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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 PPR Rankings

Chris Thompson Note
Chris Thompson photo 33. Chris Thompson (vs . IND)
Thompson is a flex/RB4-type player in PPR formats, and it's worth mentioning the Colts allowed the most running back receptions (109) in the league last year. The 1.55 PPR points per target was very middle of the pack, but given the expected game flow, there could be more volume than normal.
34 weeks ago
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 43. James Robinson (vs . IND)
We all talked about Leonard Fournette losing targets in the passing game under Jay Gruden, and now that he's out of the picture, we must figure out where they're going to go. In a game where they're big underdogs, there will be plenty of dropbacks. Thompson has averaged 7-10 touches per game over the last three years, so it's not like he's getting crazy involved. Running backs averaged 26.9 touches per game against the Colts last year, so even if we go high-end with Thompson, it's likely we see 17-plus touches for Robinson. Since Frank Reich and Matt Eberflus came to the Colts, they have allowed just one 100-yard rusher against them, and that was Derrick Henry during his late-season domination. The Colts also added DeForest Buckner to the defensive line which is clearly an upgrade. They slowed Fournette down big-time last year, as he totaled a season-low 23 yards on just eight carries in Week 11. He did chip in with seven receptions for 34 yards, but it was one of his worst games all year. Those are the negatives for Robinson behind the same offensive line. Is a late-game goal-line plunge out of the question? It may not look likely considering the Colts allowed just four rushing touchdowns during the entire 2019 season. Robinson should be considered an RB4 this week who needs to score in order avoid busting.
34 weeks ago
Carlos Hyde Note
Carlos Hyde photo 63. Carlos Hyde (vs . IND)
Hyde will assume the vacated Rashaad Penny role in this offense, but that most likely isn't going to equate to a ton of fantasy value in week one. Chris Carson is going to be the clear-cut lead option in this backfield, which is unlikely to leave much left over for Hyde. Hyde can remain on your bench.
34 weeks ago
Ryquell Armstead Note
Ryquell Armstead photo 91. Ryquell Armstead (vs . IND)
Nathan Cottrell Note
Nathan Cottrell photo 130. Nathan Cottrell (vs . IND)