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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 13 PPR Rankings
Wayne Gallman Note
Wayne Gallman photo 49. Wayne Gallman RB - (at SEA)
In case you haven't realized it, Gallman has been a stud over the last five games. He's finished as a top-16 running back in each of those games, which included matchups with the Eagles (twice), Bucs, and Football Team. With McCoy under center, I'm sure the Giants would prefer to give the ball to Gallman a ton in this game, but Seahawks opponents have run the ball against them a league-low 33.7 percent of the time. It's kind of crazy to see, but the Giants running backs are averaging the second-most yards before contact, behind only the Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are allowing 2.50 yards before contact to ball carriers, which is the second-highest mark in the league. So, when Gallman actually gets carries, he should be relatively efficient, though volume concerns are real. Just one running back has topped 65 yards on the ground against the Seahawks this year, which is due to there being just two running backs who've totaled more than 14 carries. Running backs have averaged just 24.2 touches per game against the Seahawks, but the good part is that Gallman has totaled 72 percent of the Giants running back touches over the last two games, so we should still get 15-18 touches for him. The Seahawks have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points per weighted opportunity, which factors in targets, so Gallman needs to get some passing-down work. Gallman did run two more routes than Dion Lewis last week, which is certainly a positive. It's not a great matchup like last week, but Gallman has done enough to stay in lineups as an RB2.
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Sterling Shepard Note
Sterling Shepard photo 53. Sterling Shepard WR - (at SEA)
Keeping the streak alive after seeing eight targets in Week 12, Shepard has now seen six-plus targets in 22 straight games (removing the game he left early in the second quarter against the Bears). He managed to turn those targets into seven catches for 64 yards despite both Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy struggling to get much going. Shepard has totaled at least six receptions and 39 yards in each of the six games he's played from start to finish, which may not sound like much, but that 9.9 PPR point floor is hard to find on a weekly basis, especially when the receiver isn't considered an auto-start. We now mix his target floor with the fact that wide receivers have been targeted a ridiculous 63.5 percent of the time against the Seahawks. The Dolphins are the only other team higher than a 61.7 percent share. It's not just targets, either. Wide receivers have also accounted for 58.4 percent of the fantasy production against them by skill-position players. The average number of points it took to finish as a top-36 wide receiver in 2019 was 11.2 PPR points. Despite not allowing any on Monday night, there have been a league-high 22 wide receivers who've hit that mark against the Seahawks this year. In fact, there have been no other teams who've allowed more than 18 such performances. The quarterback situation is ugly, but it's really been all year. It's a small sample, but Shepard did see four of McCoy's 10 pass attempts last week. Shepard is in the WR3/4 conversation as someone who should offer a stable floor, though his ceiling is extremely limited.
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Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 65. Evan Engram TE - (at SEA)
Engram obviously loses some of his shine with Daniel Jones out of the lineup this week, but he's still worth starting due to the TE landscape. McCoy should look to get him the ball in the short passing game and pepper him with targets. He can be viewed as a mid-range TE1.
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Darius Slayton Note
Darius Slayton photo 80. Darius Slayton WR - (at SEA)
Well, this is not great. We talked about Slayton being a boom-or-bust option last week, though nobody (myself included) expected a zero-catch game. Once McCoy came into the game, Slayton didn't see any of his 10 pass attempts. The Giants weren't taking many shots down the field with Daniel Jones under center, so it's extremely unlikely we see many more with Slayton. Some will still be considering Slayton considering the Seahawks have allowed a ridiculous 12 wide receivers to hit 20-plus PPR points against them this year while no other team has allowed more than nine such performances. There have been 26 wide receivers who've posted top-48 numbers against the Seahawks, which is WR4 or better territory. Slayton lines up all over the formation, though LWR is his primary spot, which means he'll see Tre Flowers most of the time, a cornerback who's been beat for 37-of-49 passing with 403 yards and a touchdown in his coverage, which is good for a 106.1 QB Rating. Slayton is a risky play with McCoy under center, though the matchup doesn't make him the worst hail-mary WR4/5 option.
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Golden Tate Note
Golden Tate photo 126. Golden Tate WR - (at SEA)
Dion Lewis Note
Dion Lewis photo 195. Dion Lewis RB - (at SEA)
Alfred Morris Note
Alfred Morris photo 209. Alfred Morris RB - (at SEA)
Elijhaa Penny Note
Elijhaa Penny photo 250. Elijhaa Penny RB - (at SEA)
Devonta Freeman Note
Devonta Freeman photo 262. Devonta Freeman RB - (at SEA)
Kaden Smith Note
Kaden Smith photo 287. Kaden Smith TE - (at SEA)
Levine Toilolo Note
Levine Toilolo photo 301. Levine Toilolo TE - (at SEA)
C.J. Board Note
C.J. Board photo 305. C.J. Board WR - (at SEA)
Austin Mack Note
Austin Mack photo 327. Austin Mack WR - (at SEA)