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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Half PPR Rest of Season Rankings
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 35. Diontae Johnson WR - (at CLE)
Johnson is in the concussion protocol after a hard hit in Week 3, but he'll get an extra week to recover after the Steelers' game against the Titans in Week 4 was postponed. There's nothing to suggest that Johnson's availability is threatened for Week 5, so for now, those rostering him appear to have dodged a bullet.
8 weeks ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 36. Chase Claypool WR - (at CLE)
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 37. James Conner RB - (at CLE)
Conner continues to produce each and every week. He may dominate from a yards-per-carry average at every turn, but he gets plenty of goal-line looks on a team that often plays from ahead. He's a locked-in strong RB2.
7 weeks ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 44. 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.
11 weeks ago
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 90. Eric Ebron TE - (at CLE)
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 147. 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.
10 weeks ago
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 218. 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.
11 weeks ago
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 225. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Vance McDonald Note
Vance McDonald photo 267. Vance McDonald TE - (at CLE)
McDonald has always felt like he could be a breakout candidate one year, but those feelings are gone by this point. Although he'll return with the Steelers, Eric Ebron should see the primary snaps from the tight end position, making McDonald an afterthought in fantasy. Either way, the oft-injured McDonald has cleared 391 receiving yards and 38 catches just once in his career, and is no longer a fantasy option, even in deeper leagues.
11 weeks ago
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 291. 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.
11 weeks ago