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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 PPR Draft Rankings

Antonio Gibson Note
Antonio Gibson photo 22. Antonio Gibson RB - (at NYG)
I like Gibson, it's not that I don't. The issue is that he's not heavily involved in the passing game, and he topped 94 yards on the ground just twice all of last season, with both of those games coming against the Cowboys. In fact, 28.7 percent of his fantasy points in 2020 were against the Cowboys. I can certainly see Gibson finishing higher than my ranking, but those above him have either (a) a more consistent track record, or (b) less question marks. He scored a touchdown once every 15.5 carries last year, a number that's surely to go up.
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Terry McLaurin Note
Terry McLaurin photo 27. Terry McLaurin WR - (at NYG)
Despite playing with a mixture of Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, and Taylor Heinicke the last two years, McLaurin has managed to produce 2,037 yards and 11 touchdowns. While that's not enough to get into the WR1 conversation, maybe the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick is. We've watched Fitzpatrick support many fantasy wide receivers throughout his years, and he's been willing to target them relentlessly. It's part of the reason we loved DeVante Parker when Fitzpatrick was under center in Miami. There are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in Washington, but McLaurin is the clear-cut No. 1 option who should be targeted 140-plus times in 2021 en route to what might be his first top-12 finish.
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Curtis Samuel Note
Curtis Samuel photo 90. Curtis Samuel WR - (at NYG)
It was good to see Samuel finally have his breakout season in year four, though it's worth noting that his numbers have improved every year. The issue, however, is that he's being reunited with offensive coordinator Scott Turner, who couldn't get the most out of Samuel during the 2019 season. While Samuel saw a career-high 106 targets that year, he averaged a minuscule 5.9 yards per target while used in an incorrect role. Will that change? It's tough to say, but Terry McLaurin, J.D. McKissic, Antonio Gibson, and Logan Thomas are all competition for targets with his new team. Samuel should have plenty of manufactured touches, but don't automatically assume he's as valuable as he was in 2020.
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Logan Thomas Note
Logan Thomas photo 92. Logan Thomas TE - (at NYG)
We certainly watched Thomas break out last season, particularly from Week 6 forward. Head coach Ron Rivera said a lightbulb went off for him, and it led to him finishing as the No. 3 tight end through his final 11 games, behind only Travis Kelce and Darren Waller. The issue with expecting that continue into 2021? Well, there are many variables. The Football Team went out and acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick - who's never targeted tight ends heavily - as well as Curtis Samuel in free agency, Dyami Brown in the draft, and they've vowed to give Antonio Gibson more work this year. Volume is everything for tight ends, and if we can't guarantee it for Thomas, he's not worthy of an early-round pick. There's still certainly an avenue for 100 targets; it's just not guaranteed. Thomas should be considered a mid-to-low-end TE1.
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J.D. McKissic Note
J.D. McKissic photo 128. J.D. McKissic RB - (at NYG)
It seems that Washington is going to utilize Antonio Gibson in the passing game much more often in 2021, which will come at the expense of McKissic. It's not just Gibson, either. The Football Team also signed Curtis Samuel in free agency, a player that's used in a hybrid role who gets plenty of intermittent targets, as well as a handful of carries per game. While McKissic was a hidden gem in PPR formats last year, it appears his role is shrinking in this offense. As someone who relies on volume to produce, McKissic is more of a passing-down handcuff to Gibson.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick Note
Ryan Fitzpatrick photo 140. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB - (at NYG)
This might seem weird to some, but Fitzpatrick has produced QB1-type numbers in 18-of-37 games over the last four years (includes seven games where he threw 18 or less passes). Do you know how many quarterbacks posted QB1-type numbers in better than 50 percent of their games in 2020? 10 of them. That's it. Under Scott Turner, the Panthers threw the ball 633 times with Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, and Will Grier in 2019. Then, in 2020, Washington threw the ball 599 times with Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith, and Kyle Allen.
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Washington Football Team Note
Washington Football Team photo 178. Washington Football Team DST - (at NYG)
Dustin Hopkins Note
Dustin Hopkins photo 287. Dustin Hopkins K - (at NYG)
Dyami Brown Note
Dyami Brown photo 329. Dyami Brown WR - (at NYG)
Steven Sims Jr. Note
Steven Sims Jr. photo 366. Steven Sims Jr. WR - (at NYG)
Peyton Barber Note
Peyton Barber photo 370. Peyton Barber RB - (at NYG)
Antonio Gandy-Golden Note
Antonio Gandy-Golden photo 382. Antonio Gandy-Golden WR - (at NYG)
Adam Humphries Note
Adam Humphries photo 410. Adam Humphries WR - (at NYG)
Cam Sims Note
Cam Sims photo 421. Cam Sims WR - (at NYG)
Taylor Heinicke Note
Taylor Heinicke photo 429. Taylor Heinicke QB - (at NYG)
Jaret Patterson Note
Jaret Patterson photo 443. Jaret Patterson RB - (at NYG)
Kelvin Harmon Note
Kelvin Harmon photo 449. Kelvin Harmon WR - (at NYG)
Lamar Miller Note
Lamar Miller photo 581. Lamar Miller RB - (at NYG)
Kyle Allen Note
Kyle Allen photo 583. Kyle Allen QB - (at NYG)