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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He had the damaged meniscus trimmed on Monday. Pittsburgh has a well-timed Week 8 bye, and there's a chance Big Ben is ready by Week 9. QB Landry Jones gets the start this Sunday and is a massive downgrade. WR Antonio Brown and RB Le'Veon Bell should remain in fantasy lineups, but the rest of the Steelers' skill-position guys should be benched.

The forecast for today's Steelers-Dolphins game calls for a 55% chance of rain with winds of 14-16 mph. Those obviously aren't ideal conditions for the passing games, but it's not enough to impact our projections.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  He hasn't made much, if any, progress through the protocol and isn't a lock to return if Pittsburgh is still playing next weekend.  Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will serve as the top 3 WRs on Sunday, but a matchup with the league's #1 WR defense limits the fantasy appeal.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday.  He's running out of time to get cleared for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  He'll have no chance if he doesn't at least return to a limited practice tomorrow.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.  It means he's still in the early stages of the protocol.  We'll continue to track Brown's progress, but he looks worse than 50/50 to be cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) is "not looking good" for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Broncos, according to ESPN's Bob Holtzman.  We'll continue to track his progress through the league's protocol.  Pittsburgh would be left with Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey as its top 3 WRs if Brown isn't cleared in time.  All 3 guys would be more intriguing if they weren't facing the league's top-ranked WR defense.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers WR Antonio Brown “is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos.” That report came Sunday, which seems like a remarkably quick recovery after Brown took a scary shot to his head near the end of Saturday night's win over the Bengals. We'll continue to track his status this week, but it seems fantasy football owners can expect to have Brown available.

To the surprise of no one who was watching the game, Steelers WR Antonio Brown suffered a concussion when Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict hit him in the head late in the 4th quarter of Saturday night's win at Cincinnati. The hit drew a personal-foul penalty, followed by another from Bengals CB Adam Jones in the aftermath. Those flags helped produce an easy game-winning kick for Steelers K Chris Boswell. We'll see in the coming week if Brown can make it back in time for a rematch with the Broncos in the Divisional Round.

The forecast for today's Steelers-Browns game calls for 20-30% chance of snow with 18 mph winds.  That might be enough to break ties against guys in this game, but we're not moving any Steelers or Browns in the Week 17 rankings.  QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and WR Martavis Bryant remain strong fantasy plays.  TE Gary Barndige is the only reliable option in Cleveland's passing game.

The Steelers are "waiting until the last possible minute" to decide whether QB Ben Roethlisberger will start today's game against the Chiefs.  It sounds like he'll go through pregame warmups before a final call is made.  We'll find out by noon ET.  If active, Big Ben will be worth getting in fantasy lineups vs. Kansas City's 32nd-ranked QB defense.  His return would also be a boost to RB Le'Veon Bell and WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey broke his fibula in Sunday's preseason game against the Packers.  He'll undergo surgery and is expected to miss at least half of the season.  There's a chance Pouncey misses the entire year, according to insider Ed Bouchette.  Pouncey will be replaced by Cody Wallace, who received negative run and pass-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus in limited action last year.  Pouncey finished 6th among 41 Cs in PFF's 2014 overall grades. This is a significant loss for an offense full of fantasy assets.  We're not knocking any of the Steelers down our rankings yet, but we'll be keeping a close eye on the offense in the 3rd preseason game.  Note that Pouncey missed almost the entire 2013 season, and Pittsburgh ranked 20th in yards and 16th in points.  They vaulted into the top 7 in both with Pouncey back last year.

If Steelers WR Antonio Brown was considering a holdout, it looks like he's decided against it.  Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Brown was in attendance for Monday's team workout.  He's still reportedly looking for a new deal, but it doesn't look that that will impact his offseason routine.  Brown has been coming off the board in the middle of Round 1 in April MFL10 drafts.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of the team's offseason workout program and is "mulling" a training camp holdout, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.  Brown inked a 6-year, $43 million deal back in 2012 but is now just the 13th highest-paid WR in terms of annual salary.  He ranks 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in catches and yards over the past 3 seasons.  We'll keep an eye on the contract squabble, but it won't impact Brown's fantasy outlook unless it extends into training camp.  He's spent 5 years with QB Ben Roethlisberger and 3 in OC Todd Haley's offense.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown left during the 1st possession of Thursday night's game after taking a blow to the head.  He looked a little dazed on the sideline and headed to the locker room, presumably to be checked for a concussion.  We'll see what happens with Brown, but the heightened awareness surrounding head injuries makes it seem unlikely that he'll return to the game.  The Steelers lined RB Le'Veon Bell up wide as a receiver shortly after Brown left.  WR Justin Brown also figures to see more playing time if Antonio Brown's out.

Update: Brown returned in the 2nd quarter.

The Steelers are planning to use more no-huddle this season.  “I think it's something that we realized where we can be and what we did last year, and where we were successful, so I think we'll use it more,” QB Ben Roethlisberger said.  The Steelers ran at least 15 no-huddle plays in each of their final 9 games.  They scored more than 10 points per game more during that stretch than they did in their first 7 games.  From a fantasy football perspective, we always like no-huddle offenses.  A quicker tempo means more plays, and more plays mean more points.

The Steelers will give 4th-round rookie WR Martavis Bryant a shot to start in 2014.  "I'm not going to say that he is going to start, but potentially he could," WRs coach Richard Mann said.  "We feel like we got a guy to put opposite of Antonio Brown.  We were delighted we were able to get him. Felt like a second-, third-round guy."  Free-agent addition Lance Moore is best off as a #3 WR at this point of his career.  And 2013 3rd-rounder Markus Wheaton remains unproven.  Still, we're skeptical Bryant will win the #2 job.  He had just 1 year of significant college production and is considered a raw prospect.  He's more likely to serve as a situational deep threat in 2014.  Bryant will certainly be worth monitoring this summer, though.  He goes 6'4, 211 pounds with 4.4 speed.

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