|ADP:||Round: 6, Pick: 3|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 238 lb.|
|Born:||July 7, 1998|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 2 (49)|
Claypool had five receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 48-37 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: The Steelers were unable to take care of business against a fierce division rival, but Claypool was able to reward those still relying on him in alternate and DFS formats with another multi-score game. The 2020 second-round pick exploded onto the scene with a seven-catch, 110-yard performance to go along with three touchdowns way back in Week 5 of the regular season. The Notre Dame product earned a regular rotation spot in the Steelers' deep receiver corps, finishing his rookie campaign with 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns, also adding two more scores on 10 rushing attempts. Claypool checks in a 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, making him an ideal starting wideout when factoring in the athleticism he displayed in just his first taste of pro action. With Juju Smith-Schuster set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, Claypool is in a prime position to split starting duties with Dionte Johnson and form a dynamic fantasy duo. Even if Smith-Schuster sticks around, he is likely to occupy the slot and let Claypool continue to see regular playing time lined up on the outside. The 22-year-old's stock will trend upwards heading into next year's draft so long as Ben Roethlisberger continues to stave off retirement.
Claypool recorded five receptions on 11 targets for 101 yards and one touchdown in Week 17 against the Browns.
Analysis: Claypool provided Mason Rudolph with a deep threat, racking up a 41-yard reception and 28-yard touchdown to close the regular season. As is typical, Claypool had an inconsistent rookie campaign, beginning slowly before exploding for 408 yards and seven touchdowns across seven contests spanning from Week 5 to 11. His production has slowed since, though this effort gives him his second 100-receiving yard effort of the season. He will be relied upon to continue to provide a spark to the Steelers' offense throughout their playoff run.
Claypool caught four of his six targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
Analysis: Claypool has been quite consistent over the last two weeks, recording 54 receiving yards in each contest while being targeted 14 times during that span. Although the rookie has topped 50 yards in six of the last eight weeks, he hasn't reached the end zone since Week 11. Claypool has now hauled in 57 of his 98 targets for 772 yards and eight touchdowns with just one week remaining in the regular season.
Claypool caught three of eight targets for 54 yards in Monday's 27-17 loss to Cincinnati. He also rushed once for a six-yard loss.
Analysis: Claypool didn't catch his only target in a first half that saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throw for a career-low 19 yards, but the rookie receiver promptly made his mark by tiptoeing the sideline for a 37-yard gain on Pittsburgh's first drive of the third quarter. He appeared to be interfered with on a crucial fourth-quarter deep ball with the Steelers trailing by seven, but the rookie didn't get the call and was kept out of the end zone for a fourth consecutive game. Claypool will look to break that drought in Week 16 against the Colts.
Claypool brought in three of his six targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Claypool was limited in practice for most of the week due to an illness, but he didn't appear to have any restrictions during Sunday's matchup. The 22-year-old's target share has dropped considerably over the past two weeks, as he's only averaging five targets per game during that time. His average of 2.5 yards per target against the Bills was his lowest total since Week 6. Several other Steelers have struggled with drops in recent weeks, but Claypool hasn't seen an increased target share as a result.
Claypool (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bills after practicing fully Friday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Claypool missed Thursday's practice, but his full session Friday clears him for Week 14 action. The wideout caught two of his four targets for 38 yards in this past Monday's loss to Washington, but prior to that he'd averaged 10 targets over his previous four outings. An uptick in volume this weekend thus seems plausible for the 2020 second-rounder, who's logged a 47/649/8 stat line through his first 12 games as a pro.
Claypool (illness) didn't practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In previous seasons, a player missing practice Thursday due to an illness was less of a concern, but these days it requires more focused follow-up. We'll revisit Claypool's status no later than Friday to see if he's in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Bills.
Claypool caught two of four targets for 38 yards in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Claypool's two catches both put Pittsburgh in good position to score. Although he didn't see many looks overall, the rookie again showed his big-play ability with a 30-yard gain on one of his grabs. He'll hope for more volume as the Steelers aim to rebound in Week 14 versus the Bills.
Claypool hauled in six of his nine targets for 52 yards in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Claypool failed to reach the end zone Wednesday after scoring three touchdowns over the past two weeks, but he topped 50 yards for a fourth consecutive week. The rookie was only on the field for 62 percent of the team's snaps, but he's gotten his fair share of targets recently while generating consistent production for the Steelers.
Claypool caught four of eight targets for 59 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.
Analysis: JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury Sunday, and though the team indicated he could have returned to the contest in a pinch, he was ultimately rested late in the game as Pittsburgh carried a substantial lead. That development opened up additional opportunities for the rookie out of Notre Dame, as he came down with his third TD catch of the past two weeks. Claypool's TD production is a key reason for why he's planted his name in the Offensive Rookie of the Year discussion, as he already has eight on the season with six games still to play. A Week 12 matchup against Baltimore constricts expectations, as the Ravens are allowing the eighth-fewest yards per target to opposing wideouts on the year (7.8).
Claypool recorded four receptions on 10 targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Bengals.
Analysis: Claypool wasn't particularly efficient with his targets, as he converted only one of his first five opportunities into a reception. However, he continued to use his big frame to excel near the goal line, leaping over a defender for an 11-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He followed that up with another score on the next drive, working over the middle and diving into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. Despite relatively modest yardage totals, Claypool now has nine total touchdowns on the season and has commanded double-digit targets in consecutive games. He'll face an exploitable Jaguars' secondary in Week 11.
Claypool caught eight of 13 targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys. He also carried the ball once for four yards.
Analysis: Ben Roethlisberger attempted 42 passes in the comeback win, and Claypool set a new career high in targets as a result. The high volume didn't result in huge production, however, as the QB made sure all his main options stayed involved -- Claypool and Diontae Johnson each saw double-digit targets, but it was JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Eric Ebron who got into the end zone. Claypool will look to make a bigger impact in Week 10 against a vulnerable Bengals defense.
Claypool reeled in five of his nine targets for 42 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 win against the Ravens. He also lost one fumble.
Analysis: Boosted by an incredible 116-yard, four-touchdown performance Week 5 against the Eagles, Claypool has posted six touchdowns over his past four appearances. Though he finished third among Steelers pass-catchers in receiving Sunday, the rookie's target total paced the team, an encouraging signal for his ongoing fantasy potential. A Week 9 matchup against the Cowboys provides ample opportunity for Claypool to continue his scoring spree, as Dallas entered Sunday Night Football allowing an NFL-high 12 receiving TDs to opposing wide receivers.
Claypool hauled in his lone target for -2 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Claypool took the field for 65 percent of the snaps on offense Sunday, but his target share diminished with Diontae Johnson (ankle) back in action. The 2020 second-round pick was used as a decoy in several goal-line situations but touched the ball only once against Tennessee. While Claypool's playing time remained steady, his production took a significant hit with all of the Steelers' receivers healthy for most of the game. Johnson's ankle injury that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest isn't expected to jeopardize his status for Week 8, and Claypool will have a tough test as he attempts to regain significant production against the stingy Ravens defense.
Claypool caught all four of his targets for 74 yards in Week 6 against the Browns. He also chipped in two rushes for seven yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: The Steelers had a fairly even distribution of targets between Claypool, James Washington, Eric Ebron and Juju Smith-Schuster. However, Claypool led the team in receiving yards, turning in chunk gains of 36 and 23 yards. His trip to the end zone came on a sweep out of the backfield from the three-yard line late in the third quarter. Even if Diontae Johnson (back) is healthy enough to return in Week 7 against the Titans, Claypool has likely showcased enough skill to keep a significant role in the Steelers' offense going forward.
Claypool is expected to get the majority of reps at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns with Diontae Johnson (back) ruled out, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Claypool will have a golden opportunity to build on last week's breakout four-touchdown performance against a Browns defense that's allowing the third-most passing yards in the league. Those who were lucky enough to scoop the rookie off the waiver wire should feel confident about plugging Claypool right into their starting lineups in this favorable matchup.
Claypool recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 110 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5 against the Eagles. He also added three rushes for six yards and another score.
Analysis: Claypool took over as the Steelers' top receiving option after Diontae Johnson exited the game in the first quarter with a back injury. His first trip to the end zone came on a two-yard rush late in the first quarter. Claypool then added a trio of receiving scores, coming from 35, 32 and five yards away. Prior to this contest, he had earned no more than four targets in any game. However, if Johnson remains sidelined for the team's Week 6 matchup against the Browns, Claypool should remain in line for an increased role.
Claypool caught one of his four targets, registering a 24-yard gain during Sunday's 28-21 win against the Texans.
Analysis: Ben Roethlisberger took a number of deep shots to his rookie wideout during Sunday's win, but it was a screen pass that helped to put the game on ice. Claypool took a quick screen from Roethlisberger on a third-down and nine with just over two minutes to go, making two defenders miss as he streaked down the left sideline for a near touchdown. Following his 88-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 2, Claypool's statistical outturn against the Texans pales in comparison, but at least the rookie was still able to have a meaningful impact on the offense in crunch time.
Claypool caught all three of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Claypool provided one of the highlights of the day when he caught a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger and raced down the sideline for an 84-yard touchdown. The rookie made an impressive deep catch in the season opener and appears to already have developed a downfield rapport with Roethlisberger. He was also used on a couple of shorter passes around the line of scrimmage, indicating that the coaching staff is interested in getting him the ball in multiple ways. There are still many other mouths to feed among Steelers skill position players, but Claypool is at least proving himself capable of delivering when his number is called. He will remain a rather big-play dependant option in next Sunday's matchup with the Texans.
Claypool caught both his targets for 38 yards and ran once for eight yards in the Steelers' 26-16 Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday.
Analysis: The rookie caught a 28-yard pass on Pittsburgh's second possession to set up their first score of the game. He had just one other target all game, taking took a backseat to JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington who combined for 16 of Ben Roethlisberger's 31 targets on the night. Surprisingly, Claypool ran for eight yards on the second-to-last snap of the game, suggesting Pittsburgh may look for ways to get the ball in his hands.
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