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George Pickens

#2 WR,


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167 FPTS

RANK: 40


189 FPTS

RANK: 37


22 yrs


6'3'' / 200 lbs



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Huge game on MNF

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-18

Pickens turned 10 targets into four catches, 127 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 26-22 win over the Browns.

Pickens bounced back from a quiet Week 1 to record his first 100-yard receiving game as well as his first touchdown of the 2023 season. Most of the damage was done on a 71-yard connection between he and quarterback Kenny Pickett late in the second quarter. Outside of the poor catch rate (40 percent), Pickens proved he can be the Steelers' top option after Diontae Johnson (hamstring) was placed on IR this week. He will be aiming for similar results against a less-than intimidating Raiders secondary Sunday.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
1 @CIN Outdoor 73° 1.3 116th 1.307.044.531303.0300%0008%7%0%93%
2 NE Outdoor 75° 3.3 91st 3.303.040.52123023.02030%1106%16%0%84%
3 @CLE Outdoor 61° 6.9 65th 2.304.038.57339013.01300%11022%7%0%93%
4 NYJ Outdoor 57° 16.2 19th 2.70-3.041.586102017.01340%43032%9%0%91%
5 @BUF Outdoor 59° 14.3 21st 2.3814.044.58683013.81130%61016%7%2%91%
6 TB Outdoor 58° 5.8 54th 1.459.546.5632709.0810%10022%13%0%87%
7 @MIA Outdoor 78° 18.1 12th
8 @PHI Outdoor 60° 0.0 136th 0.0010.543.530000.000100%0008%23%2%75%
10 NO Outdoor 37° 14.5 26th 2.90-1.541.54332010.7740%20015%29%0%71%
11 CIN Outdoor 27° 18.3 11th 4.583.541.56483120.819220%33016%11%2%87%
12 @IND Dome 44° 10.7 42nd 3.572.539.56357019.018125%21021%15%0%85%
13 @ATL Dome 52° 1.2 107th 1.20-1.541.521202.0200%0007%36%2%61%
14 BAL Outdoor 42° 10.8 36th 3.60-2.537.53378026.02330%32010%26%0%74%
15 @CAR Outdoor 47° 7.3 57th 3.653.037.55253026.52430%21024%9%2%89%
16 LV Outdoor 9° 16.7 17th 3.34-2.539.55557111.41020%21014%22%0%78%
17 @BAL Outdoor 44° 4.9 58th 2.451.535.54229014.51500%20015%16%4%80%
18 CLE Outdoor 36° 16.2 16th 5.40-3.039.56372124.02220%32021%7%0%93%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 8 71.62.3432nd5.03.5590.416.914.32.63%
Away Outdoor 7 41.11.4755th5.12.9380.113.412.11.45%
Away Retractable Dome 2 13.01.2482nd4.02.0300.014.813.81.020%

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
2022 21 PIT 17 12 167 40th8452801415.41326%3317015%15%1%84%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Limited to 36 yards in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-10

Pickens secured five of seven targets for 36 yards during the Steelers' 30-7 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.

Even though Diontae Johnson (hamstring) was unavailable in the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup, Pickens was unable to generate a stellar stat line in the blowout loss. However, the 2022 second-rounder had an impressive sideline catch in the end zone in which he was narrowly out of bounds. Despite his lackluster performance overall, Pickens still ranked second on the team in targets and should serve as one of the Steelers' top pass-catching options if Johnson is forced to miss additional time.

Hauls in lone target

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-24

Pickens was targeted once and caught the pass for a 35-yard gain in Thursday's exhibition with Atlanta.

Pickens jumped over a defender for the long gain, showcasing a talent that was often on display during his rookie year. He was targeted once in each of Pittsburgh's three preseason games, accounting for three of the 15 targets (20 percent) from Kenny Pickett, and and caught all three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Pickens will open his second-year-breakout bid with a Week 1 home game against the 49ers.

Limited work against Bills

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-19

Pickens recorded one reception on one target for eight yards in Saturday's 27-15 preseason win over the Bills.

Pickens was targeted on Kenny Pickett's first attempt of the game. He worked solely with the first-team offense, which ran only seven plays on the day. It's unclear whether Pickens will see the field in the third week of preseason action, but he appears to have a solid grasp of the second receiver role in Pittsburgh heading into the regular season.

Impresses on lone catch

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-11

Pickens caught his lone target for a 33-yard touchdown in Friday's preseason win over the Buccaneers.

Pickens took a short pass from Kenny Pickett and cut across the field before shaking multiple Tampa defenders en route to the end zone. With a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and tremendous athleticism, it is easy to see the excitement surrounding Pickens' fantasy potential, especially if his quarterback takes a step forward in his second year as a pro. Pickens and veteran Diontae Johnson are the clear starting duo in Pittsburgh, so we could see another brief appearance from the starters when the Steelers take on the Bills on Aug. 18.

Closes rookie season well

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-08

Pickens recorded three receptions on six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Browns.

Pickens made the most of his six targets, tallying receptions of 31, 24 and 17 yards. He tallied his fourth touchdown of the season on the longest of those gains, and three of those scores came in his last eight games. Pickens closes his rookie campaign with 52 receptions for 801 yards, and he may be in line to take over as Pittsburgh's top pass catcher in 2023.

Held in check on SNF

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-01

Pickens was held to two catches (four targets) for 29 yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over Baltimore.

The Steelers continue to commit to a run-heavy game plan on their recent run of success, resulting in no receiver netting over 36 receiving yards Sunday. Pickens possesses the talent to produce big fantasy totals despite the occasional dud, and he has developed a strong rapport with fellow rookie Kenny Pickett. The young quarterback-receiver duo will look for improved results in Pittsburgh's final attempt to sneak into the playoffs against Cleveland on Sunday.

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