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Week 1 PPR Rankings

Mark Andrews Note
Mark Andrews photo 35. Mark Andrews TE - (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.
35 weeks ago
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 52. Marquise Brown WR - (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.
35 weeks ago
Sammy Watkins Note
Sammy Watkins photo 102. Sammy Watkins WR - (vs . CLE)
J.K. Dobbins Note
J.K. Dobbins photo 110. J.K. Dobbins RB - (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.
35 weeks ago
Miles Boykin Note
Miles Boykin photo 157. Miles Boykin WR - (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.
35 weeks ago
Devin Duvernay Note
Devin Duvernay photo 201. Devin Duvernay WR - (vs . CLE)
Gus Edwards Note
Gus Edwards photo 203. Gus Edwards RB - (vs . CLE)
Nick Boyle Note
Nick Boyle photo 236. Nick Boyle TE - (vs . CLE)
Patrick Ricard Note
Patrick Ricard photo 313. Patrick Ricard RB,DT - (vs . CLE)
James Proche Note
James Proche photo 350. James Proche WR - (vs . CLE)
Deon Cain Note
Deon Cain photo 402. Deon Cain WR - (vs . CLE)
Xavier Grimble Note
Xavier Grimble photo 422. Xavier Grimble TE - (vs . CLE)
Eric Tomlinson Note
Eric Tomlinson photo 441. Eric Tomlinson TE - (vs . CLE)