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WR Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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General News (Mon Oct 16): recently requested a trade, sources reported Sunday, Oct. 15. His teammates and coaches are reportedly well aware he is unhappy with his current role. Bryant, however, told reporters Monday, Oct. 16, he did not request a trade and has only talked with coaches about getting better.

Week 7: vs Cincinnati Bengals - $4300

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ben Roethlisberger is definitively slumping. He's currently sporting his lowest completion rate in 7 years, his worst interception rate in 11 years, and his lowest yardage per attempt and touchdown rate ever. Roethlisberger has thrown just 3 touchdowns over his last 4 games, averaging a ho-hum 254 yards over that span. Even the "Roethlisberger at home" narrative has failed him - his 5-interception debacle from Week 5 went down in Pittsburgh. He's difficult to trust for more than average numbers right now, and his weekly floor is descending. The slump hasn't reached Antonio Brown, though, who continues to make virtually every matchup his own. Brown has produced 110+ yards in 4 of his 6 games, and 155+ in 3 of them. His numbers might be even more impressive if not for penalties; Brown has drawn 63 yards' worth of pass interference calls and had 43 more wiped out by Steelers flags. If the Steelers can reintegrate Martavis Bryant into the scheme - and keep getting impressive boosts from rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster - there's dynamism aplenty here. But Roethlisberger has had a big hand in holding this unit back, and he'll need to bounce forward soon to give us any confidence. The Bengals pass defense has been a pleasant mini-surprise for the up-and-down Bengals. It's true that they've only faced one objectively strong passer - Aaron Rodgers, who hung 313 yards and 3 touchdowns on them. But against their shakier opponents, they've been not just stingy, but dominant. Their 4 non-Rodgers quarterback opponents have averaged an anemic 4.73 yards per attempt and thrown just 2 touchdowns. And much of Rodgers' success came from masterfully extending plays; it's hard to fault the Bengals coverage units for that day. The cornerbacks have been generally stout all year, aided by a pass rush that's been swarming, headed by the fantastic Geno Atkins and rookie phenom Carl Lawson. Once Carlos Dunlap picks up steam - he's registered just 1 sack this year, but 30.5 since 2014 - this should be a downright dominant unit most weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
3 at CHI 45 0 0 0 8 2 30 0 0 5700 5.00 0.88
4 at BAL 48 0 0 0 5 3 48 0 0 5400 7.80 1.44
5 vs JAX 62 1 13 0 8 5 21 0 0 5000 8.40 1.68
6 at KC 33 0 0 0 3 2 27 0 0 4700 4.70 1.00
7 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * * * *
7 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs KC (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec - 4.7 points, $4700)

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 - 8.4 points, $5000)

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 - 7.8 points, $5400)

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 - 5 points, $5700)

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 - 18.8 points, $5500)

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 - 3.4 points, $6000)

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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Latest News

Steelers | Martavis Bryant did not ask for trade? (Mon Oct 16, 01:51 PM) - Contradicting a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant told reporters Monday, Oct. 16, he did not request a trade and has only talked with coaches about getting better.

Our View: Bryant is unlikely to be traded. He's frustrated with his role after only getting targeted three times against the Chiefs in Week 6. We'll see if the Steelers do more to get him involved going forward.
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant asks for trade (Sun Oct 15, 11:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade, sources reported Sunday, Oct. 15. His teammates and coaches are reportedly well aware he is unhappy with his current role.

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Steelers | Just two catches for Martavis Bryant (Sun Oct 15, 10:39 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant managed just two catches for 27 yards on three targets in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Steelers | Martavis Bryant posts five grabs (Sun Oct 8, 05:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant racked up five catches for 21 yards on eight targets in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Our View: Bryant was disappointing against a stacked Jaguars secondary. With Ben Roethlisberger struggling to find his way, Bryant is just a boom/bust flex, but one with a good matchup against the Chiefs and hopefully avoiding Marcus Peters.
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Steelers | Martavis Bryant active for Week 5 (Sun Oct 8, 12:19 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness) is officially active for the team's Week 5 game.

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Schedule

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