Steelers Fantasy News

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:48am

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Jimmy Graham tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll have surgery, coach Pete Carroll said, and likely faces a long road to recovery that will extend deep into the offseason.

Graham caught 48 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns. He's averaged 55 yards per game, which ranks ninth among tight ends. But there are a couple of areas where the Seahawks will need to make up for his production.

One is on third down. On Sunday, Russell Wilson hit Graham for a pair of 18-yard gains on third down. On the season, he's targeted Graham more than any other receiver (24 times) on third down, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Sixteen of those passes have resulted in completions, but Wilson will now have to look elsewhere.

The other area to keep an eye on is explosive plays. Graham has produced 11 gains of 20-plus yards, which is three more than he had all of last year with the New Orleans Saints. Graham ranks third among tight ends in explosive plays and leads the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said not much will change for the Seattle offense. Luke Willson will take over as the starting TE. Based on Graham's production, Wilson could have some lower TE1 fantasy value.

Heath Miller (ribs) doesn't return

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 9:18pm

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Tight end Heath Miller exited with a rib injury after catching 5 passes for 45 yards in the first quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

His return was initially called probable, but later downgraded to questionable despite returning to the field after a locker room evaluation, the story said.

Big Ben checked for concussion

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 8:45pm - [Full Article]

The end of Ben Roethlisberger's fascinating performance in Seattle ended with an injury scare. We'll have to see if the injury remains a story for the Steelers moving forward.

Roethlisberger left Sunday's loss to the Seahawks with just over two minutes remaining to undergo the concussion protocol. He left to go the locker room after suffering the injury. It's unclear which play caused the injury, but Roethlisberger's final snap of the afternoon was a failed run on third-and-goal by Big Ben.

Fantasy Impact:

Now 6-5, the Steelers have to deal with more injury questions at quarterback. Pittsburgh hosts the Colts next week before a big game in Cincinnati. The Steelers are currently tied for the AFC's last wild card spot, but are currently on the outside looking in. Roethlisberger last had a recorded concussion in 2009. Landry Jones finished the game and would likely start if Ben can't play next week.

Jimmy Graham suffers torn patellar tendon

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 8:39pm - [Full Article]

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in Seattle's win over the Steelers and did not return to Seattle's thrilling 39-30 win. The injury will require surgery, coach Pete Carroll told reporters.

Graham was carted off in the fourth quarter with an air cast on his right leg after coming down awkwardly on a jump ball in the end zone.

It's been a rough first season in Seattle for Graham; the tight end is averaging just over four catches per game and has totaled two touchdowns in 10 games. Graham was having possibly his best outing of the season against Pittsburgh, which included a momentum-swinging 36-yard grab in the third quarter just two drives before his injury. Graham left with four catches for 75 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, it's never a good sign when a player gets carted off with an air cast on -- a precaution typically used to prevent a serious injury from worsening. How long Graham will be out remains to be seen, but his absence on the streaking Seahawks' offense will be missed. Luke Willson would fill in for Graham but hasn't been used a whole lot this season catching 11 balls for 140 yards and a TD before this week.

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3:07pm

Steelers Inactives
Anthony Chickillo DE
Sammie Coates WR
Doran Grant CB
Byron Stingily OT
Fitzgerald Toussaint RB
Michael Vick QB
L.T. Walton DT

Steelers expect Richard Sherman on Antonio Brown

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 2:33pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

More and more, the Seattle Seahawks are having cornerback Richard Sherman shadow the opposing team's top wide receiver.

So when the Seahawks take on the Steelers on Sunday, Pittsburgh expects Sherman to move all over the field with No. 1 receiver Antonio Brown.

"I would anticipate Richard to follow AB," QB Ben Roethlisberger said, per "If you consider AB the best, which we do, and I think they probably consider him one of the best. We consider Richard to be one of the best in the business. We would expect that matchup."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked whether that would indeed be the case. "I don't know about that," he said. "I'll have to gauge my temptations."

Fantasy Impact:

After not doing it at all during the first four weeks of the season, Sherman has shadowed Torrey Smith (twice), A.J. Green, and Dez Bryant over the last six games. Big Ben and Brown obviously have a great connection but Sherman on Brown may put a dent in Brown's fantasy potential. It very well could mean Martavis Bryant gets a little more room.

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 2:25pm - [Full Article]

The Steelers promoted running back Fitzgerald Toussaint to the team’s active roster, it was announced today.

Toussaint has spent the entire 2015 season on the Steelers’ practice squad after being signed on Sept. 7. He originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan on May 29, 2014.

With Michigan, Toussaint had 510 career carries for 2,290 yards (4.5 average) and 28 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 298 yards (9.6 average) with the Wolverines.

To make room for Toussaint on the team’s active roster, the Steelers released running back Isaiah Pead.

Fantasy Impact:

Toussaint played in four career games during the regular season and two postseason contests, all with the Ravens. He had six carries for 12 yards, and three catches for 27 more.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (knee, probable) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.
 and is probable for Week 12. The probable tag means that Rawls will face the Steelers. It's not a good matchup, but he's a top 5 option given his recent production.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm

Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

Marshawn Lynch may not play vs. Steelers

Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:00pm

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch traveled to Philadelphia on Monday to see a specialist about his abdomen injury, and it’s possible that he will have surgery before returning to Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said.

"I don’t know that about the surgery," Carroll said. "It could happen. I don’t know that. It’s a possibility. But it was to go back there for the evaluation to find out what’s next, and there are a couple choices possibly depending on what the doc feels is necessary, and then we’ll just wait and see what that all means."

If Lynch were to undergo sports hernia surgery, he likely would be out for an extended period of time.

Carroll was asked whether there’s any scenario where Lynch would be back for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I don’t know about that now," he said. "It’s legitimately bothering him. He would have played yesterday if he could have, so I don’t know that."

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch suffered the injury in practice before the Seahawks’ Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He started and played 79 percent of the team’s snaps. But Carroll said the injury started to bother him late in the game. Thomas Rawls is a must-get if still on wires. It's a fluid situation right now, but it's very possibly Lynch is going to miss some time with this injury.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:07pm

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Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was released from the hospital Monday morning and is returning to Cleveland, the Browns announced.

Hawkins was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Sunday after taking a blow to the head late in his team's 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The fifth-year receiver had missed the Browns' previous two games after being diagnosed with a concussion late in a loss to the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 25.

He had been cleared to return for the Pittsburgh game and recorded seven receptions for 69 yards before the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins' brother Artrell Hawkins Jr. posted on Facebook that Andrew "has no memory of what happened and is very confused," the story said.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

If positive steps can be taken in a bad loss, Johnny Manziel moved forward in the Cleveland Browns' 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel learned from the things he didn’t do in the loss to Cincinnati, adjusted and threw for 372 yards against Pittsburgh, just seven fewer than Ben Roethlisberger.

Manziel’s team didn’t win, and the Browns scored just nine points. But when it came to operating the Browns offense, standing in the pocket and making throws, this was a different Manziel than the Browns had seen previously.

“If you just look at it individually I thought he took a big step forward,” coach Mike Pettine said.

Fantasy Impact:

Another bit of good news was Manziel connected with TE Gary Barnidge this week, something that had fantasy owners worried when Barnidge caught just two passes for 35 yards in Week 9.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Browns QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Johnny Manziel is “likely to start” against the Steelers.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm

Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play and is active on Sunday, but he’s keeping the starter secret to maintain a competitive advantage. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Johnny Manziel is “likely to start” against the Steelers.

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