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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 PPR Draft Rankings

Najee Harris Note
Najee Harris photo 25. Najee Harris RB - (at BAL)
Running backs are at their prime when they enter the NFL, which makes them the most valuable their rookie season, unlike quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends. Because of that, Harris, who takes over as the Steelers' lead back, is someone you want to have on your roster. The Steelers are a team that hasn't been shy about giving running backs 18-plus touches per game with Mike Tomlin at the helm. You don't draft a three-down back like Harris in the first round and put him in some timeshare. I wouldn't be surprised to see him average 20-plus touches per game, which puts him smack dab in the middle of the RB1 conversation.
16 weeks ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 40. Diontae Johnson WR - (at BAL)
Despite missing one full game and a large portion of another, Johnson finished with 144 targets in 2020, which ranked sixth among wide receivers. Unfortunately, he was not particularly efficient with them, averaging just 6.4 yards per target. Part of his issues were drops, but Ben Roethlisberger's drop-down mentality certainly didn't help, either. Still, chasing targets at wide receiver is never a bad thing. If Johnson would've averaged just 7.4 yards per target (easily attainable), he would've finished as the WR14. He should be a safe high-floor WR2 with upside for top-12 numbers.
16 weeks ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 60. Chase Claypool WR - (at BAL)
Claypool may have finished as the WR19 on the season, but his year was littered with lackluster performances. He posted WR3 or better type numbers in just 50 percent of the games last year, which was tied with Jamison Crowder and DeVante Parker for 34th among wide receivers. His four-touchdown game in Week 5 really catapulted his numbers at season's end, as he failed to top 59 yards in 11-of-16 games, making him a touchdown-or-bust option most weeks. With Ben Roethlisberger's arm strength seemingly deteriorating by the day, it's tough to see Claypool having a true breakout season in 2021, as he relies on those high value targets more than JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson do. Claypool is an upside pick for sure, but not one I'd bet heavily on.
16 weeks ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 66. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - (at BAL)
Though it was better than his 2019 season, there were plenty of ups and downs from Smith-Schuster in 2020. Part of the reason for inconsistency is due to Ben Roethlisberger's volatile performance, but even if he rights the ship in 2021, the bigger part of the problem for Smith-Schuster is the competition he has for targets. Chase Claypool will be entering his sophomore season, Diontae Johnson seemed to figure out his drops as the year went on, and they added Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth in the first two rounds of the draft. Suddenly, Smith-Schuster might be third in line for targets in this offense. He'll probably finish as a WR3, but I just don't see the upside to drafting him as anything more than a low-end WR3.
16 weeks ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 143. Ben Roethlisberger QB - (at BAL)
It's rare to see a quarterback who has three wide receivers being drafted inside the top-30 and a running back being drafted as a borderline top-12 option, yet he's not being drafted as a fantasy starter. That's the case with Roethlisberger. He's not going to finish as a top-five quarterback or anything, but Roethlisberger has thrown at least 28 touchdowns in each of the last six seasons he's played more than 12 games. He's a perfectly fine QB2 in Superflex/2QB formats.
16 weeks ago
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 156. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (at BAL)
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 183. Eric Ebron TE - (at BAL)
Ebron saw more targets than most expected last year, finishing with 91 of them, which ranked eighth among tight ends. Unfortunately, he wasn't particularly efficient with them, finishing 15th in fantasy scoring. The reason was because he lacked upside and never scored more than 13.7 half PPR points all season. That's going to happen when you're the No. 4 option behind the three wide receivers. Now we add Najee Harris to this offense, and suddenly, Ebron may not even get the volume he did last year, and we haven't even talked about the addition of Pat Friermuth in the second round of the draft. Ebron should be labeled as a streamer, and not an every-week option.
16 weeks ago
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 254. Chris Boswell K - (at BAL)
Boswell missed a few games in 2020, but convered 19 of his 20 field-goal attempts on the year, adding to his reputation as one of the more accurate kickers in the game. The issue for Boswell from a fantasy perspective, however, is that playing his home games on Heinz Field's difficult turf, as well as just his natural skill set, generally limits his attempts from 50 yards or beyond. Indeed, he's attempted just four field goals from that range in the last three seasons. Boswell is your classic high-floor, low-ceiling play, who is better utilized as a weekly streamer when you're favored to win.
18 weeks ago
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 267. Benny Snell Jr. RB - (at BAL)
Anthony Miller Note
Anthony Miller photo 271. Anthony Miller WR - (at BAL)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 275. James Washington WR - (at BAL)
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 279. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at BAL)
Pat Freiermuth Note
Pat Freiermuth photo 294. Pat Freiermuth TE - (at BAL)
Kalen Ballage Note
Kalen Ballage photo 318. Kalen Ballage RB - (at BAL)
Sam Sloman Note
Sam Sloman photo 408. Sam Sloman K - (at BAL)
Steven Sims Jr. Note
Steven Sims Jr. photo 418. Steven Sims Jr. WR - (at BAL)
Jace Sternberger Note
Jace Sternberger photo 448. Jace Sternberger TE - (at BAL)
Dwayne Haskins Note
Dwayne Haskins photo 515. Dwayne Haskins QB - (at BAL)
Ray-Ray McCloud Note
Ray-Ray McCloud photo 570. Ray-Ray McCloud WR - (at BAL)
Zach Gentry Note
Zach Gentry photo 592. Zach Gentry TE - (at BAL)
Derek Watt Note
Derek Watt photo 633. Derek Watt RB - (at BAL)
Mason Rudolph Note
Mason Rudolph photo 658. Mason Rudolph QB - (at BAL)
Kevin Rader Note
Kevin Rader photo 696. Kevin Rader TE - (at BAL)
Rico Bussey Note
Rico Bussey photo 800. Rico Bussey WR - (at BAL)
Tyler Simmons Note
Tyler Simmons photo 801. Tyler Simmons WR - (at BAL)
Cody White Note
Cody White photo 802. Cody White WR - (at BAL)
Tyler Vaughns Note
Tyler Vaughns photo 803. Tyler Vaughns WR - (at BAL)