Steelers Fantasy News
Packers optimistic about Jermichael Finley's return
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:35pm
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism Friday that unrestricted free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley will be able to resume his NFL career and hope that the team would be able to re-sign the tight end.
The 26-year-old Finley, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in an Oct. 20 game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field and underwent single fusion cervical spine surgery in November, is set to become a free agent on March 11. He has not yet been cleared by the doctor who performed the surgery, Pittsburgh Steelers doctor Joseph Maroon, but McCarthy indicated in an interview Friday that the Packers’ team doctor, Patrick McKenzie, is encouraged by Finley’s prognosis.
Widely expected to land elsewhere, it sounds as if the Packers are open to the possibility of re-signing Finley. His fantasy value would be maximized in Green Bay's offense.
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Steelers unlikely to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:47am
"I think they will stick with what they have, plus draft a tall receiver in the first or second round. I think they will let Sanders leave in free agency for a number of reasons and are perfectly comfortable thinking Markus Wheaton will not only replace him, but also be a much better receiver. Their intent is to take a tall receiver early -- they have already indicated that to Ben Roethlisberger -- another indication that Sanders will be gone."
LeVeon Bell should benefit from Mike Munchak hire
Friday, January 24, 2014, 11:38am
Bell will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front with Munchak mentoring a young and promising offensive line. He should also thrive in the zone blocking scheme that Munchak is expected to make a staple of the Steelers'offense.
Bell is a patient yet decisive runner and that blend is perfect for zone blocking, which requires backs to read and react.
Bell was the #8 RB from Week 4 to Week 17 once he returned from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first three weeks. Given his workload, he could be a low-end 1st round pick by the time 2014 fantasy drafts roll around.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm
The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).
But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.
Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.
Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year deal
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:53am
No numbers have been released yet, but they are bound to be big given how quickly this deal went down. Cutler averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in the 10 games where he attempted at least 10 passes. That average tied Ben Roethlisberger for 16th among QBs. Under Marc Trestman, the Bears threw early and often, and the offense has a bright future given the weapons (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett) at Cutler's disposal.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:38pm
Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Vikings QB Josh Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.
One of Freeman's agents, Erik Burkhardt, said "anything about meetings or missing anything is false."
Freeman was thrown in the fire against the Giants where he played poorly and also suffered concussion symptoms. Former HC Leslie Frazier couldn't go back once Freeman was healthy, particularly because the consensus in the locker room was Matt Cassel should have kept the job after he led the Vikings to their first win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, three weeks before Freeman's debut. However, playing Freeman too soon was a big part of why Frazier was fired this week.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:09pm
It's not a great matchup on the road at Pittsburgh with the Steelers having an outside shot at the playoffs.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:05pm
Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who played for Emmanuel Sanders in the second half at Green Bay, broke a finger against the Packers but will try to play through the injury with a splint. The rookie will also tape the ailing digit to another finger.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:04pm
Sanders did not play in the second half after scoring a touchdown and setting up a field goal with a 47-yard kick return. An MRI did not reveal any serious damage to Sanders' knee. He was injured while running a pattern on the muddy playing surface at Lambeau Field. Sanders sprained his lateral meniscus.