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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 33. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - (at CLE)
After the Steelers selected Chase Claypool in the second round, they came out and said that Smith-Schuster will move back into the slot role he played while Antonio Brown was there. That's great news for his outlook, as it allows him to be mismatched with nickel cornerbacks who only come on the field at certain times. Provided Roethlisberger is healthy and returns to normal, Smith-Schuster should return low-end WR1/high-end WR2 numbers.
2 days ago
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 43. James Conner RB - (at CLE)
Conner was tremendous in 2018 but had an injury-riddled 2019 season and the entire offense was sluggish with Big Ben hurt. Now that both are back, Conner possesses RB1 upside but there is also risk of him not playing due to underlying health conditions.
1 day ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 97. Diontae Johnson WR - (at CLE)
He could be one of the biggest steals in fantasy football, period. Despite being thrown to by Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph, Johnson was able to post WR2 or better numbers in 31.3 percent of his games as a rookie in 2019. Now getting Ben Roethlisberger back under center, he might just explode. Don't forget that there were room for two top-tier receivers with Roethlisberger under center.
2 days ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 114. Ben Roethlisberger QB - (at CLE)
If you are streaming QBs from the get-go, Big Ben makes about as much sense as anyone versus the Giants in Week 1, but this is a 38-year-old QB who hasn't played football in over a year and the last time he played, he was extremely inefficient, propped up only by sheer volume.
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Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 151. Eric Ebron TE - (at CLE)
Although it may seem like a distant memory, it wasn't long ago that Ebron was a top-four fantasy tight end. The former top 10 NFL draft pick is still just 27 years old which is prime-age for a fantasy tight end. He will need to stay healthy, of course, but with Big Ben under center, Ebron has a chance to bounceback in a big way this season.
1 day ago
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 155. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (at CLE)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 184. James Washington WR - (at CLE)
Has everyone given up on James Washington too early? He quietly led the Steelers receivers in yards (735) last year despite trailing Diontae Johnson by 12 targets. His 9.2 yards per target was also much higher than JuJu Smith-Schuster's 7.8 yards per target. The issue is that the Steelers drafted another perimeter option in Chase Claypool, and it seems unlikely that they send Johnson back to the bench. Washington will be battling with Claypool for the No. 3 job in the offense, which will have streaming appeal.
2 days ago
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 201. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at CLE)
McFarland is oozing with talent and can break a big play on any touch and take it to the house. More than likely, he will be used primarily in the passing game like we saw with Justice Hill last year, but his talent and the offense he is in are intriguing enough that you might want to buy a lottery ticket in case Conner goes down with an injury and McFarland proves to be the handcuff.
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Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 218. Benny Snell Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Snell Jr. got a fair amount of work last year in relief of James Conner, seeing 108 carries and gaining 426 yards with two touchdowns. When he got enough volume, he generally produced, totaling at least 89 total yards or a touchdown in each game he received 17 touches or more. He'll likely be the primary backup again to James Conner, but Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Samuels will still factor in. He's a low-end handcuff at this point given the crowded Pittsburgh backfield.
8 weeks ago
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 264. Chris Boswell K - (at CLE)
After a disastrous 2018 season, Boswell bounced back in a big way last year, hitting 93.5% of his field-goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts. Boswell's upside is limited somewhat by Heinz Field, a notoriously difficult place to kick because of its turf. Indeed, Boswell has attempted just 11 field goals of 50-plus yards in his five seasons. Nevertheless, with Ben Roethlisberger returning, the Steelers offense should move the ball with ease, providing Boswell with plenty of opportunities, which may make up for the lack of long attempts.
8 weeks ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 268. Chase Claypool WR - (at CLE)
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 270. Jaylen Samuels RB - (at CLE)
Samuels has received just 122 carries in his first two seasons, and although he can factor in as a receiver at times, he doesn't have a path to regular playing time. Even if James Conner deals with injuries again, Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr. stand in Samuels' way. He's relevant only in extremely deep PPR leagues.
8 weeks ago
Vance McDonald Note
Vance McDonald photo 277. Vance McDonald TE - (at CLE)
McDonald has always felt like he could be a breakout candidate one year, but those feelings are gone by this point. Although he'll return with the Steelers, Eric Ebron should see primary snaps from the tight end position, making McDonald an afterthought in fantasy. Either way, the oft-injured McDonald has cleared 391 receiving yards and 38 catches just once in his career, and is no longer a fantasy option, even in deeper leagues.
2 days ago
Kerrith Whyte Jr. Note
Kerrith Whyte Jr. photo 403. Kerrith Whyte Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Trey Edmunds Note
Trey Edmunds photo 453. Trey Edmunds RB - (at CLE)
Mason Rudolph Note
Mason Rudolph photo 500. Mason Rudolph QB - (at CLE)