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WR Ryan Switzer - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-8, 181Born: 11-4-1994College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 5): practiced fully on Wednesday.

General News (Mon Dec 3): left the team's Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a concussion.

Week 14: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger continues to walk the line between mediocre real-life play and big fantasy results. He hasn't been sharp of late, throwing 6 interceptions and producing just 7.1 yards per attempt over the last 3 weeks. He's missed on a few key throws, and his turnovers have been back-breakers. But fantasy players have appreciated the massive volume (148 attempts) and yardage outputs (314, 462, and 281) over that span. Roethlisberger has followed game flow and aired the ball out constantly, and with his duo of world-class receivers, it's resulted in plenty of fantasy production. Antonio Brown (86 yards a game and 12 touchdowns) remains the league's toughest all-around cover, winning consistently in the slot, at the sidelines, and down the field. Brown is a matchup-proof superstar, burning the top-tier secondaries of the Jaguars (117 yards and 1 score) and Chargers (154 and 1) this month. On the other side, JuJu Smith-Schuster is averaging 6.9 catches and 92 yards a game of his own. He's dominating all comers, both outside and in the slot, and has outproduced Brown by every measure except touchdowns. There's also occasional noise from situational guys like Vance McDonald and Ryan Switzer, but the bulk of this high-octane unit's production winds up in the hands of Brown and Smith-Schuster. Both are easy WR1s in fantasy, and Roethlisberger is always an upper-tier QB1 regardless of matchup or script. You'd never know it from the box scores, but the Raiders pass defense has been quite possibly the league's worst here in 2018. They're allowing more net yards per attempt (8.2) and touchdowns (2.4 per game) than anyone, after all. But the 2-10 Raiders' typical game flow lets opposing teams stop passing early before big yardage is allowed. Still, this is a fully targetable unit for opposing fantasy options. There's almost no pass rush in play here, and the constantly-juggled secondary has struggled to cover anyone. The cornerbacks are inconsistent at best, and the safeties frequently misplay throws down the seams. Tight ends, in particular, have dominated this matchup, with 4 different guys topping 70 yards over the last 6 weeks. This is a defense that the only reason they have not given up more yardage against the pass is due to their run defense being so poor.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs CAR 8 0 0 0 2 2 31 0 0 3.1
11 at JAX 24 0 0 0 3 3 28 0 0 2.8
12 at DEN 52 1 4 0 8 6 67 0 0 5.1
13 vs LAC 24 0 0 0 2 2 9 0 0 0.9
14 at OAK 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0.1
14 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
14 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Ryan Switzer's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 12 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Switzer was almost a large part of the problem in Week 12. Switzer, who has been a big addition to both the return game and slot wide receiver, fumbled two punt returns in Week 12. The first was innocently along the sideline and went directly out of bounds. The second went right through his hands and was nearly a turnover to give the Broncos excellent field position. Switzers role on offense is much more situational. His routes were limited to within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and yards after the catch were often held to minimum.

2018 Week 4 vs BAL (7 / 7 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

There isn't much Ryan Switzer isn't doing for the Steelers. He returns punts, kickoffs, running back (not just third-down running back), and slot wide receiver. Outside of the tight end position, Ryan Switzer was the only thing working against the Baltimore Ravens zone defense and was the recipient of three straight targets during the first half.

2018 Week 1 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Switzer will not show up much in the stat sheet, but he may have been the most impactful player for the Steelers on Sunday. Switzer relieved Antonio Brown of his punt return duties and took five kicks back for an average of 11.2 yards. Switzer consistently put the Steelers in good field position and could provide a boost to the team if he can play as a WR3.

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Latest News

Steelers | Pittsburgh's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 7, 03:25 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) and OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 14. LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and FS Morgan Burnett (back) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. WR Ryan Switzer (concussion), FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and LS Kameron Canaday (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Steelers | Pittsburgh's injury report for Thursday (Thu Dec 6, 04:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), OG Ramon Foster (rest) and OT Marcus Gilbert (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6. WR Ryan Switzer (concussion), FS Morgan Burnett (bacK0, FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and LS Kameron Canaday (knee) participated fully.

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Steelers | Ryan Switzer practices in full (Wed Dec 5, 04:42 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) went through a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Steelers | Wednesday's practice report for Pittsburgh (Wed Dec 5, 04:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), RB James Conner (ankle), OT Marcus Gilbert (knee), CB Joe Haden (not injury related) and C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. S Morgan Burnett (back), LS Kameron Canaday (knee), FB Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) practiced in full.

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Steelers | Ryan Switzer in concussion protocol (Sun Dec 2, 11:20 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Ryan Switzer (concussion) left the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to concussion.

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Schedule

14@ Oakland Raiders
15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals