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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
Nick Chubb Note
Nick Chubb photo 11. Nick Chubb RB - (vs . PIT)
Through 10 games last year, Chubb was doing very well and was the No. 4 running back (PPG) in half-PPR formats. Keep in mind that was despite the offense not being very good. From that point forward (when Kareem Hunt joined the offense), Chubb was the No. 18 running back while Hunt was the No. 26 running back. This is clearly more of a timeshare than Chubb owners would like, leaving him best-suited as a high-end RB2 rather than the RB1 he appeared destined to be.
10 weeks ago
Odell Beckham Jr. Note
Odell Beckham Jr. photo 26. Odell Beckham Jr. WR - (vs . PIT)
Beckham struggled last season but was playing through a core injury all season and with an offense that was terrorized by a horrendous offensive line. Now that the line is cleaned up and Beckham is healthy, the still 27-year-old receiver has the upside to finish as the game's #1 fantasy wideout. Beckham joins only Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones as the only five receivers to post over 17.5 fantasy points per game before age 27. Beckham sits at 18.9!
2 weeks ago
Jarvis Landry Note
Jarvis Landry photo 66. Jarvis Landry WR - (vs . PIT)
Landry is seemingly always undervalued and it's risky doing it again, but he did have hip surgery this offseason, and we are expecting much more out of Odell Beckham. Not just that, but the addition of Austin Hooper means they're going to target the tight end position a lot more under Kevin Stefanski. It just doesn't feel likely that Landry will see the 138 or 149 targets he did over the last two seasons. Still, here's a fun fact: There have been three wide receivers who've been top-24 fantasy options in each of the last five seasons. Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and Landry.
10 weeks ago
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 79. Kareem Hunt RB - (vs . PIT)
The Browns are going to have a new offense in 2020, so we can't automatically assume that Hunt will be as big as he was in the gameplanning process in 2020. From the time he entered the lineup last year, he was the No. 26 running back in half-PPR formats while Nick Chubb was the No. 18 running back. The reason we have to assume he'll have a role is due to the Browns tendering him with a second rounder instead of moving on. Chubb is the superior play in this backfield, but it's important to note that Hunt has standalone value, while also offering league-winning handcuff value. If Chubb were to miss time, Hunt would be a top-five play.
10 weeks ago
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 108. Austin Hooper TE - (vs . PIT)
When it comes to tight ends, it's all about targets. Going back to 2009, there have been just 11 tight ends who've finished top-10 without seeing a minimum of 80 targets, which might be difficult for Hooper to come by with his new team. Not only do they have Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt, but Hooper is now part of a crowded tight end room with David Njoku and Harrison Bryant (who they drafted in the fourth round). Kevin Stefanski's offense in Minnesota did run a lot of 2TE sets, but their top three tight ends combined for just 105 targets, and none had more than 48 targets.
9 weeks ago
Baker Mayfield Note
Baker Mayfield photo 122. Baker Mayfield QB - (vs . PIT)
Do you recall how horrendous Jared Goff was under Jeff Fisher back in 2016 where he averaged just 5.3 yards per attempt while throwing five touchdowns and seven interceptions? The very next year, Goff averaged 8.0 yards per attempt with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. It just goes to show how big of an effect a coach can have on an offense, especially one led by a young quarterback. Is Kevin Stefanski the right coach? Time will tell, but don't forget Mayfield was being drafted as the No. 4 quarterback in fantasy drafts last year. The talent is there and the surrounding cast got even better.
9 weeks ago
Cleveland Browns Note
Cleveland Browns photo 246. Cleveland Browns DST - (vs . PIT)
David Njoku Note
David Njoku photo 256. David Njoku TE - (vs . PIT)
Not only did the Browns add Austin Hooper in free agency, but they decided to throw down a fourth-round pick on Harrison Bryant, another tight end to add to the mix. The Browns further hurt Njoku's value when they picked up the fifth-year option on his contract. He's in a bad place right now. All dynasty owners can hope is that he's traded.
10 weeks ago
Austin Seibert Note
Austin Seibert photo 285. Austin Seibert K - (vs . PIT)
Seibert was adequate last year hitting 86.2% of his field-goal attempts, though he was just 30-of-35 on extra points. The Cleveland offense should be improved this year, so there's a good chance that Seibert will see more than the 29 field-goal attempts he saw last year. Still, he's not worth drafting in standard-sized leagues, given his middling accuracy.
4 weeks ago
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 397. Dontrell Hilliard RB - (vs . PIT)
Donovan Peoples-Jones Note
Donovan Peoples-Jones photo 417. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR - (vs . PIT)
Rashard Higgins Note
Rashard Higgins photo 428. Rashard Higgins WR - (vs . PIT)
Damion Ratley Note
Damion Ratley photo 437. Damion Ratley WR - (vs . PIT)
Case Keenum Note
Case Keenum photo 494. Case Keenum QB - (vs . PIT)
Andy Janovich Note
Andy Janovich photo 516. Andy Janovich RB - (vs . PIT)
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 532. D'Ernest Johnson RB - (vs . PIT)