Fantasy Football News 2020

Steelers WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) and Markus Wheaton (shoulder) are out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. That leaves Cobi Hamilton as Pittsburgh’s #4 WR behind Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates.

Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has been diagnosed with a sprained foot, according to HC Mike Tomlin. No word on the severity or how long he'll be out, but DHB probably won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. That figures to get WR Markus Wheaton back on the field after he was a healthy scratch last week, but he'll be 4th in the pecking order behind Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates.

Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey injured his ankle in the 1st half and was quickly ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Ravens. DHB had passed WR Markus Wheaton on the depth chart. Wheaton was a healthy scratch today.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on Tuesday ruled WR Eli Rogers (toe) out for this weekend's game against the Jets. The fact that he was ruled out so early in the week means he's not close to a return. Rogers can be dropped in all leagues. Sammie Coates has emerged as Pittsburgh's #2 WR, with Markus Wheaton as the #3 and Darrius Heyward-Bey #4.

Steelers WR Eli Rogers (toe) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. That leaves Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey as the #2 through #4 WRs. None can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on Tuesday deemed WR Eli Rogers "very questionable" for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rogers left the Week 3 loss to Philly early with a toe injury. His absence would leave more room for WRs Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey to stay on the field, though none of those 3 has displayed any reason for fantasy intrigue.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert brought up WR Sammie Coates when asked how the team will make up for the loss of WR Martavis Bryant this season.  “We feel good about Sammie Coates," Colbert said.  Last year's 3rd-rounder finished the regular season with just 1 catch for 11 yards but made 2 grabs for 61 yards in Pittsburgh's playoff loss to Denver.  Raw but supremely athletic, Coates is a candidate to take a significant 2nd-year leap.  He'll head to training camp battling Darrius Heyward-Bey for the #3 WR job.

The Steelers and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey have agreed to a new 3-year, $3.8 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  DHB saw just 39 targets this past season, hauling in 21 of them for 314 yards and 2 scores.  He'll remain no higher than 4th on the depth chart in 2016.  Note, though, that WR Markus Wheaton will be a free agent in 2017.  That could leave Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates to battle for the #3 job.

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) 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.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant won't play against the Chargers on Monday night, according to insider Ed Bouchette.  Bryant is reportedly dealing with a minor knee injury, but the team hasn't provided any updates.  The Steelers will add Bryant to the active roster on Tuesday, and he'll need to be listed on the injury report (if needed) next week.  His absence on Monday night means another game for Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton as the #2 and #3 WRs.  Bryant's absence puts a dent in QB Michael Vick's streaming appeal.

Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is slated to step into the #3 WR job during Martavis Bryant's 4-game suspension, according to insider Ed Bouchette.  Raw rookie Sammie Coates isn't ready for a significant role yet, so Pittsburgh is forced to go with DHB.  The Steelers run a lot of 3-WR sets, so Heyward-Bey will see plenty of playing time.  But it'd be impossible to trust him in fantasy lineups.  He caught 3 of 5 targets, averaged 11 yards per catch and committed 1 drop last year.

The Steelers have signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.  The former 1st-round pick was given a prime opportunity to revive his career with the Colts last year.  He flopped magnificently, hauling in just 29 of 58 targets, averaging 10.7 yards per catch and committing 9 drops.  He finished 107th out of 111 WRs in Pro Football Focus' rankings.  Heyward-Bey is only 27 and still boasts impressive athleticism, but it's tough to imagine him turning things around in Pittsburgh.  He'll likely slide in as the #4 WR behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

The Colts have released WR Griff Whalen.  He'd played about 50% of Indy's offensive snaps over the past 3 weeks, totaling 7 catches for 74 yards.  The move might be a vote of confident in WR Lavon Brazill, who appeared to replace Darrius Heyward-Bey in the starting lineup.  Whalen's departure might also lead to playing time for talented rookie Da'Rick Rogers.  Neither Brazill nor Rogers is a fantasy option right now, but the situation is worth monitoring.

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey played a season-low 23 snaps against the Titans on Thursday night.  Very few of those came after he committed an ugly 2nd-quarter drop.  HC Chuck Pagano said after the game that DHB was dealing with "a bit of an ankle injury."  But it looked to us that he was simply benched in favor of WR Lavon Brazill.  Heyward-Bey has just 5 catches for 51 scoreless yards in 3 games since WR Reggie Wayne went down.  He's dropped 3 balls over that span.  DHB can be dropped in fantasy leagues.  We'll see if Brazill can step up, but he finished last night's game with 0 catches on 1 target.

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced on Wednesday.  He took a big hit in the 4th quarter last week and did not return.  But HC Chuck Pagano said DHB was not diagnosed with a concussion.  This is confirmation.  Heyward-Bey is just a WR3 flier for Week 10.

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey took a big hit in the 4th quarter of Sunday night's game.  He appeared woozy walking off the field and did not return.  But HC Chuck Pagano said afterward that DHB did not sustain a concussion.  We'll keep an eye on the practice reports this week.  Heyward-Bey finished Sunday night's game with just 1 reception for 11 yards and dropped a couple catchable balls.

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Texans.  He tweaked his hammy on Thursday, sat out on Friday but was always expected to play tonight.  DHB figures to play an increased role in Indy's Reggie Wayne-less offense.

Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and didn't practice on Friday.  He's listed as questionable for Week 9.  But HC Chuck Pagano said DHB "should be good to go" for Sunday night's game against the Texans.  Despite the late start time, we'd feel comfortable getting Heyward-Bey into fantasy lineups.


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