It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We’ve run through 20 quarterbacks and 40 running backs; that means it’s time to get to the deepest and most varied position! That’s right, we’re on to the wide receivers! Today, I’ve decided to take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver corps. That’s right, it’s 2021 JuJu Smith-Schuster, 2021 Diontae Johnson, and 2021 Chase Claypool. And yes, I wrote this in a generic enough way to use it as an intro to all three. And also yes, I stole this from the Buccaneers’ WR corps intro! Great catch!
On to whichever player is in the title!
Chase Claypool ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): WR27, Pick 72
Average Auction Value: $2.6 (WR29)
Chase Claypool Statistics:
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2021 Chase Claypool Fantasy Football Overview:
If I had to pick a Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver to truly kick the doors down on fantasy football this season, I would take Chase Claypool. JuJu and Diontae are nice, but their entire game seems to be predicated on getting about 15 feet away from the line of scrimmage and turning around. That’s not a whole lot of fantasy football boom value to be had.
The Steelers worked Claypool in slowly last season, and did load management to make sure he didn’t hit the rookie wall. Claypool played in all sixteen games last year, but topped 66% of snaps just seven times. But boy howdy, did he make his snaps count. According to PlayerProfiler, he ranked 48th in routes run last year, and third in deep targets with 31. That is some Sexy Rexy F*** it I’m Throwing Deep Club usage. Unsurprisingly, he ranked near the top of unrealized air yard leaders, which is a good sign for him taking a step forward in 2021.
Chase Claypool, like JuJu Smith-Schuster, ended 2020 with more touchdowns than you would realize: 11. This is a very good sign for his 2021 fantasy football production. Since 2000, six wide receivers finished their rookie years with at least 10 touchdowns, and it is a very nice list to be a part of: Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Edition), Tyreek Hill, Calvin Ridley and Chase Claypool. That’s the stratosphere that Claypool could launch himself into; annual WR1s (and Mike Williams). I’ll take a bet on that.
2021 Chase Claypool Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Chase Claypool is dead cheap in salary cap drafts, going for just a couple of bucks in the tier of WR2s who go for far less than they should. Take advantage of that, and get him onto your fantasy football roster. Don’t waste your time with Diontae Johnson here, he goes for $4 more than Claypool (approximately the cost of Michael Gallup and Antonio Brown).
In snake drafts, Claypool goes second, behind Diontae Johnson. If you want to target Chase Claypool (and I would), then go ahead and snag him once Diontae comes off the board.
Best Case Scenario:
Claypool takes the Calvin Ridley/Chris Godwin year two step forward, and smashes his ADP.
Worst Case Scenario:
They use him pretty much the same way they did last year, and he scores a bunch of touchdowns. You still end up with a weekly starter in 3WR leagues.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]