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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Bijan Robinson Note
Bijan Robinson photo 4. Bijan Robinson RB - (vs . CAR)
Finally, the debut that so many of us have been waiting for. It will be fun to see what the best RB prospect to enter the league since Saquon Barkley can do in a run-heavy offense, operating behind one of the NFL's better run-blocking offensive lines. It's possible Falcons head coach Arthur Smith uses Bijan and Tyler Allgeier in something close to a 50/50 split in Week 1, eventually shifting more of the workload toward Bijan. But it's also possible that Bijan handles a big load right away. He's a multitalented back with run-catch versatility, so it's possible we'll see Bijan used as a weapon in the passing game. Bijan will face a middling Carolina run defense. But matchup be damned - you didn't spend an early-round draft pick on Bijan just to leave him on your bench. Let's ride!
24 weeks ago
Drake London Note
Drake London photo 58. Drake London WR - (vs . CAR)
As a 21-year-old rookie, London had a 29.4% target share and was targeted on 32.4% of his pass routes. He averaged 2.07 yards per route run. It's possible the kid was just revving his engine and is really going to stomp the gas pedal in Year 2. Sure, London's target share spiked after Kyle Pitts got hurt last year. And, yes, the Falcons will be run-heavy. But, hey, there's really no one other than London, Pitts and possibly Bijan Robinson who's going to see a lot of targets in this offense. London is a weekly must-start in fantasy. That said, London's matchup against Carolina might mean a lot of face time with Panthers CB Jaycee Horn, a talented young cover man with the size (6-1, 205) to avoid being bullied by the 6-4, 213-pound London. Tread lightly with London in DFS (but don't rule him out of your lineups completely).
24 weeks ago
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 82. Van Jefferson WR - (vs . CAR)
Without Kupp, Van Jefferson projects to slide in as the de-facto No. 1 WR versus the Seattle Seahawks. From Weeks 10-18 without Kupp last season, Jefferson was the WR39 coming off a major injury. But his 14% target rate was abysmal, as Higbee led the team in total targets. Still, Jefferson commanded basically everything downfield, with a 40% air yards share...which ranked 10th among all WRs over that span. How much of Jefferson's actual production that was either injury/QB-related remains to be seen. At least you can bet that Jefferson will be out there running a ton of routes like the locked-and-loaded No. 1 WR with a golden opportunity. He earned 7 targets the last time he faced Seattle, catching three for 61 yards. View him as a top-40 WR for Week 1, with volume likely coming his way. Considering some of the roster holes you might be faced with due to some high-priced fantasy studs being zeroes for Week 1, you could do worse than flexing Jefferson in a full-time role. Just note that Jefferson's probably more of a floor play versus a Seahawks defense that was extremely stingy versus perimeter WRs last season, allowing the fewest fantasy points to WRs aligned outside.
24 weeks ago
Tyler Allgeier Note
Tyler Allgeier photo 90. Tyler Allgeier RB - (vs . CAR)
As run-heavy as the Falcons can be under head coach Arthur Smith, it's possible that Allgeier could have standalone value even with rookie Bijan Robinson taking over as Atlanta's lead back. Allgeier, a surprise 1,000-yard rusher last season as a rookie, could get 10-15 carries against the Panthers if the game script cooperates. But he could also yield to Bijan and get 4-6 carries. He's off the radar for fantasy this week in all but the largest of leagues.
24 weeks ago
Kyle Pitts Note
Kyle Pitts photo 93. Kyle Pitts TE - (vs . CAR)
After a disappointing, injury-marred 2022 campaign, will Pitts live up to his vast fantasy potential in 2023? Two seasons ago, Pitts became the first rookie tight end to record a 1,000-yard season since Mike Ditka did it 60 years earlier. Pitts had only 28-356-2 in 10 games last year before a torn MCL ended his season. While he was healthy, he was plagued by an extraordinarily high percentage of uncatchable throws from Marcus Mariota. Pitts is a midrange TE1 with the potential to ascend to the top of the position. Don't leave him out of your lineup.
24 weeks ago
Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 186. Mack Hollins WR - (vs . CAR)
Jonnu Smith Note
Jonnu Smith photo 241. Jonnu Smith TE - (vs . CAR)
KhaDarel Hodge Note
KhaDarel Hodge photo 268. KhaDarel Hodge WR - (vs . CAR)
Scott Miller Note
Scott Miller photo 292. Scott Miller WR - (vs . CAR)
Keith Smith Note
Keith Smith photo 323. Keith Smith RB - (vs . CAR)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 336. MyCole Pruitt TE - (vs . CAR)
Parker Hesse Note
Parker Hesse photo 370. Parker Hesse TE - (vs . CAR)
Robert Burns Note
Robert Burns photo 457. Robert Burns RB - (vs . CAR)
Tucker Fisk Note
Tucker Fisk photo 467. Tucker Fisk TE - (vs . CAR)