23-Year-Old Linebacker – Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
The Steelers had high expectations for Shazier when they selected him 15th overall last year, but nagging injuries wrecked his rookie season. An ankle sprain and a sprained MCL limited him to 258 snap...
Ryan Shazier Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $9.507 million contract with the Steelers in June of 2014.
Shazier recorded six tackles (four solo) in Pittsburgh’s 27-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday night.
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Ryan Shazier: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It looks like Shazier is good to go for Sunday. He's still very risky as an IDP though, as he recorded just nine tackles in his last three games and no other stat to speak of. He is still a major part of the Steelers' long-term plans on defense, but he shouldn't be expected to reliably deliver much value for the rest of his rookie year.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shazier missed the previous two games with an ankle injury he suffered against the Ravens on Nov. 2, but was a full participant in practice Friday. He was also a full participant Wednesday, but was downgraded to a limited participant Thursday, likely leading to his questionable designation. The fact that he got in two full sessions should make him a lean towards playing Sunday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shazier sustained an ankle injury over the weekend and will now miss his fifth game of the season due to injury. With Shazier out, Sean Spence figures to fill an expanded role in the Steelers' defense.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Although Shazier is only a rookie, there are many reasons to think he'll make a big IDP impact in his first season in Pittsburgh. First, the Steelers didn't take him 15th overall to bring him along slowly – Shazier should play almost all of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in 2014. Second, he has a remarkable combination of size and athleticism, boasting 4.4 speed at 6-1, 237-pounds. Third, he was incredibly productive at Ohio State, registering 258 tackles (40.5 for a loss), 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles in his final 26 games with the Buckeyes. The Steelers like to blitz their inside middle linebackers, and Shazier looks like one of the best. He might put up Daryl Washington-like numbers early on in his career.