Skip to main content

Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 13 PPR Rankings
Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 7. Derrick Henry RB - (vs . CLE)
I told you winter was coming. He leads the NFL with seven 100-yard games on the ground, while Dalvin Cook is the only other running back with more than four such performances. If the Titans wanted to, Henry could've rushed for 250-plus yards last week in the blowout win over the Colts. As we talked about last week, Henry gets better as the season goes on, and we're now in December, which is his time to shine. Of the production the Browns have allowed to skill-position players, running backs have only accounted for 27.9 percent of it, which is less than all but four other teams. Henry isn't involved much in the passing game, but it's worth noting that running backs have received just 15.6 percent of targets against the Browns, which is the fifth-lowest mark in football. Because of all that, the Browns have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, but here's the thing... they've faced the fourth-least amount of weighted opportunity to them. When you factor in efficiency, they've allowed the 15th-most fantasy points per weighted opportunity, so it's far from a must-avoid matchup. There have been three running backs who've finished with more than 16 carries against them (James Robinson, Josh Jacobs, James Conner), and each of them finished with at least 100 yards on the ground. Henry is the No. 1 player in fantasy football right now and should be in lineups every week. In DFS, I'd prefer to keep Henry as a tournament play considering his lack of involvement in the passing game, but I won't argue if you wanted to play him in cash.
1 day ago
A.J. Brown Note
A.J. Brown photo 10. A.J. Brown WR - (vs . CLE)
He's a monster with the ball in his hands and he continually shows it off. He's scored in seven of his last eight games, and it seems like he's never actually in the end zone when he scores a touchdown, but rather breaking tackles and running after the catch to get them. He's still yet to see more than nine targets in a game this season, yet he's managed 12.4-plus PPR points in seven of his last eight games. His 7.22 targets per game ranks 28th among wide receivers. Now on to play the Browns who don't have a shadow cornerback and simply play sides. He will line up the most against Terrance Mitchell, who has allowed 37.8 percent of his yardage in coverage after the catch. There have been 91 cornerbacks who've seen 30-plus targets in coverage, and Mitchell ranks 33rd in yards after the catch allowed. There have been five wide receivers who've posted top-12 numbers against the Browns, including three receivers who posted 100-plus yards. Ideally, we'd see him lined up in the slot a bit more, but we'll take him wherever we can. Keep plugging him in as a high-end WR2.
1 day ago
Corey Davis Note
Corey Davis photo 42. Corey Davis WR - (vs . CLE)
Davis was extremely efficient with his targets in Week 12, but he just didn't get enough of them. He tied his season-low with just three targets, but he still managed to hit double-digit PPR points, which is something he's done in 8-of-9 games this year. He's been a very competent/consistent WR3 on fantasy teams to this point, though not many view him as such. Even given his lack of true ceiling, he sits as the WR34 on the season in PPR formats. The Browns have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year, which much of it stems from where they're being targeted. Wide receivers facing the Browns have seen a league-high 45 targets while no other team has seen more than 39 of them. Davis has only seen four of them himself, while A.J. Brown has seen 10 of them. Davis will see a lot of Denzel Ward, who is the most talented cornerback on the Browns, though he's not the shutdown cornerback they thought they were getting when they selected him at No. 4 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He's allowed just 6.24 yards per target in his coverage this year but has allowed four touchdowns on just 54 targets in coverage. Now that it's Derrick Henry season, we don't expect a whole lot of pass attempts for the Titans, which obviously affects Davis, like we saw last week. Because of that, he should be considered a low-ceiling, high-end WR4.
1 day ago
Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 154. Anthony Firkser TE - (vs . CLE)
Jeremy McNichols Note
Jeremy McNichols photo 189. Jeremy McNichols RB - (vs . CLE)
D'Onta Foreman Note
D'Onta Foreman photo 194. D'Onta Foreman RB - (vs . CLE)
Adam Humphries Note
Adam Humphries photo 201. Adam Humphries WR - (vs . CLE)
Geoff Swaim Note
Geoff Swaim photo 257. Geoff Swaim TE - (vs . CLE)
Cam Batson Note
Cam Batson photo 261. Cam Batson WR - (vs . CLE)
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 274. Kalif Raymond WR - (vs . CLE)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 320. MyCole Pruitt TE - (vs . CLE)
Khari Blasingame Note
Khari Blasingame photo 343. Khari Blasingame RB - (vs . CLE)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 358. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR - (vs . CLE)