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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 13. Derrick Henry RB - (at DEN)
The last nine games we've seen Henry on the field, here are the numbers he's produced: 222 carries, 1,342 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns. Those would be elite numbers over the course of a whole season. We're talking about nine games. It's going to be tough against the Broncos though, who were already a good run-stuffing defense in 2019 when they allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Now you add in interior lineman Jurrell Casey and get edge rusher Bradley Chubb back from injury? There was one game where the Broncos were absolutely crushed last year (Leonard Fournette rushed for 225 yards on 29 carries), but outside of that game, they allowed just 3.68 yards per carry. Henry himself was among the casualties against them last year, as he totaled a season-low 28 yards on 15 carries. Henry also lost his starting right tackle this offseason, though they did draft Isaiah Wilson in the first round to take Jack Conklin's place. If Henry wants to get into RB1 territory this week, he's going to need to be involved in the passing game more than he was last year (never saw more than three targets), so it's not looking great. You're starting him with the way he's played with Tannehill under center, but temper expectations to the high-end RB2 area this week in a tough matchup.
32 weeks ago
A.J. Brown Note
A.J. Brown photo 34. A.J. Brown WR - (at DEN)
He's no longer a rookie or a secret. Brown is clearly a top priority of defensive coordinators, so let's hope the Titans move him around the formation a bit more, as he was in the slot on just 10.4 percent of his snaps in 2019. The Broncos used Chris Harris Jr. to shadow opposing No. 1 receivers last year, but he's gone. They brought in A.J. Bouye, though it's unclear whether he'll shadow opposing No. 1 receivers or if he'll just play a side. Bouye is just 29 years old, so it's difficult to imagine he's dropped off, but his 2019 season was not good. He allowed 772 yards and three touchdowns on 80 targets in coverage, which amounts to 9.65 yards per target. Among the 127 cornerbacks who saw at least 25 targets in coverage last year, that ranks as the 20th-highest mark. The concern is the slow game pace and limited attempts to go around, as we saw Brown targeted just 20 times over his final five games of 2019 (playoffs included). It's why he shouldn't have been considered a WR1 this year, as it's got nothing to do with his talent as a player. This matchup might be a great one if the Broncos don't shadow him with Bouye, but the lack of guaranteed volume keeps him in low-end WR2 territory.
32 weeks ago
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 181. Josh Reynolds WR - (at DEN)
Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 260. Anthony Firkser TE - (at DEN)
Khari Blasingame Note
Khari Blasingame photo 270. Khari Blasingame RB - (at DEN)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 306. MyCole Pruitt TE - (at DEN)
Senorise Perry Note
Senorise Perry photo 309. Senorise Perry RB - (at DEN)
Cody Hollister Note
Cody Hollister photo 325. Cody Hollister WR - (at DEN)
Samkon Gado Note
Samkon Gado photo 415. Samkon Gado RB - (at DEN)
Cam Batson Note
Cam Batson photo 418. Cam Batson WR - (at DEN)