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In case you need a reminder of how unpredictable fantasy can be, the top three goal scorers in week 5 were wide receivers Chase Claypool, Travis Fulham and Brandin Cooks (who had zero catches a week earlier).
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But who can you actually trust to move forward? As always, our NFL Nation crew is here to help.
The Steelers’ second round pick (8.8% in ESPN leagues) became the first rookie in NFL history with three touchdowns and one quick TD in play – ending with seven catches for 110 yards and three runs for 6 yards. His 11 goals were seven more than his previous high.
Of course, it’s fair to be skeptical, as Steelers likes to carry the ball around. We just talked about Diontae Johnson’s breakthrough potential a few weeks ago and we’re still waiting for JuJu Smith-Schuster to warm up. But Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor believes Claypool’s breakthrough is sustainable because of the trust he has gained from quarterback Ben Rotlisberger.
“It depends on who you’re listening to,” Pryor said. “To hear Mike Tomlin say it, the Steelers’ strength is in their wide receiver depth, and Claypool was just the better game against the Philadelphia Eagles. With that explanation, it looks like the Steelers will continue to spread the ball around, and Claypool can not to be the man next week.But for Roethlisberger, Claypool exploded for four touchdowns because of his own talent and mind.