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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Josh Allen Note
Josh Allen photo 8. Josh Allen (vs . NYJ)
There are some positive changes around Allen this year, as he's got himself a new stud wide receiver in Stefon Diggs, as well as another stable option at running back with rookie Zack Moss. We know regression will hit him on the ground, as he scored nine rushing touchdowns while rushing for 510 yards. By comparison, Lamar Jackson scored seven rushing touchdowns while rushing for 1,206 yards. At the same time, we have room for growth with Allen through the air, as he struggled to complete the deep ball in 2019. The Jets weren't a team that allowed many deep passes to be completed last year, but they've also lost the two centerpieces of their defense, as safety Jamal Adams is now with the Seahawks, and linebacker C.J. Mosley opted out. Their cornerback unit is one of the worst in football, too. So, when you look at Allen's stats against this team last year, they won't even make any sense because it's a different team. Knowing there were just two games Allen totaled less than 15.96 fantasy points last year, there should be no concern starting him here as a high-floor option, especially when you know he averaged 6.7 more fantasy points when the Bills won last year. The only concern for his ceiling is lack of competition on the other side of the ball.
31 weeks ago
Mitchell Trubisky Note
Mitchell Trubisky photo 24. Mitchell Trubisky (vs . NYJ)
After all was said and done, the Bears will start Trubisky in Week 1. Fortunately for him, he's played some of his best games against this Matt Patricia defense. He's played three games against them under Matt Nagy. The results were 355 yards and three touchdowns (and other one rushing), 173 yards and three touchdowns, and then most recently 338 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. The Lions defense just lost their best player this offseason in Darius Slay. Not just that, but they also lost interior linemen Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson, as well as edge rusher Devon Kennard. To be fair, they did draft cornerback Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall and edge rusher Julian Okwara in the third round, so they tried to replace the important positions they lost, but we can't expect rookies to walk into the lineup and have the impact those veterans did. There were just four quarterbacks who failed to finish as top-12 quarterbacks against the Lions last year, and two of them were rookies in their first four NFL starts. If you're looking for a last-minute streamer, Trubisky is a solid play here as a mid-to-high-end QB2 with upside. In fact, he's going to be in quite a few tournament lineups of mine.
31 weeks ago
Matt Barkley Note
Matt Barkley photo 44. Matt Barkley (vs . NYJ)
Brian Brohm Note
Brian Brohm photo 74. Brian Brohm (vs . NYJ)