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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Half PPR Draft Rankings
DeVante Parker Note
DeVante Parker photo 61. DeVante Parker WR - (at BUF)
It's about time, right? I remember last year on the podcast talking about Parker, saying there's a clear avenue for him to see 100-plus targets and that if Fitzpatrick was starting, I wanted him on my roster. Here we are 128 targets and a No. 7 wide receiver finish later. Fun fact: Parker and Michael Thomas were the only two receivers who posted at least 55 yards in 13 games last year. You were able to get Parker outside the top 60 wide receivers last year, something that isn't happening this time around. His current draft position is right around WR20-22, so you're receiving a discount from last year's production, and rightfully so. Preston Williams is back from his ACL injury, which isn't great news for Parker, who was the No. 34 wide receiver through nine weeks with Williams in the lineup. That was really solid for him considering where he was drafted, but once Williams left, Parker exploded and finished as the No. 2 wide receiver the remainder of the season. Part of the reason that happened was due to Ryan Fitzpatrick's willingness to target him relentlessly, as he averaged 9.5 targets per game over that span. To be fair, Williams is coming back, but both Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson have opted out of the season, clearing up 110 targets from last year. Knowing Fitzpatrick is starting the season under center helps me feel more confident in Parker, but there's certainly hesitation in drafting him this year as the Dolphins defense is going to be much better, which will result in fewer pass attempts, and that they'll be moving to a rookie quarterback at some point. I think he's best viewed as a stable WR3 who comes with top-12 upside. If I knew Fitzpatrick would start all year, he'd be a WR2.
4 weeks ago
Jordan Howard Note
Jordan Howard photo 88. Jordan Howard RB - (at BUF)
It seems like years since Howard has been a force to reckon with in fantasy football, but prior to the 2019 season that was ended with injuries, he'd posted 935 or more rushing yards in each of the previous three seasons. The issue with projecting that moving forward is due to his offensive line play. The Dolphins have what may be the worst line in football, while Howard has only run behind top-10 offensive lines while in Chicago and Philadelphia. Still, if you need a running back who's likely locked into 12-plus touches a week, Howard can fill a role on your fantasy team.
4 weeks ago
Matt Breida Note
Matt Breida photo 102. Matt Breida RB - (at BUF)
There are a lot of fantasy owners expecting Jordan Howard to be the lead back in Miami, though if I'm being honest, Breida may be the better option, and he's much cheaper. While health has been an issue for Breida, he's performed when given opportunity and will get most of the passing-down work in 2020. Staying on the field has been and will continue to be an obstacle.
4 weeks ago
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 108. Mike Gesicki TE - (at BUF)
The good news? Gesicki totaled 89 targets last year, which ranked seventh among tight ends. The bad news? He finished as the No. 11 tight end and now has Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator. In the eight years Gailey has called an offense, his tight ends have finished 28th or worse in seven of them, with Tony Gonzalez being the only one who succeeded. Gesicki has averaged a measly 6.4 yards per target in the NFL to this point, which is bottom of the barrel, so you can't say that he's the difference maker that Gailey needs to feature. Drafting him as a TE1 is too risky.
4 weeks ago
Preston Williams Note
Preston Williams photo 124. Preston Williams WR - (at BUF)
Did you know that Williams was the No. 39 wide receiver through nine weeks last year? That was despite them having their bye in Week 5, as well as him not being a true starter until Week 3. He was extremely good his rookie year. He's coming off a torn ACL, which isn't an injury that's as detrimental as it used to be, but it may be tough for him to return as the same player in a brand-new offense. The Dolphins defense improved greatly, their run game should be much better, and they'll eventually transition to a rookie quarterback. These are all question marks, but fortunately, Williams is being drafted outside the top 60 wide receivers, similar to the way DeVante Parker was last year. Given their current prices (Williams WR61, Parker WR22), Williams seems like a much better value than Parker this year. Knowing that Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson have opted out, there are plenty of targets up for grabs, making Williams a solid WR4/5 on fantasy teams that you can spot-start depending on matchups.
4 weeks ago
Ryan Fitzpatrick Note
Ryan Fitzpatrick photo 237. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB - (at BUF)
Fitzpatrick is going to start the season at quarterback for the Dolphins, but with Tua Tagovailoa waiting in the wings, it's unclear how long he'll last. Fitzpatrick closed 2019 strong with the Dolphins, and was a top-five fantasy quarterback over the final five weeks. But the Dolphins have perhaps the worst offensive line in football and are unlikely to compete for a playoff spot. He's only worth drafting as a backup in superflex or two-quarterback leagues and, even then, don't expect to be able to roster him past the midpoint of the season.
3 weeks ago
Tua Tagovailoa Note
Tua Tagovailoa photo 278. Tua Tagovailoa QB - (at BUF)
Lynn Bowden Jr. Note
Lynn Bowden Jr. photo 309. Lynn Bowden Jr. WR,RB - (at BUF)
Bowden Jr. was traded to the Dolphins on September 5th. The Raiders signing of Theo Riddick was, in hindsight, a sign that Bowden may have been struggling to pick up the offense. It's unclear what his role will be with the Dolphins, but it's unlikely that he'll be fantasy relevant in 2020.
3 weeks ago
Patrick Laird Note
Patrick Laird photo 337. Patrick Laird RB - (at BUF)
Jakeem Grant Note
Jakeem Grant photo 342. Jakeem Grant WR - (at BUF)
Miami Dolphins Note
Miami Dolphins photo 353. Miami Dolphins DST - (at BUF)
Jason Sanders Note
Jason Sanders photo 365. Jason Sanders K - (at BUF)
Myles Gaskin Note
Myles Gaskin photo 367. Myles Gaskin RB - (at BUF)
Isaiah Ford Note
Isaiah Ford photo 371. Isaiah Ford WR - (at BUF)
Adam Shaheen Note
Adam Shaheen photo 437. Adam Shaheen TE - (at BUF)
Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 485. Mack Hollins WR - (at BUF)
Durham Smythe Note
Durham Smythe photo 488. Durham Smythe TE - (at BUF)
Salvon Ahmed Note
Salvon Ahmed photo 553. Salvon Ahmed RB - (at BUF)
Chandler Cox Note
Chandler Cox photo 573. Chandler Cox FB - (at BUF)
Antonio Callaway Note
Antonio Callaway photo 605. Antonio Callaway WR - (at BUF)