Steelers top fantasy football prospects for the 2022 season
Steelers WR Calvin Austin III
Depending on whom you listen to impacts whether you consider Austin in a re-draft league. Certainly, if you take him, it will not be until the very late rounds or off the waiver wire. Most fantasy owners will probably pass on him and then the second he has a huge game, he becomes a hot waiver wire transaction, much like Chase Claypool when he had his four-touchdown performance in his rookie season.
If you go by what most think will occur, he may post only a few fantasy points, perhaps 50 points or 100. Not enough to make an impact this season. However, some have predicted Austin could be a sleeper and have three 100-yard receiving games in 2022.
While possible, given the Steelers will have growing pains both with its offensive coordinator and its quarterbacks, you might want to avoid him in re-draft leagues at least until you need to take someone via the waiver wire.
Austin as a dynasty prospect is much different. If you have the bench space, you could take him and keep him on the bench for 2022. Then as he progresses, he could work up to a number one or the number two receiver; if Johnson and Claypool move on, he could prove to be a valuable receiver.
The thing with Austin, given his immense speed, no one knows his ceiling yet, so snagging him early in his career would give you much upside later on.
While we have to wait to see how things pan out for Austin, he could be a real sleeper.