Welcome to the weekly ‘Six Pack’, where I will be giving six storylines to pay close attention to. Keeping tabs on these will keep you prepared and informed throughout the season. I will touch on individual players or even a coach with the scheme and roles within. As the season progresses, I will try to stay ahead of the curve and note topics worth mentioning.
We start with six polarizing topics heading into the season. Welcome to week two.
Kyle Philips SZN?
The fifth-round rookie was raved about during camp. The rookie fell under the radar during the preseason because he only had one reception. Fast forward to now and he impressed with a six reception and 66-yard opening game. The nine targets brought him a 27% target share. The Titans had Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine out snap their rookies. The two rookies were 2/3 rookies to post a 70+ PFF receiving grade in week one.
It may seem plausible to think the Titans should look to their rookies more, albeit just one game against the New York Giants. This week will bring a tougher matchup against Bills but may provide increased opportunity if the Titans are playing from behind.
Keep an eye on how Philips performs, even if it is not just the box-score. My film friends say he is a filthy route runner. If he is getting targets and running routes despite coming through for fantasy production, this is still a good thing.
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Trey Lance and Zeus
The 49ers are playing the Seahawks and there is an 84% chance of rain. Lance has been handed the keys to the organization and many believe Jimmy Garoppolo will start at some point this year. Following the week one game against Chicago where both starting quarterbacks combined for 21 total completed passes, Lance is up against another tough environmental challenge.
Following the week one loss Lance took the blame and noted mistakes he needs to address. The maturation caught eye of veteran LT Trent Williams, “It’s why they handed him the keys to this organization. He’s a mature dude.”, he said. This tells me the organization is in on Lance being their guy.
I would not panic if there were another tough weather matchup. A study found precipitation is inconclusive while wind/wind gusts is the most significant weather variable surrounding quarterback performance. These first two weeks are tough for Lance, but the sun will shine as the season progresses.
Dallas Cowboys are a bad team
The Cowboys looked like a bad team; this was true before Dak Prescott sustained an injury. I am intrigued on what this organization is going to do moving forward. Their third-round rookie wide receiver was inactive for game one and coach Mike McCarthy said, “…he’s a step behind the other guys.”.
I really do not trust starting any Cowboy moving forward for the time being. CeeDee Lamb had 11 targets but only had two receptions. Dalton Schulz did have seven receptions, so if you play in a PPR league then this is good news. The running backs did not come through and it looks like the offensive line is concerning. Noah Brown had an eyebrow raising performance with five receptions. Dennis Houston apparently had five targets. First time I am hearing his name thanks to this article. This 2022 Dallas Cowboys situation is scary. But in the bad way.
It will be important to note any transactions happening in Dallas. For fantasy and their NFL success.
Allen Robinson will (you please) perform this week
Despite playing 97% snaps and 96% routes run, Robinson posted one reception for 12 yards. The offensive line did no favors for a player who is targeted down the field. Matt Stafford was under constant pressure despite never being blitzed once. Robinson will need to be schemed out differently and the Rams will need to get him the ball.
Is Stafford’s lingering injury issues a problem? It will be important to note moving forward. It appears he is looking to get Cooper Kupp the ball with 15 targets garnering 6.1 aDOT – Robinson has a 17.5 aDOT. The point being, if Robinson’s vertical role does not changed combined with the offensive line not blocking, Stafford will need to continue to target Kupp 15 times a game.
It will be important to see if Sean McVay will make the necessary adjustments for Robinson – similar to what he did last season with Robert Woods. This also draws parallels to dynasty given Robinson’s age (29) and future dynasty outlook.
Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers… specifically the rookies
Aaron Rodgers needs someone to be his safety blanket. Their two stud running backs led the team in targets. Fine, Robert Tonyan and Romeo Doubs tied Aaron Jones with five. But when I sorted the column, the running backs were first and second. Dillon 100% led the team in receiving yards with 46. Here are some facts from game one:
Rookie Christian Watson dropped a no-doubt 75-yard touchdown
No player had over seven targets
No player saw more than one red zone target
No player saw a target inside 10 yards
Rodgers talked on the rookie wide receivers and how he will “…figure out a way…to get on the same frequency with them”. I am unsure if this is a good or bad saying, but he understands they need to step up.
JK Dobbins is back
Simple and sweet here. If he starts for the Ravens, he starts for my dynasty teams. I am happy he will be returning to the football field. I feel we have forgotten how good he truly is. I am unsure what to expect game one following an ACL tear. Fun fact, Adrian Peterson returned in nine months and received 18 touches. But that is also one of the goats.
The Ravens understand they need Dobbins as a factor in the run game. In week one they had 15 running back carries and 11 went to recently signed Kenyan Drake.
Look, these are six topics I picked. These come with bias, probably, right? I picked them out. I am interested to see how Joe Burrow bounces back. We know he is good, and it should be assumed he will. I do not want to waste your time. I hope these six topics helped you out.
The six-pack is digestible for the current week, but I also hope you can pull nuggets of information for season-long advice and the future.
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