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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 PPR Draft Rankings

Najee Harris Note
Najee Harris photo 28. 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.
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Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 42. 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.
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JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 63. 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.
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Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 70. 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.
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Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 151. 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.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 155. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (at BAL)
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 171. 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.
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Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 225. Benny Snell Jr. RB - (at BAL)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 261. James Washington WR - (at BAL)
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 275. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at BAL)
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 281. Chris Boswell K - (at BAL)
Kalen Ballage Note
Kalen Ballage photo 322. Kalen Ballage RB - (at BAL)
Pat Freiermuth Note
Pat Freiermuth photo 344. Pat Freiermuth TE - (at BAL)
Sam Sloman Note
Sam Sloman photo 364. Sam Sloman K - (at BAL)
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 446. Jaylen Samuels RB - (at BAL)
Ray-Ray McCloud Note
Ray-Ray McCloud photo 456. Ray-Ray McCloud WR - (at BAL)
Dwayne Haskins Note
Dwayne Haskins photo 560. Dwayne Haskins QB - (at BAL)