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Vance McDonald Fantasy Football News 2019

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.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. We’re expecting him to quickly emerge as Pittsburgh’s lead pass-catching TE, but we’d try not to use McDonald after he missed all of August.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. He was a full-go in practice all week, so we’re expecting him to play. McDonald could become a spot-start option down the line, but we wouldn’t trust him in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) is out for this weekend’s opener against the Browns. He practiced on Wednesday but was sidelined the past 2 days, so he might have suffered a setback. Consider McDonald week-to-week for now. TE Jesse James starts for the Steelers in a plus matchup. He’s a deep-league streamer and DFS flier.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) did not practice on Thursday after putting in a limited workout on Wednesday. We'll see if he suffered a setback or if Pittsburgh is just managing his reps. Either way, McDonald shouldn't be in your Week 1 fantasy plans.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He'd been sidelined since injuring that foot in late July. GM Kevin Colbert said a couple of weeks ago that he expected McDonald to be ready for the opener, and it at least looks like he has a shot. Still, he'd be tough to trust in fantasy lineups -- despite a plus matchup against the Browns.

Steelers TE Jesse James left Saturday's preseason game against the Titans with a back contusion. It doesn't sound like a serious issue, and James hasn't been a prominent fantasy factor. But he stands to gain opportunity if Vance McDonald (foot) isn't ready for the regular-season opener. We'll keep an eye on the status of both players.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert expects TE Vance McDonald to be ready for the start of the season. It's the first real update we've heard on McDonald since he went down with a foot injury on July 29. He's been sidelined ever since, so it's tough to see him making an early-season impact even if he's healthy. We've bumped McDonald down the TE rankings. He's now more of a in-season waiver-wire target than a late-round draft option.

It's been 2 weeks since Steelers TE Vance McDonald went down with a foot injury. He still hasn't returned to the field, and we still don't know much about his status. "Nothing's changed," HC Mike Tomlin said Sunday. "When it does change significantly in terms of progress toward return to play, I'll update you guys." If McDonald was dealing with a serious injury, we'd likely have heard about it by now. But all this missed time is bad news for a guy in just his 2nd season with the Steelers. McDonald will be tough to trust in early-season fantasy lineups if he doesn't get back on the field soon.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald rode a cart to the locker room at the end of Sunday's practice after suffering a foot injury. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic cautioned that "we have no idea the severity of it." Leaving on a cart doesn't necessarily mean that McDonald suffered a serious injury. As Kaboly pointed out, the locker room is "far away" from the field. Of course, McDonald has played in just 58 of a possible 80 games through 5 NFL seasons -- including only 10 last year. We'll await further word on the status of his foot before altering our rankings.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. Jesse James gets another game as the clear lead TE after posting a 5-21-1 line last Thursday. But he remains a shaky fantasy bet vs. Green Bay’s top-ranked TE defense.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Titans. That leaves TE duties to Jesse James, but he remains a weak fantasy play.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (knee) is out for Sunday night's game against the Lions. We don't have any details on his injury. McDonald had been coming on lately, with 25+ yard catches in both of the past 2 games. His absence leaves Jesse James as Pittsburgh's clear lead pass-catching TE.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. That leaves TE duties to Jesse James, who’s a sneaky DFS play.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is questionable for this weekend’s game against Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday. We’d bet against him playing, but McDonald shouldn’t have been in your fantasy plans anyway. McDonald’s absence would give TE Jesse James a slight boost.

The Steelers have acquired TE Vance McDonald and a 5th-round pick from the 49ers in exchange for a 4th-rounder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 'Niners have had McDonald on the trade block all offseason and finally found a taker. The 2013 second-round pick has flashed some over the past 2 seasons, averaging 13.3 yards per catch and scoring 7 times on 54 catches on a bad 49ers offense. He'll has a new system to learn in Pittsburgh but could certainly push TE Jesse James for playing time later this season. Keep McDonald on your waiver-wire watch list. His departure, meanwhile, opens the door for impressive rookie George Kittle to serve as San Francisco's pass-catching TE. He's another guy who could emerge as a spot-start option at some point this season.


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