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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Julian Edelman Note
Julian Edelman photo 48. Julian Edelman WR - (vs . MIA)
The Patriots go from a team that threw the ball an average of 600.7 times over the last seven years, to one that'll likely go towards a more run-heavy attack under Cam Newton. Edelman loses that connection that he and Brady had, which led to him averaging 9.6 targets per game over that time. Newton has tended to target big-bodied wide receivers over his time in the league, though he's never had a slot receiver like Edelman. The Dolphins suddenly have a very talented cornerback unit, though we could see Edelman match up with the weakest of the bunch, rookie Noah Igbinoghene in the slot. He's obviously never played a snap in the NFL, so we could see the Patriots exploit that area of the field. Edelman played 68 percent of his snaps in the slot last year, so he's clearly the one with the best matchup on the field. Slot receivers Jarvis Landry, Tyler Boyd, and JuJu Smith-Schuster all posted 103-plus receiving yards against this defense last year, even if the cornerback unit does look different. Edelman can be played as a semi-high floor WR3 this week.
35 weeks ago
James White Note
James White photo 58. James White RB - (vs . MIA)
Hunter Henry Note
Hunter Henry photo 62. Hunter Henry TE - (vs . MIA)
I was down on Henry for most of the offseason, but given the injury to Mike Williams, I can see him living up to his draft cost to start the year. There were six tight ends who saw more than three targets against the Bengals last year, and five of them finished as a top-10 tight end that week, while Ryan Griffin caught five balls for 30 yards, so not a complete bust. The issue was volume against the Bengals, as they only faced 95 tight end targets all season long (5.9 per game). Heck, they faced just 30.9 pass attempts per game, which ranked as the second fewest in the league, though that will be more than enough for Henry to get six-plus targets with their lack of pass catchers available. Start Henry as a solid TE1 this week who's in a plus matchup with a higher target share.
35 weeks ago
Jonnu Smith Note
Jonnu Smith photo 90. Jonnu Smith TE - (vs . MIA)
The Broncos faced the seventh-most targets to tight ends last year but allowed the 21st-most fantasy points. That highlights the efficiency they had. That's a problem for someone like Smith, who hasn't seen much volume in this offense. Despite Delanie Walker missing over half the season, Smith saw more than five targets just twice all year. He was highly efficient with those targets, averaging 10.0 yards per target. Are there more targets to go around in this offense this year? Teams averaged just 33.6 pass attempts per game, and a large part of that is due to their games averaging just 122.3 plays per game, which was the third-lowest mark in the league. The Titans also ranked in the bottom 12 for total plays per game, and it's why you're seeing the game total as low as it is. Because of the projected low-scoring/low-volume affair between these two, I'd prefer to hold off on Smith as a streamer. He's a TE2 this week.
35 weeks ago
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 107. Sony Michel RB - (vs . MIA)
N'Keal Harry Note
N'Keal Harry photo 116. N'Keal Harry WR - (vs . MIA)
There are many who are gravitating towards Harry considering Cam Newton has continually targeted big-bodied wide receivers, allowing them to try and win their one-on-one battles. The issue with that this week is that Harry will be matching up against two of the better cornerbacks in the league. Not only did the Dolphins have Xavien Howard, but they also added Byron Jones in free agency, giving them one of the better 1-2 punches at cornerback. Both of them are at least 6-feet tall and weigh over 190 pounds, so they're not smaller guys that Harry can bully. It appears that Harry will be the No. 2 option among wide receivers, as the team moved on from Mohamed Sanu. Julian Edelman will always be the safety valve in Josh McDaniels' offense, but we could see Harry as the red zone target. With that said, it's best to sit back and watch how much playing time/targets Harry gets before trusting him as anything more than a touchdown-reliant WR5 option, especially against this cornerback duo.
35 weeks ago
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 129. Kendrick Bourne WR - (vs . MIA)
It seems the 49ers will have Bourne in the starting lineup come Week 1, though it's hardly something to get excited about considering he tallied more than 42 yards just once in 2019. He has scored nine touchdowns over the last two seasons on just 110 targets, which is impressive, but it's hardly predictable. The Cardinals were a team that he scored in both matchups against last year, though he had just five total catches in the two games for 38 yards. He's in line for a bigger role with all the injuries, but it could also mean less slot opportunities, which is where he's played well. Let's hold on contemplating Bourne for this week outside of deep leagues where he can be played as a WR5.
35 weeks ago
Rex Burkhead Note
Rex Burkhead photo 143. Rex Burkhead RB - (vs . MIA)
Jakobi Meyers Note
Jakobi Meyers photo 200. Jakobi Meyers WR - (vs . MIA)
Nelson Agholor Note
Nelson Agholor photo 205. Nelson Agholor WR - (vs . MIA)
Devin Asiasi Note
Devin Asiasi photo 224. Devin Asiasi TE - (vs . MIA)
Damiere Byrd Note
Damiere Byrd photo 232. Damiere Byrd WR - (vs . MIA)
Jakob Johnson Note
Jakob Johnson photo 321. Jakob Johnson RB,TE - (vs . MIA)
J.J. Taylor Note
J.J. Taylor photo 334. J.J. Taylor RB - (vs . MIA)
Matthew Slater Note
Matthew Slater photo 430. Matthew Slater WR - (vs . MIA)