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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 13. Derrick Henry RB - (at NO)
The king of rushing volume, Henry has led the NFL in carries in three of the last four seasons and has averaged 22.7 rushing attempts per game since 2019. He even caught a career-high 33 passes last season after never getting to 20 receptions in any of his six previous seasons. Henry has finished top five in fantasy points per game in each of the last five seasons. At age 29 and with plenty of mileage on the odometer, Henry might not have a lot of good years left. But now is not the time to fade him. Start Henry with confidence this week against a New Orleans run defense that ranked 20th in DVOA last year.
24 weeks ago
DeAndre Hopkins Note
DeAndre Hopkins photo 39. DeAndre Hopkins WR - (at NO)
The 31-year-old Hopkins joins a Titans squad that desperately needed pass-catching help. Although he's on the wrong side of the age curve, Hopkins is still a high-volume receiver. He played only nine games last year because of a six-game PED suspension at the beginning of the season and a knee sprain that cost him two games at the end, but Hopkins was the WR9 in fantasy points per game and had a hefty 29.4% target share and 43.5% air-yard share. Hopkins draws a tricky Week 1 matchup against CB Marshon Lattimore and the Saints. Treat Hopkins as a lower-end WR2 in his debut with Tennessee.
23 weeks ago
Treylon Burks Note
Treylon Burks photo 78. Treylon Burks WR - (at NO)
Before the Titans signed DeAndre Hopkins, Burks was ticketed to be Tennessee's No. 1 receiver. It might be best, however, that Burks is playing with a classic No. 1 like Hop and not being shoehorned into a role that may not suit him. Hopkins' presence allows Burks to do what he does best - operate near the line of scrimmage and run routes designed to get the ball into his hands in easy pitch-and-catch situations, setting him up to raise hell after the catch the way he did at the University of Arkansas. Still, Burks isn't a great percentage play in fantasy this week against a Saints defense that ranked fifth in DVOA against the pass a year ago. He's also been dealing with a knee issue, though he's expected to play. Regard Burks as a low-end WR4.
23 weeks ago
Chigoziem Okonkwo Note
Chigoziem Okonkwo photo 112. Chigoziem Okonkwo TE - (at NO)
The Saints were stingy to opposing TEs last year, allowing a league-low 58 catches and 509 receiving yards to the position. Okonkwo is an intriguing young player, but leave him on ice this week in a tough matchup.
24 weeks ago
Tyjae Spears Note
Tyjae Spears photo 166. Tyjae Spears RB - (at NO)
The rookie from Tulane probably won't have any standalone value as long as Derrick Henry is healthy, but Spears is one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy, and he might get some change-of-pace usage. If Spears isn't rostered in your league, be prepared to pounce should anything happen to King Henry.
23 weeks ago
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 196. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR - (at NO)
Chris Moore Note
Chris Moore photo 205. Chris Moore WR - (at NO)
Josh Whyle Note
Josh Whyle photo 304. Josh Whyle TE - (at NO)
Trevon Wesco Note
Trevon Wesco photo 312. Trevon Wesco TE - (at NO)
Julius Chestnut Note
Julius Chestnut photo 314. Julius Chestnut RB - (at NO)
Kearis Jackson Note
Kearis Jackson photo 398. Kearis Jackson WR - (at NO)
Kevin Rader Note
Kevin Rader photo 437. Kevin Rader TE - (at NO)
Mason Kinsey Note
Mason Kinsey photo 496. Mason Kinsey WR - (at NO)