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Vance
McDonald
College Rice
Team Pittsburgh Steelers
89TE
6'4"Height
267Weight
29Age
8Exp
7Bye
Vance McDonald's Fantasy Scouting Report

SCOUT ANALYST TAKE

McDonald was the 12th ranked Fantasy Football Tight End a year ago, finishing with 50 receptions for 610 yards and 4 TDs. The departure of Jesse James (30 receptions for 423 yards) should open up even more targets for McDonald in 2019-2020. SportsLine projects McDonald to finish as the 15th ranked Fantasy Football Tight End with 55 receptions for 648 yards and 3 TDs. I think McDonald is capable of 700+ yards and 5+ TDs this season, and I have him as a borderline top-10 TE in fantasy. McDonald is going somewhere between rounds 12-15 in most mock drafts currently. I value McDonald as a mid-level starter and worthy of a selection in rounds 10-12.

REST OF SEASON OUTLOOK AND POSITION RANK

Expect Vance McDonald to be a reliable fantasy starter the rest of the season. His 93 projected fantasy points puts him at #8 behind Hunter Henry and ahead of Delanie Walker. He has averaged 5.53 fantasy points in his past 15 games, which is slightly less than our projected per game average. His projected per game average is 5.8 fantasy points. His rank based on average projected points is the same as his rank based on total fantasy points. He is less valuable in PPR leagues where he is the #11 ranked tight end. At 89% ownership, he is also the #8 most highly owned tight end. Vance McDonald is expected to slightly improve on last season's #11 fantasy position rank.

VANCE MCDONALD WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Vance McDonald is projected for 5.7 fantasy points which is good enough to be the #9 ranked tight end and a starter for most owners. This is a typical week for him with a FP projection that is the same as his projected per game average over the rest of the season. He is ranked above T.J. Hockenson but behind Hunter Henry. Week 2 will be slightly worse based on projected rank (#10). He is projected for 5.7 fantasy points.

VANCE MCDONALD IS JUST THE #11 TE ON FANDUEL BUT IS THE #10 HIGHEST PRICED

Below are how he ranks on FanDuel. Look for players with comparable or more fantasy points at a lower or same salary.

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

Career Stats
YEARTEAMGGSRECYDSAVGLGTD20+40+1ST
2019PIT1414382737.182232012
2018PIT15145061012.207546233
2017PIT1071418813.432813010
2016SF11112439116.297546213
2015SF14113032610.873635015
2014SF8423015.00210100
2013SF154811914.90250305
Career (7 Seasons)8765166193711.67751526488
YEARTEAMGGSATTYDSAVGLGTD1ST
2019PIT1414122.00200
2018PIT1514000.00000
2017PIT107000.00000
2016SF1111000.00000
2015SF1411000.00000
2014SF84000.00000
2013SF154000.00000
Career (7 Seasons)8765122.00200
2019 Situational Stats
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
DECEMBER GAMES49525.800222.200
NOVEMBER GAMES412756.31132510
OCTOBER GAMES37588.300228.600
SEPTEMBER GAMES310888.82255010
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
MONDAY GAMES13196.300133.300
OTHER DAYS (NON MON/SUN)13331100133.310
SUNDAY GAMES12322216.9331031.310
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
WINS717905.311423.500
LOSSES7211838.722838.120
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
HOME GAMES6241536.433729.200
ROAD GAMES8141208.600535.720
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
FirstEnergy Stadium13331100133.310
Gillette Stadium12402000210010
Heinz Field6241536.433729.200
Levi's Stadium11101000110000
M&T Bank Stadium12199.50015000
MetLife Stadium1393000000
Paul Brown Stadium1111000000
ROKiT Field - Dignity Health Sports1155000000
State Farm Stadium1133000000
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
vs Arizona Cardinals1133000000
vs Baltimore Ravens255310.60024000
vs Cincinnati Bengals1111000000
vs Cleveland Browns2654900233.310
vs Indianapolis Colts153061124000
vs Los Angeles Chargers1155000000
vs Los Angeles Rams13113.7000000
vs Miami Dolphins13196.300133.300
vs New England Patriots12402000210010
vs New York Jets1393000000
vs Seattle Seahawks17385.422228.600
vs San Francisco 49ers11101000110000
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
BRISK (41-60 DEGREES)7201105.51152500
COLD WEATHER <= 4013331100133.310
FRIGID (20 DEGREES)1133000000
HOT WEATHER >= 8017385.422228.600
WARM (61-79 DEGREES)478912.700457.110
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
INDOOR GAMES1133000000
OUTDOOR GAMES13372707.3331232.420
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
ON ARTIFICIAL SURFACES48698.600337.510
ON GRASS FIELDS10302046.83393010
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
MARGIN 0-710281625.83372500
MARGIN 15+245914.80037510
MARGIN 8-1426528.700233.310
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
FIRST HALF SEASON722176833940.910
SECOND HALF SEASON716976.100318.810
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
OUTSIDE OWN DIVISION9261656.333830.810
VS OWN DIVISION512108900433.310
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
VS AFC TEAMS10262118.111934.620
VS NFC TEAMS412625.22232500
CATEGORYGRECYDSAVGLGTD1ST1ST%20+40+
FOURTH QUARTER WITHIN 702178.50015000
LAST TWO MINUTES OF HALF0580160048020
FOURTH DOWN000---000---00
FIRST DOWN014815.822321.400
BEHIND BY 1-TO-8 POINTS05418.21124010
BEHIND BY 9-TO-16 POINTS014966.922535.700
OPP 19-1 - BY YARD LINE07385.433457.100
OPP 49-20 - BY YARD LINE04348.50025010
THIRD DOWN011958.611436.400
TIED08354.4000000
SECOND DOWN013977.500538.520
OWN 21-50 - BY YARD LINE0171297.600529.410
OVERTIME000---000---00
OWN 1-20 - BY YARD LINE010727.20011000
BEHIND0211778.433942.920
ATTEMPTS 31+000---000---00
3RD QUARTER010353.51133000
4TH QUARTER088110.122562.510
2ND QUARTER011908.200436.410
2ND HALF0181166.433844.410
1ST HALF0201577.90042010
1ST QUARTER09677.4000000
AHEAD09616.800333.300
AHEAD BY 1-TO-8 POINTS07486.900342.900
ATTEMPTS 11-THROUGH-20000---000---00
ATTEMPTS 21-THROUGH-30000---000---00
ATTEMPTS 1-THROUGH-10000---000---00
AS STARTER000---000---00
AHEAD BY 9-TO-16 POINTS02136.5000000
OVERALL14382737.2331231.620
2019 Game Log
WKDATEOPPRESULTTARRECPTREYDREAVGRELGRETDRUATTRUYDRUAVGRULGRUTDFL
109/08@NEL33-3424020.00210000000
209/15SEAL28-2677385.4382000000
309/22@SFL24-20211010.00100000000
*409/30CINW27-3000000000000
510/06BALL26-23333411.33140000000
610/13@LACW24-171155.0050000000
810/28MIAW27-1443196.33140000000
911/03INDW26-2475306.00131000000
1011/10LARW17-1273113.6790122.00200
1111/14@CLEL21-7733311.00220000000
1211/24@CINW16-101111.0010000000
1312/01CLEW20-1333217.00120000000
1412/08@ARIW23-171133.0030000000
*1512/15BUFL17-10000000000000
1612/22@NYJL16-106393.0090000000
1712/29@BALL28-1022199.50120000000
* Indicates player did not play that week