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News: 4 days agoPickens caught three of six targets for 57 yards and also scored a two-point conversion in Monday's 24-17 win over the Colts.
Spin: Pickens got open in the end zone late in the first half, but rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett overthrew him. The pair linked up for a two-point conversion in the fourth as Pittsburgh pulled ahead 24-17, so Pickens got a chance to celebrate in the end zone after all. Pickens led the team in receiving yards, topping 50 for the fifth time in his last eight games. He'll have a nice opportunity to build on this effort in Week 13 against the vulnerable Atlanta secondary.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Pickens was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of April's draft. Pickens is a 6-foot-3, vertical receiver who almost exclusively plays outside (his 13% career slot rate is third lowest in this rookie class). We barely saw him in 2021, as he tore his ACL in the spring and appeared in only four games. Most of his damage has come down field (career 14.2 aDOT) and he's shown good hands (two drops on 142 career targets) and ball skills. Pickens has some discipline issues, but he's only 21 years old and can develop as the No. 3 behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. With the Steelers' quarterback situation a work in progress, Pickens is a longshot for consistent early-career fantasy production, but he has major long-term upside. Consider him with a late-round pick.