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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Half PPR Rankings

Chris Olave Note
Chris Olave photo 26. Chris Olave WR - (vs . TEN)
A QB upgrade from Andy Dalton to Derek Carr should suit Olave nicely, since Carr should be able to better leverage Olave's wheels. Last season, Carr averaged 9.1 intended air yards per pass attempt last season, fourth-highest in the league. Dalton averaged 7.9 intended air yards per pass attempt last season. Olave was dynamite as a rookie, finishing with 1,042 receiving yards in 15 games and averaging 8.8 yards per target. Fire up Olave this week against a pass-funnel Titans defense that gave up the most fantasy points to opposing WRs in 2022.
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Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 43. Jamaal Williams RB - (vs . TEN)
Alvin Kamara is serving a three-game suspension. Rookie Kendre Miller is dealing with a hamstring and might not be available for the Saints' opener. Williams could conceivably get 20-plus carries this week. The problem is that he'll be up against a rugged Titans run defense that held opposing RBs to 62.8 rushing yards a game and 3.4 yards per carry last season. Volume generally outweighs matchup in start/sit decisions, so regard Williams as a low-end RB2 this week and lean toward using him this week.
32 weeks ago
Michael Thomas Note
Michael Thomas photo 74. Michael Thomas WR - (vs . TEN)
Plagued by foot problems that limited him to 10 games over the last three seasons, Thomas is seemingly healthy now. The NFL's receptions leader in 2018 and 2019 probably isn't going to catch 100 passes this year even if he stays completely healthy - teammate Chris Olave is too good - but Thomas can be a useful fantasy asset as a complementary possession receiver. With Thomas in a home matchup against a bad Tennessee pass defense, Thomas is flex-worthy this week as a low-end WR3.
32 weeks ago
Juwan Johnson Note
Juwan Johnson photo 108. Juwan Johnson TE - (vs . TEN)
On one hand, Johnson gets a great matchup against a Titans defense that was bashed by TEs last season to the tune of 98 catches, 1,130 yards and 6 touchdowns. Only four teams allowed more fantasy points to tight ends in 2022 than the Titans did. On the other hand, Johnson's fantasy value has been more about touchdowns than catch volume, and it's unlikely that Johnson will ramp up the volume with Saints WR Michael Thomas healthy. Consider Johnson a midrange TE2 this week.
32 weeks ago
Rashid Shaheed Note
Rashid Shaheed photo 132. Rashid Shaheed WR - (vs . TEN)
This former undrafted free agent from Weber State was wildly efficient in his first NFL season, averaging 14.4 yards per target and 2.59 yards per route run. Unfortunately, Shaheed isn't likely to see a lot of targets as long as Chris Olave and Michael Thomas are both healthy. Leave Shaheed on your bench.
32 weeks ago
Taysom Hill Note
Taysom Hill photo 148. Taysom Hill TE - (vs . TEN)
Is Hill TE-eligible in your league? He might not be now that the NFL lists him as a quarterback rather than as a tight end. Regardless, Hill is a boom-or-bust fantasy option who finished TE9 in PPR fantasy scoring last season. There might not be as many boom games now that the Saints have stabilized the QB position with Derek Carr, who's likely to come off the field less often for Hill's wildcat gadgetry than Anday Dalton did last year. Fade Hill in Week 1.
32 weeks ago
Foster Moreau Note
Foster Moreau photo 244. Foster Moreau TE - (vs . TEN)
Jimmy Graham Note
Jimmy Graham photo 267. Jimmy Graham TE - (vs . TEN)
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 272. James Robinson RB - (vs . TEN)
Adam Prentice Note
Adam Prentice photo 294. Adam Prentice RB - (vs . TEN)
Keith Kirkwood Note
Keith Kirkwood photo 333. Keith Kirkwood WR - (vs . TEN)
Zander Horvath Note
Zander Horvath photo 427. Zander Horvath RB - (vs . TEN)
Tommy Hudson Note
Tommy Hudson photo 464. Tommy Hudson TE - (vs . TEN)
Lynn Bowden Jr. Note
Lynn Bowden Jr. photo 490. Lynn Bowden Jr. WR - (vs . TEN)