Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers has been suspended one game as part of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will miss the first week of the NFL regular season.
It's a crowded receiver room in Pittsburgh, where Rogers was likely competing with James Washington and Darrius Heyward-Bey for significant snaps and playing time behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Prior to the suspension news, Rogers was our No. 168 ranked WR in PPR leagues—trailing both Heyward-Bey (No. 144) and Washington (No. 79).
Eli Rogers will be the slot receiver on most occasions in an offense that features Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant. He's going to see a lot of single coverage. He's also in line to possibly be the Steelers' punt returner this season, a job that has long been held by Brown.
Rogers will clearly be the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in this offense.
2017 Bottom Line
The problem with Rogers is he's almost strictly viewed as a slot receiver. If Brown or Bryant were injured, he wouldn't necessarily step into a more prominent role. In fact, Bell does a lot of the same work as Rogers from the slot. He might be hard-pressed to get more than the 66 targets he had last season with Bryant out because of a suspension. He is worth late-round consideration only.