Shark Bites

As expected, Steelers S Morgan Burnett (groin) and LB Vince Williams (hamstring) are inactive for today's game against the Falcons. Each player entered the day doubtful. Burnett's absence means a 3rd straight start for rookie S Terrell Edmunds. Anthony Chickillo looks likeliest to fill in for Williams, though Tyler Matakevich could also enter the picture.

Steelers LB Vince Williams is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons after missing practice all week with a hamstring injury.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell plans to rejoin the team during the Week 7 bye. That would bring him back just ahead of the league's Oct. 30 trade deadline. We'll see if Bell reaches that point as a member of the Steelers. And if he does report then, we'll see how Pittsburgh plans to handle its backfield. James Conner owners can at least feel comfortable starting him against the Falcons and Bengals the next 2 weeks.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. Keep the 2nd-year stud locked into fantasy lineups for Sunday night's game against the Ravens.

After sitting out on Wednesday, Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) put in a limited practice on Thursday. The fact that he wasn't a full go means he's likely dealing with a legitimate injury, but there's no reason to believe he won't play against the Ravens on Sunday night.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) did not practice on Wednesday. He seemed to come out of Monday night's win just fine, so this is probably just a rest day. Check back tomorrow for another update on Smith-Schuster's status

Steelers S Morgan Burnett is inactive for tonight’s game because of a groin injury.

The Steelers are now listening to trade offers for RB Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell looks set to sit out the first 10 games of the season and will hit free agency in the offseason. We'll see if any team steps up with a big enough offer to acquire Bell. Leaving Pittsburgh would likely ding his fantasy upside -- but at least he'd get on the field. A trade would also lock in James Conner as a RB1 the rest of the year.

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 QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. He sat out practice early in the week, but there was never any concern about his availability. Big Ben is an elite fantasy play at home for a leaky Chiefs defense.

Steelers DE Cameron Heyward (knee) and CB Artie Burns (toe) are active for today's game against the Chiefs. Each entered the day as questionable but is fine to use as you normally would in IDP leagues.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will play against the Chiefs tomorrow, ESPN's Dianna Russini confirms. Roethlisberger is listed as questionable but put in a full practice. His elbow issue never seemed like a real concern. Big Ben is an elite Week 2 fantasy play.

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 QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs. But he returned to a full practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. We don’t expect the elbow to be an issue this weekend. Big Ben is an elite fantasy play at home for a leaky Chiefs defense.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said when asked if he'll practice Friday. The veteran could play without practicing, and we're still not very concerned about his Week 2 availability. HC Mike Tomlin characterized Roethlisberger's injury as minor earlier this week. We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a minor elbow injury and will be limited in practice early this week. It's unclear if it's his throwing arm. "It's just bumps and bruises associated with the game," Tomlin said. This doesn't sound like something to worry about, but we'll keep an eye on Big Ben. He's in an excellent spot this weekend at home against the Chiefs.

The weather for today's Steelers-Browns game doesn't look quite as bad as it appeared it might be 24 hours ago. Light rain is expected throughout with winds of 10-20 mph. We'd try to avoid the kickers in this game and use the weather as a tiebreaker for passing-game pieces. But we're not adjusting our projections.

Cleveland could see heavy rain throughout the day Sunday along with potentially strong winds, according to multiple reports. That obviously has a chance to impact Browns-Steelers, especially the passing games. We'll keep an eye on the situation heading toward the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Try to have an insurance option available behind players such as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and Browns QB Tyrod Taylor.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will officially miss Sunday's opener after missing a 4 p.m. Saturday deadline to report to the team. Fantasy owners have been expecting that for most of the week, but this confirms that we can use James Conner as Pittsburgh's starting RB. As for Bell going forward ... we'll see.

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.

 
 
 

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