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vs. ARI, Sun 4pm EDT
at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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2 of 176 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 1# 5-
Best Rank# 1# 3-
Worst Rank# 11# 61-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. ARI at CAR-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. TEs perform better than their average vs ARIThis is a 2 star matchup. TEs perform a little worse than their average vs CAR-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec22.824.9
Rec Yds246.8251.5
Rec TD1.61.8
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total77.1171.6-
Avg Game9.610.7-
2019 Average9.610.7-
    
Misc 
    
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Scott AtkinsS. Atkins
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09/29
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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Pro Football Focus
09/13
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09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
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09/10
#1#5-
    
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Take Your League
09/10
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09/10
#1#5-
    
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09/10
#1#5-
    
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Gridiron Experts
09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
#1#6-
    
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09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
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09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
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09/13
#1#5-
    
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09/13
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09/13
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09/09
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09/13
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09/10
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09/13
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08/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
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09/13
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09/10
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09/09
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/12
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/12
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09/13
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09/13
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The Fantasy Scout
09/13
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09/13
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09/08
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09/10
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09/13
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09/13
#1#5-
    
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TwoQBs
09/13
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The Action Network
09/10
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Legion Report
09/09
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09/12
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09/10
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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Fake Teams
09/13
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09/11
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09/13
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09/13
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09/09
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The Undroppables
09/09
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09/09
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09/13
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09/13
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Fantasy Football From Up North
09/12
#1#5-
    
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The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
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WBLZ Media
09/10
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09/07
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09/13
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09/12
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09/13
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09/10
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09/09
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09/13
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09/10
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09/12
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RotoBaller
09/13
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09/10
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RotoViz
09/13
#1#5-
    
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Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
09/13
#2#5-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#1#5-
    
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DK Nation
09/10
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BallBlast
09/13
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FantasyPros
09/13
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Expand The Boxscore
09/13
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09/08
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Punch Drunk Wonderland
09/13
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09/13
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Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
#1#5-
    
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Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
#1#3-
    
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The Washington Post
09/13
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09/13
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Yahoo! Sports
09/13
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Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
#1#5-
    
09/10
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Draft Buddy
09/12
#1#5-
    
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Pro Football Focus
09/13
#1#5-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#1#5-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
09/13
#1#5-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#2#8-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#1#7-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
09/07
#1#5-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#1#5-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
09/13
#1#6-
    
09/13
#1#5-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
09/13
#1#5-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#1#5-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
09/09
#1#5-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#2#6-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
09/11
#2#5-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#1#8-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
#1#5-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
09/12
#1#11-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
09/10
#1#9-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#2#5-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#1#5-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
09/12
#4#3-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#1#5-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
09/13
#2#4-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#1#5-
    
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5th Down Fantasy
09/04
#1#10-
    
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numberFire
09/13
#1#5-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#1#4-
    
Ellis JohnsonE. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football
09/13
#2#4-
    
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Fantasy Couch
09/13
#2#7-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
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FTN
09/09
#1#5-
    
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WalterFootball
09/01
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Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
09/09
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Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
#1#6-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
09/13
#1#4-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
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09/10
#1#6-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#1#5-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#1#5-
    
Benjamin KlotzB. Klotz
Touchdown Squad
09/12
#2#5-
    
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
09/11
#2#4-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#1#4-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#1#5-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#1#5-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
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09/10
#1#5-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
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Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
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09/10
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09/10
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09/09
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Morgan ColbyM. Colby
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09/08
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SmittyS.
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. ARI at CAR
Week 2 at NYJ vs. NO
Week 3 at NYG at NE
Week 4 vs. PHI vs. BUF
Week 5 vs. MIA at KC
Week 6 vs. LARBYE WEEK
Week 7 at NE vs. TB
Week 8 at SEA at CLE
Week 9 vs. GB at LAC
Week 10 at NO vs. DEN
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. KC
Week 12 at LAR at ATL
Week 13 vs. BUF at NYJ
Week 14 vs. WAS vs. IND
Week 15 at DAL vs. LAC
Week 16 at ARI vs. MIA
Week 17 vs. SEA at DEN
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
2020 Points 
Week 15.34.5
Week 216.5
Week 30.9
Week 425.16.8
Week 54.410.8
Week 616.9
Week 75.511.0
Week 83.92.7
Week 98.2
Week 103.7
Week 1114.8
Week 122.3
Week 1332.0
Week 147.5
Week 1521.0
Week 169.211.2
Week 176.817.7
Total77.1171.6
Average9.610.7
Player Targets Comparison
 
2020 Targets 
Week 158
Week 216
Week 34
Week 41511
Week 587
Week 610
Week 779
Week 846
Week 910
Week 105
Week 117
Week 127
Week 1317
Week 1410
Week 1512
Week 1656
Week 17910
Notes for Player Combination
 
vs. ARI, Sun 4pm EDT
at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Cardinals allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends last season and Kittle came down with a 6-catch, 79-yard, 1-touchdown game in his one contest against Arizona last year. The Cardinals did make some notable offseason signings on the defense, particularly in the linebacking corps where they hope rookie first-round pick Isaiah Simmons can fix their tight end defense woes. Still, Kittle is an elite talent at the position and should take advantage of this spot with a potential TE1 performance.The Panthers actually had a top-five tight end defense last season, although they will be shuffling in a handful of new defensive starters today. Darren Waller is always a sure bet to be involved in the offense, but there's some potential that the Raiders can just move the ball on the ground with Josh Jacobs at will against a poor run defense. If that's the case, a lighter passing load could ensue for Derek Carr, but Waller is always a safe TE1.
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
 With Tyrell Williams' injury, Darren Waller looks like a lock for a TE1-level target share. He had the third-most targets among all tight ends last year (more than both George Kittle and Mark Andrews), and I'm confident about playing him in redraft and DFS. While Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs may sap some of his usage over time, it's Week 1, and Derek Carr should throw to players he has played with in the past.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
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.There are a lot of questions surrounding the wide receivers and running backs in the Raiders' offense and how they'll be deployed, but Waller is the lone constant. The Panthers were the No. 4 defense against tight ends last year, but not because they were so good against them or anything. In fact, the 8.99 yards per target they allowed was the second-highest number in the league behind only the Cardinals. The reason they allowed so few of fantasy points was because tight ends were targeted just 83 times all season (5.2 times per game) against them. Waller had just two games last year with fewer than five targets, including 10 games with seven or more targets. The yardage should be there, and given the new defensive scheme with more than a handful of new starters, Waller should offer a very stable TE1 floor in this game. He can be considered in cash games if you need to save some money from the elite options.
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
Arizona was the most generous defense to opposing TEs in 2019, and the 49ers are dealing with a slew of injuries at WR. Cue George Kittle. The hyper-athletic target should see plenty of work in a juicy matchup, making him fantasy's TE for Week 1.Las Vegas will start the year with Waller and a pair of rookies as the top pass-catching options for Derek Carr. While Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards are strong plays in their own right, it's entirely plausible to see Waller lead the team in targets this season. The Raiders get a comfortable matchup against Carolina in Week 1 that should be a boon for Waller's fantasy value.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
With much of the 49ers receiving corps in question for this week's matchup, Kittle should be in line for a monstrous game. While the Cardinals do have an athletic rookie in Isaiah Simmons that can attempt to limit Kittle's impact, it's probably still going to work. Kittle is a solid bet to finish as the overall TE1 this week. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Cardinals gave up 16.2 fantasy points per game to tight ends last season, which was 4.2 more fantasy points than the next closest team. Kittle should have a monster opener to the fantasy season.The Panthers were 6th against fantasy tight ends last year, but Waller was one of the best fantasy tight ends in the league last year and the Panthers have over gone a lot of changes since last season. Waller should still be a TE1 in the opener.