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George Pickens
ADP: 11.4
Bye: 9
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 21.5
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
40 Time: 4.47
Burst Score (Rank): 121.20 (50%)

George Pickens's Weekly Outlook

Week 4 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
2.6 36.2 0.2 4.8
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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.2 40.8 0.3 5.9

George Pickens's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#51 Wide Receiver

109 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
11.4 53.9 796.1 5 2 0.3

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Basic StatsGeorge Pickens's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Pickens hit Georgia as a top-25 overall prospect in his recruiting class.
  • As a true freshman, he led the Bulldogs in all major receiving categories, accounting for 19.2% of the catches, 23.3% of the yards and 30.8% of the TDs. He beat then-fellow SEC wideouts Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson in Pro Football Focus receiving grade that year.
  • Pickens lost 2 games to injury in his sophomore season but still led his team in catches, yards and TDs per game.
  • Pickens tore his right ACL in March 2021. He played in Georgia’s regular-season finale last fall but managed only 5 receptions across the final 4 games.
  • He had bounced back enough to participate in the Scouting Combine, where Pickens ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at 6’3, 195 pounds. That’s a 74th-percentile time among NFL WRs; 78th-percentile speed score.
  • Here’s what HC Mike Tomlin said attracted the team to Pickens: “He’s a big guy — 6’3-plus — with little guy body control. His ability to change direction, his ability to stop and start, (and) his ability to drop his weight is like that of a much smaller man. That was the trait that really attracted us to him. He’s got easy hand-eye ball skills.”
  • Even with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool already in place, Pittsburgh’s offense provides immediate opportunity. James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for more than 20% target share in last year’s offense before all leaving this offseason.
  • Pittsburgh’s pass offense should improve its downfield ability with the switch from Ben Roethlisberger to whomever wins. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett have averaged ADOTs more than a yard deeper in each of their starting seasons to date than Roethlisberger did in 2021.
  • That would be good for a WR who averaged 15.0 yards per catch in college.
  • Steelers beat writer Chris Adamski described WR George Pickens as the “clear WR3” early in training camp.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We’ll have to see how quickly Pickens can acclimate to the pro and just how Pittsburgh decides to fill its top 3 WR spots. None among Pickens, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool is a natural/experienced slot WR. Pickens’ quick breakout in the SEC, though, and strong draft capital makes him an attractive bet going forward. As long as his ADP doesn’t climb too high, we’re buying.

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Diontae Johnson, WR PIT

8:50am EDT 9/12/22

Johnson remains lead target in opener

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson led the team with 12 targets in the opener, claiming 31.6% of Pittsburgh's total pass attempts. Johnson caught 7 for 55 yards. WR Chase Claypool drew 6 looks, catching 4 for a mere 18 yards. Rookie George Pickens followed with 3, catching 1 but drawing defensive PI to negate a 4th target. That trio operated as the team's clear top 3 WRs. We'll see whether the QB play can improve to enhance the output going forward. Claypool added 6 rushing attempts for a team-high 36 yards, with a (supposedly minor) ankle injury limiting RB Najee Harris' playing time.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (shoulder) was non-committal on his availability for this weekend's opener vs. the Bengals when asked on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and get back to the guys one day at a time," he said. Johnson banged up his shoulder in the preseason finale and said he could not have returned to that game even if it had been the regular season. We'll track his practice participation over the next few days. Johnson's absence would obviously be a big boost to the target projections on George Pickens, Chase Claypool and Pat Freiermuth.

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ESPN's Brooke Pryor says the Steelers are "likely to push the ball down the field more than in recent years." That would obviously be good for the fantasy football upside for everyone in the passing game (except maybe RB Najee Harris), but it would be an especially positive development for rookie WR George Pickens and 3rd-year WR Chase Claypool. Pickens has generated seemingly nonstop buzz in camp, while Claypool has displayed his downfield talent through 2 pro seasons. Both look attractive in reserve territory of fantasy football drafts.

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George Pickens, WR PIT
Dynasty MVP 120.4
Position Rank #43 WR
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At least some teams reportedly have significant character concerns about Pickens. That adds some fantasy risk, of course. But it also means that he might have been a 1st-round pick based on talent alone. We certainly liked Pickens’ 2019 tape, when the 5-star recruit led Georgia in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs as a true freshman. His 2021 was wrecked by a March ACL tear, but Pickens was able to return for the final 4 games of last season and should be ready for offseason activities with the Steelers. He has a chance to win the #3 WR job right out of the gate. And note that Diontae Johnson is set to hit free agency in 2023; Chase Claypool in 2024.

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