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TE Xavier Grimble - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-4, 257Born: 9-22-1992College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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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 9 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs GB 20 1 1 1 0 6.1
13 at CIN 18 1 9 0 0 0.9
14 vs BAL 6 0 0 0 0 0
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Grimble had one play of note, a 1-yard touchdown reception on a shovel pass which occurred in the middle of the first quarter. He was on the field far less than starting tight end Jesse James (just 20 snaps versus 64 for James) and doesn't look in danger of becoming a force on a regulator basis.


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