Eric Ebron had already fallen out of favor in the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense this year, playing 45% of the offensive snaps compared to 74% last year.
That has given Pat Freiermuth room to step up, and with the latest injury update on Ebron, a Freiermuth fantasy football breakout could truly be in the cards.
Eric Ebron Injury Update
We'll have to see what happens with the second opinion, but all signs point to Ebron missing some significant time here. Even if he doesn't go under the knife, it's hard to imagine him returning within the next few weeks.
Ebron will vacate a 45% snap share, though he's only seen 18 of the team's 388 targets on the season.
Pat Freiermuth Fantasy Outlook
The rookie Freiermuth has really come into his own lately. After averaging just 2.6 targets per game across his first five, he's seen at least 6 in each of his last five, averaging 7.2 per game in that stretch. He's also seen his five highest snap counts in each of those last five games.
Even though Ebron hasn't been targeted much, his absence should lead to an increase in snaps for Freiermuth. And with how much better the rookie has been than Ebron, those snaps still have a good chance of translating into an extra target or two per game.
Freiermuth is the TE17 in fantasy football since Week 6, and any boost to his already promising volume will put him firmly in play as a low-end starting option at the position.
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