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Week 1 Rankings

George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 1. George Kittle (vs . ARI)
What happens when you take one of the league's best tight ends, remove all the wide receivers around him due to injury, and then put him up against the league's worst defense against tight ends? We're going to find out in Week 1. The Cardinals were historically bad at defending tight ends last year. Seriously, they allowed league-highs in yards per target (9.02), catch-rate (75.4 percent), and targets per touchdown (8.1). That all amounts to 2.39 PPR points per target, while no other team in the league was over 2.04 points per target. They allowed nearly 70 more PPR points to tight ends than any other team. Am I driving my point home yet? There were 13 tight ends who finished top-10 against them. Ok, I'm done. To be fair, the Cardinals did draft one of my favorite defensive players in the draft when they snagged linebacker/safety hybrid Isaiah Simmons at No. 8 overall. He's going to help, that much is true. However, this is his first NFL game, with no preseason action. If you think it's that simple to stop Kittle, don't you think other teams would've gameplanned to do it? We talked to Jeff Fisher on the FantasyPros Football Podcast a few weeks ago and he told us tight ends are the hardest ones to gameplan against. Start him everywhere you can, including DFS.
31 weeks ago
Jordan Reed Note
Jordan Reed photo 39. Jordan Reed (vs . ARI)
Ross Dwelley Note
Ross Dwelley photo 86. Ross Dwelley (vs . ARI)
Charlie Woerner Note
Charlie Woerner photo 114. Charlie Woerner (vs . ARI)