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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 3. Ezekiel Elliott RB - (at LAR)
Will the Cowboys start to divvy up the workload between Elliott and Pollard now that Mike McCarthy is in town? We watched him use Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams, Eddie Lacy/James Starks, and Ryan Grant/James Starks in timeshares over the last decade, so why not Elliott/Pollard? I just it to be known that it's possible this is more of a timeshare than it's been in years past. This duo crushed the Rams defense in Week 15 last year when they combined for over 300 total yards and three touchdowns (Elliott 160/2, Pollard 143/1). It's odd they demolished them the way they did, as the Rams allowed just 0.79 PPR points per opportunity to running backs in 2019, which ranked as the 11th-lowest number in the league. I went back and looked, and there were no major injuries that caused anyone to miss that game on the Rams defense, either. Given all the talent the Cowboys have at wide receiver, it's difficult to say the Rams can put any emphasis on shutting down the run, and it's clear their run game under Kellen Moore worked against the Rams talent. However, there are some unknowns in this game, as the Rams are under a new defensive coordinator (Brandon Staley), and one we know nothing about. We'll get information as we see the games played on both the Rams defense and the Cowboys potential timeshare, but for now, Elliott is the only one you can play with confidence as an RB1 while Pollard is more of an emergency RB4/5 option.
35 weeks ago
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 39. Amari Cooper WR - (at LAR)
The last news that we have on Cooper was that he's missed practices or been limited in them recently. That doesn't exactly instill confidence in starting someone that you drafted early on and need to rely on. With that being said, Cooper also has to deal with the fact that he's most likely going to be shadowed by newly PAID Jalen Ramsey. With the other options on this team, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Dak look Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Blake Jarwin's way more than Cooper this week. Cooper's not a "must sit" player by any means, but expectations need to be managed going into Sunday Night Football.
36 weeks ago
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 55. Michael Gallup WR - (at LAR)
We don't know if Amari Cooper will be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey, but if he's not, Gallup will see plenty of the shutdown cornerback. That's because we typically don't see Ramsey move into the slot, and it's a similar story with Gallup, as he was in the slot just 11 percent of the time last year. It appears that it'll be Ramsey and Troy Hill on the perimeter, which is less-than-ideal for Gallup. Hill played very well when promoted into a full-time role last year, allowing just 23 catches for 304 yards and a touchdown on 51 targets in his coverage. Was it a flash in the pan? He'd been extremely below average in his prior four years in the league. There are a lot of changes to the Rams, including their defensive scheme, so it's difficult to take much away from last year when they allowed just 11.97 yards per reception, which was the sixth lowest in the league. Until we know the pecking order in the Cowboys offense, Gallup should be looked at as a mid-to-low-end WR3, though it does help that Cooper may be dealing with some sort of ailment that could lessen his involvement in the gameplan.
35 weeks ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 82. CeeDee Lamb WR - (at LAR)
I'm playing it safe with rookies in their first game, as they've still yet to play against an NFL team other than their own. There's going to be a transition that must occur. Think about someone like A.J. Brown last year who took a solid 6-8 games before he was used in a full-time role. That's not going to be the case with Lamb, but it's more about the learning curve. It does help that the Cowboys are supposedly going to play him in the slot (we have no concrete proof, but it makes sense), as that's a much easier transition than going to line up on the perimeter against Jalen Ramsey in his first game. The Rams moved on from slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman this offseason and appear to be moving forward with Darious Williams, a third-year former undrafted free agent. He's played just 225 snaps in his NFL career and has seen just 16 targets in coverage, so we don't have much to go off, though he did have two pass breakups and two interceptions on those 16 targets. Still, he's 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, so we could see Lamb (6-foot-2 and 198 pounds) take advantage of his size. Again, exercise caution with rookies in their first NFL game, but Lamb may have the best matchup of the Cowboys receivers. He's a risk/reward WR4.
35 weeks ago
Blake Jarwin Note
Blake Jarwin photo 93. Blake Jarwin TE - (at LAR)
If you're looking for a TE option that might still be on waivers in your league, Jarwin has a chance to blow up in this matchup. This should be a shootout on Sunday Night Football and Jarwin should do a ton of damage over the middle of the field.
35 weeks ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 150. Tony Pollard RB - (at LAR)
Pollard's an elite insurance RB, but he's simply not going to see enough work to be a useful week in and week out contributor for fantasy football. He can remain on your bench with the other options you most likely have available to you.
36 weeks ago
Jeremy Sprinkle Note
Jeremy Sprinkle photo 257. Jeremy Sprinkle TE - (at LAR)
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 274. Dalton Schultz TE - (at LAR)
Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 295. Cedrick Wilson WR - (at LAR)
Rico Dowdle Note
Rico Dowdle photo 370. Rico Dowdle RB - (at LAR)
Brennan Eagles Note
Brennan Eagles photo 388. Brennan Eagles WR - (at LAR)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 420. Noah Brown WR - (at LAR)
Malik Turner Note
Malik Turner photo 424. Malik Turner WR - (at LAR)
Sean McKeon Note
Sean McKeon photo 436. Sean McKeon TE - (at LAR)