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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Half PPR Rankings

James Cook Note
James Cook photo 52. James Cook RB - (at NYJ)
In a game rich with interesting storylines, one of them is the RB duel between the Cook brothers, Dalvin and James. A committee back last year, James Cook seems to have ascended to a leading role, at least based on preseason usage and reports from Bills beat writers. New Bills RBs Damien Harris and Latavius Murray will get some early-down work and could poach goal-line carries since they're heavier and more rugged than Cook. Still, a meatier role for Cook is reason for his stakeholders to celebrate. It's nice to have the No. 1 back in one of the league's better offenses. This week, however, it's best to regard Cook as a high-end RB3 in a difficult matchup against the Jets.
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Curtis Samuel Note
Curtis Samuel photo 107. Curtis Samuel WR - (at NYJ)
Samuel is a super-talented slot WR that fits the new scheme very well. He can make plays after the catch, and I fully expect him to see a decent chunk of volume/targets in Week 1, especially if McLaurin is limited. If you are in a pinch for a FLEX or WR3, add Samuel off waivers and plug him into your lineup. He likely won't give you a massive ceiling outcome, but he can give you a handful of points if you don't have any alternatives. Keep in mind that last season, Samuel was second on the team in catches, third in overall touches and first in catch rate (70%). He's the perfect safety option for his quarterback making his second regular-season start.
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Dalton Kincaid Note
Dalton Kincaid photo 128. Dalton Kincaid TE - (at NYJ)
A first-round pick out of Utah, Kincaid is a talented pass catcher who could cause matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. There have been 25 tight ends drafted in the first round since 2000. Only four of them finished in TE1 range in fantasy scoring as rookies - Kyle Pitts, Evan Engram, Jeremy Shockey and Heath Miller. Kincaid could be the rare first-round TE who makes a fantasy splash in Year 1, but I wouldn;t be eager to use him in Week 1, especially not against a tough Jets defense.
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Dawson Knox Note
Dawson Knox photo 158. Dawson Knox TE - (at NYJ)
One of the less interesting offseason debates in the fantasy community was whether Dawson Knox would maintain fantasy relevance in 2023 after Buffalo's drafting of first-round TE Dalton Kincaid. Knox likely hit his fantasy peak in 2021, when he finished TE11 in PPR fantasy scoring, mostly on the strength of his nine touchdowns. Knox averaged 4.7 targets a game that season. Even though that's a modest number, it's hard to imagine Knox coming close to it with Kincaid around. Knox shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup this week.
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Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 184. Mack Hollins WR - (at NYJ)
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 191. Latavius Murray RB - (at NYJ)
Khalil Shakir Note
Khalil Shakir photo 200. Khalil Shakir WR - (at NYJ)
Reggie Gilliam Note
Reggie Gilliam photo 298. Reggie Gilliam RB,TE - (at NYJ)
Tre' McKitty Note
Tre' McKitty photo 313. Tre' McKitty TE - (at NYJ)
Quintin Morris Note
Quintin Morris photo 340. Quintin Morris TE - (at NYJ)
KJ Hamler Note
KJ Hamler photo 366. KJ Hamler WR - (at NYJ)
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 424. Ty Johnson RB - (at NYJ)
Darrynton Evans Note
Darrynton Evans photo 441. Darrynton Evans RB - (at NYJ)
Tyrell Shavers Note
Tyrell Shavers photo 494. Tyrell Shavers WR - (at NYJ)
Bryan Thompson Note
Bryan Thompson photo 499. Bryan Thompson WR - (at NYJ)
Andy Isabella Note
Andy Isabella photo 512. Andy Isabella WR - (at NYJ)