clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jaylen Samuels has groin injury, Vance McDonald in concussion protocol

The Steelers could miss two offensive cogs in Week 15. We break down the fantasy football implications surrounding Jaylen Samuels and Vance McDonald in Week 15.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels celebrates a first down against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers face a must-win situation when they host the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, and they could be shorthanded if things don’t turn around the next couple days. Head coach Mike Tomlin said running back Jaylen Samuels is dealing with a groin injury and tight end Vance McDonald is in the concussion protocol, according to beat writer Dale Lolley.

Benny Snell has emerged as the Steelers starting running back in James Conner’s absence, but Samuels remains busy. In Week 14, Snell rushed 14 times, while Samuels rushed seven and had two receptions on two targets.

McDonald has dealt with an assortment of injuries this season and has struggled to get on track. Over the past three weeks, he has five receptions for 25 yards. Even with JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner sidelined, McDonald has disappeared from the passing game.

Fantasy football analysis: Jaylen Samuels, Vance McDonald

Samuels is a PPR option at best with Snell securing the starting role. If he is unable to go on Sunday, Kerrith Whyte appears to be emerging as another option behind Snell. He’s not yet fantasy viable.

McDonald was a popular pick this season, but he hasn’t had a decent performance since catching five passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. Buffalo has given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to tight ends, so it’s hard to justify starting McDonald if he’s active.