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Vance McDonald Fantasy Football News 2020

TE Eric Ebron is signing a 2-year, $12 million deal with the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. A 1st-round bust for Detroit, Ebron rehabbed his value a bit in Indianapolis with 41.7 yards and .59 TDs per game over the past 2 seasons. Last year, he ranked 14th in Pro Football Focus' receiving grades and 9th in yards per route run among 35 TEs with 40+ targets. In Pittsburgh, Ebron joins a TE group with Vance McDonald, who restructured his contract earlier this week. Those guys could vulture production from each other, leaving both as unreliable fantasy options. We'll see how the situation plays out this summer.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Jets. He’s a low-upside TE2 in Pittsburgh’s conservative offense.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game against the Jets, barring a setback. But in Pittsburgh's conservative, Devlin Hodges-led passing game, McDonald is just a low-upside TE2.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (concussion) is out for Sunday night's game against the Bills. Nick Vannett will slide in as Pittsburgh's lead TE but isn't a viable fantasy play.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald sustained a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. It's his 2nd documented concussion. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week. McDonald's absence would leave Nick Vannett as Pittsburgh's top TE.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re expecting him to play his usual role.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so we're expecting McDonald to play. Of course, he's a shaky fantasy option with Mason Rudolph under center.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) remained sidelined on Thursday. It doesn't look like he'll be ready for this weekend's game against the Ravens, leaving recently acquired Nick Vannett as Pittsburgh's lead TE again.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) is inactive for tonight’s game against Cincinnati. Meanwhile, newly acquired TE Nick Vannett will make his Steelers debut.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Bengals. He missed practice all week with a shoulder injury. Nick Vannett could be in for immediate action less than a week after Pittsburgh acquired him from the Seahawks. RB Jaylen Samuels -- who played some TE among multiple positions in college -- could also be a part of the fill-in plan.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) missed practice again on Friday. HC Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week that McDonald had a shot to play against the Bengals on Monday night, but it’s not looking great. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday. HC Mike Tomlin is "optimistic" that McDonald will be ready for Monday night's game against the Bengals, but fantasy owners need to have another option lined up.

The Seahawks have traded TE Nick Vannett to the Steelers. This would seem to hint at real concern over TE Vance McDonald's shoulder injury, although NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears McDonald "won't have an extended absence." We'll monitor the situation, but Vannett isn't worth adding to fantasy rosters right now. The bigger impact comes in Seattle, where TE Will Dissly should see a boost in playing time. Vannett had played 39% of Seattle's offensive snaps and run a route on 42% of Russell Wilson's drop backs through 3 weeks. Corresponding numbers for Dissly: 55% and 47%. Both numbers should climb significantly going forward. Dissly has worked his way into the TE1 discussion.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald was in a sling on Tuesday, according to insider Dale Lolley. We still don't have any details on the shoulder injury that knocked McDonald out of last week's game in San Francisco, but it looks like it might be serious. Fantasy owners should be making other plans for Week 4 -- and maybe beyond.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald exited in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers with a shoulder injury and didn't return. We'll look for an update on his status on Monday.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his right elbow and will miss the rest of the 2019 season, HC Mike Tomlin announced Monday. We'll look for more details on the injury, but it's fair to wonder if this is the end for the 37-year-old Roethlisberger. It'll be Mason Rudolph under center for Pittsburgh the rest of this season. The 2018 3rd-rounder posted a 65% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt and 4 TDs vs. 1 INT this preseason. And he played well in relief of Big Ben vs. Seattle, completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and 2 scores. Rudolph looks capable of at least keeping WR JuJu Smith-Schuster -- and potentially TE Vance McDonald -- afloat. It's also worth noting that he played his college ball with fellow Steeler James Washington. We'll see if they can rekindle some magic.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) isn’t listed on the final Week 13 injury report. He sat out on Wednesday but was a full-go in Thursday and Friday’s practices. McDonald is a low-end TE1 play against a tough Chargers TE defense.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday. He'll play on Sunday night but is a low-end fantasy starter vs. a tough Chargers TE defense.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that TE Vance McDonald has a hip injury that will limit him in practice early this week. It doesn't sound like McDonald is in danger of missing Sunday night's game against the Chargers, but we'll keep an eye on him this week.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is expected to play today against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Howard is officially questionable with the MCL sprain that knocked him out of Week 4 early. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout Friday. He'll be a risky fantasy option on his own. Howard's return complicates the outlook, however, for Cameron Brate -- 1 of the week's most popular fantasy options at TE. There's still room or Brate to produce worthwhile fantasy numbers with Howard in the lineup, but Howard's return will likely hurt Brate's playing time. In DFS lineups, especially, you might want to pivot to someone such as Steelers TE Vance McDonald at similar prices and lower expected ownership.


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