Fantasy football enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the start of each NFL season, meticulously researching and drafting the perfect roster. For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, this year offers a bounty of potential fantasy gems. As the team's stars continue to shine on the field, they also make a significant impact in the virtual gridiron realm.
In this article, we will delve into the three Steelers fantasy football players who will outperform their current ADP for the 2023 NFL season and certainly make a significant jump from their disappointing 2022 fantasy football seasons.
1. Kenny Pickett (Quarterback)
Kenny Pickett finished the 2022 NFL season as QB 27. He is currently being drafted as QB 22 with an average ADP of 168 for the 2023 NFL season.
At the helm of the Steelers' offense stands the second-year starter, Kenny Pickett. Despite the lackluster numbers from Pickett in his rookie year, in terms of passing TDs, he could become a force to be reckoned with in the fantasy football realm. His ability to read defenses and connect with a talented and young receiving corp makes him an attractive choice for fantasy managers.
Pickett's offensive line has been shored up in free agency and the NFL draft, which should give him more time in the pocket to evolve as a true franchise quarterback. Along with this, Pickett should also have some rushing upside this season. I believe his consistency and proficiency in the air will guarantee a steady stream of points week after week.
Pickett didn't start all last season and faced some injuries that knocked him out of a few games. Given how he finished last season and his current ADP, Pickett will rise into a fantasy football lock this 2023 season.
Prediction: If he can stay healthy for all 17 games, Pickett will outperform his current ADP and land as a top 15 fantasy QB in the 2023 NFL season.