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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Half PPR Rankings

Amon-Ra St. Brown Note
Amon-Ra St. Brown photo 12. Amon-Ra St. Brown WR - (at KC)
St. Brown was a beast last season, finishing as the WR10 in fantasy points per game. He drew a 28.1% target share (11th-best) while leading all receivers in red zone targets after Week 9 last year. Last season, Kansas City was crushed by slot receivers, allowing the sixth-most receptions per game and the eighth-most fantasy points per game to slots. The Chiefs also permitted the 13th-highest missed tackles allowed per reception last year. St. Brown was tied for 21st in missed tackles forced among wide receivers in 2022. St. Brown is a WR1 who will run about 59% of his routes against Trent McDuffie, who gave up a 67.8% catch rate and 94.3 passer rating in slot coverage last season.
33 weeks ago
Jahmyr Gibbs Note
Jahmyr Gibbs photo 22. Jahmyr Gibbs RB - (at KC)
Gibbs takes over the "D'Andre Swift role" in the offense. In this role, Swift ranked sixth in target share and 19th in route participation among running backs last season. This occurred while also mentioning that Swift bounced between the injury report and the Detroit dog house last season. Gibbs could surpass both numbers in his rookie season while also seeing some work on early downs. He's an explosive receiver, ranking in the top ten yards per route run and receiving grade in each of his final three collegiate seasons (minimum 20 targets). Kansas City was putrid against receiving backs last season, allowed the most receptions to the position, the fourth-most receiving yards, and the seventh-most receiving touchdowns (tied). Gibbs is a strong RB2 this week with RB1 upside (especially in PPR formats).
32 weeks ago
David Montgomery Note
David Montgomery photo 37. David Montgomery RB - (at KC)
Montgomery takes over Detroit's early down hammer role this season for Jamaal Williams. Montgomery was an elite tackle-breaker last season, but sadly, it didn't do him much good. He was first in missed tackles forced per attempt but also finished with the lowest explosive run rate in the NFL (per Fantasy Points Data). Montgomery is a spinning top as he never goes down, but sadly, he never advances far upfield. Montgomery will have weeks where he finishes with RB1/2 stat lines, but this probably isn't one of them. It helps his cause that Chris Jones is likely out, and Carlos Dunlap is gone, though. Each player ranked inside the top 70 highest-graded run defenders in the NFL (among 264 qualifying players), with Jones finishing seventh and Dunlap coming in at 67th. Williams was utilized on gap runs with 57.3% of his carries last season. If Montgomery receives similar usage, he'll have uphill sledding. Last season, the Chiefs allowed the 12th-lowest yards after contact overall, the 12th-lowest success rate on gap runs, and the sixth-fewest rushing touchdowns. Montgomery is a volume-driven low-end RB2/high-end RB3.
32 weeks ago
Donovan Peoples-Jones Note
Donovan Peoples-Jones photo 109. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR - (at KC)
DPJ had a career-best 61 catches for 839 yards and three touchdowns last season, but he wasn't an impactful fantasy asset. It's hard to see People-Jones becoming impactful now that the Browns have added Elijah Moore. For now, DPJ is merely a depth piece for fantasy managers.
32 weeks ago
Sam LaPorta Note
Sam LaPorta photo 120. Sam LaPorta TE - (at KC)
Sammy Ballgame could have people deleting their "rookie tight ends never produce" tweets immediately in Week 1. Ballgame was a beast in college, ranking seventh in yards per route run and sixth in receiving grade in his final collegiate season. He lined up in the slot or out wide on 50.6% of his snaps, which makes him a perfect fit for T.J. Hockenson's old role. Last year with the Lions, Hockenson spent 54.5% of his snaps in the slot or as a perimeter wide receiver. Ballgame is a monster after the catch, ranking third in YAC and second in missed tackles forced last year among tight ends. Ballgame should have a field day against a defense with the 13th-highest missed tackles allowed rate last year while also giving up the tenth-highest yards per reception and MOST fantasy points in the NFL to slot tight ends. LaPorta is a TE2 that could post strong TE1 numbers in Week 1.
32 weeks ago
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 216. Kalif Raymond WR - (at KC)
Zonovan Knight Note
Zonovan Knight photo 228. Zonovan Knight RB - (at KC)
Brock Wright Note
Brock Wright photo 255. Brock Wright TE - (at KC)
James Mitchell Note
James Mitchell photo 305. James Mitchell TE - (at KC)
Jake Funk Note
Jake Funk photo 309. Jake Funk RB - (at KC)
Craig Reynolds Note
Craig Reynolds photo 319. Craig Reynolds RB - (at KC)
Antoine Green Note
Antoine Green photo 329. Antoine Green WR - (at KC)
Shane Zylstra Note
Shane Zylstra photo 419. Shane Zylstra TE - (at KC)
Maurice Alexander Note
Maurice Alexander photo 426. Maurice Alexander WR - (at KC)
Daurice Fountain Note
Daurice Fountain photo 431. Daurice Fountain WR - (at KC)