Fantasy Slant: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Reinstated on Conditional Basis

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, August 9th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Reinstated on Conditional Basis

After being suspended for the entire 2016 season due to multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant could actually be on the field once Week 1 of the regular season comes calling. 

The NFL reinstated Bryant on a conditional basis Wednesday, meaning he will be able to take part in preseason games and practice. And while a full reinstatement for the regular season isn't official, it seems to be in the cards. If Bryant follows a tough routine and does everything right, he'll likely be Pittsburgh's starting receiver opposite Antonio Brown in Week 1. 

Bryant, 25, jumped on to the scene big time with the Steelers, recording 76 receptions for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first 21 career games prior to being suspended last year. 

Sure Bryant is a major risk in the fantasy circles, but the upside is nearly unlimited here. He has more than proven himself to be a game-changer when on the field. That likely won't change this upcoming season. Should Bryant remain clean off the field, there's no reason to believe he can't cross the 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown plateau. That would firmly put him in the WR2 conversation. 

With Bryant likely available for Week 1, we can push Eli Rogers down a peg in deeper fantasy leagues. JuJu Smith-Schuster, a rookie from USC, is likely now irrelevant in redraft contests as well. 

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