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Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth ‘very doubtful’ heading into the start of Week 5 vs. Ravens

We discuss Pat Freiermuth’s hamstring injury and how it could hinder him in Week 5.

Pat Freiermuth #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts while walking towards the locker room during the second half at NRG Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5 of the NFL season. The Steelers offense has been sputtering out of the gate, and the injury report doesn’t look favorable this week. Along with an injury to quarterback Kenny Pickett, starting tight end Pat Freiermuth is dealing with a hamstring injury. We are just starting the week, but head coach Mike Tomlin says it is very doubtful that Freiermuth will suit up against Baltimore.

Fantasy football implications for Week 5

Freiermuth was a popular tight end draft pick this year. He has largely underperformed, bringing in only eight receptions on 13 targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Still, Freiermuth is the overall TE16 in half-PPR scoring. If he happens to be inactive this week, he would be replaced by the rookie Darnell Washington. The best-case scenario for Freiermuth if he does miss the game is that the offense continues to struggle so that when he returns, they change what they are doing and he becomes more involved.

While ‘Muth is dealing with his injury, there is no need to pick up Washington from waivers until he demonstrates a high target share in the offense.