Steelers Fantasy News

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:51pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

John Ross, last seen when he fumbled his first NFL touch back on Sept. 14, returned to practice Monday as the Bengals began preparations for Sunday’s game (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready for the Steelers.

But this is what he does know after he practiced in limited fashion for the first time in more than a month:

He feels good, he’s satisfied there’s nothing significantly wrong with the knee he injured in the Aug. 31 pre-season finale, and he’s been told it’s not related to the ACL he tore in the same knee during college.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant: 'I'm good'

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said Monday that he hasn't request a trade and that he wants to move on.

"I'm good," Bryant said.

The NFL Network reported Sunday night that Bryant's unhappiness with his role in Pittsburgh's offense resulted in a trade request. ESPN's Dan Graziano confirmed the report.

Fantasy Impact:

Sources say early indications are the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant, who is third on the team in targets (34) behind Le'Veon Bell (39) and Antonio Brown (74). Asked whether the Steelers have given him any indication about a possible trade, Bryant said he doesn't know and his agent handles those dealings, the story said.

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant requested trade

Monday, October 16, 2017, 8:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their most comprehensive victory of the season, but one of their top receivers still wants out.

Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade from the AFC North leaders, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday, per sources informed of Bryant's request. Rapoport noted that Bryant's teammates and coaches are well aware that the receiver is unhappy.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, the team stuck with Bryant through suspensions, so it's a bit of a surprise he wants out, although QB Ben Roethlisberger did criticize Bryant during that time. Bryant did tweet Sunday he's "happy to be a Steeler." Fantasy-wise, he's mostly been a boom or bust player with big-play potential, and this season, so far, it's mostly been bust as he tries to get back up to speed after being suspended all of last season. The Steelers have until the Oct. 31 trade deadline to make a move.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:01pm

Steelers Inactives
Joshua Dobbs QB
Ramon Foster OG
Xavier Grimble TE
Jerald Hawkins OT
Justin Hunter WR
Dan McCullers NT
Arthur Moats OLB

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) took full practice reps again Friday. HC Andy Reid said that he expects Kelce to play against the Steelers.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:43pm

After a full practice on Thursday, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) is expected to play in Week 6 vs. the Steelers, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is ranked as a top-three TE this week and should be safe to insert in your lineup.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant might get a 'break'

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:52am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

In order to get Eli Rogers playing time in the slot and JuJu Smith-Schuster on the outside, Steelers WR Martavis Bryant might get a bit of break this week, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger on his recent 93.7 The Fan radio spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season, recording only one game of double-digit fantasy points—Week 2, when he caught 3-of-4 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. In his other four games, he has totaled 12 catches, 113 yards, and 0 TDs. Bryant is currently ranked as our No. 40 WR in standard leagues and our No. 50 WR in PPR leagues in a great matchup versus the Chiefs, according to our aFPA metrics. It's a risk starting him with confidence this week, but with four teams on a bye, you might be forced to do so.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger still has confidence

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:12pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After throwing five interceptions in last Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said “maybe I don’t have it anymore” when discussing his performance.

Roethlisberger’s pity party came to an end at some point between Sunday afternoon and his weekly appearance on “Cook and Poni” on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning. Roethlisberger said “not at all” when he was asked about that comment and whether he’s lost confidence in himself.

“Bad day at the office. You get frustrated, you feel like you let your teammates down,” Roethlisberger said.

Fantasy Impact:

Roethlisberger said he found that it’s “not the worst game I’ve ever played” when watching the game on film and that he still feels like he’s “one of the best in the world” at playing quarterback.

Vikes HC Mike Zimmer expects QB Sam Bradford to play on MNF

Monday, October 9, 2017, 12:53pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

It appears the Vikings will have Sam Bradford back at quarterback on Monday night.

In a production meeting on Sunday night, Zimmer told ESPN’s broadcast crew he anticipates Bradford starting at quarterback, three weeks after a knee injury first kept Bradford out against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A second opinion on the quarterback’s left knee on Sept. 22 confirmed the Vikings’ belief that Bradford would not need surgery on his knee, and after taking last week off to rest, Bradford participated in all three of the Vikings’ practices this week (albeit in a limited fashion).

Related players: Case Keenum

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford has played just one game this season, completing 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ season-opening win over the Saints.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce suffers concussion

Monday, October 9, 2017, 8:40am

Fox 4 Kansas City - [Full Article]

Tight end Travis Kelce sat out the second half with a concussion. It’s too early to tell if Kelce will be able to play next Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Steelers at Arrowhead. Kelce has to pass a five step process before he can play again and on average, NFL players miss about one of two games after a concussion.

Kelce went up for a great catch in the second quarter but when he came down, Texan defender Marcus Gilchrist hit him helmet to helmet, causing Kelce’s neck to snap and then bounce against the turf. He was taken off the field and immediately began the NFL concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact:

They took Kelce under the blue tent with the team doctor, and he appeared to be good enough to get back in the game, which he did for one play. At halftime, Kelce complained of being disoriented and memory loss, so the team doctor pulled him from the rest of the game, the story said.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant added to injury report

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:51pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Steelers have added WR Martavis Bryant has to the team's injury report (illness). He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Related Players: Antonio Brown, Jesse James, JuJu Smith-Schuster

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant was already a risky FLEX option this week against a Jags defense that's top-5 in our aFPA vs. WR rankings. Given his weekly volatility, you may want to start a more consistent option if available.

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm

Steelers TE Jesse James (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. James was removed from the injury report and may see heavy usage as his quarterback tries to avoid the stingy Jacksonville cornerbacks.

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Fournette will be good to go to face the Steelers. He is the No. 4 running back in standard formats and he has three mediocre to favorable matchups before his team’s Week 8 bye.

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Big Ben is back at home (where he thrives), but Jacksonville has been extremely stingy against the pass. This is shaping up to be a big Le’Veon Bell game.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Fournette will be good to go to face the Steelers. He is the No. 4 running back in standard formats and he has three mediocre to favorable matchups before his team’s Week 8 bye.

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