Steelers top fantasy football prospects for the 2022 season
Steelers WR Chase Claypool
With Claypool, you know what his capabilities are. You know he can be of value in a re-draft league. Unfortunately, how much weight he carries is in the eye of the beholder. Many fantasy league owners ignored Claypool in 2020 until he put up four touchdowns in one game his rookie season. Fantasy owners could not get to the waiver wire fast enough.
In 2021 the fantasy owners who then opted to take Claypool saw a slightly disappointing season. His receiving yards went down, but rushing yards went up. That was not what made his 2021 season disappointing. His touchdown production plummeted. Claypool’s 2021 performance leads to some questions for the 2023 season. We know Claypool can perform and put up large numbers. He can rebound, meaning he is worth the selection for a number three or a flex position
However, we need to see how the Steelers quarterbacks perform and if Matt Canada excels as an offensive coordinator.
Ok, there are questions surrounding the Steelers offense that could impede Claypool in 2022. Also, remember that after the 2021 season, many fans wanted the Steelers to trade Claypool. Claypool may be going through growing pains, but his contract ends in 2023, and he does not have the 5th year option.
So for this year in fantasy, either in re-draft or dynasty, he is not your starting wide receiver unless he has a huge rebound. That said, even if Claypool does not rebound, he may move on in 2024 and find a new home. Depending on where he goes, there could be a huge upside if he finds a new team, and his career could find new life. So even if his play level remains stale in Pittsburgh, he could have a higher ceiling headed into the 2024 NFL season.
Or, in a best-case scenario, he could have a monster 2022 season with the Steelers. Thus investing in Claypool could be a win-win proposition.