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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

T.Y. Hilton Note
T.Y. Hilton photo 43. T.Y. Hilton WR - (at JAC)
After missing the start of training camp with a hamstring, Hilton came back and reportedly became Philip Rivers' favorite target. The Jaguars used to be a team to fear for wide receivers, as Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye were potentially the best duo in the league. Those days are gone. The starting cornerbacks for the Jaguars this year will be first-round rookie C.J. Henderson and Tre Herndon. We know that Henderson has never seen NFL game action, not even preseason. Herndon is someone who played well in a pinch last year, allowing 643 yards and four touchdowns on 76 targets in coverage, though he never saw opposing No. 1 receivers. They're likely going to play sides here, so Frank Reich and Rivers can pick/choose their matchup for Hilton. He's the one sturdy presence in the passing game and should see six-plus targets here, though you have to wonder how much the Colts need to drop back and pass while heavy favorites. If Hilton is healthy, which it appears he is, you want to start him as a WR3. It's best to be cautious in DFS, as it's his first game action with a new quarterback.
35 weeks ago
Jonathan Taylor Note
Jonathan Taylor photo 61. Jonathan Taylor RB - (at JAC)
We didn't get any preseason games, so we don't have any clue how this timeshare will work, but I'm going with talent. The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the draft because they felt they had a void at the position, period. They're now about to go and face the defense that allowed 10 running backs to post top-12 performances against them in 2019. Keep in mind they had Calais Campbell on the roster the entire season and Marcell Dareus for half of it. They're no longer on the defensive line. To highlight the issue, the Jaguars allowed 5.20 yards per carry with Dareus off the field last year. They allowed 5.76 yards per carry when Campbell was off the field. Teams should be able to run wild on this defense, especially one with a top-three offensive line. Again, going back to last year, they allowed 205.2 total yards per game to running backs, which allows for multiple producers. I'm expecting around 15 touches for Taylor in his debut and that's good enough for an RB2 start, even with the uncertainty in his role, as this defense is just too giving.
35 weeks ago
Marlon Mack Note
Marlon Mack photo 75. Marlon Mack RB - (at JAC)
Jack Doyle Note
Jack Doyle photo 96. Jack Doyle TE - (at JAC)
Many have seemingly overlooked the Colts tight end room, even though both Frank Reich and Philip Rivers have proven to love the position throughout the years. Over the last two years under Reich, tight ends have averaged 9.5 targets per game, which is a massive number. If you were a tight end and saw more than four targets against the Jaguars last year, you finished as a top-13 tight end that particular week. There were nine tight ends who finished with at least 11.1 PPR points against them last year, though Doyle wasn't one of them. In their first matchup, he didn't receive a single target, but it's important to note he was battling shoulder issues and didn't practice all week. In their second matchup, he saw four targets and caught just one for six yards. Even going back to 2018, Doyle totaled just 3/36/0 against them. So, maybe Doug Marrone knows how to keep Reich's tight ends in check? Still, it's hard to pass on Doyle completely when you know that Trey Burton is starting the year on IR. Consider Doyle a streamer who should come with a decent floor despite his struggles in the past while sharing time with others.
35 weeks ago
Parris Campbell Note
Parris Campbell photo 119. Parris Campbell WR - (at JAC)
It's unclear whether or not Campbell will be on the field for 2WR sets, as T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal/Michael Pittman appear to be the perimeter options. With Chester Rogers gone, Campbell will play a role that netted 224 routes in 11 games last year. By comparison, Hilton ran 276 routes in 10 games, so Campbell can have a big role in the offense despite being the No. 3 receiver. Rivers has loved his targets over the middle of the field throughout his career and Campbell might be the most explosive one yet. The Jaguars have D.J. Hayden covering the slot, which might be their most stable cornerback for the time being. He allowed just 195 scoreless yards on 38 targets in coverage last year. Sure, it's a small sample size with the Jaguars, but he has held opposing quarterbacks below a 87.0 QB Rating when targeted in each of the last four seasons. You didn't draft Campbell as a starter, so sit back and watch how he's used in this game before trusting him.
35 weeks ago
Michael Pittman Jr. Note
Michael Pittman Jr. photo 130. Michael Pittman Jr. WR - (at JAC)
Nyheim Hines Note
Nyheim Hines photo 131. Nyheim Hines RB - (at JAC)
Zach Pascal Note
Zach Pascal photo 185. Zach Pascal WR - (at JAC)
Jordan Wilkins Note
Jordan Wilkins photo 226. Jordan Wilkins RB - (at JAC)
Mo Alie-Cox Note
Mo Alie-Cox photo 252. Mo Alie-Cox TE - (at JAC)
Dezmon Patmon Note
Dezmon Patmon photo 305. Dezmon Patmon WR - (at JAC)
Jordan Thomas Note
Jordan Thomas photo 340. Jordan Thomas TE - (at JAC)
Gary Jennings Jr. Note
Gary Jennings Jr. photo 385. Gary Jennings Jr. WR - (at JAC)
Ashton Dulin Note
Ashton Dulin photo 434. Ashton Dulin WR - (at JAC)
Noah Togiai Note
Noah Togiai photo 440. Noah Togiai TE - (at JAC)