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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Half PPR Rest of Season Rankings
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 33. 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.
6 weeks ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 36. 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 37. Chase Claypool WR - (at CLE)
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 42. 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.
10 weeks ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 94. Ben Roethlisberger QB - (at CLE)
Other than the first half of the Steelers' first game against the Giants, Roethlisberger has looked close to his old self this season. With seven touchdown passes through three games and an average of more than 250 passing yards per game, Roethlisberger has established himself as a borderline QB1 option, and one you can easily stream in the right matchup.
8 weeks ago
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 96. Eric Ebron TE - (at CLE)
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 138. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - (at CLE)
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 189. 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.
9 weeks ago
Chris Boswell Note
Chris Boswell photo 230. Chris Boswell K - (at CLE)
After a disastrous 2018 season, Boswell bounced back in a big way last year, hitting 93.5% of his field-goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts. Boswell's upside is limited somewhat by Heinz Field, a notoriously difficult place to kick because of its turf. Indeed, Boswell has attempted just 11 field goals of 50-plus yards in his five seasons. Nevertheless, with Ben Roethlisberger returning, the Steelers offense should move the ball with ease, providing Boswell with plenty of opportunities, which should make up for the lack of long attempts.
11 weeks ago
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 281. 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 350. Anthony McFarland Jr. RB - (at CLE)
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 400. 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