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Air Yard Analysis: Tyreek Hill, Darnell Mooney, Amari Cooper (Fantasy Football 2021)

Nov 3, 2021
Tyreek Hill

Air yards are the total yards the QB threw the ball in the air toward the wide receiver. Why is this important? It helps us differentiate targets, weighing targets deeper downfield heavier than shorter throws. Since yards are a fantasy football stat, having players who need only to catch the ball to accumulate the most yards is a tried and true strategy.

Everyone is trying to gain an edge on their league. Therefore, it is advantageous to know which players are garnering the opportunities to have monster weeks before they put it all together. Every week, we will give you the top receivers (not just WR, but RB & TE too) according to air yards for every NFL team. Additionally, we will provide an evaluation of those numbers and what fantasy football actions are warranted.

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**only players with >40 Air Yards for the week are listed below**

Arizona Cardinals

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
A.J. Green 88 11.0
Christian Kirk 81 13.5
Antoine Wesley 51 17.0
DeAndre Hopkins 42 21.0

Evaluation: All eyes on Nuk’s hammy after this one.

Atlanta Falcons

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Kyle Pitts 89 14.8
Tajae Sharpe 83 13.8

Evaluation: Kyle Pitts, rocketship emoji.

Baltimore Ravens

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT

Evaluation: Wondering if Rashod Bateman goes nuts this week…

Buffalo Bills

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Emmanuel Sanders 108 27.0
Cole Beasley 75 5.8

Evaluation: Beasley ran free underneath in a prototypical performance from the slot specialist.

Carolina Panthers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
D.J. Moore 60 7.5
Tommy Tremble 35 8.8

Evaluation: Is there a more underappreciated fantasy WR than D.J. Moore?

Cincinnati Bengals

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Tee Higgins 101 16.8
Tyler Boyd 72 8.6

Evaluation: So Ja’Marr Chase is human. He had me fooled.

Chicago Bears

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Darnell Mooney 155 17.2
Marquise Goodwin 33 11.0

Evaluation: Drop Allen Robinson week has arrived.

Cleveland Browns

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Jarvis Landry 127 12.7
Rashard Higgins 33 8.3

Evaluation: Odell Beckham bowed out quietly in his final appearance as a Brown.

Dallas Cowboys

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Amari Cooper 174 13.4
CeeDee Lamb 108 13.5
Dalton Schultz 70 10.0

Evaluation: Cooper Rush went full Dak Prescott, finding his big-play WRs deep downfield often. He was fun to watch.

Denver Broncos

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Courtland Sutton 58 14.5
Tim Patrick 43 14.3

Evaluation: Kinda boring watching this passing attack of late.

Detroit Lions

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
T.J. Hockenson 66 6.0
Amon-Ra St. Brown 38 7.6

Evaluation: The Lions are going 0-17, but Hockenson and a rotating WR (St. Brown or Kalif Raymond) will be relevant weekly.

Green Bay Packers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Robert Tonyan 41 10.3
Aaron Jones 33 3.0

Evaluation: Not pictured, Randall Cobb dominated the red-zone targets in Davante Adams absence.

Houston Texans

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Brandin Cooks 53 8.8
Chris Conley 47 23.5

Evaluation:

Indianapolis Colts

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Michael Pittman 147 9.8
Ashton Dulin 96 24.0
Mo Alie-Cox 89 22.3
Zach Pascal 81 10.1

Evaluation: We always jump at the “I told you so’s” at Air Yards Analysis. Michael Pittman is a boss. That’s it. That’s the tweet.

Jacksonville Jaguars

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Jamal Agnew 73 6.1
Marvin Jones 54 7.7
Tavon Austin 43 14.3

Evaluation: Hmm, a speculative add of Agnew is recommended. Just don’t ask us if you can start him next game.

Kansas City Chiefs

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Tyreek Hill 184 10.1
Travis Kelce 48 6.9
Mecole Hardman 41 5.9

Evaluation: When you have someone like Tyreek, you throw him the ball 18 times.

Las Vegas Raiders

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT

Evaluation: Decide to get a ride before you start drinking, enjoy your night out, and everyone will be safer for it. My condolences to the family of the young woman killed this weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Keenan Allen 97 8.8
Mike Williams 58 11.6
Austin Ekeler 53 5.3
Jalen Guyton 42 21.0

Evaluation: The Chargers wideouts were suffocated by the NE secondary all game. Allen was the only receiver who found space. Is Justin Herbert hearing the negativity, or is this just a dry spell?

Los Angeles Rams

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Cooper Kupp 83 9.2
Van Jefferson 79 13.2
Robert Woods 43 4.8

Evaluation: We’ve reached, start your Rams territory. This offense is cooking with gas.

Miami Dolphins

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Jaylen Waddle 107 8.9
DeVante Parker 97 8.8

Evaluation: Another week where DeVante Parker establishes his role in the Miami offense. That role? The WR1.

Minnesota Vikings

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Adam Thielen 78 8.7
Justin Jefferson 56 14.0

Evaluation: Careful with Jefferson in Week 9, who was knicked up at the start of this one.

New England Patriots

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Nelson Agholor 131 10.0
Jakobi Meyers 86 9.6
Kendrick Bourne 64 9.1

Evaluation: Spread it around Mac Jones was up to his old tricks again. This offense doesn’t favor any of the NE weapons. The upside is nonexistent.

New Orleans Saints

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Marquez Callaway 51 10.2
Deonte Harris 27 3.9

Evaluation: We’ve been anti-NO WRs all season, but Harris has us rethinking that stance. He might have a floor, which is more than you can say about anyone else lining up.

New York Giants

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
John Ross 73 24.3
Sterling Shepard 19 2.7

Evaluation: No one here I would consider in my lineups, and that includes unlisted Kadarius Toney. The NY offense is sputtering.

New York Jets

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Jamison Crowder 55 6.1
Elijah Moore 34 5.7

Evaluation: Mike White kept his throws in short to medium range for almost all of his first start. If that trend continues this week, you’ll want to roll with Crowder.

Philadelphia Eagles

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
DeVonta Smith 64 21.3
Dallas Goedert 47 6.7

Evaluation: This blowout didn’t produce anything special on the fantasy front, but that is Philly outside of Jalen Hurts in 2021, right?

Pittsburgh Steelers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Diontae Johnson 105 8.1
Chase Claypool 58 11.6

Evaluation: The deeper we get into 2021, the more apparent this passing game can support just one WR. That one is Diontae Johnson; sorry, Claypool managers.

Seattle Seahawks

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Tyler Lockett 134 10.3
D.K. Metcalf 34 5.7

Evaluation: Will Geno Smith be able to give us one of these WRs each week? That would be a huge bonus.

San Francisco 49ers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Deebo Samuel 89 9.9
Brandon Aiyuk 67 9.6
Mohamed Sanu 53 13.3

Evaluation: :rubs eyes: Aiyuk, you say?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
Mike Evans 114 28.5
Chris Godwin 65 5.4
Tyler Johnson 61 10.2

Evaluation: It was far from vintage, but still, start your Bucs.

Tennessee Titans

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
A.J. Brown 102 9.3
Marcus Johnson 61 12.2

Evaluation: Rember that week you could have traded CEH for A.J. Brown? Yea, me too.

Washington Football Team

PLAYER WEEK 8 AIR YARDS WEEK 8 aDOT
DeAndre Carter 94 15.7
Terry McLaurin 57 8.1
Adam Humphries 43 14.3

Evaluation: The second week of Carter seeing some tosses his way. It could be a factor of injuries, or maybe he’s carving out a piece for himself.

Air Yards are a beast to tackle each week, and I couldn’t put this together without the work of Dave Wright of Dynasty League Football. His weekly spreadsheet is incredible, and you should subscribe to his Patreon for a wealth of fantasy football content!

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