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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 3 Half PPR Rankings
Melvin Gordon III Note
Melvin Gordon III photo 44. Melvin Gordon III RB - (vs . TB)
Considering the matchups he had over the first two weeks, Gordon has played well and currently sits as the RB12 in PPR formats. With Phillip Lindsay out for a few weeks, he should continue to get the 18-21 touches he has over the first two games. Unfortunately, he has a meeting with the Bucs on deck. The stats will tell you that they've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs on the year, but that doesn't even begin to tell the whole story. Since Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles took over in Tampa, they've allowed just 1,027 yards on 347 carries. I'll save you the math - that's 2.96 yards per carry, easily the lowest mark in the NFL. They have, however, allowed the most fantasy points through the air to running backs in 2020, as the Saints and Panthers backfields have turned in 40.8 PPR points through the air alone. Rewind that for a minute and think... that's Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. Meanwhile Gordon has seen three targets in each of his two games, so he's not on that level. Still, he's a three-down back who's getting 80 percent of the touches, so even in a tough matchup, he should be considered a low-end RB2/high-end RB3. It certainly doesn't help that oddsmakers have set the Broncos team total to just 18.8 points.
3 days ago
Jerry Jeudy Note
Jerry Jeudy photo 79. Jerry Jeudy WR - (vs . TB)
With Sutton out for the year with a torn ACL, Jeudy becomes the next man up in this receiving corps. However, Jeudy himself is dealing with his own injury and is questionable for this matchup. I expect him to suit up, but this is a tough matchup and he's playing with a backup QB now. Jeudy can be looked at as a low-end WR3 if he does play.
3 days ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 86. Noah Fant TE - (vs . TB)
It was a quiet start to the game for Fant last week, but he made his mark on the Steelers once Jeff Driskel came in and ultimately finished with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. My concern with Fant this year was the lack of targets with so many good options, but now without Sutton and Lindsay, things have opened up a bit, allowing him to be the No. 4 tight end through two weeks. The Bucs knew their safety position was one they could've upgraded, and they did, snagging Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round. He's looked good through two weeks, and the Bucs have allowed just 14.8 PPR points to tight ends through the first two games, which ranks as the seventh fewest in the league. That's somewhat easy to do when you play against Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz in Week 2, who combined for just one catch and eight yards. If you go back to Week 1, it was a different story with Jared Cook, who snagged 5-of-7 targets for 80 yards. Knowing the Bucs allowed nine top-12 tight ends last year in this scheme, the jury is still out, but Fant should be seeing five-plus targets in every game, making him a solid low-end TE1/high-end TE2.
3 days ago
KJ Hamler Note
KJ Hamler photo 107. KJ Hamler WR - (vs . TB)
In his first NFL game, Hamler ran more routes than any other Broncos receiver. He's been mixed in the slot as well as the perimeter, though he's running the majority of them on the perimeter. That's a bit concerning, as the Bucs best cornerback Carlton Davis plays there, but it's worth noting that Davis has 4.53-second speed while Hamler ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash in pre-Combine testing. The Bucs did allow 14 pass plays of 40-plus yards last year, which ranked as the fifth most, so there's a chance Hamler gets behind the defense. If he keeps getting seven targets like he did in Week 2, Hamler is going to be someone to look at as a boom-or-bust WR5-type option.
3 days ago
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 170. Tim Patrick WR - (vs . TB)
Royce Freeman Note
Royce Freeman photo 180. Royce Freeman RB - (vs . TB)
DaeSean Hamilton Note
DaeSean Hamilton photo 238. DaeSean Hamilton WR - (vs . TB)
Nick Vannett Note
Nick Vannett photo 275. Nick Vannett TE - (vs . TB)
Diontae Spencer Note
Diontae Spencer photo 324. Diontae Spencer WR - (vs . TB)
Jake Butt Note
Jake Butt photo 325. Jake Butt TE - (vs . TB)
Tyrie Cleveland Note
Tyrie Cleveland photo 343. Tyrie Cleveland WR - (vs . TB)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 354. Albert Okwuegbunam TE - (vs . TB)
LeVante Bellamy Note
LeVante Bellamy photo 356. LeVante Bellamy RB - (vs . TB)
Andrew Beck Note
Andrew Beck photo 364. Andrew Beck TE - (vs . TB)
Fred Brown Note
Fred Brown photo 385. Fred Brown WR - (vs . TB)