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WR Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-4, 211Born: 12-20-1991College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Bryant got free deep once and also used his speed on a short crosser to score and make defender angles look bad. He'll face the Bears this week in a matchup that gives him his typical WR2 upside.

Week 3: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger looked just fine in Week 2, testing the Vikings' imposing secondary to a solid amount of success. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards and 2 scores, and he could've had a markedly bigger game. Roethlisberger threw a whopping 10 deep passes (15+ yards downfield), two of which drew long pass interference flags. He simply looks far more confident and accurate when playing at home. He'll be on the road this Sunday, though, where his outlook is a little less rosy. Over his last 3 seasons (plus 1 game), his yardage has fallen by 16% per attempt and 21% per game away from Pittsburgh, and he's thrown just 1.1 touchdowns a game over that span. Overall, his fantasy production has declined by a whopping 43% on the road, including some memorably middling showings against mediocre pass defenses. All told, though, his arrow is pointing up. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are winning battles on all levels of the field, and dual-threat extraordinaire LeVeon Bell is rounding into form. Under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears have improved exponentially against the pass. They've been especially adept at funneling opportunity away from opposing WR1s; dating back to the start of last season, they've shut down the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Dez Bryant, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson, and Julio Jones (twice). Of course, as our John Lee will point out, that's a taller task when that WR1 has a strong complement on the other side, as Evans did in last week's matchup. With DeSean Jackson drawing deep help down the field, Evans managed to meet his typical expectations, catching 7 of his 9 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown (and dropping another). As a result, it's hard to project what Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will be able to do Sunday. The Bears don't use top cornerback Prince Amukamara to shadow top receivers, and the Steelers move their wideouts around quite a bit, so both will get their chances against shaky cover man Marcus Cooper. Expect occasional fireworks on that side, as the Bears will struggle to provide safety help to both cornerbacks.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at CLE 50 0 0 0 6 2 14 0 0 1.4
2 vs MIN 47 1 7 0 4 3 91 1 0 15.8
3 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 91 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Martavis Bryant led the Steelers wide receivers with 91 yards and a touchdown late in the first quarter. On the play, Bryant ran a quick slant route and caught the football while running in stride. He cut across the middle of the field while outrunning the Vikings defense for the 27-yard touchdown reception. Mid third quarter on a 3rd and 12, Bryant ran a slant route for a 13-yard reception. He once again displayed his elite speed getting behind the defense for a 51-yard reception on the next play.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Martavis Bryant struggled early dropping an easy pass and tipping another pass that almost resulted in an interception. Mid 2nd quarter, Bryant caught a quick pass but the Browns defense was there to meet him and the play resulted in no gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Bryant ran a comeback-route for a 14-yard reception.

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Steelers | Martavis Bryant finds end zone (Sun Sep 17, 06:05 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant caught three passes for 91 yards and one touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.

Our View: Bryant had a huge gain on one play and his speed accounted for a score on a short crossing pattern. He'll be a good boom/bust play against the Bears next week.
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant quiet in Week 1 (Sun Sep 10, 04:33 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant caught two passes for 14 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.

Our View: Don't drop Bryant, but maybe sit him next week against Minnesota. It had been over a year since his last regular season game, so hopefully he and the rest of the Steelers offense other than Antonio Brown will wake up earlier against the Vikings next week.
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Schedule

3@ Chicago Bears
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Kansas City Chiefs
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns