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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 2 Rankings
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 26. David Johnson RB - (vs . BAL)
David Johnson is the only Texans RB that you should be considering starting. He looked great in his first game back in action, but he does get a tough matchup in this one. Johnson's a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 this week.
1 day ago
Will Fuller V Note
Will Fuller V photo 49. Will Fuller V WR - (vs . BAL)
We knew Fuller would be the Texans target leader in Week 1, but he accounted for 45 percent of wide receiver targets, 62 percent of their receptions, 69 percent of their yards, and 51 percent of their air yards. That's unsustainable, but it's good to know how big of a role he has in a DeAndre Hopkins-less Texans offense. The next hurdle standing in his way is the Ravens defense that just held Odell Beckham to three catches for 22 yards on 10 targets. The cornerback duo of Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey might be the best in the league, and Fuller doesn't go into the slot very often. That means he's stuck against two cornerbacks that have combined to allow 102-of-176 passing for 1,113 yards and eight touchdowns since the start of 2019. That amounts to just 6.32 yards per target. You can't bench Fuller with the target/air yards share he had, but you need to lower your expectations into WR3 territory.
2 days ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 101. Brandin Cooks WR - (vs . BAL)
He was limited in practice all last week with a quad injury, so it should've been expected that he'd be eased into the offense. He played 31 snaps while Stills played 22 of them. They essentially shared that role while Will Fuller played 47 snaps and Randall Cobb played 46 snaps. If Cooks can practice in full this week, we should expect to see him in more of a full-time role. Stay tuned for updates here. It's not like you'll be excited to play either of them, as the Ravens secondary is one of the best in football. The 1.48 PPR points per target they allowed last year ranked as the third-lowest mark in the league. And keep in mind they didn't acquire Marcus Peters until the trade deadline. We could see plenty of pass attempts with the projected gamescript, and it's why the Ravens faced 357 wide receiver targets last year (third-most), so there could be some desperation value, but it's still dicey with Cooks' quad injury. If I had to choose one, it's Cooks, but he's just a desperation WR4 in a tough matchup.
2 days ago
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 130. Randall Cobb WR - (vs . BAL)
While Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks fought for playing time amongst each other, Cobb played a full complement of snaps in Week 1. You wouldn't know it by his production, though. He caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards in what appeared to be a miniscule role. He didn't catch his passes until it was near garbage time either, so it's not likely he'll be a recommended start before we see production in his new environment, though it helps he's in a full-time role. The Ravens are a tough matchup, though the best matchup might be Cobb's in the slot while Fuller and Cooks deal with Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. The Ravens added Jimmy Smith to their injury report with back spasms last week, and though he was active, he didn't play any snaps. That led to Tavon Young playing in the slot, which I'd consider to be above average. If Smith practices in full and plays this week, it cloudies the path to production. In the end, you need to see the targets with Cobb before trusting him.
2 days ago
Kenny Stills Note
Kenny Stills photo 170. Kenny Stills WR - (vs . BAL)
Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 171. Jordan Akins TE - (vs . BAL)
I tried explaining last week that Akins was the one with a more sustainable role in the offense. Not only does the production mirror my thoughts, but so does the snap counts. Akins was on the field for 48 snaps while Fells played just 25 of them. If you streamed Fells last year, you're going to be streaming Akins at times this year. The issue is that they combined for just four targets last week. That's a real problem against a Ravens defense that's allowed just two tight ends to top 34 yards in their last 17 games. One of the tight ends who did that was a backup that broke a long touchdown, while the other was Travis Kelce. Chasing touchdowns isn't wise, either, as they allowed just three all of last season. They allowed 20 fewer PPR points to tight ends than any other team in the NFL last year. Stay away from these two this week.
3 days ago
Duke Johnson Jr. Note
Duke Johnson Jr. photo 179. Duke Johnson Jr. RB - (vs . BAL)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 185. Darren Fells TE - (vs . BAL)
Buddy Howell Note
Buddy Howell photo 231. Buddy Howell RB - (vs . BAL)
DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 296. DeAndre Carter WR - (vs . BAL)
Keke Coutee Note
Keke Coutee photo 324. Keke Coutee WR - (vs . BAL)
Kahale Warring Note
Kahale Warring photo 405. Kahale Warring TE - (vs . BAL)
Cullen Gillaspia Note
Cullen Gillaspia photo 419. Cullen Gillaspia FB - (vs . BAL)
Pharaoh Brown Note
Pharaoh Brown photo 445. Pharaoh Brown TE - (vs . BAL)
Steven Mitchell Jr. Note
Steven Mitchell Jr. photo 487. Steven Mitchell Jr. WR - (vs . BAL)