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Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) expects to be healthy for Week 1 of the 2020 season. (Source: Ed Bouchette of the Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: “I was going to be ready for OTAs and the minicamps, said Roethlisberger. “That was going to be the plan.” He underwent elbow surgery last season, but seems to be progressing well as he was throwing pain-free for the first time in years. Barring a setback, Roethlisberger should be all systems go before Week 1. It is unclear at this time if he will get any work during the preseason. Big Ben is currently 17th among all quarterbacks in the expert consensus rankings. His return would boost all the Steelers’ skilled position players in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


Eric Ebron said that he is not 100 percent recovered from the ankle injury that shut down his 2019 season, but he is not concerned. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Ebron just signed a 2-year/$12M contract with the Steelers and should assume the top tight end role should his health allow it. The former first-rounder played through the injury for a few weeks in 2019, but had to eventually shut down his season and focus on rehab. Although Ebron said that he is not concerned about his ankle, the fact that he isn't fully healed is something to monitor throughout the offseason.

Category: Injury Updates


Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said he "fully expects" the Steelers to draft a running back in the 2020 NFL Draft with James Conner entering the final year of his current contract. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The team could certainly still extend Conner ahead of the new season, but they could also be content with drafting a potential replacement given the current landscape of running back contracts. Conner has dealt with injury issues through his years in the league, but he has shown the ability to post RB1-totals when healthy and receiving a full workload. If the team spends a high pick on a running back it could signal more of a split backfield, which wouldn't be good news for Conner's fantasy value. For now, Conner is the RB22 in our expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Nick Vannett signed a two-year contract with the Broncos on Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vannett signs a two-year deal with Denver and will most likely backup starter Noah Fant. He totaled 17 catches for 166 yards across 16 games for both the Steelers and Seahawks in 2019. Vannett is mainly a target in deep-league formats.

Category: Transactions


Former Steelers NT Javon Hargrave is headed to the Eagles on a three-year, $39M deal with $26M guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal makes Hargrave the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL. He recorded 60 tackles and four sacks last season for the Steelers, and he’s only missed one game in four seasons. Philadelphia certainly paid a pretty penny for a guy that’s not going to provide them with the help they need in the secondary, however he’s a nice rotation piece for the defensive line.

Category: Transactions


According to Adam Schefter, the Steelers have released linebacker Anthony Chickillo. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chickillo was given a two-year deal prior to last season, but after an underwhelming 2019 campaign and the emergence of T.J. Watt the Steelers have chose to move on from the fifth-round product from Miami. It's uncertain where he will land but tough to imagine that he brings much fantasy value to the table anywhere.

Category: Transactions


The Steelers are placing the franchise tag on linebacker Bud Dupree. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here as the fifth-year linebacker enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 and the Steelers said coming to an agreement with Dupree was their top priority. Pass-rushers like him are tough to find and the Pittsburgh D/ST will benefit from retaining him ext season.

Category: Transactions


The Steelers are expected to retain tight end Vance McDonald. (Source: Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McDonald was a disappointment for the Steelers and fantasy owners who invested in him as their TE1 entering the 2019 season. Touted by many as a high-upside pick, he continued to deal with injury and ineffectiveness when he was on the field. The Steelers acquired Nick Vannett to fill in at the position, but he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason. McDonald could warrant fantasy consideration if he's the clear starter, but it remains to be seen how the team will address the position this offseason.

Category: Rumors


The Steelers continue to say that there is no timeframe on the return of Ryan Shazier. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Fantasy Impact: Shazier continues to try to return to the NFL following what was thought to be a career-ending injury. While he's made great strides to regain mobility, there's no indication at this point that Shazier will be ready to return to the team in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


Cameron Heyward posted three solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one TFL, one sack, two QB hits, and one pass defended, as the Steelers fell to the Ravens, 28-10.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his best efforts, Heyward could not propel his team to victory and came up just short in a bid for the playoffs. Regardless, Heyward had the most productive fantasy season of his nine-year career and boosted his stock for the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps


T.J. Watt tallied four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, half of a TFL, half of a sack, two QB hits, and a forced fumble in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens this past Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Though the Steelers fell just short of a playoff berth, Watt and the Pittsburgh defense was arguably one of the most disruptive units this year. Watt hit personal bests in TFLs, sacks, and QB hits, finishing in the top four in each of those categories. He is a catalyst for this defense and the team as a whole and should be considered one of the premier options for next season.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pittsburgh Steelers defense struggled in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17. Despite Baltimore playing without several starters on offense, the Steelers were unable to slow the Ravens offense.

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh forced two turnovers and notched three sacks against the Robert Griffin-led Ravens offense. Despite the poor outing, Pittsburgh's defense was one of the few bright spots for the team this season and should be a quality fantasy defense again in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Boswell makes lone FG

Sun, Dec 29th 9:26pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made his lone field goal and added an extra point in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell turned in a solid season, hitting 29-of-31 field goals and all 28 of his extra points. His scoring was suppressed by a weak Pittsburgh offense but he should bounce back in 2020 with Ben Roethlisberger expected to return from injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught 4-of-7 passes for 54 yards in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson wrapped up an impressive rookie campaign. He finishes his debut season with 59 catches for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He should continue to improve in 2020 with Ben Roethlisberger back from an elbow injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 2-of-5 targets for six yards in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster's disappointing third season comes to a quiet end. He missed four games with a knee injury and finishes with just 42 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns. He is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2020 with the Steelers expected to have Ben Roethlisberger back under center.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington was held without a catch on three targets in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Washington couldn't get anything going in a game where Devlin Hodges completed just nine passes. Washington made big strides in his sophomore campaign, finishing with 44 catches for 735 yards and three scores.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Kerrith Whyte carried the ball three times for one yard in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Whyte made little impact on the game. He finishes the year with 24 rushes for 122 yards and one reception.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels caught 1-of-2 targets for a 16-yard gain in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Samuels didn't receive a carry. The Steelers clearly view him as little more than a third-down back as his work in the running game was scaled back as the season wore on. He finishes the year with 47 receptions.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. carried the ball 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Snell was the lone bright spot on a dismal day for the Pittsburgh offense. The rookie running back finishes his debut season with 426 yards and two touchdowns. Snell should open the 2020 season as James Conner's chief backup.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges completed just 9-of-25 passes for 95 yards in a 28-10 loss to the Ravens in Week 17. He also lost a fumble in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: It was a rainy day and Hodges greatly struggled with his accuracy. With the Steelers expecting Ben Roethlisberger back in 2020, Hodges could be fighting with Mason Rudolph for a roster spot.

Category: Game Recaps


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