Connect with us

Two teams were on a bye in Week 7, but quarterbacks were slinging the ball. With the most players all season with double-digit targets, Week 7 was a pass-heavy week.

While Week 8 will likely have less passes thrown, it is still important to track who is getting the most targets on their team. Targets are a key indicator for who is involved in the offense and who a quarterback trusts.

Six teams are on a bye in both Week 8 and Week 9 so fantasy owners may be looking to the waiver wire to fill in gaps on their roster. While sorting by projected points and fantasy points to-date is important, also check targets. Some players have been coming on in recent weeks (Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery as two examples) and may be available in your league.

Note that if a player has an asterisk next to his name in the double-digit target box, it indicates that they also had double-digit targets in the week they last played (taking into account bye weeks).

As always, 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 7 Only Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Davante Adams Green Bay Packers 16
Randall Cobb * Green Bay Packers 15
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons 15
Tavon Austin Los Angeles Rams 15
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals 14
Ty Montgomery * Green Bay Packers 13
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints 13
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals 13
Mike Wallace Baltimore Ravens 13
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 13
Mike Evans * Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Golden Tate * Detroit Lions 12
DeAndre Hopkins * Houston Texans 12
T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts 12
Michael Crabtree Oakland Raiders 11
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers 11
Alshon Jeffery * Chicago Bears 11
Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 11
Willie Snead New Orleans Saints 11
Jack Doyle Indianapolis Colts 10
Dennis Pitta * Baltimore Ravens 10
Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks 10
Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers 10
Julian Edelman New England Patriots 10
Tyrell Williams San Diego Chargers 10
Demaryius Thomas * Denver Broncos 10

 

Even with two teams on a bye, Week 7 saw the most players with double-digit targets (26!). An interesting trend to note is that multiple teams have multiple players with double-digit targets: San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. A closer look reveals in some instances, it is a wide receiver and a running back or tight end that are piling up the targets.

However, keep an eye on the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers threw the ball 56 times, which is nine more than any other game this season. The Packers running game has disappeared due to injury, so Rodgers has been forced to throw the ball. Adams caught 13 of his 16 targets. Cobb caught 11 of his 15, and Montgomery caught 10 of his 13 targets. With no running game or tight end to speak of, these three receivers will be target monsters in Week 8 and beyond.

Top 12 Target Leaders This Season

Player Team Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Total
T.Y. Hilton IND 11 11 10 11 9 12 76
Antonio Brown PIT 11 18 5 11 8 11 75
Mike Evans TB 17 13 11 12 BYE 13 75
A.J. Green CIN 8 11 12 8 10 8 70
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 11 11 9 12 10 9 70
Larry Fitzgerald ARI 10 12 7 8 9 14 70
DeAndre Hopkins HOU 11 8 6 9 15 12 69
Brandon Marshall NYJ 9 10 12 15 6 8 68
Julio Jones ATL 5 7 15 6 9 15 65
Amari Cooper OAK 9 9 6 12 13 5 65
Emmanuel Sanders DEN 8 13 13 9 6 8 65
Jarvis Landry MIA 13 12 10 3 9 8 65

 

For those following this chart closely, you’ll notice Week 1 has fallen off. In keeping current, this chart will total all targets this season, but the week by week breakout will only show the most recent six weeks.

Even with a bye week, Mike Evans is tied for the second-most targets in the league. He added an additional 13 targets in Week 7. Evans is still in the Top 10 in terms of total receiving yards this year. He and Michael Crabtree lead the league in touchdowns to wide receivers with six. With 40 receptions so far this year, he is on pace for over 100 receptions and over 200 targets.

DeAndre Hopkins has 69 targets. However, he only has 36 receptions and 390 yards this year. He has three touchdowns, but fantasy owners are likely frustrated with his production. With match-ups against San Diego, Oakland and New Orleans, the schedule does look good for him. Hopkins may even be a buy-low candidate heading into Week 8.

Top Tight End Targets In Week 7

Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 11
Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 10
Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks 10
Jack Doyle Indianapolis Colts 10
Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers 10
Lance Kendricks Los Angeles Rams 9
Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 8

 

After Brain Hoyer went down with a broken arm, Zach Miller fell off the target leader radar. Kyle Rudolph, however, is back atop the tight end target leaders. Rudolph has the third-highest targets out of all tight ends (behind Greg Olsen and Dennis Pitta). Starting him is tough, as he only has three touchdowns on the season. Fantasy owners know he easily can have 15 yards as he could have 55. He’s a low TE1.

Dennis Pitta, while healthy, is a target monster as well. He’s on a bye in Week 8, but if for some reason, he’s dropped, add him immediately. Jack Doyle filled in for Dwayne Allen. Allen may end up missing Week 8 with a high ankle sprain. With 10 targets, Doyle is a in line for another big target day in Week 8 (despite the match-up) as a TE2.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 7

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 13
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals 13
Matt Asiata Minnesota Vikings 8
Shaun Draughn San Francisco 49ers 7
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 7
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers 7
Chris Thompson Washington Redskins 7

 

Le’Veon Bell has made this list for the past three weeks, proving that he is involved in all facets of Pittsburgh’s offense, regardless of who is at quarterback. The Steelers have a bye this week, but when he’s back in Week 9, he’s a no-brainer RB1. David Johnson has also proven his worth as a first-round draft pick as well, especially in PPR leagues.

Matt Asiata is a surprise addition to this list, as he typically isn’t involved in the passing game. He only had seven receptions the entire season prior to Week 7. However, with Jerrick McKinnon banged up, Asiata showed that he could have value not just at the goal line, but also in PPR leagues. He’s only owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues, and should be picked up, especially if McKinnon is out in Week 8.

Follow Me

More in Fantasy Football