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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Half PPR Rankings

Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 12. Julio Jones WR - (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.
32 weeks ago
Todd Gurley II Note
Todd Gurley II photo 22. Todd Gurley II RB - (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.
32 weeks ago
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 31. Calvin Ridley WR - (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.
32 weeks ago
Hayden Hurst Note
Hayden Hurst photo 73. Hayden Hurst TE - (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.
32 weeks ago
Russell Gage Note
Russell Gage photo 149. Russell Gage WR - (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.
32 weeks ago
Brian Hill Note
Brian Hill photo 179. Brian Hill RB - (vs . SEA)
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.
32 weeks ago
Ito Smith Note
Ito Smith photo 202. Ito Smith RB - (vs . SEA)
Mike Davis Note
Mike Davis photo 209. Mike Davis RB - (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.
32 weeks ago
Qadree Ollison Note
Qadree Ollison photo 228. Qadree Ollison RB - (vs . SEA)
Jaeden Graham Note
Jaeden Graham photo 280. Jaeden Graham TE - (vs . SEA)
Olamide Zaccheaus Note
Olamide Zaccheaus photo 290. Olamide Zaccheaus WR - (vs . SEA)
Luke Stocker Note
Luke Stocker photo 301. Luke Stocker TE - (vs . SEA)
Lee Smith Note
Lee Smith photo 360. Lee Smith TE - (vs . SEA)
Christian Blake Note
Christian Blake photo 367. Christian Blake WR - (vs . SEA)
Keith Smith Note
Keith Smith photo 411. Keith Smith RB - (vs . SEA)