Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 25 passes for 251 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Steelers' 19-13 upset of the Chiefs Sunday in Kansas City.

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger followed up his nightmarish outing in week five with a solid effort against Kansas City. With the Steelers leaning heavily on Le'Veon Bell and the running game, Roethlisberger did enough through the air to pull off the win. The Steeler offense has yet to find much momentum, but Roethlisberger still has big upside. He will remain a low-end starter most weeks going forward.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense held one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL to just 251 yards of offense and 13 points in the Steel City's 19-13 win over the previously undefeated Chiefs. The Steel Curtain also took Alex Smith down thrice and recorded a safety during the tilt as well for a total of nine fantasy points in standard leagues.

Fantasy Impact: After this masterful performance from Keith Butler's unit, the Steel City D now sits at third in the league in yards allowed and fourth in the league in points allowed. Not to mention they've recorded 20 sacks (tied for 2nd in the league) and are allowing a league-low 153 yards per game through the air. Now that's what I call a No Fly Zone.

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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.

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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.

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Le'Veon Bell took 32 totes for 179 yards and a 3-yard score while snagging three of six targets for 12 yards during Pittsburgh's 19-13 upset win over the previously undefeated Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Bell was absolutely unstoppable from start to finish in this one, as the All-Pro sprinkled gains of 14,10, 13, 17, 15, 12 and 27 on the previously-undefeated Chiefs throughout the game. Bell has now scored and topped 180 yards from scrimmage in two of his last three games and currently leads the league in carries, with 134 carries on the campaign. I think it's safe to say that Bell has kicked off the last of the rust and is now back in high gear. Pittsburgh's success runs through 26.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers finished Sunday's win over the Chiefs without a single reception, despite being active for the first time in three weeks.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers was a healthy scratch the past two contests, but his "active" designation didn't result in any fantasy production in Week 6. Sliding down the depth chart in Pittsburgh, Rogers would probably need an injury or two before he became relevant in any format.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 3-of-3 targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: It was a mediocre performance by the rookie, but he still managed to reel in the second-most yards of any Steeler WRs, behind Antonio Brown. With Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant both vying for targets in the passing game, neither are proving to be reliable sources for fantasy production. Until further notice, keep Smith-Schuster on your bench as a stash or desperation play.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 balls thrown his way for just 27 yards in the Steelers' win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant looked explosive after catching a slant route early in this contest, taking it for a 20 yard gain, but was an afterthought as the game went on. Part of this was because of the Steelers trying to preserve their lead against the Chiefs, but his woes can also be attributed to less playing time. Bryant has already denied trade rumors that were swirling on Sunday night, saying that he's happy and focused on winning a super bowl in Pittsburgh, but regardless, his frustration would be at least partially justifiable with the Steelers failing to feed him more targets. There is a chance Bryant earns a few more looks at home this week against Cincinnati, but the explosive playmaker will be a risky WR4 in fantasy until he proves otherwise.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught 8-of-10 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Functioning as Pittsburgh's only reliable wideout (again), Brown had plenty of big plays. His biggest was a beautiful, one-handed snag off of a tipped pass down the sideline, which Brown was able to take to the house for a 51-yard score. He did cause an early interception when he failed to continue his slant route, resulting in Marcus Peters hauling in an easy pick, but Brown more than made up for it as the game went on. Like always, treat AB as a top-notch WR1 in all formats next week when the Steelers host the division-rival Bengals.

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Jesse James went without an official target on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: James has yet to top 41 yards receiving in any game this season, and simply isn't a big enough part of the Steelers offense to be considered reliable. He's a streamer, at best, but shouldn't be started in most weeks.

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Chris Boswell made his lone field goal attempt from 24 yards and hit both of his extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell has yet to kick a 50-yard field goal, but has generally been a steady option. The Bengals, Boswell's next opponent, have been solid against opposing kickers, so Boswell likely shouldn't be started in Week 7.

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Steelers linebacker Vince Williams had a big game against the Chiefs in Week 6. The 27-year-old notched five solo tackles and two sacks as the Steelers beat the Chiefs 19-13.

Fantasy Impact: Williams now has 32 tackles and four sacks on the season. He has already eclipsed his career high in sacks, which was two back in 2016.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter caught 1-of-3 balls thrown his way for just 6 yards in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Hunter was active over Eli Rogers for the second straight week, which bodes well for his roster security. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to do much with his trio of targets, but neither was any other Steeler wideout not named Antonio Brown. Hunter remains off the radar in redraft formats but is a possible, end-of-bench stash in deep dynasty leagues.

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Steelers defensive lineman Javon Hargrave led his team in tackles in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He racked up 10 combined tackles in the game

Fantasy Impact: Hargrave's previous high in tackles this season was three in Week 1. The Jaguars only threw 14 passes in the game while they ran the ball 37 times, giving Hargrave plenty of chances to tackle ball carriers near the line of scrimmage. He will look to keep it up against the Chiefs in Week 6.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End Vance McDonald was targeted twice but caught zero passes in the Steelers’ 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: After trading for McDonald in the offseason, many people felt that the former San Francisco 49ers Tight End would eventually become the starter for the Steelers. That has yet to happen, as McDonald has only four targets and hasn’t even caught a single pass five games into the season. At this point, I wouldn’t roster McDonald even in a 20 team league.

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Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden was given the game ball after recording six tackles and a sack during Sunday's 21-18 win over his former team, the Cleveland Browns.

Fantasy Impact: The quarterback sack was his first since the 2011 season, and his first Week 1 victory since entering the league in 2010. It was a strong showing for the notable CB who recently inked a three-year, $27 million contract with the Steelers. Next week, he and the Steelers D/ST will look to contain Sam Bradford and the Vikings' offense.

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt was impressive in his NFL debut against the Browns in Week 1. The rookie defender finished with seven combined tackles, two sacks, and one pass defended as the Steelers won 21-18.

Fantasy Impact: Watt was all over the field in Week 1 and has the makings of an IDP star, not unlike his more well-known brother, J.J. He should be added off waivers in deeper IDP leagues.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Sammie Coates has been traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't do much to the fantasy landscape for Coates, as he's likely down on the depth chart for multiple weeks. Still, it's not a bad flier to take on a wide receiver who flashed at times in 2016. He finished with more than 50 yards in each of the first five games, before suffering a hand injury that hampered his ability to catch footballs. We knew this may have been the case when the Steelers drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster as high as they did. The underlining portion of this trade shows the confidence that the Steelers have in Martavis Bryant, who was recently reinstated by the NFL.

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have released RB Fitzgerald Toussaint. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers will enter the 2017 season with Le'Veon Bell as their RB1 with rookie James Conner in line as his primary handcuff. Since they are only accustomed to carrying three running backs on their roster, Toussaint became expendable. Terrell Watson, who is 24 and three years younger than Toussaint, will round off the depth chart as the RB3.

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers have released WR Cobi Hamilton. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Hamilton had a role with the Steelers last season, they added JuJu Smith-Schuster in the draft and Martavis Bryant is reinstated. Since Hamilton was the low-man on the totem pole, he was the odd man out. He'll likely find his way on to a practice squad in the near future.

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