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George Pickens

#2 WR,

Steelers

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ACTUAL 2022

167 FPTS

RANK: 40

2023 SEASON

189 FPTS

RANK: 37

AGE

22 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'3'' / 200 lbs

COLLEGE

Georgia

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231618937th10866912513.8
20221716740th8452801415.4
3yr Ave00479th00000.00

Tallies 65 total yards in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-15

Pickens secured five of 11 targets for 50 yards and rushed once for 15 yards in the Steelers' 31-17 wild-card loss to the Bills on Monday afternoon. He also lost a fumble.

Pickens had serviceable numbers overall and co-led the Steelers in receptions while setting the pace in targets. However, it was largely a frustrating afternoon, beginning with a fumble on the Steelers' 29-yard in the latter portion of the first quarter that was eventually confirmed via replay, and that led to a touchdown on Buffalo's first play after gaining possession. Pickens was also the intended receiver on Mason Rudolph's fourth-down pass with 4:53 remaining that ended in an incompletion but also included what appeared to be a missed pass interference call that would have given the Steelers new life via a first down. Pickens finished the regular season with an impressive 63-1,140-5 line across 17 games despite sub-par quarterback play, so he could be in for an even bigger season in 2024 if there is more stability under center.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

1.3
3.3
6.9
16.2
14.3
5.8
18.1
0
14.5
18.3
10.7
1.2
10.8
7.3
16.7
4.9
16.2

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
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 3.027.044.56661110.2910%11014%7%0%93%
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
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 8 71.62.3432nd5.03.5590.416.914.32.63%2.41.50.0
Away Outdoor 7 41.11.4755th5.12.9380.113.412.11.45%1.70.60.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 13.01.2482nd4.02.0300.014.813.81.020%1.00.50.0

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
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.

Minimal production in Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-08

Pickens wasn't targeted and rushed once for three yards during the Steelers' 17-10 win over Baltimore on Saturday.

Pickens had the two highest receiving yardage totals of his career in his last two appearances by securing 11 of 15 targets for 326 yards. Although Mason Rudolph remained under center for Saturday's regular-season finale, Pickens didn't draw any targets. He improved across the board during his second professional season, securing 63 of 106 targets for 1,140 yards and five touchdowns while rushing three times for 18 yards. While his production was somewhat inconsistent, he should be one of Pittsburgh's top options in the passing game during Sunday's wild-card matchup against Buffalo.

Another big performance

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Pickens recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 131 yards in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Seahawks.

Pickens continued to show rapport with Mason Rudolph, topping 100 receiving yards for the second consecutive game. That production came primarily on a trio of long gains of 37, 34 and 24 yards, though Pickens has also been his target volume tick back up in recent weeks as he's seen at least six opportunities in four straight contests. That bodes well for his potential to produce again in a pivotal Week 18 matchup against the Ravens.

Quiets critics with career game

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-23

Pickens caught four of six targets for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-11 win over the Bengals.

After a tumultuous week in which Pickens' effort in recent games was called into question, the second-year wideout rewarded coach Mike Tomlin's decision to keep him in the lineup by taking a slant to the house for a career-long 86-yard touchdown on Pittsburgh's second offensive play. Pickens added a spectacular 44-yard catch along the sideline in the two-minute drill to set up a 50-yard Chris Boswell field goal, which gave the Steelers a 24-0 lead heading into halftime. He got free for another long touchdown in the third quarter, this time hauling in a deep ball for a 66-yard score. This was the best game of Pickens' young career, as he set a new career high in receiving yards while scoring multiple touchdowns for the first time. He's up to 1,009 receiving yards and five touchdowns heading into a Week 17 road game in Seattle.

Leads team in targets

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-16

Pickens recorded three receptions on seven targets for 47 yards in Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Colts.

Pickens got off to a decent start, as he managed a pair of 15-yard receptions on the Steelers' second offensive possession. Despite leading the team in targets, he managed only one additional reception from there and was held under 50 receiving yards for the second consecutive game -- both of which Kenny Pickett (ankle) has missed in full. Pittsburgh is contemplating a change at quarterback for a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals, and if Mason Rudolph takes over under center, that could be positive news for Pickens.

Team-high reception total in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-07

Pickens secured five of six targets for 19 yards in the Steelers' 21-18 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

The talented second-year wideout struggled yet again to make an impact, although Mitchell Trubisky's lackluster play certainly played a large part in Pickens' struggles. Pickens' catch total was a team high on the night, but his 3.8 yards per reception made it a completely unproductive night outside of those deploying him in season-long or daily full-PPR formats. Pickens does have at least four receptions in three of the past four games, and he'll aim to take advantage of a more vulnerable Colts secondary in a Week 15 road matchup.

Manages 86 yards against Arizona

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-03

Pickens recorded four receptions on five targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Pickens opened the game in exceptional fashion, racking up 51 yards between two catches within the first three plays from scrimmage. He slowed down considerably from there, in part due to the absence of Kenny Pickett (ankle) and also because of rainy conditions. Positively, it was still Pickens' most productive performance since a Week 7 win over the Rams and marked only the second time he's topped 50 yards in six games since.

Racks up 58 yards

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-27

Pickens secured three of five targets for 58 yards during the Steelers' 16-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

The Steelers' offense looked much more effective this week after offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired ahead of Week 12, and Pickens had his best game since tallying 107 receiving yards against the Rams in Week 7. Pickens could still show some inconsistency as the season progresses, but it appears likely that he'll have more upside with a new offensive play-caller in Pittsburgh.

In clear for Sunday's game

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-24

Pickens (shin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Pickens was sidelined for the Steelers' first Week 12 practice Wednesday due to the shin issue, but he erased any lingering concern about his health by advancing to limited activity Thursday and then full participation Friday. The second-year wideout has played at least 85 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in each of his first 10 appearances of the season, and he should comfortably clear that threshold once again Sunday since he's not carrying a designation into the contest.

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