Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in all three of his targets for 32 yards in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

Smith-Schuster was actually the second-leading receiver for the Steelers on a day Ben Roethlisberger attempted just 25 passes, but it was not enough to return any fantasy value. The rookie is still a hold in most leagues, but he should not be in starting lineups next week against the Bengals.
Oct 15 - 7:45 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

Bryant looked like he may break out of his funk when he took a slant 20 yards in the first half, but he was not targeted with the Steelers sitting on the ball in the second half. He has now topped 50 yards in just one game this season, and he has 48 yards total the last two games. He should not be in fantasy lineups next week against the Bengals.
Oct 15 - 7:44 PM

Antonio Brown caught 8-of-10 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

Brown was the only option in the passing game most of the day, and aside from a mistimed route which led to an interception and a poor decision which led to a Chiefs recovery on a free kick, he did not disappoint. His best play came on what should have been another interception with the game in the balance late in the fourth quarter, but Brown was able to hang onto the tipped pass despite a big hit and sprint down the sideline for the score. Brown now has 18 catches for 312 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. He will be the top overall wide receiver next week against the Bengals.
Oct 15 - 7:37 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17-of-25 passes for 252 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

With Le'Veon Bell rolling, the Steelers did not ask Roethlisberger to do much except occasionally send passes toward Antonio Brown, who finished with an 8/155/1 line on ten targets. It was an understandable game plan after Ben threw five interceptions last week -- his pick today was Brown's fault, but the touchdown to Brown should have been intercepted, making it a wash -- and the Steelers could use the same approach moving forward. Still without a multi-touchdown game since Week 2, Roethlisberger will not be a top-12 quarterback against the Bengals next week.
Oct 15 - 7:34 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 12 yards in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chiefs.

Bell looked unstoppable from the opening whistle, rumbling for 107 yards and a touchdown before halftime including several long runs. The Chiefs did a better job containing him in the second half, but this was about as impressive a performance as you will see from a running back, especially since no one except Antonio Brown was offering much in the passing game. Clearly back to form, Bell will be the top overall running back even in a tough matchup against the Bengals next week.
Oct 15 - 7:21 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert exited Week 6 against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.

Gilbert had been sidelined since Week 2 because of a hamstring issue, and he apparently aggravated the injury in the first half on Sunday. Chris Hubbard replaced him.
Oct 15 - 5:25 PM

Eli Rogers is active for Week 6 against the Chiefs.

Rogers had been a healthy scratch for two weeks, but he will return with Martavis Bryant struggling. With Rogers back, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster could steal some snaps from Bryant on the outside.
Oct 15 - 3:16 PM

Steelers LG Ramon Foster (back) is inactive for Week 6 against the Chiefs.

He was listed as questionable, but Foster sat out the entire week of practice. QB Josh Dobbs, WR Justin Hunter, LB Arthur Moats, OT Jerald Hawkins, TE Xavier Grimble, and NT Dan McCullers are also inactive.
Oct 15 - 3:07 PM

Ben Roethlisberger reportedly hinted the Steelers could give Martavis Bryant "a break" this week against the Chiefs.

Slot receiver Eli Rogers is expected to be active for the first time since Week 3, a move which would allow JuJu Smith-Schuster to takes snaps away from Bryant on the outside. It does not sound like Bryant is going to be benched completely, but he could see his role scaled back. Already struggling to return fantasy value before this news, Bryant does not look like a viable fantasy option this week. Of course, he is always just one play away from a good fantasy day.
Oct 12 - 10:17 AM

Ben Roethlisberger believes he is still "one of the best" quarterbacks.

Following a tough loss in which he threw five interceptions, Roethlisberger openly questioned if he had "it anymore," but it sounds like the comments simply came out of frustration. Asked if his flirtation with retirement over the offseason has affected his play, Roethlisberger said, "If I didn't care, a game like Sunday wouldn't bother me." Regardless of the reason, Ben has struggled so far this year, and he will not be a must-start option in Kansas City this week.
Oct 10 - 11:43 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster played 65-of-79 snaps (82 percent) Week 5 against the Jaguars.

With Eli Rogers a healthy scratch and Martavis Bryant struggling, Smith-Schuster is making his case as the No. 2 option in the passing game, and he has not out-snapped Bryant three weeks in a row. He has caught 7-of-10 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown the last two games, and it is possible his role continues to grow. He is worth a speculative add in most leagues.
Oct 9 - 11:01 AM

Following his five-interception performance Week 5, Ben Roethlisberger said, "Maybe I don't have it anymore."

It was reportedly just a "stream-of-consciousness moment," but it is a telling comment from a player who considered retirement this offseason. Roethlisberger also said he needs to improve "everywhere." Averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt, which would easily be a career low, and with just two touchdowns in the last three games, Roethlisberger is not a fantasy option right now.
Oct 8 - 5:07 PM


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