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Week 2 Target Watch: Jarvis Landry Resumes Role As PPR Machine

Week 2 Target Watch
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The number of targets a player receives can be just as important as the number of yards. In the Week 2 target watch, plenty of running backs and tight ends joined the wide receivers with a number of targets.

In looking at the Week 2 targets, four tight ends had double-digit targets. In a week where a number of injuries took out a lot of Fantasy-relevant tight ends, for either the week, the season or somewhere in between, the target watch shows that some tight ends will have value.

Targets are an important stat to watch as they show who a quarterback is looking for and who is going to be involved in a team’s offensive plan. While this may change from week to week, we can look at trends throughout the season.

Please note none of the charts below show total receptions, total fantasy points or touchdowns. The sole purpose of this analysis is to look at targets.

Week 2 Target Watch

Each week I will be reviewing the targets from the past week, the season and even digging deeper by running back and tight end. I will also be analyzing any trends I find along the way.

Week 2 Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 16
Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins 15
Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys 13
DeAndre Hopkins * Houston Texans 13
Alshon Jeffery Philadelphia Eagles 13
Marqise Lee Jacksonville Jaguars 12
Rashard Higgins Cleveland Browns 11
Antonio Brown * Pittsburgh Steelers 11
Jaron Brown Arizona Cardinals 11
Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers 11
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints 10
Davante Adams Green Bay Packers 10
Kendall Wright Chicago Bears 10
Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles 10
Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 10
Keenan Allen * Los Angeles Chargers 10

 

The players with an asterisk next to their name appeared on this list last week as well. Interestingly enough, only three players had double-digit targets for two weeks in a row. DeAndre Hopkins was the target leader last week and added 13 targets in Week 2. Jarvis Landry did not play in Week 1 and made his 2017 NFL debut with 15 targets from new-to-Miami quarterback Jay Cutler.

In the past, Jarvis Landry has been a PPR monster. However, it was unclear if Jay Cutler would use him as much as he isn’t known for the safer, shorter passes to a wideout. If Week 2 was any indication, Landry would continue to have value in PPR leagues. He caught 13 of those 15 targets. His yardage was only 78 yards on those receptions, but over 20 points in PPR is a WR1 effort.

 

Top Tight End Targets In Week 2

Jason Witten * Dallas Cowboys 13
Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers 11
Zach Ertz * Philadelphia Eagles 10
Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 10
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 9
Zach Miller Chicago Bears 9

 

Two of the six tight ends that led the league in targets in Week 2 also made the list in Week 1: Jason Witten and Zach Ertz. Jason Witten is a gamble from week to week. Sometimes the Cowboys game plan includes him and other times it doesn’t. In Week 2, Ezekiel Elliot didn’t show up and the Cowboys had to throw the ball (see Dez Bryant’s targets, above). He’s a TE2.

Zach Miller made the list, as the Bears are desperately searching for pass-catchers. He saw nine targets and he caught six of them. He’s not going to give Fantasy owners Gronkowski numbers, but for those owners that lost Greg Olsen or are looking to find someone to fill in for Jimmy Graham, Miller is a TE2 available in plenty of leagues.

 

Top Running Back Targets In Week 2

Tarik Cohen * Chicago Bears 9
Melvin Gordon Los Angeles Chargers 8
James White New England Patriots 8
Ty Montgomery Green Bay Packers 7
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 7
Chris Thompson Washington Redskins 7
LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills 7

 

It’s no surprise that Tarik Cohen is still on this list, as he is going to be the passing-down back for Chicago, and he’ll see even more work with Jordan Howard banged up. James White has continued to have the passing-down role for the Patriots. While some games will feature him more than others, he will have value each week in PPR leagues.

Alvin Kamara is an interesting name to keep an eye out for. While Adrian Peterson has faded, Kamara has stepped up. He only caught three of those seven targets, but the Saints have made an effort to use him in the passing game. Mark Ingram will be the between-the-tackles back, but Kamara will have a role, especially in PPR formats. He is still available in more than half of leagues, and is worth an add, even in standard leagues.

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