15.0 – George Pickens has an average depth of target of 15.0 yards entering the season's second half and Chase Claypool'sold workload (6.3 targets per game) suddenly needs to be redistributed. Pittsburgh's offense has been a complete embarrassment, of course, so we're not promising a WR1-ish finish for Pickens. But any potential uptick in his touches qualifies as an actionable fantasy event because that guy is a silly talent, capable of cartoonishly difficult catches.
George Pickens caught 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards in the Steelers' Week 10 win against the Saints, adding two rushes for 23 yards a touchdown.Pickens, talked up by head coach Mike Tomlin as a receiver who should see more involvement during the season's second half, was third on the team in targets against New Orleans. There was a concerted effort to get Pickens more involved, evidenced by his two carries -- one from the goal line on a tricky play drawn up by offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Kenny Pickett's glaring shortcomings as a passer are going to hold back every pass catcher in the Pittsburgh offense, though Pickens should have some downfield opportunities if Pickett is willing to take those shots. Against the Saints, he was not. Pickens will be a WR3 in Week 11 against the Bengals.
Nov 13, 2022, 3:59 PM ET
He got ejected with like a minute left for hitting a guy in the head when he was already down, and then getting in a shoving match about it.
Pickens already has moments where he looks like a man against boys in the nfl. He has a really high ceiling. Im fine with the hit and the shoving match even if it was uncalled for. It was a little bit of an over reaction by the refs to kick him out of the game unless I missed another unsportsmanlike penalty earlier. He’s no where near Antonio brown level nuts so I believe tomlin will coach him up with ease. Wish I had him in every dynasty.
The hit wasn't bad, nobody would have even thought twice about it a decade ago. But, it was irresponsible and he should get his *** chewed by Tomlin and a $5k fine maybe. You don't want something like that happening when it matters.
This was the most disappointing thing I’ve seen from Pickens all year. That being said… the guy has darn good hands and I’m not worried at all.
He definitely wasn’t/isn’t the most mature guy of this draft class. If he was we wouldn’t have been able to draft him as late as he went though. Seems to be good value to me.Pickens already has moments where he looks like a man against boys in the nfl. He has a really high ceiling. Im fine with the hit and the shoving match even if it was uncalled for. It was a little bit of an over reaction by the refs to kick him out of the game unless I missed another unsportsmanlike penalty earlier. He’s no where near Antonio brown level nuts so I believe tomlin will coach him up with ease. Wish I had him in every dynasty.
He had issues at Georgia too with "anger issues" resulting in suspension.
he Steelers have their connection of the future. Pickett and George Pickens are going to rack up a whole lot of yards in Pittsburgh in the years ahead. Monday night stands as proof of their potential, which finished at just three completions for 57 yards, but it was so much more than that. Pickett's 35-yard pass to Pickens in the first half required the rookie receiver's latest highlight-reel grab, and also set up the Steelers for their first touchdown of the night. The most important connection won't make the highlight reel, but helped the Steelers score their decisive fourth-quarter touchdown, thanks to a third-and-9 completion in which Pickett slid left to avoid pressure, flipped his hips forward and threw a perfectly placed pass to Pickett, who made an excellent diving grab to pick up 13 yards and a fresh set of downs. Eight plays later, Benny Snell scored from 2 yards out to give Pittsburgh a 24-17 lead, made official only after -- you guessed it -- Pickett scrambled and found Pickens in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion. The volume will increase in the future, but it's already obvious these two have a special connection.
Next Gen stat of the game: George Pickens' 35-yard reception in the second quarter had a completion probability of just 23.9%, the third-least likely completion for the Steelers this season. Pickens owns two of the Steelers' top three least likely receptions in 2022.