News: After one season in Arizona, veteran cornerback William Gay announced on Twitter that he will return to the Steelers in 2013. Gay met with the Steelers on Sunday and appears to have reached an agreement to re-sign with the team that originally drafted him.
Analysis: Gay played just 15 games and finished with 60 tackles and two interceptions with Arizona. It appears as if the Steelers may be thin at cornerback, which would explain why they are ready to bring back the 28-year-old veteran. Gay should be left undrafted in all IDP formats on Draft Day.
News: The Cardinals have released veteran linebacker Stewart Bradley and cornerback William Gay.
Analysis: Bradley mostly played special teams while Gay started 15 games and racked up 60 tackles and a pair of interceptions. For now neither one deserve attention.
News: After going eight games without an interception, Cardinals defensive back William Gay recorded his second in as many games Week 11 at Atlanta, making him one of five Cardinals defenders to intercept Matt Ryan. He also had five tackles, all solo, and a forced fumble.
Analysis: Like most cornerbacks, Gay isn't a reliable source of tackles, and he hadn't been getting interceptions until recently. You'll probably want to see a little more from him before you add him in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: The Cards agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback William Gay on a two-year deal Sunday. Gay (5-10, 190) spent the past four seasons with the Steelers and has 37 career starts including 15 of 16 games last season, making 56 tackles (45 solos) with two interceptions. His addition helps ease the loss of free-agent corner Richard Marshall to Miami.
Analysis: Gay will see some solid playing time but isn't expected to be a productive part of Fantasy rosters.
News: The Steelers agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent DB William Gay on Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Gay had 48 tackles (40 solo) and two sacks in 16 games for the Steelers last season.
Analysis: Gay has played in 16 games during all four of his seasons with Pittsburgh and amassed 186 total tackles and three sacks. The 26-year-old is likely to assume the nickle back position in the vaunted Steelers' defense. However, he should remain ignored in all IDP drafts.
News: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers CB Bryant McFadden did not practice Wednesday but predicted he will play in the Super Bowl. He hopes his ailing abdomen reaches the point that it was the past Sunday for the AFC championship game. The team's starting left cornerback had to yield that job to William Gay and played only in the nickel defense. "The way I played this Sunday, if I can get 75-85 [percent], that's great for me, that's a blessing because this type of injury is very difficult," McFadden said. "I feel if I can get there I'm in paradise. That's what I'm shooting for." If that's the case, it's likely Gay will start at left cornerback against Green Bay, and McFadden again will play in the nickel.
Analysis: Even when a starter, Gay has minimal Fantasy value. Ignore him in the majority of IDP leagues on Draft Day.
News: Although he racked up three tackles and a TFL, Steelers CB William Gay had a terrible game against the Patriots in Week 10. QB Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, who was covered by Gay on all three scores.
Analysis: The rookie exposed Gay on the opening drive of the night, and the Patriots continued to try and isolate the two throughout the game -- and it worked two more times. Gay is not worth owning in Fantasy play, although he will likely see more passes his way once other teams study the Week 10 film.
News: Steelers CB William Gay racked up six tackles (five solo) and a pass deflection in the Week 8 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Gay has played all over the secondary for the Steelers this season but he remains a waiver player unless an injury happens ahead of him on the depth chart. Continue to ignore him in Fantasy play.
News: The Steelers have re-signed TE Matt Spaeth and CB William Gay. Both were restricted free agents this offseason.
Analysis: Neither of these players are expected to produce many stats in the first place. Keep them off of Fantasy rosters.
News: Pittsburgh DB William Gay (head) was able to practice in full on both Monday and Tuesday in preparation for Week 14 on Thursday at Cleveland. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week he may lose his starting spot and he was not expected to play on Thursday. However, he is listed as questionable for the game.
Analysis: Gay has little to zero Fantasy value and can be left on waivers in all Fantasy IDP leagues even if he does end up playing in the game.
News: Steelers starting CB William Gay suffered a concussion vs. Oakland in Week 13 and is not expected to play against the Browns. Veteran Deshea Townsend will take Gay's place in the starting lineup.
Analysis: Neither of these defensive backs are expected to help Fantasy owners. Keep them on waivers.
News: Notable Steelers defenders from Week 12 at Baltimore include: LB Lawrence Timmons (seven total tackles, two sacks, forced fumble), LB James Farrior (six total tackles, sack, forced fumble), DE Travis Kirschke (four solo tackles, sack), LB LaMarr Woodley (seven solo tackles, sack) and DB William Gay (eight solo tackles, forced fumble).
Analysis: Of these defenders, Timmons, Farrior and Woodley warrant Fantasy consideration. They should do quite well cleaning up vs. Oakland in Week 13.
News: The Steelers had several defenders make plays Sunday against the Bengals. William Gay had nine tackles. Ryan Clark had six tackles. James Farrior had nine tackles. Lawrence Timmons had eight tackles. LaMarr Woodley had four tackles and a sack. James Harrison had three tackles and a sack.
Analysis: The Steelers defenders should play well in Week 11 at Kansas City. Start all your regular IDP options against the Chiefs and look for a good outing.
News: Pittsburgh DB William Gay had a big game against the Lions in Week 5. He tied for the team lead in tackles with eight and recorded 1.5 sacks.
Analysis: Gay has 27 tackles on the season and the 1.5 sacks were his first of the year. The third-year defensive back still has very little Fantasy value for the Steelers in IDP leagues as they head into Week 6 against Cleveland.
News: Steelers DB William Gay picked off Joe Flacco's pass in the end zone with :17 seconds left and Pittsburgh secured a 13-9 win over the Ravens Week 15. Gay had just one tackle in the game while getting his first interception.
Analysis: The second-year defensive back is still nothing more than a nickelback for the Steelers and has little to no Fantasy value despite the pick.
News: The Steelers allowed 221 yards of total offense and only seven points in Week 1 at Cleveland. LB James Harrison, DB Ike Taylor, DB Ryan Clark, LB James Farrior, LB Clark Haggans and DL Aaron Smith all had a sack. Taylor and DB Deshea Townsend added an interception each. DB William Gay, DB Bryant McFadden, and Smith had a fumble recovery as the Steelers totaled six sacks and five turnovers against the Browns.
Analysis: The Steelers looked good, even if it was against a sub-par offense in Cleveland. They'll look to keep the momentum going in Week 2 vs. Buffalo and remain a must-start defensive unit in all formats.
News: The Steelers' only other previously unsigned pick, cornerback William Gay of Louisville, signed a three-year contract Sunday that will pay him a signing bonus of $106,000. He was the second of their two picks in the fifth round.
Analysis: There is no need to draft Gay in Fantasy IDP leagues at this time. Take a wait-and-see approach with him in Fantasy leagues.
News: Aside from first-round pick LB Lawrence Timmons and third-round pick TE Matt Spaeth, the Steelers' 2007 draft class includes: Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley, Baylor P Daniel Sepulveda, Oklahoma State DE Ryan McBean, Rutgers OG Cameron Stephenson, Louisville CB William Gay and Florida WR Dallas Baker.
Analysis: Woodley won't see a lot of stats working on the Steelers' D-line so long as it's a 3-4 unit, but if they make the move to 4-3, he'll be a very good player. He's a late-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts. McBean is a 3-4 defensive end who won't put up many stats and is not worth drafting in Fantasy play. Gay should have a nice career as a nickel or dime defensive back while Baker has awesome height but is skinny and not a polished receiver. Baker's worth a late-round flier in dynasty rookie drafts.