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Week 1 Rankings

Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 1. Christian McCaffrey RB - CAR (vs . LV)
The RB1 comes back to reclaim his throne atop the running back rankings. Did you know there was just two games all last year where he finished with fewer than 19.0 half-PPR points? Crazy, right? He'll start against the Raiders who allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year. They also allowed 205.7 PPR points through the air alone to running backs, which ranked as the fourth-most. There were just five teams in the NFL who allowed more fantasy points through the air to running backs than on the ground. The Raiders were one of them. This matchup appears tailormade for someone like McCaffrey, as most are expecting the Panthers to fall behind and throw the ball. The Raiders are also working with a brand-new group of linebackers, which could lead to some miscommunications. You don't need me to tell you to start McCaffrey as an RB1 every week. If you want to play him in DFS, go right ahead.
34 weeks ago
Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 2. Ezekiel Elliott RB - DAL (at LAR)
Will the Cowboys start to divvy up the workload between Elliott and Pollard now that Mike McCarthy is in town? We watched him use Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams, Eddie Lacy/James Starks, and Ryan Grant/James Starks in timeshares over the last decade, so why not Elliott/Pollard? I just it to be known that it's possible this is more of a timeshare than it's been in years past. This duo crushed the Rams defense in Week 15 last year when they combined for over 300 total yards and three touchdowns (Elliott 160/2, Pollard 143/1). It's odd they demolished them the way they did, as the Rams allowed just 0.79 PPR points per opportunity to running backs in 2019, which ranked as the 11th-lowest number in the league. I went back and looked, and there were no major injuries that caused anyone to miss that game on the Rams defense, either. Given all the talent the Cowboys have at wide receiver, it's difficult to say the Rams can put any emphasis on shutting down the run, and it's clear their run game under Kellen Moore worked against the Rams talent. However, there are some unknowns in this game, as the Rams are under a new defensive coordinator (Brandon Staley), and one we know nothing about. We'll get information as we see the games played on both the Rams defense and the Cowboys potential timeshare, but for now, Elliott is the only one you can play with confidence as an RB1 while Pollard is more of an emergency RB4/5 option.
34 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 3. Dalvin Cook RB - MIN (vs . GB)
There were six running backs who totaled at least 20 carries against the Packers last year. The only one who scored fewer than 16.4 PPR points was Adrian Peterson, who still tallied 76 yards and a touchdown. Cook was one of the running backs who crushed him when he ripped off 154 yards and a touchdown in their Week 2 meeting. That set the tone for the season with the Packers, as they allowed a massive 4.86 yards per carry on the season, which ranked as the fourth most in the league, behind only the Panthers, Jaguars, and Browns. The Packers have to be expecting a run-heavy attack from the Vikings, though that didn't seem to matter last year. Among the nine running backs who totaled at least 15 carries against them last year, none of them averaged less than 3.80 yards per carry, and six of them scored at least one rushing touchdown. This tells us that Cook's floor is extremely high in the matchup. Prior to his injury he suffered in Week 11, Cook had tallied at least 20 carries in 7-of-10 games. That's not even factoring in his receiving upside, which is obviously high in Cousins' first game without Stefon Diggs. Cook should be started as a high-end RB1 and can be placed in cash game lineups as one of the true gamescript-proof running backs.
34 weeks ago
Josh Jacobs Note
Josh Jacobs photo 4. Josh Jacobs RB - LV (at CAR)
The Panthers were the team you wanted to play running backs against in 2019. They allowed a massive 5.32 yards per carry and allowed a touchdown every 14.0 carries. We can talk all day about how Jacobs doesn't catch as many passes as he should, but in this game, it won't matter. The Panthers allowed 363.1 fantasy points on the ground alone last year. No other team was above 297.8 points. The Panthers allowed 18 percent more fantasy points on the ground than any team in the league, think about that for a minute. Now, to be fair, they did hire a new defensive coordinator, but this team is clearly lacking talent to be an elite run-stopping unit. They also lost a lot of the talent they did have. It led them to an all-defense draft. Seriously, they didn't draft a single offensive player. That's a lot of young players in the starting lineup. Trust Jacobs as an RB1 this week and expect big results. He's worth both cash-game and tournament consideration.
34 weeks ago
Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 5. Derrick Henry RB - TEN (at DEN)
The last nine games we've seen Henry on the field, here are the numbers he's produced: 222 carries, 1,342 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns. Those would be elite numbers over the course of a whole season. We're talking about nine games. It's going to be tough against the Broncos though, who were already a good run-stuffing defense in 2019 when they allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Now you add in interior lineman Jurrell Casey and get edge rusher Bradley Chubb back from injury? There was one game where the Broncos were absolutely crushed last year (Leonard Fournette rushed for 225 yards on 29 carries), but outside of that game, they allowed just 3.68 yards per carry. Henry himself was among the casualties against them last year, as he totaled a season-low 28 yards on 15 carries. Henry also lost his starting right tackle this offseason, though they did draft Isaiah Wilson in the first round to take Jack Conklin's place. If Henry wants to get into RB1 territory this week, he's going to need to be involved in the passing game more than he was last year (never saw more than three targets), so it's not looking great. You're starting him with the way he's played with Tannehill under center, but temper expectations to the high-end RB2 area this week in a tough matchup.
34 weeks ago
Saquon Barkley Note
Saquon Barkley photo 6. Saquon Barkley RB - NYG (vs . PIT)
It's not the start to the season that you'd hope for with Barkley, as the Steelers defense is about as good as it gets. Fun fact about them: Just one running back scored more than 14.2 PPR points against them last year. The only running back that did was Kareem Hunt, and he totaled 17.5 PPR points, and finished as the RB14. Seriously, that's the best performance the Steelers allowed last season, and that's despite 12 different running backs totaling at least 15 touches, including six running backs with 21 or more touches. Fortunately for Barkley, he's someone who has one-play upside. He didn't break many long runs last year, which may have had something to do with his ankle injury that he rushed back from. Fresh off the offseason, his chances of breaking one of those long plays goes up. You're starting Barkley every week, so this point is moot, but do yourself a favor and make him tournament-only in DFS.
34 weeks ago
Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 7. Joe Mixon RB - CIN (vs . LAC)
Now that Mixon is under contract, it's business as usual. The coaching staff said they realized at the mid-way point last year that this offense needed to revolve around Mixon. The result? He totaled 214 touches over the final nine games. That's a ridiculous 23.8 touches per game. Now you add a more potent offense alongside him? There's massive upside here. The Chargers have one of the best pass-rush/secondary combos but haven't been true showstoppers when it comes to the run. They allowed a healthy 4.29 yards per carry last year with 14 rushing touchdowns (one every 25.9 carries, ranked as the seventh-most often). The issue is that their opponents averaged just 57.7 plays per game in 2019, the second lowest in the NFL. There were just four running backs who topped 17 carries against them last year, and each of them finished with at least 17.8 PPR points and as a top-eight running back that week. The biggest worry about Mixon and the Bengals offense is the Chargers running their slow-paced offense draining the clock. It's not a brutal matchup for Mixon and he can succeed here, so start him as you normally would. I might avoid in cash lineups just because of the low-play potential here if the Bengals fall behind and can't get their defense off the field. I do think Mixon has tournament appeal, though.
34 weeks ago
Alvin Kamara Note
Alvin Kamara photo 8. Alvin Kamara RB - NO (vs . TB)
It seems like Kamara will be on the field for the Saints in Week 1, though nothing is set in stone until they agree to that contract extension. I'll come back on Saturday and update these notes if needed, but we'll plan like Kamara will be out there. The Bucs are a brutal matchup for running backs, as evidenced by the league-low 907 rushing yards they allowed in 2019. They allowed a league-low 3.02 yards per carry, and also contained running backs through the air, allowing just 4.21 yards per target, which was also the best in the NFL. It's rare to see a team accomplish elite numbers against both, and it's even more impressive when you know they played both Christian McCaffrey and Kamara twice. In the meetings last year, Kamara was able to remain decent, finishing as the RB17 in Week 5 and then the RB3 in Week 11. The latter performance was largely in part to his 10 receptions that only netted 47 yards. Murray didn't fare so well, totaling 55 yards on 17 carries in the two games with no touchdowns, finishing as the RB48 and RB52 in those games. Have the injuries piled up for Kamara to the point where they lessen his workload? Rumors have surfaced that he had an epidural injection in his back just a few weeks ago. There's certainly enough risk between that and the matchup to downgrade Kamara's expectations to low-end RB1/high-end RB2 territory.
34 weeks ago
Michael Thomas Note
Michael Thomas photo 9. Michael Thomas WR - NO (vs . TB)
It's time to build on his 2019 season that had him finish with almost 100 more PPR points than any other wide receiver. The Bucs are a team he's torn up over the course of his career. He's played them seven times, racking up 94 or more yards in six of them, including 180 or more twice. Against a similar secondary to the one he'll face this week, he smashed them for 19 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns in two games last year. Sure, Carlton Davis played better down the stretch, but he's never shown the ability to hang with Thomas. With how dominant the Bucs run defense is, the Saints will look to move the sticks with Thomas. Similar to last year, he should see double-digit targets in this game en route to a WR1 finish. If you want to use him in cash lineups, I won't stop you.
34 weeks ago
Aaron Jones Note
Aaron Jones photo 10. Aaron Jones RB - GB (at MIN)
This is a backfield that no one can tell you how it'll shake out with 100 percent certainty. The Packers drafted Dillon with a second-round pick, so that means they'll use him, right? Looking back over the last seven years, there have been 17 running backs drafted in the second round. Only four of them saw fewer than 123 touches and finished outside the top 46 running backs. So yeah, he likely matters. The Vikings allowed just the 12th-fewest points to running backs last year, but not because they were dominant or anything. The 4.39 yards per carry they allowed was the 11th-most in football, and they lost their best presence up the middle of the field in Linval Joseph. He recorded 19 run stops last year, while the runner-up Shamar Stephen totaled 10 of them. They snagged Michael Pierce in free agency to help fill the void, but he opted out for the season, leaving them to start Jaleel Johnson alongside Stephen. You should know that even with Joseph, Jones tagged this unit for 270 yards and three touchdowns on the ground alone last year in the two games they played. He did total 46 carries between the two games, a number he's unlikely to get to with Dillon on the roster, but it's clear LaFleur's scheme works against a then-more-talented Vikings unit, so playing him as a borderline RB1 this week makes sense. I'd probably fade him in cash considering there still is risk attached, but in tournaments, he's a go.
34 weeks ago
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Note
Clyde Edwards-Helaire photo 11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB - KC (vs . HOU)
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 12. James Conner RB - ARI (at SF)
I'm pretty sure Conner and the other running backs will be happy to have Roethlisberger back under center, as it'll surely force defenses to be honest. The Giants defense was horrendous last year, but their run defense was better than the pass, as they allowed just 0.78 PPR points per opportunity last year, which ranked as the seventh fewest in football. They actually held opposing running backs to just 3.96 yards per attempt, making them one of just eight teams who allowed fewer than four yards per carry. It's a new defense under Joe Judge, so we can't automatically assume that all remains status quo, especially considering how bad their secondary was last year. It's possible they place more emphasis on slowing down teams through the air this year, though they may not have the talent to do so. Whatever the case, it's a near-certainty that Conner touches the ball 18-plus times in a game they're favored, automatically bumping him into RB2 territory. Knowing the Steelers will likely take it slow in Roethlisberger's return, we could see them lean on Conner even more than normal. He's a safe low-end RB1/high-end RB2 this week with multiple touchdown potential.
34 weeks ago
Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 13. Austin Ekeler RB - LAC (at CIN)
The preseason was supposed to help us figure out which of Jackson/Kelley were going to be the No. 2 to Ekeler. Jackson is dealing with some sort of foot issue, so it could be Kelley. Whatever the case, Ekeler is going to be the guy. With Tyrod Taylor under center, this team won't be throwing the ball close to 600 times like they did last year. That hurts someone like Ekeler who got 73.5 percent of his production through the air last year. No other top-20 running back eclipsed 48.5 percent. The injury to Mike Williams helps his potential target share, as the Chargers are lacking pass-catching options behind Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. The Bengals are a team that were demolished by running backs last year, allowing a massive 4.58 yards per carry and even more importantly, 7.40 yards per target. The acquisition of D.J. Reader in the middle of the defense will surely help, but they do have two new starting linebackers as well, so this unit is far from familiar with one another. Running backs averaged 29.1 touches per game against the Bengals last year, which leaves plenty of room for Ekeler to get 16-plus touches even if Kelley/Jackson are involved. Start him as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 who should come with a high floor.
34 weeks ago
Chris Carson Note
Chris Carson photo 14. Chris Carson RB - SEA (at ATL)
We don't know how this backfield will shape out, but it's hard to see the Seahawks taking the starting job away from Carson after the year he just had. With that being said, health can be a question mark after he suffered a season-ending hip injury that forced him to miss the playoffs last year. When you add in Hyde and the fact that they drafted a running back (DeeJay Dallas) in the fourth round, it's clear they were preparing for the worst. The Falcons could be described as an average defense last year, as they were around the league average in every major statistical category to running backs: rush attempts (20th), rushing yards (19th), rushing touchdowns (24th), receptions (19th), and receiving yards (23rd). It makes sense that Carson totaled 90 total yards and a touchdown against them in last year's meeting. He was one of 14 running backs who posted top-16 numbers against them. There were three running backs who totaled 100 yards on the ground last year, though nobody was able to eclipse 111 rushing yards. With Hyde on the roster, it's possible they do some sort of 60/40 split, which would hurt both Carson's floor and ceiling. I don't see the Seahawks blowing out the Falcons (neither do oddsmakers), which would play more into Carson/Dallas' role than Hyde's, as Hyde isn't a good pass-catcher. I feel Carson should be considered a mid-to-high-end RB2 in this game who has a little bit more touch concerns than he did in 2019, though not enough to move him out of RB2 territory, especially in a projected high-scoring game. There's a good chance he scores here, though I wouldn't bank on it with cash games now that Hyde's in the mix.
34 weeks ago
Nick Chubb Note
Nick Chubb photo 15. Nick Chubb RB - CLE (at BAL)
It was a tale of two tapes when Chubb saw the Ravens last year, turning in a ridiculous 183-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 4, but then falling flat on his face in Week 16 when he finished with just 45 yards on 15 carries. What changed? Defensive tackle Brandon Williams was out for the Ravens in their Week 4 meeting, and he's been a difference-maker when on the field. The Ravens did lose Michael Pierce and Chris Wormley on the interior of their defensive line this offseason, though they tried to make up for that, trading for Calais Campbell, a player who's continually one of the best in the league. The big change for Chubb will be the Kevin Stefanski offense that should fit his skill set extremely well. The Browns added both Jack Conklin and first-round pick Jedrick Wills to the offensive line, which should be massive upgrades over Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard. Still, it may take some time for them to finesse the scheme and develop chemistry together. The biggest issue for Chubb (and Hunt) this week is that the Ravens opponents averaged just 22.3 running back touches per game. No other team allowed their opponents less than 23.1 touches. That's because they control the clock and allowed their opponents just 57.6 plays per game. If the Browns defense can't slow down Lamar Jackson, we're unlikely to see Chubb and Hunt total more than 25 combined touches. Chubb averaged 6.0 fewer PPR points per game in games the Browns lost last year. He's more of a middling RB2 this week than the RB1 you thought you drafted.
34 weeks ago
Davante Adams Note
Davante Adams photo 16. Davante Adams WR - GB (at MIN)
As someone who's averaged 11.0 targets per game the last two years, you're starting Adams every week. You don't need me to tell you that. But if you're playing DFS, you'll want to know this... The Vikings will be starting three new cornerbacks this year. Former first-round pick Mike Hughes has been elevated to the No. 1 cornerback on the depth chart. He's never been asked to shadow No. 1 receivers, as that was typically Xavier Rhodes' job, but it's likely his job this week. Despite not covering the top receivers over the last two years, Hughes has allowed a 99.0 QB Rating in his coverage, including five touchdowns on 93 targets. The reason I'm assuming it's his job to cover Adams is due to the fact that the Vikings may have two rookies filling the other starting slots, and you don't want a rookie in his first NFL game getting schooled by Adams. The average WR2 performance last year was 14.5 PPR points. The Vikings allowed 19 such performances, which was tied with the Lions for the most in the NFL. We know why they moved on from their veteran quarterbacks, but this young unit will not be able to contain Adams. He's a cash and tournament option this week.
34 weeks ago
Tyreek Hill Note
Tyreek Hill photo 17. Tyreek Hill WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 18. Julio Jones WR - ATL (vs . SEA)
For having lackluster cornerbacks on the roster last year, the Seahawks secondary did well limiting opposing wide receivers. They allowed just 1.57 PPR points per target, which ranked as the fifth-lowest mark in football. They added Quinton Dunbar this offseason, which appeared to be a bad situation, but he was cleared of his offseason issues. The duo of Shaquill Griffin and Dunbar is a potent one, and the Seahawks also traded for safety Jamal Adams to beef up the back end of their defense. The Seahawks play a lot of zone coverage and stay on their sides, so there isn't one cornerback Jones will see more than the other. Despite having to play with Matt Schaub last year, Jones lit them up for 10 catches and 152 yards last year. He was one of eight receivers who topped 100 yards against them. While the Seahawks cornerback unit is improving, their front seven isn't going to generate a whole lot of pressure, which puts even more pressure on these guys to slow down Jones. Start him as a WR1 like you typically do.
34 weeks ago
Kenyan Drake Note
Kenyan Drake photo 19. Kenyan Drake RB - LV (at CAR)
From the time Drake joined the Cardinals last year, he was the No. 4 running back in fantasy football. One thing from that stretch that is unsustainable is his touchdown production, as he scored eight rushing touchdowns on just 123 carries. He still averaged 101.8 total yards per game, but there were three games where he totaled less than 70 total yards. It was a mixed bag against this 49ers defense, as he absolutely demolished them in their first game, racking up 162 total yards and a touchdown. That was one of just two games where the 49ers allowed a running back to crack the 20-point barrier in PPR formats (the other was Christian McCaffrey). In fact, there were just three backs who reached 100-plus total yards against them. The next meeting between the two, Drake finished with 80 total yards and no touchdown. The 49ers did trade away DeForest Buckner, who was a a big reason for their success up the middle of the field, even if he was a better pass rusher than anything. They drafted his replacement in Javon Kinlaw, but he's a rookie with no experience. But again, knowing there were just eight running backs who finished better than the RB24 against the 49ers, we know it's not a great matchup. Drake should still net 15-plus touches in this game and be treated as a decent RB2.
34 weeks ago
Todd Gurley II Note
Todd Gurley II photo 20. Todd Gurley II RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
As long as Gurley is active, he belongs in your starting lineup due to the offense that he plays in. While the days of Gurley receiving 20+ carries are most likely gone, he can absolutely still make contributions for fantasy football with his scoring upside in this high-powered Falcons offense. Gurley's a low-end RB1 in this matchup against the Seahawks defense.
34 weeks ago
George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 21. George Kittle TE - SF (vs . ARI)
What happens when you take one of the league's best tight ends, remove all the wide receivers around him due to injury, and then put him up against the league's worst defense against tight ends? We're going to find out in Week 1. The Cardinals were historically bad at defending tight ends last year. Seriously, they allowed league-highs in yards per target (9.02), catch-rate (75.4 percent), and targets per touchdown (8.1). That all amounts to 2.39 PPR points per target, while no other team in the league was over 2.04 points per target. They allowed nearly 70 more PPR points to tight ends than any other team. Am I driving my point home yet? There were 13 tight ends who finished top-10 against them. Ok, I'm done. To be fair, the Cardinals did draft one of my favorite defensive players in the draft when they snagged linebacker/safety hybrid Isaiah Simmons at No. 8 overall. He's going to help, that much is true. However, this is his first NFL game, with no preseason action. If you think it's that simple to stop Kittle, don't you think other teams would've gameplanned to do it? We talked to Jeff Fisher on the FantasyPros Football Podcast a few weeks ago and he told us tight ends are the hardest ones to gameplan against. Start him everywhere you can, including DFS.
34 weeks ago
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 22. Mark Ingram II RB - HOU (at KC)
This backfield was more of a mess last year than most realize, simply because Ingram scored a lot of touchdowns. But get this... based on how many touches he received and where they took place on the field, Ingram "should have" finished as the No. 23 running back instead of the No. 8 running back where he did. If you combined Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as one running back, this backfield was a 52/48 split. Seriously. Ingram had 228 touches while Edwards/Hill combined for 206 touches. Now you add Dobbins to the mix? The Browns allowed a robust 4.96 yards per carry last year and are extremely light on talent at the linebacker position. Their starters are currently B.J. Goodson, Sione Takitaki, and Tae Davis. They lost last year's fourth-round pick Mack Wilson (linebacker), as well as second-round pick Grant Delpit (safety) during training camp. This is a new defensive scheme, but it's hard to see them turning things around right away, especially given the injuries they're dealing with. The biggest question mark is how this timeshare shakes out, though Ingram should resume his 12-16 touch role to start the season. Knowing the Browns allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year, you can start him as a stable RB2 this week, though he doesn't have a massive ceiling.
34 weeks ago
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 23. Raheem Mostert RB - SF (vs . ARI)
The matchup looks enticing for Mostert, but the competition at his position makes him less appealing of a start this week. Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon both figure to be key parts of the game plan for the 49ers, which is going to cap Mostert's ceiling. He'll receive around his 12-15 touches, but very little involvement through the receiving game pushes his value down a bit. He's going to have to score for you to feel happy starting him this week. Mostert is a borderline RB3/FLEX option for your lineups against Arizona.
34 weeks ago
Chris Godwin Note
Chris Godwin photo 24. Chris Godwin WR - TB (at NO)
It's been rumored in camp that Godwin looks good, but that he's lacking something. He also missed a few practices throughout training camp, so it's something worth monitoring early in the season. The Saints cornerback unit is extremely good, especially since they added Janoris Jenkins at the end of the season. He'll replace the inconsistent Eli Apple opposite Marshon Lattimore. It's a tougher matchup than last year when Godwin hung 7/125/2 on them in Week 5, then 3/47/1 in Week 11. The Saints may not decide to shadow Mike Evans with Lattimore anymore considering Godwin's success, though Jenkins surely changes things. The combination of Lattimore and Jenkins allowed 87-for-159 passing in their coverage for 1,205 yards and seven touchdowns while intercepting six passes. That amounts to a QB Rating below 80. It is worth noting that Godwin's big game last year came while in New Orleans, but it was also before Jenkins was there. You're going to start Godwin in season-long leagues as a WR2 at worst, but it's not a week to feel very confident in cash games. I do like him better than Evans in tournaments, though.
34 weeks ago
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 25. David Johnson RB - HOU (at KC)
Travis Kelce Note
Travis Kelce photo 26. Travis Kelce TE - KC (vs . HOU)
Allen Robinson II Note
Allen Robinson II photo 27. Allen Robinson II WR - CHI (at DET)
Coming off a season where he received 154 targets (and at least seven targets in 14-of-16 games), it's hard to see that number dipping much considering the Bears didn't add anyone of note to their receiving corps. He's had success against the Lions over the last two years, tallying at least 86 yards in 3-of-4 games, including three touchdowns in them. The biggest thing to note is the loss of top-tier cornerback Darius Slay. The Lions traded him away and then selected Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall. While Okudah is likely going to be a star in this league for a long time, I'm highly doubting they ask him to shadow Allen Robinson in his first NFL game. Because of that, I believe he'll see a mix of Okudah and free agent signing Desmond Trufant in coverage. Trufant used to be very good, but has struggled mightily over the last three years, allowing a 62.8 percent catch rate, 8.45 yards per target, and a touchdown every 13.3 targets in his coverage. It's also his first game in a new defensive scheme. Robinson should be in lineups as the sturdy low-end WR1 you drafted him as.
34 weeks ago
A.J. Brown Note
A.J. Brown photo 28. A.J. Brown WR - TEN (at DEN)
He's no longer a rookie or a secret. Brown is clearly a top priority of defensive coordinators, so let's hope the Titans move him around the formation a bit more, as he was in the slot on just 10.4 percent of his snaps in 2019. The Broncos used Chris Harris Jr. to shadow opposing No. 1 receivers last year, but he's gone. They brought in A.J. Bouye, though it's unclear whether he'll shadow opposing No. 1 receivers or if he'll just play a side. Bouye is just 29 years old, so it's difficult to imagine he's dropped off, but his 2019 season was not good. He allowed 772 yards and three touchdowns on 80 targets in coverage, which amounts to 9.65 yards per target. Among the 127 cornerbacks who saw at least 25 targets in coverage last year, that ranks as the 20th-highest mark. The concern is the slow game pace and limited attempts to go around, as we saw Brown targeted just 20 times over his final five games of 2019 (playoffs included). It's why he shouldn't have been considered a WR1 this year, as it's got nothing to do with his talent as a player. This matchup might be a great one if the Broncos don't shadow him with Bouye, but the lack of guaranteed volume keeps him in low-end WR2 territory.
34 weeks ago
D.J. Moore Note
D.J. Moore photo 29. D.J. Moore WR - CAR (vs . LV)
Most of the time, we can say that those who have experience with the quarterback and/or offense, they have a leg up on the rest of the receivers. That's the odd thing about the Panthers this offseason. They have a new offense being installed, as well as a new quarterback. Moore saw 135 targets last year, but does the addition of Robby Anderson hurt his ceiling? Anderson does have experience under Matt Rhule. I'm still siding with Moore, who's easily the best receiver on the roster. The Raiders allowed a massive 1.94 PPR points per target last year (fifth-most) but saw just 281 wide receiver targets on the year (eighth fewest), making them look better than they were. The 9.54 yards per target they allowed was the most in the league. They acknowledged the issue and added both free agent Prince Amukamara and first-rounder Damon Arnette to their cornerback unit this offseason. They wound up cutting Amukamara because they were impressed with Arnette, though just a week later, Arnette fractured his thumb. He's reportedly going to play with a cast on, which is far from ideal when covering someone as slippery as Moore. They don't do any shadowing, so Moore should see a mixture of Trayvon Mullen, Arnette, and Lamarcus Joyner. Knowing the changes and how it may take time for the new cornerbacks to acclimate, I still feel confident starting Moore as a solid high-end WR2 this week who presents WR1 upside. I wouldn't play him in cash lineups considering all the changes on his own team and that we haven't seen how the target share will play out, but he does deserve tournament consideration.
34 weeks ago
Adam Thielen Note
Adam Thielen photo 30. Adam Thielen WR - MIN (vs . GB)
After an injury-plagued 2019 season, Thielen returns to the lineup as the clear-cut target hog in this offense. Even with Stefon Diggs on the team back in 2017 and 2018, Thielen averaged 9.3 targets per game. Now dealing with a rookie (Justin Jefferson) who missed training camp, as well as a newly-acquired wide receiver (Tajae Sharpe). The defense has taken a step back after losing five starters, so we're going to see more pass attempts this season. The Packers have Jaire Alexander sticking at left cornerback most of the time, but you have to wonder if they have him shadow Thielen considering the lack of surrounding talent on the Vikings wide receiver depth chart. Thielen moves all over the formation and won't be at one position more than 40 percent of the time, but Alexander is a solid cornerback who's constantly improving in his young career. He's not untouchable, though. He allowed 8.22 yards per target last year while allowing a touchdown every 20.8 targets in his coverage. This game has the potential to go upside down for the Vikings, which would leave Thielen with plenty of opportunities. He should see a minimum of eight targets, with a ceiling well into the double digits. The matchup isn't great, but it's not bad enough to move Thielen out of the low-end WR1/high-end WR2 territory this week.
34 weeks ago
DeAndre Hopkins Note
DeAndre Hopkins photo 31. DeAndre Hopkins WR - ARI (at SF)
I'm definitely worried about wide receviers going to new teams this year with no preseason games, though Hopkins is one I'm a bit less worried about. Why? Have you seen the quarterbacks he's worked with throughout his career? Outside of Deshaun Watson, here's the list: A.J. McCarron, Tom Savage, T.J. Yates, Brock Osweiler, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum, Matt Schaub, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Despite all of that, he's been a top-five receiver for as long as I can remember. The 49ers don't shadow, so Hopkins will be most likely see Emmanuel Moseley in coverage most of the time. He's a former undrafted free agent who was forced to step into the starting lineup after Ahkello Witherspoon failed to live up to expectations. The Cardinals targeted him seven times in their matchups last year, completing five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. There's likely going to be some growing pains with Hopkins and Kyler Murray, and knowing the 49ers defense is no pushover, it's hard to trust Hopkins as anything more than a WR2 in his Cardinals debut.
34 weeks ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 32. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - PIT (at NYG)
It was a down year for the now-23-year-old in 2019 as he battled through injuries and incompetent quarterback play. All that changes in 2020 as he's healthy and has Ben Roethlisberger under center. Not just that, either. They're moving him back to the slot almost full time, which will help his efficiency. The Giants secondary might be the worst in the league, even though they did acquire James Bradberry as a free agent. Outside of him, their cornerback depth chart goes Corey Ballentine, Brandon Williams, Darnay Holmes, and Isaac Yiadom. They recently added Logan Ryan, who can cover the slot, but might be listed at safety due to the recent injury to Xavier McKinney. Even if he were to come down into the slot, it's not as if it's a matchup you'd avoid. Ryan allowed 69-of-97 passing last year for 766 yards and five touchdowns in his coverage. He was the slot cornerback who was most targeted in the NFL with the closest seeing 85 targets. It's Roethlisberger's first game back, so we have to be a little cautious, but the matchup is too good to pass up playing Smith-Schuster as at least a WR2 with true WR1 upside.
35 weeks ago
Jonathan Taylor Note
Jonathan Taylor photo 33. Jonathan Taylor RB - IND (at JAC)
We didn't get any preseason games, so we don't have any clue how this timeshare will work, but I'm going with talent. The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the draft because they felt they had a void at the position, period. They're now about to go and face the defense that allowed 10 running backs to post top-12 performances against them in 2019. Keep in mind they had Calais Campbell on the roster the entire season and Marcell Dareus for half of it. They're no longer on the defensive line. To highlight the issue, the Jaguars allowed 5.20 yards per carry with Dareus off the field last year. They allowed 5.76 yards per carry when Campbell was off the field. Teams should be able to run wild on this defense, especially one with a top-three offensive line. Again, going back to last year, they allowed 205.2 total yards per game to running backs, which allows for multiple producers. I'm expecting around 15 touches for Taylor in his debut and that's good enough for an RB2 start, even with the uncertainty in his role, as this defense is just too giving.
34 weeks ago
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 34. Calvin Ridley WR - ATL (vs . SEA)
With the way Ridley lines up in the formation, he's typically on the right side about 50-60 percent of the time, which tells us he'll line up with Shaquill Griffin the most. Griffin has been their best cornerback, though there's been some inconsistency to his game. If there's one thing he consistently shuts down, it's allowing receivers to get behind him. It's likely because they play a zone-heavy scheme in Seattle, which makes it easier to keep the receiver in front of you, but it will also allow teams to complete a high percentage of their passes. Over the last two years, Griffin has allowed a 62.7 percent catch rate in his coverage. It's not the greatest matchup for Ridley, but it's also not one where he'll struggle too much if the volume is there. He was on a 131-target pace once Mohamed Sanu left the team last year, so it's possible he gets into the 7-10 target range. Let's temper blowup expectations, but he should deliver stable WR2 numbers.
34 weeks ago
Tyler Lockett Note
Tyler Lockett photo 35. Tyler Lockett WR - SEA (at ATL)
The Falcons looked to be a pretty average team against wide receivers last year, allowing the 16th most fantasy points to them. But looking a bit closer, they were very bad. They allowed a 67.5 percent completion rate (fifth-highest), 9.52 yards per target (second-highest), and a touchdown every 17.3 targets (eighth-most often) to wide receivers. What does all that add up to? 1.97 PPR points per target, which ranked as the third-highest mark in the league. Not an average secondary now, eh? Lockett caught all six of his targets for 100 yards in their meeting with each other last year. Considering they lost long-time starter Desmond Trufant, it's hard to say they're going to get better. Start Lockett as a rock-solid WR2 who comes with plenty of upside in this matchup.
34 weeks ago
Mark Andrews Note
Mark Andrews photo 36. Mark Andrews TE - BAL (vs . CLE)
It may not seem like much, but the exit of Hayden Hurst clears room for more Andrews snaps/targets in 2020. Why would that be? Did you know Andrews played just 31.1 snaps per game last year, or that Hurst played 29.2 snaps per game? Fun fact: Andrews ranked 25th in routes run among tight ends last year. If that were to remain the same, we'd have issues. However, with Hurst gone, we should see a lot more of Andrews on the field, as Boyle was already playing 70 percent of the snaps. In two games against the Browns last year, Andrews finished as the TE1 and TE8, catching 10-of-17 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns over the two games. He was one of the seven tight ends who finished with top-eight numbers against them, largely in part to do with the 10 touchdowns they allowed to tight ends, which ranked as the second-most in the league. If Andrews picks up even half the snaps that Hurst used to play, he'll be in line for a huge bump in routes run, so the regression some are expecting would be compensated for with more volume. Start Andrews as a high-end TE1 and expect results against a team that's light at safety and linebacker.
34 weeks ago
Terry McLaurin Note
Terry McLaurin photo 37. Terry McLaurin WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
From the time that Dwayne Haskins took over as the starting quarterback, McLaurin saw 47 targets, hauling in 30 of them for 461 yards and two touchdowns. He was the No. 36 wide receiver during that stretch. We have little concern about McLaurin's talent, but more concern about lack of touchdown upside with Haskins under center. Now the clear-cut No. 1 receiving option for this team, he'll surely see Darius Slay in coverage this week, a cornerback who's continually among the best in the game. He allowed just a 58.3 percent catch-rate in his coverage last year, which again, isn't great because McLaurin saw more than nine targets just once in 2019. In the game he did, it just so happens it was against the Lions (and Slay) in Week 12 when he turned 12 targets into 5/72/0. That's a realistic finishing stat line for him this week, though he'll have to do it on fewer attempts considering how few plays Eagles' opponents run. Many will run to say that the Eagles allowed 10 different wide receivers hit the 100-yard mark in 2019 and that McLaurin accounted for two of them, but that doesn't account for their massive upgrade with both Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman. As the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in a negative gamescript, McLaurin should still be played as a low-end WR2 who offers a solid floor.
34 weeks ago
Melvin Gordon III Note
Melvin Gordon III photo 38. Melvin Gordon III RB - DEN (vs . TEN)
All we've heard out of Broncos camp is that they may be regretting their decision to pay Gordon all that free agent money, as Lindsay has looked like the better back. It's not surprising to those who've watched Lindsay over the last two years. There have been just nine running backs who've totaled 2,000 rushing yards over the last two years: Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Todd Gurley, and Lindsay. It'll be interesting to see if this is a true 50/50 timeshare under Pat Shurmur. The Titans allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs last year, with much of that production coming through the air, as they allowed 194.7 PPR points through the air alone, which ranked as the eighth-most in the league. I was guessing we'd see Gordon as the starter and getting a 55/45 split from the start, though it's also worth noting Gordon has reportedly had trouble adjusting to the Denver altitude. This could benefit Lindsay in the early going. Lindsay did total 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against the Titans last year, too. For now, we must consider them both RB3s until we see what the true split is. Gordon likely gets first shot at goal-line work, so I'll say he has the slight edge, but it's not much.
34 weeks ago
Robert Woods Note
Robert Woods photo 39. Robert Woods WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
There are a lot of questions about the running back and tight end positions, and even some with Cooper Kupp, but there's no question about Woods' involvement in the Rams offense. He's now played 43 games under Sean McVay and has seen at least seven targets in 33 of them. He saw a ridiculous 79 targets over the final seven games in 2019, too. The Cowboys lost their best cornerback Byron Jones this offseason and have a new defensive coordinator, so it's not wise to look at Woods' lack of a stat line last year against the Cowboys as proof he'll struggle. He caught just 4-of-9 targets for 17 scoreless yards in their meeting last year. The new coordinator for the Cowboys is Mike Nolan, and the last three years he was a defensive coordinator, his units finished 32nd, 27th, and 24th in total yards allowed. Start Woods as a WR2 this week who should fare much better this time around.
34 weeks ago
D.K. Metcalf Note
D.K. Metcalf photo 40. D.K. Metcalf WR - SEA (at ATL)
We watched Metcalf progress as the season went on in 2019, climaxing with a rookie record 160 yards in a playoff game. This offseason, Metcalf and Russell Wilson worked out together at Wilson's private field and reportedly developed a "brotherly" bond. Now they get to start the season against the Falcons secondary? They lost long-time starter Desmond Trufant this offseason and replaced him with rookie A.J. Terrell in the first round of the NFL Draft. Their "top" cornerback is Isaiah Oliver, who allowed a massive 106.9 QB Rating in his coverage last year, including 794 yards in his coverage, which ranked as the eighth-most among cornerbacks. When you add in a rookie cornerback who's taking in his first NFL game action, it could be a playground for Metcalf/Wilson. Knowing the Seahawks never added a true No. 3 wide receiver to syphon targets from Metcalf/Lockett, we should be able to rely on semi-consistent WR2 numbers with week-winning upside. This matchup is a great one and playing in a dome should only accentuate Metcalf's speed.
34 weeks ago
Cooper Kupp Note
Cooper Kupp photo 41. Cooper Kupp WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
Kupp's numbers fell off towards the end of the season last year, but he's still one of the best wideouts the NFL has to offer. This game could easily get turned into a shootout and Kupp has a very good chance to score. He's a WR2 with upside this week.
34 weeks ago
D.J. Chark Jr. Note
D.J. Chark Jr. photo 42. D.J. Chark Jr. WR - JAC (vs . IND)
We've been hearing the Chark hype train started since Jay Gruden became the coordinator and said he'd be moving Chark around the formation a lot more. Fast forward to camp and everyone (I mean everyone) has been saying Chark's dominating camp. Now, to be fair, the Jaguars defense isn't a hard one to dice up, but neither is the Colts. In fact, Chark had his second-biggest game of the year against them, totaling eight receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns in their Week 11 meeting. On top of that, the Colts lost their top cornerback Pierre Desir after voiding his contract. They'll be hoping sophomore cornerback Rock Ya-Sin takes a step forward after allowing nearly 10.0 yards per target in 2019. They signed Xavier Rhodes, who's likely to start, but he was among the worst cornerbacks in football last year with the Vikings, allowing a 127.8 QB Rating in his coverage. He's trended down over the last two years, so there's little reason to think he'll be able to keep up with the young Chark. Start Chark as a borderline WR1 this week, who should see eight-plus targets against the team that allowed the third-most fantasy points per target to wide receivers last year.
34 weeks ago
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 43. Amari Cooper WR - DAL (at LAR)
The last news that we have on Cooper was that he's missed practices or been limited in them recently. That doesn't exactly instill confidence in starting someone that you drafted early on and need to rely on. With that being said, Cooper also has to deal with the fact that he's most likely going to be shadowed by newly PAID Jalen Ramsey. With the other options on this team, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Dak look Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Blake Jarwin's way more than Cooper this week. Cooper's not a "must sit" player by any means, but expectations need to be managed going into Sunday Night Football.
34 weeks ago
Keenan Allen Note
Keenan Allen photo 44. Keenan Allen WR - LAC (at CIN)
The Chargers have a very shallow wide receiver depth chart. Seriously, after Allen, it's Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, Joe Reed, K.J. Hill, and Darius Jennings. You probably haven't heard of most of them. Knowing that Williams is likely out for this game, Allen should be peppered with targets. The Bengals didn't have William Jackson shadow last year and I doubt they'll do that this year. They did snag both Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes in free agency, so they have a new look to them in the secondary, though Alexander has been away from the team for a lot of off-the-field issues, while Jackson and Waynes have been hit-or-miss in coverage through the years. The Bengals defense under Lou Anarumo allowed 9.48 yards per target to wide receivers last year, which ranked as the third-most, though teams didn't pass all that much against them. Wide receivers averaged just 17.3 targets per game, though that's more than enough when we know the state of pass catchers in the offense. Allen should see eight-plus targets in this game and be considered a high-end WR2. He's worth considering in cash lineups.
35 weeks ago
Le'Veon Bell Note
Le'Veon Bell photo 45. Le'Veon Bell RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Marlon Mack Note
Marlon Mack photo 46. Marlon Mack RB - IND (at JAC)
Odell Beckham Jr. Note
Odell Beckham Jr. photo 47. Odell Beckham Jr. WR - CLE (at BAL)
After playing through a groin injury last year, and in Freddie Kitchens' offense, many are worried about Beckham in fantasy. Guys, he's posted at least 1,035 yards in 5-of-6 seasons despite playing 16 games just twice. However, this week does present some real concern. It's the Browns' first game under the expected run-heavy approach of Kevin Stefanski, and the Ravens just happen to have one of the best cornerback units in all of football. Despite them facing the third-most targets to wide receivers, they allowed the 14th-fewest points to them. It's not to say they can't be beat - they can. It's just understanding expectations. There were just three receivers who finished top-12 against them last year, and all of them were slot-heavy receivers (Jamison Crowder, Jarvis Landry, and Mohamed Sanu). There were another nine wide receivers who finished in the WR2 range, and though many of them were also slot options, there were some perimeter receivers. This is not a week to get excited about Beckham in such a tough matchup but know that there will be better days. He should still be locked into six-plus targets and considered a low-end WR2.
34 weeks ago
Stefon Diggs Note
Stefon Diggs photo 48. Stefon Diggs WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
The reports have been good on the chemistry between Diggs and Josh Allen, but when training camp comes around, almost all reports are. The connection they need is the deep ball, as Diggs led the league in deep ball yards last year (635 of his 1.130 yards came on passes that traveled over 20 yards), and all six of his touchdowns were on such passes. So, when you see that Allen completed just 18-of-68 passes that traveled over 20 yards, we have an issue. Fortunately, Allen should have a lot of separation this week, as Diggs can dominate any of Pierre Desir, Blessuan Austin, or Brian Poole. Not only has Desir been a hit-or-miss cornerback, but he's also dealt with a hamstring injury throughout training camp. Poole is ideally a slot cornerback, while Austin is a depth chart cornerback, at best. It's going to be harder for Diggs to have the explosion-type weeks he did with Kirk Cousins, as Allen never threw for more than 266 yards last year and had just four games with more than 34 pass attempts. My guess is that Diggs is a slightly better version of 2019 John Brown, who posted at least 9.2 half PPR points in 13-of-16 games but topped 13.4 points just three times. The matchup is good, so start Diggs as a high-floor WR3 with upside for more.
34 weeks ago
T.Y. Hilton Note
T.Y. Hilton photo 49. T.Y. Hilton WR - IND (at JAC)
After missing the start of training camp with a hamstring, Hilton came back and reportedly became Philip Rivers' favorite target. The Jaguars used to be a team to fear for wide receivers, as Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye were potentially the best duo in the league. Those days are gone. The starting cornerbacks for the Jaguars this year will be first-round rookie C.J. Henderson and Tre Herndon. We know that Henderson has never seen NFL game action, not even preseason. Herndon is someone who played well in a pinch last year, allowing 643 yards and four touchdowns on 76 targets in coverage, though he never saw opposing No. 1 receivers. They're likely going to play sides here, so Frank Reich and Rivers can pick/choose their matchup for Hilton. He's the one sturdy presence in the passing game and should see six-plus targets here, though you have to wonder how much the Colts need to drop back and pass while heavy favorites. If Hilton is healthy, which it appears he is, you want to start him as a WR3. It's best to be cautious in DFS, as it's his first game action with a new quarterback.
34 weeks ago
Marvin Jones Jr. Note
Marvin Jones Jr. photo 50. Marvin Jones Jr. WR - JAC (vs . IND)
We're seeing a change of the guard as the top guy in the Lions offense, but you should know that Jones has actually averaged more targets per game than Kenny Golladay when they're both in the lineup over the last two years. We've watched Jones' yards per catch trend way down over the last few years, bottoming out at 12.6 yards per catch last year. Seeing as there were just nine receivers who tallied more than five catches against the Bears last year, a touchdown may be necessary to get him into WR2/3 territory. With the way Jones aligns most of the time (RWR 41.2 percent of the time), he'll see Kyle Fuller more than anyone. Fuller has been a bit hit-or-miss throughout his career, though it helps that the Bears front seven continually gets pressure. Still, Fuller allowed 887 yards in his coverage last year, which ranked as the second most among cornerbacks. Knowing Jones has caught just three balls in three of his last four games against the Bears, there's a lower floor than we'd like as fantasy players. Because of that, he's a boom/bust WR3/4 option this week. *Update* If Golladay has to miss this week, Jones' ceiling suddenly gets much higher, as he'd be locked into eight-plus targets. If Golladay sits, Jones would move into high-end WR3 territory.
34 weeks ago
Will Fuller V Note
Will Fuller V photo 51. Will Fuller V WR - MIA (at NE)
Despite DeAndre Hopkins seeing 10.1 targets per game over the last two years, Fuller has seen at least six targets in 11-of-18 games. He's also totaled at least 51 yards and/or a touchdown in 10 games. Now that Deshaun Watson has a new running back and two new receivers, Fuller is the only one who's continually played with him, so it's not like he's going to get targeted less often. If you look at the boxscore from the matchup against the Chiefs last year, you'd see that Fuller finished with five catches for 44 scoreless yards. What you won't see is that he had three drops that would have all been touchdowns. It would have been a week-winning performance. You then fast forward to the postseason and see that Fuller saw eight targets and turned them into 5/89/0, you can say he has the Chiefs' number. You then factor in that Bashaud Breeland, one of the Chiefs starting cornerbacks will be out for this game (suspended), and you have yourself a plus matchup. While the Chiefs did allow just 154 receptions to receivers last year (lowest mark in the league), Fuller isn't someone who relies on a lot of receptions to provide value. The Texans are also big underdogs in this game, which should lead to 35-plus pass attempts. Knowing the Watson/Fuller connection is already established, he should be in your lineup as an upside high-end WR3 while healthy, even if it is a tougher matchup than most know.
34 weeks ago
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 52. Michael Gallup WR - DAL (at LAR)
We don't know if Amari Cooper will be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey, but if he's not, Gallup will see plenty of the shutdown cornerback. That's because we typically don't see Ramsey move into the slot, and it's a similar story with Gallup, as he was in the slot just 11 percent of the time last year. It appears that it'll be Ramsey and Troy Hill on the perimeter, which is less-than-ideal for Gallup. Hill played very well when promoted into a full-time role last year, allowing just 23 catches for 304 yards and a touchdown on 51 targets in his coverage. Was it a flash in the pan? He'd been extremely below average in his prior four years in the league. There are a lot of changes to the Rams, including their defensive scheme, so it's difficult to take much away from last year when they allowed just 11.97 yards per reception, which was the sixth lowest in the league. Until we know the pecking order in the Cowboys offense, Gallup should be looked at as a mid-to-low-end WR3, though it does help that Cooper may be dealing with some sort of ailment that could lessen his involvement in the gameplan.
34 weeks ago
Zach Ertz Note
Zach Ertz photo 53. Zach Ertz TE - PHI (at WAS)
Now this is what it's like when worlds collide. Ertz and Goedert combined for 222 targets last year. Washington allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. This is typically where you find an eruption. Ertz totaled 115 yards and a touchdown in two games against them last year, while Goedert chipped in with 71 yards of his own. While I like Jalen Reagor, we can't pretend he's not a rookie (he's out this week). DeSean Jackson is 34 years old. Ertz is clearly in his prime against a team that allowed 1.90 PPR points per target last year (7th-most in NFL). Now, it is a new defense being installed, but that's where the advantage really comes in for the Eagles, as Ertz/Wentz have played together for years in the same offense, while Washington is trying to learn how to communicate amongst each other. With tight ends, communication is paramount, as you'll have one of a cornerback, linebacker, or safety assigned to him, and if one man misses his assignment, Ertz will take advantage. Over the last two years, there's been eight games Alshon Jeffery has missed. Ertz has averaged 10.1 targets in them. Start him as a high-end TE1 in this contest and someone who's an excellent tournament play.
34 weeks ago
Devin Singletary Note
Devin Singletary photo 54. Devin Singletary RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Boston Scott Note
Boston Scott photo 55. Boston Scott RB - PHI (at WAS)
With the news that Sanders is out, Scott vaults up into start-worthy consideration this week. While he's going to absolutely split time with Corey Clement, he has some extra value in PPR leagues. You can roll out Scott as a low-end RB3 with some upside in Full PPR formats.
34 weeks ago
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 56. Marquise Brown WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
After seeing 34 targets over the first four games last year, Brown saw just 37 of them over the final 10 games. Injuries mounted up and his performances suffered. Now, after a healthy offseason, we'll see what he's capable of. The matchup with the Browns should be a decent one, as they figure to go with a zone-heavy scheme under Joe Woods (if he carries over what the defensive backs did in San Francisco). Brown crushed zone coverage last year, catching 22-of-31 targets for 310 yards and four touchdowns. When targeting Brown in zone, Lamar Jackson posted a 142.3 QB Rating. On top of that, it appears that Greedy Williams will not be available for this game, as he's nursing a shoulder injury. The Browns cornerback depth chart is not deep. The Ravens have talked about throwing the ball a bit more this year, so knowing how well the matchup aligns for Brown, you should be starting him as a high-upside WR3. Does he come with some downside? Sure, but he offers game-breaking/week-changing upside. He should be a tournament favorite this week in a game that's projected for nearly 50 points.
34 weeks ago
DeSean Jackson Note
DeSean Jackson photo 57. DeSean Jackson WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
Jackson, Greg Ward, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside are reportedly going to be the starting wideouts in Philadelphia this week. While Zach Ertz will still be heavily targeted, Jackson's the solid bet to lead this team in targets. With the matchup against Washington's CBs, Jackson's a SMASH auto start this week in your FLEX. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Jackson finish as a top-20 WR this week.
34 weeks ago
Cam Akers Note
Cam Akers photo 58. Cam Akers RB - LAR (vs . DAL)
Akers is an intriguing play this week with Darrell Henderson potentially limited with an injury. If Henderson is reportedly fully healthy, Akers moves from a back-end RB2 in my rankings to a FLEX option. However, in what should be a high-scoring matchup, Akers deserves to be in consideration for your starting lineup in some form or fashion.
34 weeks ago
Darren Waller Note
Darren Waller photo 59. Darren Waller TE - LV (at CAR)
There are a lot of questions surrounding the wide receivers and running backs in the Raiders' offense and how they'll be deployed, but Waller is the lone constant. The Panthers were the No. 4 defense against tight ends last year, but not because they were so good against them or anything. In fact, the 8.99 yards per target they allowed was the second-highest number in the league behind only the Cardinals. The reason they allowed so few of fantasy points was because tight ends were targeted just 83 times all season (5.2 times per game) against them. Waller had just two games last year with fewer than five targets, including 10 games with seven or more targets. The yardage should be there, and given the new defensive scheme with more than a handful of new starters, Waller should offer a very stable TE1 floor in this game. He can be considered in cash games if you need to save some money from the elite options.
34 weeks ago
Julian Edelman Note
Julian Edelman photo 60. Julian Edelman WR - NE (vs . MIA)
The Patriots go from a team that threw the ball an average of 600.7 times over the last seven years, to one that'll likely go towards a more run-heavy attack under Cam Newton. Edelman loses that connection that he and Brady had, which led to him averaging 9.6 targets per game over that time. Newton has tended to target big-bodied wide receivers over his time in the league, though he's never had a slot receiver like Edelman. The Dolphins suddenly have a very talented cornerback unit, though we could see Edelman match up with the weakest of the bunch, rookie Noah Igbinoghene in the slot. He's obviously never played a snap in the NFL, so we could see the Patriots exploit that area of the field. Edelman played 68 percent of his snaps in the slot last year, so he's clearly the one with the best matchup on the field. Slot receivers Jarvis Landry, Tyler Boyd, and JuJu Smith-Schuster all posted 103-plus receiving yards against this defense last year, even if the cornerback unit does look different. Edelman can be played as a semi-high floor WR3 this week.
34 weeks ago
A.J. Green Note
A.J. Green photo 61. A.J. Green WR - ARI (at SF)
After dealing with a hamstring injury during training camp, it appears Green should be good to go for the opener. Unfortunately, it's the first time he's stepped foot on the field since 2018 and he has a matchup with a Chargers secondary that might have the best cornerback trio in the league. Casey Hayward has been very good the last few years but adding Chris Harris Jr. this offseason took them to a different level. Harris has been dominant for years and we wondered how he'd do transitioning to the perimeter last year, but he did a fantastic job in shadow coverage. He's not Darrelle Revis in his prime good, but he's good enough to downgrade a player. There were four receivers who played the Chargers last year and saw six-plus targets but didn't finish as a top-36 wide receiver. Those receivers were Allen Robinson, D.J. Chark, Olabisi Johnson, and Marcell Ateman. So, they weren't an automatic producer with targets alone. Because of that, combined with it being Joe Burrow's first game, and Green coming off a long absence, he should be considered a WR3 this week. There will be plenty of weeks where I'll recommend him as a WR2 but play it a bit safe here if possible.
35 weeks ago
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 62. Kareem Hunt RB - CLE (at BAL)
Hunt should be an interesting play this week, as the Browns are heavy underdogs in this game. His splits in wins/losses weren't nearly as bad as Chubb's. Still, you worry about the potential lack of plays for the Browns offense this week, as Stefanski averaged just 60.4 plays per game in Minnesota last year, combined with the Ravens opponents averaging just 57.6 plays per game. It seems somewhat unlikely that Hunt winds up with more than 10-12 touches this week, and it's not a great matchup against a defense that allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points in 2019. Because of that, Hunt should be considered a somewhat low-upside RB3/flex play.
34 weeks ago
DeVante Parker Note
DeVante Parker photo 63. DeVante Parker WR - MIA (at NE)
There were a lot of factors that led to Parker getting 128 targets last year, but maybe none more obvious than Preston Williams getting hurt and missing the second half of the season. There were just three games where Parker didn't total at least 55 yards last year, and one of them was against the Patriots. In fact, he totaled exactly zero yards on seven targets in their first matchup. He got payback in Week 17, though, racking up eight catches for 137 yards. I had to double-check that Stephon Gilmore played in that matchup, and he actually allowed almost all of it in his coverage. That was the only game all year where Gilmore allowed more than five catches or 86 yards in his coverage. My bet would be that Gilmore shadows Parker again in this game, and that Parker comes back down to earth. Gilmore has allowed a 56 percent or less completion rate in his coverage in 5-of-8 NFL seasons, including just a 46.6 percent catch-rate over the last two seasons. Parker should be considered a risky WR3/4 this week. It surely doesn't help that he's missed practice time throughout the last week, and has been limited throughout practice this week.
34 weeks ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 64. Tyler Boyd WR - CIN (vs . LAC)
He saw 147 targets last year in his first year under Zac Taylor and people still wonder about starting him? He's an every-week starter as far as I'm concerned. However, this week isn't one where he's going to have one of his best games of the season. The Chargers allowed just two slot-heavy receivers top four receptions all year and allowed just three of them to top 42 yards. To be fair, they didn't play a lot of talented slot receivers, but it wasn't an easily exploited matchup is the point. Desmond King has been one of the better slot cornerbacks in the league over the last few years, allowing just 816 yards and two touchdowns on 106 targets over the last two seasons. What he does though, is allow a high catch rate, as 87-of-106 passes have been completed. That's a 82.1 percent catch-rate, so if Boyd gets the targets, he'll produce in PPR formats, though he may not get many yards after the catch. Given his familiarity in the system and Green's first appearance since 2018, Boyd is probably the best bet for production in this game. Start him as a WR3.
35 weeks ago
Antonio Gibson Note
Antonio Gibson photo 65. Antonio Gibson RB - WAS (vs . PHI)
Do you know how many touches the Washington backfield averaged last year? 24.4 touches per game. Trying to project how the timeshare in Washington is going to work out might be a waste of time, as there's not enough volume for any of them to be consistent. Can that change under a new offensive coordinator? Sure, but it's hard to say that'll happen without any actual game reps together. Teams like Washington are behind the 8-ball with the shortened offseason and non-existent preseason games. Their offensive line got worse when they traded away Trent Williams, as they're likely to lean on fourth-round rookie Saahdiq Charles at left tackle. That's... not great. Fortunately, the Eagles are not a team to attack with running backs. They ranked No. 7 against fantasy running backs last year and were No. 6 against them in 2018. They added interior lineman Javon Hargrave to the mix this offseason, which should only help matters. Gibson is a wild card where it wouldn't shock me if he saw as little as five touches or as many as 15 touches, though I'd lean on the cautious side considering he saw less than 80 touches during his entire college career. The Eagles have been a very good unit against the run, and though Gibson is somewhat a hybrid running back/wide receiver, the Eagles allowed just 1.33 PPR points per target last year, which ranked as the fifth-lowest mark in the league. Gibson is a risk/reward RB3, but I'd play safer options until we know his role on this offense. He was technically listed behind McKissic on the depth chart, though that may mean nothing.
34 weeks ago
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 66. Sony Michel RB - NE (vs . MIA)
Jarvis Landry Note
Jarvis Landry photo 67. Jarvis Landry WR - CLE (at BAL)
He's coming off hip surgery and was just cleared to come off the PUP list a few weeks ago, so there could be a slow start to his season. That's the concern. The reason for optimism is that he played extremely well against this tough defense last year. In two games, he piled up 15 receptions for 241 yards, finishing as the WR5 and WR27 in those games. That was under the previous coaching staff and if the Browns are moving towards more 12 personnel (1 running back, 2 tight ends) under Stefanski, it would mean less slot duties for Landry. That means he'll see one of Marcus Peters or Marlon Humphrey in coverage, which is not ideal. The two of them combined to allow just 1,075 yards on 165 targets in coverage, which amounts to just 6.5 yards per target. I'd like Landry more if he weren't coming off the hip injury, as he'll still play inside the slot more than Beckham and get away from Peters/Humphrey, but given the nature of the injury and the run-heavy offense, I'm a bit more cautious. I'd say he's a WR3 this week who has a wide range of outcomes, though I don't see a much of a ceiling here.
34 weeks ago
Jordan Howard Note
Jordan Howard photo 68. Jordan Howard RB - PHI (at WAS)
It seems the Dolphins are happy with the duo they've assembled this offseason, though not many are talking about the biggest variable they'll be dealing with. They Dolphins have replaced every member on the offensive line (which really isn't a bad thing considering who was there last year), including three rookies. Knowing they have zero game experience together, it's likely to be an issue. Howard isn't someone who's super elusive, but rather relies on his blocks being set up and hitting the hole. The Patriots allowed just four running backs to finish as top-24 options last year, though the biggest reason was due to them allowing just one running back touchdown the entire season. The Patriots defense has lost interior lineman Danny Shelton, edge rusher Kyle Van Noy, linebackers Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts in free agency, and then had linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung opt out for the season. So, it's fair to say they won't be the same elite unit. They did allow a stable 4.06 yards per carry with those players, so it's not a flat-out zero for Howard, but I'm more worried about his offensive line and lack of scoring opportunities. I wouldn't rely on him for anything more than RB3/4 production.
34 weeks ago
Ronald Jones II Note
Ronald Jones II photo 69. Ronald Jones II RB - TB (at NO)
Jones should still be the lead option in this backfield, but the presence of Leonard Fournette limits his overall ceiling. Additionally, the Saints DST is an extremely difficult matchup for RBs. All of those things point towards Jones being a RB3/FLEX option at best this week.
34 weeks ago
Hunter Henry Note
Hunter Henry photo 70. Hunter Henry TE - NE (vs . MIA)
I was down on Henry for most of the offseason, but given the injury to Mike Williams, I can see him living up to his draft cost to start the year. There were six tight ends who saw more than three targets against the Bengals last year, and five of them finished as a top-10 tight end that week, while Ryan Griffin caught five balls for 30 yards, so not a complete bust. The issue was volume against the Bengals, as they only faced 95 tight end targets all season long (5.9 per game). Heck, they faced just 30.9 pass attempts per game, which ranked as the second fewest in the league, though that will be more than enough for Henry to get six-plus targets with their lack of pass catchers available. Start Henry as a solid TE1 this week who's in a plus matchup with a higher target share.
34 weeks ago
Tyler Higbee Note
Tyler Higbee photo 71. Tyler Higbee TE - LAR (vs . DAL)
Higbee and the Rams should be trailing in this potential shootout on SNF, which means more opportunity for the TE to continue his streak of dominant performances. While Gerald Everett's presence can certainly limit Higbee's overall upside, he's still worthy of starting in this matchup.
34 weeks ago
Zack Moss Note
Zack Moss photo 72. Zack Moss RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 73. Diontae Johnson WR - PIT (at NYG)
This will be Johnson's first full game with Ben Roethlisberger under center, as he played just 24 snaps in the first game last year (but still saw five targets), and then 26 snaps in the second game where Roethlisberger was hurt halfway into the contest. Did you know that even as a rookie, Johnson led the NFL in yards of separation at target for perimeter wide receivers? Keep in mind that's despite horrendous quarterback play. Johnson will play the Antonio Brown role in the offense, so if he's getting separation, he has massive target potential. The downside is that he'll probably see a lot of the Giants top cornerback James Bradberry. He's had some ups and downs in his career, but overall, he's a rock-solid cornerback. He was the bright spot in an otherwise horrendous Panthers defense last year, allowing just two touchdowns on 80 targets in his coverage. However, if the Giants play sides and keep him at RCB, it could be a free-for-all against Corey Ballentine, who was tagged for 392 yards and four touchdowns on just 43 targets and 180 snaps in coverage. Johnson has true breakout potential this year, and depending on how the Giants approach him, it could start this week. Consider him a low-end WR3 with some volatility baked in. *Update* Apparently, Johnson is dealing with some sort of toe injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday. They say it's not an issue, but we must monitor it as the weekend approaches.
34 weeks ago
John Brown Note
John Brown photo 74. John Brown WR - LV (at CAR)
He was a model citizen last year, posting at least 9.2 half PPR points in 13-of-16 games. That's going to change with the arrival of Diggs. There were just three games last year where Brown didn't see at least five targets. In fact, he saw eight-plus targets in 50 percent of the games. Losing volume will be damaging because he already lacked upside (finished with more than 13.4 half PPR points just three times last year). The Jets secondary is one that can be attacked as one of the worst in football, as they don't have an above-average cornerback on the perimeter. Pierre Desir was their "big" signing in free agency, but he was continually torched with the Colts last year, allowing 46-of-72 passing for 676 yards and five touchdowns in his coverage. He's also been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout camp while learning a new defensive scheme. Because of that, there's an avenue to success for Brown in this game, though it would require him to do more with less. Given the Bills are big favorites, it's unlikely Allen throws the ball more than 30-34 times. Because of that, consider Brown a boom-or-bust WR4 in a plus matchup.
34 weeks ago
James White Note
James White photo 75. James White RB - NE (vs . MIA)
Hayden Hurst Note
Hayden Hurst photo 76. Hayden Hurst TE - ATL (vs . SEA)
The Falcons gave up a second-round pick for him, highlighting just how valuable he was in their eyes. The Seahawks were the second-worst team in the league when it came to defending tight ends last year, but they did something about that this offseason. They went and snagged Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams. He saw 33 targets in coverage last year and allowed just 150 yards on them. While the scheme likely had something to do with it, the Jets (where Adams came from) were the third-best team against tight ends last year. Learning a new scheme can take time and this will be Adams' first game in a Seahawks uniform, so we might see some time to acclimate, but the same can be said for Hurst in the Falcons offense. I'm still expecting a lot of pass attempts for the Falcons in this game, so Hurst should be in the 5-8 target range, leaving him in the low-end TE1 range, though there's certainly some red tape surrounding this matchup.
34 weeks ago
J.K. Dobbins Note
J.K. Dobbins photo 77. J.K. Dobbins RB - BAL (vs . CLE)
You can't start him with any confidence, as the Ravens continue to say Edwards will be involved, and we know they'll run with the veteran Ingram out of the gate. I'll just make my prediction: I don't think Dobbins totals more than 7-10 touches in his first NFL game, leaving him outside starting range.
34 weeks ago
Phillip Lindsay Note
Phillip Lindsay photo 78. Phillip Lindsay RB - HOU (at KC)
All we've heard out of Broncos camp is that they may be regretting their decision to pay Gordon all that free agent money, as Lindsay has looked like the better back. It's not surprising to those who've watched Lindsay over the last two years. There have been just nine running backs who've totaled 2,000 rushing yards over the last two years: Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Todd Gurley, and Lindsay. It'll be interesting to see if this is a true 50/50 timeshare under Pat Shurmur. The Titans allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs last year, with much of that production coming through the air, as they allowed 194.7 PPR points through the air alone, which ranked as the eighth-most in the league. I was guessing we'd see Gordon as the starter and getting a 55/45 split from the start, though it's also worth noting Gordon has reportedly had trouble adjusting to the Denver altitude. This could benefit Lindsay in the early going. Lindsay did total 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against the Titans last year, too. For now, we must consider them both RB3s until we see what the true split is. Gordon likely gets first shot at goal-line work, so I'll say he has the slight edge, but it's not much.
34 weeks ago
Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 79. Evan Engram TE - NYG (vs . PIT)
Engram's true ceiling simply isn't here when all Giants receiving options are on the field and healthy, which pushes him down just outside the top-12 TEs in my rankings. This is a tough defense to go up against and Engram may not see the necessary target volume to finish as a top option this week.
34 weeks ago
Jamison Crowder Note
Jamison Crowder photo 80. Jamison Crowder WR - NYJ (at BUF)
If you go and look at the games the Bills allowed to wide receivers last year, you'd see Crowder occupying two of the top three games. He crushed them for 22 receptions, 165 yards, and a touchdown in their two meetings. The other top game they allowed? Another slot-heavy receiver, Jarvis Landry. They are not a team that allows big passing plays, as just one receiver hit the 100-yard mark against them last year, but there were 14 wide receivers who caught at least five passes against them. They were consistent, that's for sure. Not only do we have that, but we also have Crowder as the only receiver who's returning to the starting lineup for Sam Darnold. It's hard to see a scenario where Crowder doesn't see at least eight targets in this game, and they'd be against the same cornerback (Taron Johnson) as last year. The Bills allowed just 10 wide receivers to finish as top-36 receivers last year, so it's not great regardless, but Crowder is the best bet on the Jets this week. Consider him a WR3 who doesn't have a massive ceiling, but he should come with a decent floor.
34 weeks ago
Jared Cook Note
Jared Cook photo 81. Jared Cook TE - LAC (at CIN)
Regression is going to hit Cook hard this year, as he won't average 16.4 yards per reception or score a touchdown every 7.2 targets. Will he get more targets per game? Hard to say yes when they signed Emmanuel Sanders, adding another quality option to the pass catchers. The Bucs did allow the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends last year, and it was definitely a safety unit to target. The Bucs did add one of my favorite safeties in the draft when they took Antoine Winfield in the second round, but it's still his first NFL game with no experience. Is there a hole in the Bucs defensive scheme? Teams targeted tight ends 129 times against them, which ranked as the seventh-most in the NFL. Knowing how well the Bucs stop the run, the Saints could resort to a west-coast, quick-hitting offense this week that produces a lot of pass attempts. Cook's lines against them last year were 4/41/1 and 2/33/1, so nothing massive. He's going to be touchdown-dependent throughout the year, but given the fact that he scored in both matchups against them last year, it might not be the worst bet. Consider him a high-end TE2 who comes with a lower floor than most would like. He's not a tight end to consider in cash lineups.
34 weeks ago
Anthony Miller Note
Anthony Miller photo 82. Anthony Miller WR - CHI (at DET)
The last time that Miller faced off against Detroit was on Thanksgiving Day. In that matchup, he saw 13 targets for 9 receptions and 140 yards. If you're looking for a safe WR3/FLEX option this week with upside, Miller's a solid target. He's been receiving rave reviews coming out of camp and should be heavily targeted in this game.
34 weeks ago
Mike Evans Note
Mike Evans photo 83. Mike Evans WR - TB (at NO)
Evans is reportedly doubtful for this week's matchup, which means that fantasy managers need to start preparing for Plan B. Even if he does somehow play, it's unlikely that he's going to return top-30 value.
34 weeks ago
David Montgomery Note
David Montgomery photo 84. David Montgomery RB - CHI (at DET)
Montgomery has now logged back to back full practices on Thursday and Friday, which indicates that he should be good to go for Sunday. Based on his assumed volume and the matchup, Montgomery should be a fine RB2 start this week.
34 weeks ago
Henry Ruggs III Note
Henry Ruggs III photo 85. Henry Ruggs III WR - LV (at CAR)
Most think Ruggs is just a deep threat with his 4.2-second speed. That's not his game. He's a guy who does well in the open field. The idea is to get him the ball quickly and let him do his work with elusiveness after the catch. The matchup in Week 1 is a good one, as opposing wide receivers averaged 14.2 receptions per game against the Panthers secondary last year, which ranked as the third-most in the league. On a per-target basis, they allowed just 1.67 PPR points, which was actually better than the league average. They were so bad against the run, teams were able to simply dink-and-dunk their way down the field, as evidenced by the 12.39 yards per reception to wide receivers. Their opponents averaged 65.1 plays per game, which is why we saw so many receptions available. Meanwhile, the Raiders only averaged 61.8 plays per game in 2019. Knowing they have the same coaching staff, we could see them increase the no-huddle approach this season. Ruggs isn't a locked-and-loaded WR3 in fantasy just yet, but the upside to finish as a top-20 wide receiver is there. I'll consider him a volatile WR4 for his first NFL game.
34 weeks ago
Rob Gronkowski Note
Rob Gronkowski photo 86. Rob Gronkowski TE - TB (at NO)
Gronk always has the chance to score, but after a year away from football, he might not be ready to take on a full snap count. If that's the case, he's a touchdown or bust play at the TE position this week. I recommend looking elsewhere if you can.
34 weeks ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 87. CeeDee Lamb WR - DAL (at LAR)
I'm playing it safe with rookies in their first game, as they've still yet to play against an NFL team other than their own. There's going to be a transition that must occur. Think about someone like A.J. Brown last year who took a solid 6-8 games before he was used in a full-time role. That's not going to be the case with Lamb, but it's more about the learning curve. It does help that the Cowboys are supposedly going to play him in the slot (we have no concrete proof, but it makes sense), as that's a much easier transition than going to line up on the perimeter against Jalen Ramsey in his first game. The Rams moved on from slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman this offseason and appear to be moving forward with Darious Williams, a third-year former undrafted free agent. He's played just 225 snaps in his NFL career and has seen just 16 targets in coverage, so we don't have much to go off, though he did have two pass breakups and two interceptions on those 16 targets. Still, he's 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, so we could see Lamb (6-foot-2 and 198 pounds) take advantage of his size. Again, exercise caution with rookies in their first NFL game, but Lamb may have the best matchup of the Cowboys receivers. He's a risk/reward WR4.
34 weeks ago
Emmanuel Sanders Note
Emmanuel Sanders photo 88. Emmanuel Sanders WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
He's now 33 years old and starting with a new team. It's not going to be an easy transition but playing with Drew Brees should make it a tad easier. It's also good to know that Sanders won't have to go against top-tier cornerbacks anymore. The Bucs are likely going to play sides and not shadow, but I'd expect Sanders to see the most of Sean Murphy-Bunting in coverage most of the time. He allowed 51-of-71 passing in his coverage last year, which is a high 71.8 percent catch-rate, but they only went for 10.4 yards per reception. That's right in Sanders' wheelhouse, but it's unlikely he gets enough targets to make a big impact in your fantasy lineup. He should be good for 4-6 targets and WR4/5-type production, though he doesn't come with a massive ceiling.
34 weeks ago
Jerry Jeudy Note
Jerry Jeudy photo 89. Jerry Jeudy WR - DEN (vs . TEN)
If you haven't heard what Broncos reporter Cecil Lammey has had to say about Jeudy, you need to pay attention. He said, "No matter how high you're drafting Jeudy, it's probably not high enough." That's high praise. The Broncos have been using him in many different ways and he's getting open at will. Now, we must dial back expectations with it being his first NFL game, but it's hard not to get excited about the potential. Another thing going in his favor is that he's a moveable chess piece that will likely go into the slot a lot more than Courtland Sutton. The Titans lost Logan Ryan this offseason, meaning they'll have to figure out a new solution in the slot. Adoree Jackson has the athleticism, but he's expected to be on the perimeter. But again, Pat Shurmur's offense has traditionally highlighted the slot receiver, which is where Jeudy should be at least 30-40 percent of the time. There are so many weapons in this offense, it's going to be tough to project consistent targets, especially in his first NFL game, but he can win in this matchup. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
34 weeks ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 90. Brandin Cooks WR - HOU (at KC)
Leonard Fournette Note
Leonard Fournette photo 91. Leonard Fournette RB - TB (at NO)
Fournette should see some touches in this matchup, but it might not be enough to be FLEX worthy. There's a possibility that Fournette takes on more of a workload in upcoming weeks, but it's going to be hard to trust him right away in this matchup. He's a RB4 at best this week.
34 weeks ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 92. Noah Fant TE - DEN (vs . TEN)
For those counting at home, Fant averaged just 2.8 targets per game with Fant under center after averaging 4.7 targets per game with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen. There is a new offense installed, but there are also a bunch of other weapons that have been added, highlighting the concerns about his volume. The matchup this week is a great one though, as the Titans allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. There were 12 different tight ends who finished as top-15 options against them, meaning three-quarters of the time, they allowed a streaming-worthy performance. Keep in mind there were only two times a tight end saw more than eight targets, too. Unfortunately, Fant was one of the tight ends who failed to finish as a top-15 tight end against them, as he caught 2-of-3 targets for a measly 16 yards in their Week 6 matchup that was with Flacco under center. Still, tight ends grow rapidly in their first three years, so we should expect him to take a step forward this year. There are a lot of unknowns, but Fant should be considered a high-end TE2 for this plus-matchup.
34 weeks ago
Tarik Cohen Note
Tarik Cohen photo 93. Tarik Cohen RB - CHI (at DET)
If you're looking for a good FLEX play this week, it's hard to go wrong with Cohen. Cohen should be heavily involved in the game plan against the Lions defense and he's always a threat to make an explosive play that can win you a matchup. With the question marks surrounding Montgomery and his status for this week, Cohen's looking like a sneaky option to plug in as a starting option in your lineup.
34 weeks ago
T.J. Hockenson Note
T.J. Hockenson photo 94. T.J. Hockenson TE - DET (vs . CHI)
While the news that Hockenson's ankle is 100% is great, this isn't exactly a matchup that you should feel comfortable rolling him out in. Hockenson's a mid-range TE2 going into the showdown against the Bears.
34 weeks ago
Christian Kirk Note
Christian Kirk photo 95. Christian Kirk WR - ARI (at SF)
Not many realize that Kirk was on a 132-target pace over a full 16-game season last year. DeAndre Hopkins puts a massive dent into that, but Kirk is clearly the No. 2 option in this offense that figures to be more pass-heavy in 2020. He played two games against the 49ers last year, though it was nothing to write home about. He totaled 14 targets and hauled in eight of them for just 49 scoreless yards. The question we don't have answered is whether Kirk will move back to the slot with the acquisition of Hopkins, which is something we don't know until we see game action. The 49ers allowed just 6.74 yards per target to wide receivers last year (third best in the NFL last year), so it's a bad matchup in general, but if he moves into the slot, he'll avoid Richard Sherman. To be fair, K'Waun Williams was very good covering the slot last year, but he's been a bit hit-or-miss throughout his career to this point. With the uncertainty about where he'll line up, as well as the uncertainty surrounding his target share, it's best to approach with caution, though Kirk will likely be in the 5-7 target range for this game. Consider him a middling WR4 with limited upside.
34 weeks ago
Sterling Shepard Note
Sterling Shepard photo 96. Sterling Shepard WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
When Shepard's on the field he's produced for fantasy football. However, with Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley all healthy and active, it's hard to see how Shepard sees enough target volume to finish as a top-30 option at the WR position. Shepard's a low-end RB4 start this week that you're hoping comes down with a touchdown.
34 weeks ago
Dallas Goedert Note
Dallas Goedert photo 97. Dallas Goedert TE - PHI (at WAS)
Goedert benefitted from all the injuries last year and received more playing time. With Jeffery and Reagor out, he'll get more time than he typically would, but I can't confidently say he'll get the 60-plus snaps per game he played last year with the return of DeSean Jackson. Goedert actually totaled at least five targets in each of the last nine games, so it's possible that we're all overlooking him in fantasy, but it's hard to say the Eagles have two top-12 tight ends, though with Washington's stats against them, it's not out of the realm of possibilities. Goedert should be considered a semi-risky TE2 but one who isn't a complete dart throw.
34 weeks ago
Kerryon Johnson Note
Kerryon Johnson photo 98. Kerryon Johnson RB - PHI (at WAS)
Johnson's a depth option in a rotational backfield. Unless D'Andre Swift completely misses this game, it's hard to see how Johnson sees enough work to be a reliable fantasy option. I recommend looking elsewhere if you can.
34 weeks ago
Darius Slayton Note
Darius Slayton photo 99. Darius Slayton WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
When all of the New York Giants WRs are healthy, it's going to be very difficult to determine which ones to start. Slayton should draw coverage from Joe Haden this game, which doesn't bode well for his fantasy outlook. Slayton's a boom/bust WR4.
34 weeks ago
D'Andre Swift Note
D'Andre Swift photo 100. D'Andre Swift RB - DET (vs . CHI)
Swift gets a nice welcome to the NFL by going up against the vaunted Chicago bears defense. With the unknowns of how exactly this backfield is going to play out, plus Swift's potential injury concerns, it's probably best to leave Swift on your bench for this matchup. Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson should both see some work this week, which leaves very little left over for Swift.
34 weeks ago
Preston Williams Note
Preston Williams photo 101. Preston Williams WR - MIA (at NE)
He was considered a long shot to make it back on the field for Week 1 after a Week 9 ACL tear, but Williams has apparently been balling out in training camp. He'll be out there in Week 1 and while DeVante Parker deals with Stephon Gilmore, he'll deal with Jason McCourty. That's not an easy task, as McCourty allowed just 5.31 yards per target in his coverage last year and didn't allow a single touchdown on 49 targets. Williams did catch four passes for 63 yards in their meeting last year, so it wasn't a completely useless performance. With it being the first game he'll play off his ACL, you should probably play it safe, especially when you consider there were just four wide receivers all of last year that finished as a top-24 option against the Patriots. Three of them were slot receivers. Williams is going to have some starter-worthy performances this year, but betting on one here to produce anything more than WR4/5-type numbers would be going against the odds. There's just not enough upside to justify playing him here over other sturdy options.
34 weeks ago
Jonnu Smith Note
Jonnu Smith photo 102. Jonnu Smith TE - NE (vs . MIA)
The Broncos faced the seventh-most targets to tight ends last year but allowed the 21st-most fantasy points. That highlights the efficiency they had. That's a problem for someone like Smith, who hasn't seen much volume in this offense. Despite Delanie Walker missing over half the season, Smith saw more than five targets just twice all year. He was highly efficient with those targets, averaging 10.0 yards per target. Are there more targets to go around in this offense this year? Teams averaged just 33.6 pass attempts per game, and a large part of that is due to their games averaging just 122.3 plays per game, which was the third-lowest mark in the league. The Titans also ranked in the bottom 12 for total plays per game, and it's why you're seeing the game total as low as it is. Because of the projected low-scoring/low-volume affair between these two, I'd prefer to hold off on Smith as a streamer. He's a TE2 this week.
34 weeks ago
Matt Breida Note
Matt Breida photo 103. Matt Breida RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Breida is the better pass-catching option of the two and will likely be mixed in throughout the game on early downs. He's also more elusive and may not rely on his offensive line as much as Howard. Because of that, he may be the better option of the two this week, though Howard will be the goal-line back. No matter the case, it's not one to be excited about for Breida, an RB4 who gets a slight bump in PPR formats.
34 weeks ago
Mecole Hardman Note
Mecole Hardman photo 104. Mecole Hardman WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Blake Jarwin Note
Blake Jarwin photo 105. Blake Jarwin TE - DAL (at LAR)
If you're looking for a TE option that might still be on waivers in your league, Jarwin has a chance to blow up in this matchup. This should be a shootout on Sunday Night Football and Jarwin should do a ton of damage over the middle of the field.
34 weeks ago
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 106. Austin Hooper TE - CLE (at BAL)
There are a lot of rumors about who will be used and how they'll be used in Kevin Stefanski's offense. After paying Hooper the money they did, you'd think he'd have a large role, but if you recall, the Vikings paid Kyle Rudolph a lot of money prior to last season, then split the targets 50/50 with Irv Smith Jr. Nothing is promised to Hooper, though I do expect him to lead this timeshare. Against the Ravens, I don't know if you necessarily want to start him to find out. They allowed just two tight ends to top 10 PPR points against them last year. One was Travis Kelce, who totaled 7/89/0 on eight targets, and the other one was Ricky Seals-Jones, who caught a long 59-yard touchdown. Hooper caught just two passes that traveled over 20 yards in the air last year, which ranked 15th among tight ends. I wouldn't feel comfortable playing Hooper as a TE1, especially given the matchup, though the loss of Earl Thomas does help the matchup. He should be considered a TE2 who's not even guaranteed more than five targets.
34 weeks ago
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 107. Mike Gesicki TE - MIA (at NE)
There have been a lot of people suggesting Gesicki will be the "big slot" receiver in Chan Gailey's offense, though that's a straight-up guess. Is it possible? Sure, though far from a guarantee. The Patriots were a brutal matchup across the board last year, and that included tight ends, as there were just three of them who topped 44 yards against them. Gesicki played against them twice, totaling just 1/11/0 on two targets in the first meeting but then 4/34/1 on seven targets in the second meeting. The Dolphins were lacking receiving options in the second game, leading to Gesicki's high target total. It also didn't hurt that the Dolphins threw the ball 41 times in that Week 17 game. The Patriots opponents averaged just 59.2 plays per game last year and knowing their offense will slow the pace down with Cam Newton, we could see a low-volume game for the Dolphins offense in general. The changing Patriots defense does make the matchup more appealing, especially knowing safety Patrick Chung opted out, so if you want to play Gesicki as a low-end TE1/high-end TE2, go ahead. He's one of the tight ends in that range I feel somewhat confident saying he'll see at least five targets, though it's not a lock in a new offense, especially knowing he was listed as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart.
34 weeks ago
Robby Anderson Note
Robby Anderson photo 108. Robby Anderson WR - CAR (vs . LV)
It's a welcomed change of scenery for Anderson, as he moves on from Adam Gase, and back with his former college coach, Matt Rhule. He's the No. 3 option at best on the team, though, and maybe fourth option. It does help that they have a new quarterback who hasn't developed a favorite just yet. This matchup actually suits Anderson's strengths well, as the Raiders allowed 15.4 yards per reception to wide receivers, which ranked as the third-most in the league. The downside here is that Teddy Bridgewater only attempted a deep ball on 7.1 percent of his attempts last year, which ranks as the second-lowest mark in the league. Anderson offers one-play upside but relying on it in his first game is a tough task, especially considering we don't know where he lands on the pecking order. It is noteworthy that he had one of his best games against this secondary last year, posting 4/86/1 in Week 12. He's more of a tournament play this week where you're looking for the Panthers to exploit the Raiders' weakness downfield. He should be considered a boom-or-bust WR4/5 option in season-long.
34 weeks ago
Allen Lazard Note
Allen Lazard photo 109. Allen Lazard WR - GB (at MIN)
It seems all but certain that it's Davante Adams and Lazard on the field in 2WR sets for the Packers, which obviously offers some value, especially when facing a team like the Vikings who allowed 25 receivers to post at least 11.2 PPR points last year, which was the average amount of points required to finish as a WR3 in 2019. Lazard was on the field in a full-time role when they played in Week 16 last year where he caught 5-of-9 targets for 45 yards. The Vikings are going to have an all-new cornerback unit in 2020, which will feature Mike Hughes (who's likely to see Adams the most), Holton Hill, along with rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler. With no preseason action, they'll be walking into the fire in Week 1. It's hard enough for rookie cornerbacks to start day one, let alone make a difference. Knowing the Packers are not allowing their media staff to disclose who's been running with the first-team offense, we can't start Lazard with 100 percent confidence, but he does have a plus matchup, making him an upside WR4/5 this week.
34 weeks ago
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 110. James Robinson RB - JAC (vs . IND)
We all talked about Leonard Fournette losing targets in the passing game under Jay Gruden, and now that he's out of the picture, we must figure out where they're going to go. In a game where they're big underdogs, there will be plenty of dropbacks. Thompson has averaged 7-10 touches per game over the last three years, so it's not like he's getting crazy involved. Running backs averaged 26.9 touches per game against the Colts last year, so even if we go high-end with Thompson, it's likely we see 17-plus touches for Robinson. Since Frank Reich and Matt Eberflus came to the Colts, they have allowed just one 100-yard rusher against them, and that was Derrick Henry during his late-season domination. The Colts also added DeForest Buckner to the defensive line which is clearly an upgrade. They slowed Fournette down big-time last year, as he totaled a season-low 23 yards on just eight carries in Week 11. He did chip in with seven receptions for 34 yards, but it was one of his worst games all year. Those are the negatives for Robinson behind the same offensive line. Is a late-game goal-line plunge out of the question? It may not look likely considering the Colts allowed just four rushing touchdowns during the entire 2019 season. Robinson should be considered an RB4 this week who needs to score in order avoid busting.
34 weeks ago
Sammy Watkins Note
Sammy Watkins photo 111. Sammy Watkins WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
Tevin Coleman Note
Tevin Coleman photo 112. Tevin Coleman RB - NYJ (at BUF)
Tevin Coleman is going to be needed as a receiver out of the backfield with the injuries the 49ers have suffered at the WR position. He's a sneaky FLEX play this week, but it might be best to wait it out a week and see how Kyle Shanahan divvies up the touches amongst these three RBs in SF before rolling out Coleman in your lineup.
34 weeks ago
Curtis Samuel Note
Curtis Samuel photo 113. Curtis Samuel WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
We saw the Panthers force the issue getting Samuel targets last year, though his efficiency was among the worst in the league. Was it due to the quarterback play? Maybe, though there are a lot of receivers who have to deal with poor quarterback play. New offensive coordinator Joe Brady should get creative with Samuel and find ways to utilize him closer to the line of scrimmage, though we have to project that to happen, as we haven't seen it with Samuel in the NFL just yet. The most consistent cornerback on the Raiders last year was Lamarcus Joyner, who covers the slot, which is where we should expect Samuel to play most of his snaps. Looking at the wide receivers who did well against the Raiders last year, not many of them were smaller receivers. The best game a sub-5-foot-11 receiver had against them was Mecole Hardman's 4/61/1 when Tyreek Hill was out of the lineup. I don't think Samuel offers so much upside that you can't pass on starting him, especially considering the negative reports that were coming out of camp. I'd rather sit back and watch how he's utilized in the new offense.
34 weeks ago
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 114. Latavius Murray RB - NO (vs . TB)
This is a matchup that you want to start as many players as you can due to the projected point totals. Murray is an intriguing FLEX option this week and can be started in that spot with confidence. He's a RB3 with upside this week.
34 weeks ago
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 115. Eric Ebron TE - PIT (at NYG)
It's going to be very interesting to see how the Steelers get Ebron on the field a lot this year, as they are a team that run 3WR sets 70 percent of the time. That means they'll either have one tight end on the field, or they'd have to go without a running back to have two tight ends on the field. So, why can't that be Ebron as the one tight end? Well, he's a horrendous blocker, and that's an issue for a lot of teams, as it makes them predictable when he's on the field. The Giants weren't bad against tight ends last year, as they allowed just 63.2 percent of passes to them be completed, which ranked as the second-best mark in football. That doesn't bode well for Ebron, who's caught just 62.9 percent of passes in his career. The silver lining for Ebron is that the Giants lost their starting safety Xavier McKinney to IR just two weeks before the season, which can expose their lack of depth. Again, my concern is how and when they get Ebron on the field. Hey, they could surprise me and have him out there as a full-time player, but they decided to pay McDonald $5.1 million to be on the team this year. I'm going to see how the snaps play out before trusting them in season-long leagues, though Ebron is clearly my favorite option.
34 weeks ago
Jack Doyle Note
Jack Doyle photo 116. Jack Doyle TE - IND (at JAC)
Many have seemingly overlooked the Colts tight end room, even though both Frank Reich and Philip Rivers have proven to love the position throughout the years. Over the last two years under Reich, tight ends have averaged 9.5 targets per game, which is a massive number. If you were a tight end and saw more than four targets against the Jaguars last year, you finished as a top-13 tight end that particular week. There were nine tight ends who finished with at least 11.1 PPR points against them last year, though Doyle wasn't one of them. In their first matchup, he didn't receive a single target, but it's important to note he was battling shoulder issues and didn't practice all week. In their second matchup, he saw four targets and caught just one for six yards. Even going back to 2018, Doyle totaled just 3/36/0 against them. So, maybe Doug Marrone knows how to keep Reich's tight ends in check? Still, it's hard to pass on Doyle completely when you know that Trey Burton is starting the year on IR. Consider Doyle a streamer who should come with a decent floor despite his struggles in the past while sharing time with others.
34 weeks ago
Chris Thompson Note
Chris Thompson photo 117. Chris Thompson RB - JAC (vs . IND)
Thompson is a flex/RB4-type player in PPR formats, and it's worth mentioning the Colts allowed the most running back receptions (109) in the league last year. The 1.55 PPR points per target was very middle of the pack, but given the expected game flow, there could be more volume than normal.
34 weeks ago
N'Keal Harry Note
N'Keal Harry photo 118. N'Keal Harry WR - NE (vs . MIA)
There are many who are gravitating towards Harry considering Cam Newton has continually targeted big-bodied wide receivers, allowing them to try and win their one-on-one battles. The issue with that this week is that Harry will be matching up against two of the better cornerbacks in the league. Not only did the Dolphins have Xavien Howard, but they also added Byron Jones in free agency, giving them one of the better 1-2 punches at cornerback. Both of them are at least 6-feet tall and weigh over 190 pounds, so they're not smaller guys that Harry can bully. It appears that Harry will be the No. 2 option among wide receivers, as the team moved on from Mohamed Sanu. Julian Edelman will always be the safety valve in Josh McDaniels' offense, but we could see Harry as the red zone target. With that said, it's best to sit back and watch how much playing time/targets Harry gets before trusting him as anything more than a touchdown-reliant WR5 option, especially against this cornerback duo.
34 weeks ago
Chris Herndon IV Note
Chris Herndon IV photo 119. Chris Herndon IV TE - NYJ (at BUF)
There have been rumblings about Herndon's role in the offense, saying he'll be a focal point, and to be fair, they make plenty of sense. The Jets have two new perimeter receivers who have no chemistry with Darnold, and one of them (Perriman) is known to be a deep threat. Knowing the Jets are likely starting five new offensive linemen, it's going to be a work in progress. We can't automatically look at Herndon's success in 2018 and think it translates, as that was prior to Adam Gase's arrival in New York. We do have a history of success with the tight ends that Darnold throws to, however. Even Ryan Griffin was able to haul in 34-of-41 targets for 320 yards and five touchdowns last year. The issue is that the Bills are one of the better teams in the league against tight ends. They allowed just 35.9 yards per game to tight ends last year. Seriously. It helps that tight ends were only targeted 84 times (third fewest in the league), but that says something about their defensive scheme. But when we look at the projected pass attempts for Darnold this week, they have to go somewhere, meaning Herndon should be locked into five-plus targets, which means he can be considered as a streamer. Just understand that his ceiling isn't likely all that high, as there was just one tight end who topped 48 yards against the Bills last year.
34 weeks ago
Breshad Perriman Note
Breshad Perriman photo 120. Breshad Perriman WR - DET (vs . CHI)
He's now on his fourth team in as many years, so it'll be tough for him to make an immediate impact, especially when we had little-to-no offseason. It does help that he's the only perimeter wide receiver with much appeal, but that also means he'll see the most of Tre'Davious White, one of the best cornerbacks in the league. While I don't think he shadows Perriman, it's in the realm of possibilities. Just how good is White? On 84 targets in coverage last year, he allowed just 552 yards (6.6 yards per target) with no touchdowns and six interceptions. Everyone knows by now that Perriman relies on big plays, right? Well, the Bills allowed just one receiver (DeVante Parker) to collect more than three receptions while averaging more than 16.6 yards per reception. The Bills allowed just 34 pass plays of 20-plus yards last year, the fewest in the NFL. They allowed just four plays of 40-plus yards, again, the fewest in the NFL. There are reasons to like Perriman as a tournament play due to low ownership against a great defense, but he's nothing more than a WR4/5 option this week. I'll update his notes as the week goes on because he's missed the last few weeks of practice with a knee injury, though they're expecting him to play.
34 weeks ago
Bryan Edwards Note
Bryan Edwards photo 121. Bryan Edwards WR - LV (at CAR)
If you missed it, Tyrell Williams suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder during training camp. His season is over. With a lot less competition last year, Williams never saw more than seven targets in a game and didn't see more than four targets after Week 12, so we don't know how big Edwards' role can be, but he's fantasy relevant due to the injury. He's a third-round rookie who Derek Carr has reportedly fell in love with during training camp. It's still hard to trust a rookie wide receiver, especially when he's the third option on his team, at best. Edwards is a perimeter wide receiver who'll be the big-bodied target that Carr could look towards in the red zone, as he's 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds. The Panthers cornerback unit is questionable, at best. After losing James Bradberry this offseason, they replaced him with free agent Eli Apple and fourth-round rookie Troy Pride Jr. Pairing Apple with Donte Jackson, the Panthers have one of the worst cornerback depth charts in the league. They then lost Apple to injured reserve during training camp. Jackson allowed a touchdown every 10.0 targets in 2019, while Apple was on his third team in three years. Edwards will likely present value this season, but it's difficult to say how much right now, especially in a game where they should be able to run the ball rather efficiently. Consider him a WR5 for this week, but one who could have a bigger role than you think. If you have room on the end of your bench, add him before the games begin.
34 weeks ago
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 122. Randall Cobb WR - HOU (at KC)
There are many expecting Cobb to just continue the production he had last year while moving from Dak Prescott to Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, Watson hasn't targeted his intermediate wide receivers nearly as much. Before Cobb, there was Cole Beasley with Prescott who racked up some big games. We haven't had many big slot performances with Watson, as he's continually buying time and looking down the field. Will that change now that DeAndre Hopkins is gone? The Chiefs did lose starting slot cornerback Kendall Fuller this offseason, though they likely allowed him to walk due to how well the combination of Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorenson played during the playoff stretch. My guess is that Mathieu will be covering Cobb most of the day, though some things may depend on safety Juan Thornhill playing (recovering from a torn ACL). Mathieu allowed just 5.39 yards per target in coverage last season. Cobb is far from a can't-miss player, especially in this offense, so it's likely best to take the wait-and-see approach with him.
34 weeks ago
Darrel Williams Note
Darrel Williams photo 123. Darrel Williams RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Parris Campbell Note
Parris Campbell photo 124. Parris Campbell WR - IND (at JAC)
It's unclear whether or not Campbell will be on the field for 2WR sets, as T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal/Michael Pittman appear to be the perimeter options. With Chester Rogers gone, Campbell will play a role that netted 224 routes in 11 games last year. By comparison, Hilton ran 276 routes in 10 games, so Campbell can have a big role in the offense despite being the No. 3 receiver. Rivers has loved his targets over the middle of the field throughout his career and Campbell might be the most explosive one yet. The Jaguars have D.J. Hayden covering the slot, which might be their most stable cornerback for the time being. He allowed just 195 scoreless yards on 38 targets in coverage last year. Sure, it's a small sample size with the Jaguars, but he has held opposing quarterbacks below a 87.0 QB Rating when targeted in each of the last four seasons. You didn't draft Campbell as a starter, so sit back and watch how he's used in this game before trusting him.
34 weeks ago
Duke Johnson Jr. Note
Duke Johnson Jr. photo 125. Duke Johnson Jr. RB - FA (BYE)
Joshua Kelley Note
Joshua Kelley photo 126. Joshua Kelley RB - LAC (at CIN)
Laviska Shenault Jr. Note
Laviska Shenault Jr. photo 127. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR - JAC (vs . IND)
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 128. Kendrick Bourne WR - NE (vs . MIA)
It seems the 49ers will have Bourne in the starting lineup come Week 1, though it's hardly something to get excited about considering he tallied more than 42 yards just once in 2019. He has scored nine touchdowns over the last two seasons on just 110 targets, which is impressive, but it's hardly predictable. The Cardinals were a team that he scored in both matchups against last year, though he had just five total catches in the two games for 38 yards. He's in line for a bigger role with all the injuries, but it could also mean less slot opportunities, which is where he's played well. Let's hold on contemplating Bourne for this week outside of deep leagues where he can be played as a WR5.
34 weeks ago
Steven Sims Jr. Note
Steven Sims Jr. photo 129. Steven Sims Jr. WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
It's tough to gauge who will get the touches in the Washington offense outside of McLaurin, but it appears that Sims is on the right track. After a season-ending injury to Kelvin Harmon, they went out and signed Dontrelle Inman, though he's not someone who'll siphon many targets. Sims took over as the full-time slot receiver over the final four weeks of the 2019 season, totaling 36 targets, 20 receptions, 230 yards, and four touchdowns. Clearly, Haskins found a target in him, and it's not like they have a tight end who'll be stealing a bunch of those targets over the middle of the field. The issue is that Nickell Robey-Coleman was signed in free agency and he's quietly been one of the best slot cornerbacks in all of football. On 53 targets in the slot last year, he allowed just 32 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown in his coverage. To better understand why it's a problem, Sims played 79 percent of his snaps in the slot last year, so he'll see a ton of Robey-Coleman. Sims is going to have some usable weeks, though this isn't one where I'd want to rely on him.
34 weeks ago
Hunter Renfrow Note
Hunter Renfrow photo 130. Hunter Renfrow WR - LV (at CAR)
When the Raiders said that Henry Ruggs would play in the slot, it crushed the value of Renfrow, who played 71 percent of his snaps in the slot last year. Because of that, it was going to be interesting to see how they got Renfrow on the field. Now that Tyrell Williams is out for the season, it's unlikely they can get Ruggs into the slot as much as they wanted. The Raiders had three wide receivers on the field just 54 percent of the time last year, which was the eighth-lowest mark in the league. The Panthers are one of the weaker depth charts in the league when it comes to cornerback, and particularly the slot, as they're slated to have rookie Troy Pride Jr. take over that role. But again, until we know how often Renfrow will be on the field, you cannot play him in fantasy right now. Even before all these questions, he played just 34.2 percent of the snaps last year. Now adding Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, it gets a bit dicier, but Renfrow is the stable veteran. He should be considered a mediocre WR5 this week. He's not someone I'm excited to play, but he should offer a semi-decent floor.
34 weeks ago
Malcolm Brown Note
Malcolm Brown photo 131. Malcolm Brown RB - MIA (at NE)
Malcolm Brown should be involved in this game if Darrell Henderson is not fully ready to go, but it is not going to equate to enough for standalone fantasy value. Brown can remain on your bench in deeper leagues or even on your waiver wires.
34 weeks ago
Larry Fitzgerald Note
Larry Fitzgerald photo 132. Larry Fitzgerald WR - ARI (at SF)
He saw 109 targets last year, but that was without DeAndre Hopkins, and Christian Kirk missed three games. We also watched his targets decline as the year went on. He topped seven targets just once in his final 10 games, and also failed to top 56 yards in nine of them. Now you add Hopkins to the mix, and we're likely looking at a six-or-seven-target ceiling for Fitzgerald. He actually caught all nine of his targets against the 49ers last year, that amounted to just 75 yards, though one of them was for a touchdown. We could see Kirk move into the slot and Andy Isabella take the other perimeter spot in 4WR sets, which would also cut into Fitzgerald's appeal as one of now two legitimate options over the middle of the field. He fell in fantasy drafts due to his lack of ceiling and nothing has changed. He's more of a bye week option when you want a decent floor. Unless he scores here, I don't think he gives more than a WR5-type floor.
34 weeks ago
Michael Pittman Jr. Note
Michael Pittman Jr. photo 133. Michael Pittman Jr. WR - IND (at JAC)
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 134. James Washington WR - PIT (at NYG)
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 135. Alexander Mattison RB - MIN (vs . GB)
Mattison was fantastic when called upon last year, but let's not pretend he was getting nearly enough touches to be relied upon in a fantasy lineup. With Cook healthy, there were just three games all season where he saw double-digit carries, and the Vikings won each of those games by double-digits. I don't see that happening this week, making Mattison an RB4/5-type option.
34 weeks ago
Ian Thomas Note
Ian Thomas photo 136. Ian Thomas TE - CAR (vs . LV)
With Greg Olsen off to the Seahawks, Thomas gets his shot at the starting lineup. There have been 10 games where Thomas has seen four-plus targets in his short two-year career. In those games, he's totaled 62 targets, 41 receptions, 397 yards, and three touchdowns. Those are numbers that can be streamed, though it's obviously worth noting that this is a brand-new offense. The Raiders allowed just a 64.0 percent completion rate to tight ends last year. That's about all they did that was above average, as they allowed 10 touchdowns (second-most), and 1.94 PPR points per target (fourth-most). Now that the Panthers have three legitimate receivers and the best pass-catching back in the league, it's tough to say Thomas will have a respectful target share. With so many moving parts, it's hard to say you should take any chances with him as a streamer this week, even if the matchup is a good one.
34 weeks ago
Greg Olsen Note
Greg Olsen photo 137. Greg Olsen TE - FA (BYE)
Olsen could be someone worth looking at down the road this season, but there's too much uncertainty with his role on this team going into this matchup to roll him out in your starting lineup.
34 weeks ago
Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 138. Justin Jefferson WR - MIN (vs . GB)
Jefferson is going to be the slot receiver in this offense, which means that he isn't going to be on the field as much as we would like to see right away. Jefferson should still see 4-5 targets in this game, but that simply won't be enough to be relevant for fantasy football.
34 weeks ago
Adrian Peterson Note
Adrian Peterson photo 139. Adrian Peterson RB - DET (vs . CHI)
Peterson's joining the Lions after being released by Washington and he figures to be a part of the game plan right away. With that being said, this is going to be a messy situation to figure out for fantasy football and none of these backs are worth starting against the Bears if you can avoid it. I'd recommend looking elsewhere if you can.
34 weeks ago
Nyheim Hines Note
Nyheim Hines photo 140. Nyheim Hines RB - IND (at JAC)
Darrell Henderson Note
Darrell Henderson photo 141. Darrell Henderson RB - LAR (vs . DAL)
Cole Beasley Note
Cole Beasley photo 142. Cole Beasley WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
I remember using Beasley in a pinch a few times last season, and it worked out much more than anyone realized. He scored at least 8.3 half PPR points in 11-of-15 games last year. To be fair, he also saw at least six targets in 11-of-15 games last year, a number that's bound to come back down to earth with Stefon Diggs in town. The biggest strength on the Jets cornerback depth chart is Brian Poole, who routinely covers the slot for them. He allowed just 244 yards and one touchdown in his coverage last year, and that's over a span of 53 targets. The Jets liked him enough to give him another one-year deal worth $5 million. I've said it in the Diggs/John Brown notes, but Josh Allen is unlikely to throw the ball more than 30-34 times in a game they're nearly double-digit favorites. The Bills wide receivers averaged 19.4 targets per game last year. If we're expecting 6-8 for Diggs and 4-6 for Brown, that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for Beasley, who's not exactly efficient with fantasy points on a per-target basis. It's best to let him sit on the waiver wire right now, as he'd be useful if Diggs/Brown missed time or had a brutal matchup. Neither are true in this case.
34 weeks ago
Rex Burkhead Note
Rex Burkhead photo 143. Rex Burkhead RB - NE (vs . MIA)
Danny Amendola Note
Danny Amendola photo 144. Danny Amendola WR - DET (vs . CHI)
What would you say if I told you Amendola had as many targets as Stefon Diggs last year? Seriously, 96 targets. He saw at least five targets in 10-of-15 games last year, including eight-plus targets in seven of them. He played a big role in their offense. Unfortunately, it led to just four games with more than 47 yards, so he wasn't a great fantasy asset. The Bears signed Buster Skrine before the 2019 season, and though I critiqued the move, he played well in his first season, allowing just 6.49 yards per target and a touchdown every 20.5 targets. As mentioned in the Marvin Jones paragraph, the Bears allowed just nine receivers to top five receptions all year, so it's highly unlikely we see Amendola amount to much in fantasy this week. He should catch a few balls for those in really deep leagues, but he's just a WR5/6-type.
34 weeks ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 145. Tony Pollard RB - DAL (at LAR)
Pollard's an elite insurance RB, but he's simply not going to see enough work to be a useful week in and week out contributor for fantasy football. He can remain on your bench with the other options you most likely have available to you.
34 weeks ago
Irv Smith Jr. Note
Irv Smith Jr. photo 146. Irv Smith Jr. TE - MIN (vs . GB)
With Rudolph on the roster, it's unlikely that Smith ever sees enough volume to be start-worthy in fantasy football this season.
34 weeks ago
Corey Davis Note
Corey Davis photo 147. Corey Davis WR - NYJ (at BUF)
We saw the numbers with A.J. Brown dramatically increase when Ryan Tannehill came on the field, but why didn't we see a bump from Davis? Well, it does help that Tannehill and Brown were working together as backups prior to the 2019 season in training camp. Now that Davis has had some time to work with Tannehill, we could see a bump in production. If the Broncos are going to use A.J. Bouye to shadow anyone, it'd be Brown, and that would leave Davis against Devontae Harris, who was destroyed in coverage last year, allowing 31/296/3 on just 44 targets in coverage. The Broncos cornerback depth is one of the biggest weaknesses on their team, and the Titans should be exploiting that, depending on who's lined up against Harris. Here's something that could blow your mind: Davis has totaled 21 targets over his last five games, while Brown saw 20 targets in that span. You can't start Davis knowing how bad he was throughout 2019, but don't be surprised if he makes a splash now that Brown is seeing a lot more attention. *Update* He's apparently dealing with a hamstring injury that had him limited in practice this week.
34 weeks ago
Chris Conley Note
Chris Conley photo 148. Chris Conley WR - HOU (at KC)
Chase Edmonds Note
Chase Edmonds photo 149. Chase Edmonds RB - ARI (at SF)
Once Drake joined the team in Arizona, no other running back (David Johnson or Chase Edmonds) topped six touches, so they have no standalone value. Unless something changes, Edmonds is just a handcuff to Drake.
34 weeks ago
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 150. Jerick McKinnon RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Justin Jackson Note
Justin Jackson photo 151. Justin Jackson RB - LAC (at CIN)
Tyler Eifert Note
Tyler Eifert photo 152. Tyler Eifert TE - JAC (vs . IND)
After hearing that Josh Oliver would be out for the season, we now know this is Eifert's job. The Colts didn't allow a single tight end more than 73 yards last year, which says a lot about their consistency with the position. They did allow 16 tight ends record at least 22 yards, including 10 of them with four or more receptions. What this highlights is that they're willing to give you the dink-and-dunk completions to the tight end. Through Jay Gruden's nine years as a coach, he's offered a top-16 tight end six times, so Eifert is in a position to succeed in this scheme. Still, Eifert topped 49 yards just twice last year and has scored just four touchdowns over his last 22 games. In his first game with a new team, I'm okay fading him, as there are safer options out there to stream.
34 weeks ago
John Ross Note
John Ross photo 153. John Ross WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
I've been telling everyone to snag Ross with one of their final picks in fantasy drafts. Why? Well, you'll find out what you have this week. If he's on the field playing almost every snap, he's going to have value in this offense that was extremely pass-heavy last year, even in neutral gamescripts. The downside is that he'll play a defense that allowed just six passing plays of 40-plus yards last year, which ranked fifth-fewest in the NFL. We know Ross can turn a bust week into a WR2 week with just one play, but against this secondary, it's probably unlikely. It helps that Derwin James will not be available, which could lead to some miscommunication on the back end of the defense, and it's not like Casey Hayward or Chris Harris Jr. can keep up with Ross one-on-one down the field (they're both 4.5-speed type players). With Joe Burrow under center, casual fans might realize that Ross is actually a good football player. It's a tough matchup, so I wouldn't bet on him producing here, but in a tournament, as a one-percenter, it could pay off.
34 weeks ago
Russell Gage Note
Russell Gage photo 154. Russell Gage WR - ATL (vs . SEA)
Did you realize Gage saw 66 targets over the Falcons' final nine games? That's a 117-target pace over the course of a season. Sure, Calvin Ridley missed three games and Austin Hooper missed a few games, but Gage was involved and saw at least nine targets on four separate occasions. While developing the new relationship with Hayden Hurst, it's possible Gage is one of Matt Ryan's favorites over the middle of the field. We don't know for certain who will cover the slot for the Seahawks, though it appears that safety Ugo Amadi may be that guy. He played late in the season and allowed 12-of-13 slot targets to be completed for 97 yards. That's a high catch rate, but just 7.46 yards per target. Still, given the strength of the Seahawks secondary, particularly on the back end, we could see Gage get funneled five-plus targets. If you're in a PPR format and looking for a WR5-type floor, Gage can fill that role.
34 weeks ago
Carlos Hyde Note
Carlos Hyde photo 155. Carlos Hyde RB - JAC (vs . IND)
Hyde will assume the vacated Rashaad Penny role in this offense, but that most likely isn't going to equate to a ton of fantasy value in week one. Chris Carson is going to be the clear-cut lead option in this backfield, which is unlikely to leave much left over for Hyde. Hyde can remain on your bench.
34 weeks ago
O.J. Howard Note
O.J. Howard photo 156. O.J. Howard TE - TB (at NO)
Howard could be the TE leader in snaps on this team, but he's not worth looking at in fantasy until we see him actually put it together on the football field.
34 weeks ago
Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 157. Jamaal Williams RB - DET (vs . CHI)
Kenny Stills Note
Kenny Stills photo 158. Kenny Stills WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Dawson Knox Note
Dawson Knox photo 159. Dawson Knox TE - BUF (vs . NYJ)
It seemed like Knox was on his way to fantasy relevance as 2019 went on, though the signing of Stefon Diggs certainly removed a lot of that appeal. There were just three games Knox totaled more than four targets last year (without Diggs on the roster). That's not great for his projections moving forward, and neither is the matchup with the Jets, who completely shut down tight ends last year. They allowed just 1.50 PPR points per target, which ranked as the second-lowest number behind only the Vikings. The important part that last year's numbers don't show is the loss of Jamal Adams, who is/was one of the best cover safeties in the game, and the Jets traded him away to the Seahawks. That will be a massive change to adjust to and might take some time. Still, there aren't enough targets to go around to start Knox with any confidence.
34 weeks ago
Miles Boykin Note
Miles Boykin photo 160. Miles Boykin WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
The fact that the Ravens brought in Dez Bryant for a workout might tell us that they believe Boykin has a ways to go before being a sturdy contributor, though it helps that they didn't sign Bryant. Boykin figures to be on the field in 2WR sets opposite Marquise Brown, but knowing they targeted wide receivers just 10.8 times per game last year, it's tough to say there'll be one consistent wide receiver, let alone two of them. Boykin did do a good job with the limited opportunity he got in 2019, hauling in 198 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 targets. But again, once you think you want to trust him, don't forget they gave Seth Roberts and Willie Snead more targets than him in 2019. The Browns themselves weren't a matchup you needed to attack with wide receivers last year either, as they allowed the ninth-fewest points to the position. Boykin did have the best game of his 2019 season against them (3/32/1), though that's not saying much. As the No. 3 option (at best) in a low-volume passing attack, take the wait-and-see approach with Boykin.
34 weeks ago
Frank Gore Note
Frank Gore photo 161. Frank Gore RB - NYJ (at BUF)
Kyle Rudolph Note
Kyle Rudolph photo 162. Kyle Rudolph TE - NYG (vs . PIT)
In a low passing volume offense, Rudolph is a touchdown-or-bust option in week one.
34 weeks ago
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 163. Van Jefferson WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
Jefferson seems to be the locked in WR3 for this Rams team, but that doesn't mean we can rely him on for fantasy football just yet.
34 weeks ago
Marquez Valdes-Scantling Note
Marquez Valdes-Scantling photo 164. Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR - GB (at MIN)
Scantling's received some praise coming out of camp, but we'll have to wait and see what his role in the offense actually looks like before we plug him into our fantasy football lineups.
34 weeks ago
AJ Dillon Note
AJ Dillon photo 165. AJ Dillon RB - GB (at MIN)
Dillon should see 5-8 carries in this game, which isn't enough to have standalone fantasy value, but it's enough to eat into Aaron Jones' workload. Dillon should be left on your bench in deep leagues or even on your waiver wire in smaller leagues.
34 weeks ago
Tre'Quan Smith Note
Tre'Quan Smith photo 166. Tre'Quan Smith WR - NO (vs . TB)
We've been waiting for the breakout from Smith for the past few seasons and it doesn't appear like it's going to be happening any time soon. With Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas above him on the depth chart, it's unlikely that we ever look at Smith in fantasy football this season.
34 weeks ago
Jimmy Graham Note
Jimmy Graham photo 167. Jimmy Graham TE - CHI (at DET)
Did you know that the Bears didn't have a 100-yard tight end last year? Let me be clear... I'm not talking about one game. I'm talking about all season. Their leading tight end was J.P. Holtz, who caught seven passes for 91 yards. That will change with Graham, but it's tough to get excited when you know that the most targets a Bears tight end saw last year was four. The Lions were a defense that I'd consider middle of the pack against tight ends last year, as they allowed the 15th-most fantasy points, 7.81 yards per target (10th-most), and 1.76 PPR points per target (14th-most) to the position. Despite there being 10 tight ends who saw five or more targets, they allowed just five top-12 tight end performances on the year. Graham is starting over with a new team and didn't post more than 65 yards in a single game last year. He's still a threat in the red zone, so there's always a chance at a touchdown, but I wouldn't bet on it just yet. He should be considered a TE2 who's touchdown dependent.
34 weeks ago
Jalen Richard Note
Jalen Richard photo 168. Jalen Richard RB - LV (at CAR)
Giovani Bernard Note
Giovani Bernard photo 169. Giovani Bernard RB - TB (at NO)
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 170. Benny Snell Jr. RB - PIT (at NYG)
Will Dissly Note
Will Dissly photo 171. Will Dissly TE - SEA (at ATL)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Note
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside photo 172. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR - PHI (at WAS)
While JJAW will reportedly be a starter on this Eagles team week one, it's hard to trust him right out of the gates. JJAW did little with his opportunity last season to inspire confidence rolling him out in your lineup. He's a fine stash candidate to see what the offense looks like against Washington, but I recommend looking elsewhere.
34 weeks ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 173. Chase Claypool WR - PIT (at NYG)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 174. Darren Fells TE - DET (vs . CHI)
Peyton Barber Note
Peyton Barber photo 175. Peyton Barber RB - WAS (vs . PHI)
Brian Hill Note
Brian Hill photo 176. Brian Hill RB - TEN (at DEN)
Hill is the clear backup in Atlanta, but that doesn't mean that he can be relied upon for weekly fantasy production. He's someone to hold onto in deep leagues in the event that Gurley struggles with injury this season again, but otherwise he can be avoided in leagues with shorter benches.
34 weeks ago
J.D. McKissic Note
J.D. McKissic photo 177. J.D. McKissic RB - WAS (vs . PHI)
McKissic is a borderline RB3/RB4 in this matchup in Half PPR formats, but he does get a boost in Full PPR. Washington should be trailing in this matchup, which leads to some garbage time opportunity for McKissic in the receiving game. This is going to be a messy backfield and we need to see how it plays out on the field before we start any of these options with confidence. McKissic can be deployed as a FLEX option in Full PPR leagues, but only if you absolutely need.
34 weeks ago
Mike Williams Note
Mike Williams photo 178. Mike Williams WR - LAC (at CIN)
Olabisi Johnson Note
Olabisi Johnson photo 179. Olabisi Johnson WR - MIN (vs . GB)
Johnson is reportedly the WR2 on this Vikings team, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's someone worth starting for fantasy football. He certainly has the opportunity in front of him to prove the doubters wrong, but he has to do it first before we can consider plugging him into our fantasy football lineups.
34 weeks ago
Adam Humphries Note
Adam Humphries photo 180. Adam Humphries WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 181. Josh Reynolds WR - TEN (at DEN)
Corey Clement Note
Corey Clement photo 182. Corey Clement RB - PHI (at WAS)
Clement will see some work now that Sanders is out for this matchup. However, it might not be enough to warrant RB3 or better value. He's going to split the work with Boston Scott, but Clement should be the goal line back. He's a fine FLEX play if you're desperate at the position.
34 weeks ago
Gerald Everett Note
Gerald Everett photo 183. Gerald Everett TE - SEA (at ATL)
Greg Ward Note
Greg Ward photo 184. Greg Ward WR - PHI (at WAS)
It appears Ward will start in 3WR sets, which offers value in games the Eagles fall behind or drop back to pass a lot, though I'm not sure Washington fits that bill. Teams averaged just 33.7 pass attempts per game against them, and wide receivers accounted for just 17.1 of them. That doesn't leave much for a No. 3 option at wide receiver (could argue No. 2 with Reagor out), and keep in mind that Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders are also ahead of him. We're not sure just how Washington will deploy their cornerbacks yet, but we're also unsure just how much Ward will play. He's someone who certainly benefits with Reagor out of the lineup, and the matchup is a good one, so he should be considered a decent last-minute WR4/5 option in this game.
34 weeks ago
C.J. Uzomah Note
C.J. Uzomah photo 185. C.J. Uzomah TE - CIN (vs . LAC)
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 186. Tee Higgins WR - CIN (vs . LAC)
Gus Edwards Note
Gus Edwards photo 187. Gus Edwards RB - BAL (vs . CLE)
Zach Pascal Note
Zach Pascal photo 188. Zach Pascal WR - IND (at JAC)
LeSean McCoy Note
LeSean McCoy photo 189. LeSean McCoy RB - TB (at NO)
McCoy is the passing-down back, which carries some value in this matchup. The Saints allowed the 10th-most fantasy points through the air to running backs last year, as the 95 receptions they allowed ranked as the fifth-most. Still, McCoy is sharing a lot of snaps and is clearly the No. 3 on this team. He may be usable in deep PPR formats that utilize multiple flex spots as a semi-decent floor play, but he doesn't come with any upside.
35 weeks ago
Scotty Miller Note
Scotty Miller photo 190. Scotty Miller WR - TB (at NO)
Mike Evans is reportedly going to suit up in this matchup, which negates any FLEX appeal that Miller had at one point this week. He can remain on your bench.
34 weeks ago
Auden Tate Note
Auden Tate photo 191. Auden Tate WR - CIN (vs . LAC)
Cordarrelle Patterson Note
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 192. Cordarrelle Patterson WR,RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
Andy Isabella Note
Andy Isabella photo 193. Andy Isabella WR - ARI (at SF)
Isabella's an intriguing name to watch this week to see what his involvement in the offense is like, but otherwise he should remain on your bench in deep leagues.
34 weeks ago
Jace Sternberger Note
Jace Sternberger photo 194. Jace Sternberger TE - GB (at MIN)
He is someone who should take a big step forward during his sophomore season, though starting out on the COVID list didn't help build rapport with Aaron Rodgers or move him up the depth chart, as he was listed as the No. 3 tight end on their first one. Sternberger was a possession-style tight end while at Texas A&M and has a good set of hands on him, so we could see him succeed as a streamer throughout the year. There are a few issues, though. One - we don't know for certain if he'll be in an every-down role immediately. He's never played more than 36 snaps in an NFL game. And two - the Vikings were the best in the league at slowing down tight ends in 2019. They actually ranked No. 8 against them, but that's due to the volume. They allowed just 1.32 PPR points per target to tight ends, while no other team in the league allowed less than 1.50 PPR points per target. Despite playing against Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Darren Waller, Austin Hooper, Evan Engram, and Noah Fant, they allowed just one touchdown on 128 targets. Let's wait to see Sternberger in an every-down role and getting targeted before trusting him. As of now, Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are ahead of him in the pecking order.
34 weeks ago
Demarcus Robinson Note
Demarcus Robinson photo 195. Demarcus Robinson WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Antonio Gandy-Golden Note
Antonio Gandy-Golden photo 196. Antonio Gandy-Golden WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
David Moore Note
David Moore photo 197. David Moore WR - CAR (vs . LV)
Ito Smith Note
Ito Smith photo 198. Ito Smith RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
Willie Snead IV Note
Willie Snead IV photo 199. Willie Snead IV WR - LV (at CAR)
David Njoku Note
David Njoku photo 200. David Njoku TE - CLE (at BAL)
Jakobi Meyers Note
Jakobi Meyers photo 201. Jakobi Meyers WR - NE (vs . MIA)
Devin Duvernay Note
Devin Duvernay photo 202. Devin Duvernay WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
Dion Lewis Note
Dion Lewis photo 203. Dion Lewis RB - NYG (vs . PIT)
Lewis is nothing more than a backup RB that will come onto the field in obvious passing down situations when Barkley needs a break. He's not worth considering in any format this week.
34 weeks ago
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Note
Ke'Shawn Vaughn photo 204. Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB - TB (at NO)
Jaylen Samuels Note
Jaylen Samuels photo 205. Jaylen Samuels RB - PIT (at NYG)
Mike Davis Note
Mike Davis photo 206. Mike Davis RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
Davis seems locked in as the backup RB in Carolina, but that doesn't mean much for fantasy football when CMC is above you on the depth chart. Davis can be left on waiver wires in all leagues.
34 weeks ago
Jalen Reagor Note
Jalen Reagor photo 207. Jalen Reagor WR - PHI (at WAS)
Reagor is expected to suit up in this matchup, but that doesn't mean that you can trust him in your lineup right away. He's still a rookie WR that has missed some time in training camp and he may not have full range of motion. I recommend waiting a week to see what Reagor looks like before you roll him into your lineup.
34 weeks ago
Nelson Agholor Note
Nelson Agholor photo 208. Nelson Agholor WR - NE (vs . MIA)
Mike Boone Note
Mike Boone photo 209. Mike Boone RB - DEN (vs . TEN)
Ryan Nall Note
Ryan Nall photo 210. Ryan Nall RB - CHI (at DET)
Darwin Thompson Note
Darwin Thompson photo 211. Darwin Thompson RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Jakeem Grant Note
Jakeem Grant photo 212. Jakeem Grant WR - MIA (at NE)
Royce Freeman Note
Royce Freeman photo 213. Royce Freeman RB - DEN (vs . TEN)
Joe Reed Note
Joe Reed photo 214. Joe Reed WR - LAC (at CIN)
Patrick Laird Note
Patrick Laird photo 215. Patrick Laird RB - MIA (at NE)
Wayne Gallman Note
Wayne Gallman photo 216. Wayne Gallman RB - SF (vs . ARI)
Javon Wims Note
Javon Wims photo 217. Javon Wims WR - CHI (at DET)
Devontae Booker Note
Devontae Booker photo 218. Devontae Booker RB - NYG (vs . PIT)
Eno Benjamin Note
Eno Benjamin photo 219. Eno Benjamin RB - ARI (at SF)
KeeSean Johnson Note
KeeSean Johnson photo 220. KeeSean Johnson WR - ARI (at SF)
Logan Thomas Note
Logan Thomas photo 221. Logan Thomas TE - WAS (vs . PHI)
It seems that Thomas is the primary pass-catching tight end for Washington, though I can't say you should be excited about it. Washington's tight ends combined for just 73 targets last year, the sixth-lowest mark in the league. On top of that, just one tight end reached 10 half-PPR points last year. It's a new coaching staff, but it's clear that Haskins isn't deliberately targeting his tight ends (there were just three occasions where someone saw more than four targets). Thomas himself has been capped at four targets in all but one of his 42 NFL games. On top of all that, the Eagles have been one of the best in the league at stopping tight ends under Jim Schwartz. Throughout the entire 2019 season, they allowed just 681 receiving yards to the position, or 42.6 yards per game. They did lose Malcolm Jenkins, which will hurt, though moving Jalen Mills to safety will likely be a good thing for his efficiency. We'll keep a close eye on Thomas' targets and playing time in Week 1.
34 weeks ago
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 222. Kyle Juszczyk RB - SF (vs . ARI)
Jordan Wilkins Note
Jordan Wilkins photo 223. Jordan Wilkins RB - IND (at JAC)
Dontrelle Inman Note
Dontrelle Inman photo 224. Dontrelle Inman WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
Devin Asiasi Note
Devin Asiasi photo 225. Devin Asiasi TE - NE (vs . MIA)
Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 226. Jordan Akins TE - HOU (at KC)
T.J. Yeldon Note
T.J. Yeldon photo 227. T.J. Yeldon RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Qadree Ollison Note
Qadree Ollison photo 228. Qadree Ollison RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
Trent Taylor Note
Trent Taylor photo 229. Trent Taylor WR - SF (vs . ARI)
Jordan Reed Note
Jordan Reed photo 230. Jordan Reed TE - SF (vs . ARI)
Dan Arnold Note
Dan Arnold photo 231. Dan Arnold TE - CAR (vs . LV)
Arnold's nothing more than a touchdown-or-bust option in this offense that barely uses its TEs. I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
34 weeks ago
Travis Homer Note
Travis Homer photo 232. Travis Homer RB - SEA (at ATL)
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 233. Tim Patrick WR - DEN (vs . TEN)
Damiere Byrd Note
Damiere Byrd photo 234. Damiere Byrd WR - NE (vs . MIA)
Quintez Cephus Note
Quintez Cephus photo 235. Quintez Cephus WR - DET (vs . CHI)
Nick Boyle Note
Nick Boyle photo 236. Nick Boyle TE - BAL (vs . CLE)
DeAndre Washington Note
DeAndre Washington photo 237. DeAndre Washington RB - MIA (at NE)
Robert Tonyan Note
Robert Tonyan photo 238. Robert Tonyan TE - GB (at MIN)
Chris Hogan Note
Chris Hogan photo 239. Chris Hogan WR - FA (BYE)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 240. Tyler Johnson WR - TB (at NO)
Vance McDonald Note
Vance McDonald photo 241. Vance McDonald TE - FA (BYE)
Justin Watson Note
Justin Watson photo 242. Justin Watson WR - TB (at NO)
While we don't know how many snaps Mike Evans is going to play, his presence in the lineup quashes any appeal that Watson had as a fill-in option. While Watson could play the majority of the snaps if Evans truly is out there just as a decoy, it's too unpredictable of a situation to roll out Watson into your starting lineup.
34 weeks ago
Ryquell Armstead Note
Ryquell Armstead photo 243. Ryquell Armstead RB - JAC (vs . IND)
Jason Witten Note
Jason Witten photo 244. Jason Witten TE - LV (at CAR)
Cameron Brate Note
Cameron Brate photo 245. Cameron Brate TE - TB (at NO)
Dante Pettis Note
Dante Pettis photo 246. Dante Pettis WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
DaeSean Hamilton Note
DaeSean Hamilton photo 247. DaeSean Hamilton WR - DEN (vs . TEN)
Jalen Guyton Note
Jalen Guyton photo 248. Jalen Guyton WR - LAC (at CIN)
Rashard Higgins Note
Rashard Higgins photo 249. Rashard Higgins WR - CLE (at BAL)
Isaiah Ford Note
Isaiah Ford photo 250. Isaiah Ford WR - FA (BYE)
Ryan Griffin Note
Ryan Griffin photo 251. Ryan Griffin TE - NYJ (at BUF)
Marvin Hall Note
Marvin Hall photo 252. Marvin Hall WR - CLE (at BAL)
Ted Ginn Jr. Note
Ted Ginn Jr. photo 253. Ted Ginn Jr. WR - FA (BYE)
Ginn should be listed as one of the starting receivers in Chicago, but that doesn't mean that he's someone you should be looking at for fantasy football. Ginn will be used primarily as a field-stretcher and will see his occasional deep shot downfield to keep the defense honest.
34 weeks ago
Mo Alie-Cox Note
Mo Alie-Cox photo 254. Mo Alie-Cox TE - IND (at JAC)
Cole Kmet Note
Cole Kmet photo 255. Cole Kmet TE - CHI (at DET)
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 256. Kalif Raymond WR - DET (vs . CHI)
Darnell Mooney Note
Darnell Mooney photo 257. Darnell Mooney WR - CHI (at DET)
Jeremy Sprinkle Note
Jeremy Sprinkle photo 258. Jeremy Sprinkle TE - DAL (at LAR)
Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 259. Anthony Firkser TE - TEN (at DEN)
Jesse James Note
Jesse James photo 260. Jesse James TE - FA (BYE)
Ty Montgomery Note
Ty Montgomery photo 261. Ty Montgomery RB - NO (vs . TB)
Josh Hill Note
Josh Hill photo 262. Josh Hill TE - DET (vs . CHI)
Foster Moreau Note
Foster Moreau photo 263. Foster Moreau TE - LV (at CAR)
Keelan Cole Sr. Note
Keelan Cole Sr. photo 264. Keelan Cole Sr. WR - NYJ (at BUF)
Tajae Sharpe Note
Tajae Sharpe photo 265. Tajae Sharpe WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Maxx Williams Note
Maxx Williams photo 266. Maxx Williams TE - ARI (at SF)
Jacob Hollister Note
Jacob Hollister photo 267. Jacob Hollister TE - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Drew Sample Note
Drew Sample photo 268. Drew Sample TE - CIN (vs . LAC)
Khari Blasingame Note
Khari Blasingame photo 269. Khari Blasingame RB - TEN (at DEN)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 270. Ameer Abdullah RB - MIN (vs . GB)
John Hightower Note
John Hightower photo 271. John Hightower WR - PHI (at WAS)
C.J. Ham Note
C.J. Ham photo 272. C.J. Ham RB - MIN (vs . GB)
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 273. Adam Trautman TE - NO (vs . TB)
Seth Roberts Note
Seth Roberts photo 274. Seth Roberts WR - GB (at MIN)
Equanimeous St. Brown Note
Equanimeous St. Brown photo 275. Equanimeous St. Brown WR - GB (at MIN)
Tyler Kroft Note
Tyler Kroft photo 276. Tyler Kroft TE - NYJ (at BUF)
Reggie Bonnafon Note
Reggie Bonnafon photo 277. Reggie Bonnafon RB - CAR (vs . LV)
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 278. Dalton Schultz TE - DAL (at LAR)
Alex Erickson Note
Alex Erickson photo 279. Alex Erickson WR - HOU (at KC)
Adam Shaheen Note
Adam Shaheen photo 280. Adam Shaheen TE - MIA (at NE)
Jeff Wilson Jr. Note
Jeff Wilson Jr. photo 281. Jeff Wilson Jr. RB - SF (vs . ARI)
Chris Manhertz Note
Chris Manhertz photo 282. Chris Manhertz TE - JAC (vs . IND)
Kaden Smith Note
Kaden Smith photo 283. Kaden Smith TE - NYG (vs . PIT)
Jaeden Graham Note
Jaeden Graham photo 284. Jaeden Graham TE - ATL (vs . SEA)
Mohamed Sanu Note
Mohamed Sanu photo 285. Mohamed Sanu WR - SF (vs . ARI)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 286. Albert Okwuegbunam TE - DEN (vs . TEN)
Trayveon Williams Note
Trayveon Williams photo 287. Trayveon Williams RB - CIN (vs . LAC)
Olamide Zaccheaus Note
Olamide Zaccheaus photo 288. Olamide Zaccheaus WR - ATL (vs . SEA)
Alec Ingold Note
Alec Ingold photo 289. Alec Ingold RB - LV (at CAR)
Marcedes Lewis Note
Marcedes Lewis photo 290. Marcedes Lewis TE - GB (at MIN)
Kahale Warring Note
Kahale Warring photo 291. Kahale Warring TE - HOU (at KC)
Ryan Izzo Note
Ryan Izzo photo 292. Ryan Izzo TE - HOU (at KC)
K.J. Hill Jr. Note
K.J. Hill Jr. photo 293. K.J. Hill Jr. WR - LAC (at CIN)
Tyler Ervin Note
Tyler Ervin photo 294. Tyler Ervin RB - GB (at MIN)
Buddy Howell Note
Buddy Howell photo 295. Buddy Howell RB - HOU (at KC)
Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 296. Cedrick Wilson WR - DAL (at LAR)
Gabriel Davis Note
Gabriel Davis photo 297. Gabriel Davis WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Zay Jones Note
Zay Jones photo 298. Zay Jones WR - LV (at CAR)
Nick Vannett Note
Nick Vannett photo 299. Nick Vannett TE - NO (vs . TB)
Harrison Bryant Note
Harrison Bryant photo 300. Harrison Bryant TE - CLE (at BAL)
Isaiah McKenzie Note
Isaiah McKenzie photo 301. Isaiah McKenzie WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Durham Smythe Note
Durham Smythe photo 302. Durham Smythe TE - MIA (at NE)
Luke Stocker Note
Luke Stocker photo 303. Luke Stocker TE - ATL (vs . SEA)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 304. MyCole Pruitt TE - TEN (at DEN)
Virgil Green Note
Virgil Green photo 305. Virgil Green TE - LAC (at CIN)
Senorise Perry Note
Senorise Perry photo 306. Senorise Perry RB - TEN (at DEN)
Byron Pringle Note
Byron Pringle photo 307. Byron Pringle WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Deonte Harris Note
Deonte Harris photo 308. Deonte Harris WR - NO (vs . TB)
Myles Gaskin Note
Myles Gaskin photo 309. Myles Gaskin RB - MIA (at NE)
Dezmon Patmon Note
Dezmon Patmon photo 310. Dezmon Patmon WR - IND (at JAC)
Josiah Deguara Note
Josiah Deguara photo 311. Josiah Deguara TE - GB (at MIN)
KhaDarel Hodge Note
KhaDarel Hodge photo 312. KhaDarel Hodge WR - CLE (at BAL)
Derrius Guice Note
Derrius Guice photo 313. Derrius Guice RB - FA (BYE)
Jason Huntley Note
Jason Huntley photo 314. Jason Huntley RB - PHI (at WAS)
Kalen Ballage Note
Kalen Ballage photo 315. Kalen Ballage RB - PIT (at NYG)
James O'Shaughnessy Note
James O'Shaughnessy photo 316. James O'Shaughnessy TE - JAC (vs . IND)
Braxton Berrios Note
Braxton Berrios photo 317. Braxton Berrios WR - NYJ (at BUF)
Josh Gordon Note
Josh Gordon photo 318. Josh Gordon WR - SEA (at ATL)
Blake Bell Note
Blake Bell photo 319. Blake Bell TE - KC (vs . HOU)
Cody Hollister Note
Cody Hollister photo 320. Cody Hollister WR - TEN (at DEN)
Patrick Ricard Note
Patrick Ricard photo 321. Patrick Ricard RB,DT - BAL (vs . CLE)
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 322. Ty Johnson RB - NYJ (at BUF)
Ventell Bryant Note
Ventell Bryant photo 323. Ventell Bryant WR - CAR (vs . LV)
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 324. D'Ernest Johnson RB - CLE (at BAL)
Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 325. Mack Hollins WR - MIA (at NE)
Deon Yelder Note
Deon Yelder photo 326. Deon Yelder TE - WAS (vs . PHI)
Jakob Johnson Note
Jakob Johnson photo 327. Jakob Johnson RB,TE - NE (vs . MIA)
Stephen Anderson Note
Stephen Anderson photo 328. Stephen Anderson TE - LAC (at CIN)
Devonta Freeman Note
Devonta Freeman photo 329. Devonta Freeman RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Damion Ratley Note
Damion Ratley photo 330. Damion Ratley WR - DET (vs . CHI)
Collin Johnson Note
Collin Johnson photo 331. Collin Johnson WR - JAC (vs . IND)
J.J. Taylor Note
J.J. Taylor photo 332. J.J. Taylor RB - NE (vs . MIA)
Demetrius Harris Note
Demetrius Harris photo 333. Demetrius Harris TE - CHI (at DET)
Diontae Spencer Note
Diontae Spencer photo 334. Diontae Spencer WR - DEN (vs . TEN)
Rysen John Note
Rysen John photo 335. Rysen John WR,TE - NYG (vs . PIT)
Lamar Miller Note
Lamar Miller photo 336. Lamar Miller RB - WAS (vs . PHI)
Cethan Carter Note
Cethan Carter photo 337. Cethan Carter TE,RB - MIA (at NE)
Brandon Zylstra Note
Brandon Zylstra photo 338. Brandon Zylstra WR - CAR (vs . LV)
Rashaad Penny Note
Rashaad Penny photo 339. Rashaad Penny RB - SEA (at ATL)
Andy Janovich Note
Andy Janovich photo 340. Andy Janovich RB - CLE (at BAL)
Luke Willson Note
Luke Willson photo 341. Luke Willson TE - SEA (at ATL)
Pharoh Cooper Note
Pharoh Cooper photo 342. Pharoh Cooper WR - CAR (vs . LV)
Donald Parham Jr. Note
Donald Parham Jr. photo 343. Donald Parham Jr. TE - LAC (at CIN)
Darrell Daniels Note
Darrell Daniels photo 344. Darrell Daniels TE - ARI (at SF)
Brycen Hopkins Note
Brycen Hopkins photo 345. Brycen Hopkins TE - LAR (vs . DAL)
James Proche Note
James Proche photo 346. James Proche WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
K.J. Osborn Note
K.J. Osborn photo 347. K.J. Osborn WR - MIN (vs . GB)
Jordan Thomas Note
Jordan Thomas photo 348. Jordan Thomas TE - IND (at JAC)
Rodney Anderson Note
Rodney Anderson photo 349. Rodney Anderson RB - FA (BYE)
Tyler Conklin Note
Tyler Conklin photo 350. Tyler Conklin TE - MIN (vs . GB)
Anthony Sherman Note
Anthony Sherman photo 351. Anthony Sherman RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Ross Dwelley Note
Ross Dwelley photo 352. Ross Dwelley TE - SF (vs . ARI)
Mike Thomas Note
Mike Thomas photo 353. Mike Thomas WR - CIN (vs . LAC)
Jason Moore Note
Jason Moore photo 354. Jason Moore WR - LAC (at CIN)
Lee Smith Note
Lee Smith photo 355. Lee Smith TE - ATL (vs . SEA)
Trenton Cannon Note
Trenton Cannon photo 356. Trenton Cannon RB - CAR (vs . LV)
DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 357. DeAndre Carter WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
Chad Beebe Note
Chad Beebe photo 358. Chad Beebe WR - MIN (vs . GB)
Patrick DiMarco Note
Patrick DiMarco photo 359. Patrick DiMarco RB - FA (BYE)
Levine Toilolo Note
Levine Toilolo photo 360. Levine Toilolo TE - NYG (vs . PIT)
Malik Taylor Note
Malik Taylor photo 361. Malik Taylor WR - GB (at MIN)
Rico Dowdle Note
Rico Dowdle photo 362. Rico Dowdle RB - DAL (at LAR)
Elijhaa Penny Note
Elijhaa Penny photo 363. Elijhaa Penny RB - NYG (vs . PIT)
Alex Armah Note
Alex Armah photo 364. Alex Armah RB - NO (vs . TB)
John Ursua Note
John Ursua photo 365. John Ursua WR - SEA (at ATL)
Corey Coleman Note
Corey Coleman photo 366. Corey Coleman WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
Andre Roberts Note
Andre Roberts photo 367. Andre Roberts WR - HOU (at KC)
Marcus Baugh Note
Marcus Baugh photo 368. Marcus Baugh TE - WAS (vs . PHI)
Zach Gentry Note
Zach Gentry photo 369. Zach Gentry TE - PIT (at NYG)
Richard Rodgers Note
Richard Rodgers photo 370. Richard Rodgers TE - PHI (at WAS)
Penny Hart Note
Penny Hart photo 371. Penny Hart WR - SEA (at ATL)
Freddie Swain Note
Freddie Swain photo 372. Freddie Swain WR - SEA (at ATL)
De'Angelo Henderson Sr. Note
De'Angelo Henderson Sr. photo 373. De'Angelo Henderson Sr. RB - FA (BYE)
Brennan Eagles Note
Brennan Eagles photo 374. Brennan Eagles WR - DAL (at LAR)
C.J. Board Note
C.J. Board photo 375. C.J. Board WR - NYG (vs . PIT)
Jake Kumerow Note
Jake Kumerow photo 376. Jake Kumerow WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Tyrie Cleveland Note
Tyrie Cleveland photo 377. Tyrie Cleveland WR - DEN (vs . TEN)
Trey Quinn Note
Trey Quinn photo 378. Trey Quinn WR - LV (at CAR)
Nick Keizer Note
Nick Keizer photo 379. Nick Keizer TE - KC (vs . HOU)
Johnny Mundt Note
Johnny Mundt photo 380. Johnny Mundt TE - LAR (vs . DAL)
Nathan Cottrell Note
Nathan Cottrell photo 381. Nathan Cottrell RB - JAC (vs . IND)
Marquez Callaway Note
Marquez Callaway photo 382. Marquez Callaway WR - NO (vs . TB)
Derek Watt Note
Derek Watt photo 383. Derek Watt RB - PIT (at NYG)
Artavis Pierce Note
Artavis Pierce photo 384. Artavis Pierce RB - CHI (at DET)
Jake Butt Note
Jake Butt photo 385. Jake Butt TE - DEN (vs . TEN)
Christian Blake Note
Christian Blake photo 386. Christian Blake WR - ATL (vs . SEA)
Derek Carrier Note
Derek Carrier photo 387. Derek Carrier TE - LV (at CAR)
Gary Jennings Jr. Note
Gary Jennings Jr. photo 388. Gary Jennings Jr. WR - IND (at JAC)
Caleb Wilson Note
Caleb Wilson photo 389. Caleb Wilson TE - PHI (at WAS)
Reggie Gilliam Note
Reggie Gilliam photo 390. Reggie Gilliam TE,RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Richie James Jr. Note
Richie James Jr. photo 391. Richie James Jr. WR - SF (vs . ARI)
Duke Williams Note
Duke Williams photo 392. Duke Williams WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Jordan Scarlett Note
Jordan Scarlett photo 393. Jordan Scarlett RB - MIA (at NE)
Emanuel Hall Note
Emanuel Hall photo 394. Emanuel Hall WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
Keelan Doss Note
Keelan Doss photo 395. Keelan Doss WR - LV (at CAR)
Hale Hentges Note
Hale Hentges photo 396. Hale Hentges TE - FA (BYE)
Deon Cain Note
Deon Cain photo 397. Deon Cain WR - BAL (vs . CLE)
Taywan Taylor Note
Taywan Taylor photo 398. Taywan Taylor WR - CLE (at BAL)
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 399. Dontrell Hilliard RB - HOU (at KC)
Taiwan Jones Note
Taiwan Jones photo 400. Taiwan Jones RB - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Trent Sherfield Note
Trent Sherfield photo 401. Trent Sherfield WR - SF (vs . ARI)
Marcus Kemp Note
Marcus Kemp photo 402. Marcus Kemp WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Daniel Brown Note
Daniel Brown photo 403. Daniel Brown TE - NYJ (at BUF)
Cyril Grayson Jr. Note
Cyril Grayson Jr. photo 404. Cyril Grayson Jr. WR - TB (at NO)
Josh Bellamy Note
Josh Bellamy photo 405. Josh Bellamy WR - FA (BYE)
Xavier Jones Note
Xavier Jones photo 406. Xavier Jones RB - LAR (vs . DAL)
Michael Burton Note
Michael Burton photo 407. Michael Burton RB - KC (vs . HOU)
Jauan Jennings Note
Jauan Jennings photo 408. Jauan Jennings WR - SF (vs . ARI)
Isaiah Coulter Note
Isaiah Coulter photo 409. Isaiah Coulter WR - HOU (at KC)
Steven Mitchell Jr. Note
Steven Mitchell Jr. photo 410. Steven Mitchell Jr. WR - HOU (at KC)
Gehrig Dieter Note
Gehrig Dieter photo 411. Gehrig Dieter WR - KC (vs . HOU)
Samkon Gado Note
Samkon Gado photo 412. Samkon Gado RB - TEN (at DEN)
Keith Smith Note
Keith Smith photo 413. Keith Smith RB - ATL (vs . SEA)
Isaiah Wright Note
Isaiah Wright photo 414. Isaiah Wright WR - WAS (vs . PHI)
Xavier Grimble Note
Xavier Grimble photo 415. Xavier Grimble TE - BAL (vs . CLE)
Josh Adams Note
Josh Adams photo 416. Josh Adams RB - NYJ (at BUF)
Malcolm Perry Note
Malcolm Perry photo 417. Malcolm Perry RB,WR - MIA (at NE)
Trevon Wesco Note
Trevon Wesco photo 418. Trevon Wesco TE - NYJ (at BUF)
Raymond Calais Note
Raymond Calais photo 419. Raymond Calais RB - LAR (vs . DAL)
Ray-Ray McCloud Note
Ray-Ray McCloud photo 420. Ray-Ray McCloud WR - PIT (at NYG)
Cameron Batson Note
Cameron Batson photo 421. Cameron Batson WR - TEN (at DEN)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 422. Noah Brown WR - DAL (at LAR)
Brandon Powell Note
Brandon Powell photo 423. Brandon Powell WR - BUF (vs . NYJ)
Malik Turner Note
Malik Turner photo 424. Malik Turner WR - DAL (at LAR)
J.P. Holtz Note
J.P. Holtz photo 425. J.P. Holtz TE,RB - CHI (at DET)
Chandler Cox Note
Chandler Cox photo 426. Chandler Cox FB - FA (BYE)
Matthew Slater Note
Matthew Slater photo 427. Matthew Slater WR - NE (vs . MIA)
JoJo Natson Note
JoJo Natson photo 428. JoJo Natson WR - CLE (at BAL)
Eric Tomlinson Note
Eric Tomlinson photo 429. Eric Tomlinson TE - BAL (vs . CLE)
Jaydon Mickens Note
Jaydon Mickens photo 430. Jaydon Mickens WR - TB (at NO)
Dan Chisena Note
Dan Chisena photo 431. Dan Chisena WR - MIN (vs . GB)
Trishton Jackson Note
Trishton Jackson photo 432. Trishton Jackson WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
Ashton Dulin Note
Ashton Dulin photo 433. Ashton Dulin WR - IND (at JAC)
Nsimba Webster Note
Nsimba Webster photo 434. Nsimba Webster WR - LAR (vs . DAL)
Sean McKeon Note
Sean McKeon photo 435. Sean McKeon TE - DAL (at LAR)
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 436. Samaje Perine RB - CIN (vs . LAC)
Charlie Woerner Note
Charlie Woerner photo 437. Charlie Woerner TE - SF (vs . ARI)
Noah Togiai Note
Noah Togiai photo 438. Noah Togiai TE - IND (at JAC)
Antony Auclair Note
Antony Auclair photo 439. Antony Auclair TE - HOU (at KC)
Stephen Carlson Note
Stephen Carlson photo 440. Stephen Carlson WR - CLE (at BAL)
Andrew Beck Note
Andrew Beck photo 441. Andrew Beck TE,RB - DEN (vs . TEN)
Ben Ellefson Note
Ben Ellefson photo 442. Ben Ellefson TE - JAC (vs . IND)