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RB LeGarrette Blount - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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Preseason player page

Blount is taking over kickoff returns after Dri Archer underperformed the first half of the season.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): It's time to start stocking your bench with high injury upside backups - players who are the clear backup in a productive offense with good talent and all-around skills. Blount isn't the dynamic player that LeVeon Bell is right now (who is?), but a high-flying Steelers offense will create opportunities for the starting running back either way.

Week 9: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Steelers held the football almost 40 minutes on last Sunday (39:43 to 20:17 for Indianapolis), rushing for 117 yards as a team. Le'Veon Bell posted 24/92/0 rushing and 6/56/0 receiving during the contest, but somehow missed out on the six-TD-pass bonanza of fantasy points from Ben Roethlisberger. LeGarrette Blount continues in a backup role, with 6/21/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving to his credit last weekend. All is well with the Steelers' rushing attack, though fantasy owners might wish for more TDs on Bell's part (just one rushing and one receiving score so far this season for Bell). The last time Pittsburgh saw Baltimore (Week 2), Bell posted 11/59/0 rushing and 5/48/0 receiving to go over 100 yards combined. The Ravens' rush D allowed 34/111/3 to the Bengals' runners last week, after giving up just 16/68/0 to the Falcons two games ago. To date the Ravens are seventh in the NFL averaging 90.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores surrendered to their opposition. Bell is zipping along at a quick pace (he averages 4.9 yards per carry this season), while the Ravens' rush D has been up and down in recent weeks, but is usually stout. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Steelers.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 at JAX 8 29 0 3 3 17 0 0
6 at CLE 8 27 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs HOU 7 9 0 1 1 8 0 0
8 vs IND 6 21 0 2 2 11 0 1
9 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 1 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * 1 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 7 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CLE (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount only played 11 snaps due to the Steelers falling behind early; in fact, Blount played the first two plays of the 2nd quarter and was not on the field again until the very last Steelers' drive in the 4th quarter. He did manage to get a couple of goalline carries in the 1st quarter, but was unsuccessful in converting those attempts into a touchdown.

2014 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Blount saw a typical workload against the Texans, playing in 27% of the Steeler's offensive snaps. He was largely ineffective on the ground, gaining only 9 yards on 7 carries, but did catch one pass out of the backfield for a gain of 8 yards. Blount's value as the goalline back continues to be hampered by the Steelers' reluctance to run the ball in the redzone; they ran 5 plays inside the Texans' 20-yard line and all were passes.

2014 Week 8 vs IND (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount spelled Le'Veon Bell in certain situations, playing in ~ 20% of the Steelers' offensive snaps. Blount carried the ball minimally and caught a few passes out of the backfield, but none of those touches led to any substantial gains or scoring plays. Blount lost a potentially costly fumble deep in the redzone in the 4th quarter, which returned the ball to the Colts when they trailed by only a touchdown.

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Schedule

9vs Baltimore Ravens
10@ New York Jets
11@ Tennessee Titans
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals