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Duke Johnson (RB - HOU)
4d
Player Note on Duke Johnson (RB - HOU)
The area the Colts have struggled in Eberflus' scheme is allowing a ton of production through the air to running backs. The 110 receptions they allowed to running backs ranked as the second most in football last year, while the 1.76 PPR points per target they've allowed to running backs in 2019 ranks as the ninth-most. That doesn't mean Johnson is a must play, especially when you consider he's been maxed out at 10 touches since Week 2, though he's not a bad bye week RB3/flex option with this matchup that could turn into a shootout.
D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
5d
Player Note on D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
After seeing at least six targets in each of the first three games, Metcalf has seen just 4-3-5 over the last three games, though it's important to note he's had just one game this year where he's finished less than 67 yards and/or a touchdown. As odd as it sounds, he still leads the team in air yards over Lockett, though that gap has shrunk to the point it's almost non-existent. With Will Dissly out for the year, Metcalf may take on a bigger role in the end zone as the biggest target on the team. If Marlon Humphrey shadows Lockett, like many expect, Metcalf would see a lot of newly acquired Marcus Peters or Brandon Carr in coverage. Carr is an established veteran who's solid in coverage, though he doesn't have the speed to keep up with Metcalf over the top. Peters has been repeatedly burned over the top this year and doesn't do well in shadow coverage. The Seahawks should be able to get the matchups they want with Metcalf if Lockett gets shadowed, so consider him a high-end WR4 who could lead the team in receiving.
Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
If there's one player who benefits from the matchup with the Patriots, it's Crowder. The top three performances against the Patriots this year have been Golden Tate (88 percent slot-rate), Cole Beasley (82 percent slot-rate), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (69 percent slot-rate). Knowing that Crowder has played plays 70 percent of his snaps in the slot is a good thing. Jonathan Jones is the primary slot cornerback for the Patriots, and though he's still been solid, he's the weakest link while allowing an 84.5 QB Rating in his coverage. He's not a sexy play, but he's the best play among the Jets wide receivers. Consider him a low-upside WR3/4 who should present a decent floor.
Demaryius Thomas (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Demaryius Thomas (WR - NYJ)
With Anderson getting Stephon Gilmore in coverage, it means Thomas will see a lot of Jason McCourty, who's been just as dominant in coverage. On the year, he's seen 32 targets and allowed just 17/159/0 on them. That's less than 5.0 yards per target and he's yet to allow a touchdown. Yeah, Thomas has practiced against these guys, but that doesn't mean he'll produce. You can find better bye week options at wide receiver.
Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ)
He's going to receive the Stephon Gilmore treatment this week, which is not good for anyone involved. Here are his last four matchups with the Patriots (most recent first): 3/11/0, 3/24/0, 2/22/0, 1/2/0. There have been just two wide receivers who've finished as top-24 options against the Patriots, and both were slot-heavy receivers (Golden Tate, Cole Beasley). The best perimeter performance against them was John Brown, who finished with 5/69/0 but took 11 targets to get there. Anderson hasn't seen more than seven targets under Adam Gase. He's not someone you should aim to play this week and should be considered a mediocre WR4 option.
James White (RB - NE)
5d
Player Note on James White (RB - NE)
Did you know that in PPR formats, targets are worth 2.3 times more than carries? Knowing that White has seen nine targets in each of the last three games is equal to 20.7 carries to a running back. Over the last five years of White's career, he's scored a touchdown once every 16.9 touches. That number sits at one every 49.0 touches in 2019. Knowing we have such a large sample size we're working with; you know those are coming. He should be in lineups as a low-end RB2.
D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
6d
Player Note on D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
After seeing at least six targets in each of the first three games, Metcalf has seen just 4-3-5 over the last three games, though it's important to note he's had just one game this year where he's finished less than 67 yards and/or a touchdown. As odd as it sounds, he still leads the team in air yards over Lockett, though that gap has shrunk to the point it's almost non-existent. With Will Dissly out for the year, Metcalf may take on a bigger role in the end zone as the biggest target on the team. If Marlon Humphrey shadows Lockett, like many expect, Metcalf would see a lot of Maurice Canady or Brandon Carr in coverage. Carr is an established veteran who's solid in coverage, though he doesn't have the speed to keep up with Metcalf over the top. Canady is playing because Anthony Averett has been bad, and Jimmy Smith has been hurt. The Bengals targeted him 14 times last week and he allowed 10 catches for 109 yards on them. The Seahawks should be able to get the matchups they want with Metcalf if Lockett gets shadowed, so consider him a high-end WR4 who could lead the team in receiving.
T.J. Hockenson (TE - DET)
6d
Player Note on T.J. Hockenson (TE - DET)
It's been a bumpy ride for Hockenson, as he's failed to top 27 yards in each of his last four games. He almost hauled in his third touchdown of the year, but when he landed hard on the ground, the ball popped out of his hands. He's seen at least three targets in every game, which is not the highest floor, but among tight ends, it's somewhat appealing in 2019. Hockenson's top two performances this year came in games he had a great matchup (ARI, KC), so maybe we just pay attention to the defense to dictate whether or not we trust him. The problem with that is we have a mixed bag in Week 7 against the Vikings. They've allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends, but that's almost solely to do with the fact that they've seen 64 targets (over 10 targets per game), which is the most in the NFL. When you play against Darren Waller, Austin Hooper, Evan Engram, and Zach Ertz, your numbers are going to look a bit worse than most. Somehow, despite that competition, they've allowed just 1.30 PPR points per target, the third-lowest mark in the league. Hockenson is not a preferred option this week.
Marvin Jones (WR - DET)
6d
Player Note on Marvin Jones (WR - DET)
After he was going back and forth with Golladay as the 1A and 1B last year, Jones has clearly faded into the No. 2 option this year. He's seen in-between 4-6 targets in 4-of-5 games with a nine-target game mixed in between. His average depth of target is two full yards higher than Golladay's, so he'll be more of the boom-or-bust variety regardless of the target numbers. He's likely going to be covered by Trae Waynes this week, the speedy Vikings cornerback who has done a great job keeping the play in front of him this year, allowing just 9.6 yards per reception in his coverage. He's allowed just one play of more than 26 yards (went for 37 yards) on 40 targets in coverage this year. You'll want to consider Jones in games the Lions are forced into shootouts against reverse funnel defenses, but this isn't one of them, making him nothing more than a boom-or-bust WR5.
Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
6d
Player Note on Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
It's now four straight weeks we've seen Stafford throw the ball 34 times or less, which is not a great recipe for fantasy success when he doesn't offer anything on the ground. Now on to play the Vikings defense that's allowed just 6.43 yards per attempt on the season? That's the sixth-lowest mark in football. They've allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks despite seeing the sixth-most passing attempts against them. Many will look at the 10 passing touchdowns they've allowed and think it's not a bad matchup, though a lot of that has come in garbage time against Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and Carson Wentz. This should be a well fought game throughout as it's a divisional matchup against two teams familiar with each other. In two games against the Vikings last year, Stafford totaled just 315 yards and no touchdowns… in the two games combined. Stafford is just a mid-to-low-end QB2 this week.
Duke Johnson (RB - HOU)
4d
Player Note on Duke Johnson (RB - HOU)
The area the Colts have struggled in Eberflus' scheme is allowing a ton of production through the air to running backs. The 110 receptions they allowed to running backs ranked as the second most in football last year, while the 1.76 PPR points per target they've allowed to running backs in 2019 ranks as the ninth-most. That doesn't mean Johnson is a must play, especially when you consider he's been maxed out at 10 touches since Week 2, though he's not a bad bye week RB3/flex option with this matchup that could turn into a shootout.
D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
5d
Player Note on D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
After seeing at least six targets in each of the first three games, Metcalf has seen just 4-3-5 over the last three games, though it's important to note he's had just one game this year where he's finished less than 67 yards and/or a touchdown. As odd as it sounds, he still leads the team in air yards over Lockett, though that gap has shrunk to the point it's almost non-existent. With Will Dissly out for the year, Metcalf may take on a bigger role in the end zone as the biggest target on the team. If Marlon Humphrey shadows Lockett, like many expect, Metcalf would see a lot of newly acquired Marcus Peters or Brandon Carr in coverage. Carr is an established veteran who's solid in coverage, though he doesn't have the speed to keep up with Metcalf over the top. Peters has been repeatedly burned over the top this year and doesn't do well in shadow coverage. The Seahawks should be able to get the matchups they want with Metcalf if Lockett gets shadowed, so consider him a high-end WR4 who could lead the team in receiving.
Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ)
If there's one player who benefits from the matchup with the Patriots, it's Crowder. The top three performances against the Patriots this year have been Golden Tate (88 percent slot-rate), Cole Beasley (82 percent slot-rate), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (69 percent slot-rate). Knowing that Crowder has played plays 70 percent of his snaps in the slot is a good thing. Jonathan Jones is the primary slot cornerback for the Patriots, and though he's still been solid, he's the weakest link while allowing an 84.5 QB Rating in his coverage. He's not a sexy play, but he's the best play among the Jets wide receivers. Consider him a low-upside WR3/4 who should present a decent floor.
Demaryius Thomas (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Demaryius Thomas (WR - NYJ)
With Anderson getting Stephon Gilmore in coverage, it means Thomas will see a lot of Jason McCourty, who's been just as dominant in coverage. On the year, he's seen 32 targets and allowed just 17/159/0 on them. That's less than 5.0 yards per target and he's yet to allow a touchdown. Yeah, Thomas has practiced against these guys, but that doesn't mean he'll produce. You can find better bye week options at wide receiver.
Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ)
5d
Player Note on Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ)
He's going to receive the Stephon Gilmore treatment this week, which is not good for anyone involved. Here are his last four matchups with the Patriots (most recent first): 3/11/0, 3/24/0, 2/22/0, 1/2/0. There have been just two wide receivers who've finished as top-24 options against the Patriots, and both were slot-heavy receivers (Golden Tate, Cole Beasley). The best perimeter performance against them was John Brown, who finished with 5/69/0 but took 11 targets to get there. Anderson hasn't seen more than seven targets under Adam Gase. He's not someone you should aim to play this week and should be considered a mediocre WR4 option.
James White (RB - NE)
5d
Player Note on James White (RB - NE)
Did you know that in PPR formats, targets are worth 2.3 times more than carries? Knowing that White has seen nine targets in each of the last three games is equal to 20.7 carries to a running back. Over the last five years of White's career, he's scored a touchdown once every 16.9 touches. That number sits at one every 49.0 touches in 2019. Knowing we have such a large sample size we're working with; you know those are coming. He should be in lineups as a low-end RB2.
D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
6d
Player Note on D.K. Metcalf (WR - SEA)
After seeing at least six targets in each of the first three games, Metcalf has seen just 4-3-5 over the last three games, though it's important to note he's had just one game this year where he's finished less than 67 yards and/or a touchdown. As odd as it sounds, he still leads the team in air yards over Lockett, though that gap has shrunk to the point it's almost non-existent. With Will Dissly out for the year, Metcalf may take on a bigger role in the end zone as the biggest target on the team. If Marlon Humphrey shadows Lockett, like many expect, Metcalf would see a lot of Maurice Canady or Brandon Carr in coverage. Carr is an established veteran who's solid in coverage, though he doesn't have the speed to keep up with Metcalf over the top. Canady is playing because Anthony Averett has been bad, and Jimmy Smith has been hurt. The Bengals targeted him 14 times last week and he allowed 10 catches for 109 yards on them. The Seahawks should be able to get the matchups they want with Metcalf if Lockett gets shadowed, so consider him a high-end WR4 who could lead the team in receiving.
T.J. Hockenson (TE - DET)
6d
Player Note on T.J. Hockenson (TE - DET)
It's been a bumpy ride for Hockenson, as he's failed to top 27 yards in each of his last four games. He almost hauled in his third touchdown of the year, but when he landed hard on the ground, the ball popped out of his hands. He's seen at least three targets in every game, which is not the highest floor, but among tight ends, it's somewhat appealing in 2019. Hockenson's top two performances this year came in games he had a great matchup (ARI, KC), so maybe we just pay attention to the defense to dictate whether or not we trust him. The problem with that is we have a mixed bag in Week 7 against the Vikings. They've allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends, but that's almost solely to do with the fact that they've seen 64 targets (over 10 targets per game), which is the most in the NFL. When you play against Darren Waller, Austin Hooper, Evan Engram, and Zach Ertz, your numbers are going to look a bit worse than most. Somehow, despite that competition, they've allowed just 1.30 PPR points per target, the third-lowest mark in the league. Hockenson is not a preferred option this week.
Marvin Jones (WR - DET)
6d
Player Note on Marvin Jones (WR - DET)
After he was going back and forth with Golladay as the 1A and 1B last year, Jones has clearly faded into the No. 2 option this year. He's seen in-between 4-6 targets in 4-of-5 games with a nine-target game mixed in between. His average depth of target is two full yards higher than Golladay's, so he'll be more of the boom-or-bust variety regardless of the target numbers. He's likely going to be covered by Trae Waynes this week, the speedy Vikings cornerback who has done a great job keeping the play in front of him this year, allowing just 9.6 yards per reception in his coverage. He's allowed just one play of more than 26 yards (went for 37 yards) on 40 targets in coverage this year. You'll want to consider Jones in games the Lions are forced into shootouts against reverse funnel defenses, but this isn't one of them, making him nothing more than a boom-or-bust WR5.
Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
6d
Player Note on Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
It's now four straight weeks we've seen Stafford throw the ball 34 times or less, which is not a great recipe for fantasy success when he doesn't offer anything on the ground. Now on to play the Vikings defense that's allowed just 6.43 yards per attempt on the season? That's the sixth-lowest mark in football. They've allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks despite seeing the sixth-most passing attempts against them. Many will look at the 10 passing touchdowns they've allowed and think it's not a bad matchup, though a lot of that has come in garbage time against Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and Carson Wentz. This should be a well fought game throughout as it's a divisional matchup against two teams familiar with each other. In two games against the Vikings last year, Stafford totaled just 315 yards and no touchdowns… in the two games combined. Stafford is just a mid-to-low-end QB2 this week.
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