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Week 1 PPR Rankings

Tyler Higbee Note
Tyler Higbee photo 83. Tyler Higbee TE - (at SEA)
Higbee could stumble into a ton of production in Week 1. The Rams tight end finished 7th in route participation (71%) through 17 weeks last season, posting a 21% target share (4th) and 24% target rate per route run (3rd) among TEs with 80 targets. He finished 9th in PPR points per game (9.04). Higbee could easily emerge as the No. 2 target on the offense, and he could easily see his target share skyrocket should Kupp miss any time with his hamstring injury. Start him as back-end fantasy TE1. Seattle has ranked inside the bottom-five in points allowed to tight ends over the last two seasons.
24 weeks ago
Puka Nacua Note
Puka Nacua photo 152. Puka Nacua WR - (at SEA)
Nacua has been a fun toy for Sean McVay during the offseason, with reports of the team giving him an immediate role in the wake of Kupp's injury. Makes sense, considering FantasyPros' own Thor Nystrom coined Nacua as "Discount Deebo" in his final draft player comps. I also liked Nacua's profile coming out of college and felt like his 5th-round draft capital did not match his production. The 6-foot-2 and 201-pound wideout ended the 2021 season as a junior sixth in yards per route run behind future NFL WRs like Treylon Burks, Wan'Dale Robinson, and Drake London. And like London, Nacua operated primarily on the outside with a 78 percent perimeter alignment. Nacua finished his BYU tenure strong as PFF's second highest-graded WR in the nation (90.1) due to his impressive efficiency on a per route run basis. He was targeted on 38 percent of his routes in 2022 and posted the second-highest targets above expectation in his class per Sports Info Solutions. On a depth chart with zero certified studs after Cooper Kupp - Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Demarcus Robinson - I'm not shocked he has impressed enough to earn a Day 1 role with his versatility. However, becoming an immediate "contributor' does not mean he is destined for immediate fantasy football success from the get-go. Again, he's still probably the third option on offense that might struggle to move the ball without Kupp. Keep him stashed on your bench to see how Week 1 shakes out first, before thrusting him into any lineups. The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue expects Nacua/Atwell to essentially split WR3 duties when Kupp is healthy, as they will both be used more situationally than anything else.
24 weeks ago
Kyren Williams Note
Kyren Williams photo 170. Kyren Williams RB - (at SEA)
Seattle's defense has traditionally been leaky toward defending RBs in the passing game. Last year, they were a bottom-10 unit defending RBs in terms of receptions, targets and receiving yards. If Kyren Williams truly owns the "receiving back role" that has been suggested throughout the offseason, it's entirely possible he racks up several receptions should the Rams fall behind. Makes him an interesting flier in deep PPR formats, but I'd rather see it first before thrusting him into a lineup based on a projected role and game script - both of which are no guarantees. Williams also lacks the requisite athleticism to create chunk plays on his own, so his fantasy value will be solely dependent on the amount of receiving volume he sees. Worth stashing if you have an extra bench spot.
24 weeks ago
Tutu Atwell Note
Tutu Atwell photo 178. Tutu Atwell WR - (at SEA)
Atwell was thrust into a larger role in 2022 and was halfway decent in a horrible situation. He finished the season 28th in expected yards per route run (1.85). However, from Week 12 onward when he started playing a full allotment of snaps, he still ranked outside the top 60 overall among WRs. He should be the favorite to take over snaps in the slot, which gives him a decent matchup inside. Desperation dart-throw that should see a solid target share (18% from Weeks 13-18, superior to Jefferson), but he's not accompanied by a ton of upside.
24 weeks ago
Ben Skowronek Note
Ben Skowronek photo 194. Ben Skowronek WR - (at SEA)
Demarcus Robinson Note
Demarcus Robinson photo 250. Demarcus Robinson WR - (at SEA)
Ronnie Rivers Note
Ronnie Rivers photo 293. Ronnie Rivers RB - (at SEA)
Brycen Hopkins Note
Brycen Hopkins photo 294. Brycen Hopkins TE - (at SEA)
Davis Allen Note
Davis Allen photo 339. Davis Allen TE - (at SEA)
Royce Freeman Note
Royce Freeman photo 378. Royce Freeman RB - (at SEA)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 428. Tyler Johnson WR - (at SEA)
Xavier Smith Note
Xavier Smith photo 488. Xavier Smith WR - (at SEA)
Austin Trammell Note
Austin Trammell photo 502. Austin Trammell WR - (at SEA)
Nikola Kalinic Note
Nikola Kalinic photo 522. Nikola Kalinic TE - (at SEA)