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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Allen Robinson II Note
Allen Robinson II photo 18. Allen Robinson II WR - (at DET)
Coming off a season where he received 154 targets (and at least seven targets in 14-of-16 games), it's hard to see that number dipping much considering the Bears didn't add anyone of note to their receiving corps. He's had success against the Lions over the last two years, tallying at least 86 yards in 3-of-4 games, including three touchdowns in them. The biggest thing to note is the loss of top-tier cornerback Darius Slay. The Lions traded him away and then selected Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall. While Okudah is likely going to be a star in this league for a long time, I'm highly doubting they ask him to shadow Allen Robinson in his first NFL game. Because of that, I believe he'll see a mix of Okudah and free agent signing Desmond Trufant in coverage. Trufant used to be very good, but has struggled mightily over the last three years, allowing a 62.8 percent catch rate, 8.45 yards per target, and a touchdown every 13.3 targets in his coverage. It's also his first game in a new defensive scheme. Robinson should be in lineups as the sturdy low-end WR1 you drafted him as.
35 weeks ago
Tarik Cohen Note
Tarik Cohen photo 69. Tarik Cohen RB - (at DET)
If you're looking for a good FLEX play this week, it's hard to go wrong with Cohen. Cohen should be heavily involved in the game plan against the Lions defense and he's always a threat to make an explosive play that can win you a matchup. With the question marks surrounding Montgomery and his status for this week, Cohen's looking like a sneaky option to plug in as a starting option in your lineup.
35 weeks ago
Anthony Miller Note
Anthony Miller photo 71. Anthony Miller WR - (at DET)
The last time that Miller faced off against Detroit was on Thanksgiving Day. In that matchup, he saw 13 targets for 9 receptions and 140 yards. If you're looking for a safe WR3/FLEX option this week with upside, Miller's a solid target. He's been receiving rave reviews coming out of camp and should be heavily targeted in this game.
35 weeks ago
David Montgomery Note
David Montgomery photo 111. David Montgomery RB - (at DET)
Montgomery has now logged back to back full practices on Thursday and Friday, which indicates that he should be good to go for Sunday. Based on his assumed volume and the matchup, Montgomery should be a fine RB2 start this week.
35 weeks ago
Jimmy Graham Note
Jimmy Graham photo 156. Jimmy Graham TE - (at DET)
Did you know that the Bears didn't have a 100-yard tight end last year? Let me be clear... I'm not talking about one game. I'm talking about all season. Their leading tight end was J.P. Holtz, who caught seven passes for 91 yards. That will change with Graham, but it's tough to get excited when you know that the most targets a Bears tight end saw last year was four. The Lions were a defense that I'd consider middle of the pack against tight ends last year, as they allowed the 15th-most fantasy points, 7.81 yards per target (10th-most), and 1.76 PPR points per target (14th-most) to the position. Despite there being 10 tight ends who saw five or more targets, they allowed just five top-12 tight end performances on the year. Graham is starting over with a new team and didn't post more than 65 yards in a single game last year. He's still a threat in the red zone, so there's always a chance at a touchdown, but I wouldn't bet on it just yet. He should be considered a TE2 who's touchdown dependent.
35 weeks ago
Ryan Nall Note
Ryan Nall photo 214. Ryan Nall RB - (at DET)
Javon Wims Note
Javon Wims photo 218. Javon Wims WR - (at DET)
Darnell Mooney Note
Darnell Mooney photo 255. Darnell Mooney WR - (at DET)
Cole Kmet Note
Cole Kmet photo 256. Cole Kmet TE - (at DET)
Demetrius Harris Note
Demetrius Harris photo 333. Demetrius Harris TE - (at DET)
Artavis Pierce Note
Artavis Pierce photo 389. Artavis Pierce RB - (at DET)
J.P. Holtz Note
J.P. Holtz photo 425. J.P. Holtz TE,RB - (at DET)