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Chase Claypool 2020 Dynasty Outlook
Chase Claypool was recruited from Canada to Notre Dame after setting records at his high school. In his 4 years, he didn’t make much noise until his senior year where he showed his dominance as a big bodied WR who makes things happen. He put up 1,037 yards on 66 receptions and 13 TDs. The 6’4 238 lbs Claypool was an intriguing player heading into the draft and seen as a red-zone magnet.
With the 49th pick in the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame.
There’s been a lot of buzz around Claypool’s landing spot and the potential he has to thrive. Before the draft the top 3 WR were JuJu Smith-Schuster, Dionte Johnson and James Washington, but the drafting of Chase Claypool puts a spin on the WR3 spot for the Steelers. Not only that, but his frame and blocking ability has also raised questions about him possibly playing some TE.
The good news for fantasy managers is they drafted him with intent to play him this season, and he’s a versatile player. He’s a red zone threat so I imagine most of his opportunities coming there, which means he may be TD dependent in 2020. This may also be a warning to JuJu and Dionte owners as those 2 may lose some red zone targets, but it shouldn’t be enough to make a difference in their value. I see his ceiling in 2020 as a flex option barring injury. Injuries to any of the other 3 WRs would bolster his value, while an injury to Ben Roethlisberger would plummet his desirability. The safe bet for Chase Claypool in 2020 is a WR4/5.
Chase Claypool Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
Looking beyond 2020 is tough because he hasn’t played a down of football in the NFL yet. He will also be competing with James Washington for the WR3 spot on the Steelers. Pittsburgh might not decide to resign JuJu, making us wonder if they will move on from him after the 2020 season. This would open a huge hole for targets and the true WR1 role in Pittsburgh, which would most likely be taken by Dionte. Claypool might fill in for JuJu in the slot, though they could keep him on the outside.
Claypool has very mixed reviews from NFL scouts. Some believe his potential is unlimited, while others think he’s just a big bodied bust. It will be interesting to see how things shape up for him with the limited offseason they’ll have. Pittsburgh with Big Ben under center can easily support 2 top WRs, but how much longer will he be around and who will his successor be? No matter what happens, Claypool has all the talent in the world to be elite in the NFL. I love what he brings to the table for the Steelers and your fantasy team.
According to the RotoHeat team, Chase Claypool’s ADP is #158 overall and #70 among WRs in PPR formats. His value in picks in both 1 QB and SuperFlex is an mid to late 2nd round pick. I love the value for Claypool in a 2nd rounder because of the upside he possesses.
In 1 QB leagues, players comparable in value to Claypool are Golden Tate, K.J. Hamler, O.J. Howard, Damien Williams, Dede Westbrook and ironically, James Washington. All the guys listed including Claypool are hit or miss guys, so buying or selling Claypool for them in all about how you view each of their upside.
Players with similar value to Chase in SuperFlex leagues are Golden Tate, K.J. Hamler, Dede Westbrook and James Washington as seen in 1 QB formats. New players to target would be David Njoku, Damien Harris, Darrynton Evans and Sammy Watkins. Again we see guys with high upsides though Watkins may be done with his career sooner than later based on his comments about taking a year off. Njoku could be a teams TE1 is he’s traded away.
All around there is a lot to like in Chase Claypool’s value and what you can buy/sell for him.