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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' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Returns for Big Ben's last game

    Smith-Schuster finished with five receptions on eight targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Kansas City.

    The 24-year-old was able to return from a lengthy stay on injured reserve to suit up alongside Ben Roethlisberger one last time. Smith-Schuster experienced the last wave of Big Ben's prime, but prior to an injury-plagued 2021 campaign his last big fantasy season came back in 2018. The Steelers will enter a new era under a new quarterback next season, but Smith-Schuster may not be around to see it as he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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  • Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Finds end zone in losing effort

    Johnson had five receptions on 10 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Steelers.

    The 24-year-old finished first among all Pittsburgh receiving options in targets even with JuJu Smith-Schuster returning for Ben Roethlisberger's swan song. Johnson finished the regular season with team highs in receptions (107) and receiving yardage (1,161) while cashing in eight scores. He's established as the Steelers' No. 1 wideout, but the team's quarterback situation in 2022 will determine how much fantasy value Johnson will carry next season.

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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Provides unimpressive final line

    Harris (elbow) rushed 12 times for 29 yards while catching both of his targets for a loss of one yard and losing a fumble in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Chiefs.

    Harris was able to suit up after injuring his elbow in the Steelers' regular-season finale, but a balky elbow can't explain away being stonewalled by the defense as a runner. Onlookers can probably attribute the lost fumble to the rookie's injury, as he safely secured every single touch during his first turn in the pros. The 2021 first-round pick finished the regular season with 1,667 combined yards and 10 combined touchdowns as the Steelers' workhorse over 17 games, giving him starter's appeal across all formats based on volume alone. However, a sub-par 3.9 yards-per-carry mark left much to be desired in terms of his abilities as a runner. Perhaps the spread nature of Pittsburgh's offensive scheme with Ben Roethlisberger under center handicapped the young back. Either way, we will see how Harris responds to potentially becoming the focal point of a new-look Steelers squad that will likely be without its leader of the past two decades.

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  • Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger: Two TDs in potential final game

    Roethlisberger completed 29 of 44 pass attempts for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Kansas City.

    Roethlisberger was unable to extend his late-season win streak to three games, bowing out to a superior Chiefs squad that may have given the veteran quarterback the last two losses of his career. The future Hall of Famer hinted heavily towards this being the last game of his storied career, something his depleted arm strength had already naturally revealed over the last couple of seasons. Barring a major mindset shift or an offer to return that he can't refuse, Big Ben will end his career with 64,088 career passing yards, 418 touchdown passes and two Super Bowl rings.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 93.1
(29th)
236.3
(15th)
315.4
(23rd)
Def. 146.1
(32nd)
233.9
(9th)
361.1
(24th)

Injuries

Player Injury
S. Tuitt DE Stephon Tuitt DE Undisclosed
E. Ebron TE Eric Ebron TE Knee
T. Alualu DE Tyson Alualu DE Ankle
D. Acy CB DeMarkus Acy CB Knee - ACL
B. Finney OG B.J. Finney OG Back