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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Melvin Gordon III Note
Melvin Gordon III photo 54. Melvin Gordon III RB - (vs . TEN)
All we've heard out of Broncos camp is that they may be regretting their decision to pay Gordon all that free agent money, as Lindsay has looked like the better back. It's not surprising to those who've watched Lindsay over the last two years. There have been just nine running backs who've totaled 2,000 rushing yards over the last two years: Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Todd Gurley, and Lindsay. It'll be interesting to see if this is a true 50/50 timeshare under Pat Shurmur. The Titans allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs last year, with much of that production coming through the air, as they allowed 194.7 PPR points through the air alone, which ranked as the eighth-most in the league. I was guessing we'd see Gordon as the starter and getting a 55/45 split from the start, though it's also worth noting Gordon has reportedly had trouble adjusting to the Denver altitude. This could benefit Lindsay in the early going. Lindsay did total 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against the Titans last year, too. For now, we must consider them both RB3s until we see what the true split is. Gordon likely gets first shot at goal-line work, so I'll say he has the slight edge, but it's not much.
35 weeks ago
Jerry Jeudy Note
Jerry Jeudy photo 81. Jerry Jeudy WR - (vs . TEN)
If you haven't heard what Broncos reporter Cecil Lammey has had to say about Jeudy, you need to pay attention. He said, "No matter how high you're drafting Jeudy, it's probably not high enough." That's high praise. The Broncos have been using him in many different ways and he's getting open at will. Now, we must dial back expectations with it being his first NFL game, but it's hard not to get excited about the potential. Another thing going in his favor is that he's a moveable chess piece that will likely go into the slot a lot more than Courtland Sutton. The Titans lost Logan Ryan this offseason, meaning they'll have to figure out a new solution in the slot. Adoree Jackson has the athleticism, but he's expected to be on the perimeter. But again, Pat Shurmur's offense has traditionally highlighted the slot receiver, which is where Jeudy should be at least 30-40 percent of the time. There are so many weapons in this offense, it's going to be tough to project consistent targets, especially in his first NFL game, but he can win in this matchup. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
35 weeks ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 87. Noah Fant TE - (vs . TEN)
For those counting at home, Fant averaged just 2.8 targets per game with Fant under center after averaging 4.7 targets per game with Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen. There is a new offense installed, but there are also a bunch of other weapons that have been added, highlighting the concerns about his volume. The matchup this week is a great one though, as the Titans allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. There were 12 different tight ends who finished as top-15 options against them, meaning three-quarters of the time, they allowed a streaming-worthy performance. Keep in mind there were only two times a tight end saw more than eight targets, too. Unfortunately, Fant was one of the tight ends who failed to finish as a top-15 tight end against them, as he caught 2-of-3 targets for a measly 16 yards in their Week 6 matchup that was with Flacco under center. Still, tight ends grow rapidly in their first three years, so we should expect him to take a step forward this year. There are a lot of unknowns, but Fant should be considered a high-end TE2 for this plus-matchup.
35 weeks ago
Royce Freeman Note
Royce Freeman photo 210. Royce Freeman RB - (vs . TEN)
Mike Boone Note
Mike Boone photo 215. Mike Boone RB - (vs . TEN)
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 233. Tim Patrick WR - (vs . TEN)
DaeSean Hamilton Note
DaeSean Hamilton photo 245. DaeSean Hamilton WR - (vs . TEN)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 287. Albert Okwuegbunam TE - (vs . TEN)
Diontae Spencer Note
Diontae Spencer photo 338. Diontae Spencer WR - (vs . TEN)
Jake Butt Note
Jake Butt photo 368. Jake Butt TE - (vs . TEN)
Tyrie Cleveland Note
Tyrie Cleveland photo 371. Tyrie Cleveland WR - (vs . TEN)
Andrew Beck Note
Andrew Beck photo 429. Andrew Beck TE,RB - (vs . TEN)