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Steelers WR George Pickens good to go for Week 12 vs. Bengals

Steelers WR George Pickens is dealing with a shin injury going into Week 12 vs. the Bengals. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after making a catch against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers will go on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 of the NFL season. All eyes will be on the offense as they look to make a quick improvement following the firing of offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Wide receiver George Pickens is expected to benefit from the move but is beginning the week not practicing due to a shin injury.

George Pickens injury updates

Friday update: Pickens is off the injury report and good to go for Sunday’s game.

Thursday update: Pickens returned to practice on Thursday. He logged a limited participation, so his usage on Friday will be big in determining whether he heads into the weekend with an injury status or not.

Wednesday update: Pickens is not practicing on Wednesday due to a shin injury. The Steelers don’t play until Sunday, so there is still plenty of time for Pickens to get back on the practice field and suit up this weekend.

Fantasy football analysis

There have been times when Pickens looks like the next great Steelers wide receiver and others where he completely disappears in the offense. He has played in 10 games this season and has 604 yards and three touchdowns on 37 receptions. Pickens has been targeted 68 times, but his six targets in Week 11 are tied for his highest since he had eight in Week 7.

Cincinnati is giving up middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing wide receivers. Pickens is a solid option this week in 12-team leagues or larger. We don’t know what to expect from the Bengals’ offense in this one with Jake Browning under center, but hopefully, the Pittsburgh offense can take a step forward with the coordinator change and Pickens can look like himself for the first time in a month.