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Chase Claypool
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#23 Wide Receiver

150 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 238
40 Time: 4.42

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

5.7

DS Projection

8.9

Consensus

38 other sites
9

Low Ceiling

12.5

Rest of
Season

8.7

Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.6 64.4 0.4 8.9
Weekly Writeup
Claypool returned from his hamstring injury to lead the Steelers with 6 targets and drop a big 5-130-1 receiving line on Denver in Week 5.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.3 61 0.4 8.7
Week 5
Claypool returned from sitting out Week 4 with a hamstring injury to play a season-low 55% of the snaps in the win over Denver. His 6 targets led the team, though, and Claypool caught 5 for a game-high 130 yards. That included an 18-yard 3rd-quarter TD to give the team an 18-point lead.

We’d expect the playing time to rebound as Claypool gets further removed from the injury -- especially with most games likely to be closer. JuJu Smith-Schuster’s shoulder injury can only help Claypool’s playing time and target share.
Week 3
With Diontae Johnson missing this game and JuJu Smith-Schuster leaving the contest early with injured ribs, Claypool saw 15 targets. Unfortunately, for one of the better deep threats in the league, Ben Roethlisberger was only concerned with getting rid of the ball quickly despite the Steelers falling far behind on the scoreboard. As a result, he had a Diontae Johnson type game with less than 11 yards per catch, as defenders were onto compressing the field with the knowledge the QB was unable to test them downfield. That said, the role he was forced into resulted in his best fantasy performance of the young season.

Although it worked out that Claypool was productive when forced to step into the possession receiver role that Johnson and Smith-Schuster occupy when healthy, when they’re on the field, Claypool will have to go back to being an outside WR who runs downfield routes. Despite that being what he’s best at, Roethlisberger simply cannot make those downfield throws to unlock him, so it’s unlikely he’ll have many big games.
Week 1
Claypool rank 29 routes against Buffalo, tying him with Diontae Johnson and ranking 2nd behind JuJu Smith-Schuster (35). The results weren’t great, as Claypool caught 3 of 5 targets for 45 yards. Johnson had the lone TD on a goal line target. Claypool, however, showed his downfield ability by skying to make a catch over Tre White. Ben Roethlisberger, who was inaccurate and looked slow to process -- will need to improve for Claypool to hold up as a weekly WR2. Heading home for Week 2 (vs. Vegas), we’re optimistic that’ll happen.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Claypool broke out as a senior at Notre Dame in 2019 (66-1,037-13).
  • At 6’4, 227 pounds, he’s an incredible athlete. In the pre-draft process, he recorded a 4.42 forty-time, a 40.5-inch vertical, a 126-inch broad jump and 19 bench reps. Each mark ranked in the 82nd percentile or better among Combine WRs since 1999.
  • Pittsburgh selected him in Round 2 of the 2020 draft.
  • Claypool earned the trust of Ben Roethlisberger and the coaching staff as a rookie. He led all Pittsburgh pass catchers with 9 targets inside the 10 yard-line. He even saw 3 goal line attempts on jet motions, scoring twice.
  • Claypool played 62.9% of the snaps. That ranked behind JuJu Smith-Schuster (83.9%) and Diontae Johnson (66.6%) but ahead of James Washington (44.1%).
  • The rookie was volatile, though. He finished as a WR1 3 times and outside the top-50 6 times.
  • His 16.7% target share (16 games) placed him behind Diontae Johnson’s mark of 22.0% (15 games) and JuJu Smith-Schuster's mark of 19.6% (16 games).
  • Claypool used his physicality and long strides to uncover vs. press coverage. Per Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting, Claypool had a 75.4% success rate vs. press (80th percentile).
  • An average depth of target at nearly 14 yards showed his value as a downfield threat. He ranked 11th among WRs in air yards.
  • Unfortunately for Claypool’s 2021 upside, JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signed in free agency. Diontae Johnson and Eric Ebron return as well.
  • Pittsburgh’s selection of Najee Harris in Round 1 says they want to commit to a more balanced approach under 1st-year OC Matt Canada. Last year, Roethlisberger ranked 3rd in pass attempts, while the team ranked 2nd in pass rate.
  • Pittsburgh trotted out 3+ WRs on 80% of its 2020 plays. Adding Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth in Round 2 might force that number to come down a bit.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Claypool shattered expectations as a 2020 rookie. Filling a deep role for a Pittsburgh, the Notre Dame product brought back shades of Martavis Bryant. Claypool took 14 of his 62 catches for 20+ yards. He even punched in a pair of goal line rushing TDs.

The arrival of Najee Harris might limit those chances — and Claypool’s overall target potential.

That reality — plus the return of Johnson and Smith-Schuster — make it tough to project a major year 2 leap for Claypool. Still, if Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, the 2nd-year pro figures to stick as a WR3 with several more week-winning lines.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday, so he should be ready for his usual role. But QB Ben Roethlisberger’s struggles leave Claypool as just a WR3 in fantasy lineups. WR James Washington (groin) is out for Week 5.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice. His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos is uncertain at this point. We'll get another update tomorrow.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He missed Week 4 after hurting his hamstring in practice last Thursday, but it looks like he has a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. We'll get another update tomorrow.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) has been ruled out for tomorrow's game vs. the Packers. No surprise after he hurt that hamstring on Thursday and didn't practice on Friday. His status for Week 5 beyond is uncertain. WR James Washington will step into Claypool's spot in 3-WR sets but would be a shaky fantasy play with QB Ben Roethlisberger struggling badly. WRs Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster should also pick up extra targets.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. He hurt his hamstring on Thursday and then didn't practice on Friday, so we're not expecting Claypool to play on Sunday. He'd be placed by WR James Washington.

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