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Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday. His status for Week 5 will be determined later in the week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Mike Tomlin stated Tuesday that Fitzpartick was dealing with a knee injury that needed to be "managed." While it is not clear if he will miss any games, Fitzpatrick's status is in doubt until we get closer to Sunday. If he is forced to miss Week 5, the Steelers' defense should be downgraded in a tough matchup with Buffalo.

Category: Injury Updates

Kenny Pickett was officially named the starter for the Steelers by head coach Mike Tomlin. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 2022 first round pick entered the game for the Steelers at halftime of the Steelers' loss to the Jets in Week 4. Pickett completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards and three interceptions. Pickett currently ranks as QB28 in ECR, according to FantasyPros.

The Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST notched one sack and intercepted Zach Wilson twice in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh got interceptions from Cameron Sutton and Minkah Fitzpatrick while Alex Highsmith got the sack. The Steelers will face a tough test in Week 5 against an explosive Buffalo offense.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Boswell made both of his field goals and added two extra points in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Boswell hit field goals from 51 and 59 yards in the contest. The veteran kicker has shown off a big leg in 2022, hitting four field goals of 50 yards or more. He could be busy in Week 5 against the Bills.

Category: Game Recaps

Pat Freiermuth caught seven of his nine targets for 85 yards in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Freiermuth led the Steelers in targets and catches while finishing second behind George Pickens in yardage. The second-year tight end didn't miss a beat with the Steelers switching to rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett after halftime. Freiermuth will be a solid TE1 in Week 5 against the Bills.

Category: Game Recaps

George Pickens caught six of his eight targets for 102 yards in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Pickens set career highs across the board in the 100-yard game. He showed instant chemistry with Kenny Pickett, who replaced Mitch Trubisky after halftime. Pickens' ascension to every-week starter status in fantasy could begin as soon as Week 5 against the Bills if Pickett remains under center.

Category: Game Recaps

Chase Claypool was unable to catch either of his two targets in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Claypool was outproduced by rookie George Pickens, who appeared to be rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett's favorite target. Claypool is off to a slow start this season, having caught just 11 passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns through four games. He will not be a recommended fantasy option in Week 5 against Buffalo.

Category: Game Recaps

Diontae Johnson caught two of his four targets for 11 yards and added another 11 yards on two rushes in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson's first-half drop led to a Mitch Trubisky interception. The Steelers benched Trubisky at halftime and rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett appeared to prefer to throw to fellow rookie George Pickens, who led the team in receiving. It's too soon to panic as Johnson should bounce back in Week 5 against Buffalo. If he doesn't, however, then it will be time to panic.

Category: Game Recaps

Jaylen Warren carried the ball three times for 18 yards and added a four-yard reception in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Warren continues to run behind starter Najee Harris as he has been seeing just a handful of touches each week. That being said, Warren would be a high-upside RB2 in fantasy if something were to happen to Harris. He will face off against the Bills in Week 5.

Category: Game Recaps

Najee Harris carried the ball 18 times for 74 yards in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Harris was surprisingly not targeted in the passing game. He had a few short scoring opportunities vultured by Kenny Pickett, who ran in touchdowns of one and two yards in the contest. Harris will be a low-end RB1 in Week 5 against the Bills.

Category: Game Recaps

Mitch Trubisky completed seven of his 13 passes for 84 yards and an interception in a 24-20 loss to the Jets in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Trubisky struggled yet again and was benched for Kenny Pickett at halftime after leading the Steelers to just two field goals in the first half. Late in the second quarter, he had a second interception wiped off the board on a roughing the passer penalty. The Steelers haven't announced their intentions for next week but Trubisky will probably be the backup in Week 5 against the Bills.

Category: Game Recaps

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, QB Mason Rudolph is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers for Thursday night versus Cleveland. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph's inactive makes rookie QB Kenny Pickett the backup quarterback behind starter Mitchell Trubisky. If Trubisky were to go down, Pickett would step in as the team's backup. The game could turn run-heavy, though, with the weather expected to be rough.

Category: Transactions

The Steelers place T.J. Watt (pec) on injured reserve Thursday. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers expect Watt to return this season as the pec injury he suffered in Week 1 will not require surgery. The star pass rusher will now miss at least the next four games. Although the Steelers defense as a whole played well in Week 1, losing their primary pass rusher is going to be a big blow and will definitely impact their sack totals. The Steelers DST should be downgraded until Watt is able to return.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed WR Calvin Austin III on injured reserve Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Austin has been out of action with a foot injury suffered prior to the Steeler’s first preseason game. The 2022 fourth-round pick did not see any game action during the preseason and will miss at least the first four weeks of the season.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

According to Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos are trading LB Malik Reed to the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with a seventh-rounder, in exchange for a sixth-rounder. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reed has 25 QB hits in his last two seasons along with 13 sacks. In a Pittsburgh defense that largely runs through the action done with the front seven, Reed adds depth to what they can do. The Steelers, going on average as the DST14, are likely to be a streamable defense depending on matchups this season with the ability to accumulate sacks and turnovers.

Category: Transactions

Damontae Kazee placed on IR

Mon, Aug 29th 10:22am EDT
By Kelly Kirby

The Steelers placed backup safety Damontae Kazee on the IR after tests revealed he would need surgery on his injured arm. (Source: Gerry Dulac on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old DB signed with the Steelers in May after playing for the Falcons and Cowboys. No timetable was provided for recovery from surgery, and Linden Stephens will presumably take over backup safety duties.

Category: Injury Updates

Benny Snell Jr. lost two yards on three carries and added two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in a 16-15 preseason win over the Jaguars on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Snell was thought to have moved behind rookie Jaylen Warren on the depth chart this past week but he did wind up getting the start on Saturday. The veteran running back hasn't shown much juice in his three-year NFL career, but he could have some fantasy value as a handcuff if he wins the No. 2 job behind Najee Harris.

Category: Game Recaps

Steelers wide receiver Anthony Miller has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a lingering shoulder injury according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller missed Pittsburgh's preseason game against Seattle due to the shoulder issue but it remains unclear when he suffered the injury. The former Bears' second-rounder had spent much of his time practicing with the first team offense early in training camp (with starters Johnson and Claypool missing time) and was trending towards a spot on the 53-man roster before the injury. Miller had been competing with former-Raven Miles Boykin, Steven Sims, Cody White, and former-Patriot Gunner Olszewski for the final wide receiver spot in Pittsburgh

Category: Injury Updates

Anthony McFarland Jr. carried the ball seven times for 56 yards in a 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: McFarland led Pittsburgh in rushes and yardage in the win. The third-year running back is an explosive player but he is unlikely to see much playing time behind Najee Harris.

Category: Game Recaps

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed RB Jeremy McNichols to a one-year contract. (Source: Mark Kaboly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old out of Boise State played five years with four different teams, appearing in 34 games and accumulating 364 yards rushing, 295 yards receiving, and two combined touchdowns. He will join a crowded backfield fighting for playing time behind elite RB Najee Harris. Until we see how training camp breaks down, McNichols lacks fantasy value.

Category: Transactions