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Connor Heyward

#4 TE,


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RANK: 59





24 yrs


6'0'' / 230 lbs


Michigan State


Inconsistent in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-12

Heyward secured 23 of 34 targets for 167 yards while rushing once for no yards over 17 games during the 2023 season.

Heyward had some slightly encouraging performances in the middle of the regular season, as he topped 20 receiving yards in four of five appearances when Pat Freiermuth was sidelined due to an injury. However, Heyward was held to just four receiving yards over the final four games of the season and didn't have enough of an impact to warrant fantasy consideration. While he's topped 150 receiving yards in his first two professional seasons, it seems unlikely that he'll be consistent enough to be a fantasy-relevant option in season-long formats in 2024.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
1 @CIN Outdoor 73° 0.0 93rd
2 NE Outdoor 75° 0.0 90th
3 @CLE Outdoor 61° 0.0 94th
4 NYJ Outdoor 57° 0.0 95th 0.00-3.041.500000.00.00.00%0000%0%100%0%
5 @BUF Outdoor 59° 3.2 33rd 1.6014.044.5221206.05.01.00%0004%20%70%10%
6 TB Outdoor 58° 6.9 24th 3.459.546.53249024.58.516.00%11011%17%83%0%
7 @MIA Outdoor 78° 1.6 44th 1.607.044.511606.0-2.08.00%0002%0%100%0%
8 @PHI Outdoor 60° 0.0 91st 0.0010.543.500000.00.00.00%0000%0%88%0%
10 NO Outdoor 37° 2.9 32nd 1.45-1.541.522904.51.03.50%0008%6%82%12%
11 CIN Outdoor 27° 0.0 79th 0.003.541.500000.00.00.00%0000%100%0%0%
12 @IND Dome 44° 0.0 92nd 0.002.539.500000.00.00.00%0000%56%22%22%
13 @ATL Dome 52° 8.7 10th 8.70-1.541.51117117.017.00.00%1004%21%79%0%
14 BAL Outdoor 42° 2.3 30th 2.30-2.537.51113013.014.0-1.00%1003%9%73%18%
15 @CAR Outdoor 47° 0.0 95th
16 LV Outdoor 9° 2.1 46th 2.10-2.539.530000.00.00.00%0008%31%54%15%
17 @BAL Outdoor 44° 0.0 87th 0.001.535.500000.00.00.00%0000%25%67%8%
18 CLE Outdoor 36° 8.1 17th 2.03-3.039.54345015.010.34.70%11014%32%52%16%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 8 00.41.5143rd1.61.0150.
Away Outdoor 7 00.11.60125th0.40.430.
Away Retractable Dome 2 02.28.7037th0.50.590.517.017.00.00%

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
2022 23 PIT 17 0 36 59th1712151112.6750%4203%21%71%8%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Logs two receptions Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-08

Heyward secured both of his targets for 15 yards during the Steelers' 21-18 loss to New England on Thursday.

Heyward didn't have any receptions during last week's loss to the Cardinals, but he managed to generate slightly more production in primetime Thursday. However, he played most of his snaps on special teams and isn't likely to be a significant part of the offense as long as Pat Freiermuth stays healthy.

Catches two passes

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-27

Heyward secured both of his targets for 11 yards during the Steelers' 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Steelers had their best game of the season offensively during Sunday's win after offensive coordinator Matt Canada was recently fired, and starting tight end Pat Freiermuth benefited by securing nine of 11 targets for 120 yards. Although Heyward had multiple catches for the sixth time in his last seven appearances, he was unable to rack up many yards and doesn't have much upside now that Freiermuth is back to full healthy.

Tallies 32 yards

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-13

Heyward secured three of four targets for 32 yards during the Steelers' 23-19 win over the Packers on Sunday.

Heyward saw increased work once again Sunday with Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) still on injured reserve. Heyward racked up a season-high 32 yards during the narrow victory, but that production isn't enough to give him much fantasy appeal. Freiermuth could return to action as soon as the Steelers' Week 11 matchup against Cleveland on Sunday, and Heyward's offensive impact will likely be minimal once Freiermuth is back.

Held to two receptions Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-02

Heyward brought in two of three targets for 16 yards in the Steelers' 20-16 win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Heyward was minimally involved as the top pass-catching tight end for the Steelers in the ongoing absence of Pat Freiermuth (IR-hamstring). The second-year pro had posted a season-high five receptions in Week 8, but as Thursday demonstrated, his week-to-week production will be difficult to trust in a middling Kenny Pickett-led passing attack.

Catches five passes

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-30

Heyward secured five of six targets for 24 yards during the Steelers' 20-10 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday.

Heyward had an increased role once again Sunday since Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) remained on injured reserve. However, the 2022 sixth-rounder was unable to generate much production despite finishing second on the team in targets. Over the three games in which Freiermuth has been sidelined, Heyward has secured 10 of 13 targets for 70 yards.

Racks up 23 yards in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-23

Heyward secured two of three targets for 23 yards during the Steelers' 24-17 win over the Rams on Sunday.

Fellow tight end Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve ahead of Sunday's Week 7 matchup, so Heyward continued to have an elevated role in Pittsburgh's offense. The 24-year-old hasn't yet had much fantasy relevance this year, but it's been encouraging to see him have his highest snap counts of the season in the Steelers' last two games.

Tallies 23 yards in Week 5

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-09

Heyward secured three of four targets for 23 yards during the Steelers' 17-10 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

Heyward's snap count increased during Sunday's victory with Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) sidelined, but rookie Darnell Washington outpaced Heyward by playing 70 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Heyward was on the field for 56 percent but was able to log a season-high three receptions, while Washington was held without a catch. Heyward has had limited offensive production this year, with all of his catches coming at times when Freiermuth was unavailable. The Steelers have a Week 6 bye before facing the Rams in Week 7, and Heyward will likely have a limited role on offense if Freiermuth is able to recover during the layoff.

Tallies 19 yards in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-11

Heyward secured two of four targets for 19 yards during the Steelers' 30-7 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Although Heyward saw the fewest snaps of any of the Steelers' tight ends Sunday, but he led the position group in yards. However, it's worth noting that both of his receptions came in the second half, while Pat Freiermuth (chest) was unavailable down the stretch. Heyward's upside will be limited if Freiermuth is available moving forward, while rookie Darnell Washington also figures to see some work in the passing game as the season progresses.

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