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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 Draft Rankings

Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 5. Ezekiel Elliott RB - (at PHI)
Follow the production in the first round. There's just one player who's finished as a top-12 running back five times since 2015. That player is Elliott, and as crazy as it sounds, he wasn't even in the league in 2015. "But Mike, Elliott tanked last year to RB11." The entire team sank without Dak Prescott, but in the five games with him, Elliott was the No. 3 running back in fantasy. If he keeps falling until the end of the first round, there will be a lot of championship rosters from that area of drafts.
6 weeks ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 31. CeeDee Lamb WR - (at PHI)
He finished as the WR24 last year, his rookie season, while dealing with some poor quarterback play. While five games is a small sample size, Lamb was the WR12 with Dak Prescott under center. Now in his second year with a full offseason, Lamb might just finish as a top-10 option, especially if the Cowboys keep deploying him from the slot.
6 weeks ago
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 34. Amari Cooper WR - (at PHI)
Remember when Cooper was labeled as a "boom or bust" receiver during his Oakland days? While with the Cowboys, that hasn't been the case at all. He's now been a WR2 or better in 20-of-41 games with the Cowboys, which amounts to 48.8 percent. That number is the exact same as Stefon Diggs' career number. It's higher than Terry McLaurin's 48.3 percent. The emergence of CeeDee Lamb may take some of the upside potential away from Cooper, but he's still a great high-end WR2 to have on your fantasy team.
6 weeks ago
Dak Prescott Note
Dak Prescott photo 61. Dak Prescott QB - (at PHI)
Prescott is battling a shoulder injury, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the start of the season. Assuming he is, he should have an outstanding season. Here's a fun fact: Prescott's 27.0 fantasy points per game in 2020 was the second-most all-time. What makes that stat even crazier is that his 4.05 percent touchdown rate was below the league average of 4.80 percent, so there was room for more. Of the top eight single-game performances by quarterbacks in 2020, there was only one quarterback on that list twice: Prescott, and he only played four full games. With the receiving weapons he has available, the sky is the limit, though his ankle injury could hamper his rushing upside in 2021. He's certainly someone who's going to throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns, but you need the rushing upside to get into the top-three conversation, so his risk bumps him out of that conversation.
4 weeks ago
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 98. Michael Gallup WR - (at PHI)
Despite losing Dak Prescott early in the year, Gallup managed to finish with 843 yards and five touchdowns despite being behind both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb on the depth chart. That was good enough for a WR38 finish, though he's lasting much later than that in drafts. Now in a contract year, Gallup is likely showcasing himself for his future team.
6 weeks ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 118. Tony Pollard RB - (at PHI)
The highly sought after handcuff flashed his potential in 2020, racking up 18 touches in Ezekiel Elliott's absence, finishing with 132 total yards and two touchdowns against a tough 49ers defense. Granted, the defense may not have given him the same respect they gave Elliott, but the offensive line was also not in great shape at that point, and Dak Prescott was not under center. If Elliott were to miss time, Pollard would be an insta-start RB1. Heck, he even flashed some flex viability last year when Elliott was on the field, which could help you get through bye weeks.
6 weeks ago
Blake Jarwin Note
Blake Jarwin photo 150. Blake Jarwin TE - (at PHI)
Some will suggest that Jarwin can't break out as a top-10 tight end in 2021 due to the presence of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, but that's not really the case. If you need any proof of that, just look at Dalton Schultz last year. He was Jarwin's backup, took over in Week 2, and played with a backup quarterback for almost a full season. Still, he finished as the TE14 in fantasy football while having the 13th-most expected fantasy points. With Prescott back under center and Jarwin back to full health, there is breakout potential here. Preseason usage suggests Schultz may still play a role which would cap Jarwin's upside, but he's worth a pick in tight end-premium leagues.
4 weeks ago
Greg Zuerlein Note
Greg Zuerlein photo 200. Greg Zuerlein K - (at PHI)
Memories of Zuerlein's outstanding 2017 season with the Rams keep him on the forefront of fantasy managers' minds, but the fact is that he hasn't been nearly the same kicker since. He missed seven field-goal attempts and three extra-point attempts last year, but was a solid fantasy starter simply because of his volume. He led the league in field-goal attempts with 41, and was accurate within 50 yards, missing just a single kick. But he simply couldn't hit from long range, going just 3-for-9 from 50-plus yards. With Dak Prescott back, the Dallas offense should put up plenty of points, which should again provide Zuerlein with a ton of opportunities. If he can rediscover his accuracy from long distance, he'll likely be a stud option, but even if not, he's a fantasy starter.
12 weeks ago
Dallas Cowboys Note
Dallas Cowboys photo 279. Dallas Cowboys DST - (at PHI)
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 293. Dalton Schultz TE - (at PHI)
Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 429. Cedrick Wilson WR - (at PHI)
Corey Clement Note
Corey Clement photo 467. Corey Clement RB - (at PHI)
Simi Fehoko Note
Simi Fehoko photo 532. Simi Fehoko WR - (at PHI)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 590. Noah Brown WR - (at PHI)
Jeremy Sprinkle Note
Jeremy Sprinkle photo 619. Jeremy Sprinkle TE - (at PHI)
Rico Dowdle Note
Rico Dowdle photo 641. Rico Dowdle RB - (at PHI)
JaQuan Hardy Note
JaQuan Hardy photo 643. JaQuan Hardy RB - (at PHI)
Cooper Rush Note
Cooper Rush photo 681. Cooper Rush QB - (at PHI)
Sean McKeon Note
Sean McKeon photo 772. Sean McKeon TE - (at PHI)
T.J. Vasher Note
T.J. Vasher photo 790. T.J. Vasher WR - (at PHI)
Brandon Smith Note
Brandon Smith photo 818. Brandon Smith WR - (at PHI)
Osirus Mitchell Note
Osirus Mitchell photo 824. Osirus Mitchell WR - (at PHI)
Malik Turner Note
Malik Turner photo 857. Malik Turner WR - (at PHI)
Robert Foster Note
Robert Foster photo 868. Robert Foster WR - (at PHI)