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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Draft Rankings

Ja'Marr Chase Note
Ja'Marr Chase photo 4. Ja'Marr Chase WR - (at PIT)
Chase's 2023 season was ruined by injury both with his quarterback (Joe Burrow) and his late-season shoulder sprain. In Weeks 1-4, while Burrow was looking like a shadow of his former self, Chase was still the WR23, drawing a 27.0% target share, a 34.6% air-yard share, and a 36.2% first-read share while producing 1.81 yards per route run (YPRR) and 0.102 first downs per route run (FD/RR). In Weeks 5-10, when Burrow was back to dealing, Chase was the WR4 in fantasy, commanding a 28.4% target share, a 43.1% air-yard share, and a 34.5% first read share while churning out a whopping 2.69 YPRR and 0.145 FD/RR. Chase should be viewed as a consensus top-four wide receiver and a top-three pick in fantasy.
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Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 42. Tee Higgins WR - (at PIT)
Tee Higgins is saddled up with Cincy for at least one more season. He should be locked into two wide receiver sets as one of Joe Burrow's go-to options in the passing attack. Over the last three years, Higgins has seen his production take a downturn. His yards per route run have dropped in each of the last three seasons, and his fantasy points per game have slipped from 15.7 to 13.1, finally cratering at 11.5 points per game last year. Last year, his peripheral efficiency metrics were in the WR3 territory as he ranked 38th in yards per route run and 32nd in first downs per route run (per Fantasy Points Data). Some of this can be blamed on Burrow's injury and the downstep in quarterback play to Jake Browning, but the decline had already begun for him prior to last season. Higgins could be a WR2 this season, but he's best viewed as a WR2/3.
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Joe Burrow Note
Joe Burrow photo 56. Joe Burrow QB - (at PIT)
If Joe Burrow gets a full season of good health in 2024, he'll likely be one of the more valuable fantasy assets at the QB position. The 2023 season was a frustrating one for Burrow, who got off to a slow start due in part to a calf injury he sustained in training camp, then went on injured reserve in mid-November with a wrist injury. Four games into the 2023 season, with his ailing calf clearly hindering his mobility and perhaps his throwing mechanics, Burrow was QB31 in fantasy scoring averaging 8.4 fantasy points per game. Then he caught fire, averaging 296.0 yards and 2.4 TD passes over a five-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 10 in which he was QB4 in fantasy points per game. That's the Burrow we hope to see in 2024 if his health cooperates. He'll once again get to work with his longtime LSU and Bengals teammate Ja'Marr Chase, one of the finest wide receivers in the game, not to mention high-quality No. 2 receiver Tee Higgins.
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Zack Moss Note
Zack Moss photo 83. Zack Moss RB - (at PIT)
Moss parlayed his starting stint last year with the Colts into a possible starting gig with the Bengals. In the seven games he started and played at least 50% of the snaps, he finished with 21.1 touches and 98.5 total yards per game. Moss should handle the early downs in Cincinnati this season after ranking 15th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 18th in yards after contact per attempt last year (per Fantasy Points Data). Chase Brown could eat into his pass game work as Moss was only 41st in yards per route run and 48th in targets per route run. Even if his passing game usage is capped, being the early down back on one of the league's best offenses still puts him in the RB2/3 conversation.
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Chase Brown Note
Chase Brown photo 125. Chase Brown RB - (at PIT)
Chase Brown remains a high-end handcuff bet for 2024 that could offer some stand-alone value if he can eat into Zach Moss's workload. Brown was impressive on a per-touch basis last season, although the sample size is pretty limited (44 carries). Among 77 backs with at least 40 carries, Brown ranked 12th in yards after contact per attempt and 16th in missed tackles forced per attempt (per Fantasy Points Data). Brown is a player to get exposure with during draft season because the upside is there for him to outkick his ADP.
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Jermaine Burton Note
Jermaine Burton photo 194. Jermaine Burton WR - (at PIT)
Burton has a clear path to volume behind Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. He should be starting three wide sets from Day 1. Tyler Boyd has been a descending player for the last few seasons, and even as the team's third wheel, he drew between 83 and 98 targets per season. Burton could push for 100-plus in his rookie season. The passing volume should be there, as Cincinnati was third in neutral passing rate last year when Joe Burrow was healthy and looking like his usual self. Off-the-field issues are the only reason that Burton was available when the Bengals selected him in the NFL Draft. Based on talent alone, he should have been at least a second-round pick and could have honestly pushed for a first-round selection. In his final season at Alabama, Burton was in the 90th percentile against single coverage and 82nd percentile in YPRR. If Tee Higgins gets moved prior to Week 1 or holds out, Burton's stock will soar through the roof.
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Evan McPherson Note
Evan McPherson photo 225. Evan McPherson K - (at PIT)
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 232. Mike Gesicki TE - (at PIT)
Cincinnati Bengals Note
Cincinnati Bengals photo 273. Cincinnati Bengals DST - (at PIT)
Their DST should be a strong Week 1 option play versus the Patriots.
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Andrei Iosivas Note
Andrei Iosivas photo 276. Andrei Iosivas WR - (at PIT)
Tanner Hudson Note
Tanner Hudson photo 359. Tanner Hudson TE - (at PIT)
Erick All Jr. Note
Erick All Jr. photo 365. Erick All Jr. TE - (at PIT)
Trenton Irwin Note
Trenton Irwin photo 387. Trenton Irwin WR - (at PIT)
Jake Browning Note
Jake Browning photo 392. Jake Browning QB - (at PIT)
Charlie Jones Note
Charlie Jones photo 414. Charlie Jones WR - (at PIT)
Trayveon Williams Note
Trayveon Williams photo 450. Trayveon Williams RB - (at PIT)
Chris Evans Note
Chris Evans photo 456. Chris Evans RB - (at PIT)
Tanner McLachlan Note
Tanner McLachlan photo 486. Tanner McLachlan TE - (at PIT)