Matt Spaeth Fantasy News

Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1:23pm - [Full Article]

Without Heath Miller, and without Matt Spaeth for a still undetermined time following surgery on his foot, the Steelers open this season with three tight ends who are ready to play now.

David Paulson’s forte is in the passing game; Michael Palmer’s is as an in-line blocker; and David Johnson’s is as the ‘move’ tight end. Palmer also had a couple of tackles on special teams this preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller isn't ready to play now but taking him off PUP means they expect him back before six weeks into the season. Paulson would likely be next in line to have value but don't expect Miller-like numbers from a year ago. Miller is expected to return in about a month, according to reports.


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Le'Veon Bell expected 'up to six weeks' with ligament tear
Friday, August 23, 2013, 8:16pm

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell has a mid-foot sprain in his right foot, but the injury is not as severe as initially feared and he is "optimistic and encouraged" how Bell's foot has responded.

Tomlin said Bell would not play in a preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field, but would not speculate on a possible return date. But he said Bell does not need surgery and that the injury is not a Lisfranc sprain similar to the one incurred tight end Matt Spaeth two weeks ago. Spaeth had surgery to repair the tear and will be out at least 8 to 10 weeks.

"We don't have a long-range schedule [for his return]. We'll treat it conservatively with rehab and declare him out this week. But in the big scheme of things, that is encouraging news."

More from the Post-Gazette: "Bell's injury is not as serious as the team initially feared, but he could be out up to six weeks because of a small ligament tear in his right foot."

Fantasy Impact:

It seems like the more that people comment on Bell's injury, the less we know. It was widely reported that Bell had sustained a Lisfranc injury, but now Tomlin is saying that it's not as severe as initially feared (yet he's unwilling to disclose any kind of timetable). We'll go with the six-week recovery for now, which would put Bell back Week 6 since the Steelers have a Week 5 bye. This means Bell could be a useful fantasy asset for the last 11 weeks of the season, though re-injury or a lingering injury are possible. We moved him to #38, assuming he misses the first quarter of the season and is used at approximately 80% capacity of a normal RB1 for the final 11 games.

Heath Miller could miss first month of season
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 4:59pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Steelers TE Heath Miller probably won't be back at least for the first month of the season and perhaps longer.

Except for Ben Roethlisberger, no player is more important to both the running and passing games than Miller, a blocker nonpareil and the team's best receiver last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Spaeth is also out right now, so David Paulson and Jamie McCoy are getting called to duty. But as the story points out, in no way do they resemble Miller. The Steelers badly want to regenerate their running game, and getting Miller (and Spaeth) back will help Le'Veon Bell and the other backs, so this is a bit of a blow to the offense.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 1:10pm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

The recent spate of injuries at the position has left the Steelers with David Paulson as their No. 1 tight end, and that is not about to change soon.

The Steelers are not planning to add a tight end other than players such as Michael Palmer and Nathan Overbay to their roster because they plan on getting Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and David Johnson back at various points this season.

Miller remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list after having offseason surgery to repair three ligament tears in his knee, including the anterior cruciate ligament. The Steelers have not set a timetable for his return, but he appears to be on a schedule similar to the one Rashard Mendenhall was on in 2012 when he came back from offseason ACL surgery.

Heath Miller's return is up in the air
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 1:19pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

No one within the organization knows when Heath Miller will be prepared to play this season. Miller, who led the Steelers with 71 receptions last season, tore his ACL, MCL and PCL. He is still mending from reconstructive surgery.

If Miller isn't ready for the season opener against Tennessee at Heinz Field on Sept. 8, then either Matt Spaeth — in his second tour of duty with the Steelers — or second-year tight end David Paulson is expected to fill in until Miller recovers.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller is no spring chicken (30), so it isn't a smart move to count on him to be ready Week 1. He tore three ligaments on Dec. 23, and recovery usually takes a year, despite what Adrian Peterson accomplished last season.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:01pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

If Steelers TE Heath Miller can't start the season — and that appears to be a strong possibility — the starting tight end is likely to be Matt Spaeth, who is renowned for his blocking but never has caught more than 17 passes in six seasons, four with the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact:

Don't count on Miller being ready for Week 1. He tore his ACL late in the season and is no spring chicken.

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Monday, October 3, 2011, 4:03pm

Chicago Sun Times - [Full Article]

Lovie Smith revealed no updates on four players who missed Sunday's game including wide receiver Earl Bennett and tight end Matt Spaeth.

Bennett (chest bruise) is expected to be out.

Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller Ruled Out
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 2:30pm

Jason LaCanfora on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers are ruling out tight end Heath Miller for Sunday's showdown with the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Spaeth will take over for Miller, but isn't much of a fantasy option.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 2:16pm

Pittsburgh Tribune - [Full Article]

Steelers Mike Tomlin declared tight end Heath Miller (concussion) doubtful for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, but said that tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) has a “clear bill of health” and has been fully cleared to practice Tuesday.

Right tackle Flozell Adams has a mild high-ankle sprain, and Trai Essex is the leading candidate to replace him in the starting lineup if Adams can’t play Sunday.

Tomlin said safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) also could be limited in practice for precautionary reasons.

Also, defensive end Aaron Smith was cleared to start lifting weights after an MRI, which Tomlin called “encouraging.” Smith will be re-evaluated after another MRI in two weeks.

Roethlisberger active as expected
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 7:31pm

Steelers Inactives
Charlie Batch QB
Crezdon Butler DB
Jonathan Dwyer RB
Tony Hills T
Steve McLendon DT
Chris Scott T
Aaron Smith DE
Matt Spaeth TE

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9:27am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (hip pointer) and center Justin Hartwig (ankle) came out of Sunday's game with more minor injuries that might limit them in practice but should allow them to play against the Chargers.