New England and helping power the Patriots to the AFC title game. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Jonas Gray must be wondering if scoring 4 TDs last week was enough. The Patriots tandem of Gray and Shane Vereen seems to be a solid mix of hard running by Gray and Vereen is excellent in the passing game. LeGarrette Blount is great insurance and will help strengthen the running attack. But on the surface it looks like he would have a similar role as he did in Pittsburgh. Which he was not happy with. Hopefully he can be receptive to whatever role he is given. For now fantasy owners should hold onto Gray and see how things play out.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting suspended Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been reinstated by the NFL. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant was reinstated Tuesday on a conditional basis. He will be allowed to attend Pittsburgh's training facilities and meetings until arrangements are confirmed regarding the troubled wideout's clinical resources. At that time, he will be able to participate in all preseason activities, per reports. Before the start of the 2017 regular season, Bryant's progress will be reviewed by the league, and if he is in full-compliance with his program, he would then be permitted to participate in regular season activities.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton will sign with the Chicago Bears. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that Alshon Jeffery moved on to the Eagles, the Bears have a significant void at wide receiver. They filled with Wheaton Thursday. During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Wheaton showed flashes of talent, but never lived up to expectations. Perhaps a change of scenery and a new system will jumpstart Wheaton's career.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $68 million on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Signing a deal that will pay him $17 million per year over four years, and $18.5 million over three years, Brown is now the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL and is tied to the Steelers until the 2021 season. While accumulating at least 106 receptions, 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the last four seasons, Brown's new extension is well-deserved. The Steelers, who franchise tagged Le'Veon Bell on Monday, will likely work on their premier rusher's long-term deal next.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger/ groin) underwent sports-hernia surgery following the conclusion of the 2016 season for a groin injury that went unreported on the team's injury report throughout the course of the year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported earlier in the offseason that Coates underwent, and was recovering from, finger surgery. However, Fowler states that Coates, instead, underwent a sports hernia procedure only, following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. The groin injury, which was never included on Pittsburgh's injury report in 2016, did not affect the wideout's ability to participate in practice. Therefore, it did not have to be listed per league rules as a team is only required to report an injury that renders a player's availability to practice or appear in a game. Similar to Le'Veon Bell's situation in which he was dealing with a groin injury for weeks prior to the AFC Championship Game, and the team's failure to report the matter, Coates' groin injury is also subject to investigation by the NFL to ensure that the Steelers were in full compliance with league rules.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hamilton played in 11 games with Pittsburgh in 2016 and proved to be a solid role player for their offense. He caught 17 targets for 234 yards receiving and two touchdowns while playing in a limited number of snaps. He'll compete throughout the offseason for a chance to earn an expanded role in 2017.

Category: Transactions


Eli Rogers did as much as he could on Sunday to help the Steelers advance to the Super Bowl, but it wasn't enough. Rogers caught six passes for 66 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers is definitely a talented receiver and Pittsburgh is excited to have him. If Rogers can stay out of trouble, he will easily be the Steelers number two receiver next to Antonio Brown. It's a very good combination of Brown, Rogers, and Roethlisberger as their gunslinger.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) has been ruled out for Week 10. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey is ruled out for Sunday's contest with Dallas due to a sprained foot that was sustained last week against Baltimore. Despite being named a starting wide receiver before last week's matchup, Heyward-Bey was never considered a fantasy-relevant commodity. With Markus Wheaton ruled out on Sunday as well, Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates are both in line for increased target shares behind Antonio Brown. For fantasy football purposes, Rogers is coming off of a six catch, 103-yard performance last week against Baltimore and is poised to continue his success in the slot versus the Cowboys. Rogers and Coates are both in the WR4/ Flex conversation for Sunday's matchup. However, Rogers is better suited for PPR formats whereas Coates is a boom or bust play in standard scoring leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Following the team's rookie mini-camp, the Observer-Reporter cited undrafted rookie Canaan Severin as someone to keep an eye on going forward. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: A Virginia product, Severin is listed at 6'2" and 215 pounds with a 4.59 forty time. During his final year at Virginia, he earned All-ACC second-team honors and posted a 54-759-8 stat line. With Martavis Bryant suspended for the year, Severin has a real chance to crack the 53-man roster behind Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey.


With Ben Roethlisberger out, the Steelers will instead slot Tyler Murphy as their backup quarterback against the Chiefs. (Source: Ed Werder)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy will only see the field this week if there is a Landry Jones injury/benching. No substantial fantasy value.


Free Agent WR, Lance Moore was signed by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. He was released by the Steelers on March 2nd this offseason. Moore will presumably compete for one of final wide receiver positions with Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles, and TJ Jones. Moore is 31 years old this year and this will be his 10th year in the NFL. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: It seems unlikely that Moore will have any sort of fantasy impact for the Lions, although it shouldn't be ignored that he has played several seasons under Lions OC, Joe Lombardi. Last year with the Steelers he had a pedestrian season with 14 catches for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


Justin Brown is the primary backup to Antonio Brown. Based on this, it would appear that as of the issuing of this initial depth chart Justin Brown is currently the team’s WR4. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brown is making the most of his chances to make the final 53 man roster. His primary back ups are Heyward-Bey and Bryant. The 6 foot 3 inch 209 pounder out of Oklahoma will make for an enticing target in the red zone. Brown is currently not being drafted in redraft leagues. That could change as the preseason moves on should Roethlisberger look his way in the red zone.


In a Q&A article, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Gerry Dulac revealed that Steelers tight end Jesse James is a favorite of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the coaching staff. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Given how unreliable Ladarius Green was last year, James was often asked to step up as the starter at tight end. He didn't post eye-popping numbers, but was reliable and came through in the clutch during the playoffs. Despite the positive vibes from Big Ben and the coaching staff, James isn't likely to be more than a middling TE2 in fantasy leagues.

Category: Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette believes the team will retain tight end Ladarius Green in 2017. "The decision, I believe, has been made," Bouchette said via Steelers chat. "He is on their roster and will remain there. No reason for them not to bring him back. His health will determine what happens from there." (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Shortly following Pittsburgh's elimination from the 2016-2017 playoffs, Bouchette strongly believed that the team would part ways with Green this offseason due to his injury concerns. However, the beat reporter's sentiments have since changed. He now feels that they will retain Green. If Green is, in fact, on Pittsburgh's roster at the start of 2017, and his health is intact, expect the injury-plagued tight end to enter the new season as the starter. As much as the Steelers have praised Jesse James' play, Green presents a better threat from the pass-catching standpoint. He is a matchup nightmare for the opposing defense due to his size and speed.

Category: Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed tight end Xavier Grimble to a one-year deal Wednesday. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Grimble, who caught 11 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 2016, was re-signed to a one-year deal Wednesday. This could be an indication of the future of Ladarius Green, whose rumored to be cut due to his health issues this offseason. If Green is indeed released, Grimble will compete with Jesse James for the starting tight end position in 2017. However, if Green is retained, expect Grimble to assume a similar role that he played last season.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Matt Spaeth (knee) with a failed physical designation. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Spaeth was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday after nine seasons with the club. Spaeth was a career backup to the recently retired Heath Miller who was primarily used in blocking assignments. Spaeth may have to wait until the regular season begins and the injury bug rears its ugly head before landing with a new team

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors


Heath Miller announced his retirement on Friday after 11 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heath Miller retired after 11 seasons in the NFL leaving a void at the tight end position in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are likely to address this via free agency or the draft this offseason.

Category: Transactions


Steelers Head Coach Tomlin says Blanchflower has a high ankle sprain. Out at least a week. (Source: Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers first preseason game is scheduled for Aug 9 vs the NY Giants. This injury will jeopardize Blanchflower's participation in the game. Any missed exhibition game time could be dangerous for the rookie to make the final 53 man roster.


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell successfully made 6-of-6 field goal attempts in Sunday's Divisional Round win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers have advanced to the AFC Championship on the leg of Boswell, who made all six of his field goal attempts Sunday night in Kansas City. Pittsburgh's normally high-octane offense stalled and failed to find the end zone, but they put Boswell within his range on six different occasions. He's been a top fantasy kicker in the postseason thus far and is poised for another solid outing next week at New England.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released K Shaun Suisham (ACL) on Friday with a failed physical designation following a setback during his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shaun Suisham was released by the Steelers on Friday after five seasons with the club. Suisham suffered a torn ACL prior to the start of the 2015 regular season and missed the entire campaign as a result of the ailment. Suisham is a productive NFL kicker who can catch on with another organization at some point in 2016 if he makes a full recovery.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Josh Scobee hit on both his field goal attempts in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, with his longest one from 41 yards outs.

Fantasy Impact: It was a relatively quiet day for Scobee, but the biggest news may be QB Ben Roethlisberger's injury. With Big Ben looking at a lengthy absence, the entire offense may come to a stand-still, limiting Scobee's field goal attempts the next few weeks.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is investigating whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to properly list running back Le'Veon Bell's groin injury on the injury report for the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The league's probe is stemming from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's comments from last week in which he said he was aware of Le'Veon Bell's groin injury heading into the AFC Championship Game and failing to list it on the injury report. If Pittsburgh is proved of any wrongdoing, they will be subject to disciplinary action from the league which could result in a fine or a loss of a draft pick(s).


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, the former 17th overall pick of the Steelers in the 2013 draft, is expected to sign with the Cardinals Tuesday. Although he has never lived up to expectations, Jones had an uplifting season in 2016. He accumulated a career high 42 tackles, one sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and a recovery while playing in 14 games. If Jones can remain healthy, he's only played in 50 of a possible 64 regular season games in his career, he could be in line for a breakout season in 2017.

Category: Transactions


The Miami Dolphins have signed inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a two-year, $12 million contract with $11 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins had to address their porous run defense that gave up too many rushing yards last year. The Timmons signing helps address that weakness. Timmons can play every down and played 91 percent of the snaps last year for the Steelers.


The Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker James Harrison agreed to terms on a two-year, $3.5 million contract Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harrison, 38, re-signed with the Steelers Thursday. He will be 40-years-old by the time his contract expires in 2019. Despite his age, Harrison is still a productive NFL player who keeps himself in tremendous shape with his workout and training regime off the field. This could be the linebacker's final contract before he retires.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released defensive back Justin Gilbert Monday. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gilbert, a three-year veteran cornerback, was cut by the Steelers Monday. He was acquired by the team via trade in early September but failed to make an impact in 12 games active. He is a free agent.

Category: Transactions


Steelers DE Cam Heyward is expected to miss 2-3 games after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets. (Source: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyward's loss would be a big blow for the Steelers D/ST in both fantasy and real life, but Pittsburgh will likely be fine without him in Week 6 versus the Dolphins. However, his absence would certainly be felt if he were forced to miss Week 7's showdown at Heinz field against the New England Patriots. If that ends up being the case, Heyward would likely be eyeing a Week 9 return after the Steelers' bye. He currently leads the team with 3 sacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Pittsburgh Steelers slot cornerback Senquez Golson underwent Lisfranc surgery on his foot after suffering the injury in training camp a week earlier. He will be out up to four months. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Golson is likely headed for season-long injured reserve, after originally being headed for the starting slot cornerback position. His injury leaves a hole in a defense that already has questions in the secondary, making this a team who could provide favorable matchups to opposing passing games in 2016.


Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) told ESPN that he underwent seven surgical procedures on his leg in 2015. Pouncey suffered a broken left fibula during the preseason and missed the entire year as a result of his ailment. (Source: Jeremy Fowler of ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Maurkice Pouncey is one of the premier centers in the NFL when he is healthy. Durability is a concern of late for the five-year veteran as he missed 31 games in the past three seasons(15 in 2013, 16 in 2015). Pouncey will likely regain his starting job this year if he plays well in training camp and the preseason.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


Kevin Patra reported Thursday that Ryan Shazier bested Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton in a foot race during practice. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The wicked fast linebacker showed his lightning fast quicks at practice yesterday. Perhaps the most underrated linebacker in the league Shazier is primed for a massive season in 2016 and he has Pro Bowl written all over him. Last year's playoff game against the Bengals saw Shazier record a ridiculous 13 tackles, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles. No other linebacker in the league possesses his sideline to sideline speed. The Steelers defense will be scary good this year.


Rookie safety Sean Davis has signed a four-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drafted in the second round, Davis stands at 6'1", 202 pounds and projects as a strong safety who could play a bit of cornerback and cover opposing tight ends. He should immediately compete to start as a rookie and could be a quality DB2 in IDP leagues as soon as this year.


In a panel of experts on NFL.com, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker was mentioned as a potential candidate to breakout during his sophomore campaign. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dupree's rookie year started off extremely promising with three sacks in his first five games, but he cooled off thereafter, finishing with just four sacks on the season. With a year of experience under his belt and likely headed toward a bigger role, Dupree is a threat to lead the Steelers in sacks this year and is worth keeping an eye on in IDP leagues where sacks are valued favorably.


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released OL Mike Adams(back) due to a failed physical designation on Thursday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Adams missed the entire 2015 season due to a back injury. Adams will hope to land with another team prior to the start of the regular season, but the failed physical could jeopardize the chances of that happening. The ailing offensive lineman spent four years with the Steelers before his release.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers released CB Cortez Allen on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cortez Allen was released after playing his entire five-year career with Pittsburgh. Allen only appeared in one game in 2015.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed CB William Gay on Tuesday (Source: Jerrold Colton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: William Gay finished 2015 with 58 total tackles, one sack, seven passes defended, two interceptions and a touchdown in 16 games. The veteran corner will resume his role with the Steelers as a starter, but could play more in the slot.

Category: Transactions


Wide receivers Sammie Coates, Tyler Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Shakim Phillips are all listed on the Steelers' most recent depth chart. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: There is no expectation in 2015 for Goodwin to become fantasy relevant, but the Steelers' wide receiver depth chart is always a good one to monitor throughout the season due to a prolific offense.


Boykin is settling in well in Pittsburgh, claiming to be happy in his position despite “jumping on a moving train” at his new team. Boykin saw snaps at both corner and the slot in Pittsburgh’s preseason loss to Minnesota. (Source: Steelers)

Fantasy Impact: Boykin rushed several times from the slot, and a developed role in the blitz could provide added value through the season. However, after being restricted to the slot in Philadelphia, it is the move back outside to CB that is the best sign for his fantasy value. An expanded role in a rebuilding Steelers’ DST will help Boykin's chances of replicating his 2013 form of 6 INTs and 1 TD

Category: Game Recaps


It's the end of an era in Pittsburgh. Troy Polamalu walks away from football at 33-years-old. The Steelers had been quietly urging Polamalu to retire so they wouldn't have to cut him. In his 12 seasons with the Steelers, Polamalu logged 8 Pro Bowls, 2 Super Bowls and snagged Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. He's likely headed to the NFL Hall of Fame after a brilliant career full of fearless highlights.

Fantasy Impact: Polamalu's retirement frees up much needed cap space. The Steelers DST unit wasn't even worth starting most weeks in 2014 fantasy. Now the Steelers DST is slowly gaining value with a rebuild. Shamarko Thomas is next in line to secure Strong Safety duties in 2015.


Dolphins sign Brice McCain

Wed, Mar 11th 4:08pm EDT
By Reginald James

TEN

The Dolphins have signed the former sixth-round pick who played his first four seasons with the Texans and last year with the Steelers. The two-year deal is worth $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins have to strengthen their secondary. Cortland Finnegan was released, nickel back Jimmy Wilson and safety Louis Delmas are free agents and may not return. This is the first step that the Dolphins need to make towards solidifying that group.

Category: Transactions


Jason Worilds announces retirement at just 27 years old. He played all 5 seasons of his NFL career with the Steelers. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Worilds was a key contributor to the Steelers defense in 2013 and 2014. He played 5 seasons with the Steelers, and started the last 2 seasons. Worilds was set to become a free agent and was likely to sign a big deal. His announcement of retirement is shocking to the city of Pittsburgh and the NFL community.

Category: Game Recaps, Transactions


Brett "The Beard" Keisel's release by the Steelers clears $1.5 million in cap space.

Fantasy Impact: 36, Keisel is recovering from a torn triceps. Keisel spent his entire career with the Steelers. It's never fun to release emotional leaders like Keisel but he's part of clearing out an aging and expensive DST unit that's sure to be improved next season from a fantasy perspective via youth and free agency.

Category: Transactions


The Steelers have agreed to terms with linebacker Arthur Moats on a three-year contract. Financials have yet to be disclosed. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers DST was weak last year while Moats was a bright spot. It's good to see them rewarding him and this helps the Steelers DST value a bit heading into next season. Moats set a single season career-high with four sacks while contributing 23 tackles (17 solo), six quarterback hits, four tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He joined the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2014, after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

Category: Transactions


Steelers' CB Ike Taylor will return to action in Week 13 against New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers will their defensive stars to be healthy against Brees and company. This will be Taylor's first game back since injuring his forearm against the Panthers in Week 3.


Steelers activate new S Mike Mitchell from PUP list. Will practice today. (Source: Gerry Dulac via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to the initial depth chart released today, Mitchell is the projected starter at Free Safety. In 2013 with the Panthers, Mitchell recorded 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 INTs. Mitchell will be an integral part of the Steelers backfield and will have four weeks to get ready for the season opener. The 6th year vet has a current Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) of 40 which is 20 spots higher than his backfield mate of Polamalu.


Steelers DE Cam Heyward is expected to miss 2-3 games after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets. (Source: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyward's loss would be a big blow for the Steelers D/ST in both fantasy and real life, but Pittsburgh will likely be fine without him in Week 6 versus the Dolphins. However, his absence would certainly be felt if he were forced to miss Week 7's showdown at Heinz field against the New England Patriots. If that ends up being the case, Heyward would likely be eyeing a Week 9 return after the Steelers' bye. He currently leads the team with 3 sacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Brett "The Beard" Keisel's release by the Steelers clears $1.5 million in cap space.

Fantasy Impact: 36, Keisel is recovering from a torn triceps. Keisel spent his entire career with the Steelers. It's never fun to release emotional leaders like Keisel but he's part of clearing out an aging and expensive DST unit that's sure to be improved next season from a fantasy perspective via youth and free agency.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, the former 17th overall pick of the Steelers in the 2013 draft, is expected to sign with the Cardinals Tuesday. Although he has never lived up to expectations, Jones had an uplifting season in 2016. He accumulated a career high 42 tackles, one sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and a recovery while playing in 14 games. If Jones can remain healthy, he's only played in 50 of a possible 64 regular season games in his career, he could be in line for a breakout season in 2017.

Category: Transactions


The Miami Dolphins have signed inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a two-year, $12 million contract with $11 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins had to address their porous run defense that gave up too many rushing yards last year. The Timmons signing helps address that weakness. Timmons can play every down and played 91 percent of the snaps last year for the Steelers.


The Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker James Harrison agreed to terms on a two-year, $3.5 million contract Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harrison, 38, re-signed with the Steelers Thursday. He will be 40-years-old by the time his contract expires in 2019. Despite his age, Harrison is still a productive NFL player who keeps himself in tremendous shape with his workout and training regime off the field. This could be the linebacker's final contract before he retires.

Category: Transactions


Kevin Patra reported Thursday that Ryan Shazier bested Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton in a foot race during practice. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The wicked fast linebacker showed his lightning fast quicks at practice yesterday. Perhaps the most underrated linebacker in the league Shazier is primed for a massive season in 2016 and he has Pro Bowl written all over him. Last year's playoff game against the Bengals saw Shazier record a ridiculous 13 tackles, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles. No other linebacker in the league possesses his sideline to sideline speed. The Steelers defense will be scary good this year.


In a panel of experts on NFL.com, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker was mentioned as a potential candidate to breakout during his sophomore campaign. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dupree's rookie year started off extremely promising with three sacks in his first five games, but he cooled off thereafter, finishing with just four sacks on the season. With a year of experience under his belt and likely headed toward a bigger role, Dupree is a threat to lead the Steelers in sacks this year and is worth keeping an eye on in IDP leagues where sacks are valued favorably.


Jason Worilds announces retirement at just 27 years old. He played all 5 seasons of his NFL career with the Steelers. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Worilds was a key contributor to the Steelers defense in 2013 and 2014. He played 5 seasons with the Steelers, and started the last 2 seasons. Worilds was set to become a free agent and was likely to sign a big deal. His announcement of retirement is shocking to the city of Pittsburgh and the NFL community.

Category: Game Recaps, Transactions


The Steelers have agreed to terms with linebacker Arthur Moats on a three-year contract. Financials have yet to be disclosed. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers DST was weak last year while Moats was a bright spot. It's good to see them rewarding him and this helps the Steelers DST value a bit heading into next season. Moats set a single season career-high with four sacks while contributing 23 tackles (17 solo), six quarterback hits, four tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He joined the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2014, after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers have released defensive back Justin Gilbert Monday. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gilbert, a three-year veteran cornerback, was cut by the Steelers Monday. He was acquired by the team via trade in early September but failed to make an impact in 12 games active. He is a free agent.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers slot cornerback Senquez Golson underwent Lisfranc surgery on his foot after suffering the injury in training camp a week earlier. He will be out up to four months. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Golson is likely headed for season-long injured reserve, after originally being headed for the starting slot cornerback position. His injury leaves a hole in a defense that already has questions in the secondary, making this a team who could provide favorable matchups to opposing passing games in 2016.


Rookie safety Sean Davis has signed a four-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drafted in the second round, Davis stands at 6'1", 202 pounds and projects as a strong safety who could play a bit of cornerback and cover opposing tight ends. He should immediately compete to start as a rookie and could be a quality DB2 in IDP leagues as soon as this year.


The Pittsburgh Steelers released CB Cortez Allen on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cortez Allen was released after playing his entire five-year career with Pittsburgh. Allen only appeared in one game in 2015.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed CB William Gay on Tuesday (Source: Jerrold Colton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: William Gay finished 2015 with 58 total tackles, one sack, seven passes defended, two interceptions and a touchdown in 16 games. The veteran corner will resume his role with the Steelers as a starter, but could play more in the slot.

Category: Transactions


Wide receivers Sammie Coates, Tyler Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Shakim Phillips are all listed on the Steelers' most recent depth chart. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: There is no expectation in 2015 for Goodwin to become fantasy relevant, but the Steelers' wide receiver depth chart is always a good one to monitor throughout the season due to a prolific offense.


Boykin is settling in well in Pittsburgh, claiming to be happy in his position despite “jumping on a moving train” at his new team. Boykin saw snaps at both corner and the slot in Pittsburgh’s preseason loss to Minnesota. (Source: Steelers)

Fantasy Impact: Boykin rushed several times from the slot, and a developed role in the blitz could provide added value through the season. However, after being restricted to the slot in Philadelphia, it is the move back outside to CB that is the best sign for his fantasy value. An expanded role in a rebuilding Steelers’ DST will help Boykin's chances of replicating his 2013 form of 6 INTs and 1 TD

Category: Game Recaps


It's the end of an era in Pittsburgh. Troy Polamalu walks away from football at 33-years-old. The Steelers had been quietly urging Polamalu to retire so they wouldn't have to cut him. In his 12 seasons with the Steelers, Polamalu logged 8 Pro Bowls, 2 Super Bowls and snagged Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. He's likely headed to the NFL Hall of Fame after a brilliant career full of fearless highlights.

Fantasy Impact: Polamalu's retirement frees up much needed cap space. The Steelers DST unit wasn't even worth starting most weeks in 2014 fantasy. Now the Steelers DST is slowly gaining value with a rebuild. Shamarko Thomas is next in line to secure Strong Safety duties in 2015.


Dolphins sign Brice McCain

Wed, Mar 11th 4:08pm EDT
By Reginald James

TEN

The Dolphins have signed the former sixth-round pick who played his first four seasons with the Texans and last year with the Steelers. The two-year deal is worth $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins have to strengthen their secondary. Cortland Finnegan was released, nickel back Jimmy Wilson and safety Louis Delmas are free agents and may not return. This is the first step that the Dolphins need to make towards solidifying that group.

Category: Transactions


Steelers' CB Ike Taylor will return to action in Week 13 against New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers will their defensive stars to be healthy against Brees and company. This will be Taylor's first game back since injuring his forearm against the Panthers in Week 3.


Steelers activate new S Mike Mitchell from PUP list. Will practice today. (Source: Gerry Dulac via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: According to the initial depth chart released today, Mitchell is the projected starter at Free Safety. In 2013 with the Panthers, Mitchell recorded 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 INTs. Mitchell will be an integral part of the Steelers backfield and will have four weeks to get ready for the season opener. The 6th year vet has a current Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) of 40 which is 20 spots higher than his backfield mate of Polamalu.