Darrius Heyward-Bey
Darrius Heyward-Bey
32-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Re-signed with the Steelers on a three-year, $3.8 million contract in March of 2016.
Worst season of career
WRPittsburgh Steelers
January 4, 2019
Heyward-Bey was not targeted during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
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Heyward-Bey played just 76 offensive snaps all season, finishing with one reception (on two targets) for nine yards in 14 games. He also ran once for minus-7 yards. These were all career lows for the 10-year veteran. Heyward-Bey turns 32 this offseason and is likely to receive little interest on the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.25 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.80 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.5 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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With just two catches for 47 yards in 2017, DHB suffered the worst season of his nine-year career. At 31, he is the oldest of a very deep receiving corps, and has been primarily relegated to special teams, making his fantasy value virtually non-existent.
A foot injury cost Heyward-Bey six games in 2016 and the former first-round pick finished the year with the second-lowest receiving total of his career. With Martavis Bryant back in the fold following his year-long suspension and Sammie Coates hanging around, the Steelers likely aren't in as great need of Heyward-Bey's ability to take the top off a defense anymore. It looks like he'll need to compete with Coates, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton and Demarcus Ayers just to earn a roster spot.
When one door closes another opens, so it came as no surprise that the same week Martavis Bryant received a season-long drug-related suspension, the Steelers re-signed Heyward-Bey to a three-year, $3.8 million extension. DHB provides receiver depth, and will compete with second-year wideout Sammie Coates and 2016 seventh-round pick Demarcus Ayers for a spot behind Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. That said, there are only so many balls to go around, and when you consider the offense also features Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Ladarius Green, Heyward-Bey's fantasy value is limited.
Despite catching just three passes for 33 yards in 2014, the Steelers opted to re-sign Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract this offseason. Already behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton on the depth chart, he’ll now face additional competition for playing time from 2015 third-round draft Sammie Coates. Heyward-Bey still possesses great speed, but assuming he makes the 53-man roster, he’ll likely see most of his playing time on special teams.
On paper, Heyward-Bey should be a dominant no. 1 receiver, as he combines good size (6-2, 220) with 4.3 speed. In reality, his lackadaisical route-running and clumsy hands have caused both the Raiders and Colts to part ways with him. Barring a newfound focus on learning his craft, he isn't likely to make much impact with the Steelers.
After a 2011 breakout during which he managed 8.5 YPT and 975 yards, Heyward-Bey battled injuries and subpar quarterback play last season. At press time, he's healthy however, and the quarterback problems should be solved with a move to Indianapolis where he'll be paired with rising star Andrew Luck. At 6-2, 210 and with blazing speed, Heyward-Bey has all the measurables to be a star receiver. He's not a great route runner, however, and he's not particularly quick when changing directions. There's also some question as to whether he'll start over T.Y. Hilton, but both should be on the field often, and there should be a lot to go around in the Colts passing offense this year.
The late Al Davis took his share of grief for taking Heyward-Bey over can’t-miss prospect Michael Crabtree three years ago, perhaps unfairly. Heyward-Bey averaged a respectable 15.2 YPC and 8.5 YPT (16th) while leading the Raiders with 115 looks. Known for his blazing speed and suspect hands, he dropped just six passes all season and brought in three plays of 40-plus yards. At 6-2, 210, Heyward-Bey has good size for an elite speed receiver, but was rarely used in the red zone (nine targets). Heading into 2012, he has a good chance to be Carson Palmer’s No. 1 target, but Denarius Moore and, to a lesser extent, Jacoby Ford are also in the mix. Still, in Year 4 and with a serviceable quarterback in place, there’s room for more growth here. Incidentally, Heyward-Bey was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving this spring, but is contesting the charges. It’s likely he’ll be faced with a fine at worst, given his clean track record, but it’s something to monitor.
It could be worse – at least Michael Crabtree hasn't panned out yet, either. Heyward-Bey made strides last year, so to speak, but only in relation to his awful rookie year. While he averaged 14.1 yards per catch, he caught just 41 percent of his targets, for an abysmal 5.6 YPT average. And while the quarterbacking in Oakland was hardly stellar, the Jason Campbell/Bruce Gradkowski combination wasn't an embarrassment, either. At this point, we list him because of his game-breaking speed, early first-round pedigree and solid size (6-2, 210). That will buy him more chances. But Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford and Chaz Schilens are better than Heyward-Bey at this point and could easily surpass him on the depth chart by the time the season opens.
Sometimes a pick everyone else thinks is a reach turns out to be a stroke of genius — like when the Houston Texans took Mario Williams No. 1 over Reggie Bush. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. The Raiders passed on Michael Crabtree — who did more in his first two games despite missing all of training camp and six weeks of the season — than Heyward-Bey did all year. Nonetheless, at 6-2, 210 and with blazing speed and plus athleticism, Heyward-Bey has the physical tools to be a star. The problem was his inconsistent focus, bad hands and poor route running. But the upgrade from JaMarcus Russell to Jason Campbell, a year of experience and renewed dedication to his craft — he put on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and showed improved hands during spring minicamp after having worked on his game over the winter — provide a glimmer of hope.
The Raiders surprised many when they filled their need at receiver by taking Heyward-Bay over the more highly regarded Michael Crabtree. Apparently, the Raiders preferred the faster man, and Heyward-Bey’s 4.3 40 at the combine had them sold. At 6-2, 210, Heyward-Bey pairs plus size and long arms with downfield explosiveness, good leaping ability and solid ball-tracking skills. He doesn’t have the most reliable hands, and his route running still needs work. In short, he has all the physical tools, but lacks Crabtree’s polish and feel for the game at this stage. Given the Raiders’ dearth of receiving depth, Heyward-Bey has an excellent chance to start right away and even become JaMarcus Russell’s top target. With Russell’s off-the-charts arm strength, there’s little doubt Oakland intends to exploit Heyward-Bey’s downfield skills, but both players are raw and will likely need time to click.
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First reception this season in blowout win
WRPittsburgh Steelers
November 8, 2018
Heyward-Bey caught his lone target for nine yards during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina.
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Full participant Thursday
WRPittsburgh Steelers
October 25, 2018
Heyward-Bey (ankle) was a full participant at practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Limited in practice again
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Ankle
October 24, 2018
Heyward-Bey (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Practices on limited basis
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Ankle
October 23, 2018
Coach Mike Tomlin said Heyward-Bey (ankle) was a partial participant in Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Ruled out for Week 6
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Ankle
October 12, 2018
Heyward-Bey (ankle) will not play against the Bengals on Sunday.
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