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Pat Freiermuth
ADP: 8.10
Bye: 9
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23.7
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 258
40 Time: 4.77

Pat Freiermuth's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#18 Tight End

89.4 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
8.10 61.3 582 5.2 0.8 0

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsPat Freiermuth's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Freiermuth ranked just 25th in target share among TEs last season, but his role grew after JuJu Smith-Schuster went down. Over the 1st 5 games, Freiermuth drew just 6.7% target share. His playing time increased to 60% in the 1st game after Smith-Schuster went down, though, and grew further after the Week 7 bye.
  • From Week 6 on, Freiermuth garnered 15.1% target share. Chase Claypool tallied 16.5% over the same span (though they each missed 1 game, and not the same one).
  • Freiermuth ranked just 27th among TEs in yards per catch. He tied for 36th in average depth of target among 44 TEs with 30+ targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • The rookie ranked 27th in that group in slot rate and 40th in snap rate from an outside position. That means the majority of his opportunities came from a traditional, inline TE position. That plus an old QB with a deteriorating arm didn’t help Freiermuth’s yardage efficiency.
  • At Penn State, Freiermuth ran 54.4% of his pass snaps from a slot position and tallied a 9.4-yard career ADOT. That’s pretty different from the 5.6 Pittsburgh limited him to in 2021.
  • Freiermuth immediately claimed a significant red-zone role. He ranked 16th among all TEs in targets but tied for 13th at the position in end-zone targets.
  • Pittsburgh’s passing volume helped. The Steelers ranked 4th in pass attempts and passed at the league’s 3rd highest rate. But Ben Roethlisberger also ranked 8th in red-zone pass attempts and 7th in pass attempts from inside the 10.
  • The switch to either recycled Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett at QB opens the question of whether we should expect less passing from the 2022 Steelers.
  • The team has let #2 TE Eric Ebron walk from last year’s roster, adding Jace Sternberger from the open market and Connor Heyward via Round 6 of the draft. The Steelers list Heyward as a TE/FB. Heyward caught 96 career passes at Michigan State, converting to TE in his final season. His 2021 numbers: 35 catches, 326 yards, 2 TDs. HC Mike Tomlin called Heyward a “Swiss army knife” after the selection.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Freiermuth enjoyed a nice debut season. The biggest questions for him in Year 2 will be: What does the offense look like with a new QB, and what does the reshaped pass-catching corps look like? Freiermuth figures to be a central factor regardless of the pieces around him. But those other pieces will affect things such as available opportunity and efficiency of the offense on whole. We’re betting on at least some decrease in team passing volume. What adds the most risk to Freiermuth in fantasy, though, is that early drafters like him inside the top 12. He certainly can finish there in Year 2, but we don’t see any reason to reach for the young Steeler rather than wait for some of the TEs we project ahead of him.

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Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT

7:22pm EST 1/1/22

Freiermuth ready for Week 17

Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full week of practice. He'll play vs. the Browns on Monday night but sits well outside the top 12 in our Week 17 TE Rankings.

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Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) put in a full practice on Thursday. He's on track to return for Monday night's game vs. the Browns, barring a setback between now and then. Freiermuth averaged just 3.7 targets and 3 catches over his last 3 healthy games, so he's a fringe fantasy option.

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that TE Pat Freiermuth has a chance to play Monday night against the Browns, according to the team website. Freiermuth missed last week's loss to the Chiefs with a concussion. We'll see about his practice participation beginning Thursday.

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Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Chiefs. No surprise after he suffered his 2nd concussion of the season last week. Zach Gentry will step in as Pittsburgh’s lead TE but isn’t a viable fantasy play.

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Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth sustained a concussion in Sunday's game vs. the Titans and is done for the day. It's his 2nd concussion of the season, which might hurt his chances of getting cleared for Week 16. We'll track Freiermuth's progress through the protocol.

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Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT
Dynasty MVP 87.7
Position Rank #11 TE
3yr Projection
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Dynasty Write-up
Freiermuth paid immediate dividends with 7 TDs on 60 catches. He missed just 1 game, but his 2 concussions from 2021 alone are worth monitoring. We'll see if Kenny Pickett (or Mitchell Trubisky) emerges as Pittsburgh's long-term answer at QB.
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