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Week 1 Target Watch: Receivers Lead The Way

Week 1 Target Watch: Receivers lead the way
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Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome to the SCFE Weekly Target Watch.

Targets are an opportunity indicator, it refers to the number of times a receiver is thrown the ball by the quarterback. The higher the targets, the more valuable the receiver is to the quarterback.

Let’s take a look at who had the most opportunities in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Above all, let’s see what it means for Fantasy owners.

Week 1 Target Watch

I will be reviewing and analyzing the targets weekly, looking for trends on who is rising and which players are falling.

Week 1 Target Watch – Double-Digit Targets

PlayerTeam PositionTargets
Julio JonesAtlanta FalconsWR19
Michael ThomasNew Orleans SaintsWR17
A.J. GreenCincinnati BengalsWR17
Michael CrabtreeBaltimore RavensWR16
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers WR16
Golden TateDetroit Lions WR15
Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants WR15
Jarvis LandryCleveland BrownsWR15
Willis Snead iVBaltimore RavensWR14
John BrownBaltimore RavensWR14
Tyler BoydCincinnati BengalsWR14
Melvin GordonLos Angeles Chargers RB13
Javorious AllenBaltimore RavensRB13
Corey Davis Tennessee TitansWR13
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans SaintsRB12
Kenny GolladayDetroit Lions WR12
Adam ThielenMinnesota VikingsWR12
Jared CookOakland RaidersTE12
DeAndre Hopkins Houston TexansWR11
Emmanuel Sanders Denver BroncosWR11
T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsWR11
Jalen Richard Oakland RaidersRB11
Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers WR11
Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers WR10
Nick Boyle Baltimore RavensTE10
Jack Doyle Indianapolis ColtsTE10
Nelson AgholorPhiladelphia Eagles WR10
Quincy EnunwaNew York JetsWR10
Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles TE10
Demaryius Thomas Denver BroncosWR10
Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals WR10

Thankfully, the NFL is back! Obviously, the wide receivers led the way in targets with 23 wideouts in double-figures. We actually saw four Ravens players in double-digit targets with Michael Crabtree (16) with John Brown and Willie Snead each collecting 14 targets. Additionally, tight end Nick Boyle garnered 10 targets.I certainly doubt we will ever see anything close to those numbers again.

The surprises in Week 1 were that Randall Cobb (10) led the Packers in targets, most of that, of course, was due to the amazing comeback victory by Aaron Rodgers. We finally saw Andrew Luck show that he might be back with his performance in Week 1. He peppered newcomer WR Ryan Grant with nine targets.

Fantasy owners can’t be satisfied with the following players who were targeted less than five times in Week 1. Amari Cooper(3) was shut down by the Rams defense on Monday and will have to face the stout Broncos defense in Week 2. Josh Gordon was a hot Fantasy topic in the preseason. Gordon has boatloads of talent but how long will he be on the field? He only had three targets in Week 1 but he made one count with a great TD catch that helped the Browns tie the Steelers.

 

Top Wide Receiver Targets in Week 1

PlayerTeam Targets
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons19
Michael ThomasNew Orleans Saints17
Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers16
Golden TateDetroit Lions15
Odell BeckhamNew York Giants15
Jarvis LandryCleveland Browns15
Corey Davis Tennessee Titans13
Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikings12
Kenny GolladayDetroit Lions 12
Emmanuel Sanders Denver Broncos11
T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Colts11
Keenan AllenLos Angeles Chargers11
DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texans 11
Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals 10
Demaryius ThomasDenver Broncos10
Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers10
Quincy EnunwaNew York Jets 10
Nelson AgholorPhiladelphia Eagles10

Julio Jones was a monster in the first game of the season with 19 targets against the Eagles. It’s a shame that he can’t score touchdowns. Jarvis Landry made us all believers that he has a nice rapport with his new QB Tyrod Taylor with his 15 targets. The Broncos duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders showed they that will be a force this season. They combined for 21 targets with new QB Casey Keenum. It was also great to see the return of the Jets Quincy Enunwa. He had 10 targets from rookie QB Sam Darnold in his return after missing all of last season with a neck injury.

 

Top Tight End Targets in Week 1

PlayerTeam Targets
Jared CookOakland Raiders 12
Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles 10
Jack DoyleIndianapolis Colts10
George Kittle San Francisco 49ers9
Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots8
David NjokuCleveland Browns 7
Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs6
Trey BurtonChicago Bears6
Nick Boyle Baltimore Ravens 6
Ricky Seals-JonesArizona Cardinals6

A tight end that I never thought I would see on top of any positive leaderboard. The Raiders’ Jared Cook has always been known to have loads of potential but has never exhibited consistently. Cook showed what he can do in Week 1 with an impressive performance. He racked up 12 targets, 9 catches, and 180 receiving yards. Cook is owned in approximately half of all Fantasy leagues. That number will shoot up significantly after this performance.

Fantasy owners have to be pleased regarding sleeper tight ends George Kittle and Trey Burton getting targets to start off the season. It looks like each player will play a big role in their respective offenses. Andrew Luck has brought the two tight end approach back to the NFL with peppering Jack Doyle and newcomer Eric Ebron with a combined 15 targets. Surprise! Surprise! Jordan Reed contributed with five targets and more importantly, he didn’t get hurt.

 

Top Running Back Targets in Week 1

PlayerTeam Targets
Melvin Gordon Los Angeles Chargers 13
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 12
Jalen RichardOakland Raiders11
James WhiteNew England Patriots9
David JohnsonArizona Cardinals9
Christian McCaffreyCarolina Panthers 9
Nyheim HinesIndianapolis Colts9
Dion Lewis Tennessee Titan 8

First-round running backs Melvin Gordon (13) and Alvin Kamara  (12) showcased their dual-threat prowess by leading all running backs with targets. Both backs are in elite offenses and are fantasy gold. Furthermore, there were two surprise entries in Raiders running back Jalen Richard and Colts running back Nyheim Hines. Richard had a whopping 11 targets which were mostly the result of a negative game script. Also, Marshawn Lunch fell ill during the blowout loss. Hines of the Colts caught the eye of Andrew Luck nine times in Week 1. Furthermore, Hines might be a very sneaky pickup in PPR leagues.

 

Take a look which of the most targeted players are recommended by  to add to your rosters in his Week 2 Waiver Wire: Top Picks Include T.J. Yeldon and Austin Ekeler.

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