Friday update: Watt told reporters that he plans on playing on Sunday and won’t have any restrictions, per Mike DeFabo.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming out of their bye week and will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 10 of the NFL season. They have been without star linebacker TJ Watt since Week 1. He has been dealing with both pectoral and knee injuries, and we have seen what a Watt-less Steelers defense looks like, and it isn’t pretty. He is a game-changer when he touches the field, and Pittsburgh desperately needs him to provide a spark to the defense.
Mike Tomlin says T.J. Watt and Damontae Kazee have been participating in practice and he's "optimistic" about their inclusion.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 8, 2022
Kazee said yesterday he expected to be activated from IR by Thursday. Would expect a similar timeline on Watt.
Fantasy football implications for Week 10
If Watt can return, he is going to terrorize the Saints' offensive line. Quarterback
Andy Dalton was sacked four times last week, and running back Alvin Kamara was held to only 30 rushing yards. A healthy Watt could spell a similar outcome for Kamara, even though Pittsburgh typically gives up a lot of rushing yards. If Watt is active, you can also feel comfortable streaming the Steelers' defense this week.