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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

D.J. Chark Jr. Note
D.J. Chark Jr. photo 33. D.J. Chark Jr. WR - (vs . IND)
We've been hearing the Chark hype train started since Jay Gruden became the coordinator and said he'd be moving Chark around the formation a lot more. Fast forward to camp and everyone (I mean everyone) has been saying Chark's dominating camp. Now, to be fair, the Jaguars defense isn't a hard one to dice up, but neither is the Colts. In fact, Chark had his second-biggest game of the year against them, totaling eight receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns in their Week 11 meeting. On top of that, the Colts lost their top cornerback Pierre Desir after voiding his contract. They'll be hoping sophomore cornerback Rock Ya-Sin takes a step forward after allowing nearly 10.0 yards per target in 2019. They signed Xavier Rhodes, who's likely to start, but he was among the worst cornerbacks in football last year with the Vikings, allowing a 127.8 QB Rating in his coverage. He's trended down over the last two years, so there's little reason to think he'll be able to keep up with the young Chark. Start Chark as a borderline WR1 this week, who should see eight-plus targets against the team that allowed the third-most fantasy points per target to wide receivers last year.
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Marvin Jones Jr. Note
Marvin Jones Jr. photo 47. Marvin Jones Jr. WR - (vs . IND)
We're seeing a change of the guard as the top guy in the Lions offense, but you should know that Jones has actually averaged more targets per game than Kenny Golladay when they're both in the lineup over the last two years. We've watched Jones' yards per catch trend way down over the last few years, bottoming out at 12.6 yards per catch last year. Seeing as there were just nine receivers who tallied more than five catches against the Bears last year, a touchdown may be necessary to get him into WR2/3 territory. With the way Jones aligns most of the time (RWR 41.2 percent of the time), he'll see Kyle Fuller more than anyone. Fuller has been a bit hit-or-miss throughout his career, though it helps that the Bears front seven continually gets pressure. Still, Fuller allowed 887 yards in his coverage last year, which ranked as the second most among cornerbacks. Knowing Jones has caught just three balls in three of his last four games against the Bears, there's a lower floor than we'd like as fantasy players. Because of that, he's a boom/bust WR3/4 option this week. *Update* If Golladay has to miss this week, Jones' ceiling suddenly gets much higher, as he'd be locked into eight-plus targets. If Golladay sits, Jones would move into high-end WR3 territory.
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Chris Thompson Note
Chris Thompson photo 99. Chris Thompson RB - (vs . IND)
Thompson is a flex/RB4-type player in PPR formats, and it's worth mentioning the Colts allowed the most running back receptions (109) in the league last year. The 1.55 PPR points per target was very middle of the pack, but given the expected game flow, there could be more volume than normal.
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James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 126. James Robinson RB - (vs . IND)
We all talked about Leonard Fournette losing targets in the passing game under Jay Gruden, and now that he's out of the picture, we must figure out where they're going to go. In a game where they're big underdogs, there will be plenty of dropbacks. Thompson has averaged 7-10 touches per game over the last three years, so it's not like he's getting crazy involved. Running backs averaged 26.9 touches per game against the Colts last year, so even if we go high-end with Thompson, it's likely we see 17-plus touches for Robinson. Since Frank Reich and Matt Eberflus came to the Colts, they have allowed just one 100-yard rusher against them, and that was Derrick Henry during his late-season domination. The Colts also added DeForest Buckner to the defensive line which is clearly an upgrade. They slowed Fournette down big-time last year, as he totaled a season-low 23 yards on just eight carries in Week 11. He did chip in with seven receptions for 34 yards, but it was one of his worst games all year. Those are the negatives for Robinson behind the same offensive line. Is a late-game goal-line plunge out of the question? It may not look likely considering the Colts allowed just four rushing touchdowns during the entire 2019 season. Robinson should be considered an RB4 this week who needs to score in order avoid busting.
32 weeks ago
Laviska Shenault Jr. Note
Laviska Shenault Jr. photo 128. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR - (vs . IND)
Tyler Eifert Note
Tyler Eifert photo 142. Tyler Eifert TE - (vs . IND)
After hearing that Josh Oliver would be out for the season, we now know this is Eifert's job. The Colts didn't allow a single tight end more than 73 yards last year, which says a lot about their consistency with the position. They did allow 16 tight ends record at least 22 yards, including 10 of them with four or more receptions. What this highlights is that they're willing to give you the dink-and-dunk completions to the tight end. Through Jay Gruden's nine years as a coach, he's offered a top-16 tight end six times, so Eifert is in a position to succeed in this scheme. Still, Eifert topped 49 yards just twice last year and has scored just four touchdowns over his last 22 games. In his first game with a new team, I'm okay fading him, as there are safer options out there to stream.
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Carlos Hyde Note
Carlos Hyde photo 173. Carlos Hyde RB - (vs . IND)
Hyde will assume the vacated Rashaad Penny role in this offense, but that most likely isn't going to equate to a ton of fantasy value in week one. Chris Carson is going to be the clear-cut lead option in this backfield, which is unlikely to leave much left over for Hyde. Hyde can remain on your bench.
32 weeks ago
Ryquell Armstead Note
Ryquell Armstead photo 246. Ryquell Armstead RB - (vs . IND)
Chris Manhertz Note
Chris Manhertz photo 284. Chris Manhertz TE - (vs . IND)
James O'Shaughnessy Note
James O'Shaughnessy photo 315. James O'Shaughnessy TE - (vs . IND)
Collin Johnson Note
Collin Johnson photo 331. Collin Johnson WR - (vs . IND)
Nathan Cottrell Note
Nathan Cottrell photo 404. Nathan Cottrell RB - (vs . IND)
Ben Ellefson Note
Ben Ellefson photo 445. Ben Ellefson TE - (vs . IND)