Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers have "no plans" to trade or suspend Martavis Bryant.

A frustrated Bryant has made social media waves each of the past two weeks, and blew off mandatory team meetings on Monday, supposedly for a doctor's appointment. It's still unsurprising the Steelers aren't interested in trading a 6-foot-4 touchdown scorer, even if he's not a major part of the offense right now. They have eight days to change their mind. It seems unlikely that they will. For fantasy purposes, Bryant is little more than a last man on the bench in 12-team leagues.
Oct 23 - 2:09 PM

Martavis Bryant says he missed mandatory team meetings on Monday because he was at the doctor.

It's the flimsiest of excuses, though it is what a teammate told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bryant also missed practice time earlier this season with an illness. Either way, we wouldn't be hearing about this unless it was done without the Steelers' knowledge. Bryant has made his frustration loud and clear the past two weeks. The situation should come to a head in the next few days.
Oct 23 - 1:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Martavis Bryant skipped mandatory team meetings on Monday.

This is escalating quickly. One of Bryant's teammates told beat writer Ed Bouchette the oft-suspended receiver "called in sick." Coming off a two-touch game, Bryant trashed JuJu Smith-Schuster, as well as the team, on Instagram. Bryant wants a trade, but unless the Steelers are desperate to get him out of the locker room, it's unclear what their motivation would be to deal him. Right now he provides proven play-making depth. Either way, a suspension could be coming.
Oct 23 - 1:27 PM

Martavis Bryant expressed frustration about his role and seemed to confirm reports of a trade request on Instagram.

Responding to a comment he was tagged in which said rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster is a better player, Bryant wrote, "JuJu is no where near better than me fool. All they need to do is give me what I want and y'all can have JuJu and who ever else." That comment has since been deleted, but it all but confirms Bryant wants out. The trade deadline is October 31.
Source: Penn Live
Oct 23 - 8:57 AM

Martavis Bryant caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Bengals.

Despite a report this morning that Bryant would have an "increased role", he was practically invisible. He was used on an end-around early in the game, but that was the extent of any manufactured touches. Unless Bryant is traded, he's not startable in fantasy.
Oct 22 - 11:36 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in two of three targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 7 loss to the Bengals'.

Smith-Schuster was wide open for a 31-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He continues to be a solid role player in their offense but won't be worth starting in fantasy until the Steelers need to rely more on their passing game.
Oct 22 - 8:23 PM

Antonio Brown caught 4-of-10 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Bengals.

Brown was targeted on ten of Ben's 24 total pass attempts, but only catching four dampened his fantasy output. He continues to be one of the only reliable options in the Steelers' passing game, racking up targets every week. Brown will be a top-3 receiver play against the Lions next week.
Oct 22 - 8:13 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 14-of-24 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Bengals.

While he didn't complete a high percentage of his passes, Roethlisberger showed up when needed to and made some big throws early in the game. Ben's first touchdown pass showed his chemistry with Antonio Brown, throwing before he was even looking for the ball. With the Steelers continuing to lean on an efficient running game in Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger doesn't have the same upside he used to.
Oct 22 - 8:07 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 35 times for 134 yards while catching three passes for 58 yards in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Bengals.

Even in a tough matchup, Bell couldn't be stopped as he consistently picked up chunks of yards all game. He also had a long 42-yard catch, stiff-arming CB Dre Kirkpatrick into the ground. Bell remains a matchup-proof running back with elite upside every week.
Oct 22 - 7:57 PM

Steelers declared DE Stephon Tuitt, QB Joshua Dobbs, WR Justin Hunte, CB Brian Allen, LB Arthur Moats, OT Jerald Hawkins, 77 OT Marcus Gilbert inactive for Week 7 against the Bengals.

Tuitt and Gilbert are the two starters who are inactive. Joe Mixon should be able to capitalize on a weaker Steelers run defense.
Oct 22 - 3:52 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martavis Bryant will have an "increased role" against the Bengals in Week 7.

It's possible the Steelers are looking to showcase Bryant in hopes of trading him before the October 31 deadline, though perhaps it's more of a "squeaky wheel getting the grease" situation. Either way, Bryant should be in for close to a full workload Sunday after losing snaps to JuJu Smith-Schuster in recent weeks. Given his recent lack of production, fantasy owners might want to wait a week before reinserting Bryant into their starting lineups.
Oct 22 - 8:30 AM

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (back) is out for Week 7 against the Bengals.

It should lead to more openings for Joe Mixon. Even with Tuitt in the lineup this season, the Steelers have struggled mightily in run defense.
Oct 20 - 3:19 PM

Martavis Bryant has denied requesting a trade.

This is part and parcel for these sorts of stories. It's irrelevant, anyways, since a trade is extremely unlikely. Bryant is right to be upset with his early usage, and needs to be a bigger part of the offense going forward. The Steelers need his explosive play-making ability, especially in the red zone. Bryant is a squeaky wheel who could get some grease in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 1:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martavis Bryant has requested a trade.

Per RapSheet, Bryant's "teammates and coaches are well aware that he’s unhappy." Bryant struggled in the first six weeks and has been losing snaps to rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant simply isn't the player he was before missing all of 2016 due to a suspension. Nevertheless, he should draw trade interest with a sub-$1 million base salary and lots of theoretical talent.
Oct 15 - 9:30 PM

Jesse James did not catch a pass in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

James was targeted on a play negated by a penalty in the first quarter, but that was his only action in a game Ben Roethlisberger attempted just 25 passes. As always, James will be a touchdown-or-bust fantasy option next week against the Bengals.
Oct 15 - 7:51 PM


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