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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 Rest of Season Rankings

Josh Allen Note
Josh Allen photo 1. Josh Allen BUF (vs . NYJ)
Buffalo's big leads from Weeks 2-5 have held Allen's passing volume in check, but he's playing much better than earlier this season and is heavily involved in the rushing game. He's a locked-in, top-three fantasy signal caller entering a Week 6 Monday night showdown with the Titans.
31 weeks ago
Patrick Mahomes II Note
Patrick Mahomes II photo 2. Patrick Mahomes II KC (at DEN)
The Chiefs have real issues right now. Tyreek Hill is battling a quad injury, 32-year-old Travis Kelce is being targeted on shallower routes more frequently than ever before, and the offense never found a reliable third receiver to turn to. Still, Mahomes is just too talented to struggle for too long. It's unlikely that the Mahomes manager in your league is looking to sell now, but if anyone is panicking we should try and take advantage. Mahomes scored fewer than 10 fantasy points for just the second time in his career on Sunday. The first time was due to injury.
30 weeks ago
Matthew Stafford Note
Matthew Stafford photo 3. Matthew Stafford LAR (vs . SF)
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Stafford threw two 50+ yard touchdown passes in Week 1 against the Bears. Incredibly, this matched their 2020 total. The upcoming schedule isn't necessarily great - Colts, Bucs, Cardinals, Seahawks, Giants - but the Stafford/McVay partnership is off to a fantastical start.
35 weeks ago
Aaron Rodgers Note
Aaron Rodgers photo 4. Aaron Rodgers GB (at DET)
The Packers' lack of overall play volume (slow offense) keep Rodgers from ascending to the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks. Still, his efficiency keeps him in play as a low-end QB1 option entering Week 6.
31 weeks ago
Tom Brady Note
Tom Brady photo 5. Tom Brady TB (vs . CAR)
There's a case to be made that Brady is the MVP favorite entering Week 6. The 44-year-old has led the Bucs to a 4-1 record with the inside track towards claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC this postseason. Their offense is the perfect combination of quarterback play, scheme, and surrounding talent. Brady is a rare fantasy signal caller who doesn't need rushing production to post QB1 numbers.
31 weeks ago
Jalen Hurts Note
Jalen Hurts photo 6. Jalen Hurts PHI (vs . DAL)
The sophomore QB didn't have it as a passer in Week 12, completing just 14-of-31 passes for 129 yards, zero TDs, and three interceptions. He somewhat salvaged his box score results with 77 rushing yards, but the performance was still a disappointment. Still, it's his first bad day as a fantasy QB this season. Fantasy managers should remain confident firing him up against the Jets in Week 13.
25 weeks ago
Justin Herbert Note
Justin Herbert photo 7. Justin Herbert LAC (at LV)
The Chargers have begun passing deeper down the field more regularly on early downs, which has unlocked another level of Herbert's game. The sophomore quarterback is positioned for a blowup spot against the Texans in Week 16. Things will be tougher against the Broncos in week 17, but for now fantasy managers should be focusing on one week at a time.
22 weeks ago
Kyler Murray Note
Kyler Murray photo 8. Kyler Murray ARI (vs . SEA)
Murray's production was down from Weeks 3-5, but he came roaring back in Week 6. Arizona has been playing so efficiently this season, on both sides of the ball, that Murray hasn't had to air it out as often as he did in the Minnesota game back in Week 2. However, the combination of a high-end aerial attack with designed rushes and scrambles is there. Murray will have some eruption games if-and-when the Cardinals face more competitive game scripts.
30 weeks ago
Dak Prescott Note
Dak Prescott photo 9. Dak Prescott DAL (at PHI)
Dallas' desire to be a run-heavy offense in neutral game scripts means that Prescott either needs things to go haywire (such as what happened in Week 6 against New England) or he needs to rely on extreme efficiency. Ultimately, this makes Prescott more of a low-end QB1 rather than the high-end option he was drafted as. However, he's more capable of blowup performances than the other low-end QB1 options ranked around him.
30 weeks ago
Joe Burrow Note
Joe Burrow photo 10. Joe Burrow CIN (at CLE)
Burrow continues to play well for "real life" purposes, but he simply needs more passing volume to be a difference-maker in fantasy football. In Week 4 against the Jaguars, Burrow was particularly sharp when playing in the empty formation (with the Bengals trailing for most of the contest). In fact, he was 14-of-16 for 153 yards and a touchdown in the empty formation. The team leaned on Joe Mixon through the first three weeks of the season as Burrow (knee) was eased back in. If Mixon (ankle) misses Week 5 against the Packers, then perhaps the Bengals will lean more pass-heavy once again.
32 weeks ago
Russell Wilson Note
Russell Wilson photo 11. Russell Wilson DEN (vs . KC)
In two games since returning from his finger injury in Week 10, Wilson has yet to find the end zone. It has been the worst statistical stretch of his career, and Sunday's Week 11 results leave little room for optimism. It's fair to wonder how healthy he is. Wilson draws a plus matchup against the Washington Football Team next weekend, but it's difficult to trust him as a QB1 for fantasy purposes.
26 weeks ago
Lamar Jackson Note
Lamar Jackson photo 12. Lamar Jackson BAL (vs . PIT)
The Ravens are passing more often than they ever have in Jackson's tenure as the starting quarterback, which is a good thing for his fantasy value. He already ranks first in designed rush attempts and scramble rate, so any additional passing volume could elevate him to an overall QB1 finish.
33 weeks ago
Taysom Hill Note
Taysom Hill photo 13. Taysom Hill NO (at ATL)
Carson Wentz Note
Carson Wentz photo 14. Carson Wentz WAS (at NYG)
Over their past three games (entering Week 7), the Colts rank third-worst in dropbacks per game and 10th in rushing attempts. This is who Indy wants to be - a run-first team who nurses leads on defense. This is why, even if Wentz plays well, he can't be considered anything more than a QB2 in SuperFlex formats.
30 weeks ago
Ryan Tannehill Note
Ryan Tannehill photo 15. Ryan Tannehill TEN (at HOU)
The Titans prefer to run the ball as much as anyone, which means Tannehill needs to be highly efficient to post QB1 numbers. Therefore, he shouldn't be relied on for fantasy purposes in games where we expect Tennessee to be leading throughout.
31 weeks ago
Tua Tagovailoa Note
Tua Tagovailoa photo 16. Tua Tagovailoa MIA (vs . NE)
There could be a lot of fantasy teams seeking a Lamar Jackson replacement in Week 15. Enter Tagovailoa, who was on a bye in Week 14 but draws the lifeless Jets next Sunday. The sophomore southpaw hasn't transformed a star player this season, but he has been an extremely accurate quarterback during Miami's recent hot streak. The Dolphins are utilizing a plethora of play action and RPOs, and it's helping. His accuracy and plus matchup give him a strong floor for QB streamers.
23 weeks ago
Justin Fields Note
Justin Fields photo 17. Justin Fields CHI (at MIN)
Had the rookie had his Weeks 8-9 performances earlier this season, the collective fantasy world would be in an uproar. The 22-year-old has gotten better the more he has played, and Monday's Week 9 game against the Steelers continued to display his promise. Fields completed 17-of-29 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ran eight times for 45 yards. This was one game after he went 10-103-1 on the ground. Chicago had a bye in Week 10 but Fields draws a struggling Baltimore defense next weekend.
27 weeks ago
Ben Roethlisberger Note
Ben Roethlisberger photo 18. Ben Roethlisberger FA (BYE)
The Steelers brought in a new offensive coordinator this offseason in an attempt to increase the team's play action rate, but that rate has declined every game entering Week 4. "Big Ben" isn't moving too well these days and is nothing more than a volume-dependent, low-end QB2 in fantasy.
33 weeks ago
Mac Jones Note
Mac Jones photo 19. Mac Jones NE (at MIA)
Jones has shown some promising flashes through six games, but New England's offensive weaponry just isn't elevating his box score results. Additionally, the Patriots currently feature one of the most conservative offenses in the NFL. The rookie signal caller is a low-end QB2 moving forward.
30 weeks ago
Kirk Cousins Note
Kirk Cousins photo 20. Kirk Cousins MIN (vs . CHI)
The Vikes are playing a tad more up-tempo this season, but make no mistake; Minnesota wants to run the ball once they gain a lead. Cousins has enough weapons around him to have some streaming appeal in the right matchups, but ultimately he still profiles as a mid-tier QB2 most weeks.
33 weeks ago
Trey Lance Note
Trey Lance photo 21. Trey Lance SF (at LAR)
Lance posted strong results in just one half of football in Week 4. He scrambled on 23% of his dropbacks while hitting big plays in the passing game. If he winds up starting in Week 5 against the Cardinals then fantasy managers should start him as a low-end QB1.
32 weeks ago
Derek Carr Note
Derek Carr photo 22. Derek Carr LV (vs . LAC)
Carr rode a spiked 31% play action rate in Week 6 to a 12.6 YPA and an emotional victory over the Broncos. Vegas isn't playing as efficiently through the air over their past three games as they were to open the season, which makes Carr a tad more volatile moving forward. Still, managers could do worse when seeking a QB2.
30 weeks ago
Matt Ryan Note
Matt Ryan photo 23. Matt Ryan IND (at JAC)
The Falcons aren't efficient on offense, but Ryan's ADOT spiked to 12.5 in Week 4. Finally showing some (any) signs of life, things are trending up entering a Week 5 matchup against the Jets. Note that Ryan's play is more important for the fantasy values of Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts. Ryan is unlikely to have any fantasy usefulness outside of SuperFlex leagues this season.
32 weeks ago
Jimmy Garoppolo Note
Jimmy Garoppolo photo 24. Jimmy Garoppolo SF (at LAR)
Yes, the 49ers made a Super Bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers also just moved heaven and earth to get Trey Lance on their roster. Garoppolo has made just 25 starts for San Francisco over the last few years. He has a cumbersome contract and struggles to throw the ball downfield. He's also not the athlete Trey Lance is, and it would be shocking for Lance to sit an entire season under Jimmy G, effectively missing two straight seasons on the field (the other due to Lance sitting out 2020 during the pandemic). There's an outside chance Garoppolo plays in fewer games this season for the 49ers than Lance. He's simply not a good fantasy investment in the current environment surrounding him, and frankly, even when he's been on the field, he hasn't dazzled enough to get excited about.
36 weeks ago
Davis Mills Note
Davis Mills photo 25. Davis Mills HOU (vs . TEN)
Mills had some bright spots in the Texan's near upset over the Patriots, but he ultimately profiles as a pure pocket passer without any standout weapons on offense. There just isn't anything to be excited about for fantasy purposes here.
31 weeks ago
Jared Goff Note
Jared Goff photo 26. Jared Goff DET (vs . GB)
Detroit's offense continues to utilize a "dink and dunk" philosophy, and Goff's ADOT sits at 6.7 through three games. His fantasy production is entirely volume dependent, which makes him nothing more than an uninspiring QB2 in SuperFlex leagues.
33 weeks ago
Taylor Heinicke Note
Taylor Heinicke photo 27. Taylor Heinicke WAS (at NYG)
Trevor Lawrence Note
Trevor Lawrence photo 28. Trevor Lawrence JAC (vs . IND)
From Weeks 3-5 Lawrence has seen at least 12% of Jacksonville's designed rushing attempts in each game. This year's No. 1 pick has the fantasy valuation of a QB2 with room to grow if he can add stronger passing numbers to his newfound rushing floor.
31 weeks ago
Zach Wilson Note
Zach Wilson photo 29. Zach Wilson NYJ (at BUF)
Life in the NFL has obviously been a struggle for Wilson, who continues to be overly reliant on his playmaking ability. Wilson's average time to throw has increased from 2.81 seconds in 2020 to 3.0 through three games as a professional. The supporting cast is arguably the worst in the league, which keeps Wilson well off the fantasy radar as September comes to a close.
33 weeks ago
Teddy Bridgewater Note
Teddy Bridgewater photo 30. Teddy Bridgewater MIA (vs . NE)
Teddy Bridgewater has the early lead in the starting QB sweepstakes for the Broncos simply because they traded picks for him. Teddy was serviceable last year at times but didn't light up the stat sheet. The Denver offense is loaded with talent. It's all about whether they can stay healthy. Javonte Williams could help this backfield led by Melvin Gordon (for now) and take pressure off whoever is under center to find Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, and others down the field. The play calling has been very conservative, though, under Vic Fangio, and neither Drew Lock nor Teddy Bridgewater feels like anything more than a placeholder for whoever is next.
36 weeks ago
Sam Darnold Note
Sam Darnold photo 31. Sam Darnold CAR (at TB)
Darnold is entering a bit of a make-or-break contest in Week 7 against the Giants. His YPA and designed rushing attempts have been down the past two games, and if things don't change this Sunday then it might be time to move him back down the QB2 ranks.
30 weeks ago
Drew Lock Note
Drew Lock photo 32. Drew Lock SEA (at ARI)
Mike Glennon Note
Mike Glennon photo 33. Mike Glennon FA (BYE)
Kyle Allen Note
Kyle Allen photo 34. Kyle Allen HOU (vs . TEN)
Cam Newton Note
Cam Newton photo 35. Cam Newton FA (BYE)
It was a disastrous passing performance for Newton in Week 12 as he completed just 5-of-21 passes for 92 yards and two interceptions. Carolina now heads on a bye in Week 13 and it's unclear what their quarterback plans will be afterwards since Newton was ultimately benched against the Dolphins. Still, the rushing upside is there, and Miami's defense can be a nightmare for opposing QBs on their good days. Newton draws the Falcons in Week 14 and remains in the low-end QB1 conversation, assuming he remains the starter.
25 weeks ago