Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Houston Texans NFL Player Props & Picks (10/1/23)

The Steelers face the Texans on Sunday (10/1/23) in an AFC matchup. In this article, find player props for the Steelers Vs. Texans game featuring

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The Steelers and Texans have plenty of talented players, and these up-and-coming rosters will make for an intriguing game on Sunday. Let’s take a look at some of the player props that offer value in this matchup.

C.J. Stroud Over 0.5 Interceptions (-110 BetMGM)

C.J. Stroud has quietly had an excellent start to his rookie season. He ranks fifth in the NFL with 906 passing yards and has thrown four touchdowns to no interceptions. However, he’s playing behind an offensive line that’s without multiple key starters including All Pro left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

That spells disaster against Pittsburgh’s elite pass rush – the Steelers rank third in pressure rate behind the tremendous play of T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. When under pressure, Stroud ranks 31st out of 34 quarterbacks in PFF passing grade and has a 7% turnover-worthy play rate, the seventh-highest in the NFL.

All Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick makes a living on taking advantage of mistakes by quarterbacks, and he’ll be ready to pounce on an ill advised throw by Stroud at some point in this game. He has his first interception here.

Tank Dell Over 45.5 Receiving Yards (-115 BetMGM)

After being inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago, Tank Dell leads the team with a 22.1% target share and 33% air yard share. It’s clear that he’s the WR1 for Houston moving forward, and while he’s just 5’8”, 165 lbs, he’s taking snaps all over the formation and not just in the slot.

While the Steelers’ pass rush has been elite, they have allowed 235.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 22nd in the NFL. Dell will find opportunities against this Pittsburgh secondary that doesn’t have a ton of quality talent outside of Fitzpatrick. He’ll continue to prove he belongs this week.

Pat Freiermuth Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+235 DraftKings)

So far this season, Pat Freiermuth leads the Steelers with four red zone targets. His down-to-down usage has declined – he has just an 8.6% target share over the last two weeks – but the Steelers could be down Allen Robinson this week in addition to Diontae Johnson, who’s currently on the IR.

This matchup profiles as a good one for Freiermuth as the Texans have allowed the ninth-most receiving yards to tight ends. The Steelers haven’t done a lot of scoring this year, at least on offense, but we’re getting a solid number on Freiermuth.

Dalton Schultz Under 28.5 Receiving Yards (-115 BetMGM)

The Texans expected free agency addition Dalton Schultz to be a major part of their passing offense this season, but the veteran has been the worst graded tight end in the NFL per PFF. He’s averaging just 0.43 yards per route run, the second-worst rate among qualified tight ends.

It’s only a matter of time before Houston starts looking for other options at tight end, and both Brevin Jordan and Teagan Quitoriano saw snaps last week. Jordan notably caught a touchdown. The Texans likely won’t stay overly committed to their investment as Schultz is just on a one-year, $6 million deal and surrounding Stroud with reliable pass catchers is the top priority.

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