Steelers Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers RB LeVeon Bell played on 51 snaps to LeGarrette Blount's 8.

Fantasy Impact:

There continues to be no splitting of carries at RB for the Steelers. It's the second-straight week Bell has dominated snaps. At this point, consider Blount just a handcuff who will steal an in-close TD from time to time.

The Steelers also used mostly 3 WR sets in the game, trailing most of it: Markus Wheaton (58), Justin Brown (55) and Antonio Brown (52). Antonio Brown missed some time while getting checked for a concussion but did return. Justin Brown finished with just one catch for six yards while Wheaton's line was 5-38-0.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:43pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It's been a quiet two games for Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro since leading the NFL in preseason rushing yards.

With zero carries so far with one pass thrown in his direction for an incompletion against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina says he's remaining patient and waiting his turn.

Taliaferro ranks third on the depth chart behind starting running back Bernard Pierce and backup Justin Forsett and has been active for each game, primarily operating on special teams. Pierce rushed for a game-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Forsett scored a touchdown against the Bengals as he gained 70 yards and had a 41-yard run against the Steelers.

"I don't know what my role is going to be," said Taliaferro who rushed for 243 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries during the preseason. "I just know I'm ready for whatever it is. I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do when my number is called in that moment."

Fantasy Impact:

Taliaferro is a power runner with a fairly upright running style at 6-foot, 226 yards. Taliaferro was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year last season when he rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns, the story says. One has to think his time is coming with Ray Rice now out of the picture. Pierce was much improved Thursday night against the Steelers but a lot of questions still remain with this Raven RB group.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:12pm

Steelers Inactives
Dri Archer RB
Martavis Bryant WR
Christopher Hubbard G
Wesley Johnson C
Landry Jones QB
Dan McCullers DT
Lance Moore WR

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers RB Dri Archer (ankle, knee, out) did not practice Wednesday. Archer has been ruled out for Week 2.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Bell is good to go for a tough matchup against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Brown is in for a Thursday night matchup against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Bryant looks like he’ll make his debut on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin, out) did not practice Wednesday. Moore is out again so look for Justin Brown to handle WR3 duties against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Wheaton will try to follow up a good Week 1 performance against the Ravens on Thursday night.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Miller is good to go for the Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

Browns RB Ben Tate will likely miss 'a few weeks' with a knee sprain

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:22am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns starting RB Ben Tate will likely miss a few weeks with a knee sprain, source says. At this point, no surgery required.

Other outlets said it would be "two to four weeks" before Tate can return.

Fantasy Impact:

Here's what 4for4 Contributor Pat Fitzmaurice said (along with bid suggestions) about Tate's backups in this week's Waiver Wire Watch: Terrence West ($20 if Tate injury is major; $10 if minor) and Isaiah Crowell ($13 if Tate injury is major; $6 if minor) -- With the oft-injured Ben Tate felled by a knee injury early in the Browns’ Week 1 loss to the Steelers, Cleveland’s rookie running backs were given an early opportunity to show what they could do, and Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell both earned high marks in their first NFL test. West had 16 carries for 100 yards. Crowell ran five times for 32 yards and two TDs. Neither was targeted in the passing game. The recommended bid for West is higher based on Week 1 usage. But Crowell looked terrific in the final week of the preseason, then scored twice in his pro debut, and there are more than a few observers who believe he’s more talented than West. No matter which of the two you prefer – and you could make a solid case for either – you owe it to yourself to bid aggressively for one of the two unless you’re rock-solid at the RB position.

We would consider Tate's injury fairly significant and would recommend bidding aggressively depending on need. West has the inside track for more touches, in our estimation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers starting running back Le'Veon Bell played 56 snaps, with LeGarrette Blount logging only six. Rookie Dri Archer played 14 snaps before leaving the game in the second half with a sprained ankle.

Fantasy Impact:

So much for splitting carries. Perhaps this was a motivational tool all along for Bell. If so, it worked and Bell had a big day against the Browns. It could be a little tougher matchup on a short week against the Ravens, and perhaps Blount is more of a factor as a result. But, Bell now looks like a safe lineup play.

Ravens don't name a starting RB - yet

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to name a starting running back after the team released Ray Rice on Monday.

Asked who would start Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harbaugh said, "Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett -- they’ll both play a lot. Lorenzo Taliaferro will be a big part of it, too."

If you didn't pick up on it, Harbaugh named every tailback on the roster. As I wrote earlier, Forsett earned the right to start against the Steelers after gaining 70 yards on 11 carries in the season opener.

But, since no one in the backfield is an established starter, Harbaugh will likely go with the hot hand each game. The approach is probably a running-back-by-committee, so Harbaugh would be right in naming everyone a starter.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce fumbled in Week 1 and promptly rode the bench allowing for a nice day for Forsett. But Forsett probably isn't viewed as a longterm answer and it's hard to believe the team wouldn't give Pierce another shot with Rice now out of the picture. This is shaping up to be a committee and even in a nice matchup against the Steelers, who were gashed at times but the Browns last week, you may just want to stay clear of this situation given all that's going on with the team on a short week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers second-year WR Markus Wheaton needed just one game to equal the total number of catches he had last season and well eclipse his total receiving yards in a frustrating rookie campaign.

Wheaton's six catches for 97 yards in a 30-27 win against the Browns didn't just help the Steelers avoid what would have been an epic collapse against one of their archrivals. The production and timely catches he delivered in his first NFL start may also portend big things for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' passing game.

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one game but Wheaton is looking like he can put up solid numbers as the team's WR2, something previous players in his position have done with the Steelers. He's a guy to grab off your wire if you're looking for help at the position especially in leagues that play three or more WRs.