Chase Claypool Fantasy Outlook Makes Him Worth Late-Round Flyer as Deep Sleeper

Jason Schandl
Chase Claypool's fantasy outlook could make him a breakout deep sleeper in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Chase Claypool's fantasy outlook could make him a breakout deep sleeper in 2020 fantasy football drafts. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is likely to generate a ton of fantasy football value with Ben Roethlisberger back at the helm in 2020. There are a lot of mouths to feed, however, so outside of James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster, there aren't a ton of safe bets.

That uncertainty makes Chase Claypool an interesting late-round fantasy football sleeper. With an average draft position (ADP) or WR78, per FantasyPros, he's usually going undrafted, so you can likely grab him in the final round of your draft.

Chase Claypool Fantasy Outlook

Big Ben is reportedly as healthy as ever, and he threw for a league-high 5,129 yards to go with 34 touchdowns the last time he was healthy, supporting both Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown as elite fantasy producers.

With AB gone, it's Diontae Johnson, James Washington and the rookie Claypool vying to serve as the No. 2 fantasy option. Johnson is the popular pick, but his ADP of WR40 reflects that.

A physical monster, Claypool ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 40.5-inch vertical jump while measuring up at 6-foot-4-inches and 238 pounds at the combine. That's a freakish combination of size and athleticism, pointing to an elite ceiling if he can put it all together on the field.

Reports from training camp indicate he may be doing just that.

If Week 1 rolls around and Claypool proves to be the Steelers' No. 4 wideout, it's no harm to simply drop him after spending a late-round pick on him. The most likely outcome for any player you take in the final round is that you drop them for a waiver pickup, so that's not a risk unique to Claypool.

If he sees some solid playing time, however, you could have a 2020 breakout player in the mold of 2019's A.J. Brown on your hands.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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