Steelers Fantasy News

Golden Tate compares new role to Lance Moore's with Saints
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:37am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Golden Tate is joining a Lions offense that's expected to feature a much more wide-open scheme than the one he played in Seattle. He's expecting more opportunities to make plays in the passing game.

New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts from New Orleans’ offense after spending the last seven years there as both an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach.

“I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that – I haven’t talked to coach Lombardi that much – I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things,” Tate said.

“That’s exciting, because Lance Moore caught a lot of balls and he’s a terrific player that did a lot for the Saints. That’s kind of how I see myself having the best receiver in the league (Calvin Johnson), and one of the best to ever to play the game, opposite of me or sometimes on the same side.”

Fantasy Impact:

Tate has top 20 potential if he gets enough work in the offense, though that may be a bit of a stretch. The top 30 seems likely given his per target production and the role he'll have in the offense, provided the Lions don't draft a starter-caliber wideout this summer. Click here for an in-depth look at Tate by Senior Editor John Paulsen.

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Markus Wheaton likely to start
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh beat writer Scott Brown believes that Markus Wheaton starts for the Steelers in 2014:

The Steelers return every offensive starter from 2013 except for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but I think you'll see second-year man Markus Wheaton emerge this season opposite Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Impact:

Wheaton will be fantasy relevant with a big jump in snaps and targets and a solid QB throwing him the ball.

Kenny Stills has 'great speed' and 'lots of upside'
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:42am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Gil Brandt of NFL.com thinks that Saints WR Kenny Stills could break out in 2014: "Stills' debut season was one of the biggest surprises for me in 2013. The fifth-round pick made a fine impression as a rookie, averaging 20 yards per catch and playing in all 16 games (making 10 starts). The former Oklahoma standout has great speed -- he really jumps off the line -- and is very smooth, with lots of upside. Stills also has an NFL pedigree, as his father, Ken, and uncle, Gary, both played in the league for five-plus years."

Fantasy Impact:

Stills was not dependable enough to start with confidence in 2013, but with Lance Moore out of the way, Stills’s snap rate will likely jump from the 61% he played in his rookie season. He’s bound to improve as a second year receiver and is playing in one of the best pass offenses in the league. There’s a lot to like here.

Aaron Dobson has some 'special stuff' about him
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:55am

Gil Brandt, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Aaron Dobson, who led a host of Patriots rookie receivers with 519 yards in 2013, improved greatly before a foot injury put a damper on the end of his season, ultimately leading to surgery in March. The former second-round pick has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands. He can make adjustments on the ball and is a good blocker for a receiver. He's got some special stuff about him.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson had some moments in his rookie season — namely the 4-60-1 and 5-130-2 he posted in back to back games against the Dolphins and Steelers — but was hobbled by a foot injury over the second half of the season. If he stays healthy, he'll likely see a lot of playing time and should produce in the Patriots' potent offense. He's currently going at the end of the 11th round and is a nice upside pick at that point in the draft.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:58pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Fantasy Impact:

A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Steelers are committed to Le'Veon Bell as their feature back -- as they should be -- and the former second-round draft pick will get the majority of the carries assuming he builds on a stellar rookie campaign.

Blount does provide the Steelers much-needed insurance behind Bell.

With another ball-carrier who packs a punch, the Steelers can reduce some of the wear and tear on Bell by incorporating Blount into the running game.

That could prolong Bell’s career, and in the short-term it would allow the Steelers to wear down defenses by hammering them with two big running backs.

Fantasy Impact:

At this point, Blount looks like a solid handcuff to Bell. He could also get short yardage and goal line touches like he did at times in New England, taking away a little of Bell's fantasy value - but that remains to be seen. Blount isn't without his risks and can still turn the ball over, but the signing gives the Steelers a solid option if something should happen to Bell.

LeGarrette Blount signs two-year deal with Steelers
Friday, March 28, 2014, 3:53pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount should still be behind Le'Veon Bell which means he falls into handcuff status in Pittsburgh. In New England, the workload is down to Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden. We all know the problems Ridley had keeping the ball, so it will be interesting to see if he's once again given the job to earn the early-down carries. Vereen will continue to take away limited rushes while being a major contributor in the passing game.

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers, was asked about their wide receivers:

"They seem committed to Markus Wheaton – or at least giving him every opportunity to win a starting job."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown made it seem like there is no interest in bringing back Santonio Holmes. He also said the draft is WR heavy that it makes more sense for the Steelers to draft one rather than bring in another veteran.

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.

Steelers sign Lance Moore to a two-year deal
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers quickly filled the void left by Jerricho Cotchery's departure, signing former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year contract Friday.

Moore visited the Steelers earlier this week, and signing him became a priority after the Carolina Panthers lured Cotchery away with a two-year, $5 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Along with Markus Wheaton, Moore will replace Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. He may be fantasy relevant, though he's not likely to see enough targets to be a full time fantasy starter.

Panthers sign Jerricho Cotchery
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1:47pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jerricho Cotchery was choosing between the Steelers and Panthers, and he’s chosen Carolina. Final details being hammered out.

Fantasy Impact:

Ideally, the soon-to-be 32-year-old Cotchery would be the WR3, but the Panthers are in a tough spot and he may see WR2-type snaps and targets in 2014, likely making him fantasy relevant. Cotchery was the #31 WR in standard formats in 2013 thanks to a career-high 10 TDs. He's not likely to repeat that kind of scoring production, though he could see a bump in targets.

Broncos exercise option on Wes Welker
Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:16am

SI - [Full Article]

Denver has exercised its 2014 option on Wes Welker, who will make $8 million (including bonuses) at age 33 this fall, and then become a free agent for what might be one final (minor) payday in 2015.

How the Broncos likely will line their receivers up in 2014: Julius Thomas tight to the formation, either left or right; Demaryius Thomas split wide, either left or right; Welker most often in the slot; and Emmanuel Sanders mostly opposite Demaryius Thomas. But here’s the changeup: Sanders started in the slot 11 times for Pittsburgh in 2012 before moving mostly outside in 2013. One of the things offensive coordinator Adam Gase likes to do is move Welker around so he doesn’t get beat up too much in the slot, so don’t be surprised to see Sanders learning all the spots.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker should post similar numbers in 2014 if he can stay healthy. He was #20 in standard formats and #21 in PPR. On a per game basis, he was #16 and #17, respectively.

Broncos expected to sign Emmanuel Sanders
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Neither team nor player's agent will confirm, but Broncos are expected to sign former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders will likely replace Eric Decker in Denver's three-WR set, so Andre Caldwell probably sees spot duty as the team's WR4. Sanders was #35 in standard and #32 in PPR, and we'd expect that to be his floor playing with Peyton Manning in the Broncos' potent offense.

Emmanuel Sanders has not yet signed due to injury concerns
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Emmanuel Sanders has been crisscrossing the country visiting teams this week, but the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver might not get the kind of contract he covets because of medical concerns, a source told ESPN.com.

Sanders has a screw in each foot, stemming from injuries he sustained in the Super Bowl following the 2010 season, and teams might be leery of signing the four-year veteran to a long-term deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders hasn't missed a game in the last two seasons, but teams are understandably concerned about the screws in his feet.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 12:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals.