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  • Benny Snell plays behind Najee Harris all year
    Benny Snell rushed two times for 15 yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Snell was used as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 back throughout the year but that role only amounted to 36 carries behind Najee Harris, who led the entire league in snaps (980, 84%) at his position. Snell will likely return to Pittsburgh for the final year of his rookie deal but won’t make an impact as long as Harris is available. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:38 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.19 (2623rd)
     
  • Freiermuth scores seven touchdowns in rookie year
    Pat Freiermuth caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Freiermuth did not earn a role until Eric Ebron was lost for the year but responded with six targets per game from Week 6 on, totaling the sixth-most touchdowns (7) and 16th-most average fantasy points (9.5) at his position. His 21 red zone targets also finished third on the team despite being a part-time player until mid-season. With Ebron headed for free agency in 2022, Freiermuth has a tremendous case to be ranked as a fringe-TE1 with double-digit touchdown upside pending who the Steelers land at quarterback to replace Ben Roethlisberger. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:36 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.58 (92nd)
     
  • Claypool done with underwhelming sophomore year
    Chase Claypool caught 3-of-7 targets for 25 yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Claypool's underwhelming sophomore season comes to a close with four fewer targets (105) than his rookie year despite logging seven more starts and 131 more snaps (823-692) across 15 games. Although he did not help himself with multiple on-field antics and issues including tying for the sixth-most drops (6) in the league, there is a light at the end of the tunnel since he merely scored one touchdown on a team-high nine end zone targets. Increased concerted usage after he recorded 10 and 14 carries in his first two seasons would go a long way in 2022. At the end of the day, whomever is under center for the Steelers next year will define whether or not Claypool's ceiling outlook is worth leaping the line for in the middle of drafts. Regardless, his raw talent is undeniable. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:27 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    10.06 (85th)
     
  • Diontae Johnson ties for second-most NFL targets
    Diontae Johnson caught 5-of-10 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Volume was again king for Johnson, who led the Steelers with 10.5 targets per game and tied Davante Adams for the second-most targets (169) in the league behind Cooper Kupp (191). The 25-year-old also accrued double-digit targets in 12-of-16 games, quietly recording 14 more red zone targets (38) than Pittsburgh's next closest receiver. With a change under center in the cards for 2022, Johnson's floor should be taken with a grain of salt based on the talent eventually throwing to him. His ceiling could be higher if playing with a better quarterback since JuJu Smith-Schuster's and Ray-Ray McCloud's departures vacate a handful of additional targets to go around. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:14 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.07 (44th)
     
  • Harris leads his position in snaps and touches
    Najee Harris rushed 12 times for 29 yards, catching both of his targets for -1 receiving yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: The overall RB8 in fantasy points per game (17.7), Harris defied being dragged down by Pittsburgh's horrendous offense by simply being available every week for league-highs in snaps (980, 83.5%) and touches (381) at his position, ceding a combined 51 carries to the running back depth behind him. His 94 targets also tied Austin Ekeler for the league lead at their position, though Harris' longest catch (25 yards) and run (37) were nothing to write home about — he was merely out there for every snap. He'll enter the offseason as a touch-based RB1 with no competition behind him. An upgrade at quarterback following Ben Roethlisberger's retirement would do wonders. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:03 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Hardman sees four targets in Wild Card win
    Mecole Hardman caught all four of his targets for 43 yards in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: With Tyreek Hill back at full strength, Hardman ran the fourth-fewest routes (25) among the team's receivers. He also bobbled a handoff while lined up in the Wildcat formation that ultimately got Darrel Williams benched in the second quarter. Hardman offers little (if any). fantasy production as long as Hill is firing on all cylinders. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    5.77 (214th)
     
  • Pringle catches two touchdowns in Wild Card win
    Byron Pringle caught 5-of-7 targets for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Pringle caught touchdown passes from both Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, getting targeted in the end zone on both. Although he ran fewer routes than Demarcus Robinson (30-29), Pringle's seven targets tied Kelce's for the team lead. Pringle will remain a four-game DFS option for the Divisional Round against Buffalo. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    5.68 (215th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) gets benched in Wild Card
    Darrel Williams rushed one time for four yards in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Jerick McKinnon actually started in the backfield over Williams, though the latter was mixing in on third down until he fumbled a shotgun snap from Mecole Hardman in the second quarter. McKinnon was used exclusively over Williams from that point forward, out-snapping Derrick Gore and Williams by a combined 51-14. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) expected back for the Divisional Round, The Mentor's days of leading Kansas City's backfield have likely come to an end. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • Kelce catches, throws for touchdowns in Wild Card
    Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Kelce also threw a touchdown pass to Byron Pringle in the fourth quarter, shifting under center for Patrick Mahomes at the goal line and pretending as if he was going take off running up the middle for a score. Kelce's 48-yard touchdown reception occurred with 0:13 remaining in the second half as he broke free along the sideline and gave the Chiefs a 21-7 lead headed into the intermission. It was notably his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown. The Chiefs are hoping he continues to rack them up in the Divisional Round against Buffalo. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.39 (7th)
     
  • Smith-Schuster sees eight targets in WC return
    JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 5-of-8 targets for 26 yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Given a six-month recovery timeline following shoulder surgery in October, Smith-Schuster miraculously bounced back after three months and gutted out one last appearance with the Steelers in the Wild Card for Ben Roethlisberger's final game. That performance encapsulated his season as he again failed to eclipse 55 receiving yards with the second-most targets (8) on the team. Smith-Schuster, 25, will ultimately enter free agency in 2022 without having shown he's anything more than a serviceable slot receiver. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1995th)
     
  • Mitchell carries 27 times in ball-control attack
    Elijah Mitchell rushed 27 times for 96 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' Wild Card round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Mitchell didn't have the most efficient day, but together with Deebo Samuel, he allowed the 49ers to dictate the flow of the game against the Cowboys. Mitchell had two more rushing attempts than Jimmy Garoppolo had passing attempts, and it is clear that the 49ers prefer it that way. The 49ers have a history of running the ball heavily on the Packers, and they will attempt to do so once again in the Divisional round. Mitchell is set up as a high-volume running back with solid TD equity. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Ray-Ray McCloud moves back to bench in Wild Card
    Ray-Ray McCloud caught both of his targets for 20 yards in Pittsburgh's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Pittsburgh’s primary punt returner, McCloud emerged in place of JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) and Chase Claypool mid-year, averaging seven targets from Week 10 on and nine per game in his last three starts. Although that opportunity only amounted to 7.1 yards per catch, McCloud, 25, proved he can work as a possession receiver from the slot if need be. It could help him land a larger contract than perceived in free agency this spring. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    2.53 (2536th)
     
  • George Kittle sees just three targets, goes 1-18-0
    George Kittle caught 1-of-3 targets for 18 yards in the 49ers' Wild Card round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Kittle was not needed as a receiver with the 49ers passing 25 times to 38 rushes against the Cowboys. Kittle's elite blocking ability was in high demand, and he saw only three targets, one of which was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Kittle could get going against the Packers if the 49ers aren't able to execute a similarly run-heavy game plan, but he has a low floor if the 49ers can limit passing volume once again. Despite Kittle's high-end talent as a receiver he is a boom/bust option in the Divisional round. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.98 (11th)
     
  • Brandon Aiyuk leads 49ers in receiving with 5-66-0
    Brandon Aiyuk caught 5-of-6 targets for 66 yards in the 49ers' Wild Card round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Aiyuk led the 49ers in all receiving categories and could have had an even bigger day. The second-year wide receiver got wide open deep downfield on a 3rd-and-11, but Jimmy Garoppolo badly overthrew him. Ultimately, Aiyuk did well to produce as much as he did in a 49ers offense that ran the ball 38 times while attempting just 25 passes. The 49ers are sure to attempt a similar slow-paced, run-heavy game plan against the Packers in the Divisional round. And it's possible that the Packers--who also play slowly--won't push the 49ers off script. Aiyuk sets up as a TD-dependent option. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    10.96 (63rd)
     
  • McKinnon (18/142/1), 2015 dynasty rosters emerge
    Jerick McKinnon rushed 12 times for 61 yards, catching all six of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Wild Card win over the Steelers.

    Advice: McKinnon actually got the start over Darrel Williams (toe) and completely replaced the latter after he fumbled a Wildcat handoff from Mecole Hardman in the second quarter, allowing McKinnon to explode for 142 total yards on 18 touches and six targets, the second-most on the team behind Travis Kelce and Byron Pringle (7). Derrick Gore and Williams combined for 14 snaps behind McKinnon's 51 as the Chiefs surprisingly used the 29-year-old on concerted screen passes and at the goal line as their featured back, allowing him to rack up a team-high 106 yards after the catch. It's unclear how Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) will be deployed in the Divisional Round against Buffalo if he's activated since McKinnon proved he can be leaned on across a variation of formations. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    1.52 (2578th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) officially active vs. PIT
    Darrel Williams (toe) is active for the Wild Card Round against the Steelers. 

    Advice: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) already ruled out, Williams will be in line for a massive workload as a multi-score home favorite against one of the league's worst run defenses. Derrick Gore is the next man up for the Chiefs. Gore should see plenty of change-of-pace work.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster activated, cleared for Sunday
    Steelers activated WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) from injured reserve.

    Advice: Smith-Schuster will play in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs. The Steelers didn't clear Smith-Schuster to practice until this week, making in unlikely he sees a full-time role coming off a three-month absence. The 25-year-old gives the Steelers an upgrade as the No. 3 receiver behind Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, but shouldn't cut into their target shares. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 11:49 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1995th)
     
  • Najee Harris (elbow) cleared for Wild Card round
    Steelers RB Najee Harris (elbow) was removed from the team's final injury report. 

    Advice: The Steelers originally listed Harris, who missed the early part of the practice week, as questionable. After getting in a full session on Friday, Harris should see his regular workload for Sunday's Wild Card matchup with Kansas City.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:58 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) removed from injury report
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) will play in Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Cowboys. 

    Advice: Mitchell opened the week with a DNP, but he was elevated to a full practice Friday before being removed from the final injury report. Mitchell has logged at least 20 carries in each of his last five appearances and is averaging nearly 26 touches per game over that span. He will be a good bet for 20+ touches again against Dallas.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:37 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Najee Harris (elbow) questionable for Sunday night
    Najee Harris (elbow) is questionable for the Wild Card Round against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Harris encouragingly logged a full practice on Friday but is still considered a game-time decision. With 24 touches in a three-score blowout in Pittsburgh's last game against the Chiefs, Harris will rank as a top-six option for any Wild Card contests if only for his usage (as long as he's available). NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:59 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) expected to play vs Steelers
    Darrel Williams (toe) is expected to play in the Wild Card round against the Steelers.

    Advice: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire out, Williams is in line for a significant workload on Sunday. The combination of Williams' passing game work and goal line usage gives him a higher weekly ceiling than Edwards-Helaire when he has the backfield to himself. Williams looks like a high ceiling RB2. If Williams is at all limited it would mean an increased role for explosive third-year RB Derrick Gore, to the delight of Twitter's highlight scouts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:27 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) back at practice, limited
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) returned to 49ers practice Thursday, getting in a "limited" session. 

    Advice: The 49ers are on the record as expecting Mitchell to suit up against the Cowboys on Sunday. They are just managing his reps after his injury-plagued second half of the season. A workhorse any time he is part of the 46-man roster, Mitchell can be counted on for at least 15-20 touches in Dallas.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:32 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Report: Smith-Schuster unlikely to play vs. Chiefs
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is "healthy enough to play" in the Wild Card Round but is unlikely to be activated to face the Chiefs. 

    Advice: Gerry Dulac reports the Steelers are "hoping" Smith-Schuster can go, but that they are "not planning on it right now." It would seem Smith-Schuster has gained medical clearance but is not in football shape after sitting on the shelf since Week 5. The takeaway would seem to be that Smith-Schuster might be ready for the Divisional Round if the Steelers pull off a Sunday night miracle in Kansas City.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:29 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1995th)
     
  • Najee Harris (elbow) expected to practice Friday
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Najee Harris (elbow) to practice Friday. 

    Advice: Harris missed another practice on Thursday, his second of the week. It is possible the Steelers have intended to play Harris all along and are just keeping him off his feet as long as they can. It's also possible he is genuinely questionable and they have no idea how his body might respond on Friday. Harris did play through the issue in Week 18, though he had the benefit of adrenaline. It is ultimately difficult to envision the Steelers' bell-cow sitting.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:59 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Tomlin doesn't rule out JuJu for Wild Card Round
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has not ruled out JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs. 

    Advice: "We will look at him, see how he feels," were Tomlin's words after the Steelers surprisingly opened Smith-Schuster's 21-day practice window on Thursday. Tomlin deemed the session "a start." It's hard to see 2-3 days of limited reps being enough to clear a player after a three-month absence. More than likely, this is probably a Hail Mary in the event Pittsburgh upsets the Chiefs on Sunday evening and advances to the Divisional Round. Smith-Schuster's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:56 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1995th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) practicing again on Thursday
    Darrel Williams (toe) is practicing again on Thursday. 

    Advice: Williams was "limited" on Wednesday, and will likely remain so for Thursday. His continued participation comes as Clyde Edwards-Helaire was downgraded from "limited" to "DNP" Thursday. Williams could be needed to carry the load against the Steelers on Sunday evening, but CEH's status is genuinely uncertain. It is possible the Chiefs are being careful with his reps after such a long layoff. We will hopefully know more by the time official game designations are issued on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:17 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster designated to return from IR
    Steelers designated WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to return from injured reserve.

    Advice: Pittsburgh will now have a 21-day window to activate Smith-Schuster, who returned to practice Thursday, or keep him stashed on injured reserve. With the team's Wild Card matchup against Kansas City right around the corner, some would argue the Steelers have only a two-day window to activate JuJu. He'll continue practicing to close the week. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:30 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1995th)
     
  • Najee (elbow) held out of practice on Wednesday
    Najee Harris (elbow) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Harris is dealing with an elbow injury but this is likely just maintenance. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of Week 18 but returned to his normal role after halftime. Harris wore a sleeve in the second half but didn't seem bothered by the elbow issue. He is still expected to play in the Steelers' Wild Card game against the Chiefs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:51 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) DNP but expected to play
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the DNP, Mitchell is expected to play in the 49ers' Wild Card game against the Cowboys. Mitchell missed a handful of games late in the year because of a knee issue but returned for the final two games of the regular season. He carried the ball 42 times in those games. Clearly not limited by the injury, Mitchell's absence on Wednesday is nothing more than maintenance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:19 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) practices Wednesday
    Darrel Williams (toe) practiced Wednesday.

    Advice: The Chiefs' offense should be at full strength for their first playoff game as Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Williams were all at practice Wednesday. Andy Reid noted that they all "looked good." Williams will split the backfield with CEH if both are active for the team's Wild Card game against the Steelers. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:36 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • Chiefs expect Darrel Williams to play in WC Round
    Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects Darrel Williams (toe) to be ready for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Steelers. 

    Advice: "It's still a little tender, but he's working through that and we'll see how it goes this week," Reid said of his back's toe. "I'd anticipate him going." Williams' likely availability comes as Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) seems on track to return. While that is good for the Chiefs, it will make DFS prioritization a bit of a headache, especially since Williams is no longer 100 percent healthy. The Chiefs issue their first official injury report of the Wild Card Round on Wednesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 11:54 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • George Kittle has two yards per catch against Rams
    George Kittle caught 5-of-7 targets for 10 yards in the 49ers' Week 18 win against the Rams. 

    Advice: Kittle was a non-factor in the passing game for the third consecutive week while tying for the team lead in targets. Since his Week 14-15 explosion, Kittle has managed just eight receptions over three games. The run-heavy Niners valuing Kittle as a blocker means his production will be up and down as the offense is centered around dual-threat dynamo Deebo Samuel. Kittle DFS price point will make him tough to use next week against the Cowboys.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 6:23 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.98 (11th)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell manages 85 scoreless yards vs. LAR
    Elijah Mitchell had 21 rushes for 85 yards in the 49ers' Week 18 win against the Rams. 

    Advice: Mitchell struggled to get anything going on the ground in the first half, and wasn't involved at all in the Niners' passing offense. He didn't appear affected by the knee injury that limited him in practice last week. The run-heavy 49ers will feed Mitchell unless the game is completely out of hand, keeping him on the field when most ball carriers might be relegated to the sideline. Mitchell will have sneaky contrarian DFS appeal next week against the Cowboys' pass-funnel defense.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 6:10 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Aiyuk has 107 yards in Niners' comeback win
    Brandon Aiyuk caught 6-of-7 targets for 107 yards in the 49ers' Week 18 win against the Rams. 

    Advice: Aiyuk finishes the season strong. The second-year wideout -- once firmly doghoused by Kyle Shanahan -- had ten receptions for 201 yards in the 49ers' past couple games. Aiyuk profiles as the Niners' top traditional receiver while Deebo Samuel is the do-it-all focal point of the offense. Against the Rams in Week 18, he benefited from negative second half game script and managed to get open for a few hefty gains as Jimmy Garoppolo hit his stride in the third quarter. Aiyuk will be a WR3 option next week against the Cowboys.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 6:05 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    10.96 (63rd)
     
  • McCloud catches four of nine targets in Week 18
    Ray-Ray McCloud caught 4-of-9 targets for 37 yards in the Steelers' Week 18 win against the Ravens. 

    Advice: McCloud now has a whopping 27 targets in three games while serving as the Steelers' primary slot receiver. He's been a beneficiary of the team's quick-hitting passing offense, overtaking Chase Claypool as Pittsburgh's No. 2 pass catcher behind Diontae Johnson. McCloud will have plenty of PPR appeal in postseason fantasy formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 4:27 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    2.53 (2536th)
     
  • Najee has 15 touches with injured elbow vs. BAL
    Najee Harris had 11 rushes for 28 yards in the Steelers' Week 18 win against the Ravens, adding four catches for 27 yards 

    Advice: Harris missed much of the first half after suffering an elbow injury on an awkward tackle in the first quarter. He returned in the third quarter and resumed his workhorse role. The rookie saved his best run for overtime, when he lumbered 15 yards to put the Steelers in field goal range. He didn't look affected by the elbow injury, but wore a sleeve on the injured arm in the second half. Harris will continue as a touch-based fantasy option in postseason fantasy formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 3:29 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Freiermuth catches 6 of 9 targets in Week 18 win
    Pat Freiermuth caught 6-of-9 targets for 53 yards in the Steelers' Week 18 win against the Ravens. 

    Advice: Freiermuth and fellow Steelers tight end Zach Gentry combined for 15 targets against a Baltimore defense allowing a top-three target share to tight ends. Most of Freiermuth's targets and receptions came in the fourth quarter and overtime, when the Steelers shifted to a pass-heavy attack against a beat up Baltimore coverage unit. Running a decent number of routes as the Steelers' primary pass-catching tight end, Freiermuth should be a fine floor option in postseason DFS contests.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 1:46 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    7.58 (92nd)
     
  • Claypool scores first touchdown in three months
    Chase Claypool caught 3-of-7 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 18 win against the Ravens, adding three rushes for 33 yards. 

    Advice: Claypool reeled in a short touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete a second half Steelers comeback in their push for a postseason berth. The Steelers got Claypool involved as a rusher, but he remained well behind Diontae Johnson in the pass-catching pecking order. With a quarterback unable to hit downfield passes with any semblance of consistency, Claypool will be something of a boom-bust fantasy option in postseason fantasy leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 1:37 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    10.06 (85th)
     
  • Najee Harris (elbow) returns to game vs. Ravens
    Najee Harris (elbow) returned to the Steelers' Week 18 game against the Ravens. 

    Advice: Harris was sidelined for most of the first half with an elbow injury he picked up on an awkward first quarter tackle near the sideline. He's back as the Steelers' every-down back after Benny Snell subbed in for him in the second quarter.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 12:23 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Najee Harris (elbow) leaves game vs. Ravens
    Najee Harris (elbow) left the Steelers' Week 18 game against the Ravens. 

    Advice: The team said Harris -- who suffered his injury in the first quarter -- would re-enter the game but Benny Snell continues to operate as the primary ball carrier well into the second quarter. Harris was being fitted for an elbow sleeve near the end of the first half.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 10:55 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    16.39 (9th)
     
  • Diontae Johnson (COVID) officially active vs. BAL
    Diontae Johnson (COVID-19) is active for Week 18 against the Ravens. 

    Advice: Steelers declared T Dan Moore Jr., QB Dwayne Haskins, ILB Tegray Scales, P Corliss Waitman, DT Carlos Davis, and RB Anthony McFarland inactive against the Ravens. Activated from the COVID-19 list on Friday, Johnson will suit up in what is likely his last game with Ben Roethlisberger at QB. Johnson went off for 105 yards and two touchdowns against Baltimore in Week 13.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 9, 8:37 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.07 (44th)
     
  • Pringle steps into target vacuum without Hill
    Byron Pringle caught 5-of-8 targets for 56 yards in Kansas City's Week 18 win over Denver.

    Advice: Pringle didn't appear to be on the same page with Mahomes on a few of the incompletions, and that hurt the Chiefs on a few of their offensive series. This was the most-targeted Pringle game all season, and he delivered underwhelming production. He'll be another lower-tier wideout that's hard to trust without a good matchup in playoff fantasy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 8, 5:21 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    5.68 (215th)
     
  • Kelce catches touchdown, 34 yards in victory
    Travis Kelce caught 4-of-5 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Week 18 win over Denver. 

    Advice: The touchdown was an easy floater on the goal line where Kelce was left uncovered. Kelce also brought in a huge third-and-8 at the very end of the game that sealed things, but struggled off the field with what ESPN's sideline reporter called a "hip twinge." Andy Reid said that Kelce was "alright" in his post-game presser. Kelce will be an easy TE1 for fantasy playoff leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 8, 5:17 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    14.39 (7th)
     
  • Hardman off milk carton, notches 8/103 in win
    Mecole Hardman caught 8-of-11 targets for 103 yards in Kansas City's Week 18 win over Denver, adding one rush for 10 yards. 

    Advice: 44 of those yards came on one screen pass that Hardman nearly took to the house, as he continues to look more like a returner than a wideout. Still, it was his best day of the season by yardage. Hardman finishes the regular season with 693 receiving yards on 59 catches, failing to take advantage of an unsettled depth chart outside of Tyreek Hill at wideout. He'll be hard to trust in playoff fantasy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 8, 5:12 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    5.77 (214th)
     
  • McKinnon catches touchdown, proves he exists
    Jerick McKinnon rushed five times for 24 yards in Kansas City's Week 18 win over Denver, adding three catches for 26 yards and a touchdown as a receiver. 

    Advice: McKinnon showed some surprising burst on his touchdown catch and on a few of the runs he had as Kansas City's main closeout back for the game in the fourth quarter. We'll need clarity on Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire before we understand McKinnon's playoff role, but this wasn't a bad audition by any means.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 8, 5:05 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    1.52 (2578th)
     
  • Darrel Williams (toe) questionable to return
    Chiefs RB Darrel Williams (toe) left Week 18's game against the Broncos and is questionable to return.

    Advice: Williams never returned after halftime, so it seems rather unlikely that he will return. This will be one to monitor post-game with an eye towards the fantasy playoffs. Williams mustered just seven carries for 17 yards before departing, adding three catches for 30 yards.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 8, 3:54 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    13.08 (31st)
     
  • Elijah Mitchell removed from final injury report
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) will play in Week 18 against the Rams.

    Advice: Mitchell went from a limited to full practice in consecutive days as the team is clearly attempting to manage his mid-week workload ahead of Week 18 and the postseason. He'll be available as an every-touch fringe RB1 in the season finale. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 7, 2:01 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Steelers activate Diontae Johnson from Covid list
    Steelers activated Diontae Johnson from the reserve/COVID list.

    Advice: Johnson will be able to play against a Ravens secondary that has been ceding receiving yards at all areas of the field. Johnson tested positive for Covid earlier in the week, so his snap share floor is much lower than it would typically be, especially in a meaningless game for the Steelers. However, if Johnson is healthy, he has a high ceiling in his final game seeing oodles of targets from Ben Roethlisberger. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 7, 12:09 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.07 (44th)
     
  • Mitchell (knee) returns to practice on Thursday
    Elijah Mitchell (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was officially "limited" as the 49ers look to load-manage their No. 1 back ahead of a showdown with the Rams. Mitchell will remain a major focus of the 49ers run game if he plays, and with the Rams having a dynamic pass defense, it stands to reason that the 49ers will run the ball plenty. Mitchell had a season-high 27 carries for 91 yards against the Rams in Week 10. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 6, 1:56 pm
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    11.89 (50th)
     
  • Diontae Johnson moved to COVID list ahead of Wk 18
    Steelers placed Diontae Johnson on the reserve/COVID list.

    Advice: Starting C Kendrick Green joined Johnson in being placed on the COVID list ahead of Week 18. The team's leading receiver with 1,100 yards on 100 catches, it's possible Johnson may not be available for Ben Roethlisberger's final career game. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jan 6, 8:03 am
    Week 18 Projected Points & Rank
    12.07 (44th)
     
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