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NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 20-18. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Claypool: 7 receptions, 96 yards, one touchdown; 1 carry, 8 rushing yards

Leonard Fournette: 21 carries, 63 yards; 6 receptions, 38 receiving yards, one touchdown

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Monitor Kenny Pickett‘s health: The rookie quarterback took a big hit in the third quarter and is now in the concussion protocol.

  • He completed 11-of-18 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
  • Mitchell Trubisky took over as the starting quarterback. He was the starter for the first three and a half games for the Steelers.
  • George Pickens saw his target rate increase with Pickett at quarterback, while others saw their targets decline.
  • This trend should reverse for as long as Trubisky is the quarterback.

Sell high on Chase Claypool: Claypool put up a season-high in fantasy points, but this was partially due to the matchup.

  • Claypool had the best matchup among the three Steelers wide receivers, according to our wide receiver cornerback matchup chart.
  • The Steelers have a below-average schedule for wide receivers over the rest of the season.
  • Pat Freiermuth missed this game with an injury, which also contributed to Claypool’s high target share.
  • He will still garner significant playing time for Pittsburgh throughout the remainder of the season, but it will be hard to trust him unless there are more injuries to receivers in the offense.

Monitor Cameron Brate's health: The Buccaneers' starting tight end was taken off the field on a stretcher after making a catch.

  • He reportedly has movement in all of his extremities.
  • Brate missed Week 5 with a concussion he suffered in Week 4, but he made it through the protocol and was a full participant in practice all week.
  • Rookie Cade Otton took over as the primary receiving tight end, a role he maintained last week and in Week 4 after the Brate concussion.
  • Otton has a relatively low target rate this season due to the talent at wide receiver. 
  • He would be a waiver wire target regardless of the low targets if the Buccaneers' offense were playing at the level it was the last two seasons.

The starting running backs hold off the backups: Leonard Fournette and Najee Harris have seen their playing time decline recently, but both rebounded this week.

  • Fournette touched the ball 27 times compared to seven touches by Rachaad White.
  • Harris touched the ball 16 times compared to two by Jaylen Warren.
  • Both starters caught a touchdown pass today.
  • Neither player was all that efficient rushing with the ball today, so these remain situations worth monitoring.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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