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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 12 PPR Rankings
Jamison Crowder Note
Jamison Crowder photo 58. Jamison Crowder WR - (vs . MIA)
There's clearly a disconnect between Flacco and Crowder, so if you're relying on Crowder, you're rooting for Darnold to get back under center. Over the last three games with Flacco, Crowder has seen 18 targets and turned them into nine receptions, 90 yards, and one touchdown. Meanwhile, the combination of Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have been just fine. In each of the three games with Darnold, Crowder finished with at least seven catches and 104 yards. Despite the Dolphins having one of the better cornerback duos in the league, their opponents have chosen to target wide receivers 62.8 percent of the time, which is the third-highest mark in the league. That's led to 22.5 targets per game to wide receivers, which should be more than enough for Crowder to get back onto the fantasy radar. The good news is that Nik Needham is the weakest link in the slot, allowing 27-of-41 passing for 333 yards in his coverage, though he's yet to allow a touchdown. The last time these two teams played, Crowder finished with seven catches for 48 yards, which is fine for PPR leagues, but it took him 13 targets to get there. Again, that game was with Flacco, who he clearly hasn't connected with. If Flacco starts, Crowder is just a low-upside WR4. If Darnold starts, Crowder moves up into the low-end WR3 consideration.
3 days ago
Denzel Mims Note
Denzel Mims photo 80. Denzel Mims WR - (vs . MIA)
These two are highly unpredictable from week-to-week, and if Perriman hadn't caught that 49-yard touchdown late in the game, he would've finished with just one catch for five yards. In the end, he only got four targets, which is not enough to start anyone with confidence, especially when he has Flacco or Darnold as his quarterback. Mims has seen a much more consistent target share (at least seven targets in 3-of-4 games), and though he hasn't topped 71 yards, he also hasn't fallen below 42 yards. Don't forget he's a rookie who didn't play a single snap until Week 7, so he should only get better. The issue for both of these receivers this week is the Dolphins cornerback duo of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. They're the cornerbacks these guys will see all game, and they've combined to allow just 54-of-96 passing for 783 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions in their coverage. They're not unbeatable, as there have been eight wide receivers who've totaled 82-plus yards against them, but it's hardly a matchup to target. Mims would be my preferred option of the two due to his seemingly more consistent target share but they're both stuck in WR5 territory.
3 days ago
Breshad Perriman Note
Breshad Perriman photo 86. Breshad Perriman WR - (vs . MIA)
These two are highly unpredictable from week-to-week, and if Perriman hadn't caught that 49-yard touchdown late in the game, he would've finished with just one catch for five yards. In the end, he only got four targets, which is not enough to start anyone with confidence, especially when he has Flacco or Darnold as his quarterback. Mims has seen a much more consistent target share (at least seven targets in 3-of-4 games), and though he hasn't topped 71 yards, he also hasn't fallen below 42 yards. Don't forget he's a rookie who didn't play a single snap until Week 7, so he should only get better. The issue for both of these receivers this week is the Dolphins cornerback duo of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. They're the cornerbacks these guys will see all game, and they've combined to allow just 54-of-96 passing for 783 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions in their coverage. They're not unbeatable, as there have been eight wide receivers who've totaled 82-plus yards against them, but it's hardly a matchup to target. Mims would be my preferred option of the two due to his seemingly more consistent target share but they're both stuck in WR5 territory.
3 days ago
Frank Gore Note
Frank Gore photo 90. Frank Gore RB - (vs . MIA)
Now that Lamical Perine has been placed on injured reserve, this backfield is Gore's for what might be his last hurrah, as there's nowhere else for Adam Gase to go. The Jets running backs have combined for just 24.8 touches per game this year, but now that Gore should receieve the majority of them, he's actually playable. He scored his first touchdown in over 230 carries last week, though you shouldn't be relying on that trend to continue. Not only have the Jets running backs only scored four touchdowns the entire season, the Dolphins are one of just six teams who've allowed less than 21.0 points per game to their opponents (20.2), so scoring opportunities haven't been easy to come by. Now, with that being said, they have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per weighted opportunity this year, allowing 4.61 yards per carry and 6.55 yards per target, which are both well above the league average. They've allowed just 13 passing touchdowns through 10 games, but have allowed eight rushing touchdowns to running backs, so it's clear they're more of a reverse funnel defense. The last time these two teams met, Gore finished with 70 total yards on 15 touches, which was enough for the RB22 performance. Oddly enough, he should be locked into more touches this week, which puts him right smack in the middle of the RB3 range, just don't play him looking for upside.
3 days ago
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 180. Ty Johnson RB - (vs . MIA)
Chris Herndon IV Note
Chris Herndon IV photo 206. Chris Herndon IV TE - (vs . MIA)
Braxton Berrios Note
Braxton Berrios photo 270. Braxton Berrios WR - (vs . MIA)
Ryan Griffin Note
Ryan Griffin photo 277. Ryan Griffin TE - (vs . MIA)
Jeff Smith Note
Jeff Smith photo 289. Jeff Smith WR - (vs . MIA)
Josh Adams Note
Josh Adams photo 293. Josh Adams RB - (vs . MIA)
Ross Travis Note
Ross Travis photo 367. Ross Travis TE - (vs . MIA)