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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 2 Half PPR Rankings
DeAndre Hopkins Note
DeAndre Hopkins photo 3. DeAndre Hopkins (vs . WAS)
Holy targets, Batman! In his first game with Kyler Murray, Hopkins reminded everyone that it doesn't matter who his quarterback is. He caught 14-of-16 passes for 151 yards. He didn't score, though he came very close and was ultimately ruled down at the half-yard-line. That was against the 49ers. Now he'll go against the Washington secondary that lacks top-tier talent. While Hopkins is clearly going to remain in the elite conversation, we should see this offense even out a bit as the weeks go on, as Christian Kirk won't be simply forgotten. The matchup for him this week doesn't get much better than this though, as he'll see Fabian Moreau in coverage. A cornerback who's allowed a 70.2 percent catch-rate in his coverage over his three years in the league. He only came on the field in 3WR sets last week, which is the base for the Cardinals offense. Start Hopkins as the WR1 you normally would. He can be considered in cash lineups, too, because his average air yards were just 6.5 yards in Week 1, which means if they want to alleviate the pressure on Murray from this Washington pass rush, they will go to him early and often.
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Christian Kirk Note
Christian Kirk photo 48. Christian Kirk (vs . WAS)
When I thought about Kirk, all I could do was suck air through my teeth when thinking about his Week 1 performance that netted zero yards on five targets. What most don't realize is that he was the sacrificial lamb to Hopkins last week, playing almost all his snaps on Richard Sherman's side of the field. It obviously worked out. Ronald Darby is someone who's continually missed time over the last few years and is no longer the same player. Since the start of last season, he's allowed 42-of-68 passing for 745 yards and six touchdowns. Yikes. It certainly helps that his front four are generating pressure, which means he doesn't have to hold coverage too long. The longer he's asked to remain in coverage, the worse things get for him. While that's true with most cornerbacks, his 17.7 yards per reception highlights that. If Murray can buy time for Kirk to get downfield, this could be a bounce-back game for him. Think of him as a solid low-owned option to pair with Murray in tournaments. He's a risky WR4 option in redraft but one that could pay off.
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Larry Fitzgerald Note
Larry Fitzgerald photo 54. Larry Fitzgerald (vs . WAS)
Dating back to last year, Fitzgerald hasn't topped 56 yards in his last seven games. He hasn't topped 71 yards since back in Week 2 of last year. He's an all-time great, but one that is essentially a Danny Amendola/Cole Beasley-like fantasy option. With that being said, he may be asked to be a bigger part of the offense this week. With the Washington pass rush being as ferocious as it is, the ball needs to come out quickly, and what better way than to target Fitzgerald against Jimmy Moreland? He's a second-year cornerback who's 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds. He's also allowed 77.1 percent of passes come his way to be completed. He's only allowed one touchdown on 48 targets, but Fitzgerald should win this matchup pretty easily. If you're looking for a WR4/5 with a decent floor, Fitzgerald should deliver.
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Andy Isabella Note
Andy Isabella photo 100. Andy Isabella (vs . WAS)
KeeSean Johnson Note
KeeSean Johnson photo 146. KeeSean Johnson (vs . WAS)
Trent Sherfield Note
Trent Sherfield photo 161. Trent Sherfield (vs . WAS)
JoJo Ward Note
JoJo Ward photo 252. JoJo Ward (vs . WAS)
Andre Patton Note
Andre Patton photo 310. Andre Patton (vs . WAS)
A.J. Richardson Note
A.J. Richardson photo 315. A.J. Richardson (vs . WAS)