Player Outlook
You might be able to land Claypool as a low-risk bench option in Fantasy drafts, which is stunning considering how excited many folks were to draft him in 2021. A total bust as a second-year wideout, Claypool said this offseason he expects to line up more all over the field in an attempt to create mismatches. That should mean more time in the slot, where he had a much better catch rate (80%) and more yards after catch per reception (6.17) than when out wide (52%, 4.45). If the Steelers offense sticks with lots of short passes, and if Claypool plays inside more often, he could see a sizable uptick in catches per game (he had 3.9 in 2021) and ultimately rebound into a decent Fantasy starter. Keep this name in mind when you get to Round 10.

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2022
2021 59 860 14.58 2 96 6.86 1077.1
2020 62 873 14.08 9 16 1.60 1529.5
3y Avg. 60 866 14.43 6 56 4.67 1338.3
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Fantasy News

  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Doesn't play Saturday

    Claypool (shoulder) didn't play during the Steelers' 32-25 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday. Both Claypool and Diontae Johnson (hip) were in full uniform prior to Saturday's preseason opener, but they were ultimately held out. Claypool has dealt with his shoulder injury over the last few weeks, but coach Mike Tomlin has downplayed the severity of the issue. It's not yet clear whether Claypool's absence Saturday was due to his injury or whether he'll take the field during the Steelers' final two preseason matchups.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Misses practice Thursday

    Claypool (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Claypool, who has been managing a shoulder issue, was able to practice earlier in the week, so it's possible that his Thursday absence was maintenance-related. Though the Steelers plan to play some of their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks, it's possible that Claypool could sit out the contest as a precaution.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Back on practice field

    Claypool (shoulder) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Claypool picked up the shoulder issue on Friday, July 29. He appeared prepared to get back on the field last Friday, but the session termed "Friday Night Lights" at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium ended up getting rained out, per Mike Prisuta of the Steelers' official site. It's unclear if Claypool was able to handle every rep Monday, but he's at least on a path to be ready for the team's preseason opener Saturday against the Seahawks, if coach Mike Tomlin makes his top skill-position players available for the contest.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Remains sidelined

    Claypool (shoulder) remained sidelined at practice Tuesday, Dale Lolly of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Claypool continues to deal with a shoulder injury, but Lolley notes that it's not considered a serious issue. Claypool thus remains in the day-to-day category. When available, he and Diontae Johnson profile as Pittsburgh's top two wideouts, with rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin next up on the team's depth chart.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Misses practice

    Claypool (shoulder) is a non-participant at Saturday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Claypool dinged up his shoulder at Friday's practice, but the general feeling as of now is that it is not anything serious. It would not be a surprise for the Steelers to be erring on the side of caution this early on training camp. Still, consider him day-to-day going forward.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Shoulder injury downplayed

    Claypool sustained a shoulder injury during Friday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Afterward, coach Mike Tomlin relayed that the wide receiver's shoulder issue is "probably not serious" and at this time the team doesn't have a "high level of concern" regarding the matter. With that in mind, consider Claypool day-to-day.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Steady presence at spring practices

    Claypool was present throughout the Steelers' offseason program and often served as the leader of the WR group with Diontae Johnson not present for voluntary sessions, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Claypool caught some heat for declaring himself a "top-five" or "top-three" receiver in the league on the I Am Athlete podcast in June, but apart from some overconfidence he seems to be having a good offseason. The 24-year-old wideout has rare physical gifts with 4.42 speed at 238 pounds, but he didn't progress from Year 1 to Year 2, essentially posting the same numbers but with seven fewer touchdowns. While there's a strong chance Claypool deals with subpar QB play again in Year 3, he'll at least get someone with better arm strength than end-of-career Ben Roethlisberger, be it veteran Mitch Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett. The new competition for targets consists of second-round pick George Pickens and fourth-rounder Calvin Austin, rookies who are more likely to replace veteran backups James Washington (now a Cowboy) and Ray-Ray McCloud (49ers) than to challenge Claypool for the No. 2 spot..
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Quiet in playoff loss

    Claypool had three receptions on seven targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Kansas City. JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) returned from injured reserve for Ben Roethlisberger's swan song, but Claypool still saw his usual target volume. He played poorly given the opportunities presented to him, but Roethlisberger's inaccuracy did not help any of his receiving options in his final game before retirement. That was also the story of Claypool's sophomore campaign, as he finished with 59 receptions for 860 yards and two touchdowns across 15 contests on 105 targets, giving him a mediocre 56 percent catch rate. Perhaps the large-framed wideout can rediscover his rookie magic with a new quarterback under center in 2022.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Catches touchdown in OT win

    Claypool hauled in five of seven targets for 37 yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for 33 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens. Claypool caught Pittsburgh's only offensive touchdown in Sunday's overtime victory, and he led the team in rushing yards since the Steelers' game script included several end-around rushes for the second-year receiver. The 2020 second-rounder had somewhat underwhelming results while appearing in 15 games during the regular season, as he secured 59 of 105 targets for 860 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 14 times for 99 yards.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Low impact Monday

    Claypool caught three of nine targets for 17 yards in Monday night's 26-14 win over the Browns. Claypool has only seen more targets in one game this season, yet his production was restricted on a night quarterback Ben Roethlisberger averaged just 2.7 yards per attempt. The wideout has managed barely 23 receiving yards per game across his last three appearances, slowing down as the campaign's finish line approaches. With only one touchdown all year to boot, Claypool will strive to reverse his fortunes in Week 18 versus the Ravens.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Quiet game again

    Claypool caught four passes for 41 yards on six targets against Kansas City on Sunday. Claypool was Pittsburgh's most efficient wide receiver Sunday, but he saw fewer targets than Diontae Johnson (nine) and Ray-Ray McCloud (eight), who respectively produced 51 and 25 yards with their usage. Claypool might have more work to do to get out of coach Mike Tomlin's doghouse, but McCloud's reliably poor returns might give reason for the Steelers to reconsider any punitive playing time reductions to Claypool in the future. The Steelers face the Browns -- against whom Claypool caught four passes for 45 yards and ran for 16 yards on two carries when he saw them in Week 8 earlier this year -- in Week 17.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Held in check Sunday

    Claypool logged one carry for seven yards and was credited with 12 receiving yards on a lateral while failing to bring in his two targets in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Titans. Claypool led the Steelers' pass catchers in last week's loss to the Vikings, but he failed to replicate his production in Week 15 as the team struggled to generate much offensive output. The 23-year-old has now secured 18 of 31 targets for 332 yards while rushing five times for 12 yards across the last five games. He has a slightly tougher matchup against Kansas City in Week 16.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Paces pass catchers in loss

    Claypool brought in eight of nine targets for 93 yards and rushed once for two yards in the Steelers' 36-28 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night. Claypool's reception and receiving yardage totals paced the Steelers on the night, and he was behind only Diontae Johnson in targets. The second-year wideout has now cleared the 80-yard mark in three of the last four games, and his nine targets Thursday represented a major boost from the season-low three he'd logged against the Ravens in Week 13. Claypool's next opportunity to keep the favorable stretch of play going comes in a Week 15 battle against the Titans a week from Sunday.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Cleared for Thursday

    Claypool (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Vikings, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Claypool appeared hobbled for a short portion of Sunday's win over the Ravens, but he then managed full practices Tuesday and Wednesday to remove any doubt about his status for Week 14. He'll face a struggling Minnesota defense that's given up 28.3 points per game since its Week 7 bye.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Termed as non-participant on report

    Claypool (toe) was listed as a non-participant Monday on Pittsburgh's estimated practice report, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Pittsburgh didn't hold a practice one day after its 20-19 win over the Ravens, but Claypool looks as though he would have gotten some maintenance had the Steelers taken the field. The toe issue isn't a new concern for Claypool, who sat out the Week 10 tie with the Lions due to the injury. He's been able to play each of the past three games without any reported setbacks, however, so Claypool will more than likely get the green light to suit up when the Steelers take on the Vikings on Thursday.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Tallies 52 receiving yards

    Claypool hauled in two of three targets for 52 yards while rushing once for two yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens. Claypool drew a season-low three targets in Sunday's matchup, but he had a 40-yard reception early in the fourth quarter, which was the longest play of the game by either team. The 23-year-old hasn't had the same volume that Diontae Johnson has generated this season, but he's logged at least 40 yards from scrimmage in each of his last five appearances. During that time, he's secured 17 of 30 targets for 302 yards while rushing seven times for 32 yards. He'll have a very favorable matchup against the Vikings in Week 14.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Practices fully

    Claypool (toe) returned to a full practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. As did QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral/right shoulder), which sets the stage for the duo to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. After being inactive in Week 10 due to the toe issue he's still managing, Claypool has logged 91 and 98 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps over the past two weeks en route to hauling in eight of his 17 targets for 175 yards in that span. As long as he can stay healthy, Claypool is destined to see a steady flow of wideout looks alongside fellow starter Diontae Johnson.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Listed with toe injury again

    Claypool (toe) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Claypool is back on the injury report after a one-week respite, though he's handled full workloads in consecutive games after missing Week 10 with the toe injury. The second-year pro played 91 and 98 percent of offensive snaps the past two weeks, catching eight of 17 targets for 175 yards. Claypool should be able to suit up this Sunday against the Ravens.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Racks up 82 yards in blowout loss

    Claypool had three receptions (eight targets) for 82 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to Cincinnati. Claypool's production hovered right around his season averages heading into Sunday's contest (4.3 receptions, 65.8 yards and 7.6 targets), but he set a new season high with a 27.3 yards per catch average. The 22-year-old is currently on pace to surpass his rookie total of 873 yards with 608 receiving yards through nine starts, but his lack of touchdowns (one) continues to depress his fantasy potential. Claypool's next chance to hit pay dirt will come against the Ravens next Sunday.
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  • Steelers' Chase Claypool: Remains limited in practice

    Claypool (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Coming off a Week 10 absence, Claypool has now turned in a pair of limited practices to kick off Week 11 prep. While his presence on the field on consecutive days is a positive sign, Claypool will likely need to upgrade to full activity during Friday's practice in order to avoid carrying a questionable tag into Sunday's game against the Chargers.
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