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ACFL Est. 2007
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
Russell Wilson

QB DEN

College: Wisconsin | 12 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 1988-11-29
2024 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 128
Avg Pts: 7.53
Rank: 13 QB

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Wilson had a much better second season in Denver but fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and front office, leading him to find the bench in his last two games. Despite that, Wilson was still 14th overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. He had seven of 15 games with 20-plus fantasy points, showing much better consistency this year. He also had the ninth best on target percentage in all of football, showing very good accuracy throughout the season. Wilson gets another fresh start this season, signing a one-year deal with the Steelers. The problem for Wilson is the Steelers also acquired Justin Fields, making it a true competition for the right to start in Pittsburgh. Wilson has 4,000-yard seasons in four of his last nine and has 20-plus passing touchdowns every season in the NFL except one. Wilson isn't a big quarterback but moves around the pocket well and can make all the throws at quarterback. His arm isn't off the charts, but it is normally accurate. Wilson does well to find a throwing lane despite his small size. He can hurt teams with his legs as much as his arm, serving as a top dual threat at the position. 

FANTASY OUTLOOK:   Wilson proved last year that he can still be a dependable fantasy quarterback. He was a top-10 quarterback for much of the year before getting benched. But even with that said, consider him more of a platoon option at this stage of his career, especially moving to an offense that can be more run heavy. The last few seasons are a concern for fantasy owners. Look for around 3,500-passing yards, 300-rushing yards and 30 total scores if he is able to hold off Fields for the right to start in Pittsburgh. 

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson seeks a career rejuvenation as he prepares to play for his third team in four years. The 35-year-old was cut loose by the Denver Broncos after two disappointing seasons in which he totaled a 63.3 percent completion rate, 6,594 passing yards, 42 passing touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. He also took 100 sacks and rushed for 618 yards plus six touchdowns on the ground. While these numbers confirm that Wilson wasn't purely terrible in Denver, he certainly had his fair share of bad games. He went 11-19 as a Bronco, had zero playoff appearances, and made zero Pro Bowls. This was quite the shift from his time in Seattle when he made nine Pro Bowls in 10 years. Now a Steeler, Wilson will look to benefit from the coaching track records of head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. While Smith was a disappointment at the helm in Atlanta, we cannot discredit his success as offensive coordinator in Tennessee when he helped Ryan Tannehill to an 18-8 record over two years, one Pro Bowl appearance, and Comeback Player of the Year honors. Perhaps a new coaching staff and new weapons are exactly the fresh start that Wilson needs. Speaking of the weapons surrounding him, Wilson enters 2024 with George Pickens and rookie Roman Wilson as his top options in the passing game. These aren't exactly star players, though the veteran quarterback should get some extra help from the likes of Pat Freiermuth, Najee Harris, and Jaylen Warren. While the situation isn't perfect, Wilson has job security and benefits from the fact that Pittsburgh will always be aggressive they consistently have playoff aspirations and don't ease up on the gas pedal. Wilson, who finished 2023 as the fantasy QB14, is once again an intriguing name in drafts because of his track record, steady floor, and top-12 upside. With that in mind, he's an incredible value at his current ADP of 198 (29th among quarterbacks).

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson seeks a career rejuvenation as he prepares to play for his third team in four years. The 35-year-old was cut loose by the Denver Broncos after two disappointing seasons in which he totaled a 63.3 percent completion rate, 6,594 passing yards, 42 passing touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. He also took 100 sacks and rushed for 618 yards plus six touchdowns on the ground. While these numbers confirm that Wilson wasn't purely terrible in Denver, he certainly had his fair share of bad games. He went 11-19 as a Bronco, had zero playoff appearances, and made zero Pro Bowls. This was quite the shift from his time in Seattle when he made nine Pro Bowls in 10 years. Now a Steeler, Wilson will look to benefit from the coaching track records of head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. While Smith was a disappointment at the helm in Atlanta, we cannot discredit his success as offensive coordinator in Tennessee when he helped Ryan Tannehill to an 18-8 record over two years, one Pro Bowl appearance, and Comeback Player of the Year honors. Perhaps a new coaching staff and new weapons are exactly the fresh start that Wilson needs. Speaking of the weapons surrounding him, Wilson enters 2024 with George Pickens and rookie Roman Wilson as his top options in the passing game. These aren't exactly star players, though the veteran quarterback should get some extra help from the likes of Pat Freiermuth, Najee Harris, and Jaylen Warren. While the situation isn't perfect, Wilson has job security and benefits from the fact that Pittsburgh will always be aggressive they consistently have playoff aspirations and don't ease up on the gas pedal. Wilson, who finished 2023 as the fantasy QB14, is once again an intriguing name in drafts because of his track record, steady floor, and top-12 upside. With that in mind, he's an incredible value at his current ADP of 198 (29th among quarterbacks).

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 18.00Russell Wilson 177 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 177 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 5 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 5 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Week 214.00Russell Wilson 308 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 308 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 308 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 308 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 308 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 56 rush and rec yds (2.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 60 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 16 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 50 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Week 37.00Russell Wilson 306 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 306 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 306 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 306 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 306 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 12 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Week 411.00Russell Wilson 223 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 223 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 18 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 4 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 13 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Week 58.00Russell Wilson 196 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 196 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 49 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 22 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 3 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Week 63.00Russell Wilson 95 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 31 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 11 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 2 interceptions thrown (-2.00 pts)
Week 75.00Russell Wilson 194 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 194 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 18 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Week 810.00Russell Wilson 114 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 30 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 4 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 11 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 6 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Week 9
Week 109.00Russell Wilson 193 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 193 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 30 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 7 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 3 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Week 116.00Russell Wilson 259 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 259 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 259 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 15 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Week 1210.00Russell Wilson 134 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 34 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 8 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 2 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Week 139.00Russell Wilson 186 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 186 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 44 rush and rec yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 45 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 3 interceptions thrown (-3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Week 147.00Russell Wilson 224 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 224 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 46 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 10 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Week 1510.00Russell Wilson 223 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 223 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 3 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Playoff Week 111.00Russell Wilson 238 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 238 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 238 passing yds (1.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 2 passing 2XPs (2.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 3 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Russell Wilson 21 yd TD pass (3.00 pts)
Playoff Week 20.00
Player Notes
Jun 18 12:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson got off to a good start during organized team activities this offseason, and his leadership was more than noticeable. Wilson also stood out with his arm talent, though, and he did nothing through 12 practices to even slightly indicate that he could lose the QB competition to Justin Fields. Wilson's work ethic, experience, arm talent and the fact that he basically took all the first-team snaps strongly suggest that nothing he can do between July 24 and the Sept. 8 regular-season opener would prevent him from starting to open the year. The 35-year-old veteran is going to need to perform all year to hold off Fields, however, and the lack of experience in the receiving corps is cause for concern from a fantasy standpoint. Wilson bounced back in 2023 in Denver after a bad first year with the Broncos, but he's merely a QB2 in fantasy in 2024 with his new team.

From RotoBaller

Jun 11 11:50am ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin to an undisclosed three-year contract extension on Monday that takes him through the 2027 season, according to the team. The 52-year-old said in January that he expected to get an extension this offseason after some people were starting to question his future with the organization. Under Tomlin for the last 17 years, the Steelers have never had a losing season, which is already an NFL record. Tomlin has a 173-100-2 regular-season record and is 8-10 in the playoffs as the Steelers' head coach. This year, he'll have an interest situation to navigate at quarterback with veteran Russell Wilson and former first-rounder Justin Fields potentially creating some QB controversy.

From RotoBaller

May 24 1:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson has looked on point during organized team activities this week with his new team, and the 35-year-old still appears to have plenty of arm strength. Wilson's accuracy was spot on this week, whether in warmups, drills or competition periods, including a 70-yard pass in stride to receiver Quez Watkins on Thursday. His ability to sell play-action fakes was also noticeably better than the other QBs this week. Wilson is in pole position to open the 2024 season as Pittsburgh's starter under center for Week 1, but Justin Fields, a former first-rounder, is competing to make starts for the Steelers at some point in 2024 as well in what is a contract year for him. Fields' presence and dual-threat abilities will be a threat to Wilson's value as a QB2 in fantasy in his first year in the Steel City.

From RotoBaller

May 21 6:13pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Justin Fields said he expects to compete with QB Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback job during training camp.

Fantasy Spin: Wilson will open camp as the leading candidate for the job, but the team said Fields will have the chance to earn the job. Both should be upgrades over Kenny Pickett, but neither will be more than No. 2 fantasy quarterbacks to start the season.

From TheHuddle

Apr 26 12:13am ET

Dynasty | The Denver Broncos drafted Oregon quarterback Bo Nix with the 12th overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. Dynasty Analysis: Nix ended up being the sixth quarterback taken in the NFL Draft but the 12th overall selection, being taken by the Broncos. Denver is looking to quickly replace Russell Wilson and Head Coach Sean Payton is reportedly enamored with Nix. All of this adds up to him likely being the week one starter for Denver and gives him a decent runway to be successful. The numbers are very impressive here and Nix now has a pretty solid runway to playing time. As such, his rookie ADP is likely going to rise into the second round of rookie drafts.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Apr 24 4:13pm ET

Dynasty | The Steelers are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on the contract of Justin Fields. Dynasty Analysis: This isn't much of a surprise as the Steelers would be on the hook for $25 million in his fifth year and don't even know if they want him as their long-term starter at this point. Pittsburgh is likely going to go into the season with Russell Wilson as their starter but also quietly evaluating Fields to be a possible successor. We'll see what happens but Fields looks like a player who could be a sneaky buy in the next few months leading up to the season as his ADP has tanked.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Apr 22 6:33pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Russell Wilson, QB Justin Fields and QB Kyle Allen were added to the roster this offseason, but general manager Omar Khan is not ruling out selecting a quarterback at some point after the first round of 2024 NFL Draft since all three of the new quarterbacks are on one-year contracts.

From TheHuddle

Apr 18 10:10pm ET

Since releasing quarterback Russell Wilson in March, the Denver Broncos haven't added any other QB behind Jarrett Stidham, so they have a clear need at the position heading into the first round of the NFL draft next Thursday. It's a position that has seen 13 different players make a start since Peyton Manning retired after the Super Bowl-winning 2015 season. The Broncos are open to trading up within the first round to select a rookie signal-caller, but there has to be an actual path to taking a QB that the Broncos think they can drop into their offense in 2024. And it's going to take additional draft capital for the Broncos to move up into the top five, something they don't have much of after using high draft picks to acquire Wilson and head coach Sean Payton. General manager George Paton said "forcing" a pick for a QB could leave the Broncos in a tough situation again next year, but they remain open to all ideas.

From RotoBaller

Mar 25 2:30pm ET

When asked how realistic it was for him to be a potential trade-up team in the upcoming NFL draft, Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton said, "realistic." The Broncos will consider the possibility and also noted, "it's good to be Monti (Ossenfort) right now." Ossenfort is the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, who currently hold the No. 4 overall pick. Denver currently sits at No. 12 overall and have Jarrett Stidham as their starting QB after releasing Russell Wilson this offseason. Even if they don't trade up in the first round to take a high-end QB, it's a good bet the Broncos will select a quarterback at some point in this draft, and he'll likely compete with Stidham for the starting job in training camp this summer.

From RotoBaller

Mar 25 2:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reiterated that quarterback Russell Wilson "has pole position" to be the team's starting QB in 2024. And "when it's time to compete, Justin Fields will be given an opportunity to show his capabilities," Tomlin said. The head coach also said that Fields "oozes talent." The Steelers are going to run with the more experienced 35-year-old Wilson over Fields to open the 2024 campaign after signing Wilson to a one-year deal this offseason. Wilson had a nice bounce-back campaign in 2023 with the Denver Broncos, throwing 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 15 games, but he'll be looking over his shoulder in the Steel City and doesn't exactly have a ton of receiving options to work with in what's expected to be a run-first offense under Arthur Smith. Although Fields is set to start as the backup, he has way more QB1 upside in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Mar 24 5:13pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Russell Wilson is first in the pecking order, followed by QB Justin Fields, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Sunday, March 24. 'We've been very transparent about the pecking order, at least to start,' Tomlin said. 'I just think that provides clarity for all parties involved. Russell is a veteran man. He's got a proven process of readiness. He's been in this league a long time.'

Fantasy Spin: Wilson will enter the 2024 campaign after finishing as QB14 overall in 2023. However, Fields definitely has the higher upside of the two thanks to his ability to run and would be a borderline QB1, at worst, if he sees the field. Fantasy managers investing in Wilson would be wise to grab Fields, also.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 1:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reached out to quarterback Russell Wilson on Saturday night when the team was trading for Justin Fields to let him know that he was still considered the team's starter going into the 2024 season. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that while that is Tomlin's plan, Fields is going to compete, regardless. The 35-year-old Wilson will open the regular season as Pittsburgh's starter after a bounce-back campaign in 2023 in his final season with the Denver Broncos, but the aging signal-caller is going to need to play well to hold off Fields, who has more fantasy upside because of his elite rushing abilities. With George Pickens, Van Jefferson and Calvin Austin III currently the team's top-three receivers, Wilson will be a high-end QB2, at best, in fantasy for what will likely be a run-first offense.

From RotoBaller

Mar 17 11:23am ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers and QB Russell Wilson plan to work on a contract extension at the end of the 2024 season, according to multiple sources. He had signed a one-year contract with the Steelers for the veteran minimum because the Denver Broncos are still paying him $39 million for the upcoming season.

Fantasy Spin: Although he may not be the same player that he was in Seattle, the 35-year-old Wilson can be viewed as a solid QB2 option in fantasy football drafts this year because of the weapons surrounding him on offense, such as WR George Pickens and TE Pat Freiermuth.

From TheHuddle

Mar 16 7:13pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Justin Fields has been told that he will be the No. 2 quarterback behind QB Russell Wilson.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation to see if anything changes, but it looks like Wilson will be the starting quarterback for the start of 2024. Wilson will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in most leagues, while Fields likely will also be a No. 2 QB if he takes over the job.

From TheHuddle

Mar 15 7:53pm ET

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Russell Wilson (Broncos) officially signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, March 15. Financial terms were not disclosed, but an earlier report stated it is worth $1.2 million.

From TheHuddle

Mar 15 12:10pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Friday that they have officially signed quarterback Russell Wilson to an undisclosed one-year deal. As was fully expected this offseason, the Denver Broncos released Wilson with a post-June 1 designation, and he quickly latched on with the Steelers for the 2024 season. The 35-year-old will be in a competition with former first-rounder Kenny Pickett in training camp this summer, but the expectation is that Wilson will win the job, especially when considering how bad Pickett was as the starter last year before getting hurt. As of right now, the Steelers' top two wideouts are George Pickens and Calvin Austin III after the team traded Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers, so Wilson doesn't exactly have a standout group of offensive weapons to work with. After a bounce-back year in Denver in 2023, he should be considered a midrange QB2, at best, heading into his first year in the Steel City.

From RotoBaller

Mar 14 4:53pm ET

Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson was officially released Wednesday, March 13, with a post-June 1 designation.

From TheHuddle

Mar 11 4:13am ET

Dynasty | The Steelers have signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a one-year deal. Dynasty Analysis: Wilson is being paid handsomely by the Broncos this season and will make "just" $1.2 million on his contract with Pittsburgh. It's a no-brainer move for the Steelers who will now get a capable veteran quarterback motivated to prove he still has a lot left in the tank. This marriage seemed to be destined from the start and brings some new excitement around Wilson's future. While there are dominoes to fall on the Steelers depth chart, Wilson ends up with a contending team and a stable environment. He'll enter next year as a QB2 and has fallen all the way down to our QB24 in terms of dynasty rankings. However, he could have some magic left and the motivation to do well is clearly going to be there.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Mar 11 1:53am ET

Free-agent QB Russell Wilson (Broncos) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, March 10.

Fantasy Spin: With the Denver Broncos paying Wilson nearly $40 million to not be on their team for the upcoming season, the Steelers grab themselves a bargain and have found their likely starter in 2024. Wilson may no longer be the same player he was with the Seahawks, but he is almost certainly an upgrade over Kenny Pickett. The 35-year-old should be viewed as a solid QB2 option in fantasy drafts this summer, especially with Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth at his disposal.

From TheHuddle

Mar 11 12:50am ET

Quarterback Russell Wilson is planning to sign a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Denver Broncos gave Wilson permission to meet with Pittsburgh after informing him last Monday he'd be released when the new league year began on March 13, and the 35-year-old signal-caller will sign a "team-friendly" deal with the Steelers. Although Wilson put up only 204.7 passing yards per game over 15 starts in 2023, his lowest since his rookie year, he compiled a solid 26:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio and is almost certainly an upgrade over Kenny Pickett. The former Pro Bowler is unlikely to deliver gaudy fantasy numbers in 2024, but Wilson provides the black and gold with a veteran presence and functionality under center that they've struggled to find amid the post-Ben Roethlisberger era. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will employ a run-heavy approach, but the fantasy value of Pittsburgh's receivers increases with the move.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 11-Mar-2024: Russell Wilson - SGN - The Pittsburgh Steelers signed QB Russell Wilson.
  • 07-Mar-2024: Russell Wilson - REL - The Denver Broncos released QB Russell Wilson.
  • 01-Sep-2022: DEN Russell Wilson - Re-signed - Five-year extension (through 2028)
  • 16-Mar-2022: DEN Russell Wilson - Traded - for QB Drew Lock, 2 players, w/ picks
  • 16-Mar-2022: DEN Russell Wilson - Traded - for 3 players and multiple draft-picks
  • 16-Mar-2022: DEN Russell Wilson - Traded - for 3 players and multiple draft picks
  • 16-Oct-2021: SEA Russell Wilson - On IR - right middle finger surgery
  • 16-Apr-2019: SEA - Re-signed - Four-year extension (through 2023)
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