WR Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-4, 211||Born: 12-20-1991||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Bryant can't seem to put it together to make the kind of plays that typified his upside as a rookie and second-year player. He's the clear #3 with big play ability, but it's not coming to the surface.
Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers
FBG says: Great matchup. Ben Roethlisberger is mired in his worst season in years, posting near-career-lows in completion rate, yardage, and touchdown rates and his lowest fantasy output in nearly a decade. But at times - as we saw last week - this volatile passing game is rescued by its dynamic pass catchers. Antonio Brown remains the league's best all-around receiver, still excelling on underneath, intermediate, and deep routes, and he comes fresh off a massive 10-catch, 146-yard, 3-touchdown show from Week 11. LeVeon Bell is still arguably the league's premier receiving threat out of the backfield, and the emergence of rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who's averaging 17.2 yards and 0.15 touchdowns per catch, has boosted Roethlisberger's sagging efficiency. This no longer looks like a passing game that can dominate solely on its quarterback's arm, but it's one that can erupt in any matchup thanks to its wildly dynamic weaponry. Unsurprisingly, they're especially productive against weak secondaries, and the Packers look woefully unprepared to face them in Week 12. The Packers simply can't piece together a solid, or even passable, group of starting cornerbacks. Just three years ago they boasted the likes of Casey Heyward and a pre-concussion Sam Shields among their personnel, but are now grasping for starters from an exceptionally shaky pool of candidates. Davon House has been up-and-down at best on one side, while rookie Kevin King has been fighting through an injury and looks unlikely to play, and Damarious Randall has looked terrible in the slot. In fact, aside from safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, there's very little coverage ability throughout this secondary as a whole. As a result, they've been shredded in each of their last 3 reasonably-close games, including a 297-yard gem by Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Along the way, they've allowed 6 opposing wideouts to reach 88+ yards over their last 6 games, with a total of 8 wideout touchdowns across that span. Those are terrifying numbers for a defense set to face Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and what's left of Martavis Bryant's dynamism.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Martavis Bryant had two receptions for 30 yards. Mid second quarter, Bryant had a 25-yard reception overturned as he was flagged for an offensive pass interference penalty due to pushing off his defender. Late third quarter on a third and ten, Bryant ran an out-route for a 20-yard reception. Mid fourth quarter, Bryant ran an out-route for a ten-yard reception.
2017 Week 10 vs IND (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Martavis Bryant returned after serving his one-game team suspension. Bryant finished with only three receptions for 42 yards but had a few impactful plays. The wide receiver scored on a two-point conversion to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. On the play, Bryant ran a crossing-route and beat the coverage for the two-point conversion. With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter on third and four, Bryant ran a crossing-route for a 19-yard reception. On the play, Bryant did a fabulous job picking up yards after the reception and getting out of bounds. This play helped to set up the Steelers game-winning field goal.
2017 Week 7 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Martavis Bryant was once again an afterthought playing only 52% of the snaps and seeing two targets. On the first play from scrimmage, Bryant ran a reverse for a two-yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, Bryant ran a slant for a three-yard reception before being tackled on the Bengals four-yard line. Late 3rd quarter, Bryant was targeted on a deep pass, but he was unable to locate the football.
2017 Week 6 vs KC (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Martavis Bryant was once again an afterthought with only two receptions for 27 yards. Early second quarter, Bryant ran a quick slant for a 20-yard reception. The big news came after the game as Ian Rapoport reported that Bryant is unhappy and has requested a trade.
2017 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Martavis Bryant was added to the injury report late in the week with an illness. He played but was relegated to screen passes and short underneath crossing-routes. Ben Roethlisberger has been unable to connect with Bryant on long pass attempts yet this season.
2017 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Martavis Bryant was a secondary option as the Steelers focused on the running game. Three of his four receptions came on a two-minute drive late in the second quarter. First, Bryant caught a short five-yard reception. Then on a third and six, Bryant ran a crossing-route for a 24-yard reception. He followed that up on the next play with a 19-yard reception. Mid fourth quarter on a third and three, Bryant got behind the defense and had a chance for a touchdown but was overthrown by Ben Roethlisberger.
2017 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Martavis Bryant had a disappointing afternoon as he was targeted eight times but finished with only 2 receptions for 30 yards. He was targeted on multiple deep routes but was outplayed by the Bears secondary. On the first play from scrimmage, he had a great opportunity as he got behind the defense while running a go-route but the ball fell incomplete as it tipped off his fingertips. If he secures this pass it would have been a 75-yard touchdown reception and perhaps a completely different game result.
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.
Latest NewsSteelers | Martavis Bryant does little on TNF (Fri Nov 17, 12:56 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was targeted four times, catching two passes for 30 yards against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 16. link to story Steelers | Pittsburgh injury report for Week 11 (Wed Nov 15, 06:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) and TE Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. Haden has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans. LB James Harrison (back) and S Mike Mitchell (ankle) were limited in practice. Both players, and McDonald, are listed as questionable. WR Martavis Bryant (illness), OG Ramon Foster (rest), CB William Gay (rest), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (rest) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) practiced in full and are off the injury report. link to story Steelers | Martavis Bryant resurfaces in win (Sun Nov 12, 06:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant posted three receptions for 42 yards on five targets in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts and he also had a two-point conversion reception. link to story
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