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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 13 PPR Rankings
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 36. Amari Cooper WR - (at BAL)
I mentioned it last week, but despite all the turmoil on this Cowboys team, Cooper has been the shining light all season. He's now finished with at least five catches and 67 yards in 9-of-11 games, highlighting a floor that not many receivers have. Unfortunately, his scoring opportunities aren't going to be there (just three touchdowns all year), limiting expectations for his ceiling. Cooper may not have a massive ceiling without Prescott, but he's still offering plenty of value. Wide receivers have seen just a 53.8 percent target share against the Ravens, which ranks as the fourth-lowest mark in the league. Not just a lack of targets, but lack of efficiency is a real thing against them, as receivers have averaged just 1.58 PPR points per target, which is lower than all teams not named the Rams or Bears. Last year, the average top-12 wide receiver performance took 19.7 PPR points, which is a number the Ravens have allowed just once this season. I describe explosion performances as 20-plus points for wide receivers and 15-plus points for tight ends. The Ravens have allowed just one explosive performance all year to those positions, while no other team has allowed fewer than three. Given the lack of scoring opportunities, Cooper sits in WR3 territory in this tough matchup.
24 hours ago
Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 44. Ezekiel Elliott RB - (at BAL)
The loss of Dak Prescott was the start of his nightmare, but it's only gotten worse, losing left tackle Tyron Smith, and then both Zack Martin and Cam Erving in the first quarter of the Thanksgiving game. At some point, it doesn't even matter who the running back is; they're going to struggle playing behind backups. The only good news is that he leads the NFL with 19 carries inside the five-yard line. Elliott has now finished with fewer than 55 rushing yards in six of the last nine games. He's also failed to record more than 18 receiving yards in six of the last seven games. Did I mention that he's scored one touchdown over his last six games? It's bad, guys. And now he has to go on the road to play against the Ravens. They've been without interior linemen Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell over the last couple weeks, which has led to them allowing a bit more production, but they've still allowed just the 11th-fewest fantasy points to running backs. With that being said, there have been eight running backs who've seen at least 12 carries against the Ravens, and each of them have finished as top-24 running backs, including Damien Harris. I suppose the 4.34 yards per carry they've allowed isn't anything to be scared of when it comes to Elliott's floor. Because of that, you can keep Elliott in lineups as an RB2, albeit a low-end RB2.
1 day ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 49. CeeDee Lamb WR - (at BAL)
The demise since Dak Prescott left the lineup continued in Week 12, as Lamb failed to top 34 yards for the fourth time in five games. He's getting the volume necessary to produce, as he's seen at least five targets in every game, including seven-plus targets in 7-of-11 games. The reason it's hard to forget about him is due to the fact that he's seen 28.6 percent of the Cowboys' targets inside the 10-yard line, giving him plenty of touchdown opportunities. Will the Cowboys be inside the 10-yard line very often this week? The Ravens have allowed just six touchdowns to wide receivers all season, which is the lowest total in the league. Lamb seems to have gotten an upgrade when the Ravens played on Wednesday, as he was slated to see Marlon Humphrey in coverage, one of the best slot cornerbacks in football. However, with Jimmy Smith needing to leave with another injury, that pushes Humphrey to the perimeter, and matches Lamb up with 37-year-old Tramon Williams. He came in and allowed the touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster on Wednesday. He's still not a bad cornerback, but could have trouble keeping up with the youngster all game. There have been 19 wide receivers who've either scored or posted 50-plus yards against the Ravens, so it's not all bad, but pay attention to the status of Jimmy Smith, as his absence would upgrade Lamb's matchup. For now, Lamb should be considered a low-end WR3/high-end WR4.
24 hours ago
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 111. Michael Gallup WR - (at BAL)
It's almost to the point where Gallup shouldn't even be considered, as he's had just one game all season with more than 13.1 PPR points, and that game came all the way back in Week 3 against the Seahawks. Outside of that game, he's failed to top 73 yards this year, and has finished with 41 yards or less in 6-of-11 contests. His 1.21 yards per route run ranks 47th of 53 wide receivers with 50-plus targets. When you add in a matchup with the Ravens, that's problematic. Gallup would be seeing one of Jimmy Smith or Marlon Humphrey most of the day, which is bad news no matter which one he gets, as Smith has allowed the fewest fantasy points per target in his coverage, while Humphrey has allowed just 370 scoreless yards on 60 targets in coverage. Think of Gallup the way you do Marquez Valdes-Scantling, only with a worse quarterback. To be clear, Gallup is the far superior player, but their roles are similar. He's a big-play-or-bust WR5 who's in a bad matchup.
24 hours ago
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 126. Dalton Schultz TE - (at BAL)
There are only a handful of tight ends who can say they're averaging six targets per game this year, but Schultz is one of them. He's finished with 22-53 yards in each of the last six games without Dak Prescott, which is presenting some sort of floor, though the ceiling is lacking, especially knowing this offense has averaged just 14.7 points per game without Prescott. Now going to play the Ravens, a team that allows just 19.5 points per game (third-lowest mark in NFL), those ceiling concerns aren't going away. I will say, however, that the tight end position is the one who's been least affected by the matchup. They've been a pretty average team against the position, allowing 6.72 yards per target and a 67.8 percent catch-rate to tight ends, which are both in line with the league averages, but the volume has been slightly above average, as tight ends have seen 7.9 targets per game against them. No tight end has finished with more than 14.8 PPR points against them, but seven tight ends have been able to finish with at least 10.3 PPR points. Those are not bad outcomes for someone like Schultz, who should be considered a mid-to-high-end TE2 for this game.
24 hours ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 142. Tony Pollard RB - (at BAL)
Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 219. Cedrick Wilson WR - (at BAL)
Blake Bell Note
Blake Bell photo 302. Blake Bell TE - (at BAL)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 327. Noah Brown WR - (at BAL)
Sean McKeon Note
Sean McKeon photo 345. Sean McKeon TE - (at BAL)