News: 1 day agoMcDonald caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in the Steelers' 28-21 Week 3 win over the Texans Sunday.
Spin: Eric Ebron led Pittsburgh in receiving yards -- and finished tied with receiver James Washington for the most receptions and targets -- further widening the gap with McDonald as the primary pass-catching tight end. Week 4 opponent Tennessee has limited opposing tight ends to just 54 yards per game, but the Titans have also yielded a touchdown in each contest to the position. This favors Ebron, making it difficult to insert McDonald in fantasy lineups.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: McDonald restructured his contract and will return for his fourth season with the Steelers. The 2013 second-round pick has yet to manage a full 16-game season, but he was busy last season, playing 77% of the Steelers' snaps in 14 games. McDonald wasn't a fantasy factor as a short-range target, having posted a 4.3 aDOT (second-lowest) and 7.2 YPR (lowest). McDonald is not much of a threat to score (he's never cleared four TDs in a season) and is a strong bet for a reduction in snaps with Eric Ebron on board. The 30-year-old McDonald is well off the fantasy radar.