Steelers Fantasy News

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Ingram is good to go for a so-so matchup against the Steelers.

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Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. Robinson continues to miss time. Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas will see the bulk of the snaps against the Steelers.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Bryant is a worthwhile start against a shaky Saints pass defense.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson continues to miss time. It looks like Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas will see the bulk of the snaps against the Steelers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness) did not practice Wednesday. Bryant should be fine by Sunday to face the Saints.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Miller is just getting a veteran’s day off.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers as they make a push for an AFC North title: What role will rookie Dri Archer carve out in the backfield?

To say the third-round draft pick has been a bit player through his first nine NFL games would be an understatement.

The release of LeGarrette Blount has seemingly created an opening for Archer. But does he really have much more of an opportunity with Blount gone? The Steelers were already phasing Blount out of the offense before the temper tantrum last Monday night that led to his release. Getting rid of Blount only clarified that Le’Veon Bell is the Steelers’ starting running back, third-down back and goal-line back.

Mike Tomlin did not opt for subtlety last week when asked his opinion of Archer and what the Kent State product has shown through roughly the first three quarters of the season.

“Not much,” the eighth-year Steelers coach said. “He is a young guy. He has some talent. He has worked hard. We will see where he is.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that the Steelers have not figured out a way to use Archer and his supreme speed. But one thing hasn’t fundamentally changed when it comes to the 5-8, 173-pounder: Archer still has to make the most of limited touches before he earns a bigger role in the offense.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Gray is healthy, but he was late to the facility, so he was not allowed to practice. The Patriots don’t tolerate tardiness, so Gray’s role in Week 12 is now up in the air, especially after the team signed LeGarrette Blount.

Patriots RB Jonas Gray sent home after showing up late to practice

Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:17pm

Mike Reiss, Twitter - [Full Article]

RB Jonas Gray did not practice today because he wasn't at the Patriots' facility on time, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Gray is perfectly healthy, but he was late to the facility, so he was not allowed to practice. The Patriots don’t tolerate tardiness, so Gray’s role in Week 12 is now up in the air, especially after the team signed LeGarrette Blount. We'll update our projections later in the day, but given this latest development (and a tough matchup against the Lions), Gray is not a solid start in Week 12.

Belichick: LeGarrette Blount's role is 'up to him'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:51am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Bill Belichick addressed the re-signing of running back LeGarrette Blount this morning for the first time and said it was a simple matter of adding a player they wanted last offseason and made it right the second time around.

"We tried to sign LeGarrette in the offseason," Belichick said. "That didn't work out, which is the NFL. It's the business part of the NFL. He was released. He was available, and we were able to work it out for him to come back here, so we're glad to have him back."

Belichick detailed how Blount can carve out a role in the backfield.

"That will be up to him, just like everybody else," Belichick said. "When he gets an opportunity, how much he can take advantage of it, how much he can be productive, what he can do with those opportunities will determine how many more there are. That's totally up to him. He knows that. We've talked about that. He knows that's the way it is, and I think he's excited about it."

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Blount will start his second tenure with the Patriots in a complementary role, but if he outplays Jonas Gray, he may see more touches as the season wears on. Gray is running well, so that's no sure thing.

Report: Patriots sign RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount was terrific for the Patriots last year, but it appears that the team will use Jonas Gray as its primary between-the-tackles thumper. Blount will provide depth and may get a handful of carries (or more) depending on how each player performs. This certainly puts a small dent in Gray's stock since the team is less likely to stick with him in a feature role if he has a bad game or turns the ball over.

Steelers Beat: Team will ride Le'Veon Bell 'as much as they can'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:58pm

Tribune Live - [Full Article]

The Steelers are rolling the dice that LeVeon Bell will remain injury free and able to keep up his heavy workload over the final month by not giving him much in the way of an experienced backup following the release of LeGarrette Blount.

It's a chance the Steelers are willing and, more appropriately, have to take because they don't have many choices.

The Steelers are going to ride Bell as much as they can.

“We will take all he can give,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “We will give all he can take.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bell is seeing 22.9 touches per game this season after finishing 2013 in the top 5 in touches per game. The Steelers took a big risk by cutting LeGarrette Blount loose, but apparently he wasn't worth the trouble.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hunter wasn’t limited against the Steelers, so for now we’ll assume he’ll be out there against the Eagles. If he’s out, Nate Washington will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup.

Kelly: Brent Celek is playing better than Zach Ertz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:09pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

On Wednesday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked why TE Zach Ertz isn't seeing the same time he was when the season started.

"Brent Celek is doing a hell of a job," Kelly said. "It would be an injustice to tell Brent he has to sit because we want to put someone else in the game."

"He is an outstanding blocker," Kelly said of Celek. "He might be the best blocking tight end in the league. He is a sure handed receiver. You saw against Carolina he had over 100 yards receiving...It doesn't have to do with Zach, it has to do with how well Brent is playing."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz has played 35 percent or fewer snaps in two of the last three weeks. He's the #15 TE on a per game basis, behind Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener. This hasn't turned out to be the breakout season that most were expecting.