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Week 14 PPR Rankings
Tyler Boyd photo 44. Tyler Boyd WR - (at CLE)
Boyd figures to still be the main threat on the Bengals offense, making him worthy of WR2 status as they will likely be playing from behind. John Ross III is slated to make his return from injury this week, so keep an eye on that and whether or not he cuts into Boyd's work.
2 days ago
Joe Mixon photo 46. Joe Mixon RB - (at CLE)
He's totaled at least 16 touches in each of the last five games, as the Bengals are letting him run with the workhorse job. Even more good news is that he ran a season-high 22 pass routes yesterday in a game they were leading throughout. Is it possible that he's finally going to be utilized in the passing game like he should? The Browns have been slightly below average on both the ground and through the air to running backs, and we just watched Benny Snell turn in 67 yards and a touchdown against them on 17 touches last week. There have been just nine running backs who've totaled double-digit carries against the Browns this year, which is odd in itself, but the worrisome part is that just six of them finished as top-36 options. Mark Ingram, Sony Michel, and Todd Gurley failed to get into that territory, though that's likely due to the fact that they combined for exactly zero yards through the air. The remaining six all finished as top-24 options. Knowing we're trending in the right direction with Mixon's passing usage, he should be in lineups as a stable low-end RB2 this week.
3 days ago
Auden Tate photo 110. Auden Tate WR - (at CLE)
He's now seen at least six targets in 9-of-10 games as a starter, which gives you confidence starting him most weeks as a receiver with a stable floor. In the seven games with Dalton, he's totaled at least 50 yards in six of them. Now onto a matchup with the Browns, who do have much better perimeter cornerback play than in the slot, which is a downgrade for his stock. The duo of Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams has combined to allow just 39-of-81 passing for 555 yards and two touchdowns. That's a weak 48.1 percent catch-rate, 6.85 yards per target, and a touchdown every 40.5 targets in coverage. That's not a matchup you should be attacking with many receivers. Because of that, Tate must be downgraded, as he doesn't have as high of a floor as he typically would. Still, he's a big-bodied receiver who would benefit from them falling behind, like the implied line says. He's a mid-to-low-end WR4 this week, and not one you must play.
5 days ago
John Ross photo 151. John Ross WR - (at CLE)
Giovani Bernard photo 154. Giovani Bernard RB - (at CLE)
Tyler Eifert photo 160. Tyler Eifert TE - (at CLE)
Alex Erickson photo 164. Alex Erickson WR - (at CLE)
C.J. Uzomah photo 211. C.J. Uzomah TE - (at CLE)
It seems the Bengals are finally moving on from the old, creaky, washed version of Tyler Eifert, as he fell behind Uzomah in both snaps, routes, and targets last week. Both of them dropped a pass in the end zone last week, so it's just a bad time all around. The matchup against the Browns has been a good one for tight ends, so we should at least consider the idea of streaming one of them. Of the seven tight ends who've seen more than three targets against the Browns, six of them have finished as top-16 options, including five of them finishing as top-eight options. The 1.96 PPR points per target they've allowed is tied for the fifth highest mark to tight ends, though teams have seldomly targeted their tight ends against them, as evidenced by the 5.8 targets per game, which ranks as the ninth-fewest in football. Still, Dalton does average 41.7 pass attempts per game in his nine starts, so there are targets to go around. While it's impossible to say Uzomah is more than a middling TE2, he's not the worst option if you're in a real pinch.
3 days ago
Damion Willis photo 338. Damion Willis WR - (at CLE)
Stanley Morgan Jr. photo 371. Stanley Morgan Jr. WR - (at CLE)
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2Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
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4Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
5Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
6Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
7Aaron Jones (GB)RB
8Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
9Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
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13Davante Adams (GB)WR
14Michael Thomas (NO)WR
15Mike Evans (TB)WR
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17DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
18Josh Jacobs (OAK)RB
19Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
20Chris Carson (SEA)RB
21Chris Godwin (TB)WR
22D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
23Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
24Julian Edelman (NE)WR
25Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
26Cooper Kupp (LAR)WR
27Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
28Julio Jones (ATL)WR
29Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
30Sony Michel (NE)RB
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3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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13Gerrit Cole (FA)SP
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16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (FA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
24Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
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15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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