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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 PPR Draft Rankings

Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 7. Joe Mixon RB - (vs . BAL)
Joe Mixon was an absolute steal in the second round of fantasy drafts in 2021 based on his easily projected large workload within an ascending offense. The Bengals running back finished the season third in total touches (334) and sixth in touches per game (20.9).

Mixon also ranked third in goal-line carries (16) and tied Jonathan Taylor/James Conner in red-zone touchdowns. 2021 was the perfect storm for the fantasy RB3 in half-points scoring coming off a truncated 2020 campaign, and there's reason to believe the positive production will continue in 2022.

The Bengals offensive line has been revamped entirely, ensuring that Mixon will be able to repeat his top-10 PFF rushing grade from a season ago. He also flashed upside a receiver down the playoff stretch for the Bengals, averaging nearly six targets per game while running a route on 57% of offensive dropbacks through six games. That route participation would have ranked third among all running backs during the regular season.

Mixon fits all the criteria that a fantasy manager would want as a mid-range first round selection in fantasy football. However, he owns the RB7 ADP at 12th overall in early best ball drafts.
3 days ago
Ja'Marr Chase Note
Ja'Marr Chase photo 11. Ja'Marr Chase WR - (vs . BAL)
Ja'Marr Chase broke Justin Jefferson's record for most receiving yards by a rookie, finishing 2021 as the WR5 in fantasy points per game and the WR22 in expected fantasy points per game. Only Deebo Samuel scored more fantasy points above expectation (+74.3) than Chase - a testament to his home-run hitting ability. Chase's 18.0 yards per reception ranked second-best in the NFL behind only Samuel.

The Bengals wide receivers' dominance continued in the postseason with back-to-back 100-yard games in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Chase commanded a 27% target share when it mattered most during postseason play, a 5% increase from his regular season target share.
2 weeks ago
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 31. Tee Higgins WR - (vs . BAL)
Tee Higgins' 23% target rate per route run was higher than Ja'Marr Chase's 21% during the 2021 regular season as was his 25% target share in the games they played together when healthy.

There's no denying that WR1 overall upside exists with Chase in 2022, but Higgins' constant command of targets in a loaded Cincinnati offense will make him a screaming value in 2022 fantasy drafts.
1 week ago
Joe Burrow Note
Joe Burrow photo 68. Joe Burrow QB - (vs . BAL)
In his second NFL season, Burrow averaged 8.9 yards per pass attempt. Tom Brady never had a season with a YPA that high, and Aaron Rodgers has reached that number only once. And consider that when Burrow's marvelous season began, he was less than a year removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL. Burrow also has the superb young WR duo of Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins to make his job easier.
15 weeks ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 127. Tyler Boyd WR - (vs . BAL)
Tyler Boyd was a victim of circumstances more than anything else in 2021, with two alpha wide receivers in the Bengals offense leaving him nothing but scraps. The Bengals slot receiver commanded just a 15% target share and target rate per route run.

The target rate per route ranked dead-last among 73 qualifying players last season that commanded at least 100 targets.

It's clear that Boyd can't be viewed as much working as a clear ancillary piece of the Cincinnati passing attack. Tight end C.J. Uzomah's departure does open up the potential that Boyd could shoulder a larger target workload, but his upside remains extremely limited while Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are healthy.
5 days ago
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 214. Samaje Perine RB - (vs . BAL)
Evan McPherson Note
Evan McPherson photo 230. Evan McPherson K - (vs . BAL)
Hayden Hurst Note
Hayden Hurst photo 237. Hayden Hurst TE - (vs . BAL)
Hard to believe the Ravens drafted him before Lamar Jackson, isn't it? Hurst has been a disappointment to date, but a move to a potent Cincinnati passing game rekindles hope.
8 weeks ago
Cincinnati Bengals Note
Cincinnati Bengals photo 271. Cincinnati Bengals DST - (vs . BAL)
Chris Evans Note
Chris Evans photo 394. Chris Evans RB - (vs . BAL)
Drew Sample Note
Drew Sample photo 506. Drew Sample TE - (vs . BAL)