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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 1. Christian McCaffrey RB - (at ARI)
McCaffrey remained "THE DUDE" at running back in fantasy last year. He was the RB1 in fantasy, finishing as an RB1 in 81% of his games and as a top 24 RB in every game he played. McCaffrey averaged 21.2 touches and 126.5 total yards per game while ranking second in carries, fourth in targets, and first in red zone touches among running backs. There's no reason to expect a falloff entering 2024. His deeper efficiency metrics all scream that he remains in the prime of his career after ranking fourth in explosive run rate and 10th in yards after contact last season (per Fantasy Points Data).
14 weeks ago
Brandon Aiyuk Note
Brandon Aiyuk photo 15. Brandon Aiyuk WR - (at ARI)
Brandon Aiyuk emerged as the primary receiver for the 49ers in 2023, accumulating nearly 1,500 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 19 games. Despite a modest role in the red zone, he commanded a 24% target share and ranked 15th in air yards share. Aiyuk's efficiency was notable, finishing as a top-5 performer in yards per route run. Entering a contract year at age 26, he may still have untapped potential after back-to-back top-15 WR finishes in half-PPR formats.
1 week ago
Deebo Samuel Sr. Note
Deebo Samuel Sr. photo 25. Deebo Samuel Sr. WR - (at ARI)
Deebo Samuel ranked as the WR12 overall despite playing 15 games. Notably, he scored the second-most total touchdowns (12) with his dual role as a rusher and receiver. Samuel also led all wide receivers in total red-zone touches. However, his injury history raises concerns due to his physical playing style. Additionally, there's potential for TD regression given his performance exceeded expectations in the previous season, ranking as WR26 in expected points per game (10.9). Moreover, relying on rushing production can be unpredictable year-to-year, and the emergence of Brandon Aiyuk further complicates Samuel's outlook as he enters a contract year.
1 week ago
George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 75. George Kittle TE - (at ARI)
If you value week-to-week consistency, George Kittle might not be the tight end for you. But if you're an adrenaline-fueled roller coaster enthusiast, Kittle is your guy. In 2023, Kittle had seven games in which he produced 16 or more PPR points and six games in which he produced 6 or fewer PPR points. The drawback with Kittle is that he doesn't see as many targets as other top tight ends. Over the last three seasons, Travis Kelce has averaged 8.5 targets a game, Mark Andrews has averaged 7.8, and Kittle has averaged 6.0. Kittle's well-rounded skill set can actually be a hindrance, since the 49ers like to leverage his exceptional blocking ability. But Kittle is quite a pass catcher, too. He's topped 1,000 receiving yards in three of the last six years and has averaged 9.8 yards per target for his career -- almost a full yard better than Kelce's career average of 8.9 yards per target. The TE5 in fantasy scoring last season, Kittle will again be a good bet for a top-five positional fantasy finish in 2024. Just realize it might not always be a smooth trip.
3 weeks ago
Brock Purdy Note
Brock Purdy photo 79. Brock Purdy QB - (at ARI)
If there were any doubts about Brock Purdy's QB bona fides following his partial-season success in 2022, he dispelled them with an excellent performance in 2023. Purdy led all NFL quarterbacks in yards per attempt (9.6), passer rating (113.0) and QBR (72.8). He also led the league in touchdown rate (7.0%), although naysayers might suggest that such a high TD rate is destined for regression. Purdy has the benefit of an ideal ecosystem, with Kyle Shanahan as his playcaller and Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle as his pass catchers. After finishing QB7 in fantasy scoring in 2023, Purdy is destined to be a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 2024 drafts.
17 weeks ago
San Francisco 49ers Note
San Francisco 49ers photo 175. San Francisco 49ers DST - (at ARI)
Ricky Pearsall Note
Ricky Pearsall photo 177. Ricky Pearsall WR - (at ARI)
Ricky Pearsall showcased his talent at Arizona State and Florida, culminating in a 25% dominator rating in his final college season with 963 receiving yards. At the NFL Combine, he impressed with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical, highlighting his athleticism. Drafted in the first round, Pearsall's polished route-running and reliable hands make him NFL-ready, though his ceiling may be capped by the depth of his team's receiving corps, particularly if teammates like Samuel and Aiyuk maintain significant roles in the offense.
5 days ago
Elijah Mitchell Note
Elijah Mitchell photo 189. Elijah Mitchell RB - (at ARI)
Elijah Mitchell retains his backup/handcuff role in San Francisco for Christian McCaffrey. Mitchell struggled to stay healthy in the NFL, which continued in 2023. He was limited to 11 games played and 81 touches. Mitchell is a viable handcuff option in the later rounds of drafts again this season, but don't be surprised if Jordan Mason overtakes him as McCaffrey's backup. Mason was impressive with his limited work last season, with a 7.5% explosive run rate, a 23% missed tackle rate, and 2.95 yards after contact per attempt (per Fantasy Points Data). Mitchell is a player to still get some exposure to in the later rounds of best ball and redraft formats.
1 week ago
Jake Moody Note
Jake Moody photo 218. Jake Moody K - (at ARI)
Jacob Cowing Note
Jacob Cowing photo 262. Jacob Cowing WR - (at ARI)
Jacob Cowing, though lacking in size at under 5-foot-9 and 168 pounds, compensates with exceptional speed, agility, and precise route-running, making him a constant threat on the field. With a career dominator rating of 32%, Cowing's dominance at Arizona and UTEP is undeniable, highlighted by elite single-season marks of 42% and 41% in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Despite concerns about his size, his senior year showcased his ability to stretch the field and create after the catch, amassing 89 receptions for 868 yards and 13 touchdowns. While a Senior Bowl injury may have dampened his stock, Cowing's K.J. Hamler-esque profile and sub-4.4 speed make him an intriguing prospect, particularly in a Kyle Shanahan-style offense like the one in San Francisco, where undersized receivers have thrived before.
2 weeks ago
Jordan Mason Note
Jordan Mason photo 299. Jordan Mason RB - (at ARI)
Isaac Guerendo Note
Isaac Guerendo photo 302. Isaac Guerendo RB - (at ARI)
Jauan Jennings Note
Jauan Jennings photo 357. Jauan Jennings WR - (at ARI)
Patrick Taylor Jr. Note
Patrick Taylor Jr. photo 434. Patrick Taylor Jr. RB - (at ARI)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 438. Kyle Juszczyk RB - (at ARI)
Cody Schrader Note
Cody Schrader photo 478. Cody Schrader RB - (at ARI)
Brayden Willis Note
Brayden Willis photo 553. Brayden Willis TE - (at ARI)
Ronnie Bell Note
Ronnie Bell photo 599. Ronnie Bell WR - (at ARI)
Chris Conley Note
Chris Conley photo 696. Chris Conley WR - (at ARI)
Trent Taylor Note
Trent Taylor photo 704. Trent Taylor WR - (at ARI)
Danny Gray Note
Danny Gray photo 711. Danny Gray WR - (at ARI)
Willie Snead IV Note
Willie Snead IV photo 720. Willie Snead IV WR - (at ARI)
Joshua Dobbs Note
Joshua Dobbs photo 729. Joshua Dobbs QB - (at ARI)