Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | L'Damian Washington waived Tue May 19, 05:15 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR L'Damian Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 19.
|Footballguys view: Washington was just receiver depth for the Steelers, and they had to make room for the addition of rookie CFA Devin Gardner.|
Steelers | Claim Devin Gardner Tue May 19, 04:39 PM
Free-agent WR Devin Gardner (Patriots) was claimed by the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, May 19.
|Footballguys view: We're always intrigued by depth receivers on the Steelers roster as they have good eye for talent at the position. Gardner is a big target (6'4" 215 pounds) but he's incredibly raw as a receiver. The converted quarterback knows how to find the soft spots in a zone, but he needs to develop better "my ball" mentality when passes are contested. He's also just a bad route-runner at this time, but that may improve with more reps at the position.|
Steelers | Sammie Coates signs deal Fri May 15, 03:59 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Coates will start out as a role player, but he could team up with Martavis Bryant to give the Steelers twin rockets outside, stretching defenses to their limit. He's got the speed and thick, long build, but Coates needs to be more consistent catching the ball and improve his craft to tap into his vast potential. He'll be a boom/bust pro.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell fine with ban Thu May 14, 07:22 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said Thursday, May 14, that he didn't have a problem with his three-game suspension for being charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. 'I made a mistake,' Bell said. 'I'm going to just have to do my time, whatever the final decision may be. Get past it, and get ready for next season and continuing to be the great football player I know I can be.'
|Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see how the Steelers deal with his absence and whether Deangelo Williams can be productive, as he just hadn't been for the Carolina Panthers in some time. Bell remains a high ADP choice, close to the top of the first round, while Williams is only at an ADP of 11.09, even with those first three games.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Steelers | Bud Dupree's terms Thu May 14, 06:10 PM
Updating a previous story, Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bud Dupree's rookie contract is for four years and $9.22 million, with a $4.96 million signing bonus. The Steelers have a team option for the fifth year.
|Footballguys view: Dupree fills the role of pass rusher on a team which needs them. It's added bonus that Dupree adds youth to what they have on the roster already.|
Steelers | Sign Bud Dupree Thu May 14, 05:41 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bud Dupree signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 14. Financial terms were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers were looking for some linebacker help and they got it in a big way with the talented Dupree. This defense is in transition a little due to age, but adding Dupree and a few other key players in the draft was a good start.|
Steelers | Jesse James signed Thu May 14, 12:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James signed a four-year contract with the team Thursday, May 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: James, a fifth-round pick by the Steelers this year, has great size at 6'7" 260 pounds. His length makes him a great target near pay dirt as he can high-point passes away from defenders. James is not a seam-ripper, but he does have decent straight-line speed. He's an in-line tight end the team will groom and develop.|
Steelers | PIT grabs Sammie Coates Fri May 1, 11:03 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Auburn WR Sammie Coates in Round 3 (No. 87 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: A nice pick for the Steelers. Inconsistent overall, but he has tremendous athleticism. It will take time but the Steelers are deep at wide receiver so they can bring him along slowly. A nice deep dynasty pick.|
Steelers | Bud Dupree selected 22nd overall Thu Apr 30, 10:31 PM
Kentucky LB Bud Dupree was selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: What a great pick by the Steelers. They get another great pass-rusher here with Dupree. Some felt Dupree could have been a top-10 pick, but he fell to the Steelers at 22. Dupree has a good closing burst to the quarterback, and he can chase from sideline-to-sideline.|
Steelers | Robert Golden signs tender Wed Apr 29, 05:20 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent CB Robert Golden signed his tender Wednesday, April 29.
Steelers | Antonio Brown present Mon Apr 27, 10:45 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted at the team's facility Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Brown said he was not participating in voluntary workouts earlier because he was spending time with his newborn child. Now, he's back and ready to rock.|
Antonio Brown player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full health Thu Apr 23, 06:31 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100% after injuring it five months ago.
|Footballguys view: In the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bell hyper-extended his right knee. Bell did not play in the Wild Card Round against the Ravens, and he skipped playing in the Pro Bowl too. He's currently suspended for three games to start the 2015 season, but he's appealing the suspension with the hopes of reducing it to one game. The Steelers will take it easy on him as he comes back.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Steelers | Landon Collins visits Thu Apr 23, 02:13 PM
Alabama SS Landon Collins met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 22.
|Footballguys view: Collins is an in-the-box safety who can intimidate opponents and shut down the run game. He has the speed to play sideline-to-sideline, and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. Collins should be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. The Steelers are looking for safety help with legendary Troy Polamalu retiring.|
Steelers | Antonio Brown explains absence Wed Apr 22, 02:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason workouts at some point and is looking forward to joining his teammates.Link to story
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Steelers | Three draft prospects visit Wed Apr 22, 02:51 AM
North Dakota DE Kyle Emanuel, Utah CB Eric Rowe and Ohio State CB Doran Grant all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Rowe is one of the more talented defensive backs in this class and the Steelers are sorely in need of help there. He's a big, physical corner who might not be the best suited to mirror quicker or faster receivers in man coverage.|
Steelers | Will Johnson signs tender Mon Apr 20, 05:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers FB Will Johnson signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Monday, April 20.
|Footballguys view: Johnson was on the field for around 200 snaps last year, but he doesn't produce much as a runner or receiver. He's mainly a blocker and special-teams player.|
Will Johnson player page
Steelers | Antonio Brown not at workouts Mon Apr 20, 01:31 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 20, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Yep, he's seriously underpaid and is holding out for a new deal. The Steelers have to get him on the field, so we expect something to be done before the start of the season.|
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Steelers | Antonio Brown could hold out Mon Apr 20, 11:02 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: This is not what you want to hear if you're a Steelers fan. Brown has an average annual salary just a little over $8 million, 13th-most in the NFL. Over the last few seasons, Brown has played like a top-5 wide receiver--and you can easily make the argument that he's the best wide receiver in the game today. The Steelers have to have him, and we feel confident a deal will be worked out....eventually.|
Antonio Brown player page
Steelers | T.J. Clemmings visits Sat Apr 18, 09:17 AM
Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings has visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Clemmings played his college ball at PITT, and he's one of the most intriguing tackle prospects in this draft. A former defensive lineman, Clemmings switched to the offensive side of the ball two years ago. He's incredibly athletic, but still technically raw at the position. He has the upside to be the best tackle from this draft class, but it's going to take some work.|
Steelers | Brandon Hartson claimed Fri Apr 17, 07:41 PM
Kansas City Chiefs LS Brandon Hartson was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 17.
Steelers | Jaelen Strong visiting PIT Fri Apr 17, 03:00 PM
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Strong reminds us of Alshon Jeffery (Bears) or Anquan Boldin (49ers) because of his size and physical style of play. He can rip away contested catches from defenders, and this makes him a fine target when his team is near pay dirt. Look for Strong to be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Steelers | Randy Gregory meets with Pittsburgh Fri Apr 17, 12:43 AM
Nebraska LB Randy Gregory had a pre-draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Gregory is one of the best edge-rushers in this draft class. He failed a drug test at the combine earlier this year, and that was his third-known hot test for marijuana (two at Nebraska). Gregory says he used to have a problem with weed, but now he's able to kick the habit. Um, okay...but he still failed a test and could be in the "program" in the NFL from day one. He'll be a first-round pick, but there is risk associated with selecting him.|
Steelers | Three draft prospects visit Wed Apr 15, 07:41 AM
Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman, and UAB TE Kennard Backman came to the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14, for a pre-draft visit.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is the guy we'd like to highlight here. He's an agile defensive tackle who can knife through the offensive line to create pressure on the quarterback. Cooper has good athleticism and lateral movement, but he needs to play with more power if he's going to be more than a part-time player at the pro level. He's likely a third-round pick.|
Steelers | Sign Jordan Berry Tue Apr 14, 05:16 PM
Undrafted free-agent P Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14.
Steelers | Three prospects visit Tue Apr 14, 02:57 AM
Texas A&M TE Cameron Clear, West Virginia G Quinton Spain, and Auburn WR Sammie Coates all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|Footballguys view: Coates is the player we like best here. He's a fast and physical player with dynamic playmaking ability after the catch. However, catching the ball has been a problem for Coates. He had a drop rate of 19.1 percent in college, and he was rarely on the same page as his quarterback. That obviously will have to be improved if Coates wants a long career in the NFL.|
Steelers | Tyler Murphy visits Sat Apr 11, 07:07 AM
Boston College QB Tyler Murphy visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: Murphy was with the Florida Gators, but he transferred to Boston College as a fifth-year senior. He's a dual-threat quarterback who had around 1,500 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in 2014. Murphy broke Boston College's career rushing record (for a quarterback) set previously by Doug Flutie.|
Steelers | Will Allen re-signed Fri Apr 10, 05:44 PM
Free-agent SS Will Allen (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Steelers | Breshad Perriman meets with PIT Fri Apr 10, 02:09 PM
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers seem to be set at wide receiver among their top three, but Perriman could be a pick in a "best player available" scenario. It wouldn't be the Steelers style, as they have struck gold in the third round or later at wide receiver repeatedly over the last six years.|
Steelers | Draft targets clear for Pittsburgh Thu Apr 9, 10:30 PM
Washington CB Marcus Peters is one of three cornerbacks to have a pre-draft visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and six of the team's seven pre-draft visitors have been either cornerbacks or outside linebackers.
|Footballguys view: Peters has some character questions after an incident with a coach led to his dismissal in-season, but he is a big, tough corner who has the mentality to hang with NFL talent at wide receiver. He could end up in the first round.|
Steelers | David DeCastro's option picked up Thu Apr 9, 12:51 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro's fifth-year option was picked up by the team Thursday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: The team likes consistency on the offensive line and DeCastro was rock solid at right guard last season. A very smart move by the Steelers.|
Steelers | Marcus Peters visiting Thu Apr 9, 12:25 PM
Washington CB Marcus Peters is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: A talented cover-corner with prototypical size, Peters has some questions about his maturity and discipline. He's raw and would take some time to hone into a useful NFL weapon.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell suspended three games Thu Apr 9, 09:42 AM
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
|Footballguys view: We heard a pair of games the other day, but it seems we're in the three game territory now, hurting Bell's draft stock a bit. Unless he appeals (and wins) this ruling could knock him out of the first round in some redraft leagues. However, if he's there in the second (or the late first in a snake-style draft), consider yourself blessed because Bell is otherwise the top pick in a fantasy league. If you can build a team around him top survive those first three weeks you could have a great value in him.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Steelers | Nate Orchard visiting Wednesday Wed Apr 8, 01:29 PM
Utah DE Nate Orchard is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Orchard lacks multiple moves as a pass-rusher, but he gets off the line of scrimmage in a hurry and he has a quick closing burst to the quarterback. He has a nose for the football, and Orchard does a good job of quickly bringing his man to the ground. Orchard is not a run-stuffer, and he'll struggle to set the edge. However, he's got upside as a pass-rusher in the pros. Orchard should be a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Steelers | Meeting with Eli Harold Wed Apr 8, 01:21 PM
Virginia LB Eli Harold is meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Harold is one of the best athletes in this draft class. At Virginia, he played both standing up and with his hand in the dirt as a pass-rusher. He's got elite speed off the edge, but Harold will have to prove himself in coverage at the pro level. He should be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Steelers | Scheduled to meet with Sammie Coates Wed Apr 8, 12:16 PM
Auburn WR Sammie Coates is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Coates is amazingly gifted athletically, but he does have a problem with dropping passes and concentration on longer targets. His drop rate in college at Auburn was a whopping 19.1 percent. He'll be a project in the NFL, but one teams may feel is worth selecting in the second round of the draft. The Steelers are stacked at the wide receiver position, but they could take the time to develop Coates the right way.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell suspended two games Tue Apr 7, 05:20 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.
|Footballguys view: We knew a suspension was coming for last year's infraction, and now we know the length. Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when they select Bell in the first round of their drafts. Even with this suspension, you could still make the argument that Bell should be the first player off the board in standard leagues.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Steelers | Will Johnson, Robert Golden expected back Sat Apr 4, 10:49 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent FB Will Johnson and SS Robert Golden are expected to sign their tender offers this offseason.Link to story
Will Johnson player page
Steelers | Antwon Blake signs tender Sat Apr 4, 10:38 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent CB Antwon Blake signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 3. He is scheduled to make $1.542 million in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Blake has appeared in 30 regular-season games for the Steelers over the last two years. He's primarily a backup on defense, but he's a core special teams player for the Steelers.|
Steelers | Shayon Green signed Thu Apr 2, 02:02 PM
Free-agent LB Shayon Green (Dolphins) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, April 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Green attended the University of Miami and played both defensive end and linebacker for the Hurricanes. Green battled two torn ACLs in his time at Miami and battled his way back, only to go undrafted and sign as a rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins, though he didn't make the team. He will make the team if he can be useful as a special teams player and then perhaps find a role as a backup outside linebacker.|
Steelers | Clifton Geathers re-signs Wed Apr 1, 02:57 PM
Free-agent DE Clifton Geathers (Steelers) was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Steelers fans didn't get to see anything from Geathers last year. He was signed in December, but he didn't play a snap for the team. This season, Geathers will compete for a backup job behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.|
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Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey returns Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: We don't expect Heyward-Bey to do all that much, just as we didn't expect him to do much in his last few landing spots. Behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, there will be little for him to do and we wouldn't be shocked if he was gone by the end of camp.|
Darrius Heyward-Bey player page
Steelers | James Harrison re-signs Sun Mar 22, 12:36 PM
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Harrison had to decide between the Titans and the Steelers. He's not what he used to be, but Harrison proved last year that he still had something left in the tank.|
James Harrison player page
Steelers | Open to re-signing James Harrison Thu Mar 19, 03:51 PM
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) is still an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team likely will not try to re-sign him until the summer because they do not need him to participate in offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers could use the experience but it's likely Harrison would be in a reduced role due to age. Still the 36-year old linebacker could well contribute quite a bit for one last year. Watch out for the Titans here as well. We could see Harrison following Dick LeBeau to Tennessee.|
James Harrison player page
Steelers | Dri Archer will have role in offense Thu Mar 19, 01:08 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.
|Footballguys view: Archer is a very versatile back, but because of his size, that versatility will almost always have to do with speedy routes and screens and never much between the tackles. Assume LeVeon Bell returns to 100 percent, Archer will still be very limited and have inconsistent fantasy value.|
Steelers | Martavis Bryant could start in 2015 Wed Mar 18, 04:06 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to push WR Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,' Haley said.
|Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. We're excited about Bryant's upside because of his size, wingspan and ability to win at the point of the catch. At the same time, we've also been disappointed by Wheaton's lack of development. He's got the potential to be a better player than what he's shown. We'll see how this battle plays out in training camp.|
Markus Wheaton player page
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Steelers | Patrick Robinson to visit Sat Mar 14, 11:31 AM
Free-agent CB Patrick Robinson (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, according to a source.Link to story
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Steelers | Pittsburgh to add DeAngelo Williams Fri Mar 13, 04:16 PM
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|Footballguys view: Williams will serve as the primary backup behind Le'Veon Bell. A good move for the Steelers here. They bounced LeGarrette Blount last year only to have Bell go down with an injury and the offense essentially fall apart.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger signs extension Fri Mar 13, 03:42 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to a contract extension with the team. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: We'll know more when details are released. This contract extension will likely allow Roethlisberger to retire with the Steelers. Coming off a great year in 2014, Roethlisberger's deal was set to expire at the end of this season. It's a good move for both sides.|
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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams meeting with PIT Wed Mar 11, 12:07 PM
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, March 13, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Williams still has something left in the tank, and the Steelers might need that for as many as four games if Le'Veon Bell suspension sidelines him at the beginning of the season. The Steelers backup RB corps is arguably the weakest in the NFL right now.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Steelers | Interested in re-signing Brice McCain Wed Mar 11, 01:11 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in re-signing free-agent CB Brice McCain, and they have a three-year offer on the table. The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings are also interested in his services.Link to story
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