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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Draft Rankings

D'Andre Swift Note
D'Andre Swift photo 19. D'Andre Swift RB - (at GB)
T.J. Hockenson Note
T.J. Hockenson photo 69. T.J. Hockenson TE - (at GB)
Didn't have the growth year we'd hoped for in 2021, but Hockenson's talent is obvious. Amon-Ra St. Brown's emergence creates target competition, and the Lions figure to add more WR help in the offseason.
18 weeks ago
Amon-Ra St. Brown Note
Amon-Ra St. Brown photo 75. Amon-Ra St. Brown WR - (at GB)
Amon-Ra St. Brown cannot be denied. The Day 3 rookie silenced the doubters with an incredible hot streak down the stretch for the Detroit Lions commanding a 33% target share - 11 targets per game - en route to a WR3 PPR finish from Weeks 13-18.

But the elite late-season production comes with the caveat that De'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson were not healthy. Before their injuries, ASB was an essential non-factor outside a stretch from Weeks 4-6 where he commanded a 22% target share.

The Lions' rookie wide receiver was an extreme outlier as he not only finished top-50 but 21st overall; that almost never happens with fourth-round picks.

The path for upside St. Brown showed last season is what we should be pursuing, but be mindful that it will likely take more injuries with first-round pick Jameson Williams and veteran D.J. Chark added to the roster this offseason.
3 days ago
DJ Chark Jr. Note
DJ Chark Jr. photo 125. DJ Chark Jr. WR - (at GB)
I'd stay far away from D.J. Chark. His vertical game with Goff does not project well. Goff's average depth of throw has decreased over the last four seasons, with his most recent 2021 mark (6.8) ranking dead last among 38 qualifying quarterbacks.

During Chark's fantasy WR17 season in 2019, he ranked sixth in the NFL in catches of 20-plus air yards (13) before his injury. Goff has averaged 13 completions of 20-plus air yards the last two seasons.

Chark screams like he will be used more like a vertical field stretcher decoy that will open up targets for St. Brown, running backs, and tight ends underneath.
2 days ago
Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 138. Jamaal Williams RB - (at GB)
Jameson Williams Note
Jameson Williams photo 160. Jameson Williams WR - (at GB)
Williams may not hit the field until October, making him a tough guy to stash in redraft formats. Furthermore, Williams' vertical ability cannot be capitalized with Jared Goff under center.

Goff's average depth of throw has decreased over the last four seasons, with his most recent 2021 mark (6.8) ranking dead last among 38th qualifying quarterbacks. He has also averaged just 13 completions of 20-plus air yards the last two seasons. Williams finished top-seven among all college wide receivers in receiving yards on 20-plus air yard throws in 2021.

However, Williams does also possess top-tier YAC-ability so he should be able to salvage some production when he returns from injury.

And although Goff's lack of deep game isn't ideal, we have seen him fuel top fantasy WR seasons before in Los Angeles and Detroit. Most recently with Amon-Ra St. Brown, who was the fantasy WR3 to close out last season. Williams commanded a 31% dominator rating last season by hanging 1,561 receiving yards, 20 yards per reception and 15 touchdowns - all achievements that ranked top-three among his 2022 NFL Draft class.

Nobody will be shocked to see Williams out-produce the combination of St. Brown and T.J. Hockenson once he is fully acclimated into the offense.
2 days ago
Jared Goff Note
Jared Goff photo 194. Jared Goff QB - (at GB)
How firm is Goff's grasp on Detroit's starting QB job? Pretty firm after Detroit declined to add a QB in this year's draft. After throwing one TD pass over a five-game midseason stretch in 2021, Goff threw 11 TD passes over his final five games, buoyed by the emergence of WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. It's easy to forget that Goff had a pair of top-12 fantasy finishes with the Rams earlier in his career. The QB1 upside may be gone, but Goff's late-2021 competence and his cache of young weapons at least makes him worthy of consideration in superflex leagues.
2 weeks ago
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 286. Josh Reynolds WR - (at GB)
Quintez Cephus Note
Quintez Cephus photo 305. Quintez Cephus WR - (at GB)
Detroit Lions Note
Detroit Lions photo 380. Detroit Lions DST - (at GB)
Austin Seibert Note
Austin Seibert photo 388. Austin Seibert K - (at GB)
Jermar Jefferson Note
Jermar Jefferson photo 415. Jermar Jefferson RB - (at GB)
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 480. Kalif Raymond WR - (at GB)
Riley Patterson Note
Riley Patterson photo 482. Riley Patterson K - (at GB)
Derrick Deese Jr. Note
Derrick Deese Jr. photo 493. Derrick Deese Jr. TE - (at GB)