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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 6 PPR Rankings
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 15. Kareem Hunt RB - (at PIT)
As expected, Hunt took over the workhorse role in the Browns offense, netting 24 of the 33 opportunities available to Browns running backs, and it would've been higher had he not dealt with some cramping later in the game. It was a brutal matchup against the Colts rock-solid run defense, but he still managed to rack up 93 total yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, Hunt has another brutal matchup this week. The Steelers have allowed 26.5 more PPR points per game to wide receivers than they have to running backs, which is the third-biggest gap in the league. Sure, Miles Sanders totaled 80 yards and two touchdowns last week, but 74 of those yards and one touchdown came on one play. That was the first time a running back had finished top-12 against the Steelers run defense since 2018. With that being said, they have allowed at least one touchdown to each of the last three starting running backs they've played. Still, no running back has reached 100 total yards against them this year, and they've played against Saquon Barkley, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, and Miles Sanders, all three-down backs. In the end, you're starting Hunt as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in season-long leagues, but it's not one to attack him in cash games despite his massive workload. Johnson only got nine opportunities last week and it was a tough matchup, but there's no way there's going to be multiple running back supported in this game against the Steelers.
5 days ago
Odell Beckham Jr. Note
Odell Beckham Jr. photo 40. Odell Beckham Jr. WR - (at PIT)
After a slow start where some fantasy managers left him for dead, Beckham is suddenly a top-12 wide receiver in fantasy. Now, to be fair, it hasn't all been peachy for his managers, as he's tallied 11.4 fantasy points or less in three of the five games. With the low-volume nature of the offense, that'll continue to be a thing, but it's nice to see him tally 17 targets over the last two weeks. Wide receivers have seen a very-high 62.2 percent target share against the Steelers this year, which ranks as the third-highest mark in the league, and it makes sense when you see they've struggled to this point. As mentioned in the Hunt notes, the Steelers have allowed 26.5 more PPR points per game to wide receivers than they have to running backs, which is the third-biggest gap in the league. Beckham lines up on both sides of the formation, but mostly at LWR, which means he'll see the most of Steven Nelson in coverage. While Nelson was fantastic last year, he's struggled out of the gate in 2020, allowing 13-of-22 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns in his coverage. He has also intercepted two passes, so it hasn't been all bad, either. But again, opponents have targeted wide receivers 62 percent of the time, which bodes well for Beckham, who's the clear No. 1 target in this offense right now. Knowing they're coming off a game where they allowed Travis Fulgham 10/152/1, this might not be the tough matchup it was for wide receivers last year when Beckham posted just 7/89/0... in two games combined against them despite seeing 16 targets. Beckham is far from a sure thing in the run-first offense but keep him in lineups as a WR2 while he rides a hot streak.
5 days ago
Jarvis Landry Note
Jarvis Landry photo 59. Jarvis Landry WR - (at PIT)
Landry put together a good performance in a tough matchup last week, but it could have been even better. He had a couple of terrible drops in that game that would have inflated his overall numbers. Regardless, Landry should be viewed as a safe WR3 this week against the Steelers.
6 days ago
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 106. Austin Hooper TE - (at PIT)
After essentially not being involved at all in this offense through the first several weeks of the season, Hooper came out and saw 10 targets in week five. While that's unlikely to be the case every week moving forward, Hooper should be looked at as a low-end TE1 moving forward. With so many other TEs falling flat for fantasy, Hooper moves up in the rankings just by default.
6 days ago
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 141. D'Ernest Johnson RB - (at PIT)
Johnson's going to be involved in this offense, but he's not going to see enough work to be viewed as anything more than a FLEX option. He'll need to find the end zone for you to feel happy that you started him.
6 days ago
Rashard Higgins Note
Rashard Higgins photo 187. Rashard Higgins WR - (at PIT)
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 192. Dontrell Hilliard RB - (at PIT)
David Njoku Note
David Njoku photo 204. David Njoku TE - (at PIT)
Harrison Bryant Note
Harrison Bryant photo 221. Harrison Bryant TE - (at PIT)
Andy Janovich Note
Andy Janovich photo 253. Andy Janovich RB - (at PIT)
Donovan Peoples-Jones Note
Donovan Peoples-Jones photo 294. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR - (at PIT)
Stephen Carlson Note
Stephen Carlson photo 317. Stephen Carlson WR - (at PIT)
Taywan Taylor Note
Taywan Taylor photo 337. Taywan Taylor WR - (at PIT)