Steelers fantasy football: Players to start or sit in Week 4

James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Steelers WRs not named JuJu

Verdict: Sit ’em

The Steelers have had a successful passing game so far in 2020, but they have yet to establish a consistent fantasy threat besides Smith-Schuster in the air game. Johnson was receiving the most targets, but his recent injury and overall disappointing play make him a risky start for week four (assuming he even suits up). While Washington has shown off some great hands and physical plays, he hasn’t been used properly to be counted on yet.

Washington is a deep threat by nature, but as evident from last week, Roethlisberger has struggled with the deep ball. On one particular play, Washington had his man beat only to be overthrown. Until Roethlisberger begins connecting deep with his receivers, it is too risky to start Washington. As for Chase Claypool, he can see effective plays anywhere as a WR, but he still needs to prove himself before you should consider starting him.

While Claypool is the more tempting WR to start, he is far from a guarantee to be the guy. That said, if Johnson can’t suit up, he could be a sneaky play this week. I’m skeptical about Claypool seeing enough targets as the fourth option, but if he suddenly becomes the third target, he could be a decent fantasy play. Monitor this situation and consider Claypool in case of injury.

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