It’s that time of year, leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and you are stuck in the awkward fifth position in your Fantasy Football league looking for that lottery ticket. But who can you trust? Believe it or not, there is a rookie wide receiver that hails from our neighbors to the North, Chase Claypool.
Chase Claypool: The Man, The Myth, The Rookie?
Chase Claypool, the 6’4 238-pound Notre Dame Fighting Irish Alum hailing from Canada. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Receiver is the player you want to start in your fantasy line up and keep there until you are named Champion of your fantasy league. Claypool has made the most of every opportunity he has been given this season and it has shown.
In eight games, Claypool managed to catch 23 of 34 targets for 375 yards and five scores. But that’s not all. Claypool has also posted 21 rushing yards on only six attempts and has hit pay dirt twice. Now, remember, he isn’t the number one guy in Pittsburgh, that job belongs to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the other hand, Claypool has quickly been earning Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s trust resulting in more red-zone targets.
Down the Stretch
The Steelers have nine games remaining and of those nine games, six of them will be against Dallas, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati twice. With the pass defense rankings of 15, 32, 22, 21, and 26 (respectively), the Steelers offense and Chase Claypool will have some favorable matchups in the weeks to come.
Last week, against the eighth-ranked Baltimore pass defense, Claypool was able to post a respectable 5/42/1 stat line. Being able to have that kind of success against a top-ten pass defense foreshadows the second half Claypool can have.
Bench Points Don’t Count
Are you unsure about whether or not to start Claypool for the remainder of the year? Well, the answer is yes, no doubt about it. With the aforementioned favorable matchups coming his way and increasing targets in the red-zone, Claypool is a solid WR2/Flex option in all leagues. I am predicting that he will average at least 14 Fantasy Points per game (based on a ½ PPR League).
He will be drawing coverage from the opposing team’s CB2 and SCB and by being a physical 6’4 receiver Claypool should be able to win the jump ball battles. He can outmuscle the defender at the line of scrimmage finding holes in the zone becoming a mismatch problem. Most importantly, Claypool can Take It to The Hizzy for six and get you into a prime playoff position.