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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Draft Rankings

George Pickens Note
George Pickens photo 52. George Pickens WR - (vs . CIN)
George Pickens emerges as the primary beneficiary of the Steelers' offense following Diontae Johnson's departure. Despite competition from rookie third-rounder Roman Wilson, Pickens' consistent growth hints at a potential breakout in his third year. During the first five weeks of the 2023 season with Johnson sidelined, Pickens averaged 12.8 points per game (19th) and nearly 80 yards per game. With Russell Wilson or Justin Fields' vertical threat, Pickens could flourish, as seen in his WR13 performance during Johnson's absence last season. But be wary that the run-heavy nature of an Arthur Smith offense could doom Pickens' breakout.
2 weeks ago
Najee Harris Note
Najee Harris photo 68. Najee Harris RB - (vs . CIN)
Harris finished last season with his third consecutive season with at least 1,000 rushing yards, eight total touchdowns, and 1,200 total yards, and still, it felt like a huge disappointment. Harris was the RB30, ranking 29th in snap share and 26th in opportunity share as he split with Jaylen Warren. Harris still finished sixth in carries and eighth in red zone touches among backs, but he saw his pass game usage plummet with only a 7.9% target share (33rd) while ranking 49th in route participation. Harris's stats were helped by the fact that Pittsburgh leaned heavily on the run down the stretch. This could happen again in 2024, but it's not for certain, and don't be surprised if Warren eats into Harris's work further. Harris is an RB3/flex option in 2024.
2 weeks ago
Jaylen Warren Note
Jaylen Warren photo 106. Jaylen Warren RB - (vs . CIN)
Jaylen Warren was one of the most explosive and elusive backs in the NFL. This sounds like a hyperbolic statement I know, but it really isn't. Last season, he finished third in explosive run rate, first in missed tackles forced per attempt, and second in yards after contact per attempt (per Fantasy Points Data). If these numbers don't jump off the page, then I don't know what else to tell you. Oh wait, he was also 12th in yards per route run and fifth in targets per route run. Warren is a stud and outperformed Najee Harris in nearly every metric. While he finished as the RB29 in fantasy points per game, that doesn't tell the entire story. Warren was an RB2 or better in weekly scoring in 50% of his games. Warren will still have to split a backfield this season with Harris, but if you're betting on talent (which you should be), there aren't many better options to grab in drafts that have his type of upside if anything were to happen to Harris.
2 weeks ago
Pat Freiermuth Note
Pat Freiermuth photo 128. Pat Freiermuth TE - (vs . CIN)
After averaging 9.5 and 9.9 PPF fantasy points per game in his first two seasons in the league, Pat Freiermuth averaged only 6.4 PPR points per game in 2023, as he was thwarted by uneven QB play and a hamstring injury that cost him five games. Freiermuth had seven TD catches as a rookie in 2021. He only scored two touchdowns in 2022 but ramped up his yardage, finishing with 63 receptions for 732 yards. Freiermuth is adept at working the middle of the field, has dependable hands and is tough to bring down after the catch. A nine-catch, 120-yard performance vs. the Bengals in late November showed what Freiermuth is capable of. The Steelers aren't exactly loaded at the WR position, so Freiermuth should see enough targets in 2024 to give him a chance at low-end TE1 fantasy value.
4 weeks ago
Russell Wilson Note
Russell Wilson photo 178. Russell Wilson QB - (vs . CIN)
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 198. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (vs . CIN)
Roman Wilson Note
Roman Wilson photo 208. Roman Wilson WR - (vs . CIN)
Roman Wilson showed promise with 48 receptions for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns in his standout senior year at Michigan (37% dominator, 6th-highest in the class). However, concerns arise due to his late breakout age at 22 and limited overall production. With the Steelers likely maintaining a run-heavy offense under OC Arthur Smith and Wilson's role as a deep threat in college, the 2024 third-round draft pick's fantasy impact could be limited despite Pittsburgh's history of success with mid-round WR selections.
2 weeks ago
Justin Fields Note
Justin Fields photo 240. Justin Fields QB - (vs . CIN)
Justin Fields is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback in fantasy football, but how much of a chance will he get to play in 2024? The Steelers acquired Fields from the Bears in a mid-March trade, giving up a sixth-round pick that could become a fourth-rounder depending on Fields' playing time this season. The modest compensation the Bears received -- particularly when there were other QB-needy teams that didn't make a play for Fields -- suggests that the league doesn't value the sack-prone young quarterback as much as fantasy managers may have. Fields now finds himself in the same QB room as Russell Wilson, whom the Steelers acquired earlier in the offseason, and early reports suggest that Wilson has the inside track to be the Week 1 starter. Fields has landed in QB1 range in fantasy points per game each of the last two seasons (6 starts minimum), finishing QB5 in FPPG in 2022 and QB12 in 2023. Fields' rushing production fell from 76.2 rushing yards per game and eight TD runs in 2022 to 50.5 rushing yards per game and four TD runs in 2023, but he averaged a career-high 197.1 passing yards per game last season.
10 weeks ago
Cordarrelle Patterson Note
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 313. Cordarrelle Patterson RB - (vs . CIN)
Calvin Austin III Note
Calvin Austin III photo 369. Calvin Austin III WR - (vs . CIN)
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 371. Chris Boswell K - (vs . CIN)
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 385. Van Jefferson WR - (vs . CIN)
Darnell Washington Note
Darnell Washington photo 407. Darnell Washington TE - (vs . CIN)
Quez Watkins Note
Quez Watkins photo 437. Quez Watkins WR - (vs . CIN)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 497. MyCole Pruitt TE - (vs . CIN)
Denzel Mims Note
Denzel Mims photo 516. Denzel Mims WR - (vs . CIN)
Daijun Edwards Note
Daijun Edwards photo 522. Daijun Edwards RB - (vs . CIN)