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Week 2 was marred by running back injuries, but plenty of wide receivers had a solid game and substantial targets. When looking at a player’s performance, many fantasy owners simply look at the total fantasy points for the week.

While fantasy owners don’t get points for targets, they are telling in terms of which players a quarterback is looking for, and which players are part of the offensive scheme.

Even if a player only has a few receptions, if they are targeted heavily in the game, the trend is likely that they will continue to be targeted. More targets equals more opportunity for receptions. More receptions equals more fantasy points.

When looking at the charts below, total receptions and fantasy points are ignored. For this analysis, simply number of targets is analyzed.

The goal of this analysis is to see patterns on who the target hogs on the teams are. Some of these players aren’t the top fantasy scorers for their teams because touchdowns aren’t included. However, these are players to keep an eye on or to possibly start when making a start/sit decision based on volume:

Week 2 Only Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Jeremy Maclin Kansas City Chiefs 15
Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins 13
DeVante Parker Miami Dolphins 13
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 12
Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 12
T.Y Hilton Indianapolis Colts 11
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 11
Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers 11
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 11
Stefon Diggs Minnesota Vikings 11
Marvin Jones Jr. Detroit Lions 11
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers 11
Julian Edelman New England Patriots 11
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants 11
Giovani Bernard Cincinnati Bengals 11
Kenny Britt Los Angeles Rams 10
Terrelle Pryor Cleveland Browns 10
Torrey Smith San Francisco 49ers 10
Allen Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars 10

 

Just like in Week 1, there were 20 players with double-digit targets. Also like Week 1, the No. 1 wide receiver for each team was not necessarily the target leader on the team. Dennis Pitta had a team-high 12 targets; no other Baltimore player had double-digit targets. Marvin Jones Jr. has had more targets than Golden Tate for two weeks in a row.

For the Cincinnati Bengals, Giovani Bernard was the target leader with 11. The receivers behind him had eight. Allen Hurns had double the targets that Allen Robinson had, although both ended with about the same number of total yards.

The biggest surprise on the list may be DeVante Parker, with the same number of targets as Jarvis Landry. Both ended the day with over 100 receiving yards, and it appears that Parker is going to be part of the passing offense moving forward. He is over 76 percent owned, but if he is available, pick him up.

Top 10 Target Leaders This Season

Player Team Week 1 Week 2 Total
Mike Evans Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 17 24
Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins 10 13 23
T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts 12 11 23
Jeremy Maclin Kansas City Chiefs 7 15 22
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers 11 11 22
A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals 13 8 21
Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 12 9 21
Marvin Jones Jr Detroit Lions 10 11 21
Tavon Austin Los Angeles Rams 12 9 21
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 10 11 21

 

When comparing Week 1 to Week 2, only five players had double-digit targets in both weeks. The only one that may be a surprise would be Marvin Jones Jr. In two games, he has 21 targets, and he was able to convert those into 12 receptions for 203 yards. The Lions love to throw the ball, and Matthew Stafford appears to favor the shorter passes to Marvin Jones to the longer passes to Golden Tate.

Top Tight End Targets In Week 2

Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 12
Jacob Tamme Atlanta Falcons 8
Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 8
Coby Fleener New Orleans Saints 8
Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers 8
C.J. Uzomah Cincinnati Bengals 8

 

After Week 1, fantasy owners were frustrated with the tight end position. Week 2 just made the position more muddled. For two weeks in a row Jacob Tamme and Kyle Rudolph have each had eight targets.

Coby Fleener finally looked to be part of the Saints offense, although he didn’t do much (two receptions for 29 yards) with his eight targets. At least Drew Brees was looking his way, so fantasy owners shouldn’t give up just yet.

However, for those needing tight end help, Tamme and Rudolph are still both only a little over 30 percent owned. As long as they are getting targets, they’re part of the offense and are TE2 with upside.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 2

Giovani Bernard Cincinnati Bengals 11
T.J. Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars 9
DeMarco Murray Tennessee Titans 7
Latavius Murray New York Jets 6

 

The list is short for running backs with six or more targets in Week 2, mostly because running backs kept going down with injury. Giovani Bernard had four targets in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. When A.J. Green couldn’t get going, the Bengals used the shorter passes and Bernard had nine receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

T.J. Yeldon is still getting more work while Chris Ivory is sidelined, although for PPR leagues, Yeldon will still be part of the passing game even once Ivory returns.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall

 

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