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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

D.J. Moore Note
D.J. Moore photo 8. D.J. Moore (vs . LV)
Most of the time, we can say that those who have experience with the quarterback and/or offense, they have a leg up on the rest of the receivers. That's the odd thing about the Panthers this offseason. They have a new offense being installed, as well as a new quarterback. Moore saw 135 targets last year, but does the addition of Robby Anderson hurt his ceiling? Anderson does have experience under Matt Rhule. I'm still siding with Moore, who's easily the best receiver on the roster. The Raiders allowed a massive 1.94 PPR points per target last year (fifth-most) but saw just 281 wide receiver targets on the year (eighth fewest), making them look better than they were. The 9.54 yards per target they allowed was the most in the league. They acknowledged the issue and added both free agent Prince Amukamara and first-rounder Damon Arnette to their cornerback unit this offseason. They wound up cutting Amukamara because they were impressed with Arnette, though just a week later, Arnette fractured his thumb. He's reportedly going to play with a cast on, which is far from ideal when covering someone as slippery as Moore. They don't do any shadowing, so Moore should see a mixture of Trayvon Mullen, Arnette, and Lamarcus Joyner. Knowing the changes and how it may take time for the new cornerbacks to acclimate, I still feel confident starting Moore as a solid high-end WR2 this week who presents WR1 upside. I wouldn't play him in cash lineups considering all the changes on his own team and that we haven't seen how the target share will play out, but he does deserve tournament consideration.
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Robby Anderson Note
Robby Anderson photo 50. Robby Anderson (vs . LV)
It's a welcomed change of scenery for Anderson, as he moves on from Adam Gase, and back with his former college coach, Matt Rhule. He's the No. 3 option at best on the team, though, and maybe fourth option. It does help that they have a new quarterback who hasn't developed a favorite just yet. This matchup actually suits Anderson's strengths well, as the Raiders allowed 15.4 yards per reception to wide receivers, which ranked as the third-most in the league. The downside here is that Teddy Bridgewater only attempted a deep ball on 7.1 percent of his attempts last year, which ranks as the second-lowest mark in the league. Anderson offers one-play upside but relying on it in his first game is a tough task, especially considering we don't know where he lands on the pecking order. It is noteworthy that he had one of his best games against this secondary last year, posting 4/86/1 in Week 12. He's more of a tournament play this week where you're looking for the Panthers to exploit the Raiders' weakness downfield. He should be considered a boom-or-bust WR4/5 option in season-long.
35 weeks ago
David Moore Note
David Moore photo 92. David Moore (vs . LV)
Ventell Bryant Note
Ventell Bryant photo 140. Ventell Bryant (vs . LV)
Brandon Zylstra Note
Brandon Zylstra photo 145. Brandon Zylstra (vs . LV)
Pharoh Cooper Note
Pharoh Cooper photo 155. Pharoh Cooper (vs . LV)
Keith Kirkwood Note
Keith Kirkwood photo 204. Keith Kirkwood (vs . LV)
Shelton Gibson Note
Shelton Gibson photo 216. Shelton Gibson (vs . LV)
Ishmael Hyman Note
Ishmael Hyman photo 228. Ishmael Hyman (vs . LV)