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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Travis Etienne Jr. Note
Travis Etienne Jr. photo 11. Travis Etienne Jr. RB - (at IND)
For a guy coming off a debut NFL season in which he ran for 1,125 yards, Etienne seems to be causing a lot of anxiety for his investors. As good as Etienne was last season, the Jaguars still spent a third-round draft pick on Tank Bigsby, who played well in the preseason. It's possible that Bigsby could steal some goal-line work from Etienne, and the Jaguars have already shown an inclination to use JaMycal Hasty on some obvious passing downs. Etienne will no doubt get his fair share of touches, but we want him to get plenty of high-value touches - i.e., goal-line carries and receptions. You're confidently starting Etienne against a Colts defense that gave up the ninth-most fantasy points to RBs a year ago, but you're crossing your fingers that Etienne's usage justifies the early draft pick you spent on him.
24 weeks ago
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 42. Calvin Ridley WR - (at IND)
The last time Ridley played an NFL game was Oct. 24, 2021. He stepped away from football in the fall of 2021 citing mental health issues, and he was suspended for the 2022 season for gambling. Ridley reportedly had a terrific training camp, and it will be fascinating to see how he and talented young QB Trevor Lawrence work together. It might take time for them to build chemistry, but you're not waiting to put Ridley into your starting lineup. regard him as a high-end WR2 for Week 1.
24 weeks ago
Christian Kirk Note
Christian Kirk photo 60. Christian Kirk WR - (at IND)
What's slightly concerning if you're a Kirk stakeholder is that he wasn't always on the field in two-WR sets when the Jaguars' starters played in the preseason. And obviously, Kirk's target total was already at risk of being reduced thanks to the arrival of stud WR Calvin Ridley. Kirk is too good to be completely marginalized, but he might be hard-pressed to repeat last year's 84-1,108-8 stat line. As a midrange WR3 type, Kirk will be a tough start-sit call for a lot of people this week.
24 weeks ago
Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 96. Evan Engram TE - (at IND)
After establishing new career highs in catches (73) and receiving yards (766) last season, Engram was franchise-tagged by the Jaguars, but the team then worked out a three-year deal with the six-year veteran, who just turned 29. Engram showed how good he can be last year, but it might be hard for him to replicate his 2023 numbers now that the Jaguars have added WR Calvin Ridley, a potential target hog. Engram should be regarded as a lower-end TE1.
25 weeks ago
Zay Jones Note
Zay Jones photo 111. Zay Jones WR - (at IND)
Jones was a pleasant surprise last season, finishing with career-best 82-823-5 receiving numbers. Calvin Ridley is sure to cut into Jones' target totals, but Jones will still be a fixture in three-receiver sets. He even played with Ridley in two-receiver sets during the preseason. The trouble is, with Ridley, Jones, Christian Kirk and TE Evan Engram all sharing targets, Jones' week-to-week productivity could be wildly unpredictable, and the lows could be unpalatable. He's a low-end WR4 for Week 1.
24 weeks ago
Tank Bigsby Note
Tank Bigsby photo 121. Tank Bigsby RB - (at IND)
As noted above, Bigsby enjoyed a strong preseason, rushing 28 times for 159 yards. The 6-0, 213-pound Bigsby could earn goal-line touches and change-of-pace carries, but until we know more about his role, it's probably best to leave him out of lineups.
24 weeks ago
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 217. D'Ernest Johnson RB - (at IND)
Jamal Agnew Note
Jamal Agnew photo 252. Jamal Agnew WR - (at IND)
Brenton Strange Note
Brenton Strange photo 295. Brenton Strange TE - (at IND)
Luke Farrell Note
Luke Farrell photo 322. Luke Farrell TE - (at IND)
Tim Jones Note
Tim Jones photo 357. Tim Jones WR - (at IND)
Josh Pederson Note
Josh Pederson photo 459. Josh Pederson TE - (at IND)
Seth Williams Note
Seth Williams photo 496. Seth Williams WR - (at IND)