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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 PPR Draft Rankings

Chris Godwin Note
Chris Godwin photo 36. Chris Godwin WR - (vs . CAR)
If there's one thing we can say about Godwin with Tom Brady under center, it's that he's a near lock for six-plus targets per game. He saw at least six targets in 10-of-12 games despite all the other talent on the roster, which is never a bad thing. The downside is that Godwin never really got into any sort of WR1 groove. He didn't hit the 100-yard mark until Week 17, when Mike Evans was essentially out of the lineup. To be fair, Godwin was playing through a few injuries last year, which may have hindered his upside, but we did watch Mike Evans' relationship with Brady grow as the year went on. On top of that, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski returned to game shape, which will certainly cap everyone's upside. Godwin should be a solid WR2 on a weekly basis, but it's tough seeing him approach top-12 territory without an injury to one of Evans or Brown.
16 weeks ago
Mike Evans Note
Mike Evans photo 39. Mike Evans WR - (vs . CAR)
There may be no fantasy wide receiver who's continually undervalued more than Mike Evans. He's now turned in at least 1,000 yards in seven straight seasons with a handful of different quarterbacks, and has scored at least eight touchdowns in five of them. The reason he can't be considered in the elite tier is due to the number of mouths to feed in the Bucs offense. Think about it this way: Despite Chris Godwin being hurt for a while and Antonio Brown not joining the team until mid-season, Evans finished with just 109 targets. He's one of the better WR2's to have in fantasy, but he doesn't come with top-five upside unless there are injuries to those around him.
16 weeks ago
Antonio Brown Note
Antonio Brown photo 81. Antonio Brown WR - (vs . CAR)
Brown was expected to be back with the Bucs all along. From the time he joined them in Week 9, Brown finished as the No. 38 wide receiver in fantasy. And to be fair, he got better as the year went on, as he had to get back into football shape. Over the final three games he saw 27 targets and turned them into 19 receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns. Look, he's not going to surpass Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but he'll be closer than some think.
16 weeks ago
Tom Brady Note
Tom Brady photo 83. Tom Brady QB - (vs . CAR)
To think that Brady would join a new team at 43 years old, have zero offseason, then proceed to throw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns is mindblowing. He's going to be 44 years old when the season starts, which brings us back to the conversation, "When does he fall off?" I'm done trying to predict that, but it must be factored into his price in fantasy drafts. Was last year a best-case scenario? He finished as the QB8 even with those numbers, as mobility is almost neccesary to finish higher in today's game. Because of that, Brady shouldn't be drafted as anything more than a low-end QB1 with a limited ceiling.
16 weeks ago
Ronald Jones II Note
Ronald Jones II photo 88. Ronald Jones II RB - (vs . CAR)
I know Leonard Fournette had a strong finish to the season while Jones was hurt, but we mustn't forget that Jones averaged 5.14 yards per carry and nearly hit 1,000 rushing yards despite finishing with just 192 carries. There are just eight running backs in the post-merger era who've finished with as many yards as Jones did with 192 or less carries. He's not going to be heavily utilized in the passing game, which severely caps his upside, but Jones is the Bucs best ball carrier.
16 weeks ago
Leonard Fournette Note
Leonard Fournette photo 105. Leonard Fournette RB - (vs . CAR)
It's easy to recall the good times Fournette had in the playoffs and use that as a reason to move him up draft boards, but don't let a couple games spoil what was a very mediocre season. He finished with more than 52 rushing yards just once all year, and that came in Week 2 against the Panthers. Fournette's primary source of fantasy points in 2020 was via the passing game, as he saw 47 targets in 13 games. Unfortunately, the Bucs added Gio Bernard, who's a much better receiver out of the backfield. Knowing that Bernard is the more reliable third-down option and that Ronald Jones is probably the better two-down option, that leaves Fournette in no man's land. He's not someone you're going to want to start every week.
16 weeks ago
Rob Gronkowski Note
Rob Gronkowski photo 135. Rob Gronkowski TE - (vs . CAR)
Naturally, we should've expected some rust on Gronkowski after taking a year off football. He was a bit slot out of the gate, but was ultimately able to finish as the No. 8 tight end in 2020. That's not a huge accomplishment or anything, as he still failed to record more than 48 yards in 11-of-16 games, and that's despite Chris Godwin missing time to injury, and Antonio Brown not joining the team until midseason. We also can't forget about O.J. Howard, who had more production and targets than Gronkowski when he tore his Achilles. Gronkowski will certainly offer some streamable weeks, but relying on him as your every-week tight end would be a mistake with all the mouths they have to feed in Tampa Bay.
16 weeks ago
Giovani Bernard Note
Giovani Bernard photo 137. Giovani Bernard RB - (vs . CAR)
Some are expecting Bernard to come in and play a big role on passing downs for the Bucs, though it's tough to see where that's coming from after the team re-signed Leonard Fournette. While Ronald Jones was the best early-down back for that team last year, Fournette was the primary passing-down back. Sure, Bernard is better in that role, but then why re-sign Fournette? Whatever the case, Bernard is going to be nothing more than a third-down back who might help during bye weeks in PPR formats.
16 weeks ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Note
Tampa Bay Buccaneers photo 164. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST - (vs . CAR)
Ryan Succop Note
Ryan Succop photo 219. Ryan Succop K - (vs . CAR)
Succop had a fine season in his first year with Tamp Bay, converting 90.3% of his field-goal attempts and 52 extra-point attempts. He doesn't have a huge leg (his career long field goal is just 54 yards), but he's consistent and playing in a dynamic offense. He should be a fine option in most standard-sized leagues, but if your league awards bonus points for long kicks, you'll need to take into consideration that Succop won't help you much there.
19 weeks ago
O.J. Howard Note
O.J. Howard photo 244. O.J. Howard TE - (vs . CAR)
We barely got to see Tom Brady toss the ball to Howard in 2020, but what we did see was Howard out-producing Rob Gronkowski. It's easy to forget that Howard was supposed to be the next big thing at tight end, similar to how people feel about Kyle Pitts today. Early reports out of Bucs camp suggest Howard is being flexed as a receiver and that Brady sees him as a legit threat in the passing game. With Gronkowski getting up there in age/bumps/bruises, we could see Howard finally take the step many thought he would years ago. Best of all, you'll find out for free.
16 weeks ago
Breshad Perriman Note
Breshad Perriman photo 300. Breshad Perriman WR - (vs . CAR)
Is it possible Perriman is the Lions best wide receiver in fantasy this year? While that may not mean much, it's something. The issue I have believing that is due to his strengths not aligning with Jared Goff's strengths. It's no secret that Goff has struggled to consistently throw the ball down the field, and it's part of the reason the Rams moved on from him. Perriman will be playing in another new offense with another new quarterback, something he knows all too well at this point. There will likely be a few splash weeks, but you should be happy to let someone else draft him.
16 weeks ago
Scotty Miller Note
Scotty Miller photo 315. Scotty Miller WR - (vs . CAR)
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Note
Ke'Shawn Vaughn photo 316. Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB - (vs . CAR)
Cameron Brate Note
Cameron Brate photo 380. Cameron Brate TE - (vs . CAR)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 391. Tyler Johnson WR - (vs . CAR)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 434. Darren Fells TE - (vs . CAR)
Darwin Thompson Note
Darwin Thompson photo 473. Darwin Thompson RB - (vs . CAR)
Jaelon Darden Note
Jaelon Darden photo 476. Jaelon Darden WR - (vs . CAR)
Justin Watson Note
Justin Watson photo 574. Justin Watson WR - (vs . CAR)
Jose Borregales Note
Jose Borregales photo 609. Jose Borregales K - (vs . CAR)
Blaine Gabbert Note
Blaine Gabbert photo 641. Blaine Gabbert QB - (vs . CAR)
John Hurst Note
John Hurst photo 756. John Hurst WR - (vs . CAR)
Kyle Trask Note
Kyle Trask photo 757. Kyle Trask QB - (vs . CAR)
Codey McElroy Note
Codey McElroy photo 839. Codey McElroy TE - (vs . CAR)