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Week 4 Target Watch: Odell Beckham, Jr. Is the Week 4 Target Leader

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While Week 3 had 25 players with double-digit targets, the Week 4 target watch has fewer pass catchers on the list. Only 17 players had double-digit targets in Week 4, and with the bye weeks coming in Week 5, that number will likely drop.

When looking at players and trying to figure out who to start and who to bench, keep in mind their role in the game in previous weeks. Check the targets to see how involved they were in the offense.

Especially in PPR leagues, keep an eye on running backs that are seeing a lot of targets. While those targets don’t always equal receptions, it proves they are part of the passing offense.

Keep an eye on players that are slowly getting more targets on their team; these are the guys to target on the waiver wire.

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 4 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 4 Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Odell Beckham, Jr. * New York Giants 15
Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals 14
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 13
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 12
James White New England Patriots 12
Aldrick Robinson San Francisco 49ers 12
Jaron Brown Arizona Cardinals 12
Evan Engram New York Giants 11
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints 11
Mike Evans * Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11
Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers 11
Duke Johnson, Jr. Cleveland Browns 10
Brandon Marshall * New York Giants 10
Allen Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 10
Trent Taylor San Francisco 49ers 10
Mike Wallace Baltimore Ravens 10

 

There seems to be a lack of consistency in the double-digit target leaders. Over the past two weeks, three players earned an asterisk for having a double-digit target game in back-to-back weeks. Interestingly enough, two of those players this week are from the New York Giants: Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall. After a slow start to the season, Marshall has seemed to develop a rapport with Eli Manning. He had one reception in each of the first two games and has had 14 receptions in the past two weeks.

Two players from the San Francisco 49ers appear on this list: Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson. However, with his 12 targets, Robinson caught three of them. Taylor caught five of his 10 targets and is slowly making his way onto the fantasy radar in deeper leagues. He caught a touchdown last week, and he will be part of the passing game. However, until he has a bigger role, he doesn’t need to be owned.

Top 10 Target Leaders

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Total
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU 16 13 8 12 49
Antonio Brown, PIT 11 11 14 9 45
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 13 6 15 7 41
Dez Bryant, DAL 9 16 2 13 40
Keenan Allen, LAC 10 10 9 11 40
A.J. Green, CIN 10 8 13 7 38
Michael Thomas, NO 8 10 8 11 37
Zach Ertz, PHI 8 10 10 8 36
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN 6 8 15 5 34
Alshon Jeffery, PHI 7 13 8 6 34

 

For the first time this season, the target leader chart is back. Remember, this doesn’t take into account fantasy points, touchdowns or snaps played. This is just targets. In looking at the Top 10 through four weeks, most fantasy owners shouldn’t be surprised. It is interesting to note, however, that the Philadelphia Eagles have two players in the Top 10. This is likely a result of Carson Wentz throwing the ball a lot (147 times so far, to be exact) and of him not spreading the ball around as much as other teams. Either way, Ertz is a solid TE1 and Jeffery is a match-up dependent WR1.

 

Top Tight End Targets In Week 4

Evan Engram * New York Giants 11
Zach Ertz * Philadelphia Eagles 8
Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 8
Jared Cook Oakland Raiders 8

 

Congratulations, Zach Ertz. For four weeks in a row, you have made the list of top tight end targets. This is evident in the chart above, where he is on the list of top target leaders by any position as well, the only non-wide receiver to make the list.

Rookie Evan Engram makes the list for the second week in a row. Rookie tight ends are usually tough to trust, but Eli Manning keeps slinging the ball around. He threw 49 passes in Week 4. Engram only has one touchdown on the year. However, he did have the most receptions (six) and the most receiving yards (62) in Week 4. He’s a low TE1 each week.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 4

Andre Ellington * Arizona Cardinals 14
James White New England Patriots 12
Duke Johnson, Jr. Cleveland Browns 10
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 10
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 8
Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints 8

 

For the second week in a row, Andre Ellington makes this list. He caught eight of those 14 targets for 86 yards. He had much more value as a receiver than he did as a runner in Week 4. The Cardinals have not figured out how to get their running game going, and until they do, Ellington will continue to be utilized as a pass catcher. In PPR formats, he’s a RB2.

 

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Sarah Lewis (formerly Sarah Bojarski) once spent an entire cocktail hour at a wedding reception answering Fantasy Football start/sit questions on Twitter. She has been writing about Fantasy Football for five seasons now, and is always willing to talk draft strategy with anyone looking to win their league. Follow her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32
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