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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Half PPR Draft Rankings

DK Metcalf Note
DK Metcalf photo 33. DK Metcalf WR - (at LAR)
Metcalf is another rock-solid pick in fantasy who hasn't finished outside the top 24 fantasy wideouts (WR22, WR24, WR20) in the last three years. Almost all of Metcalf's deeper metrics lived in the WR2 territory as he was 22nd in YPRR, 23rd in first read share, and 20th in FD/RR last season. Seattle's offense remains an enigma for 2024. Will they be run heavy at the behest of their defensive head coach? Will they grip it and rip it in the passing game under the direction of their offensive coordinator? It will be one of the fascinating things that we have to wait until the season to see play out. If Jaxon Smith-Njigba isn't up to the task of taking over as Metcalf's running mate with Tyler Lockett another year older, Metcalf could see a bump from his 20.7% target share last year (31st), which could vault him up the wide receiver leaderboard in 2024. Metcalf is a strong WR2 that still has some untapped upside. It's possible he will revisit his 2020 production (WR10) this year.
6 days ago
Kenneth Walker III Note
Kenneth Walker III photo 48. Kenneth Walker III RB - (at LAR)
Walker continues to hum along as a dependable RB2 in fantasy (RB20 last season) despite dealing with a myriad of injuries in 2023. Walker worked through a bruised shoulder, a strained oblique, a chest issue, and a tender calf last season. This didn't stop him from averaging 17.3 touches and 82 total yards in the 14 games that he played at least 41% of the snaps. Walker remains one of the best pure rushers in the game while sitting at fourth in missed tackles forced per attempt and 26th in explosive run rate last season (minimum 50 carries per Fantasy Points Data). Zach Charbonnet will continue to be a weekly worry as he siphons off red zone and pass game work, but Walker should still lead the backfield in touches this year.
6 days ago
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Note
Jaxon Smith-Njigba photo 92. Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR - (at LAR)
Smith-Njigba's usage last year was comical. The team neutered him into a low aDOT player when he has the skills to be so much more. When he was aligned outside, he flashed the talent that had plenty of Fantasy GMs drafting him aggressively last year. Among 81 qualifying wide receivers last season, when he was running routes on the perimeter, Smith-Njigba ranked 15th in YPRR and fourth in TPRR. Among 61 qualifying receivers with at least 40 perimeter targets, he also ranked 14th in FD/RR. With a new head coach and offensive coordinator to revamp this offense and a retooled offensive line, Smith-Njigba should flourish in his sophomore season.
6 days ago
Tyler Lockett Note
Tyler Lockett photo 111. Tyler Lockett WR - (at LAR)
Lockett has begun to slow down. Last year, he continued a downward trend, with his yards per route run dropping for the third consecutive year and marking his lowest since 2017 (per PFF). He also logged the lowest yards after the catch per reception of his entire career. Last year, he managed a WR37 finish in fantasy points per game while ranking 40th in receiving yards per game and 36th in first downs per route run (per Fantasy Points Data). Lockett might have one more WR3 season left in him, but with Jaxon Smith-Njigba primed to break out, it's better to consider Lockett a WR4/5.
5 days ago
Zach Charbonnet Note
Zach Charbonnet photo 125. Zach Charbonnet RB - (at LAR)
Zach Charbonnet played a complementary role in Seattle for most of his rookie season. Overall, he finished as the RB48 in fantasy points per game with 141 touches and 671 total yards. In the three games that he played at least 61% of the snaps, he averaged 19.7 touches and 75.3 total yards, with two top-18 running back finishes (RB18, RB13). Charbonnet did prove that he could carry the mail last year and surprised many with his top-20 rankings in explosive run rate (20th) and yards after contact per attempt (11th, per Fantasy Points Data). Charbonnet could eat into Kenneth Walker's work more in 2024, but he's likely best viewed as a high-end handcuff with some stand-alone flex value.
6 days ago
Geno Smith Note
Geno Smith photo 147. Geno Smith QB - (at LAR)
After a triumphant 2022 season in which he threw for 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns, completing an NFL-high 69.8% of his passes, Geno Smith floated back down to earth in 2023. Despite working with the WR trio of D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Smith finished QB25 in fantasy scoring last year, averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game. So ... will the real Geno Smith please stand up? With Seattle's ample pass-catching weaponry, a return to the heights of 2022 is certainly possible for Smith. But the 33-year-old Smith has only had one good NFL season, so it's not inconceivable that he could play his way out of a starting job.
6 days ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 190. Noah Fant TE - (at LAR)
Jason Myers Note
Jason Myers photo 255. Jason Myers K - (at LAR)
Seattle Seahawks Note
Seattle Seahawks photo 341. Seattle Seahawks DST - (at LAR)
The streaming DST de jour might be the Seattle Seahawks. Weeks 1-2 they will face the Broncos/Patriots. Doesn't get much easier than that from a matchup perspective.
6 days ago
Sam Howell Note
Sam Howell photo 350. Sam Howell QB - (at LAR)
Kenny McIntosh Note
Kenny McIntosh photo 414. Kenny McIntosh RB - (at LAR)
AJ Barner Note
AJ Barner photo 445. AJ Barner TE - (at LAR)
Jake Bobo Note
Jake Bobo photo 467. Jake Bobo WR - (at LAR)
Pharaoh Brown Note
Pharaoh Brown photo 514. Pharaoh Brown TE - (at LAR)