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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Ben Roethlisberger has been signed to a new contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2021. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The details of the contract have yet to be released, but we will be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Having just turned 39 years old a couple of days ago, Roethlisberger is reaching the twilight of his career. The two-time Super Bowl champ will hope to make another run with the Steelers' possessing an elite defense and some of the best pass-catchers in the game.

Category: Transactions


Per Steelers’ ESPN beat reporter Brooke Pryor, Pittsburgh is “unlikely” to re-sign RB James Conner and will likely be in the market for a running back come draft day. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers will head into the 2021 season with Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr., and Jaylen Samuels in the running back room. None of these guys have shown an ability to consistently handle a full workload in Conner’s absence, so it’s likely the Steelers look to add a running back during the Draft. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Conner, but it’s unlikely that future lies in Pittsburgh.

Category: Rumors


Steelers LB Devin Bush is on schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: “I’m feeling stronger week by week, and I’m just trying to get ready physically for next year — especially for camp," he said. Bush tore his ACL back in Week 6 and it proved to be a significant blow to Pittsburgh's defense. The No. 10 overall pick from 2019 should be ready to go for training camp if he can avoid setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is reportedly away from team facilities after being diagnosed with COVID-19. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A Steelers spokesperson told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that a few members of the coaching and personnel staff were sent home following positive COVID-19 tests last week. Prayers up to Mike Tomlin and the rest of the staff as they step away from the team facilities to quarantine and recover.

Category: Injury Updates


John Clayton of ESPN reports the Las Vegas Raiders are "very interested" in signing free agent wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. (Source: Andrew Fillipponi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster has felt like a lock to leave Pittsburgh since the 2020 season kicked off. The Raiders still have Hunter Renfrow to play the slot, and they could also re-sign Nelson Agholor. Still, Smith-Schuster would be the most talented receiver of that trio and would therefore be likely to lead the Raiders in targets. The 24-year-old had an absolutely electric start to his career playing alongside Antonio Brown, but the past two seasons have been viewed as a disappointment by many.

Category: Rumors


Steelers TE Vance McDonald has retired from the NFL after eight seasons. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McDonald was a second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He has spent the past four seasons in Pittsburgh. His best season was 2018 where he caught 50 passes for 610 yards and four TDs. McDonald's retirement saves the Steelers $5.2 million in cap space.

Category: Transactions


The Steelers placed TE Eric Ebron on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ebron was on the reserve/COVID-19 list when he missed the Steelers' regular season finale, but that was only as a close contact. This time, he tested positive, and the Steelers' facilities have been shut down. Pittsburgh isn't tied to either Ebron or Vance McDonald next season (with easy outs in the contracts). Of course, Ebron's fantasy value would be intriguing if he stayed and McDonald left.

Category: Injury Updates


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made a 49-yard field goal and both of his extra points in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell had missed the previous two games with a hip issue but he appeared to be operating at 100% in the Wild Card loss. Boswell has two more years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington caught 5-of-6 targets for 72 yards in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Washington made a few big catches for the Steelers when they went into comeback mode. The veteran wideout is under contract for one more season and could see his role increase if unrestricted free-agent JuJu Smith-Schuster signs with another team this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool caught 5-of-7 targets for 59 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Claypool put the finishing touches on an excellent rookie season in the disappointing loss. Look for him to take a big step forward in 2021 with JuJu Smith-Schuster set to become a free-agent this offseason. If JuJu leaves, that would allow Claypool to slide in as the No. 2 WR in Pittsburgh.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson caught 11-of-16 targets for 117 yards in a 48-37 playoff loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson finished second on the team in receiving. The second-year wideout emerged as a legitimate force in fantasy this season and could have an even bigger year in 2021 with JuJu Smith-Schuster set to become a free-agent this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. carried the ball twice for 13 yards and added a four-yard catch in a 48-37 loss to the Browns in the Wild Card round.

Fantasy Impact: Snell didn't do much in the game as James Conner saw 16 touches. That being said, Conner is an unrestricted free-agent and might not be back in Pittsburgh next year. A lot could happen this offseason but Snell has a chance to emerge as the team's No. 1 running back in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright hit all three of his field goals in a 24-22 loss to Cleveland in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Wright made his second straight start with Chris Boswell still dealing with an injured groin. It remains to be seen who will be the team's kicker next week in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. carried the ball five times for 17 yards in a 24-22 loss to Cleveland in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: McFarland got a few carries as a change-of-pace option behind James Conner and Benny Snell. The rookie remains a solid stash in dynasty leagues as his role could grow in 2021 if Pittsburgh doesn't re-sign Conner in the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


PIttsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs completed 4-of-5 passes for two yards in a 24-22 loss to the Browns in Week 17. He added 20 yards on two rushes.

Fantasy Impact: Dobbs got in on a handful of snaps as a change of pace from starting quarterback Mason Rudolph. Neither will be on the field for the Wild Card round of the playoffs with Ben Roethlisberger returning to action after the team chose to rest him in Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in a 24-22 loss to the Browns in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: That goes into the books as the first 300-yard passing game of Rudolph's career. He got off to a slow start in the game but rallied to throw both of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter, coming within a failed two-point conversion of tying the game. Rudolph will head back to the bench with Ben Roethlisberger returning to action for the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Steelers LB T.J. Watt (rest) won't play in Week 17. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh is resting a lot of their key starters as they feel it's more important to enter the playoffs healthy than to fight for the No. 2 seed in the AFC. One would figure that the Browns should have little issue winning this one.

Category: Injury Updates


Steelers CB Joe Haden is not expected to play against the Browns in Week 17 as he's been tied to a COVID-19 "situation" according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There hasn't been much detail around if Haden has tested positive for COVID-19, broke league protocols, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Either way, he won't play against the Browns, which will be good news for Baker Mayfield.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels carried the ball once for four yards and added a 12-yard catch in a 27-17 loss to the Bengals in Week 15.

Fantasy Impact: Samuels saw both of his touches on the final drive of the first half with the Steelers running their hurry-up offense. He will not be a recommended option in Week 16 against the Colts.

Category: Game Recaps


The Steelers placed LB Robert Spillane (knee) on IR. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spillane will be out through Week 16, at minimum. He has been filling in for Devin Bush (ACL) and is yet another injury Pittsburgh's defense will have to overcome this year. Bud Dupree has also recently been lost for the year.

Category: Injury Updates