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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Teddy Bridgewater Note
Teddy Bridgewater photo 21. Teddy Bridgewater (vs . LV)
Many talk about the Panthers falling behind in games this year, leading to many pass attempts. While I won't disagree with that sentiment, the line on this game suggests it'll be closer than most believe. On top of that, the Raiders games averaged just 122.0 plays per game in total, which was the second-lowest number in football and limited overall upside. The did allow a ridiculously high 6.27 percent touchdown rate, as well as 8.28 yards per attempt. Based on passing attempts alone, they allowed 0.57 fantasy points per attempt, which ranked as the second-most to only the Dolphins. But again, there were just five quarterbacks who threw more than 31 pass attempts against them due to the turtle-pace they move at. If Bridgewater can be efficient with his passes, he has a good chance to be a streamer, as 9-of-16 quarterbacks finished as top-12 quarterbacks against the Raiders despite the low volume. Given the new offense, it may be difficult to come out extremely efficient, but Joe Brady's offense should be considered a net-positive overall. Bridgewater should be considered a solid QB2 play this week.
31 weeks ago
Sam Darnold Note
Sam Darnold photo 32. Sam Darnold (vs . LV)
Through two years of Darnold's young career, he's posted 18-plus fantasy points on eight separate occasions. None of them have come against top-tier defenses. Four of those games came in 2019, which were against the Raiders (7th-most points to quarterbacks), Washington (9th-most), Giants (3rd-most), and Cowboys (20th-most). The Bills allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks last year. In fact, there wasn't a single quarterback who finished better than the QB10 against them, so it wasn't a fluke. You can also go back to the 2018 season where they allowed just 7.58 points per game to quarterbacks. Over the last 32 games, they've allowed just 30 passing touchdowns while intercepting 36 passes. That's a big sample size, and they added talent to their defense this offseason. He played against them twice last year and threw 77 passes that netted just 374 yards (4.86 YPA) and two touchdowns. When you also factor in that Darnold will have two new starting wide receivers with no game experience together, he's an easy fade in Week 1.
31 weeks ago
Phillip Walker Note
Phillip Walker photo 43. Phillip Walker (vs . LV)
Will Grier Note
Will Grier photo 56. Will Grier (vs . LV)
Keith Null Note
Keith Null photo 75. Keith Null (vs . LV)