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Chase Claypool (toe) was upgraded to a full participant in practice on Thursday ahead of the Steelers Week 13 matchup against Baltimore. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Claypool is looking as if he will suit up this week against Baltimore and should be viewed as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 this week as he does have some upside.

Category: Injury Updates


Pat Freiermuth (concussion) was a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freiermuth is looking like he will be good to go in his Week 13 matchup against the Ravens. He should be viewed as a mid-range TE1.

Category: Injury Updates


Ben Roethlisberget (shoulder/pectoral) did not practice on Wednesday after a brutal outing in Week 12 against the Bengals. (Source: Brian Batko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is sometimes hard to tell whether it is just extra rest or a setback when it comes to Big Ben's injuries, he is no doubt banged up, but as of right now he is expected to play in Week 13.

Category: Injury Updates


The Steelers placed LB T.J. Watt on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watt's absence in Week 13 would certainly hurt Pittsburgh's defense. As of now it remains to be seen what his potential availability is.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pittsburgh Steelers defense struggled in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12. Pittsburgh managed two sacks and picked up one interception in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers got blown out as the game was 31-3 at halftime. Pittsburgh will draw another tough matchup in Week 13 against the Ravens.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Boswell makes one FG

Sun, Nov 28th 9:40pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made his lone field goal in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12. He also added an extra point.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell wasn’t asked to do much on a dismal day for the Pittsburgh offense. He will hope for a busier afternoon next week against the Ravens.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Kalen Ballage carried the ball three times for 21 yards and added a six-yard catch in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Ballage got some garbage time touches in the fourth quarter with the Steelers getting blown out and Pittsburgh opting to rest starter Najee Harris. Ballage won’t see many touches in games where Harris is healthy going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Anthony Miller caught his lone target for two yards in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Miller made his Pittsburgh debut after being activated from the practice squad earlier in the day. He will not be a recommended fantasy option against the Ravens in Week 13.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Washington continues to be barely used in the Pittsburgh offense. The veteran wideout will not be a recommended fantasy option against the Ravens in Week 13.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught 9-of-14 targets for 95 yards in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was one of the few positives to come out of the lopsided loss. He continues to be a target hog for the Steelers, keeping him on the WR1/WR2 borderline even on a poor Pittsburgh offense. He will face the Ravens in Week 13.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris carried the ball eight times for 23 yards and added 14 yards on three catches in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: Harris suffered from poor game script as the Steelers were down 31-3 at halftime. The rookie running back will remain an RB1 in Week 13 against the Ravens.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Ian Rapoport, the Steelers have placed veteran TE Eric Ebron on injured reserve. (Source: iAn Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: After dealing with injuries for a large part of the season, the Steelers placed veteran TE Eric Ebron on injured reserve with the emergence of Pat Freiermuth. In recent weeks filling in for Ebron, Freiermuth has 9 catches for 87 yards and has scored 3 touchdowns in 2 games without Eric Ebron in his career.

Category: Injury Updates


The Steelers have activated star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzpatrick, who is vaccinated, missed last Sunday's game but was eligible to be activated after he became asymptomatic and returned two negative tests. He'll aid the Steelers' secondary against the Bengals this week. Fitzpatrick has totaled 64 tackles and one forced fumble through nine contests.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud caught both of his targets for 12 yards and added a five-yard run in a 41-37 loss to the Chargers in Week 11.

Fantasy Impact: McCloud couldn't recapture the success he showed in Week 10 when he caught a career-high nine balls for 63 yards. Of course, Chase Claypool was active in Week 11 after not playing in the previous week, which cut into McCloud's opportunities. McCloud will not be a recommended fantasy option against the Bengals in Week 12.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 30-of-50 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 16-16 tie with the Lions in Week 10.

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph added 36 yards on four rushes in the tie. The veteran backup drew a spot start with Ben Roethlisberger landing on the COVID-19 reserve list earlier in the week. Roethlisberger is likely to return in Week 11 against the Chargers, which will push Rudolph back to his role as the No. 2 QB in Pittsburgh.

Category: Game Recaps


Veteran pass-rusher Melvin Ingram III asked for a trade from the Steelers in the past month due to a lack of playing time. Now he's been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 6th round draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram brings a high-quality rotational pass rusher to the Cheifs who have been looking for defensive talent. At a very low price, Ingram looks to be an instant contributor to the Chiefs front 7.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. caught a seven-yard pass in a 15-10 win over the Browns in Week 8.

Fantasy Impact: Snell has barely seen any work this season as a backup to bell-cow Naje Harris. Snell is only on the fantasy radar as a handcuff in deep leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Zach Gentry caught 3-of-5 targets for 39 yards in a 15-10 win over the Browns in Week 8.

Fantasy Impact: Gentry got some more run with Eric Ebron ruled out before the game. The veteran tight end now has six catches on the season. He will face the Bears in Week 9.

Category: Game Recaps


The Steelers activated Anthony McFarland Jr., who had been on IR with a knee injury, to the 53-man roster on Wednesday. (Source: https://twitter.com/steelers/status/1453379953450491917?s=20)

Fantasy Impact: This was the end of McFarland's 21-day practice window as he returned from IR, so the Steelers had to activate him or he would have been done for the season. McFarland has no fantasy value right now, as Najee Harris should continue to dominate the touches in the Pittsburgh backfield, so don't bother adding him in fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster, who can now be dropped in all redraft formats, had hauled in 15 of 27 passes for 129 yards through the first four weeks of the season. He was targeted once in Week 5 before being knocked out of the game. The 24-year-old will hit free agency next offseason and will not get a chance to showcase himself in a contract year. On the other hand, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and James Washington are all in line to see increased reps throughout the remainder of the season.