We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that the team expects quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being ready for the season opener. Roethlisberger missed most of the 2019 season with a right elbow injury and has been rehabbing the injury. The Steelers struggled offensively without the veteran passer in the lineup. Tomlin said, “As we sit here today, we are extremely confident in his readiness … We are enjoying the process that he’s going through right now. Obviously, it’s not without its angst. The guy is coming off a season-ending injury and surgery. But we like where we are. He’s throwing on a rehab schedule, and it’s going well, and we fully anticipate him being ready to go for that opener.” Pittsburgh knows there is little hope for a playoff run without Roethlisberger.
Tailback Todd Gurley was left for dead in the dynasty world. His value has plummeted due to longevity. The Los Angeles Rams outwardly expressed no concern but would limit his usage, leaving fantasy players confused. There is hope that the Atlanta Falcons – Gurley’s new team – will be more transparent. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter told reporters, “the main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?” Given the team knew about the star's knee troubles before acquiring him, Atlanta either knows more than is being said or the team is taking a risk. The answer could be “both”. This is a team that will either have to rely on Ito Smith or add depth later in the summer. Running backs like Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller, and LeSean McCoy are available. Even ex-Falcon Devonta Freeman remains unsigned. We would recommend waiting until we know about Gurley before rushing to acquire the limited-upside of Smith. Also, depending on price, Gurley makes a cheap short-term fantasy option given the high-octane Falcons offense.
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