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2023 Steelers Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: George Pickens' Value Skyrockets

The Steelers are on their bye, but they have plenty of reasons to be optimistic following their Week 5 comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens.

- Offense -

One reason is because of receiver George Pickens, who led all pass-catchers on both sides with 130 receiving yards on six receptions and a touchdown. After a tremendous showing against the Ravens, Pickens moved up 18 spots to No. 13 among receivers with 52.9 fantasy points, according to's latest score chart. The other notable mover was running back Jaylen Warren, who put together a sequence of incredible runs in the fourth quarter to go with his 39 receiving yards. For his efforts, he moved up past starting running back Najee Harris (No. 32 among running backs with 28.4) to No. 31 with 29.0 fantasy points.

After another slow start, quarterback Kenny Pickett found his groove late in the contest, eventually finishing with 224 passing yards and a touchdown. This week, Pickett moved up three spots to No. 23 with 58.4 fantasy points.

Tight end Connor Heyward, who was an unsung hero in their win over the Ravens, moved to the 61st spot among players at his position with 4.2 fantasy points.

- Defense -

All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt, who recorded another multi-sack game and currently leads the NFL in sacks (8), stood still at No. 2 among linebackers with 101.8 fantasy points. On the other side, Alex Highsmith,who recorded a clutch strip sack fumble, rose two spots to No. 34 with 55.4 fantasy points.

In the middle, Kwon Alexander made big moves to No. 27 with 62.4 fantasy points after recording a sack and six tackles. His partner, Cole Holcomb, moved to No. 29 with 60.7 fantasy points after registering nine tackles, one for loss, and a pass deflected. Lastly, veteran Elandon Roberts, who finished the game with eight tackles and one run stuffed, moved to No. 55 with 45.1 fantasy points.

On the back end, All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick made yet another rise, this time up four spots to No. 25 with 55.6 fantasy points. Rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr., who recorded his first career regular-season interception along with two tackles and a pass deflection, made his first appearance at No. 193 among defensive backs with 14.0 fantasy points. After his performance on Sunday, fantasy football owners should pick him up, as his stock should continue to rise.


Who You Should Start In Week 7

Offense -

  • RB Jaylen Warren

  • WR George Pickens

  • WR Diontae Johnson

  • DL Larry Ogunjobi

Defense -

  • Edge T.J Watt

  • Edge Alex Highsmith

  • LB Cole Holcomb

  • LB Kwon Alexander

  • S Minkah Fitzpatrick

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