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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 41. David Johnson RB - (at KC)
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 45. Mark Ingram II RB - (at KC)
This backfield was more of a mess last year than most realize, simply because Ingram scored a lot of touchdowns. But get this... based on how many touches he received and where they took place on the field, Ingram "should have" finished as the No. 23 running back instead of the No. 8 running back where he did. If you combined Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as one running back, this backfield was a 52/48 split. Seriously. Ingram had 228 touches while Edwards/Hill combined for 206 touches. Now you add Dobbins to the mix? The Browns allowed a robust 4.96 yards per carry last year and are extremely light on talent at the linebacker position. Their starters are currently B.J. Goodson, Sione Takitaki, and Tae Davis. They lost last year's fourth-round pick Mack Wilson (linebacker), as well as second-round pick Grant Delpit (safety) during training camp. This is a new defensive scheme, but it's hard to see them turning things around right away, especially given the injuries they're dealing with. The biggest question mark is how this timeshare shakes out, though Ingram should resume his 12-16 touch role to start the season. Knowing the Browns allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per opportunity last year, you can start him as a stable RB2 this week, though he doesn't have a massive ceiling.
35 weeks ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 88. Brandin Cooks WR - (at KC)
Phillip Lindsay Note
Phillip Lindsay photo 98. Phillip Lindsay RB - (at KC)
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
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 118. Randall Cobb WR - (at KC)
There are many expecting Cobb to just continue the production he had last year while moving from Dak Prescott to Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, Watson hasn't targeted his intermediate wide receivers nearly as much. Before Cobb, there was Cole Beasley with Prescott who racked up some big games. We haven't had many big slot performances with Watson, as he's continually buying time and looking down the field. Will that change now that DeAndre Hopkins is gone? The Chiefs did lose starting slot cornerback Kendall Fuller this offseason, though they likely allowed him to walk due to how well the combination of Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorenson played during the playoff stretch. My guess is that Mathieu will be covering Cobb most of the day, though some things may depend on safety Juan Thornhill playing (recovering from a torn ACL). Mathieu allowed just 5.39 yards per target in coverage last season. Cobb is far from a can't-miss player, especially in this offense, so it's likely best to take the wait-and-see approach with him.
36 weeks ago
Chris Conley Note
Chris Conley photo 144. Chris Conley WR - (at KC)
Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 225. Jordan Akins TE - (at KC)
Alex Erickson Note
Alex Erickson photo 276. Alex Erickson WR - (at KC)
Kahale Warring Note
Kahale Warring photo 292. Kahale Warring TE - (at KC)
Ryan Izzo Note
Ryan Izzo photo 293. Ryan Izzo TE - (at KC)
Buddy Howell Note
Buddy Howell photo 301. Buddy Howell RB - (at KC)
Andre Roberts Note
Andre Roberts photo 363. Andre Roberts WR - (at KC)
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 393. Dontrell Hilliard RB - (at KC)
Isaiah Coulter Note
Isaiah Coulter photo 409. Isaiah Coulter WR - (at KC)
Steven Mitchell Jr. Note
Steven Mitchell Jr. photo 410. Steven Mitchell Jr. WR - (at KC)
Scottie Phillips Note
Scottie Phillips photo 428. Scottie Phillips RB - (at KC)
Antony Auclair Note
Antony Auclair photo 442. Antony Auclair TE - (at KC)