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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 13 PPR Rankings
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 27. Brandin Cooks WR - (vs . IND)
Going back to the time where Bill O'Brien was fired, Cooks has become an integral part of this offense, averaging 8.14 targets per game, including at least five targets in every game. Outside of the wind/rain game against the Browns, he's totaled at least 60 yards in every one of those games. To know that he's done this while Will Fuller has been a WR1, and that Deshaun Watson has failed to throw the ball 40 times in a game is pretty remarkable. But what changes now that Fuller is out for the year? Do teams double Cooks? Do they bracket him? You'd be surprised at how hard it is to do that with a wide receiver who moves around as much as Cooks, who plays 43 percent of his snaps at RWR, 29 percent at LWR, and 28 percent of his snaps in the slot. The Colts haven't been a matchup to flat out attack with wide receivers, as they've allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to them. However, the good news for Cooks is that they've allowed 14.16 yards per reception, which is the second-highest mark in football. On top of that, their starting safety Khari Willis was injured during their Week 12 game. Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson has completed 21 passes that've gone 20-plus yards down the field, which ranks as the fourth-most in football. It's not a great spot for Cooks to straight up dominate, as there have been just four wide receivers who've totaled more than five receptions against the Colts. Still, you're starting a wide receiver who just might see double-digit targets no matter what, so put him in lineups as a WR2.
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Duke Johnson Jr. Note
Duke Johnson Jr. photo 72. Duke Johnson Jr. RB - (vs . IND)
We're expecting David back to the lineup this week after missing three games due to his concussion he suffered back in Week 9. It seemed like Duke injured himself early in the Thanksgiving game, which led to C.J. Prosise stealing some work, though Duke did wind up playing 42-of-56 snaps and posting 80 total yards with a touchdown. It's clear they didn't want him taking over David's role, which has netted 16.7 touches per game this year. He's not returning to a matchup that should get you excited, though. The Colts have allowed ball carriers just 1.13 yards before contact this year, which is the third-lowest mark in the league. This is bad news for Johnson. There have been 64 running backs who've rushed 50-plus times this year, and Johnson's 2.13 yards after contact ranks 62nd on that last, behind only Peyton Barber and Devonta Freeman. Sure, Derrick Henry ran all over them last week, but they were without their best defensive lineman (DeForest Buckner) and one of their starting linebackers (Bobby Okereke) for that game. Henry is also the only running back to run for 100-plus yards against the Colts under Matt Eberflus (span of 43 games). In fact, Henry is the only one who's topped 72 yards on the ground against them this year. In non-Henry games, the Colts have allowed just 641 rushing yards on 196 carries with five rushing touchdowns. That's just 3.27 yards per carry and 71.2 rushing yards per game, and that's to entire teams of running backs. Even factoring in schedule adjusted fantasy points, the Colts rank as the fifth-toughest matchup for running backs. David should return to 15 touches but they're not likely to net a whole bunch of yardage, putting him in that high-end RB3 territory without much of a ceiling. If he can't go, Duke would take his spot in the rankings.
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Keke Coutee Note
Keke Coutee photo 97. Keke Coutee WR - (vs . IND)
Thank goodness Bill O'Brien isn't still the coach. He'd probably snag a few guys off the street rather than play Coutee. If you didn't watch the Thanksgiving game, you'd see Coutee's finishing line of 2/17/0 as horrendous, but he just missed what would have been a 40-yard completion, but the ball was slightly overthrown. Coutee has the speed (4.4) to stretch the field for Watson, even though many view him as a slot receiver. The Colts have allowed 33 pass plays of 20-plus yards, so even though they've been one of the better defenses in the league, they're not incapable of being beat down the field, and that's evidenced by the 14.16 yards per reception they've allowed, which ranks second in the NFL. I'm guessing they'll keep Coutee in his slot-heavy role, which would put him against Kenny Moore in the slot, who's been solid in coverage, allowing just 32-of-50 passing for 337 yards and two touchdowns on the season. There have been just seven wide receivers who've topped 70 yards against the Colts this year, so this doesn't set up for a big game out of Coutee, but he should be added in all leagues to see what Fuller's absence means for him in the pecking order.
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Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 123. Jordan Akins TE - (vs . IND)
There were some who believed that with Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills out, we might see more of Akins in the offensive gameplan. Nope. He was targeted just twice against the Lions, and though they were both in the end zone, he couldn't haul either of them in (one was a drop). When you've seen more than four targets just twice all year, you need to make the most of your opportunities. Will he get more with Fuller out of the lineup? The targets have to go somewhere. Unfortunately, it's not a great week to consider him against a Colts team that's allowed just 1.21 PPR points per target to tight ends. It's not just lack of touchdowns either, as they've allowed just 5.31 yards per target, which is the second-lowest mark in the league. The competition they've played hasn't been all that great, but still, tight ends have averaged 35.7 percent fewer PPR points against the Colts than they do on the season, which makes it the fifth-toughest schedule adjusted matchup for tight ends. Like I said, the targets have to go somewhere, which is why Akins should definitely be added for those who constantly stream tight ends, but this matchup keeps him well into the TE2 range. All we want to see is targets this week.
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Isaiah Coulter Note
Isaiah Coulter photo 169. Isaiah Coulter WR - (vs . IND)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 176. Darren Fells TE - (vs . IND)
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 222. David Johnson RB - (vs . IND)
We're expecting David back to the lineup this week after missing three games due to his concussion he suffered back in Week 9. It seemed like Duke injured himself early in the Thanksgiving game, which led to C.J. Prosise stealing some work, though Duke did wind up playing 42-of-56 snaps and posting 80 total yards with a touchdown. It's clear they didn't want him taking over David's role, which has netted 16.7 touches per game this year. He's not returning to a matchup that should get you excited, though. The Colts have allowed ball carriers just 1.13 yards before contact this year, which is the third-lowest mark in the league. This is bad news for Johnson. There have been 64 running backs who've rushed 50-plus times this year, and Johnson's 2.13 yards after contact ranks 62nd on that last, behind only Peyton Barber and Devonta Freeman. Sure, Derrick Henry ran all over them last week, but they were without their best defensive lineman (DeForest Buckner) and one of their starting linebackers (Bobby Okereke) for that game. Henry is also the only running back to run for 100-plus yards against the Colts under Matt Eberflus (span of 43 games). In fact, Henry is the only one who's topped 72 yards on the ground against them this year. In non-Henry games, the Colts have allowed just 641 rushing yards on 196 carries with five rushing touchdowns. That's just 3.27 yards per carry and 71.2 rushing yards per game, and that's to entire teams of running backs. Even factoring in schedule adjusted fantasy points, the Colts rank as the fifth-toughest matchup for running backs. David should return to 15 touches but they're not likely to net a whole bunch of yardage, putting him in that high-end RB3 territory without much of a ceiling. If he can't go, Duke would take his spot in the rankings.
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Buddy Howell Note
Buddy Howell photo 235. Buddy Howell RB - (vs . IND)
Steven Mitchell Jr. Note
Steven Mitchell Jr. photo 245. Steven Mitchell Jr. WR - (vs . IND)
Pharaoh Brown Note
Pharaoh Brown photo 273. Pharaoh Brown TE - (vs . IND)
Kahale Warring Note
Kahale Warring photo 280. Kahale Warring TE - (vs . IND)
Scottie Phillips Note
Scottie Phillips photo 364. Scottie Phillips RB - (vs . IND)