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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Rest of Season Rankings
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 27. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - (at CLE)
Smith-Schuster saw only six targets against the Giants but caught all six and turned two of them into touchdowns. Although Ben Roethlisberger looked rusty to start, once he found his groove, the entire Steelers offense looked strong, including Smith-Schuster. He looks likely to justify his status as a borderline WR1 coming into the season, with upside for even more.
2 weeks ago
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 28. James Conner RB - (at CLE)
I was a big proponent of drafting Conner before the season began, but he quiclky reminded us why he was a risky pick in drafts. The Steelers went back to him in a workhorse role in Week 2, but if he were to suffer another injury, it could be all they need to go into a full blown timeshare. He's a risky player to own the rest of the season, so put the feelers out there to see what you can get.
7 days ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 63. Diontae Johnson WR - (at CLE)
Johnson has seen a 34% target share in the first two games, and if he continues to do so throughout the season, he'll likely finish as a top-10 receiver. But the chances of that are small, and as his targets regress a bit, so too will his production. With that said, he's a locked in your lineup starter, so don't trade him unless you can capitalize on his enormously high perceived value.
5 days ago
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 109. Benny Snell Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Snell Jr. went back to his role as a backup in Week 2 with James Conner healthy. He showed in Week 1 that he can carry the load if necessary, but so long as Conner is healthy, Snell will be just a high-end backup.
3 days ago
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 150. James Washington WR - (at CLE)
Throw out everything that happened for any Steelers receiver in 2019. The combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges would (and did) sink any pass-catcher they came across. With Ben Roethlisberger back under center, there's some optimism as a vertical threat, but he's certainly been passed by Diontae Johnson in terms of "breakout Steelers receivers." With Chase Claypool also in tow, Washington's chances of fantasy relevancy seem dim, and he's more of a "handcuff" receiver to Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
2 weeks ago
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 186. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 188. Eric Ebron TE - (at CLE)
If you drafted Ebron hoping you'd hit the lottery in the late rounds, we've already learned that he's not heavily involved in the gameplan. He's seen just seven targets through two games that have netted 4/61/0. I'd rather have someone like Drew Sample, who's the clear-cut starter in Cincinnati with no competition.
7 days ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 190. Chase Claypool WR - (at CLE)
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 240. Jaylen Samuels RB - (at CLE)
Samuels has received just 122 carries in his first two seasons, and although he can factor in as a receiver at times, he doesn't have a path to regular playing time. Even if James Conner deals with injuries again, Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr. stand in Samuels' way. He's relevant only in extremely deep PPR leagues and barely so even there.
2 weeks ago