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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 Dec 11): With no Juju Smith-Schuster and Ben Roethlisberger throwing for over 500 yards, surely Bryant had a big night? Nope, he wasn't on the same page as the quarterback on too many plays and he should return to a WR3 role when Smith-Schuster returns this week.

General News (Wed Dec 13): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 15: vs New England Patriots - $4500

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger, ever the streaky gunslinger, is currently sitting on a blistering six-game fantasy-QB1 stretch. After posting career near-lows in efficiency and touchdown production to open the year, he's averaging 331 yards and 2.5 over that span. That of course includes last week's 506-yard eruption, which wasn't particularly fluky - it was built not on deep-prayer throws but on a smart, controlled Steelers attack. His volume is through the roof, with 40-66 attempts in each of his last 4 games, and with all of his offense's playmakers it's genuinely difficult not to produce. Antonio Brown remains the world's best receiver and an ever-present threat for 150+ yards regardless of matchup, and LeVeon Bell remains the league's most dynamic receiving producer from the backfield. Martavis Bryant adds at least a theoretical layer of dynamism, as do the tight ends. This week, ultra-impressive rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster will return from suspension to work the slot, likely bumping Bryant down the pecking order but adding a strong net gain in terms of offensive explosiveness. The New England pass defense has tightened of late after a historically awful start, but all in all remains a fairly Swiss-cheese unit, one we can target with strong passing games. We can't discount their improvement - they've allowed just 214 yards per game over their last 7 games - but we can certainly take note of the poor competition it's come against. Over the past five weeks they've faced the toothless passing games of the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins (twice), and Bills; I'm not interested in trying to glean much from those matchups. The fact remains that, when facing stronger passing games, this defense tends to fold. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler have been exceptionally up-and-down, the safety play has been terrible, and the pass rush has provided almost no persuasion for opposing passers to get the ball out quickly. We don't want to expressly label this an atrocious, targetable pass defense. But we do want to roster a few opposing pieces when they play a strong offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs TEN 45 0 0 0 4 2 30 0 0 4000 5.00 1.25
12 vs GB 58 1 1 0 6 4 40 1 0 0 14.10
13 at CIN 40 0 0 0 6 4 40 0 0 0 8.00
14 vs BAL 71 0 0 0 10 6 33 0 0 0 9.30
15 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs BAL (10 / 6 / 33 / 0 rec - 9.3 points, $0)

Martavis Bryant had a disappointing performance with six receptions for 33 yards. Bryant struggled filling in for the suspended JuJu Smith-Schuster with kickoff return duties as he put the offensive in negative starting positions on multiple occasions.

2017 Week 13 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec - 8 points, $0)

Bryant had the second-most targets on the team, six, against Cincinnati. Bryant had opportunities for a bigger performance, including a kickoff return for a touchdown called back by penalty, deep defensive pass interference penalty, and a 50/50 target which he could not win in the air. Bryant's lone reception of note came on a skinny post, fueling Pittsburgh into game-winning field goal range in the closing minute.

2017 Week 12 vs GB (6 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush - 14.1 points, $0)

With JuJu Smith-Schuster out, Bryant saw a lot more work. He was targeted several times in the end zone, including once for a 17-yard touchdown. On the play, Bryant got behind the defender on a fade route and Ben Roethlisberger dropped the ball perfectly in his hands for a score. He also drew a pass-interference penalty in the end zone on another play. Overall, it was one of his better games, though whether that will be a sign of things to come or a product of Smith-Schuster being out is hard to say

2017 Week 11 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec - 5 points, $4000)

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 - 8.3 points, $3900)

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 - 1.5 points, $4300)

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 - 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.


Latest News

Steelers | Martavis Bryant expected back Thursday (Thu Dec 14, 01:37 AM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant missed practice Wednesday, Dec. 13, due to a personal/family situation and will be back with the club on Thursday, Dec. 14.

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Steelers | Martavis Bryant not on the field (Wed Dec 13, 06:11 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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Steelers | Martavis Bryant chips in pedestrian line (Tue Dec 5, 01:34 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant finished with four catches on six targets for 40 yards in the team's Week 13 triumph Monday, Dec. 4, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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