Devlin Hodges Scouting Report Downgrades Fantasy Value of Entire Steelers Offense in Week 6

Jason Schandl
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After suffering a scary-looking head injury in Week 5, Mason Rudolph has officially been ruled out for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. That means that rookie Devlin Hodges will make his first career NFL start.

It also means if you own anyone in the Steelers' offense in fantasy that those players' value will be downgraded in Week 6.

The Steelers signed Hodges as an undrafted free agent, waived him before the season started, and then re-signed him to their practice squad, only to be promoted when Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out for the season. While Hodges produced in college, throwing for 14,584 yards in four years at Stamford, his FCS competition leaves much to be desired. Starting Rudolph at QB had already downgraded the fantasy production of Pittsburgh skill-position players, and this just takes things one step further.

James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster are starters this week, but don't expect either to offer much of a fantasy ceiling. Conner is locked in for a bell-cow role with Jaylen Samuels on the shelf, but Smith-Schuster has a more worrying situation, after seeing only 34 targets across five games so far in 2019.

Diontae Johnson also gets a slight downgrade in Week 6, though his outlook was already tied closely to the promise of volume, with 20 targets in his last three games.

Hodges is a player to avoid entirely in fantasy football as Rudolph didn't even crack the top 25 fantasy QBs, and as a backup's backup, Hodges can be assumed to be a downgrade. Conner still sits as an RB1 while Smith-Schuster is a back-end WR2 in our Week 6 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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