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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 6 PPR Rankings
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 36. Marquise Brown WR - (at PHI)
We knew his target and air yards shares were good, though the production didn't quite match the opportunity through four weeks. He's seen at least six targets in each game, so when you combine that with 16.9-yard average depth of target, his targets should be worth more than most. He saw a massive 10 targets in Week 5, which led to 6/77/1 against the Bengals. That was his best game since Week 12 of last year, so a step in the right direction, but Lamar Jackson hasn't been what would be described as "on point" with his passes this season. The Eagles defense is going to be considered one to attack after Chase Claypool just tagged them for four touchdowns, but it hasn't been that great of a matchup to this point. If you look at fantasy points allowed, they've allowed the seventh-most, but those numbers are skewed just a bit considering they've allowed 154 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to receivers. The 7.58 yards per target they've allowed ranks as the fourth-lowest mark in the league. The 11.0 yards per reception they've allowed is the lowest mark in the league. I know it sounds crazy considering Claypool's monster game, but this team essentially had a slip-up with him. Where they've struggled most is the slot, which is where Claypool did most of his damage last week, and where Tyler Boyd did his damage three weeks ago. Brown goes into the slot just 24 percent of the time, so it's far from a great matchup against Darius Slay. They've allowed just one pass play of 40-plus yards to this point, so getting that one big play isn't a great bet. Brown should be considered a relatively weak WR3 for this game who comes with a lower floor than most in that range.
4 days ago
Mark Andrews Note
Mark Andrews photo 43. Mark Andrews TE - (at PHI)
It's been a yo-yo like season for Andrews, who's now seen target totals of 6, 3, 8, 3, and 9. Oddly enough, he still hasn't topped 58 yards this season, but he has scored five times, making yardage a bonus. He's caught a touchdown every 5.8 targets, a number that is not going to keep up. Even in his first two seasons where he was hyper-efficient, he caught a touchdown every 11.4 targets which is still elite territory. He's still 15th in yards per route run, so he's not bad there, but he'll need a bit more efficiency with his yardage to carry his current No. 3 tight end ranking. The Eagles have been the fountain of fantasy points for tight ends to this point, as they've allowed a ridiculous 86.5 percent completion-rate (highest in the NFL) and five touchdowns (second-most) through five games. Heck, even Logan Thomas had an efficient game against them when he caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Higbee, who's been a non-factor for 4-of-5 weeks, was able to catch 5-of-5 passes for 54 yards and three touchdowns. We don't even need to mention the 15 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown that George Kittle posted on 15 targets, but we will. There is nothing to worry about with this matchup for Andrews, and knowing the Eagles stop the run extremely well, we should see a lot of targets for the top-tier tight end. Start him as an elite TE1 this week.
4 days ago
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 97. Mark Ingram II RB - (at PHI)
Ingram is seeing enough work to be considered for fantasy football, but he's a touchdown-or-bust option. Against the Eagles run defense, it's probably best to look elsewhere if you can. He's a high-end RB3 every week due to his scoring potential, but he certainly has a wide range of outcomes.
6 days ago
J.K. Dobbins Note
J.K. Dobbins photo 115. J.K. Dobbins RB - (at PHI)
We talked about it last week, but there isn't a Ravens running back you can play with any confidence any given week. Based on opportunity, Ingram is the lead back here, but he ranks outside the top 45 running backs in the category. Sure, you can make the case that his opportunity is more valuable because it's in the Ravens offense, but when a player has been capped at 11 touches with nearly one-third of the season gone, that's a real problem. Even worse is that Dobbins' role hasn't grown at all. In fact, the seven touches he had in Week 1 was his career high. The Eagles have not been a defense to attack with running backs, either. Over their last 21 games, they've allowed just eight running backs to eclipse 15 PPR points, so the ceiling has been capped. As for the floor for someone like Ingram, they've allowed just 3.62 yards per carry on the ground since the start of last year. There have been just four running backs who've rushed for more than 66 yards against them in that time, which is just flat-out ridiculous. There have been just two running backs who've finished as top-20 options with fewer than three receptions, and those running backs were Rashaad Penny (who broke a long touchdown run) and Peyton Barber (who scored two touchdowns). Without a multiple-touchdown game, Ingram won't crack the top-20 running backs. He's a touchdown-or-bust low-end RB3/high-end RB4 option whose opportunity is just not there. Dobbins has 25 touches through five games, which is not nearly enough to be considered in fantasy, so he remains just a high-end handcuff until we see the tide shift with Ingram.
4 days ago
Gus Edwards Note
Gus Edwards photo 137. Gus Edwards RB - (at PHI)
Miles Boykin Note
Miles Boykin photo 146. Miles Boykin WR - (at PHI)
Willie Snead IV Note
Willie Snead IV photo 158. Willie Snead IV WR - (at PHI)
Devin Duvernay Note
Devin Duvernay photo 166. Devin Duvernay WR - (at PHI)
Nick Boyle Note
Nick Boyle photo 181. Nick Boyle TE - (at PHI)
Patrick Ricard Note
Patrick Ricard photo 242. Patrick Ricard RB,DT - (at PHI)
Justice Hill Note
Justice Hill photo 265. Justice Hill RB - (at PHI)
James Proche Note
James Proche photo 312. James Proche WR - (at PHI)