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Jan 7, 2024 2 25 20 0 2
Dec 30, 2023 0 0 0 0
Dec 24, 2023 1 11 11 0 1
Dec 16, 2023 1 5 5 0
Dec 10, 2023 1 17 17 0 1
Player Outlook
Peoples-Jones finished second on the Browns in targets last year with 96 (5.6 per game), but in a run-focused offense that added a bunch of wide receivers this offseason, there's no guarantee of a repeat, much less an improvement of that stat in 2023. That's not to say he wasn't an efficient receiver -- Peoples-Jones ranked in the top 20 among qualifying wideouts in yards per catch (13.8) and explosive play rate (20.6% of his catches went for 16 or more receiving yards). He just didn't get enough opportunities, including in the six games he played with Deshaun Watson (5.0 targets per game). Peoples-Jones might be worth a look late in Best Ball drafts, but given the influx of competition for targets in what's already a low-volume passing offense, he's otherwise a receiver to avoid.

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2023 13 155 11.92 0.00 110.7
2022 61 839 13.75 3 2 2.00 965.6
2021 34 597 17.56 3 0.00 705
3y Avg. 36 580 16.11 3 1 0.00 664.7
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Big step back in fourth season

    Peoples-Jones caught 13 passes (on 25 targets) for 155 yards over 15 regular-season games in 2023. Peoples-Jones began the year as a near every-down player in Cleveland, where he produced 97 yards in seven games. Upon being dealt to Detroit, the Michigan product only topped 20 percent of the offensive snaps in one game when Jameson Williams and Kalif Raymond (knee) got banged up. Peoples-Jones then was barely used in the playoffs, not seeing a single target or more than six offensive snaps in any of three games. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, he may need to find a new team to help him rediscover his 2022 form when he totaled 839 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 17 games.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Catches two passes

    Peoples-Jones caught two of two targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings. Peoples-Jones caught passes on consecutive plays in the third quarter but was otherwise unheard from for most of the game. However, if Jameson Williams (ankle) and Kalif Raymond (knee) are unable to play against the Rams in the wild-card round, Peoples-Jones could potentially serve as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds going forward, which is a role that would take on heightened importance if tight end Sam LaPorta (knee) misses time as well.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Makes catch in limited role

    Peoples-Jones caught one pass for five yards during Saturday's win over the Broncos. Logging 16 percent of the offensive snaps, Peoples-Jones is not even remotely close to possessing the near-ever-down role he had in Cleveland to start the year. With Jameson Williams' role increasing as he starts to operate as the No. 2 receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown, the only path for Peoples-Jones enjoying additional opportunity seems to be if Detroit wants to decrease Josh Reynolds' role even more than in recent weeks. Given Reynolds' recent production and history with quarterback Jared Goff, it seems unlikely that will happen anytime soon.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: No opportunties in passing game

    Peoples-Jones was not targeted with a pass during Thursday's loss to the Packers. Peoples-Jones logged two snaps on offense and seven on special teams during his Lions debut last week against Chicago. While he has yet to catch a pass in Honolulu Blue, it feels like progress that Peoples-Jones more than tripled his offensive snaps while being taken off of special teams entirely. However, considering the Lions needed to run 84 offensive plays, it's possible that Detroit was just easing the burden on Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds and Jameson Williams. Next up is a Week 13 matchup with the Saints.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: One target in team debut

    Peoples-Jones was targeted once but did not catch a pass during Sunday's 31-26 win over Chicago. Making his Lions debut, the Michigan product logged just two snaps on offense compared to seven on special teams. Considering that Jameson Williams logged a season-high 68 percent of the offensive snaps, it seems that Peoples-Jones' snaps came at the expense of Kalif Raymond, who logged a season low. Peoples-Jones will need to take quite a few more snaps from one of Raymond, Williams or Josh Reynolds to start having any fantasy appeal.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Inactive Sunday

    Peoples-Jones (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The Lions traded for Peoples-Jones before their Week 9 bye, and he'll sit this one out after being limited at practice this week. In Peoples-Jones' absence, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Jameson Williams, Kalif Raymond and Antoine Green are available to handle the team's WR duties.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Limited again Thursday

    Peoples-Jones (ribs) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Acquired from the Browns at the trade deadline, Peoples-Jones is looking to make his Lions debut this week against the Chargers after Detroit was on its bye in Week 9. If active, Peoples-Jones will likely play a deep-threat, sub-package role behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds while competing for snaps with Jameson Williams and Kalif Raymond.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Tending to rib issue

    Peoples-Jones was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report due to a rib injury. When the Lions acquired Peoples-Jones from the Browns at the trade deadline last Tuesday, Peoples-Jones wasn't tending to a health concern. Detroit also happened to be on a Week 9 bye, so the current rib issue may have popped up during his physical. It's not exactly the best way to begin his stint with a new squad, and it could affect his ability to make inroads in the passing game right away, especially in a receiving corps with experienced options Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond as well as second-year pro Jameson Williams. In the end, People-Jones' status will be one to monitor as the week goes on to see if he'll be able to make his debut with the Lions on Sunday at the Chargers.
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  • Lions' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Moving to Motor City

    The Browns traded Peoples-Jones to the Lions on Tuesday in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round draft pick, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Peoples-Jones hasn't been lacking in snaps this season, logging at least an 80 percent share in six of seven games. But the ground-based Browns haven't prioritized the passing game as much with Deshaun Watson missing a good portion of the campaign due to a shoulder injury. Overall, Peoples-Jones has gathered in eight of 18 targets for 97 yards and no touchdowns. With the Lions, he'll be facing fair more competition for snaps with all of Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Jameson Williams and Kalif Raymond in the wide receiver room.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Another subdued week

    Peoples-Jones caught two of three targets for 22 yards and returned three punts for 22 yards in Sunday's 39-38 win over Indianapolis in Week 7. Peoples-Jones caught more than one pass for just the second time in six games, as the fourth-year veteran has seen his targets squeezed in 2023. Cleveland's passing offense hasn't taken flight as expected, and Peoples-Jones has failed to establish chemistry with any of the team's quarterbacks -- Deshaun Watson (shoulder), PJ Walker or Dorian Thompson-Robinson. He's caught eight of 18 targets for 97 yards through six games.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: One catch in loss

    Peoples-Jones caught one of four targets for seven yards and returned three punts for 24 yards in Sunday's 28-3 loss to the Ravens. It wouldn't be accurate to say that Peoples-Jones' production suffered with rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center instead of Deshaun Watson (shoulder), as the wideout hasn't seen more than four targets in any game this season and managed a single catch in three of four contests. Peoples-Jones leads Cleveland's wideouts in snaps but has just 14 targets after four weeks. The Browns are off in Week 5.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Logs two targets in Week 1

    Peoples-Jones caught one of two targets for 12 yards and returned three punts for 15 yards in Sunday's 24-3 win over the Bengals in Week 1. Peoples-Jones led the wideouts in offensive snaps (64, 89 percent share) but was behind both Amari Cooper (seven targets) and Elijah Moore (seven) in terms of opportunities. The Browns didn't unveil any new focus on their passing attack, as the ground game behind Nick Chubb and Jerome Ford reasserted its dominance on a rainy day in Cleveland. The team's run/pass mix favored the rush, 58 percent to 42 percent.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Potential replacement drafted

    The Browns envision third-round draft pick Cedric Tillman as an eventual replacement for Peoples-Jones, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports. Peoples-Jones is coming off his best season, but an already loaded wideout corps got more crowded after the Browns added Tillman, a big-bodied X receiver that could excel in the red zone. It's unlikely Tillman has a big role at the start of the 2023 season, but a more pass-centric offense could provide him snaps to showcase the promise Cleveland sees in him. Despite the hype surrounding the draft pick, Peoples-Jones is expected to be one of the top three on the depth chart, along with Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Makes most of one reception

    Peoples-Jones recorded one reception on three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders. The Browns had a run-oriented offensive game plan, as Deshaun Watson attempted only 18 passes. Peoples-Jones had little opportunity as a result, but he managed to catch a 13-yard touchdown late in the third quarter after failing to haul in his first two targets of the contest. He now has two touchdowns in his last three games and three total for the season.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Not in sync with QB

    Peoples-Jones caught one of five targets for two yards in Saturday's 17-10 loss to the Saints. Peoples-Jones had been the most productive receiver since Deshaun Watson took over as the starting quarterback, averaging five catches on six targets for 63 yards in three games with Watson, but the duo was not in sync Saturday. Given the nature of the Browns' struggling passing offense, Peoples-Jones may not be a good option for fantasy teams still in the hunt, but he's established himself as a viable NFL receiver in his third season.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Season-high 114 yards in Week 14

    Peoples-Jones caught eight of 12 targets for 114 yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Cincinnati. Peoples-Jones had a step on his man in the end zone on Cleveland's first drive, but Jacoby Brissett -- who was in for a 4th-and-1 quarterback sneak bluff -- overthrew the wide receiver. He was also the intended receiver on Deshaun Watson's fourth-quarter interception as well as Watson's fourth-down incompletion from Cincinnati's six-yard line later in the fourth. Despite those low points, Peoples-Jones still managed to lead the team in targets, catches and receiving yards while Amari Cooper (hip) caught only two of seven targets for 42 yards. Peoples-Jones set season highs in all three of those categories, demonstrating strong chemistry with Watson heading into a Week 15 visit from the Ravens.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: WRs to Sit

    Peoples-Jones had a huge game in Week 13 at Houston, but it was because of his 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. Otherwise, he had a limited role in the passing game with three catches for 44 yards on three targets. I expect better production moving forward with Deshaun Watson, but I want to see it first before starting Peoples-Jones in the majority of leagues. The Bengals are also No. 5 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, so it could be a tough game for Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper in Week 14.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Big impact in win

    Peoples-Jones caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and returned three punts for 86 yards, including a 76-yard return for a touchdown, in Sunday's 27-14 win over Houston. Peoples-Jones provided a spark for the Browns with his punt return late in the second quarter to give Cleveland a lead it did not relinquish. The Texans were ahead 5-0 at the time in what was a sleepy affair for the Browns' offense, which was being quarterbacked by Deshaun Watson for the first time. Peoples-Jones' punt-return touchdown was the first for Cleveland since 2015. The wideout has developed into a reliable No. 2 receiver this season and has taken hold of the punt return chores after several others failed to do so.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Quiet day in Week 12 win

    Peoples-Jones brought in two of four targets for 16 yards and returned five punts for 75 yards in the Browns' 23-17 overtime win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Peoples-Jones made a big impact on special teams, leaving the Browns in favorable field position after all five of his punt returns. On offense, he put together a very quiet day in what was slated to be Jacoby Brissett's final game as the starting quarterback prior to Deshaun Watson's expected Week 13 debut against the Texans. Peoples-Jones had developed good chemistry with Brissett throughout the season, leading to a career-high 42 receptions for the third-year receiver. Peoples-Jones is also now four yards short of tying the career-best 597 receiving yards he recorded last season, and he should be a beneficiary of Watson's ability to get the ball deep in coming weeks.
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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Sleeper WRs

    Peoples-Jones just continues to produce, scoring at least 11 PPR points in five games in a row after he had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against Buffalo in Detroit. We should see him in that range again in Week 12 against the Buccaneers, who have allowed seven receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past five games, with five touchdowns over that span. Amari Cooper is a must-start receiver in this matchup, especially since the game is in Cleveland, and Peoples-Jones should be considered a high-end No. 3 receiver in all leagues as well.
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