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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Jerry Jeudy Note
Jerry Jeudy photo 58. Jerry Jeudy WR - (at LV)
Jerry Jeudy weathered the Russell Wilson stink better than Courtland Sutton in 2022. Sutton dealt with a hamstring strain down the stretch and a grossly ineffective Wilson when he decided to chuck it deep. Jeudy parlayed his 20.8% target share (35th) into a WR19 finish and a 16th ranking in yards per route run. Jeudy's lower aDOT (11.8, 40th) helped shield Jeudy from the atrocious Wilson deep ball. Jeudy was 11th in open rate (per ESPN analytics). Jeudy is a talented player who still has untapped potential in the NFL. With Sean Payton in town, we could have been a year early touting this offense as a breakout unit. Jeudy is a borderline WR2/3.
3 weeks ago
Javonte Williams Note
Javonte Williams photo 72. Javonte Williams RB - (at LV)
Javonte Williams was limited to just 4 games in his second year after tearing his ACL, LCL and PCL in Week 4 against the Raiders. The injury may end up being a blessing in disguise as Williams may have struggled mightily in the Denver Broncos atrocious offense. Even before his injury, Williams ranked as the RB35 in points per game (9.0) despite ranking as the fantasy RB12 in expected points per game. And Williams' underlying metrics were still elite, as his 116.3 PFF elusive rating ranked first among all RBs with at least 45 carries. Considering the time frame of Williams' injury, the expectation should be that he is back by the start of the year, but the severity/complexity of his knee injury is eerily similar to J.K. Dobbins from the past year. Williams could easily come out of the gates sluggish, and the moves that Broncos have made this offseason reflect that narrative. They've added Samaje Perine and Tony Jones Jr. to the backfield.
10 weeks ago
Courtland Sutton Note
Courtland Sutton photo 99. Courtland Sutton WR - (at LV)
Courtland Sutton is coming off a disappointing season, but when we peer at deeper efficiency metrics, it's easy to see the problem wasn't him. Sutton dipped to 50th in yards per route run and 65th in fantasy points per route run, while he saw a 23.1% target share (25th). This paints the picture that the blame rests upon Sutton's shoulders until we also see that he was 16th in total route wins and 12th in open rate (per ESPN analytics). Only 72.5% (71st) of his targets were catchable, and he ranked 42nd in target quality rating. With a new head wizard in Sean Payton directing this passing attack, there are reasons to buy in on a big Sutton bounceback in 2023. Sutton was 11th in deep targets and 22nd in red zone targets last year. Sutton is an upside WR3.
16 weeks ago
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 108. Samaje Perine RB - (at LV)
Denver signed ex-Bengals running back Samaje Perine - 2 years, $7.5 million, $3 million guaranteed - after releasing Chase Edmonds (Buccaneers) and moving on from Mike Boone (Texans).

With Javonte Williams potentially delayed in return from his knee injury, I'd suspect that Perine (RB 46 ADP) picks up the slack to open the year if he stays in the Mile High City. The Broncos have zero other RBs of note currently under contract. Therefore, Perine has the chance to provide immediate fantasy value to start the year after carving out a role in the Bengals' offense alongside Joe Mixon last season. He served as the primary third-down back for the entire season.

And when Perine got the starting nod from Weeks 11-13, the 27-year-old went OFF averaging 23.6 fantasy points per game.

Perine is a legitimate threat to Williams' workload as he could easily earn the passing-down work after finishing last season 6th in PFF pass-blocking and 14th in RB targets.
10 weeks ago
Greg Dulcich Note
Greg Dulcich photo 130. Greg Dulcich TE - (at LV)
Greg Dulcich missed the first five games of his rookie season with a hamstring injury, but the third-round draft pick was productive upon his return, scoring a touchdown in his NFL debut and finishing the season with 33-411-2 in 10 games. Dulcich averaged 5.5 targets per game and drew eight or more targets in four of his 10 games. He's an intriguing growth stock for 2023.
3 days ago
Russell Wilson Note
Russell Wilson photo 136. Russell Wilson QB - (at LV)
Plagued by subpar QB play for years, the Broncos viewed Russell Wilson as a potential savior and gave up a bevy of draft capital to acquire him. Wilson's first year in Denver was bitterly disappointing, as he turned in the worst season of his 11-year career, with career lows in completion percentage (60.5%), passer rating (84.4) and touchdown passes (16), and a career high in sacks (55). Once a dangerous runner, Wilson doesn't run as much these days, and he doesn't escape pressure as easily. It's possible that this accomplished passer has a bounce-back season in 2023 under the tutelage of Sean Payton, but we can't assume that the 34-year-old Wilson will return to something close to vintage form. Approach with caution.
10 weeks ago
Denver Broncos Note
Denver Broncos photo 202. Denver Broncos DST - (at LV)
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 224. Tim Patrick WR - (at LV)
Marvin Mims Jr. Note
Marvin Mims Jr. photo 288. Marvin Mims Jr. WR - (at LV)
Sean Payton traded up in the second round of the NFL Draft to take the talented rookie from Oklahoma. Mims closes his collegiate career with a 94th percentile yards per reception and 96th percentile breakout age. Mims can work underneath and take the top off defenses with his 4.38 speed. He can also play above the rim with exceptional leaping ability and body control. Mims could be fighting for playing time with Tim Patrick from the outset, but it's possible he hops him on the depth chart and becomes a full-time starter immediately with a strong camp and preseason. Mims is a fantastic WR5 draft pick to stash on your bench. He could be a stretch-run hero and difference-maker in the fantasy playoffs if this offense bounces back from last year's pitiful showing.
2 weeks ago
KJ Hamler Note
KJ Hamler photo 301. KJ Hamler WR - (at LV)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 318. Albert Okwuegbunam TE - (at LV)
Albert Okwuegbunam is one of the fastest, most athletic tight ends in the league, but he's been unable to gain a sturdy foothold in the Broncos' offense during his first three NFL seasons. It's possible that the arrival of new head coach Sean Payton will finally unlock Albert O's potential as he heads into his age-25 season. Okwuegbunam bears watching this summer for signs of progress.
14 weeks ago
Marquez Callaway Note
Marquez Callaway photo 374. Marquez Callaway WR - (at LV)
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 376. Adam Trautman TE - (at LV)
Jarrett Stidham Note
Jarrett Stidham photo 460. Jarrett Stidham QB - (at LV)
Tyler Badie Note
Tyler Badie photo 486. Tyler Badie RB - (at LV)
Chris Manhertz Note
Chris Manhertz photo 506. Chris Manhertz TE - (at LV)
Kendall Hinton Note
Kendall Hinton photo 534. Kendall Hinton WR - (at LV)
Montrell Washington Note
Montrell Washington photo 597. Montrell Washington WR - (at LV)