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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Josh Jacobs Note
Josh Jacobs photo 8. Josh Jacobs RB - (at DEN)
Until we see another Raiders running back eat into Josh Jacobs's workload, he needs to be treated like a full-blown bell cow. That was the case last season when he led the NFL in touches. That's concerning for his long-term availability, but he should be a locked-and-loaded fantasy RB1 for Week 1. In two games versus Denver last year, Jacobs averaged nearly 25 fantasy points per game. Start him.
24 weeks ago
Davante Adams Note
Davante Adams photo 31. Davante Adams WR - (at DEN)
Will Patrick Surtain make Davante Adams a bust in Week 1? Probably not. In both games versus the Broncos in 2022, Adams went over 100 receiving yards. Nearly 23 fantasy points per game. Keep him in all lineups.
24 weeks ago
Jakobi Meyers Note
Jakobi Meyers photo 88. Jakobi Meyers WR - (at DEN)
Meyers ranks 26th in targets and 24th in target share (21.4%) over the last two seasons. He inked a 3-year deal with the Raiders this offseason, reuniting him with his former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He joins a Las Vegas offense filled with playmakers, including Josh Jacobs, Davante Adams, and Hunter Renfrow. And that offense will be led by ex-Patriots and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. And that's where things could be problematic for Meyers, who has been the target hog in a lackluster Patriots offense over the last two seasons. It's hard to envision Meyers commanding a 23% target share (a mark he has reached the last two seasons) with Adams' alpha presence in the offense, along with Renfrow chipping in. However, the Waller trade suggests Meyers could still end up as the clear-cut No. 2 - which is a pretty enticing role. I'd imagine Meyers still plays primarily on the outside, with Renfrow operating from the slot in 11 personnel, which means Meyers won't leave the field (as he did in the preseason). That makes Meyers a fringy WR4 option in Week 1 with him most likely taking over the Mack Hollins role. Hollins finished 10th in routes run per dropback (93%) and commanded 1,153 air yards as the clear-cut No. 2 wide receiver in the Raiders offense last season. He finished last season as WR41 in half-point scoring, which seems like a nice floor projection for Meyers's season-long numbers. There's more competition in the offense for targets, but Meyers is the superior talent after averaging nearly 2.0 yards per route run in 2022. The Surtain-Adams matchup could also force targets toward Meyers in Week 1, as it did for Hollins the last time LV played the Broncos. Hollins commanded nine targets for 6 catches and 52 yards in that Week 11 contest.
24 weeks ago
Hunter Renfrow Note
Hunter Renfrow photo 143. Hunter Renfrow WR - (at DEN)
Renfrow is this year's Curtis Samuel. Everybody is just going to completely forget that Renfrow leveraged his savvy route-running to a 111-1096-9 stat line in 2021 because he was never healthy at any point in 2022. Don't be that person who overlooks Renfrow. He showed in Week 18 that he still has "it" going a perfect 7-for-7 for a season-high 63 yards and 1 TD. We still don't know what his role will be with Meyers added to the offense, so he cannot be started in Week 1. But if he sees great usage from the slot (that's what I am projecting) look out for him on the Week 2 waiver wire.
24 weeks ago
Michael Mayer Note
Michael Mayer photo 165. Michael Mayer TE - (at DEN)
Like Dulcich, Mayer saw discouraging usage in the preseason by splitting snaps with veteran tight end Austin Hooper. It's problematic with three decent WRs atop the depth chart for Meyer to have a major role in Year 1, let alone in Week 1 of the 2023 season.
24 weeks ago
Zamir White Note
Zamir White photo 178. Zamir White RB - (at DEN)
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 190. Austin Hooper TE - (at DEN)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 221. Ameer Abdullah RB - (at DEN)
Brandon Bolden Note
Brandon Bolden photo 272. Brandon Bolden RB - (at DEN)
DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 315. DeAndre Carter WR - (at DEN)
Jesper Horsted Note
Jesper Horsted photo 347. Jesper Horsted TE - (at DEN)
Jakob Johnson Note
Jakob Johnson photo 354. Jakob Johnson RB - (at DEN)
Kristian Wilkerson Note
Kristian Wilkerson photo 388. Kristian Wilkerson WR - (at DEN)
Zach Gentry Note
Zach Gentry photo 424. Zach Gentry TE - (at DEN)
John Samuel Shenker Note
John Samuel Shenker photo 466. John Samuel Shenker TE - (at DEN)
Cole Fotheringham Note
Cole Fotheringham photo 469. Cole Fotheringham TE - (at DEN)
Sincere McCormick Note
Sincere McCormick photo 510. Sincere McCormick RB - (at DEN)