Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
Peoples-Jones had a career-high eight receptions for 114 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, on 12 targets. He played every snap in the game, and he has at least a 95 percent snap rate in four straight games. Week 12 and 13 weren’t good (60 combined receiving yards), but Peoples-Jones has over 60 yards in three of his last five games and in six of his last eight. Going back further, as long as return touchdowns count (he had a punt return score in Week 12), he has double-digit PPR fantasy points in eight of his last 10 games and at least nine PPR points in nine of the 10.
Each of Cleveland’s next three opponents (Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders) entered Week 14 in the bottom half of the league against wide receivers (Yahoo!, 0.5-point PPR). Per Pro Football Focus, that’s the fifth-easiest fantasy schedule for wide receivers over the rest of the season.
Deshaun Watson has a couple games under his belt now, he was more productive on Sunday and Peoples-Jones has a solid rapport with him. The boom-or-bust element that is usually inherent in receivers who are deep threats just hasn’t existed here for most of the season. Peoples-Jones is lined up as a WR3 with WR2 upside for the fantasy playoffs.
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