SECOND UPDATE: Get him out of lineups if you play in leagues that allow for the setting of lineups each week. As said below, expect Josh Harris to start, and be a decent flex this week, while Ben Tate gets some work. This Wild Card game should be loaded with a whole bunch of Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown/Martavis Bryant.
First UPDATE: Even if he plays in the Steelers’ Wild Card game against the Ravens, he won’t likely sniff a normal workload, but keep checking back with us all week long, as things can change fast. That wouldn't be surprising. For now, Josh Harris is expected to start against the Ravens (with Ben Tate getting touches). No matter what happens, we expect Pittsburgh to lean heavily on stud WR Antonio Brown. And, Martavis Bryant is a sneaky WR play in playoff formats. He has been spotty down the stretch in 2014, but the kid has huge big-play potential. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: The signing of Ben Tate definitely shows concern by the Steelers, at least for this Saturday’s Wild Card outing. If Bell sits, Josh Harris will get starter carries, while Tate will likely just see a handful. Stay tuned. Looking for Week 18 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: It looks like he will undergo surgery, which isn’t a good sign, but he will have plenty of time to recover before next season. While McKinnon maintains solid dynasty value, there are a lot of unknowns for him and that situation heading into next year. As for the rest of this year, look for a ‘hot hand’ approach to be used, especially for Week 14, meaning both Matt Asiata and Ben Tate could see extra run, but predicting which will outscore the other is difficult. There is still a chance Adrian Peterson could be active in Week 15, but it’s just a chance and not a lock. Stay tuned for more AP news! Looking for Week 14 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: With Matt Asiata ruled out for Week 12, Jerick McKinnon is set for a nice workload this week. Ben Tate will serve as the back-up rusher in this one. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: We will keep you posted on this one, but this clearly gives bumps to both Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, both of which hold different value from week to week. Despite his injury issues, it’s hard to imagine Ben Tate not landing with a team soon, as many teams are in need of a rusher right now. The Colts are a great candidate with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, and Trent Richardson looking awful… it isn’t tough imagining Ben Tate climbing up that Indy depth chart. The Steelers could also give Tate a look, as they released LeGarrette Blount today. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Andy Dalton was just plain awful in this one, completing just 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards, 0TDs and 3INTs. Of course, this left AJ Green (3/23/0TDs) and Mohamed Sanu 2/20/0TDs) with zero change to produce, as there was just 86 yards and 0TDs to spread around. Dalton’s bad play, mixed with horrible game planning, eliminated Jeremy Hill’s production (12 carries for 55 yards) despite his solid 4.58 yards-per-carry tonight. He had a fumble, which took him out of the game plan for a bit, but we still like Hill a lot moving forward, at least as a flex (even when Giovani Bernard returns from his hip injury). The team, and Gio himself, may look to speed along his recovery after this horrible offensive performance, but we still only feel comfortable calling Gio ‘questionable’ for Week 11. He is a great buy-low candidate right now, though, if your team can weather through another missed game should he have to sit out Week 11. As for those Browns rushers, they all scored a touchdown in this one, and the stat lines looked like: West: 94/1TD, Crowell: 41/1TD and Tate: 34/1TD… West dominated the carries with 26, something that we speculated prior to the game, but in all honesty, playing any of those Browns rushers was a gamble prior to kickoff. West looks like the clear starter moving forward, though – for now. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Giovani Bernard (hip) is inactive for the Bengals’ Thursday night Week 10 battle against the Browns; Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) and Jordan Cameron (head) are inactive for the Browns. Expect a whole lot of Jeremy Hill in this one, who was our top add weeks ago, and our start of the week last week. He could very well rush for over 100 and a score in this one. We expect to see flashes of the AJ Green of old as well. On the Browns side of the football, a three-headed rotation at running back is expected (Terrance West, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell) – If we had to guess, West will lead the way, but anything can happen with such a hot hand approach. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
We have so many probable, questionable and out players to report on today, I tossed a majority of them into this one post. It looks like Reggie Bush is going to get a ton of work in Week 5, he is an excellent start this week. Good luck with all your decisions, folks, and be sure to get on our forums and get some last-minute line-up advice!
Probable Players for Week 5
A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice on Friday, but is probable for Week 5.
Julio Jones (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Dez Bryant (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Jamaal Charles (ankle) is probable for Week 5.
Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 5.
Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is probable for Week 5.
Arian Foster (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Tony Romo (back) is probable for Week 5.
Golden Tate (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Ladarius Green (hamstring) is probable for Week 5.
Sammy Watkins (ribs) is probable for Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Ben Tate is probable for Week 5.
Questionable Players for Week 5
Andre Johnson (ankle) was held out of Friday’s practice and is questionable for Week 5.
Vernon Davis (back) is questionable for Week 5.
Out Players for Week 5
Joique Bell is out for Week 5.
SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: It looks like Jordan Cameron (shoulder) has a decent chance of playing in Week 3 according to Ohio.com. Keep checking back with us on this one, as it could come down to a game-time decision. For that, you’re going to want to be signed up for our Smart Alerts. Ben Tate is not expected to play, meaning Terrance West is going to get starter carries. Will he do well against that 8th-ranked Ravens rushing defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown? Find out what we have dialed into our Week 3 Power Rankings?