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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports third-rounder WR Sammie Coates has had a quiet camp thus far.

"Haven't noticed much out of Coates," were the words of beat writer Mark Kaboly. His observation comes two days after Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Coates "has got work to do." It sounds like Coates could have trouble earning No. 4 duties this summer, and begin the year as a weekly inactive.
Jul 30 - 9:24 PM

Former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd says Martavis Bryant has just as much natural ability as college teammate Sammy Watkins.

Many inside the fantasy community question why Bryant had a relatively unproductive college career; he managed 61 receptions in three years at Clemson while Watkins caught 240 passes in the same timeframe. "Absolutely," Boyd said when asked if Bryant's ceiling is as high as Watkins'. "As far as Sammy can go, Bryant can go and vice versa. ... There’s still so much room for growth with him. You’re talking potentially Pro Bowl this year, next year, whenever, as long as he wants it." Bryant played behind Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins in college. Still, the jury is out on Bryant becoming a high-volume receiver. His track record consists of very limited volume.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 11:33 AM

The passing-game role of the Steelers' tight ends has dwindled under OC Todd Haley.

It doesn't help that the Steelers simply lack a dynamic receiver at the position. Heath Miller finished 2014 as a top-12 fantasy scorer, but only had three TDs and rarely helped owners win fantasy weeks. Each of Pittsburgh's top two tight ends -- Miller and Matt Spaeth -- finished 2014 as top-seven run blockers at Pro Football Focus. Expect another humdrum season from Miller.
Jul 30 - 11:17 AM

Although Martavis Bryant is garnering more hype, NFL Network's Albert Breer has heard third-year WR Markus Wheaton had "probably the best offseason of the Steelers' wide receivers."

The 79th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Wheaton has fallen short of expectations through two seasons, managing 59 catches for 708 yards and two touchdowns on 99 targets. Still, Wheaton is only 24 years old and appears to be entrenched as Pittsburgh's slot receiver in what will be a base three-wide attack. We don't have high expectations for Wheaton in re-draft leagues, but he's still worth rostering in all Dynasty and best-ball settings.
Jul 28 - 3:31 PM

The NFL has reduced Le'Veon Bell's suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy from three games to two.

That sound you hear is Bell racing back atop draft boards. Including the Steelers' bye, Bell is still ticketed to miss 23 percent of the fantasy regular season, but he's a dual-threat difference maker who provides a weekly edge in all formats of fantasy. That's especially true in PPR leagues, where Bell is a no-brainer at No. 1 overall. Bell is the goal-line back and primary checkdown target for an offense that wants to score 30 points per game this season. DeAngelo Williams will start in Weeks 1 and 2, where Pittsburgh is facing New England and San Francisco.
Jul 28 - 2:51 PM

After attending the start of Steelers camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson came away believing rookie Sammie Coates "has got work to do."

Coates has reportedly missed time with "hamstring issues," something that wasn't previously reported. The injury doesn't sound serious, but Robinson believes it's clear Coates is far behind Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. "It's going to take a lot of progress and maybe an injury for Coates to get some real opportunities this year," Robinson wrote. Barring a fast progression in camp, Coates may open 2015 as a healthy game-day scratch.
Jul 28 - 1:38 PM

The NFL and Le'Veon Bell are negotiating a settlement that could reduce his three-game suspension to one or two games.

Bell's suspension stems from an August 2014 incident in which he was pulled over with marijuana in his car, and got charged with both possession and a DUI. Bell's camp is arguing that he's being punished twice for the same offense. As a player with no known history of breaking the law, he appears to have a legit shot at a reduction. Bell, already in the conversation at No. 1 overall in fantasy, would surely be the top pick if he only will sit 1-2 games.
Jul 28 - 11:07 AM

Antonio Brown is riding a 33-game streak with at least five catches and 50 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of this record streak, as we've seen him force-feed Brown the ball late in games if there's any doubt. It means the unstoppable Brown has a 5-50-0 weekly floor, making him one of the safest players in both season-long and DFS leagues. Brown has 239 catches for 3,197 yards with 21 receiving TDs since Mike Wallace left Pittsburgh following the 2012 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:31 AM

DeAngelo Williams has dropped his weight below 220 pounds.

Williams says he's close to his listed weight of 215 after playing above 220 in Carolina. Coach Mike Tomlin reportedly "challenged" Williams to shed the extra pounds, and Williams successfully did. "I actually look better than minicamp and OTAs," said Williams, who turned 32 this past April. Williams will open the season as Pittsburgh's starter with Le'Veon Bell on suspension.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:13 PM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell was a full participant for the start of Steelers camp on Monday.

Bell missed last January's playoff loss to Baltimore with a hyperextended knee, and recently said he wasn't 100-percent healthy. Per beat writer Jeremy Fowler, however, Le'Veon looked "noticeably explosive" on the first day of camp. Fowler added that Le'Veon "says he's in the best shape of his life, and he's not lying," showing quick feet and straight-line speed in practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:10 PM

After attending the start of Steelers camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson predicts Martavis Bryant "is going to be a star this year."

Per Robinson, Bryant looks "amazing" in his second NFL training camp, and has "absolutely made big strides this offseason." Other observers have said similar things. Bryant is a massive target at 6-foot-4, 211, and runs like the wind. He is an intriguing upside pick at his current fifth-/sixth-round ADP, but we could envision Bryant's ADP rising fast by late next month.
Jul 27 - 5:31 PM

Martavis Bryant said he now weighs 225 pounds with 4 percent body fat.

Bryant weighed 200 pounds at Clemson and 211 at the 2014 Combine. Now up to 225 on his 6-foot-4 frame, Bryant is in the process of becoming a more well-rounded wideout. Data shows that while running backs lose efficiency as they add weight, receivers and tight ends get better -- especially in the red zone. As a raw rookie, Bryant averaged 54.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game despite only playing on 47.2 percent of the snaps. Adding size should help ensure his excellent red-zone efficiency doesn't end up as a fluke.
Jul 27 - 11:48 AM

Antonio Brown reported for Steelers training camp on time, as expected.

Brown made some waves back in April when he reportedly mulled a holdout and missed a couple voluntary workouts. He's since gained some perspective despite watching Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas net $70M deals. "Holdouts never go well. Just look at history. It always ends badly," Brown said Saturday. "It wouldn't be the best decision. I make a lot of money. I pull up to camp in Rolls-Royces." Brown will make $6M in base salary this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 7:42 AM

Third-year Steelers backup QB Landry Jones said Sunday "I have to figure out what style of quarterback I’m going to be."

Yeah, might want to figure that out. Jones has failed to put any pressure on journeyman backup Bruce Gradkowski through two NFL seasons, and is now feeling heat from Tajh Boyd for the Steelers' third-string job. Following OTAs, OC Todd Haley characterized Jones' practice performance as "a little up and down."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 2:35 PM

As Steelers training camp opened on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he believes the offense can score "at least 30 points a game" this year.

The Steelers scored a franchise-record 27.2 points per game last year. All five offensive line starters return from a unit Big Ben called "as good as any in the league, and as good as any I’ve ever had." Considering their talent deficiencies on defense, the Steelers may have to score 30-plus points to win more often than not. This offense has mammoth upside in fantasy football.
Jul 26 - 2:05 PM


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