Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is "not allowed" to attend the team's mandatory minicamp as he has yet to sign his franchise tender. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since Bell has yet to sign his franchise tag, he is "not allowed" to attend mandatory minicamp, per Schefter. The 25-year-old elusive rusher is attempting to negotiate a long-term deal with the Steelers, but it is uncertain whether or not it will get done by the July 15 deadline. In that scenario, Bell would be forced to play the 2017 season under the tender or elect to hold out. Still, With or without a deal, I fully expect Bell to be on the field for the Steelers in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


Despite being traded or waived from three separate teams in 2016, Knile Davis now hangs his hat in Pittsburgh. His one-year deal is worth $775,000 and doesn't carry high expectations for the fifth-year back. However, that isn't to say he doesn't carry them himself. Davis recently stated, "...I'm very confident. I know what's going on, on and off the field, the business side of it. It's like a coming back party. I'd like to redeem myself, for sure." (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: The journeyman has never been an impact player, but he is looking at an opportuinty to carve out a pivotal role on a playoff projected team. Given the risk-to-reward ratio is far off in regards to Antonio Brown, Davis will compete with Demarcus Ayers and Fitz Toussaint for the role of return-man. The Steelers finally have multiple options at kick/punt return, so it may be safe to expect an increase in productivity.

Category: Rumors


In Week 5 of the 2016 season, Coates reeled in six receptions for 139 yards and 2twotouchdowns. He also managed to snap his index finger, which pretty much lead to the end of his production. Coates decided against surgery to repair the finger and the result looks fairly gruesome. Only time will tell if Sammie will get back on track with his newly disfigured finger. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After Week 5, Coates was limited to two receptions for 14 yards the remainder of the year. After calling up Cobi Hamilton from the practice squad, Coates' usage was limited to almost strictly special teams duties. With the addition of free agent Justin Hunter and second-round selection JuJu Smith-Schuster, on top of Martavis Bryants' return, Coates will have his work cut out to hold any fantasy relevance this year.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have released tight end Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After one disappointing, injury-plagued season in Pittsburgh, the Steelers are moving on from Green. The veteran tight end battled ankle and lingering symptoms of a head injury since signing with the club last offseason, which led to his release. Jesse James is expected to step into Green's role as Pittsburgh's No. 1 tight end for the 2017 season.

Category: Transactions


During an episode of Pro Football Talk Live Tuesday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was "seriously considering retiring before ultimately deciding to play" in 2017. “I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously,” Colon said via PFT Live. “He’s dealt with a lot of injuries.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Roethlisberger's retirement talk this offseason was more serious than what was originally conceived. However, because the 35-year-old signal caller ultimately decided to return for the 2017 season, all is well in Pittsburgh, but for how long? Roethlisberger, who has battled injuries throughout his career and takes a beating on the field due to his style of play, isn't getting any younger. Perhaps his time in the NFL is coming to an end sooner rather than later. It could be time for the Steelers to begin planning for a life without Roethlisberger. Granted, they selected Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of April's draft, but is he the future? The answer to that question will not come in the preseason. It will be answered in the regular season if Roethlisberger, who has missed six games since 2015, is sidelined at any point during the campaign, and Dobbs is given the shot to play over Landry Jones.

Category: Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers and running back James Conner have agreed to terms on a four-year deal. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Conner will spend the offseason competing with Fitzgerald Toussaint for the role of Le'Veon Bell's primary backup. Due to Bell's injury history, plus, his off the field issues, Conner could be worth a late-round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts if he does, in fact, beat out Toussaint as Bell's handcuff.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Bryant has yet to join the Steelers for offseason workouts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are both fantasy stars and will take most of the touches on the Steelers' offense, but a reliable third option is needed. Bryant was that guy during his first two years, but two years later, we are all unsure of what he's capable of. At this point, all we can do is hope he gets on the practice field as soon as possible, and any delay is concerning.

Category: Rumors


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


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.


During an episode of Pro Football Talk Live Tuesday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was "seriously considering retiring before ultimately deciding to play" in 2017. “I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously,” Colon said via PFT Live. “He’s dealt with a lot of injuries.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Roethlisberger's retirement talk this offseason was more serious than what was originally conceived. However, because the 35-year-old signal caller ultimately decided to return for the 2017 season, all is well in Pittsburgh, but for how long? Roethlisberger, who has battled injuries throughout his career and takes a beating on the field due to his style of play, isn't getting any younger. Perhaps his time in the NFL is coming to an end sooner rather than later. It could be time for the Steelers to begin planning for a life without Roethlisberger. Granted, they selected Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of April's draft, but is he the future? The answer to that question will not come in the preseason. It will be answered in the regular season if Roethlisberger, who has missed six games since 2015, is sidelined at any point during the campaign, and Dobbs is given the shot to play over Landry Jones.

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.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is "not allowed" to attend the team's mandatory minicamp as he has yet to sign his franchise tender. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since Bell has yet to sign his franchise tag, he is "not allowed" to attend mandatory minicamp, per Schefter. The 25-year-old elusive rusher is attempting to negotiate a long-term deal with the Steelers, but it is uncertain whether or not it will get done by the July 15 deadline. In that scenario, Bell would be forced to play the 2017 season under the tender or elect to hold out. Still, With or without a deal, I fully expect Bell to be on the field for the Steelers in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


Despite being traded or waived from three separate teams in 2016, Knile Davis now hangs his hat in Pittsburgh. His one-year deal is worth $775,000 and doesn't carry high expectations for the fifth-year back. However, that isn't to say he doesn't carry them himself. Davis recently stated, "...I'm very confident. I know what's going on, on and off the field, the business side of it. It's like a coming back party. I'd like to redeem myself, for sure." (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: The journeyman has never been an impact player, but he is looking at an opportuinty to carve out a pivotal role on a playoff projected team. Given the risk-to-reward ratio is far off in regards to Antonio Brown, Davis will compete with Demarcus Ayers and Fitz Toussaint for the role of return-man. The Steelers finally have multiple options at kick/punt return, so it may be safe to expect an increase in productivity.

Category: Rumors


The Pittsburgh Steelers and running back James Conner have agreed to terms on a four-year deal. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Conner will spend the offseason competing with Fitzgerald Toussaint for the role of Le'Veon Bell's primary backup. Due to Bell's injury history, plus, his off the field issues, Conner could be worth a late-round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts if he does, in fact, beat out Toussaint as Bell's handcuff.

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 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.


In Week 5 of the 2016 season, Coates reeled in six receptions for 139 yards and 2twotouchdowns. He also managed to snap his index finger, which pretty much lead to the end of his production. Coates decided against surgery to repair the finger and the result looks fairly gruesome. Only time will tell if Sammie will get back on track with his newly disfigured finger. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After Week 5, Coates was limited to two receptions for 14 yards the remainder of the year. After calling up Cobi Hamilton from the practice squad, Coates' usage was limited to almost strictly special teams duties. With the addition of free agent Justin Hunter and second-round selection JuJu Smith-Schuster, on top of Martavis Bryants' return, Coates will have his work cut out to hold any fantasy relevance this year.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Bryant has yet to join the Steelers for offseason workouts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are both fantasy stars and will take most of the touches on the Steelers' offense, but a reliable third option is needed. Bryant was that guy during his first two years, but two years later, we are all unsure of what he's capable of. At this point, all we can do is hope he gets on the practice field as soon as possible, and any delay is concerning.

Category: Rumors


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


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.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have released tight end Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After one disappointing, injury-plagued season in Pittsburgh, the Steelers are moving on from Green. The veteran tight end battled ankle and lingering symptoms of a head injury since signing with the club last offseason, which led to his release. Jesse James is expected to step into Green's role as Pittsburgh's No. 1 tight end for the 2017 season.

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


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).


The Steelers third-round selection, Cameron Sutton, is already making noise. While it is far too early to expect him to start this year, Sutton is extremely versatile and will likely contribute on defense at some point in the season. A large deal of emphasis has been placed on the versatility of the defense, more specifically on man-coverage. Defense backs coach Carnell Lake has hinted that Sutton "...is a good attempt, especially in the third-round, of getting someone who can help us do that." Sutton's ball-skills are gleaming and this comes with little surprise, as he is the all-time leader in pass deflections at The University of Tennessee. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell are expected to begin the season as the outside cornerbacks, with a sprinkle of veteran William Gay (but mostly in the nickel). Cockrell has managed to make a name for himself in Pittsburgh after being released by the Buffalo Bills, but the Steelers have proven they are not shy of allowing rookies to make an early impact. Trends would suggest that William Gay will be the odd man out if Sutton can live up to the hype. Granted, it is noteworthy that the Steelers also have free agent signing Coty Sensabaugh, former second-round selection Senquez Golson, and fellow rookie Brian Allen to compete for playing time. Steelers Nation can be excited about their defensive secondary for the first time in a long time.


Javon Hargrave was injured during Thursday's OTA practice. Little is known about the severity of the injury, with the exception that the second year nose-tackle walked off the field following the incident. Hargrave played in 15 games as a rookie, managing to solidify a spot at the top of the depth chart in 13 of 15. (Source: Pennlive )

Fantasy Impact: Hargrave provided consistent production during his rookie campaign, especially considering the lack of depth at the defensive tackle position. The Steelers have addressed such personnel issues, bringing in former 10th overall draft selection Tyson Alualu of the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Daniel McCullers is the immediate backup, Alualu will certainly be called upon at some point this season. Look for Hargrave to receive a majority of the workload this year, barring a serious injury.

Category: Injury Updates


The Steelers' defense has prided itself on the 3-4 zone blitz for as long as the league can remember. However, times are changing in Pittsburgh. Artie Burns commented on the issue in a recent interview: "Every team that's won Super Bowls the last couple of years has been able to play man," Burns continued, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "We want to be a team to play man, get the pressure on the quarterback and attack coverage downfield. " (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers were 18th in passing-yards-allowed in 2016 and the glaring issue was the inability to play man-coverage. In turn, the secondary was torched by Tom Brady and Chris Hogan in the AFC Championship. Recent additions of Coty Sensabaugh, along with rookies Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen point toward a little more defensive versatility in 2017. This, paired with a widely improved pass-rush, could be the tweak the Steelers need to get two wins better.

Category: Rumors


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

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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.


Javon Hargrave was injured during Thursday's OTA practice. Little is known about the severity of the injury, with the exception that the second year nose-tackle walked off the field following the incident. Hargrave played in 15 games as a rookie, managing to solidify a spot at the top of the depth chart in 13 of 15. (Source: Pennlive )

Fantasy Impact: Hargrave provided consistent production during his rookie campaign, especially considering the lack of depth at the defensive tackle position. The Steelers have addressed such personnel issues, bringing in former 10th overall draft selection Tyson Alualu of the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Daniel McCullers is the immediate backup, Alualu will certainly be called upon at some point this season. Look for Hargrave to receive a majority of the workload this year, barring a serious injury.

Category: Injury Updates


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 Steelers third-round selection, Cameron Sutton, is already making noise. While it is far too early to expect him to start this year, Sutton is extremely versatile and will likely contribute on defense at some point in the season. A large deal of emphasis has been placed on the versatility of the defense, more specifically on man-coverage. Defense backs coach Carnell Lake has hinted that Sutton "...is a good attempt, especially in the third-round, of getting someone who can help us do that." Sutton's ball-skills are gleaming and this comes with little surprise, as he is the all-time leader in pass deflections at The University of Tennessee. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell are expected to begin the season as the outside cornerbacks, with a sprinkle of veteran William Gay (but mostly in the nickel). Cockrell has managed to make a name for himself in Pittsburgh after being released by the Buffalo Bills, but the Steelers have proven they are not shy of allowing rookies to make an early impact. Trends would suggest that William Gay will be the odd man out if Sutton can live up to the hype. Granted, it is noteworthy that the Steelers also have free agent signing Coty Sensabaugh, former second-round selection Senquez Golson, and fellow rookie Brian Allen to compete for playing time. Steelers Nation can be excited about their defensive secondary for the first time in a long time.


The Steelers' defense has prided itself on the 3-4 zone blitz for as long as the league can remember. However, times are changing in Pittsburgh. Artie Burns commented on the issue in a recent interview: "Every team that's won Super Bowls the last couple of years has been able to play man," Burns continued, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "We want to be a team to play man, get the pressure on the quarterback and attack coverage downfield. " (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers were 18th in passing-yards-allowed in 2016 and the glaring issue was the inability to play man-coverage. In turn, the secondary was torched by Tom Brady and Chris Hogan in the AFC Championship. Recent additions of Coty Sensabaugh, along with rookies Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen point toward a little more defensive versatility in 2017. This, paired with a widely improved pass-rush, could be the tweak the Steelers need to get two wins better.

Category: Rumors


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.