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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Zach Ertz Note
Zach Ertz photo 37. Zach Ertz TE - (at WAS)
Now this is what it's like when worlds collide. Ertz and Goedert combined for 222 targets last year. Washington allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. This is typically where you find an eruption. Ertz totaled 115 yards and a touchdown in two games against them last year, while Goedert chipped in with 71 yards of his own. While I like Jalen Reagor, we can't pretend he's not a rookie (he's out this week). DeSean Jackson is 34 years old. Ertz is clearly in his prime against a team that allowed 1.90 PPR points per target last year (7th-most in NFL). Now, it is a new defense being installed, but that's where the advantage really comes in for the Eagles, as Ertz/Wentz have played together for years in the same offense, while Washington is trying to learn how to communicate amongst each other. With tight ends, communication is paramount, as you'll have one of a cornerback, linebacker, or safety assigned to him, and if one man misses his assignment, Ertz will take advantage. Over the last two years, there's been eight games Alshon Jeffery has missed. Ertz has averaged 10.1 targets in them. Start him as a high-end TE1 in this contest and someone who's an excellent tournament play.
35 weeks ago
Boston Scott Note
Boston Scott photo 63. Boston Scott RB - (at WAS)
With the news that Sanders is out, Scott vaults up into start-worthy consideration this week. While he's going to absolutely split time with Corey Clement, he has some extra value in PPR leagues. You can roll out Scott as a low-end RB3 with some upside in Full PPR formats.
34 weeks ago
Dallas Goedert Note
Dallas Goedert photo 89. Dallas Goedert TE - (at WAS)
Goedert benefitted from all the injuries last year and received more playing time. With Jeffery and Reagor out, he'll get more time than he typically would, but I can't confidently say he'll get the 60-plus snaps per game he played last year with the return of DeSean Jackson. Goedert actually totaled at least five targets in each of the last nine games, so it's possible that we're all overlooking him in fantasy, but it's hard to say the Eagles have two top-12 tight ends, though with Washington's stats against them, it's not out of the realm of possibilities. Goedert should be considered a semi-risky TE2 but one who isn't a complete dart throw.
35 weeks ago
Jordan Howard Note
Jordan Howard photo 104. Jordan Howard RB - (at WAS)
It seems the Dolphins are happy with the duo they've assembled this offseason, though not many are talking about the biggest variable they'll be dealing with. They Dolphins have replaced every member on the offensive line (which really isn't a bad thing considering who was there last year), including three rookies. Knowing they have zero game experience together, it's likely to be an issue. Howard isn't someone who's super elusive, but rather relies on his blocks being set up and hitting the hole. The Patriots allowed just four running backs to finish as top-24 options last year, though the biggest reason was due to them allowing just one running back touchdown the entire season. The Patriots defense has lost interior lineman Danny Shelton, edge rusher Kyle Van Noy, linebackers Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts in free agency, and then had linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung opt out for the season. So, it's fair to say they won't be the same elite unit. They did allow a stable 4.06 yards per carry with those players, so it's not a flat-out zero for Howard, but I'm more worried about his offensive line and lack of scoring opportunities. I wouldn't rely on him for anything more than RB3/4 production.
35 weeks ago
Kerryon Johnson Note
Kerryon Johnson photo 117. Kerryon Johnson RB - (at WAS)
Johnson's a depth option in a rotational backfield. Unless D'Andre Swift completely misses this game, it's hard to see how Johnson sees enough work to be a reliable fantasy option. I recommend looking elsewhere if you can.
35 weeks ago
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Note
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside photo 170. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR - (at WAS)
While JJAW will reportedly be a starter on this Eagles team week one, it's hard to trust him right out of the gates. JJAW did little with his opportunity last season to inspire confidence rolling him out in your lineup. He's a fine stash candidate to see what the offense looks like against Washington, but I recommend looking elsewhere.
35 weeks ago
Greg Ward Note
Greg Ward photo 178. Greg Ward WR - (at WAS)
It appears Ward will start in 3WR sets, which offers value in games the Eagles fall behind or drop back to pass a lot, though I'm not sure Washington fits that bill. Teams averaged just 33.7 pass attempts per game against them, and wide receivers accounted for just 17.1 of them. That doesn't leave much for a No. 3 option at wide receiver (could argue No. 2 with Reagor out), and keep in mind that Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders are also ahead of him. We're not sure just how Washington will deploy their cornerbacks yet, but we're also unsure just how much Ward will play. He's someone who certainly benefits with Reagor out of the lineup, and the matchup is a good one, so he should be considered a decent last-minute WR4/5 option in this game.
35 weeks ago
Corey Clement Note
Corey Clement photo 190. Corey Clement RB - (at WAS)
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.
34 weeks ago
Jalen Reagor Note
Jalen Reagor photo 206. Jalen Reagor WR - (at WAS)
Reagor is expected to suit up in this matchup, but that doesn't mean that you can trust him in your lineup right away. He's still a rookie WR that has missed some time in training camp and he may not have full range of motion. I recommend waiting a week to see what Reagor looks like before you roll him into your lineup.
34 weeks ago
John Hightower Note
John Hightower photo 271. John Hightower WR - (at WAS)
Jason Huntley Note
Jason Huntley photo 323. Jason Huntley RB - (at WAS)
Richard Rodgers Note
Richard Rodgers photo 380. Richard Rodgers TE - (at WAS)
Caleb Wilson Note
Caleb Wilson photo 397. Caleb Wilson TE - (at WAS)