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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2023 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Rhamondre Stevenson Note
Rhamondre Stevenson photo 18. Rhamondre Stevenson RB - (vs . NYJ)
Damien Harris has been replaced by human meat shield James Robinson on a monopoly money and heavily incentive-based contract making him no lock to make the roster. The low commitment suggests that Rhamondre Stevenson's role in 2023 will be more of what we saw from Weeks 5-16 when he was the RB13 in points per game as the Patriots' lead back. And even when Harris played alongside Stevenson, the big running back finished third in route participation (58%) and targets (82) among running backs.
Recall that Stevenson's strong campaign en route to an RB10 finish was not fueled by touchdowns. Stevenson was one of the worst RBs converting from inside the 10-yard line as he scored just thrice despite 19 goal-line carries. His teammate Harris scored thrice from inside the 10, on just 6 carries. If Stevenson experiences positive TD regression with the red zone role all but his, he will build off a strong sophomore season as PFF's 11th-highest graded rusher. It's his backfield with little competition for touches in an offense that should be substantially better than last season.
5 weeks ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 108. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - (vs . NYJ)
Smith-Schuster had a solid season last year in one of the best offenses in the NFL, but it wasn't amazing, no matter how you slice it. The great Juju Smith-Schuster revival in Kansas City didn't come to fruition as many hoped. He was the WR35 in fantasy points per game, drawing a 17.4% target share (46th) and 16.9% air yard share (70th). Smith-Schuster's ability to beat zone coverage is his calling card these days, so he should help New England's passing offense in this aspect. He should be the "new Jakobi Meyers" as a starter in two wide sets that flexes to the slot when they utilize 11 personnel. Smith-Schuster is an uninspiring WR4/5. Outside of Rhamondre Stevenson, the Patriots' roster is a steaming pile of stink on offense.
3 weeks ago
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 156. Mike Gesicki TE - (vs . NYJ)
Mike Gesicki is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league, but he was a complete nonfactor in fantasy last season. After a 73-catch, 780-yard season in 2021, Gesicki was franchised-tagged by the Dolphins last year, only to become an afterthought in head coach Mike McDaniel's offense. Gesicki averaged just 3.1 targets per game in 2022 and finished with 32 catches for 362 yards and five touchdowns. Gesicki has since signed with the Patriots, where he'll be reunited with his college coach at Penn State, Bill O'Brien, who's now the Patriots' offensive coordinator. Gesicki could become a more appealing fantasy option in 2023 if O'Brien is committed to better utilizing Gesicki's impressive skill set.
11 weeks ago
Tyquan Thornton Note
Tyquan Thornton photo 190. Tyquan Thornton WR - (vs . NYJ)
Hunter Henry Note
Hunter Henry photo 195. Hunter Henry TE - (vs . NYJ)
After scoring nine touchdowns in 2021, Hunter Henry scored just two touchdowns in 2022 and finished TE21 in half-point PPR fantasy scoring. Now, he'll have to share TE targets with free-agent addition Mike Gesicki, who played for Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien at Penn State. Not counting the 2018 season, which he missed with a torn ACL, Henry has produced 500+ receiving yards in each of his last five seasons.
11 weeks ago
DeVante Parker Note
DeVante Parker photo 198. DeVante Parker WR - (vs . NYJ)
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 200. James Robinson RB - (vs . NYJ)
James Robinson was unwanted by two different teams and was benched in favor of an undrafted free agent Zonovan Knight with the Jets. It's still Rhamondre Stevenson's backfield. And J-Rob likely prevents the Patriots from adding anybody else better. In the best case, from the Robinson perspective, the former Jet operates in a Damien Harris role.

But Robinson's contract is also very incentive-based, meaning he has to really earn his playing time. It's not guaranteed he sniffs the field, even as Stevenson's primary backup, if he can't recapture his pre-torn Achilles form.
10 weeks ago
New England Patriots Note
New England Patriots photo 207. New England Patriots DST - (vs . NYJ)
Pierre Strong Jr. Note
Pierre Strong Jr. photo 216. Pierre Strong Jr. RB - (vs . NYJ)
Mac Jones Note
Mac Jones photo 227. Mac Jones QB - (vs . NYJ)
After finishing runner-up in the Offensive Rookie of the Year balloting in 2021, Mac Jones regressed slightly in his second NFL season, with slight dips in yards per attempt, completion percentage and TD rate. Jones averaged 214.1 yards per game, with 14 TD passes and 11 INTs in 14 games. Jones offers little value as a runner, and he might already be near his ceiling as a passer. Consider Jones a fantasy backup whose primary value is that he seems entrenched as New England's starter for at least one more season, barring a challenge from young backup Bailey Zappe.
16 weeks ago
Nick Folk Note
Nick Folk photo 268. Nick Folk K - (vs . NYJ)
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 273. Kendrick Bourne WR - (vs . NYJ)
Kayshon Boutte Note
Kayshon Boutte photo 288. Kayshon Boutte WR - (vs . NYJ)
Kevin Harris Note
Kevin Harris photo 404. Kevin Harris RB - (vs . NYJ)
Bailey Zappe Note
Bailey Zappe photo 409. Bailey Zappe QB - (vs . NYJ)
Ty Montgomery Note
Ty Montgomery photo 434. Ty Montgomery WR,RB - (vs . NYJ)
Chad Ryland Note
Chad Ryland photo 435. Chad Ryland K - (vs . NYJ)
J.J. Taylor Note
J.J. Taylor photo 556. J.J. Taylor RB - (vs . NYJ)