Player Outlook
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.

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Fantasy News

  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Returns to practice

    Freiermuth (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Out for over a week with hamstring tightness, Freiermuth may be eased back into practice and won't necessarily pay in Saturday's preseason opener against Seattle. He might not have played anyway, with his status as the starting tight end locked up after a rookie campaign with 60 receptions and seven TDs -- rare territory for a first-year TE. The one thing lacking was any impact downfield, with Freiermuth averaging a mere 8.3 yards per catch at an average target depth of 5.8. He did break eight tackles, tied for fourth most among tight ends, so he isn't necessarily destined to be a catch-and-fall guy. It remains to be seen if QB Mitch Trubisky (or rookie Kenny Pickett, eventually) can help Freiermuth produce more big plays in Year 2.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Not practicing Tuesday

    Freiermuth (hamstring) won't practice Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The same applies to top back Najee Harris (foot) and wideout Chase Claypool (shoulder), with Lolley indicating that none of the injuries to Pittsburgh's key skill players are considered serious. Next up for tight end reps in Freiermuth's absence are Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader and Connor Heyward.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Hamstring issue

    Coach Mike Tomlin revealed Friday that Freiermuth is dealing with a hamstring injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Freiermuth was forced out of Thursday's practice early, with what was described as "some lower-body tightness." Now we know that the tight end -- who didn't practice Friday -- is managing a hamstring concern. Next up for practice reps in Freiermuth's absence are Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader and Connor Heyward.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Exits practice early

    Freiermuth (lower body) exited Thursday's practice early, Alan Saunders of Steelersnow.com reports. The report relays that coach Mike Tomlin indicated that the Steelers' top tight end "experienced some lower-body tightness" and will be evaluated further. "We'll exercise that necessary precaution, get him evaluated and not let a small thing become a big thing," Tomlin added. Until Freiermuth is able to return to practice, Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader and Connor Heyward are next up for the team's TE reps.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Expects 800 or 900 yards this year

    Freiermuth said he expects to reach 800 or 900 yards this year, noting that his rookie-year average of 8.3 yards per catch was "atrocious", Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Freiermuth had a solid debut campaign in 2021 even with the poor per-catch average, scoring seven TDs while seeing 20 of his 79 targets in the red zone. All those looks near the goal line tend to depress yardage averages like YPC and YPT, though the trade off is mostly a good one for fantasy. The bigger factor in Freiermuth's lack of yardage (497 from 60 catches) was a 5.5 aDOT, placing him 19th out of 25 TEs with 50-plus targets. That number could rise as Freiermuth improves his route-running and YAC skills and takes some snaps with QBs other than Ben Roethlisberger (though neither Mitch Trubisky nor Kenny Pickett figure to be an upgrade in terms of short-pass accuracy). Realistically, Freiermuth needs triple-digit targets to reach the yardage range he's talking about -- neither likely nor impossible. He'll get plenty of snaps if he stays healthy, as the Steelers don't have much behind him at tight end in terms of either experience or pass-catching potential now that Eric Ebron is gone.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Racks up 53 yards against Ravens

    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.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Makes five grabs

    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.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Ready for Week 17

    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.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Full participant Thursday

    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.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Ruled out Week 16

    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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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Misses another practice session

    Freiermuth (concussion) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Freiermuth remains in the league's concussion protocol after exiting Sunday's win over the Titans, and he was unable to practice for a second straight day. If he's unavailable for Sunday's Week 16 matchup against Kansas City, Zach Gentry and Kevin Rader would be in line for additional work.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Freiermuth (concussion) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice session, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Freiermuth was unable to return to Sunday's win over the Titans after he took a hard hit in the third quarter, and he was placed in the league's concussion protocol after the game. If he hopes to play Sunday against Kansas City, he'll presumably need to return to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday. If the 23-year-old is unavailable in Week 16, Zach Gentry should serve as the Steelers' top tight end.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Following concussion protocol

    Freiermuth was placed in the NFL's five-step concussion protocol after exiting Sunday's 19-13 win over the Titans with a head injury, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Freiermuth contributed four receptions for 37 yards on four targets before departing. With the rookie tight end now in the concussion protocol, he'll likely be listed as a limited or non-participant when Pittsburgh resumes practicing Wednesday. In order to make himself eligible to play this weekend in Kansas City, Freiermuth will need to resume taking contact in addition to receiving clearance from an independent neurologist.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Suffers possible concussion

    Freiermuth exited Sunday's game against the Titans to be evaluated for a concussion, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Freiermuth totaled four catches for 37 yards before leaving the contest during the third quarter. Zach Gentry will work as Pittsburgh's No. 1 tight end while Freiermuth is sidelined.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Bittersweet night in loss

    Freiermuth brought in two of three targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 36-28 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night. The rookie tight end played a key role in the Steelers' second-half comeback, but his inability to come up with a would-be touchdown grab as time expired also ensured that rally would fall short. Freiermuth got into the end zone from 15 yards out with 4:14 remaining to help bring Pittsburgh within eight points; however, he subsequently was stripped of the ball by Harrison Smith on a perfect throw from Ben Roethlisberger as time expired that would have brought the Steelers within a two-point conversion of sending the game into overtime had he hung on to it. The mixed bag of a night still yielded a decent fantasy performance thanks to the score, Freiermuth's seventh in what has been an impressive rookie campaign. The Penn State product heads into a Week 15 clash with the Titans a week from Sunday having scored six of those touchdowns across his last seven contests.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Totals 26 yards in Week 13

    Freiermuth secured three of four targets for 26 yards and caught a two-point conversion in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens. Freiermuth sustained a concussion in last week's loss to Cincinnati, but he was a full participant in each of the Steelers' three practice sessions this week and didn't appear to be on a snap count against the Ravens, as the rookie was on the field for 73 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Freiermuth has been targeted at least four times in each of the last seven games, and he's brought in 32 of 44 targets for 253 yards and five touchdowns during that time.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Cleared for Sunday's game

    Freiermuth (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. The tight end, who suffered a concussion during Week 12 action, practiced fully this past week and has been cleared to play versus Baltimore. With Eric Ebron (knee) on injured reserve, Freiermuth is the Steelers' clear-cut top option at his position, a context that puts him on track for enough snaps and targets to merit weekly fantasy consideration.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Practices fully

    Freiermuth (concussion) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. The Steelers haven't indicated that Freiermuth has been removed from the NFL's concussion protocol, so while his full participation in practice to begin Week 13 prep is a positive sign, he may need clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday against the Ravens. With Eric Ebron (knee) on injured reserve, Freiermuth is the Steelers' clear-cut top pass-catching tight end when healthy, with Zach Gentry and Kevin Rader behind him as depth options at the position.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Going through concussion protocol

    Freiermuth is in the concussion protocol, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Freiermuth was examined for a head injury in the aftermath of Sunday's 41-10 loss at Cincinnati after hauling in all four of his targets for 40 yards and one touchdown. He'll need to clear league protocols in order to be available for game action, but getting back on the practice field quickly would be an indication that Freiermuth is making progress. With Eric Ebron (knee) on injured reserve, Zach Gentry and Kevin Rader currently are the healthiest tight ends on the Steelers' active roster.
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  • Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Scores TD, suffers concussion

    Freiermuth (concussion) caught all four targets for 40 yards and a touchdown Sunday, but he had to be evaluated for a concussion after a 41-10 loss to the Bengals, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Eric Ebron (knee) was placed on injured reserve this week, so Freiermuth resumed his role as the Steelers' unchallenged starting tight end. While the 22-year-old posted a strong fantasy line, he was forced to exit the game late after a hit to the head and will likely have to go through the league's concussion protocol this week. If Freiermuth is unable to go, Zach Gentry will be asked to start against the Ravens next Sunday.
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