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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 1. Christian McCaffrey RB - (vs . LV)
The RB1 comes back to reclaim his throne atop the running back rankings. Did you know there was just two games all last year where he finished with fewer than 19.0 half-PPR points? Crazy, right? He'll start against the Raiders who allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year. They also allowed 205.7 PPR points through the air alone to running backs, which ranked as the fourth-most. There were just five teams in the NFL who allowed more fantasy points through the air to running backs than on the ground. The Raiders were one of them. This matchup appears tailormade for someone like McCaffrey, as most are expecting the Panthers to fall behind and throw the ball. The Raiders are also working with a brand-new group of linebackers, which could lead to some miscommunications. You don't need me to tell you to start McCaffrey as an RB1 every week. If you want to play him in DFS, go right ahead.
36 weeks ago
D.J. Moore Note
D.J. Moore photo 21. D.J. Moore WR - (vs . LV)
Most of the time, we can say that those who have experience with the quarterback and/or offense, they have a leg up on the rest of the receivers. That's the odd thing about the Panthers this offseason. They have a new offense being installed, as well as a new quarterback. Moore saw 135 targets last year, but does the addition of Robby Anderson hurt his ceiling? Anderson does have experience under Matt Rhule. I'm still siding with Moore, who's easily the best receiver on the roster. The Raiders allowed a massive 1.94 PPR points per target last year (fifth-most) but saw just 281 wide receiver targets on the year (eighth fewest), making them look better than they were. The 9.54 yards per target they allowed was the most in the league. They acknowledged the issue and added both free agent Prince Amukamara and first-rounder Damon Arnette to their cornerback unit this offseason. They wound up cutting Amukamara because they were impressed with Arnette, though just a week later, Arnette fractured his thumb. He's reportedly going to play with a cast on, which is far from ideal when covering someone as slippery as Moore. They don't do any shadowing, so Moore should see a mixture of Trayvon Mullen, Arnette, and Lamarcus Joyner. Knowing the changes and how it may take time for the new cornerbacks to acclimate, I still feel confident starting Moore as a solid high-end WR2 this week who presents WR1 upside. I wouldn't play him in cash lineups considering all the changes on his own team and that we haven't seen how the target share will play out, but he does deserve tournament consideration.
36 weeks ago
Robby Anderson Note
Robby Anderson photo 101. Robby Anderson WR - (vs . LV)
It's a welcomed change of scenery for Anderson, as he moves on from Adam Gase, and back with his former college coach, Matt Rhule. He's the No. 3 option at best on the team, though, and maybe fourth option. It does help that they have a new quarterback who hasn't developed a favorite just yet. This matchup actually suits Anderson's strengths well, as the Raiders allowed 15.4 yards per reception to wide receivers, which ranked as the third-most in the league. The downside here is that Teddy Bridgewater only attempted a deep ball on 7.1 percent of his attempts last year, which ranks as the second-lowest mark in the league. Anderson offers one-play upside but relying on it in his first game is a tough task, especially considering we don't know where he lands on the pecking order. It is noteworthy that he had one of his best games against this secondary last year, posting 4/86/1 in Week 12. He's more of a tournament play this week where you're looking for the Panthers to exploit the Raiders' weakness downfield. He should be considered a boom-or-bust WR4/5 option in season-long.
36 weeks ago
Ian Thomas Note
Ian Thomas photo 123. Ian Thomas TE - (vs . LV)
With Greg Olsen off to the Seahawks, Thomas gets his shot at the starting lineup. There have been 10 games where Thomas has seen four-plus targets in his short two-year career. In those games, he's totaled 62 targets, 41 receptions, 397 yards, and three touchdowns. Those are numbers that can be streamed, though it's obviously worth noting that this is a brand-new offense. The Raiders allowed just a 64.0 percent completion rate to tight ends last year. That's about all they did that was above average, as they allowed 10 touchdowns (second-most), and 1.94 PPR points per target (fourth-most). Now that the Panthers have three legitimate receivers and the best pass-catching back in the league, it's tough to say Thomas will have a respectful target share. With so many moving parts, it's hard to say you should take any chances with him as a streamer this week, even if the matchup is a good one.
36 weeks ago
David Moore Note
David Moore photo 197. David Moore WR - (vs . LV)
Dan Arnold Note
Dan Arnold photo 231. Dan Arnold TE - (vs . LV)
Arnold's nothing more than a touchdown-or-bust option in this offense that barely uses its TEs. I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
36 weeks ago
Reggie Bonnafon Note
Reggie Bonnafon photo 281. Reggie Bonnafon RB - (vs . LV)
Ventell Bryant Note
Ventell Bryant photo 319. Ventell Bryant WR - (vs . LV)
Pharoh Cooper Note
Pharoh Cooper photo 345. Pharoh Cooper WR - (vs . LV)
Brandon Zylstra Note
Brandon Zylstra photo 349. Brandon Zylstra WR - (vs . LV)
Trenton Cannon Note
Trenton Cannon photo 352. Trenton Cannon RB - (vs . LV)