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NFL Week One fantasy preview: Don’t count on Ekeler or Jackson

By Alexander Insdorf
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown in the second half of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown in the second half of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

NFL fantasy football: Receiver recommendations

Hunter Henry

The Colts defense allowed the most yards to tight ends last year, while they also allowed the second-fewest yards to wide receivers. Philip Rivers is also going to be itching to get Hunter Henry back into the offense, ready to go. Put all those factors together, and there’s a very good case to be made for a potentially big first week for Henry. Whether he’s in as a starting tight end or a flex, expect him to rack up some catches for intermediate yards and maybe a touchdown in his return.

Mike Evans

The 49ers defense allowed the most touchdowns among wide receivers last year. Mike Evans has been the guy for the Buccaneers, regardless of who the starting quarterback has been in the game. Unless there’s been some unexpected drastic improvement among that secondary, expect Evans to get tons of targets and catches.

Larry Fitzgerald

Kyler Murray’s in his first start against an average Lions’ secondary, and veteran Larry Fitzgerald will be a reliable target for him in his first NFL game. After a down year with all the problems the Cardinals had on offense last year, expect Fitzgerald to be much closer to 100 catches this year as opposed to last year’s 69.

Fitzgerald will have a big role in bringing Murray’s development along all season, and that’ll start this week against the Lions.

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