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Fantasy Noise: Week 1 Recap

Fantasy noise is back for the recap of week 1 as we finally have some tangible information to breakdown. Week 1 is where the culmination of months of off season hard work pays off. This is when trash talk is at an all-time high. Leagues are declared won and victory laps on players are taken. You came out of week 1 with the win after dominating your helpless opponent. Unless you had Odell Beckham in your lineup. Then you lost to Bob, from accounting, who bought a fantasy football magazine on the way to the draft.

Let’s get to it.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire: All Aboard

Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s much anticipated debut did not let fantasy managers down. Running for 138 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown was probably more than expected but his performance was not without its critics.

CEH went 0 for 6 on goal line carries and had 0 catches on 2 targets. Detractors will say he’s too small to be the goal line back which will hurt his upside. The fact that they continued to go to him in goal line situations is telling though. They have confidence in him and a couple of those runs the offensive line got immediately blown up giving him no chance.

Let’s not be too quick to over state CEH’s lack of involvement in the passing game either. He is an excellent receiving back as evident of his 55 receptions in 15 games last season at LSU. This game just didn’t present opportunity for that but make no mistake the CEH train is rolling.

Concern for Austin Ekeler?

Speaking of excellent receiving backs, Austin Ekeler only had 1 reception for 3 yards in week 1. Last season, Ekeler averaged 6.75 targets per game and 5.75 receptions per game. Ekeler’s quarterback last season was the check down king Phillip Rivers. On to Indianapolis now, Rivers was 17 for 17 week 1 when targeting his new Colts running backs.

Meanwhile, new Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor only had 1 target to a running back and is more inclined to run than check down when a play falls apart.

Also reason for concern is the emergence of rookie Joshua Kelley, who is bigger than Ekeler and who ran 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in week 1. Ekeler did rush 19 times for 60 yards but cause for concern is warranted.

Target Hogs

Sunday’s games saw a heavy pass attack by a number of teams. Eleven teams had at least 39 pass attempts or more. Atlanta’s offense alone passed 54 times and had 3 receivers with 12 targets each. Below is a list of the highest targeted receivers from Sunday’s games.

Fantasy Points Target

Targets/Receptions Yards TDS (ESPN PPR) Share

- Davante Adams 17/14 156 2 42.6 38.6%

- Calvin Ridley 12/9 130 2 35.1 22.2%

- Deandre Hopkins 16/14 151 30.1 40.0%

- Jamison Crowder 13/7 115 1 28.5 37.1%

- Julio Jones 12/9 157 25.7 22.2%

- Russell Gage 12/9 114 21.4 22.2%

- John Brown 10/6 70 1 19.0 21.7%

- Amari Cooper 14/10 81 18.1 35.8%

- Diontae Johnson 10/6 57 9.7 31.2%

- Qiuntez Cephus 10/3 43 7.3 23.8%

- Odell Beckham 10/3 22 5.2 25.6%

As we can see, double digit targets resulted in double digit fantasy points 8 out of 11 times. These 11 receivers average 22 fantasy points. As we can also see though, a couple players received double digit targets but performed well below the average. The majority of the time though you can bank on these target hogs returning value when you get them in your lineup.

Injury Bug

As expected, injuries hit week 1 hard. With no OTA’s and no preseason games, Sunday’s games were the first real game action for anyone. There were some notable players that came limping into week 1 and out of week 1.

Coming into week 1 Miles Sanders (hamstring), Courtland Sutton (shoulder), Golden Tate (hamstring), and KJ Hamler (hamstring) were all inactive.

Two guys left week 1 with season ending injuries. Marlon Mack of the Colts with a torn Achilles and Blake Jarwin of the Cowboys with a torn ACL.

Below are some of the players that suffered varying injuries that fantasy managers should continue to check, monitoring team’s injury reports for updates starting Wednesday.

- Leveon Bell: Hamstring (Update: Placed on IR)

- DeVante Parker: Hamstring, limited practice Wednesday

- George Kittle: Knee, will not practice but expected to play Sunday

- Duke Johnson: Ankle, listed as day to day

- James Connor: Ankle, didn’t practice Wednesday

- Phillip Lindsay: Turf Toe, will not practice, listed as day to day

- Brandin Cooks: Quadriceps, limited practice Wednesday

- Golden Tate: Hamstring, limited practice Wednesday

- Courtland Sutton: Shoulder, limited practice Wednesday

Quick Hitters

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 20/30 for 191 yards and 3 interceptions, another performance like this will have the Dolphin fans chanting for TUA . . . . Nyheim Hines rushed 7 times for 28 yards and a TD, had 8 catches for 45 yards and another TD and now Marlon Mack is out for the year . . . .Benny Snell had 19 rushes for 113 with James Connor injured, monitor Pittsburgh’s injury report this week . . . . Cam Newton rushed 15 times for 75 yards and 2 TDS and passed for 155 yards, looking like the old Cam . . . . Josh Allen rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a TD and passed for 312 yards and 2 TDS, looking like the new Cam . . . . Nick Chubb ran 10 times for 60 yards with 1 catch for 6 yards, Kareem Hunt ran 13 times for 72 yards with 4 catches for 9 yards, Chubb managers may not like the split in negative game scripts . . . . Myles Gaskin ran 9 times for 40 yards and had 4 catches for 26 yards, is Myles Gaskin a thing now?

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