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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Michael Thomas Note
Michael Thomas photo 2. Michael Thomas WR - (vs . TB)
It's time to build on his 2019 season that had him finish with almost 100 more PPR points than any other wide receiver. The Bucs are a team he's torn up over the course of his career. He's played them seven times, racking up 94 or more yards in six of them, including 180 or more twice. Against a similar secondary to the one he'll face this week, he smashed them for 19 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns in two games last year. Sure, Carlton Davis played better down the stretch, but he's never shown the ability to hang with Thomas. With how dominant the Bucs run defense is, the Saints will look to move the sticks with Thomas. Similar to last year, he should see double-digit targets in this game en route to a WR1 finish. If you want to use him in cash lineups, I won't stop you.
35 weeks ago
Alvin Kamara Note
Alvin Kamara photo 7. Alvin Kamara RB - (vs . TB)
It seems like Kamara will be on the field for the Saints in Week 1, though nothing is set in stone until they agree to that contract extension. I'll come back on Saturday and update these notes if needed, but we'll plan like Kamara will be out there. The Bucs are a brutal matchup for running backs, as evidenced by the league-low 907 rushing yards they allowed in 2019. They allowed a league-low 3.02 yards per carry, and also contained running backs through the air, allowing just 4.21 yards per target, which was also the best in the NFL. It's rare to see a team accomplish elite numbers against both, and it's even more impressive when you know they played both Christian McCaffrey and Kamara twice. In the meetings last year, Kamara was able to remain decent, finishing as the RB17 in Week 5 and then the RB3 in Week 11. The latter performance was largely in part to his 10 receptions that only netted 47 yards. Murray didn't fare so well, totaling 55 yards on 17 carries in the two games with no touchdowns, finishing as the RB48 and RB52 in those games. Have the injuries piled up for Kamara to the point where they lessen his workload? Rumors have surfaced that he had an epidural injection in his back just a few weeks ago. There's certainly enough risk between that and the matchup to downgrade Kamara's expectations to low-end RB1/high-end RB2 territory.
35 weeks ago
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 127. Latavius Murray RB - (vs . TB)
This is a matchup that you want to start as many players as you can due to the projected point totals. Murray is an intriguing FLEX option this week and can be started in that spot with confidence. He's a RB3 with upside this week.
36 weeks ago
Tre'Quan Smith Note
Tre'Quan Smith photo 163. Tre'Quan Smith WR - (vs . TB)
We've been waiting for the breakout from Smith for the past few seasons and it doesn't appear like it's going to be happening any time soon. With Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas above him on the depth chart, it's unlikely that we ever look at Smith in fantasy football this season.
36 weeks ago
Ty Montgomery Note
Ty Montgomery photo 261. Ty Montgomery RB - (vs . TB)
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 275. Adam Trautman TE - (vs . TB)
Nick Vannett Note
Nick Vannett photo 297. Nick Vannett TE - (vs . TB)
Deonte Harris Note
Deonte Harris photo 308. Deonte Harris WR - (vs . TB)
Alex Armah Note
Alex Armah photo 369. Alex Armah RB - (vs . TB)
Marquez Callaway Note
Marquez Callaway photo 378. Marquez Callaway WR - (vs . TB)