Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North

Martavis Bryant has been traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round draft pick.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant was dealt during the opening night of the NFL Draft. It's not surprising to see him on the move given his shaky history with the Steelers. He joins Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson in Oakland, while the Steelers already had Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of Bryant on the WR depth chart.

Category: Transactions

On his personal Instagram account Wednesday night, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he will not hold out the 2018 season if he doesn't reach a long-term deal with the team. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Bell had a change of heart on how he views his current contract situation with the Steelers. While in the past, he's stated that if the two sides do not come to terms on a long-term deal, he will sit out the 2018 season. However, in the wake of last night's comments, it looks like he's all-in. Per Bell, if he's forced to play the upcoming year under the fully guaranteed, $14.5 million tender, he will not miss any time with the exception of training camp. He referred to his situation as "just a re-run of last year." In the wake of Antiono Brown recently restructuring his contract, it's only a matter of time before Bell's dispute is resolved.

Category: Transactions

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced that LB Ryan Shazier (spine) will miss the entire 2018 season. "Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018. He knows that and we know that," Colbert said Wednesday. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected Shazier will not play in 2018. Although the 25-year-old linebacker vowed to play again, it won't be this year, despite the uplifting news that he began walking again (with assistance) a few weeks back. Since the Steelers' defense clearly struggled since the point Shazier suffered the severe injury that put his career in question -- back in Week 13 -- I believe they will address his void with a veteran addition this offseason.

Category: Injury Updates

Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette is reporting QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to extend his career beyond his current contract. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bouchette wrote that Steelers owner Art Rooney told reporters that Roethlisberger “wants” to continue his playing career beyond his current contract — he has two years remaining in the deal — and could try to hammer out an extension in the future following the 2018 season. And while this news could put any retirement rumors on hold for a while, nothing would be set in stone — Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement in each of the past few seasons. The Steelers should really be focusing on the Le’Veon Bell situation as their top offseason priority.

Category: Rumors

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three of five targets for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster's touchdown came with almost no time left on the clock and was largely meaningless, but it obviously salvaged his fantasy day somewhat. He was otherwise entirely non-existent and was completely taken out of the game by the Jaguars secondary. Overall, it was an impressive season for the rookie, and he should build on it next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Antonio Brown caught seven of 11 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Brown showed no limitations from his calf injury, and made several spectacular plays as the Steelers frantically tried to come back from a deficit. He finishes another elite season with a dynamic performance and, with Ben Roethlisberger stating that he plans to play in 2018, he should once again be a top pick in fantasy next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End Jesse James caught one pass for 12 yards in the Steelers’ 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: James started the season strong but began to lose snaps to Vance McDonald later in the season. While James did have a few strong games, he wasn’t consistent enough to be a rostered in standard-sized leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End Vance McDonald caught ten passes for 112 yards in the Steelers’ 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald started the season off slow but finished with his best game of the season. Going into his second season, I’d expect to see McDonald’s role grow with the team.

Category: Game Recaps

The Steelers defence allowed DeShone Kizer and the Browns 24 points on 374 yards of offence during Pittsburgh's 28-24 win in Week 17. The D was able to take down Kizer for six sacks, recover a fumble and record an interception on the day as well.

Fantasy Impact: The defence was without Pro Bowl-snub DE Cam Heyward but most of the rest of the starting defence was going full bore. The continued sack onslaught is encouraging, and the Steelers picked off a pass for the fourth straight game. Though Kizer kind of picked them apart, the Steelers still put up 16 fantasy points in standard formats thanks to the sack-happy and opportunistic nature of their defense.

Category: Game Recaps

Stevan Ridley took 17 totes for 80 yards and a touchdown during Pittsburgh's 28-24 win over the Browns in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers sat both Big Ben and Le'Veon Bell in the finale and were still able to get the 16th win over the Browns in 2017, thanks in large part to Ridley, who's been with the team all of three weeks. Ridley hasn't enjoyed this type of workload in a few years, even scoring his first TD since 2014. In the playoffs he'll likely be relegated to the same tiny role rookie back James Conner was playing before he went to the IR though.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers Fullback Roosevelt Nix ran the ball twice at the goal line for -1 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards in the Steelers’ 28-24 win over the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Roosevelt Nix, the master of the one-yard run and catch actually caught a pass for five yards in Week 17. Used previously at the goal line to vulture touchdowns away from players that were actually started such as Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Nix was unsuccessful running the ball twice on the goal line and not getting into the end zone.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End Xavier Grimble caught one pass for 2 yards in the Steelers’ 28-24 win over the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Grimble is the Steelers third-string TE and should not be played in daily leagues during the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Landry Jones completed 23-of-27 passes for 239 yards one touchdown and one interception in the Steelers’ 28-24 win over the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has shown he can be a decent option if Big Ben sits and the matchup is right. Moving forward, if Roethlisberger somehow misses time, I wouldn’t trust Jones in daily leagues during these playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Steelers K Chris Boswell converted all four of his extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell didn't get a single field goal attempt, but knocked down all of his extra point attempts. He'll need to continue his season-long accuracy after the Steelers come out of their first round bye in the postseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Eli Rogers managed one catch for six yards on four targets in the Steelers' 34-6 win over the Texans Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers was quiet Monday and heads into the fantasy offseason with appeal only in deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers LB T.J. Watt tallied four solo tackles and recorded the game-winning sack/fumble in Sunday night's 39-38 victory over the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Watt made multiple big tackles, but saved his best for last. As Joe Flacco rolled to his left with under 10 seconds left in regulation, Watt sprinted from behind to sack him and knock the ball out of bounds. The clock began running once the referee set it down, and the Ravens didn't run another play. Watt will look to continue his impressive rookie season next week against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter was active for Sunday's game against the Packers, but failed to reel in his only target.

Fantasy Impact: Hunter got a few snaps with JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined, but he didn't capitalize on his lone target of the game. Unless a wave of injuries hit Pittsburgh's WR corps, the talented yet unused wideout will be useless in fantasy football.

Category: Game Recaps

Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden will be out indefinitely after he fractured his left fibula against the Colts in Week 10. The Steelers went on to beat the Colts 20-17.

Fantasy Impact: Haden suffered the injury in the first quarter after colliding with a Colts player. He is being listed as "out indefinitely" by the team and there's a chance he misses the rest of the season. Haden was a big part of a much-improved Pittsburgh secondary this season.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison played 15 snaps and logged a QB sack in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Harrison has been kept in bubble wrap all season, but he was unleashed in limited action this Sunday. Showing vintage burst and power, Harrison recorded three tackles, a pair of QB hits, and a late-game sack on Alex Smith as well. By preserving the 39-year old Harrison early on, the Steelers defense could certainly receive an extra pass-rushing boost as the season progresses.

Category: Game Recaps

James Conner took his two carries for 14 yards, including an 11-yard gain, during the Steelers' 19-13 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell is in prime form so there's no reason to look into Conner, though he has looked good with his limited carries.

Category: Game Recaps