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Pat Freiermuth's Stock On The Rise

Nobody performed better and more consistently for four weeks during offseason workouts than Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth. He had an instant connection with new quarterback Russell Wilson and came across as a potential playmaker in new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith's tight-end-heavy offense. Pittsburgh can overcome their shortcomings at the receiver spot by relying more on Freiermuth this year. Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts went over 1,000 yards as a rookie in Smith's offense, and Jonnu Smith had 50 catches with the Falcons in 2023, so there is a history of TEs thriving in this system. Freiermuth is talented enough to take a short pass and turn it into a big gain. Despite catching a career-low 32 passes for 308 yards and two TDs last year in 12 regular-season games, Freiermuth is entering his fourth season as a highly attractive high-end TE2 in fantasy.

Jun 17, 2024 2:18 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth To Be Heavily Involved In Arthur Smith's Offense

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth enjoyed immediate success when he entered the NFL as a second-round pick out of Penn State in 2021. As a rookie, he caught 60 of his 79 targets for 467 yards and seven touchdowns. In Year 2, he hauled in 63 passes for 732 yards and two scores and looked the part of an emerging high-floor fantasy tight end. Unfortunately, he was limited to just 12 games in 2023 and tallied just 308 yards and two touchdowns. However, with Russell Wilson at quarterback and Arthur Smith running the Pittsburgh offense, he could be headed toward a bounce-back campaign in 2024. Steelers reporter Mark Kaboly said Freiermuth was not only targeted heavily in OTAs, but he has looked like a "legitimate playmaker," and the team might extend his contract before Week 1. The Atlanta Falcons ranked among the top five teams in total tight end targets in two of Smith's three seasons as head coach, and in his final season as the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator in 2020, they ranked seventh in total tight end targets. Given the weak group of wide receivers behind George Pickens, it would not be a surprise if Freiermuth is the No. 2 option in the revamped passing game. He could be a solid value pick at his mid-range TE2 cost in early fantasy drafts.

Jun 10, 2024 4:57 PM EST



Pat Freiermuth Developing Chemistry With New QB

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth has been one of new quarterback Russell Wilson's favorite targets during organized team activities this week. The Athletic's Mark Kaboly writes that it's hard not to notice the connection the two have already built. The two had a throwing session in San Diego earlier in the spring, which might have helped. Wilson seems to have the most trust in Freiermuth right now, and the big tight end is fully healthy and is entering a contract year in 2024. Having a more accurate QB and an offensive coordinator in Arthur Smith who will highlight the tight end position could be the factors that lead to the 25-year-old having a breakout year. A hamstring injury cost Freiermuth five games in 2023, and he caught just 32 passes for a career-low 308 yards and two touchdowns in 12 regular-season games (nine starts) in 2023. With better health, he's a value pick at TE to consider in fantasy this fall.

May 24, 2024 1:45 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Wants To Stay With Steelers Long Term

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth said on the Around the 412 podcast on Wednesday that he wants "to be in Pittsburgh for the rest of my career" as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract in 2024. He missed five games in 2023 due to a hamstring injury, but overall his numbers declined from the previous two seasons. Subpar quarterback play didn't help, and the 25-year-old former second-round pick in 2021 out of Penn State caught a career-low 32 passes for 308 yards and only two touchdowns in 12 regular season games (nine starts). In new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith's offense, Freiermuth could have a bounce-back campaign in 2024 and will be a nice sleeper target in fantasy drafts this fall.

Apr 4, 2024 2:16 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Could Benefit From New Offensive Coordinator

The addition of new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith bodes well for Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends Pat Freiermuth and Darnell Washington. From 2021 to 2023 when Smith was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, they ran the most plays with multiple tight ends on the field (1,549), while the Steelers ran only 844 plays with multiple TEs, ranking 22nd in the league. Smith was inconsistent in using Kyle Pitts after his 1,000-yard rookie season, but Smith's scheme could help Freiermuth and Washington get more involved in 2024. The team's QB issues didn't help his cause, but Freiermuth had his worst season in his third year with Pittsburgh in 2023, catching 32 passes for only 308 yards and two touchdowns in 12 regular-season games. However, the 25-year-old finished the year strong and could bounce back in 2024 with better QB play.

Jan 31, 2024 12:31 PM EST



Pat Freiermuth Leads Steelers In Receiving Against Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth hauled in five of his eight targets for 76 yards in a 31-17 playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills. Following a quiet end to the regular season, Freiermuth was involved early and often on Monday. The 25-year-old was responsible for Pittsburgh's longest play of the contest, a 33-yard catch and run on a deep pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph in the first quarter. He suffered an ankle injury late in the loss that limited his snaps on Pittsburgh's final possessions. It was a disappointing third professional campaign for Freiermuth, who dealt with multiple injuries in 2023, most notably a hamstring strain that kept him sidelined for five games. He will head into the offseason with one year left on his contract and will likely be the subject of extension negotiations.

Jan 16, 2024 12:52 AM EST


Pat Freiermuth Difficult To Trust Against Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth will be making the second postseason appearance of his career against the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. Freiermuth's utilization has been inconsistent all season, making him difficult to depend on for fantasy purposes. In addition, the Bills have been stout against tight ends, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position in 2023. With the winter weather in Buffalo expected to limit the potential for offensive firepower on Sunday, fantasy managers should view Freiermuth as a last-resort starting option.

Jan 13, 2024 1:22 AM EST


Pat Freiermuth Gains 21 Yards In Week 18 Victory

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth hauled in both of his targets for 21 yards in a 17-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. With weather conditions forcing both teams to rely on short routes, Freiermuth's 13-yard gain in the second quarter was the second-longest passing play for Pittsburgh on Saturday. Although it's been a tumultuous year for the Steelers' offense as a whole, it's certainly fair to describe Freiermuth's third professional campaign as underwhelming. He'll conclude the regular season with just 32 receptions for 308 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games played. Freiermuth will hope to make an impact in the AFC playoffs, but Pittsburgh will need a few things to go its way to sneak in.

Jan 6, 2024 10:56 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth A Risky Play Against Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth has had a disappointing run over the past five weeks and will hope to bounce back against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18. Although the Ravens are expected to rest many starters on Saturday, Freiermuth remains difficult to trust from a fantasy perspective. The 25-year-old has not surpassed three receptions or 45 yards since Week 12 and Baltimore has been stout against the tight end position this season. Freiermuth is at least guaranteed to see the field with Pittsburgh fighting for a spot in the AFC playoffs, but he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a desperation option.

Jan 5, 2024 10:32 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Goes For 44 Yards In Win Over Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth finished with three receptions for 44 yards in a Week 17 win against the Seattle Seahawks. It was by no means a great performance by Freiermuth, but the 25-year-old was effective with his four targets after earning zero opportunities last week. While Pittsburgh's offense has been impressive with Mason Rudolph handling QB1 duties, Freiermuth has not made much of an impact for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. Unfortunately, things will only get more difficult for him when the Steelers travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in Week 18.

Jan 5, 2024 8:50 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Goes For 44 Yards In Win Over Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth finished with three receptions for 44 yards in a Week 17 win against the Seattle Seahawks. It was by no means a great performance by Freiermuth, but the 25-year-old was effective with his four targets after earning zero opportunities last week. While Pittsburgh's offense has been impressive with Mason Rudolph handling QB1 duties, Freiermuth has not made much of an impact for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. Unfortunately, things will only get more difficult for him when the Steelers travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in Week 18.

Dec 31, 2023 8:03 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Difficult To Trust In Week 17

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth failed to record a reception in a Week 16 victory but will hope to bounce back against the Seattle Seahawks. It was clear that the Cincinnati Bengals made it a priority to shut down Freiermuth last week after the 25-year-old torched them for nine receptions and 120 yards back in Week 12. That said, it's difficult to gauge his chemistry with quarterback Mason Rudolph, who will be making a second consecutive start on Sunday. It is worth noting that Seattle represents a favorable matchup for tight ends as it has surrendered the eighth-most yards to the position this season. Still, fantasy managers should only consider Freiermuth as a last-resort starting option in championships this weekend.

Dec 29, 2023 7:36 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Not Targeted In Week 16 Win

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth was not involved in the team's 34-11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Mason Rudolph attempted 27 passes in the victory but did not target the 25-year-old once. It was somewhat surprising to see Freiermuth shut down on Saturday after he went off for nine receptions and 120 yards against the Bengals back in Week 12. Pittsburgh's offense was impressive with Rudolph under center, but fantasy managers will not be able to trust Freiermuth in Week 17 regardless of who is given QB1 duties against the Seattle Seahawks.

Dec 23, 2023 9:21 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Has Upside Against Division Rival

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (knee) logged full practices on Wednesday and Thursday and is set to face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. Freiermuth has been extremely quiet in recent weeks but could bounce back on Saturday with the Bengals surrendering the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. In fact, the 25-year-old exploded for nine receptions and 120 yards against Cincinnati in Week 12. There is still reason to be concerned about Freiermuth in this contest, however, with quarterback Mason Rudolph drawing the start. Rudolph and Freiermuth connected for five receptions and 31 yards on nine targets in their only start together, which came in Week 10 of the 2021-2022 campaign. Fantasy managers can roll the dice on Freiermuth if in search of potential upside this week but should not be surprised if the third-year pro disappoints.

Dec 22, 2023 7:58 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Bumps Up To Full Practice Session

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (knee) was limited in practice on Tuesday but upgraded to a full session on Wednesday, putting him in line to play in Week 16 against the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday afternoon. He said he tweaked his knee on Tuesday, but it was a "false alarm." An MRI exam confirmed that the injury isn't serious, and his return to practice on Wednesday is a sign that he'll be available this weekend. Outside of his nine-catch, 120-yard breakout in the first meeting with Cincy in Week 12, Freiermuth has been an underwhelming TE2 streamer for fantasy managers. The 25-year-old has only scored twice in nine games as well, and not since Week 3. It's nice that he's facing the Bengals again on Saturday, but it also remains to be seen what his chemistry will be like with quarterback Mason Rudolph, who is the expected starter.

Dec 20, 2023 5:27 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Limited On Wednesday

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant at Tuesday's practice session. Freiermuth is dealing with a knee injury as the team prepares for a Saturday matchup against the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals, but it's an injury that doesn't appear to be serious enough to keep him sidelined in Week 16. The 25-year-old missed five games earlier this year due to a hamstring injury that landed him on Injured Reserve, but he's been back since Week 11. Aside from a nine-catch, 120-yard performance in the Week 12 win over the Bengals, Freiermuth has done very little, catching nine passes (16 targets) for 63 yards in the last three games. In Pittsburgh's low-scoring offense that will now see quarterback Mason Rudolph make his first start of the year, Freiermuth should be considered a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1, at best, in fantasy.

Dec 19, 2023 7:13 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Has Another Quiet Performance In Week 15

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth recorded three receptions for 16 yards on four targets in a Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The 25-year-old has now turned in three straight showings of fewer than six fantasy points following a massive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. It's not necessarily his fault, however, as all of Pittsburgh's offensive weapons except Diontae Johnson have been underwhelming with Mitch Trubisky starting at quarterback. Freiermuth will hope to have Kenny Pickett (ankle) back sooner rather than later, but the good news is that he'll get to face off against the Bengals once again next week. Cincinnati has been destroyed by the tight end position all season, putting Freiermuth back in play for fantasy managers next Saturday.

Dec 17, 2023 1:54 AM EST


Pat Freiermuth A Middling Starting Option In Week 15

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth has been held in check over the past two weeks but will hope to return to form in a Week 15 bout with the Indianapolis Colts. It was not surprising to see little output from Freiermuth last week against the New England Patriots, who have been stout against the tight end position all season. Freiermuth still managed to earn seven targets from quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and if he sees similar volume on Saturday, it could translate to production as the Colts' defense has allowed the eighth-most yards and fourth-most points to opposing offenses in 2023. It's difficult to have much confidence in Freiermuth right now, but fantasy managers shouldn't go scavenging on the waiver wire to replace him in this matchup.

Dec 15, 2023 8:54 PM EST


Pat Freiermuth Held In Check In Week 14

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth recorded three receptions for 18 yards on seven targets in a 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots. Although quarterback Mitch Trubisky frequently looked for Freiermuth, the 25-year-old struggled to find success against a Patriots defense that has shut down tight ends all season. Given the state of the Steelers' offense, Freiermuth should not be expected to produce for fantasy purposes consistently. He'll look to bounce back in a more favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts next week.

Dec 8, 2023 12:08 AM EST


Pat Freiermuth Faces Tough Challenge In Week 14

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth will take the field for his eighth appearance of the campaign against the New England Patriots in Week 14. Although Freiermuth displayed his potential to be a solid fantasy asset as recently as Week 12, he'll be difficult to trust on Thursday night with the Patriots surrendering the third-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. Furthermore, the Steelers will be forced to start Mitch Trubisky at quarterback with starter Kenny Pickett (ankle) injured. Freiermuth's output was inconsistent with Trubisky under center in 2022. He is likely still a better starting option than any tight end available on waiver wires, but fantasy managers should temper their expectations for the 25-year-old in this matchup.

Dec 6, 2023 7:24 PM EST