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This should be a big season for Pickens, who is entering his third year in the NFL. He's worth drafting as early as Round 4 in all leagues. Pittsburgh traded Diontae Johnson to Carolina, and now Pickens gets a quarterback upgrade in Russell Wilson or Justin Fields. In four games last year when Johnson was hurt, Pickens had two outings with at least 22.7 PPR points. We expect Wilson to start the majority of games, and he threw 10 touchdowns to Courtland Sutton in 2023. And Wilson was good for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett toward the end of his tenure in Seattle. Wilson should help make Pickens a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues with the chance to be a top-10 option. Now, you may be concerned that Arthur Smith is the new offensive coordinator for the Steelers, and Smith wasn't good for Drake London the past two seasons in Atlanta. But with Smith as the offensive coordinator in Tennessee in 2019-20, A.J. Brown caught 122 passes for 2,126 yards and 19 touchdowns on 190 targets in 30 games. Pickens should be the focal point of the passing game in Pittsburgh, and this should be a breakout campaign in 2024.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 63 1140 18.10 5 18 6.00 1378.1
2022 52 801 15.40 4 24 8.00 1076.3
3y Avg. 58 970 16.72 4 21 7.00 1146.7
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Tallies 65 total yards in loss

    Pickens secured five of 11 targets for 50 yards and rushed once for 15 yards in the Steelers' 31-17 wild-card loss to the Bills on Monday afternoon. He also lost a fumble. Pickens had serviceable numbers overall and co-led the Steelers in receptions while setting the pace in targets. However, it was largely a frustrating afternoon, beginning with a fumble on the Steelers' 29-yard in the latter portion of the first quarter that was eventually confirmed via replay, and that led to a touchdown on Buffalo's first play after gaining possession. Pickens also was the intended receiver on Mason Rudolph's fourth-down pass with 4:53 remaining that ended in an incompletion but also included what appeared to be a missed pass interference call that would have given the Steelers new life via a first down. Pickens finished the regular season with an impressive 63-1,140-5 line across 17 games despite subpar quarterback play, so he could be in for an even bigger season in 2024 if there is more stability under center.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Minimal production in Week 18

    Pickens wasn't targeted and rushed once for three yards during the Steelers' 17-10 win over Baltimore on Saturday. Pickens had the two highest receiving yardage totals of his career in his last two appearances by securing 11 of 15 targets for 326 yards. Although Mason Rudolph remained under center for Saturday's regular-season finale, Pickens didn't draw any targets. He improved across the board during his second professional season, securing 63 of 106 targets for 1,140 yards and five touchdowns while rushing three times for 18 yards. While his production was somewhat inconsistent, he should be one of Pittsburgh's top options in the passing game during Sunday's wild-card matchup against Buffalo.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Start Him (Lineup Decisions)

    Since Mason Rudolph took over at quarterback for the Steelers, George Pickens has earned a preposterous 32.6% target share, catching 73.3% of his targets and averaging 27.8 PPR points per game. Pittsburgh is in a must-win spot, so I suspect not much will change with their offensive operations. Three starters in the Ravens secondary including top cornerback Marlon Humphrey and safety Kyle Hamilton are expected to sit, meaning that the Ravens' backup defensive backs will have to deal with Pickens. If there's an issue, it's that the Steelers might not have to throw much if the Ravens' backups aren't competitive when they have the ball. Then again, that exact scenario played out two weeks ago in the Steelers' blowout win over the Bengals and Pickens still had four grabs for 195 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters. Pickens is a WR2 with dominant upside who should start ahead of Chris Godwin, Calvin Ridley, Drake London and Stefon Diggs.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: WRs to Start

    After Pickens had his big game in Week 16 against Cincinnati with four catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns on six targets, I doubted him last week at Seattle. And he proved me wrong with seven catches for 131 yards on nine targets. He's now scored at least 20.1 PPR points in each of his past two games, and he appears to have a great connection with Mason Rudolph, who is starting again in Week 18 at Baltimore. The Ravens are expected to rest several starters on defense, and Pickens should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues. Keep in mind that he also had six catches for 130 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets against the Ravens in Week 5.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Another big performance

    Pickens recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 131 yards in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Seahawks. Pickens continued to show rapport with Mason Rudolph, topping 100 receiving yards for the second consecutive game. That production came primarily on a trio of long gains of 37, 34 and 24 yards, though Pickens has also been his target volume tick back up in recent weeks as he's seen at least six opportunities in four straight contests. That bodes well for his potential to produce again in a pivotal Week 18 matchup against the Ravens.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: WRs to Sit

    Pickens popped off in Week 16 against the Bengals with a career game of four catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns on six targets for 35.5 PPR points. It was awesome to watch, including a ridiculous 44-yard catch along the sideline just before halftime. He showed you his big-play ability and that he can dominate a game, but unfortunately that hasn't happened often this season. Prior to Week 16, Pickens had scored 8.8 PPR points or less in six of seven games, with no touchdowns over that span. Now, the game against Cincinnati was the first one with Mason Rudolph under center, and hopefully more big stat lines are ahead, including Week 17 at Seattle. But the Seahawks have held A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and DeAndre Hopkins to 12 catches for 126 yards and no touchdowns in the past two games on 19 targets. I would only use Pickens in three-receiver leagues in Week 17, and he's more of a bust alert than
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Quiets critics with career game

    Pickens caught four of six targets for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-11 win over the Bengals. After a tumultuous week in which Pickens' effort in recent games was called into question, the second-year wideout rewarded coach Mike Tomlin's decision to keep him in the lineup by taking a slant to the house for a career-long 86-yard touchdown on Pittsburgh's second offensive play. Pickens added a spectacular 44-yard catch along the sideline in the two-minute drill to set up a 50-yard Chris Boswell field goal, which gave the Steelers a 24-0 lead heading into halftime. He got free for another long touchdown in the third quarter, this time hauling in a deep ball for a 66-yard score. This was the best game of Pickens' young career, as he set a new career high in receiving yards while scoring multiple touchdowns for the first time. He's up to 1,009 receiving yards and five touchdowns heading into a Week 17 road game in Seattle.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Leads team in targets

    Pickens recorded three receptions on seven targets for 47 yards in Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Colts. Pickens got off to a decent start, as he managed a pair of 15-yard receptions on the Steelers' second offensive possession. Despite leading the team in targets, he managed only one additional reception from there and was held under 50 receiving yards for the second consecutive game -- both of which Kenny Pickett (ankle) has missed in full. Pittsburgh is contemplating a change at quarterback for a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals, and if Mason Rudolph takes over under center, that could be positive news for Pickens.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: WRs to Sit

    We keep waiting for Pickens to be a consistent Fantasy option, but that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon. He's scored 8.8 PPR points or less in five of his past six games, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. He also has six targets or less in seven games in a row. Diontae Johnson is the only Steelers receiver to consider using in Week 15 at the Colts, and he's just a No. 3 Fantasy option at best in PPR.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Team-high reception total in loss

    Pickens secured five of six targets for 19 yards in the Steelers' 21-18 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night. The talented second-year wideout struggled yet again to make an impact, although Mitch Trubisky's lackluster play certainly played a large part in Pickens' struggles. Pickens' catch total was a team high on the night, but his 3.8 yards per reception made it a completely unproductive performance outside of season-long or daily full-PPR formats. Pickens does have at least four receptions in three of the past four games, and he'll aim to take advantage of a more vulnerable Colts secondary in a Week 15 road matchup.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Manages 86 yards against Arizona

    Pickens recorded four receptions on five targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Cardinals. Pickens opened the game in exceptional fashion, racking up 51 yards between two catches within the first three plays from scrimmage. He slowed down considerably from there, in part due to the absence of Kenny Pickett (ankle) and also because of rainy conditions. Positively, it was still Pickens' most productive performance since a Week 7 win over the Rams and marked only the second time he's topped 50 yards in six games since.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Racks up 58 yards

    Pickens secured three of five targets for 58 yards during the Steelers' 16-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday. The Steelers offense looked much more effective this week after offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired ahead of Week 12, and Pickens had his best game since tallying 107 receiving yards against the Rams in Week 7. Pickens still could show some inconsistency as the season progresses, but it appears likely that he'll have more upside with a new offensive play caller in Pittsburgh.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: In clear for Sunday's game

    Pickens (shin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of reports. Pickens was sidelined for the Steelers' first Week 12 practice Wednesday due to the shin issue, but he erased any lingering concern about his health by advancing to limited activity Thursday and then full participation Friday. The second-year wideout has played at least 85 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in each of his first 10 appearances of the season, and he should comfortably clear that threshold once again Sunday since he's not carrying a designation into the contest.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Listed as limited Thursday

    Pickens (shin) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Mike DeFabo of The Athletic reports. After being deemed a non-participant in Wednesday's session, Pickens' limited listing a day later has him trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals. If the wideout is able to upgrade to full participation Friday, he'll have a chance to head into the weekend minus a Week 12 injury designation.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Sits Wednesday with shin injury

    Pickens didn't practice Wednesday due to a shin injury, Brooke Pryor of reports. The injury is a new one for Pickens, who will still have two more opportunities to log some practice activity and put the shin concern behind him ahead of Sunday's road game against the Bengals. If the second-year wide receiver suits up, he'll be playing in a Pittsburgh offense directed by former running backs coach Eddie Faulkner after the team parted ways with offensive coordinator Matt Canada on Tuesday.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Quiet versus Packers

    Pickens caught three of four targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 23-19 win over the Packers. Pickens led Pittsburgh in all major receiving categories, which evidenced the team's struggles in the passing game Sunday, when quarterback Kenny Pickett managed just 126 yards. With 205 yards on the ground, however, the Steelers didn't need Pickens to have a big day to secure another close victory. The wideout will now turn his attention toward Week 11's meeting with the Browns, who he posted 127 yards and a touchdown against earlier this season.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    Expect Pickens to play plenty of snaps and even see a couple of valuable targets in the red zone, but his days of seeing high volume figure to be few and far between. Tack on a matchup that should be decent for the other components of the Steelers offense and Pickens barely has flex appeal, even in a week with four good teams on bye. I'd rather start Courtland Sutton, Zay Flowers and Jaxon Smith-Njigba in PPR.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Disappointing results in primetime

    Pickens secured two of five targets for minus-one yard during the Steelers' 20-16 win over the Titans on Thursday. Pickens topped 100 yards in the Steelers' matchups immediately before and after their Week 6 bye, but he's been held in check over two games since then. The 22-year-old nearly salvaged his fantasy results with a touchdown catch in the second half, but he failed to get both feet down in bounds upon further review. Pickens has been targeted at least five times in every appearance this season, but his output has been more inconsistent now that Diontae Johnson is back in action.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: Finds end zone in defeat

    Pickens secured one of five targets for 22 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 20-10 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. Although Diontae Johnson was targeted 14 times during Sunday's matchup, Pickens was the lone Steelers receiver to reach the end zone in the defeat. Despite his touchdown, Pickens logged season-low marks in targets, receptions and yards. The 2022 second-rounder has had the ability to provide a spark for Pittsburgh's lackluster offense this year, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him display some inconsistency now that Johnson is healthy.
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  • Steelers' George Pickens: WRs to Start

    I thought the return of Diontae Johnson from his hamstring injury in Week 7 at the Rams would be a problem for Pickens, but he had another standout game with five catches for 107 yards on eight targets. He's now scored at least 15.7 PPR points in three of his past five games, and he's having a sophomore breakout campaign. He should have the chance for another quality outing in Week 8 against the Jaguars, who have allowed nine receivers to score at least 12.7 PPR points this season. Start Pickens as a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
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