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Week 7 Target Watch: Amari Cooper Has A Day

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After the increase in players with double-digit targets in Week 6, the Week 7 targets came back down to earth. With only two teams on a bye, five less players had double-digit targets, and only three had double-digit targets in back-to-back weeks.

It seemed a trend was starting where quarterbacks were throwing more. The Thursday night game in Week 7 showed that, with Derek Carr throwing 52 passes. However, the rest of the league didn’t match that on Sunday.

With six teams on a bye in Week 8, fewer players should be on this list. However, that does not necessarily mean fewer passes are being thrown. The key to the target watch is to notice trends and see which players are getting the ball.

The key to Fantasy success is obviously scoring points. However, unless the player gets the ball, they can’t score points. Keeping track of how often the quarterback looks for a player is the first indicator of potential Fantasy points.

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 7 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 6 Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Amari Cooper Oakland Raiders 19
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons 13
Doug Baldwin Seattle Seahawks 12
Evan Engram New York Giants 12
Adam Thielen * Minnesota Vikings 12
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints 11
Buck Allen Baltimore Ravens 11
Jarvis Landry * Miami Dolphins 11
Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 10
Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 10
Mohamed Sanu Atlanta Falcons 10
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 10
Jordan Reed Washington Redskins 10
Antonio Brown * Pittsburgh Steelers 10

 

After being a non-factor for the first six weeks of the season, Amari Cooper had 19 targets in Week 7. He caught 11 of them for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Hopefully, he was in Fantasy lineups, although after only having 18 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown over the first six weeks of the season, it is understandable that he may be on the bench. In an ideal world, the Raiders would recognize their success by getting Cooper involved and he’ll be the WR1 he was drafted as moving forward.

With only three repeat visitors to the double-digit target list, the list is shorter for Week 7. Adam Thielen has been a surprise WR2 this year. He has at least five receptions in every game so far this season. While he has yet to find the end zone, he still has Fantasy value. Jarvis Landry and Antonio Brown are clear staring wide receivers (especially in PPR formats).

Top 10 Target Leaders

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Total
Antonio Brown, PIT 11 11 14 9 19 10 10 84
Jarvis Landry, MIA BYE 15 11 7 10 14 11 68
Keenan Allen, LAC 10 10 9 11 12 9 7 68
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU 16 13 8 12 12 4 BYE 65
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 13 6 15 7 10 11 3 65
Adam Thielen, MIN 10 6 8 8 8 13 12 65
Pierre Garcon, SF 10 5 10 8 11 12 7 63
Christian McCaffrey, TN 7 5 11 6 7 14 9 59
Dez Bryant, DAL 9 16 2 13 8 BYE 10 58
Zach Ertz, PHI 8 10 10 8 12 5 5 58
Amari Cooper, OAK 13 5 5 8 2 6 19 58
Mike Evans, TB BYE 9 12 11 8 8 10 58

 

Only one player dropped off this week: A.J. Green. Players who were added include Mike Evans, Amari Cooper and Dez Bryant. Bryant had dropped off last week with the bye but has since returned. The list is actually 12 players this week because of the tie with 58 targets.

Mike Evans was a target leader in 2016; now that other teams are having their bye weeks, he should be a regular on this list. He is a favorite target of Jameis Winston and should continue to see plenty of looks.

 

Top Tight End Targets In Week 7

Evan Engram New York Giants 12
Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 10
Jordan Reed Washington Redskins 10
Cameron Brate Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9

 

The four tight ends on this list have been up and down all season. Engram has had double-digit targets before this season, but not on a consistent basis. Since the New York Giants lost their No. 1 wide receiver, they have needed to find someone to catch the ball. Engram has scored touchdowns in the past two weeks. The Giants will lean on him, especially in the red zone.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 7

Buck Allen Baltimore Ravens 11
Christian McCaffrey * Carolina Panthers 9
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers 8
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 8
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 7
LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills 7
Duke Johnson, Jr. Cleveland Browns 7

 

For Week 7, the only running back that repeated on this list is Christian McCaffrey, who is struggling as a runner (2.5 yards per carry on average this year). However, as a pass-catcher, McCaffrey has helped the Panthers offense. He has at least four receptions in every game. His only touchdowns this year have been through the air.

In New Orleans, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara both have Fantasy value. However, Kamara has at least three receptions in every game this year. Ingram has at least two receptions in every game. However, on the year, Kamara has more receptions and more receiving yards than Ingram.

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