The following grid can help you prep better for your draft by keeping in mind each team's projected RB starters and their immediate backups/handcuffs. You can print a PDF version of this at the bottom of the page.
Green: Safe, Secure
Yellow: Use Caution, Situation Unsettled
Red: Very Volatile Situation
This column is an early-week look at what WRs are looking better or worse than usual against their secondary counterparts. Few NFL teams use true shadow coverage anymore, but if a team does, or is employing a different strategy this week in particular, we’ll note it here.
For the most part, we’re not going to mention the truly great players (it’s always a good idea to play Antonio Brown), unless the situation is so bad that a stud should be an obvious cash-game play.
We also finish up with some sneaky TE and RB plays in the passing game.
This column will be updated later in the week when more information is available.
Welcome to Benny Ricciardi's weekly Targets and Touches! Each week, we will tally up targets, carries, and total touches from all around the NFL to gain a better perspective on who is seeing how much action in each game. Statistics will be presented by week and also by total on the season thus far. A vital tool in setting DFS lineups, don't miss out! To access the Excel spreadsheet, click here.
In the weekly Stat Pack, I will go team-by-team and break down three key statistics that help explain the week that was. The attempt here isn’t to provide typical game recaps, but instead to provide forward-looking context about the games that may not be obvious.
Here is the Week 7 Stat Pack:
- Per PFF, Adrian Peterson averaged more yards after first contact on his 27 carries in New Orleans (2.7) than in Week 6 with Arizona (2.2 YAC/Attempt on 26 carries).
- Vegas: Titans -7.5, 48
Colts: This offense ranks dead last in the league in terms of DVOA by Football Outsiders making them the worst opponent adjusted offense in all of football. Luckily for them, the Titans defense ranks 26th, so the matchup is very soft. Both teams play at a medium pace, so there is not much of a boost to either side with the Colts getting a very slight one if at best. The Titans have been shredded through the air so far this year giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the fourth most to opposing wide receivers. The Titans fail to generate much of a pass rush and it is such an issue that ProFootballFocus actually has the Colts as one of the top tier pass blocking advantage teams, something we never saw when Luck was under center
As many of you already know, I don’t miss anything when it comes to the NFL or fantasy football. This is mostly because I watch every single snap of every single game every single week. I have hard drives full of every game that I go back and reference whenever there is something in question. I don’t do all of this for my health, quite the contrary. I do this for all of you. So that when you spend your time and/or money with us here at Guru Elite you will always be in the know.
So, every week once the dust settles I will take my pages of notes from the day of football and put them into proper seasonal and daily fantasy context right here. If you have ANY questions about any game, team, player or situation don’t ever be afraid to reach out and ask.
I don’t know who I am more pissed off at this week: Browns QB Kevin Hogan or myself for using him in my cash games. For the last month I have been stomping the ground saying that paying down at QB is a curse in cash games then I go ahead and take the chance and it backfires. The good news is that the rest of my DFS plays were spot on and the rankings despite missing a late week update were on point as well.
Things I learned from Week 6 of NFL action:
The Significance of an Insignificant Change
Every injury or trade in real life football has a ripple effect on production and the pecking order for players in fantasy football. The obvious one from this week was the Adrian Peterson trade to the Cardinals. For the Cardinals, it would seem like a wash as they released Chris Johnson and just slide one old running back into the vacated spot of another old running back. That is a short-sighted way to view it though. Peterson gave the Cards a running game. Something they pretty much did not have at all most of the season, which is why they were throwing it 45+ times a game on average. Palmer did throw for 283 yards and three touchdown passes, but that is not the whole story. He only threw the ball 22 times, less than half his season average.