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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Joe Mixon Note
Joe Mixon photo 7. Joe Mixon RB - (vs . LAC)
Now that Mixon is under contract, it's business as usual. The coaching staff said they realized at the mid-way point last year that this offense needed to revolve around Mixon. The result? He totaled 214 touches over the final nine games. That's a ridiculous 23.8 touches per game. Now you add a more potent offense alongside him? There's massive upside here. The Chargers have one of the best pass-rush/secondary combos but haven't been true showstoppers when it comes to the run. They allowed a healthy 4.29 yards per carry last year with 14 rushing touchdowns (one every 25.9 carries, ranked as the seventh-most often). The issue is that their opponents averaged just 57.7 plays per game in 2019, the second lowest in the NFL. There were just four running backs who topped 17 carries against them last year, and each of them finished with at least 17.8 PPR points and as a top-eight running back that week. The biggest worry about Mixon and the Bengals offense is the Chargers running their slow-paced offense draining the clock. It's not a brutal matchup for Mixon and he can succeed here, so start him as you normally would. I might avoid in cash lineups just because of the low-play potential here if the Bengals fall behind and can't get their defense off the field. I do think Mixon has tournament appeal, though.
35 weeks ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 64. Tyler Boyd WR - (vs . LAC)
He saw 147 targets last year in his first year under Zac Taylor and people still wonder about starting him? He's an every-week starter as far as I'm concerned. However, this week isn't one where he's going to have one of his best games of the season. The Chargers allowed just two slot-heavy receivers top four receptions all year and allowed just three of them to top 42 yards. To be fair, they didn't play a lot of talented slot receivers, but it wasn't an easily exploited matchup is the point. Desmond King has been one of the better slot cornerbacks in the league over the last few years, allowing just 816 yards and two touchdowns on 106 targets over the last two seasons. What he does though, is allow a high catch rate, as 87-of-106 passes have been completed. That's a 82.1 percent catch-rate, so if Boyd gets the targets, he'll produce in PPR formats, though he may not get many yards after the catch. Given his familiarity in the system and Green's first appearance since 2018, Boyd is probably the best bet for production in this game. Start him as a WR3.
36 weeks ago
C.J. Uzomah Note
C.J. Uzomah photo 185. C.J. Uzomah TE - (vs . LAC)
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 186. Tee Higgins WR - (vs . LAC)
Auden Tate Note
Auden Tate photo 191. Auden Tate WR - (vs . LAC)
Drew Sample Note
Drew Sample photo 268. Drew Sample TE - (vs . LAC)
Trayveon Williams Note
Trayveon Williams photo 287. Trayveon Williams RB - (vs . LAC)
Mike Thomas Note
Mike Thomas photo 354. Mike Thomas WR - (vs . LAC)
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 437. Samaje Perine RB - (vs . LAC)