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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Saquon Barkley Note
Saquon Barkley photo 6. Saquon Barkley RB - (vs . PIT)
It's not the start to the season that you'd hope for with Barkley, as the Steelers defense is about as good as it gets. Fun fact about them: Just one running back scored more than 14.2 PPR points against them last year. The only running back that did was Kareem Hunt, and he totaled 17.5 PPR points, and finished as the RB14. Seriously, that's the best performance the Steelers allowed last season, and that's despite 12 different running backs totaling at least 15 touches, including six running backs with 21 or more touches. Fortunately for Barkley, he's someone who has one-play upside. He didn't break many long runs last year, which may have had something to do with his ankle injury that he rushed back from. Fresh off the offseason, his chances of breaking one of those long plays goes up. You're starting Barkley every week, so this point is moot, but do yourself a favor and make him tournament-only in DFS.
35 weeks ago
Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 73. Evan Engram TE - (vs . PIT)
Engram's true ceiling simply isn't here when all Giants receiving options are on the field and healthy, which pushes him down just outside the top-12 TEs in my rankings. This is a tough defense to go up against and Engram may not see the necessary target volume to finish as a top option this week.
35 weeks ago
Sterling Shepard Note
Sterling Shepard photo 85. Sterling Shepard WR - (vs . PIT)
When Shepard's on the field he's produced for fantasy football. However, with Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley all healthy and active, it's hard to see how Shepard sees enough target volume to finish as a top-30 option at the WR position. Shepard's a low-end RB4 start this week that you're hoping comes down with a touchdown.
36 weeks ago
Darius Slayton Note
Darius Slayton photo 97. Darius Slayton WR - (vs . PIT)
When all of the New York Giants WRs are healthy, it's going to be very difficult to determine which ones to start. Slayton should draw coverage from Joe Haden this game, which doesn't bode well for his fantasy outlook. Slayton's a boom/bust WR4.
36 weeks ago
Kyle Rudolph Note
Kyle Rudolph photo 149. Kyle Rudolph TE - (vs . PIT)
In a low passing volume offense, Rudolph is a touchdown-or-bust option in week one.
35 weeks ago
John Ross Note
John Ross photo 152. John Ross WR - (vs . PIT)
I've been telling everyone to snag Ross with one of their final picks in fantasy drafts. Why? Well, you'll find out what you have this week. If he's on the field playing almost every snap, he's going to have value in this offense that was extremely pass-heavy last year, even in neutral gamescripts. The downside is that he'll play a defense that allowed just six passing plays of 40-plus yards last year, which ranked fifth-fewest in the NFL. We know Ross can turn a bust week into a WR2 week with just one play, but against this secondary, it's probably unlikely. It helps that Derwin James will not be available, which could lead to some miscommunication on the back end of the defense, and it's not like Casey Hayward or Chris Harris Jr. can keep up with Ross one-on-one down the field (they're both 4.5-speed type players). With Joe Burrow under center, casual fans might realize that Ross is actually a good football player. It's a tough matchup, so I wouldn't bet on him producing here, but in a tournament, as a one-percenter, it could pay off.
35 weeks ago
Corey Clement Note
Corey Clement photo 190. Corey Clement RB - (vs . PIT)
Clement will see some work now that Sanders is out for this matchup. However, it might not be enough to warrant RB3 or better value. He's going to split the work with Boston Scott, but Clement should be the goal line back. He's a fine FLEX play if you're desperate at the position.
35 weeks ago
Dion Lewis Note
Dion Lewis photo 199. Dion Lewis RB - (vs . PIT)
Lewis is nothing more than a backup RB that will come onto the field in obvious passing down situations when Barkley needs a break. He's not worth considering in any format this week.
36 weeks ago
Devontae Booker Note
Devontae Booker photo 221. Devontae Booker RB - (vs . PIT)
Dante Pettis Note
Dante Pettis photo 247. Dante Pettis WR - (vs . PIT)
Kaden Smith Note
Kaden Smith photo 282. Kaden Smith TE - (vs . PIT)
Rysen John Note
Rysen John photo 336. Rysen John WR,TE - (vs . PIT)
Levine Toilolo Note
Levine Toilolo photo 344. Levine Toilolo TE - (vs . PIT)
Elijhaa Penny Note
Elijhaa Penny photo 360. Elijhaa Penny RB - (vs . PIT)
Corey Coleman Note
Corey Coleman photo 367. Corey Coleman WR - (vs . PIT)
C.J. Board Note
C.J. Board photo 375. C.J. Board WR - (vs . PIT)