Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Fantasy Football Week 7 Wide Receiver Preview: Chase Claypool worth an add in case trade rumors pan out

Fantasy Football Week 7 Wide Receiver Preview: Chase Claypool worth an add in case trade rumors pan out

Everything you need to know about the wide receiver position in Week 7

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With Kenny Pickett and Pat Freiermuth both expected back in Week 7, I don’t really have a lot of interest in starting Chase Claypool. I expect Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, and Freiermuth to get more targets than Claypool even after his spectacular Week 6. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to add him. 

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Claypool’s name is one of many that has circulated in trade rumors since before the season. And he’s one of a handful of players I could see being a big winner. The most obvious, and speculated, location for Claypool would be Green Bay. If he somehow got there, he could vault into must-start territory with just one good game. But just about any trade location would figure to be to a team that needs him more than the Steelers behave like they do. And there’s a decent chance anyone who trades for him has better quarterback play.

A trade isn’t the only way Claypool’s value could spike. He could catch a long touchdown from Pickett in Week 7 and earn more targets from the rookie. Or someone else on the Steelers could get hurt and move Claypool up in priority. Either way, coming off a great game, I’d like to add and stash Claypool for at least one week anywhere he’s available.

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Numbers to Know

  • 59% — Isaiah McKenzie only ran 59% of the routes in Week 7 and he didn’t perform very well when the Bills did give him a chance.
  • 9Allen Robinson is tied for first in the league in end zone targets with nine.

  • 101Chris Godwin has at least 101 receiving yards in four of his last five matchups versus the Panthers

  • 15 — Despite missing last week, Chris Olave still leads the NFL with 15 targets of over 20 yards. 

  • 2Deebo Samuel has just two rushing attempts in each of his last three games. 

  • 94.4% — After not receiving a single target in Week 5, DeVante Parker’s route participation increased from 40.9% to 94.4% in Week 6. 
  • 34Tyreek Hill leads the NFL with a 34% target per route run rate (minimum 100 routes). 

  • 14Wan’Dale Robinson played just 14 snaps in his first game back from injury, but ran a route on 11 of those snaps

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