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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Alvin Kamara Note
Alvin Kamara photo 4. Alvin Kamara RB - (at ATL)
You won't find a bigger Kamara fan than me, and that's going back to his college days. However, with the way Sean Payton rotates his running backs, it's going to be mighty hard for Kamara to live up to his draft cost now that Drew Brees is gone. Brees targeted his running backs at least 28 percent of the time in each of the last four years. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston hasn't targeted running backs more than 18 percent of the time in each of his last four seasons as a starter. The offense is also not nearly as likely to be scoring as many points without Brees. Upon finding out that Michael Thomas will miss time to start the season, it only makes Kamara more valuable, as he could be in line for eight-plus targets per game during that time.
5 hours ago
Michael Thomas Note
Michael Thomas photo 75. Michael Thomas WR - (at ATL)
It felt like too many people were dismissing Thomas this year, falling into borderline WR2 territory, but now that we know of his ankle surgery that took place in June, he's going to fall even further. It's possible he misses the first 4-6 games based on the timeline he received. It did seem like everyone forget he was the consensus No. 1 wide receiver just a year ago. The big question is: Who is his quarterback once he returns? If it's Hill, there should be a slight downgrade, but don't forget what Thomas did in the four Hill games last year: 9/104/0, 4/50/0, 9/105/0, and 8/84/0. Those are rock-solid numbers, though the touchdowns were obviously not there. Right now, I'm expecting Thomas to miss at least four games, which moves him down into WR4 territory. If you're able to stay afloat the first month of the season, snagging Thomas in the middle rounds might be a winning strategy.
2 hours ago
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 111. Latavius Murray RB - (at ATL)
Yes, Drew Brees is gone, which have some concerned about the handcuff value of Murray. This is where I remind you about something. Remember when Alvin Kamara missed time in 2019 and Murray was the No. 2 running back for that short stretch? Well, one of those games he played was with Teddy Bridgewater under center, where Murray rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the tough Bears defense. He's getting up there in age, but should still present borderline RB1 potential behind a great offensive line should Kamara miss any time.
5 hours ago
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 147. Adam Trautman TE - (at ATL)
When running through projections on the Saints, it's easy to fall in love with Trautman this year. Outside of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, they don't have any reliable targets, and Trautman did well with his opportunity last year. After parting ways with both Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook, there's suddenly a lot of opportunity available for him. There would certainly be less appeal if Taysom Hill were the starter, but many are expecting Jameis Winston to be under center come Week 1. Whatever the case, Trautman makes for a great late-round pick where you'll find out exactly what you have in the first game of the season. There's a scenario where he finishes as a top-10 tight end, especially now that we know Michael Thomas is going to miss time at the start of the season.
5 hours ago
Tre'Quan Smith Note
Tre'Quan Smith photo 163. Tre'Quan Smith WR - (at ATL)
Is Smith to blame for his lack of involvement in the offense, or were there just not enough targets to go around? He's seen 119 targets over his first three seasons combined, which have amounted to 80 receptions, 1,109 yards, and 14 touchdowns, so the efficiency has been top-notch. Did Drew Brees not have the arm to push the ball down the field anymore? If Jameis Winston is the quarterback, Smith may very well be a sleeper in fantasy drafts, though that optimism would die quickly if Taysom Hill were named the starter. It did boost Smith's stock to learn that Michael Thomas would be missing time to start the season, as that makes Smith the WR1 on the team.
5 hours ago
New Orleans Saints Note
New Orleans Saints photo 202. New Orleans Saints DST - (at ATL)
Wil Lutz Note
Wil Lutz photo 204. Wil Lutz K - (at ATL)
Lutz had his worst season as a professional, setting career-lows in field goal percentage (82.1%), attempts (28), and conversions (23). The New Orleans offense was simply far less explosive with a declining (and injured) Drew Brees, and Lutz couldn't make up for his lack of efficiency with increased volume. We don't know what the Saints offense will look like this year or even definitively who will be under center, but Lutz's pedigree and the controlled environment of the Superdome make him a startable option in fantasy heading into the 2021 season regardless.
4 weeks ago
Jameis Winston Note
Jameis Winston photo 213. Jameis Winston QB - (at ATL)
Taysom Hill Note
Taysom Hill photo 268. Taysom Hill QB - (at ATL)
As of now, the Saints are undecided on who the starting quarterback will be heading into the 2021 season. If it's Hill, he's going to jump all the way up into the top-15 quarterback conversation. If I knew he'd start all 17 games, he'd be ranked top-10 for his rushing upside, but it seems like Jameis Winston has the slight edge heading into camp. Do you think that sounds crazy? It's not. Hill was the QB6 during the month he started while Drew Brees was out. This is a battle we'll be watching closely as the season nears.
5 hours ago
Marquez Callaway Note
Marquez Callaway photo 325. Marquez Callaway WR - (at ATL)
Deonte Harris Note
Deonte Harris photo 372. Deonte Harris WR - (at ATL)
Ty Montgomery Note
Ty Montgomery photo 453. Ty Montgomery RB - (at ATL)
Lil'Jordan Humphrey Note
Lil'Jordan Humphrey photo 460. Lil'Jordan Humphrey WR - (at ATL)
Nick Vannett Note
Nick Vannett photo 468. Nick Vannett TE - (at ATL)
Stevie Scott III Note
Stevie Scott III photo 522. Stevie Scott III RB - (at ATL)
Juwan Johnson Note
Juwan Johnson photo 531. Juwan Johnson WR - (at ATL)
Dwayne Washington Note
Dwayne Washington photo 532. Dwayne Washington RB - (at ATL)
Alex Armah Note
Alex Armah photo 568. Alex Armah RB - (at ATL)
Easop Winston Jr. Note
Easop Winston Jr. photo 653. Easop Winston Jr. WR - (at ATL)
Jalen McCleskey Note
Jalen McCleskey photo 656. Jalen McCleskey WR - (at ATL)
Jake Lampman Note
Jake Lampman photo 657. Jake Lampman WR - (at ATL)
Kawaan Baker Note
Kawaan Baker photo 708. Kawaan Baker WR - (at ATL)
Ethan Wolf Note
Ethan Wolf photo 747. Ethan Wolf TE - (at ATL)
Garrett Griffin Note
Garrett Griffin photo 750. Garrett Griffin TE - (at ATL)
Dylan Soehner Note
Dylan Soehner photo 753. Dylan Soehner TE - (at ATL)
Tony Jones Jr. Note
Tony Jones Jr. photo 920. Tony Jones Jr. RB - (at ATL)
Ian Book Note
Ian Book photo 968. Ian Book QB - (at ATL)