Freiermuth will get drafted as a starting Fantasy tight end, but there should probably be more excitement about his potential. From Week 8 until the end of the regular season, Freiermuth averaged 10.9 PPR points per game and notched at least 11 PPR points six times. A lot of that was helped by his work in the red zone, where he rapidly became a target for Ben Roethlisberger. But it was Roethlisberger's limitations that kept Freiermuth from being even better -- he averaged a yucky 8.3 yards per catch on the year and had just four receptions of over 15 yards. The Steelers offense is expected to be much more diverse this season, and Freiermuth has set personal goals of improving his receiving average while wanting to "be there for the quarterbacks." Further helping Freiermuth's case is the departure of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who cornered the market on short, mid-field throws for several seasons. There's definite upside for Freiermuth, though a challenging schedule won't do him any favors. He should be of interest starting in Round 9.
Freiermuth brought in six of nine targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over the Ravens. Freiermuth compiled 15 targets across the final two games of the regular season, but he recorded just 75 yards during that time and failed to reach the end zone. He was on the field for 66 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in Week 18 and led the team in receiving yards. The rookie established himself as Pittsburgh's top tight end during his first professional season, and he caught 60 of 79 targets for 497 yards and seven touchdowns across 16 appearances. Fellow tight end Eric Ebron (knee) is slated to become a free agent during the offseason, so Freiermuth should further solidify his spot as the team's No. 1 tight end.
Freiermuth caught five of six targets for 22 yards in Monday night's 26-14 win over the Browns. Freiermuth returned after missing Week 17 while in the concussion protocols and was a consistent outlet for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. However, his underneath presence didn't yield much yardage on a night Roethlisberger averaged a paltry 2.7 yards per attempt. With five grabs, Freiermuth trailed only teammate Diontae Johnson in the category, and he'll strive to add to his total in Week 18 versus the Ravens.
Freiermuth (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Monday's game against the Browns, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Freiermuth missed Week 16 due to the concussion but was able to clear the concussion protocol and practice with no limitations this week. The 23-year-old has caught 49 of 64 targets for 422 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games during his rookie campaign.
Freiermuth (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Freiermuth sustained a concussion in Week 15 and was unavailable for last week's loss to Kansas City as a result. However, he made a significant step in his recovery by participating fully in practice Thursday, and it appears as though he'll have a good chance of clearing the concussion protocol ahead of Monday's game against the Browns.
The Steelers have ruled Freiermuth (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The rookie tight end will sit out for the first time in his career after he failed to make any notable progress since suffering the head injury in last week's win over the Titans. He failed to practice in any capacity Wednesday through Friday, suggesting Freiermuth still is in the early stages of the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. Zach Gentry should start and pick up most of the snaps at tight end Sunday, but he's not likely to be as involved in the passing game as Freiermuth typically is.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||New England Patriots||6||5.00|
|4||10/02||New York Jets||27||8.82|
|6||10/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||7.21|
|10||11/13||New Orleans Saints||7||5.06|
|16||12/24||Las Vegas Raiders||30||9.89|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||79||60||497||7||34||8.28||91|