Steelers WR George Pickens
What we know about Pickens is that he will begin his career as the number three receiver for the Steelers. He could only go up from there. Some fantasy projections do not have Pickens putting up more than 150 fantasy points. Possibly a very realistic projection or very myopic. Especially if Claypool becomes the slot receiver, Pickens could have a much better season than some expect.
Once the preseason games start, expect Pickens ADP to go up slightly. In re-draft leagues, he might fit in as a number three receiver. If Diontae Johnson leaves the Steelers after 2022 and Pickens has a decent 2022 season, you could keep him going into 2023 if you are in a keeper league.
If you have lots of wide receiver talent, it might make sense to take Pickens to stash for 2023, where his ceiling could be higher, or he is worth the pick even to fill your holes in a bye week.
If you’re a start-up dynasty, you could do worse than take a chance with Pickens. The only thing to be cautious about is that Pickens tore an ACL in college. While it’s healed, it’s hard to say how that affects his fantasy performance going forward. If knee injuries scare you, then perhaps wait to see how he performs in the pre-season before making a final decision.
It will, in any event, be interesting to see how Pickens pans out as he has a lot of potential upside in fantasy football, either in re-draft leagues or dynasty leagues. It’s just a question of hitting that level in 2022 or if it takes a few more seasons.