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The Primer: Week 2 Edition (2020 Fantasy Football)

Last week marked the 19th anniversary of 9/11. There are few events in life that you remember exactly where you were when they happened. For me it was a little more.

Right after high school, my dad gave me an option. He said I could go to college or work for him at the family business where we built and delivered office furniture. Actually, at that point I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I wanted to make some money, buy a nice car and eventually a house.

Things were going well. Business was great, I got a raise and bought a brand new Mustang from the showroom before I turned 19. Then that day came …

As I sat in the truck listening to the horror that was unfolding, I could feel my heart breaking for those who were stuck in that building. It was the first time I had been heartbroken for people I didn̵

7;t know. While some wouldn’t like to admit that at nearly 19, we all mature at our own pace.

I felt helpless … weak. I had tears falling when the second tower was hit. Then reality hit me; the next stop on our program for the day was the Sears Tower. I called my dad and told him I didn’t want to go down there because I was terrified of what might happen. He told me that I couldn’t go through life scared and wondering what could / could happen. He said we had to go ahead and do our job.

It turned into a discussion, but I followed the instructions and started heading downtown. Going over there, all I could do was stare at the Sears Tower and ask myself “will I see anything flying inside?” When I arrived, they closed the city and forced everyone to evacuate.

After I got home, I looked at the cover and it only made me weaker. I wanted to do something. Nothing. My father was in the army when he was younger, so I told him I wanted to enlist and fight for our country. He supported me and said if that’s what I wanted; he would support me. I went to the local recruiting office and they put me through the whole ordeal. Fitness, drug testing, paperwork, etc. I passed all the tests and they said they wanted me to go home for a week, lose five pounds and then come back.

I was shocked to say the least, as I was in the best shape of my life at 6ft 2 and 185lbs. But how much did five pounds cost me? I could let it go by wearing a sauna suit and taking a quick run. No big deal. I went home to tell my dad and he said he wouldn’t let me go back. He said if I was willing to die for my country, it would be enough. He said to tell them to take the five pounds and push it … well, you get it. I had no idea what to think, but I told myself he was not wrong.

A year and a half later my daughter was born. It never would have happened if I had gone overseas. Heck, I might not be here writing this. It’s crazy how an event can change your outlook on life and where you are headed. I talked to a recruiter a few years ago and told him what happened to me. He said they were likely to send you home to make sure it wasn’t an emotional decision to enlist. Does this make sense. He has since passed away, but I can only imagine my father’s relief when he was able to tell me not to go. I mean, who wants his son to go to war?

Whenever I go to town, I look up and thank God the Sears Tower is still standing. To those who lost a loved one in those tragic events that day, I am truly sorry. I will never forget how I felt that day. Let it be a reminder that life is too short, so make the most of it every single day.

CIN at CLE | NYG at CHI | LAR at PHI | ATL at DAL | CAR to TB | SF at NYJ | DEN at the PIT | JAC at TEN | DET at GB | BUF at MIA | MIN at IND | WAS ARI | BAL at HOU | KC at LAC | NE to the SEA | NO at LVR | | |

So what does it do The primer to offer? Everything you could ever want. Seriously, it will have extensive receiver / cornerback matchups, recent history against each team, comparable player performance, unique stats, and most importantly, how they should be played that particular week. The idea here is to give you as much information and confidence as possible when you hit the “Submit Training” button every week.

Also, I will be back on Saturday morning to update myself once the exercise participation reports are published. Do you want even more? We will do a live stream on our YouTube channel every Sunday morning from 11am to 12pm EST, analyzing the inactive ones and letting you know which players benefit the most.

Now, which players should be in your lineup this week?

Cincinnati Bengals to Cleveland Browns

Total: 44.0
Line: CLE for 6.0

Joe Burrow:
It wasn’t the best start of Burrow’s career, but what did we really expect in his first NFL game without pre-season action and against the Chargers anyway? He showed what made him attractive in fantasy, though, as he ran for 45 yards and a touchdown. This is an underrated part of his game. The Browns are far from defending the Chargers. While the Chargers only allowed five of the last 17 quarterbacks they played to pitch for more than two touchdowns, the Browns allowed 10 out of 17 to accomplish that feat. The crazy part is that they haven’t allowed a single 300-yard passerby since November 11, 2018. That’s a 23-game stretch. Could this change know that he will be without starting cornerback Greedy Williams this week? He’s been out with a shoulder injury for the past few weeks, so outside of Denzel Ward, who’s just a man, Browns’ secondary is sorely lacking. The extremely tempting part of the matchup from a floor standpoint is that the Browns have allowed eight quarterbacks to run for at least 24 yards since the start of the 2019 season. Much of this is likely due to their weak linebacker unit, which has suffered. a blow in training camp when they lost owner Mack Wilson. They also lost their second-round pick Grant Delpit, who was supposed to help their security unit. In their last 17 games, they have conceded 458 yards of running and five touchdowns to the quarterbacks, which ranks as the second highest number of fantasy points allowed during that period. Burrow is expected to offer a stable QB2 plan this week. The troubling part is that they have an implied team total of 19 points, which is extremely low.

Baker Mayfield: It wasn’t a great start for Mayfield under Kevin Stefanski’s regime, as he only completed 21 out of 39 passes for 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception. We can’t take too much away from that performance because the Ravens defense continually closed off opposing offenses last year. Seriously, there was a quarterback who scored more than 15.8 fantasy points all season. Still, it didn’t look good. The Bengals are not the Ravens, as they allowed 12 quarterbacks to score at least 16.3 fantasy points against them last year. Mayfield has played them twice, completing 23 of 51 passes for 471 yards and three touchdowns in the two games combined. This is a hefty 9.24 yards per attempt, even though he lacked passing attempts (only 27 and 24 passing attempts). We may see a similar situation this week, as the Bengals are a team the Browns should be able to throw the ball against. Not only did the running backs total 1,781 yards against them last year (fifth up), but the quarterbacks contributed 489 yards, which led the NFL. The magazines rushed 155 yards into them last week, even though 148 of them came from running backs. It doesn’t seem likely that we see Stefanski being very aggressive in this match considering the way their attack unfolded in the opening. I assume he just wants to escape this game with a win, so seeing them as six-point favorites is concerning for Mayfield’s floor / ceiling in this game. We see Mayfield carry out this offense before trusting him as more than a low-end QB2.

Joe Mixon:
We saw Mixon in a similar role to the one he played in 2019, as he scored a whopping 20 touches against the Chargers last week, but the problem is that only one of them was a reception. In fact, Giovani Bernard targeted him 5-2. The Browns were a fantastic matchup for running backs last year, as they allowed a massive 4.96 yards per carry to the running backs, who ranked as the third highest score in the league. The 260.4 fantasy points conceded on the pitch were the sixth-most ranked in the league, which obviously benefits the role of Mixon. This offseason did not treat the Browns well, as they lost linebackers Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey and Adarius Taylor this offseason, then lost Mack Wilson during training camp. Their linebacking body is a mess right now and that’s what the Bangladeshis should be attacking. Mixon demolished them in both matchups last year, scoring 176 total yards and two touchdowns in one game and 186 total yards and one touchdown in the other. They are under a new coaching staff, but watching the Ravens run back to Turn 21 leads to 94 yards and two touchdowns is a good sign. Mixon is expected to be safely placed in lineups like RB1 this week.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt: This was close to a 50/50 timeshare in week 1 where Chubb played 51% of the snaps and Hunt played 46% of the snaps. I suspect we’ll see that favor from Chubb in the games the Browns win, as he’s the favorite for the early job. I say this because when the game was still close at hand (first half), Chubb played 21 shots against Hunt’s only 11. It should be noted that Chubb also scored 48 of his 66 yards in the first 12 minutes of play. This game is expected to go very differently than their match of week 1, as the Browns are close favorites to touchdown. There were only four teams that allowed running backs more than 190.5 total yards per game in 2019 compared to the Bengals. Those teams were Washington, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Dolphins. It helps running backs combined with an average of 29.1 touches per game against them. Having seen them allow magazines to run back 148 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, it’s sure they still have a problem stopping the run, as everyone and Grandma knew what the magazines would do. I expect the Browns to play this game close to the vest, simply by scoring a win, and considering the matchup, the production should go through their running backs. Chubb is expected to collect at least 16 touches in this game and produce as a low-end RB1 / high-end RB2. Hunt is a bit more complicated, as we don’t know if his role which scored 17 touches was a product of the gamescript, or if the Browns really see it as a 50/50 split. In any case, running backs are expected to approach 30 touches this week, which means Hunt should be stuck in a minimum of 12 touches, and an RB2 / 3 type start with upside for more if this is a true split.

A.J. Green:
We didn’t know if Green would play a full streak in week 1, but after seeing him lead the team in goals (9) against a tough Chargers secondary, the realms were removed. He collected five balls for 51 yards, so while it wasn’t a great game, it was a WR3 on the edge. Browns’ cornerback unit is not in the same stratosphere as the Chargers and it shows in the results. There were five receivers who saw nine or more targets against the Browns last year, and while all finished as top 28 receivers, four of them finished as WR21 or better. While Denzel Ward is a good cornerback, he plays with the teams and the Bengalis have moved Green around the formation a bit. The Browns will also play this match without cornerback n. 2 Greedy Williams, who suffered a shoulder injury a couple of weeks ago. The lack of depth was highlighted last week when Ravens’ top four pass catchers captured 17 of 20 targets for 260 yards and three touchdowns. They are also going through a managerial change in all aspects of the game and, without the offseason, it’s hard to do. Based on what we saw in week 1, Green is expected to be in training as a low-end WR2 / high-end WR3 as he and Burrow establish a relationship.

Tyler Boyd: It wasn’t a great start to the season for Boyd, who only took four passes for 33 yards in Week 1. It was a tough match no matter where you looked against the Chargers secondary, but he still had the best cornerback matchup on the camp, so it was disappointing. The Browns are a plus-match for slot receivers, as Willie Snead was also able to take advantage of it last week, setting them on fire for 64 yards and a touchdown on just four targets. Boyd didn’t have huge games against them last year when he posted 5/75/0 and 5/59/0. Those totals are nothing to hold on to, however, as they are under a new coach and defensive coordinator, as well as having a new starting cornerback. Tavierre Thomas is the one who took over and we saw him allow 3 of 3 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in week 1. There are many different avenues that the Bengals can choose to attack this bout, so there is a bit of instability here with Boyd, although I’d still feel confident playing him as a WR3.

John Ross: He walked out of last week’s game with only two holds for 17 yards, but the encouraging sign for Ross was that he was a player at all costs. He actually led all the players in the Bengal skill position in shots. Zac Taylor also seemed to take it easy on Burrow in his first game, giving him plenty of short shots, allowing him to enter the NFL in a tough match. Knowing how many times Burrow was under duress, it’s no wonder we haven’t seen many deep passes. The Browns recorded 6.9% dropback layoffs last year and 7.1% layoffs in week 1, so it’s not likely they’ll have much time to look down on this game. The difference in this bout is corner play, however, as the Browns don’t have close to the cornerback or safety talent that the Chargers have. The downside is that their best cornerback, Denzel Ward, usually stays at LCB, which is where Ross runs most of his routes. They moved it, so it’s not exclusive, and it’s possible they decide to have the shadow of Ward A.J. Green. Ross is someone who should be owned in fantasy championships, but he’s still a WR5 boom or bust until we see Burrow and him connect. However, it is an upside tournament playing in DFS.

Odell Beckham: The good news? Beckham saw 10 team goals in the first week under Kevin Stefanski. The bad news? He turned them into just three holds for 22 yards. It was a brutal match against the Ravens, but old Beckham would have posted better numbers than that, right? Not so fast. If you go back and look at his targets, this could have been a 100 yard match for Beckham if Mayfield had played competently. With a bad quarterback play, it will be difficult for him to post elite numbers. This week, Beckham will continue to create windows for his quarterback, as the Bengali corner unit of William Jackson, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander falls short of the Ravens unit. Beckham saw six targets against Jackson last year, catching three for 81 yards and a touchdown. Last year the Bengals allowed the 15 largest yards to receive wide receivers, which isn’t great, but it was due to the lack of volume. Based on the target, they allowed the third highest number of yards per target (9.48). If he gets 10 goals again, it could be a huge week. By interpreting it as more than a WR2, you are putting your faith in Mayfield to offer, which is something that is hard to do, even in a decent match.

Jarvis Landry: We felt Landry was going to be a limited snap last week in a tough bout, so it was pretty easy. He was still able to take 5 of 6 passes for 61 yards, so it wasn’t a bad performance all in all (Mayfield fights, Ravens secondary). The match will not be as good as last year against the Bengals, who have improved their game in the midfield. New cornerback Mackensie Alexander did a great job keeping Keenan Allen in check last week, keeping him just four holds for 37 yards across eight targets. This is nothing new for him as he played very well for the Vikings last year. He was the only one in that team who delivered, allowing only 9.2 yards per reception and two touchdowns on 65 goals in his coverage. Landry is still clearly a Mayfield favorite, so we should see him hit more than six targets, but the roof isn’t quite there. Consider it a low ceiling WR3. * Update * Landry missed practice on Tuesday and was limited in practice on Wednesday. It seems that his hip injury continues to give him problems. It is questionable for the game.

C.J. Uzomah:
We were wondering if Drew Sample was going to be a bigger part of the passing game in his second year, but after seeing Uzomah scoring five goals against Sample’s, we have to assume he’s still the one he’s targeting among Bengal’s tight ends. Browns’ linebacking and safety group are some of the worst in the league, and that’s what typically covers the tight finishing position. This is why last year we saw seven different tight ends finish in the top eight options against them and their unit only deteriorated in the off-season after losing all the starting linebackers and then losing their second-round confidence in the game. training camp. No wonder Mark Andrews managed to reach the end zone twice, collecting 58 yards across six targets last week. The problem is that there are many mouths to feed for the Bengali offense, and the Browns allow production on the ground. For this reason, Uzomah will be an inaccurate streamer, but this pairing is good.

Austin Hooper: Remember when the Browns listed David Njoku as the third string tight end, then that week later he led the tight ends into target and production? It’s not like three targets is a lot, but it was more than Hooper, who finished with just two targets in his first match with the team. I mentioned in this offseason how the Vikings used their two tight ends last year, and it looks like the Browns potentially wanted to use three tight ends, as rookie Harrison Bryant was also targeted twice. The tight ends combined for 7 out of 39 goals, which is a measly 17.9% goal share. Now that Njoku is on injury reserve, it’s fair to say that Hooper takes a big leap in the security department. Last week the Bengals hadn’t started safety Shawn Williams and this led Hunter Henry to mark them for 5/73/0, even though it took him eight targets to get there, which we can’t guarantee from him, even with Njoku out. . There are now six tight ends that have scored double-digit points against the Bengals in their last 17 games, and five of them have seen at least seven targets. I won’t say Hooper gets there, but I still consider him a high-end TE2 considering Bryant is a rookie who can’t get too involved.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears

Total: 43.0
Line: CHI of 5.5

Daniel Jones:
Last week the Steelers weren’t going to make life easier for Saquon Barkley, so Jones was forced to pitch more than the Giants probably wanted. He made some great shots and others that weren’t that great, but overall, his 17.4 fantasy points would have been his fourth best number against the Steelers last year. The Bears’ defense isn’t as fierce as it once was, as they struggled to get constant pressure on Matthew Stafford last week, but they’re still a good unit. They have only allowed one quarterback in their last 17 games to average over 7.7 yards per attempt, which is extremely good. You should go back to week 7 of 2018 to find out the last time they allowed three passing touchdowns. They also did a good job of keeping the quarterbacks on the ground, as they allowed only one quarterback all last year to run more than 27 yards. Jones himself finished with a 21 of 36 pass for 150 yards, two touchdowns and 27 yards of running during last year’s week 12 meeting. All in all, it’s a similar situation for him to last week, even if the Bears aren’t quite the defense of the Steelers. Jones should be considered an average QB2.

Mitchell Trubisky: I posted something in last week’s Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes piece (comes out every Saturday) saying that Trubisky could be one of the 12 best fantasy quarterbacks for two weeks with the Lions and Giants on the schedule. I felt really stupid until the fourth quarter of that match when Trubisky got into a rhythm and finished as QB7 in the week. Do you want to risk it again? The Giants defense looked a lot better in their first game under Joe Judge than I expected, as installing a new defense / attack during this offseason had to be difficult. However, it seemed as if the Steelers realized this and adapted as the game progressed. Ben Roethlisberger ended up pitching for 229 yards and three touchdowns in his first start back from elbow surgery. The Giants have now allowed 15 of 17 quarterbacks to finish with at least 17.1 fantasy points since the beginning of last year. It’s ridiculous. They also play for a short week on a trip to Chicago, which could present further concerns about their performance. We need to gather more information about the judge’s defense before jumping to conclusions, but the lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball can only go that far. Trubisky can be considered an upper-middle-range QB2 once again this week, although there are other streamers who don’t come with the volatility he has throughout his career.

Saquon Barkley:
It was a disaster for Barkley in the first week, which was somewhat expected considering the opponent, but no one could predict what happened over and over in the Giants backfield. There were guys beating him while he was handoffing, which is extremely difficult to do in the sense that they were unlocked. We talked about how good the Steelers’ running defense was last week, so don’t worry too much, even if blocking in offense was a real problem. The Bears struggled without Akiem Hicks last year, and then struggled to slow down Adrian Peterson last week with Eddie Goldman off the pitch. Peterson rumbled 93 yards on just 14 carries, looking more lively than ever. They allowed rookie D’Andre Swift a quick touchdown, and should also have allowed him a touchdown in reception, as he was completely open in the end zone. This defense of the Bears has undergone changes in recent years and the lack of a key piece in the middle has made them semi vulnerable. They’ve done a good job overall with running backs in the passing game, however, allowing only 5.15 yards per target since the start of last year, including just two receiving touchdowns. This isn’t a great match for Barkley, especially in a short week, but you will always play it with that great playing ability combined with the massive volume it has. It’s not a week to trust him in cash games, though.

David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen: Everyone wants to laugh at it, but Montgomery looked extremely good in the first week, doing whatever he needed to do to gain extra yards. After a groin injury that limited him earlier in the week, it was a huge step in the right direction. As expected, Cohen was limited in the number of times he was handed the ball (7), but it was surprising to see him end up with only two receptions. The Giants looked strong when they kept James Conner just 17 yards in his first eight touches, but he was apparently trying to get over an ankle injury. Once Benny Snell took over, he rushed 113 yards on 19 carries. I thought Blake Martinez had played a good match last week in his new defense, which is as important as the hub and their big free agent acquisition. This Giants defense seemed to have taken a step in the right direction under Joe Judge, so we can’t assume it’s the same unit as last year, which was actually better than expected, allowing for 3.96 yards per carry per year. However, the Bears are five-point home favorites against a team that comes out a week short. Montgomery should be considered a lower-middle-range RB2 who will get opportunities on the goal line. Cohen is a bit more complicated as the Giants secondary is similar to the Lions in that they don’t have cornerbacks to slow down wide receivers. However, James Bradberry is better than anything Lions had, so we should see some more goals channeled towards Cohen. There were only five games in all last year in which Cohen saw fewer than five targets. It should be considered a low-end RB3 / flex game here.

Sterling Shepard:
With the way the game started last week, it looked like Shepard would see 20 targets in that game. Many will see the final results of Slayton’s two touchdown performance and think “here we go again”, but Shepard looked very good against a tough defense, taking all six passes for 47 yards. With Golden Tate out of lineup, he played a lot of snaps in the slot, which is probably the best. We don’t know if the Tate will be back this week, so stay tuned. If Tate returns, Shepard will pair up with rookie Jaylon Johnson quite in coverage. He played competently in his first NFL game last week, allowing only 2 of 6 to go through 40 yards in his cover, even though he was run over by Marvin Jones. If Tate was eliminated, that would put Shepard against Buster Skrine, who had a tough game in week 1, allowing Danny Amendola to rack up five catches for 81 yards on just seven targets. Either way, it’s not Shepard’s worst match, but it’s not great either. There were 27 receivers who saw at least six targets against the Bears last year, and only 14 of them scored double-digit PPR points. Shepard is probably the safest WR player here, but he’s only a WR4.

Golden Tate: His status is still uncertain for this week, although last week we heard rumors from the Giants who beat reporters that Tate didn’t seem close to 100% in practice, which is why he was being held. This game is only six days later, so there are no guarantees. In the new offense, we don’t know if he will have the same role he had under Pat Shurmur, as Sterling Shepard played a lot in the slot in week 1. This may have been completely due to Tate being out, but it could also mean that they have in plans to spin these two, which would be bad for Tate at her advanced age. Buster Skrine is the cornerback of the Bears slot who played much better than expected last year but opened 2020 by conceding five catches and 81 yards to Danny Amendola. There are so many unknowns about Tate, it’s best to go on without him this week, as there are many unknowns, including his health. Stay tuned for updates on his status here.

Darius Slayton: This was an impressive performance by Slayton. He just beat the Steelers 6/102/2, equal to 28.2 PPR points. That defense had only allowed two 20-point receivers throughout 2019, and neither exceeded 25.5 points. I am not saying that Slayton is still stuck as WR1 because we have seen shades of this last year, just for him he will come out next week and he will see three goals. Seriously, he scored 154 yards and two touchdowns in week 14, but then saw three goals the following week. This is a new offense and he has led the team with nine goals, so we need to embrace the possibility that it could break out (more consistently). Gioca quasi esclusivamente sul perimetro, che lo abbinerà sia a Kyle Fuller che al debuttante Jaylon Johnson. Vale la pena notare che l’anno scorso i Bears hanno consentito solo sette passaggi di oltre 40 yard (terza in meno), ma la difesa Steelers ne aveva consentiti solo sei l’anno scorso e Slayton li ha seguiti per un touchdown di 41 yard. Quando avvii Slayton, devi sapere in cosa ti stai cacciando. L’anno scorso, contro questi orsi, ha totalizzato quattro catture per 67 yard su sette bersagli. Dovrebbe essere considerato un WR4 boom o bust.

Allen Robinson: Nel caso non avessi sentito, Robinson avrebbe richiesto uno scambio. Sta uscendo da una prestazione mediocre, quindi forse non è il momento migliore, ma i Bears dovrebbero fare la cosa giusta per i primi 10 ricevitori NFL. Andrà tutto come al solito per Robinson questa settimana, anche se avrà un incontro più duro rispetto alla scorsa settimana. I Giants hanno acquisito James Bradberry in questa offseason, e sebbene sia il loro unico cornerback degno di partenza, è quello che vedrà di più Robinson. Bradberry è stato accusato di aver rinunciato a due touchdown nella sua copertura la scorsa settimana, ma uno era in un gioco di sfregamento in cui è stato essenzialmente escluso dal gioco, e l’altro è stato quando ha cercato di entrare nello slot per coprire JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bradberry non è un cornerback slot (è una posizione diversa) e gli Steelers ne hanno approfittato. Se gli orsi diventano creativi con Robinson, starà bene. La scorsa settimana ha giocato il 41,7 percento dei suoi scatti nello slot. Inizia qui come WR1 di fascia bassa.

Anthony Miller: Il risultato finale è stato buono, poiché Miller ha compilato quattro ricezioni per 76 yard e un touchdown, ma ci sono preoccupazioni. Ha corso solo 22 vie di passaggio la scorsa settimana, mentre Ted Ginn ne ha corse 16, Javon Wims 13 e Darnell Mooney ne ha seguite 12. Sono tutte impallidite rispetto alle 36 vie di Allen Robinson, quindi Miller non è proprio un giocatore qualunque . I 3,45 yard di Miller per percorso nella settimana 1 si sono classificati al sesto posto tra i ricevitori che hanno giocato più di 20 scatti. I Giants hanno il rookie del quarto round Darnay Holmes che copre lo slot, che è una buona notizia per Miller, che ha giocato quasi tutti i suoi scatti lì. Holmes ha consentito il passaggio di 5 su 6 per 56 yard nella sua copertura la scorsa settimana. Potrebbero esserci stati dei nervosismi del primo gioco, ma non era qualcuno che si aspettavano che entrasse e avesse un impatto immediato. La cosa più importante che ostacola il successo di Miller è Matt Nagy. Per questo motivo, non possiamo dire che Miller sia un giocatore da non perdere, anche in un grande incontro. Consideralo un WR4 al rialzo che dovrebbe davvero finire come un ricevitore tra i primi 30 in questo match.

Evan Engram:
È stata una partita orribile per Engram la scorsa settimana, che ha lasciato cadere più passaggi, incluso un touchdown in cui avrebbe interrotto la sua rotta. Sembrava semplicemente non essere completamente presente in questo gioco. Abbiamo sentito brontolii sui Giants che cercavano di scambiarlo in bassa stagione, quindi forse c’è uno scollamento con lui e lo staff tecnico. In ogni caso, non aveva un bell’aspetto. Sette obiettivi sono qualcosa a cui aggrapparsi, però. I Bears stanno uscendo da un gioco in cui hanno permesso a T.J. Hockenson per catturare tutti e cinque i suoi obiettivi per 56 yard e un touchdown. L’anno scorso i Bears hanno consentito solo a due estremità strette di superare le 50 iarde, anche se ce n’erano molte che totalizzavano 30-50 iarde, motivo per cui hanno permesso a 13 estremità strette di finire tra le prime 20 opzioni. Hanno una nuova sicurezza a Tashaun Gipson, quindi è possibile che ci sarà una curva di apprendimento tra lui ed Eddie Jackson. Engram should come with a decent floor as a top-15 tight end, but if he plays like he did last week, they’re going to give more snaps to Kaden Smith, and rightfully so.

Jimmy Graham: He turned seven targets into 25 yards in his Bears debut, though one of them was for a touchdown. He actually should’ve scored twice, but Graham mistimed his jump for the ball. Let me be clear: He looks like a soon-to-be 34-year-old tight end. But it’s clear the Bears want to get him the ball, if possible. The Giants allowed just two tight ends last year to have at least 50 yards and a touchdown, and only one was a starter. Graham played against them and totaled just one catch for 16 yards, though he was with a different team and the Giants were under a different head coach/coordinator. Jabrill Peppers is a physical safety and won’t allow Graham to push him around, which is part of the reason I’m fading Graham in this game. He’s going to be touchdown-or-bust most weeks, so given the primary matchup with Peppers, who hasn’t allowed a touchdown in his coverage since coming to the Giants (last year), I’m not recommending him as a streamer.

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Total: 46.0
Line: LAR by 1.5

Jared Goff:
We talked last week about Goff’s splits against good/bad pass defenses. In case you missed it, here are the teams he had his biggest games against in 2019: The Cardinals twice (32nd), Falcons (25th), Bengals (27th), and Bucs (23rd). The Cowboys ranked 13th and he walked away from that game with 275 yards and no touchdowns. The Eagles ranked 14th last year, and then just acquired cornerbacks Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman this offseason. Sure, the Eagles lost last week, but it wasn’t due to their pass defense that allowed just 178 yards. The Eagles bring the pressure with their front seven, too. They sacked Haskins on 8.8 percent of his dropbacks last week, which ranked as the fifth-highest mark in Week 1. Keep in mind they didn’t have Derek Barnett off the edge or Javon Hargrave on the interior. Barnett is expected to play this week, while Hargrave is still a question mark. But bottom line is that this pass defense isn’t a cakewalk, which is where Goff does well. Because of that, he’s not a recommended streamer. Here’s a crazy stat on Goff: Since that shootout game on Monday night against the Chiefs in 2018, he’s thrown just 28 touchdowns in 22 games on 841 pass attempts (3.3 percent). Wait for the bad defenses to roll in before trusting him.

Carson Wentz: We knew the Eagles were down three offensive lineman, but what we didn’t know was that Wentz was going to hold onto the ball for far too long. He was continually uncertain and it led to him getting sacked eight times for 62 yards. He also fumbled twice (lost one). It was a bad game all around for him, and the matchup doesn’t get any better this week. Washington has one of the most talented front sevens in football, but Aaron Donald should count as two players, making life unfair on offensive lines. The Cowboys were a team that many had ranked as the No. 1 unit in the league, and the Rams defensive line continually brought pressure to Dak Prescott, limiting him to just 6.8 yards per attempt. There were just two games in 2019 where he averaged fewer yards per attempt. The Rams aren’t untouchable, though. There were three games in 2019 where they allowed 29-plus fantasy points to quarterbacks, though every other quarterback was held to fewer than 18 fantasy points. It’s also worth noting that only one of those 29-point games came with Jalen Ramsey on the team. Knowing I don’t expect Jared Goff to play particularly well, I can’t see a whole lot of pass attempts for Wentz in this game. He should be considered a mid-to-high-end QB2 who might not have a very high ceiling.

Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, and Darrell Henderson:
We knew it would be a timeshare, and though I said that Brown would have a larger role than most expected, no one guessed he’d lead the team with 21 touches. By comparison, there were just three games last year where Todd Gurley totaled 21 touches. We heard Sean McVay say he wanted to steal pages out of Kyle Shanahan’s book, and he did just that in Week 1 as his running backs combined for a massive 39 touches in a win over the Cowboys. The Eagles run defense is going to be a much tougher test. Sure, they allowed two rushing touchdowns to Peyton Barber, but they’ve now allowed just 3.59 yards per carry since the start of the 2019 season. Running backs have combined to average just 24.6 touches per game against them. That’s an issue for a three-headed monster. They’ve allowed just three running backs to top 66 rushing yards over their last 17 games. Brown did get both of the team’s carries inside the five-yard line, so he’s the most likely to score a touchdown, and he’s also the one who led the team in targets (4). If you’re starting one, it’s him, though this matchup is a headache for running backs. Consider him a touchdown-reliant RB3. Akers was the clear No. 2 ahead of Henderson but did nothing to separate himself. Akers should be considered a volatile RB4 until further notice, but if McVay takes a page out of Shanahan’s book, we could have a new leader in the backfield on a week-to-week basis.

Miles Sanders and Boston Scott: Apparently, the Eagles may have been a bit too confident heading into Week 1, as Sanders was reportedly held back for precautionary reasons. He should be a go this week and may not even be on a snap count. Scott touched the ball 11 times last week while Corey Clement chipped in with eight touches, though neither did much for fantasy teams. Scott did have to leave the game for a bit with an ankle injury but ultimately returned. The Rams are a team you can run the ball against, as they allowed five 110-plus yard rushers last year, and their struggles against the run continued to Week 1 where they allowed Ezekiel Elliott 127 total yards and two touchdowns. He was the fourth running back to score multiple touchdowns against them over their last 17 games, so there’s clearly a ceiling. Part of the reasons there is success against them is due to plays per game, as opponents averaged 66.0 plays per game against them last year, which led to 27.6 running back touches per game. On opportunity alone, they ranked as the 11th-toughest matchup for running backs. If Sanders is back to full health and on no snap count, he should be in lineups as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2. If Scott were forced to miss any time, Sanders would be a lock for 18-plus touches, which would obviously give him cash-game viability. The fact that the Eagles still haven’t signed another running back says a lot about their confidence with Sanders.

Robert Woods:
It seemed like Woods was going to see 20 targets with the way the game started last week. He wound up with a respectable eight targets and a carry that netted 119 total yards. His role in this offense was never in doubt and that showed in Week 1. The Eagles did have Darius Slay playing on both sides of the formation last week, so it’s possible we see him glued to Woods. That would be an issue, as it was for Terry McLaurin last week when he finished with 5/61/0 on seven targets. That’s not a horrible game and the Rams do move Woods around the formation quite a bit, so he’ll likely shake Slay a few times. Even in the slot, Nickell Robey-Coleman is not an easy cornerback to beat in coverage. You can’t look at last year’s numbers for wide receivers against the Eagles, as this cornerback unit is new and improved. Washington was not a big test for them, so we don’t know if they’ll be playing on all cylinders just yet, as there’s a communication aspect to coverage. Woods has now seen 88 targets in his last eight games, so you’re starting him regardless, but this matchup should have you temper expectations to mid-to-low-end WR2 territory.

Cooper Kupp: There was a lot of chatter about Kupp and how much he’d be taken off the field if/when the Rams run 12 personnel. They did run 12 personnel on 20 snaps, which is a lot, but Kupp was on the field for 61-of-72 snaps over the course of the game. He’s a full-time player, so don’t pay too much attention to the four-catch, 40-yard performance. The issue this week is that he’ll match up with Nickell Robey-Coleman more often than not. The Eagles snagged him in free agency from the Rams oddly enough, so Robey-Coleman likely has a lot of practice time against Kupp. Over the last four years, Robey-Coleman has allowed 153-of-246 passing (62.2 percent) for 1,492 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s just 6.07 yards per target and a touchdown every 30.1 targets. Now, to be fair, he is in a new defensive scheme, which can change things, but he’s been consistently good in coverage. Kupp remains on the high-end WR3 radar who might be a good buy-low target after this game.

Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson: We didn’t know how the snaps would work out between these two, and as it turns out, they split them. Reynolds got the start, but Jefferson edged him in targets (3 to 1). This is a duo we’ll continue to monitor, as they’ll have fantasy relevance in good matchups, though it’s hard to say this is one of them. The cornerback trio of Darius Slay, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Avonte Maddox is a solid one, though it’s possible that Slay shadows Woods and Robey-Coleman tracks Kupp, which would leave them matched up against Maddox. He would be the weakest link of the bunch, but will the Rams have a chance to get the ball downfield against the Eagles? I’d say Jefferson is the hail mary play, though neither are recommended starts until one separates themselves.

DeSean Jackson: It was a disappointing day for the Eagles offense in Week 1, and that includes Jackson who was held to just two catches for 46 yards on a solid seven targets. We can’t complain about the target total, though the more experience Jalen Reagor gets, the more he’s going to cut into that number. The Rams cornerbacks did very well limiting the big plays against the Cowboys trio of receivers. They allowed the fifth-most receptions to wide receivers in Week 1, but again, when you play the Cowboys, that’s going to happen. Gallup was the only one who averaged more than 11.8 yards per reception, and he wound up with three catches for 50 yards on five targets. Going back to last year, this Rams defense allowed just six plays of 40-plus yards, which ranked as the fifth fewest in the league. Jackson’s average depth of target was 30.8 yards in Week 1, which led the league. Jackson is someone who’ll offer WR3 value during certain weeks, but you likely have better options this week. Still, he’s on the WR4 radar as someone who should see six-plus targets.

Jalen Reagor: We got a surprise active out of Reagor last week, so you really shouldn’t have been relying on him. He only caught one ball in his debut, but he made it count, showcasing elite ball-tracking on a 55-yard reception. He got behind the coverage again at the end of the second quarter where Wentz overthrew him on what would’ve been an 80-yard touchdown. There will be more to come with him, though this matchup is a tough one. The Rams allowed just six passes of 40-plus yards last year, which ranked as the fifth fewest in the league, and considering Reagor’s targets took place down the field, this matchup doesn’t exactly suit his strengths. I do believe he’s more than just a deep threat, so I don’t want to completely write off the possibility that he plays a bigger role in Week 2, but I don’t want to rely on him in starting lineups just yet.

Greg Ward: We saw the Eagles try and stretch the field over and over against Washington last week, but maybe they dial it back this week after Wentz was sacked eight times? Wentz’s average depth of target was 11.9 yards, which was the highest among all quarterbacks in Week 1. The Rams, like Washington, will bring pressure to Wentz. We saw the Cowboys take advantage of dumpoffs, completing 18-of-25 passes to wide receivers that amounted to just 190 scoreless yards. Ward is that safety valve over the middle of the field, though we are going to see Jalen Reagor‘s role increase as the weeks go on. Ward did tie DeSean Jackson with seven targets last week, so he wasn’t a forgotten man, but he’s a lower ceiling player. The Rams moved on from Nickell Robey-Coleman this offseason, which means they had to downgrade to Darious Williams. We watched the Cowboys target him quite a bit, which can be the case with Ward this week. He might be a Danny Amendola-type start from Week 1, which turned out 5/81/0. He’s on the WR4/5 radar in this matchup, as it might suit his skillset the best.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett:
We had to sit back and wait to see if Higbee was in the same role with Everett back healthy, so considering he played 90 percent of the snaps, I think he’s safe. The matchup against the Cowboys did treat him a lot better in 2019, but they were under a new defensive coordinator, so it’s not apples to apples. The Eagles have been one of the best in the NFL against tight ends under Jim Schwartz, even though Logan Thomas churned out 4/37/1 last week. Throughout the entire 2019 season, they allowed just 681 receiving yards to the position, or 42.6 yards per game. They lost safety Malcolm Jenkins, which can certainly impact their efficiency, though I’m not jumping the gun after one game. But knowing how improved the Eagles cornerback unit is, we should see more targets funnel to the tight ends. Everett played just 33 percent of the snaps and saw two targets, so there’s not much to see there. Higbee should be played as a TE1 with his snap share where it is, even in a tough matchup.

Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert: With the banged up wide receivers and running backs in the Eagles’ offense, we expected Goedert to be more involved, but to see more targets than Ertz? It wasn’t just the targets, either. Goedert played 79 percent of the snaps while Ertz played 85 percent of the snaps. This appears to be a timeshare, though we now have eight straight games where Goedert has seen at least six targets, which is massive for a tight end. Ertz is in a contract dispute and apparently showed up late to a practice recently, so it’s something to monitor. The Rams are a team you can attack with tight ends, as they allowed eight tight ends to finish as top-10 tight ends last year. We watched their defense willing to let the Cowboys chip away and dump down, just waiting for a mistake. When Blake Jarwin was hurt in the first half, we knew we weren’t going to see a TE1 performance last week against them. All in all, there were just two teams who allowed more yards per target to tight ends than the Rams last year, which bodes well for both of these tight ends, who appear to be locked into six-plus targets apiece. Ertz is still the preferred option, but the gap is shrinking. Both can be played as TE1s in this matchup.

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

Total: 52.0
Line: DAL by 5.0

Matt Ryan:
Remember when we talked about Ryan potentially throwing the ball 650 times this year? Well, we may have been short on that projection considering he’s on pace for 864 of them after one game. While he’s obviously not hitting that mark, this defense is clearly going to allow him to hit some high numbers. Against the Cowboys, we should once again see a lot of pass attempts. Their games netted the fifth-most plays per game last year, and then we watched the Rams run 72 plays against them in Week 1. Knowing the Falcons pass-to-run ratio has been 65-plus percent in each of the last two years, we should see a minimum of 40 pass attempts. The Cowboys are under a new defensive coordinator, so we can’t pull too much from last year, but losing their top cornerback and one of their top edge rushers surely can’t help. They also lost another big piece of their defense last week when Leighton Vander Esch had to go on injured reserve with a collarbone injury. No matter which way the Cowboys slice it, they’ll have rookie Trevon Diggs against Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley. In a game with one of the highest projected totals, start Ryan as a rock-solid QB1.

Dak Prescott: It wasn’t the start that Prescott hoped for last week, but he played the game smart, taking what the Rams gave him. Fortunately, the Falcons are a much more giving unit. The Falcons allowed Russell Wilson to complete 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1 despite playing just 58 snaps. The Falcons cornerback unit of Isaiah Oliver, rookie A.J. Terrell, and Darqueze Dennard are just not equipped to handle the Cowboys receivers. It makes you feel better about Prescott’s ceiling when you hear that the Falcons haven’t allowed a running back more than 111 rushing yards since 2018. When you combine that with the fact that the Cowboys have a 28.5-point team total and you have what could be a week-winning performance out of Prescott. There were seven quarterbacks who posted 20-plus fantasy points against the Falcons last year, and just one of them needed more than 37 pass attempts to do it. Start Prescott as an elite QB1. He’s someone who should be in plenty of cash and tournament lineups.

Todd Gurley:
As expected, the Falcons gave Gurley the workhorse role, as he totaled 19 opportunities while Brian Hill and Ito Smith combined for just nine of them. He also totaled all three of their goal-line carries in Week 1. Playing for a high-scoring offense, that’s a great thing. The Cowboys are still learning new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme, so there’ll be some bumps along the way. While with the Rams last year, Gurley struggled to get much going against them, as he rushed for just 20 yards on 11 carries, but he scored twice netting 18.8 PPR points. However, the Cowboys defense struggled to slow down Malcolm Brown last week as he rumbled for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. The loss of Leighton Vander Esch mid-game surely wasn’t ideal for them, but they also lost strong safety Jeff Heath, interior lineman Maliek Collins, and edge defender Robert Quinn this offseason. We’ll continue to gather information on the Cowboys unit under Nolan, but knowing the uncertainty, combined with Gurley’s opportunity in this offense, you should continue starting him as a sturdy RB2 with some touchdown upside. If you want to pivot off Matt Ryan in tournaments, Gurley has multi-touchdown upside.

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard: Those who thought Elliott would retain his workhorse workload under Mike McCarthy were correct. Elliott racked up 25 touches to Pollard’s four touches en route to a 127-yard, two-touchdown performance. The Cowboys have a team-implied total of 28.5 points, which makes you want to get excited once again. Most would be surprised that the Falcons allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points on the ground to running backs last year. There was no running back who totaled more than 111 rushing yards. In fact, there were just four running backs who reached 75 yards on the ground. However, there’s a new avenue for Elliott to rack up points now that Blake Jarwin is out for the season. Running back and tight end targets correlate more than wide receiver targets, so losing Jarwin is massive for Elliott’s potential ceiling. It’s not surprising to see Elliott get four targets last week, but it shouldn’t surprise you to see him get five-plus this week against a Falcons have allowed a ton of receptions to running backs under Dan Quinn. Since he became their coach, they’ve allowed an average of 6.4 receptions per game to running backs. That’s easily the most in the league during that time. While I love Prescott as an elite play in this matchup, Elliott has multiple avenues to production in what should be a high-scoring game. Play him wherever you can. Pollard is not someone you can play with any confidence after he totaled just four touches in his first game under McCarthy. It seems like he’ll have a bigger role in games that are blowouts, which is certainly within the realm of possibilities this week considering they’re five-point favorites, but I wouldn’t bank on it. He’s just a handcuff right now.

Julio Jones:
What do you know? Another year, another Jones 150-yard performance. His 152 yards against the Seahawks tied his second-highest yardage total from last season, which oddly enough, also came against the Seahawks. Naturally, he didn’t score a touchdown, but you shouldn’t be concerned. The Cowboys don’t have a shadow cornerback, so Jones will see a mix of Chidobe Awuzie, Trevon Diggs, and Anthony Brown. If they align the way they did last week against the Rams, Jones will see the most of the rookie Diggs. In his first game, he was targeted three times, allowing three catches for 63 yards. It’s not going to get easier with Jones inside a dome. The Cowboys allowed the fifth-fewest yards to wide receivers last year, but they lost their best cornerback and had a chance in their defensive scheme, so it’s a whole new ballgame. Start Jones as a WR1 this week in a game where the Falcons should throw the ball 40-plus times.

Calvin Ridley: We’ve now watched Ridley play in seven games without Mohamed Sanu. In those games, he’s totaled 61 targets. Over the course of a 16-game season, that would amount to 139 targets. He’s here to stay and the breakout is real. He’s currently the WR2 behind only Davante Adams. His primary matchup this week will be against Chidobe Awuzie, their top cornerback who allowed a miniscule 8.1 yards per target in his coverage last year and a touchdown every 30.0 targets. He allowed just 11 yards in his coverage against the Rams last week while intercepting a pass, too. However, we must start saying that Ridley is a No. 1 receiver in his own right. He went up against the Seahawks best cornerback last week (Shaquill Griffin) and roasted him. The Falcons are moving him and Julio Jones back and forth, so Ridley will see some of rookie Trevon Diggs as well. Ridley should be in lineups every week and this one is no exception. He should be considered a sturdy high-end WR2 with touchdown upside to carry him into WR1 territory.

Russell Gage: Each of the Falcons wide receivers saw 12 targets last week, including Gage, who turned them into a career-high 114 yards. Not many realize that Gage actually saw 66 targets over the final nine games last year, which is more than enough to be fantasy relevant. While I do expect Hayden Hurst to get more involved as the weeks go on, Gage is someone who can be considered in high-volume games. The Cowboys had Anthony Brown cover the slot in Week 1 and that worked out well, as Cooper Kupp was held to just four catches for 40 scoreless yards last week. Brown did allow all four passes that came his way to be completed, but it clearly wasn’t a smash spot, as Kupp has higher odds of getting targeted than Gage does. It’s possible that Gage is a Cole Beasley-type player this year who you can use in a pinch, as he’s likely going to get six-plus targets per game, even if his ceiling isn’t very high. Consider him a decent floor WR4/5-type play.

Amari Cooper: There were many who wanted to fade Cooper last week due to his matchup with Jalen Ramsey, combined with the fact that he had been missing some practice time. Clearly, he didn’t get the memo. Cooper saw 14 targets and turned them into 10 receptions for 81 yards. They weren’t able to stretch the field very much with the pressure the Rams were getting, but it was good to see Cooper produce in a tough matchup. This week should be a playground for the Cowboys receivers, and Cooper in particular. He played nearly two-thirds of his snaps at right wide receiver, which means he’ll line up against rookie A.J. Terrell two-thirds of the time. Terrell was torched in his first NFL game, allowing 6-of-6 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. The Falcons will not be shifting much because that’s the thing about the Cowboys. You move one cornerback and you screw the rest of them. Heck, it clearly doesn’t matter if you leave Cooper in man coverage, even against Ramsey. It also doesn’t hurt that this game is being played under a retractable roof. Cooper has averaged 99.2 yards per game in such stadiums over the course of his career. The only risk here is a lack of targets because there are plus matchups all over the field, but if last week showed us anything, it’s that Cooper is the clear No. 1 in this offense after seeing 14 targets while Gallup and Lamb combined for 11 of them. Start Cooper as a WR1 and expect results. He’s a better tournament play than cash considering all the options the Cowboys have.

Michael Gallup: We talked about Gallup last week, saying that he had the toughest matchup on the Cowboys, as he only goes into the slot about 10 percent of the time, which was the spot to do damage. The Falcons, however, are prime for the taking. They allowed 56 passing plays of 20-plus yards last year, which ranked as the 10th most in football. Gallup will see Isaiah Oliver in coverage most of the time, a third-year cornerback who’s been a disappointment as a former second-round pick. Throughout his two-plus years of play, he’s allowed 84 receptions for 1,090 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 targets. That all adds up to a 108.1 QB Rating in his coverage. Dating back to last year, Gallup has seen at least six targets in 12-of-15 games. If he gets that here, he’s performing. While Gallup was someone I was lower on last week, he should be able to return WR3 value in this game with top-20 potential if he were to hit on a big play.

CeeDee Lamb: It was a solid debut for Lamb, who caught 5-of-6 targets for 59 yards against the Rams. I mentioned that he had the best matchup on the field for the Cowboys, so part of it should’ve been expected. This week, it’s a bit different. Lamb played 92.5 percent of his snaps in the slot. The strength of the Falcons defense is probably the slot, as they acquired Darqueze Dennard this offseason. He still allowed 5-of-6 passing for 42 yards last week in his coverage, but that’s miniscule compared to the 12-of-14 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns that A.J. Terrell and Isaiah Oliver allowed. That’s why I’m a bit lower on Lamb this week, as Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup should have big games. It does help Lamb’s potential target share in this offense knowing that Blake Jarwin is out for the season, as they were somewhat competing for targets over the middle of the field. There are going to be some big games for Lamb this year, but it’s tough to see him outproducing his teammates in this one. Consider him a WR4 this week.

Hayden Hurst:
I warned everyone last week that Hurst was playing his first game in a new offense and that the Seahawks made a massive change that would affect tight end performance. While he only saw five targets compared to 12 for each of the three wide receivers, Hurst probably earned some trust from Matt Ryan in that game, as he laid out to snag a 27-yard pass that 95 percent of tight ends wouldn’t have caught. Hurst did play 62 snaps, which ranked third behind only Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. The Cowboys are going to have some major issues game-planning against the Falcons wide receivers where they’ll need to tilt the defense, but don’t have the safety or linebacker talent (without Leighton Vander Esch) to make up for that with Hurst. The Falcons should have options all over the field and Hurst is one of them. There were five tight ends who totaled at least 16.9 PPR points against the Cowboys last year, and though it’s a new defensive scheme, the lack of talent up the middle remains. Hurst is still being eased in but he should be able to post low-end TE1 numbers this week.

Dalton Schultz: Now that we know Blake Jarwin is out for the season, Schultz will be the primary tight end for a team that targeted tight ends 122 times last year. The issue is that Schultz has been in the NFL for three years now and has totaled 23 targets the entire time. There’s so much uncertainty here, but knowing he saw four targets in essentially half of a game is a sign that he’ll be involved. The Falcons allowed just 7.14 yards per target to tight ends last year, which ranked as the 12th-lowest mark in football. The 1.65 fantasy points per target they allowed ranked as the 10th-lowest mark. There were eight tight ends who finished as a TE1 against them last year, but six of them saw at least six targets, including five of them seeing double-digit targets. He’s worth a speculative add if you stream tight ends, but I’d prefer to see him produce before putting him in lineups.

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