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Week 6 saw two teams on a bye, but plenty of players saw double-digit targets. In looking at the target history, Week 4 was low, while Weeks 5 and 6 are more the average.

When looking at targets, keep in mind that if a player is receiving a large percentage of the team’s targets, they are likely a key part of the offense. While that may only be for one week, it still is important to track.

However, the target history is equally as important. Players may not necessarily see double-digit targets every week, but if they are seeing a high number of targets in back-to-back weeks, that is a sign that they will continue to be a large part of the offense.

Starting this week, 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).

When looking at the waiver wire, most fantasy owners sort by total fantasy points or projected fantasy points. While those stats are valuable, what is equally important is how many targets the player is getting.

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 6 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 Only Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Cameron Meredith * Chicago Bears 15
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 15
Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 14
Terrelle Pryor Cleveland Browns 13
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears 13
Amari Cooper * Oakland Raiders 13
Ty Montgomery Green Bay Packers 12
Randall Cobb * Green Bay Packers 11
Allen Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars 11
Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins 11
Odell Beckham Jr * New York Giants 10
Zach Miller Chicago Bears 10
Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 10
Golden Tate Detroit Lions 10
Mohammed Sanu Atlanta Falcons 10
A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals 10
Charone Peake New York Jets 10
Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos 10

 

Only three players appear on this list who had double-digit targets in Week 5: Cameron Meredith, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Amari Cooper. Surprisingly, three Bears appear on this list as Brian Hoyer continues to air the ball out. Meredith, Zach Miller and Alshon Jeffery all received double-digit targets in Week 6.

Allen Hurns had more targets than Allen Robinson; Mohammed Sanu had more targets than Julio Jones. It is interesting to note when a No. 2 receiver sees more looks than the team’s No. 1. Brandon Marshall only saw six targets, but he was the leading receiver on the team (don’t let Charone Peake showing up on this list tell you otherwise). Also don’t read into the Hurns/Sanu stats. Sometimes this is a result of game flow.

Top 9 Target Leaders This Season

Player Team Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Total
Antonio Brown PIT 11 11 18 5 11 8 64
T.Y. Hilton IND 12 11 11 10 11 9 64
Mike Evans TB 7 17 13 11 12 BYE 62
A.J. Green CIN 13 8 11 12 8 10 62
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 8 11 11 9 12 10 61
Brandon Marshall NYJ 8 9 10 12 15 6 60
Greg Olsen CAR 9 8 10 13 13 7 60
Amari Cooper OAK 11 9 9 6 12 13 60
Terrelle Pryor CLE 7 10 14 9 6 13 59

 

At the end of Week 5, only one player had double-digit targets through five games: T.Y. Hilton. With nine targets in Week 6, no player now has double-digit targets in every game this season. Two players fell off this list: Emmanuel Sanders and Jarvis Landry (Amari Cooper and Terrelle Pryer were added). This list will fluctuate while teams have their bye week, but it is clear that Mike Evans will stay near the top as long as he’s healthy.

Amari Cooper has the third-most receiving yards in the league. He only has one touchdown on the year, which is what fantasy owners are looking for. However, with the volume he’s seeing, the touchdowns should be coming. The Raiders are at Jacksonville in Week 7.

Top Tight End Targets In Week 6

Zach Miller Chicago Bears 10
Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 10
Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks 9
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 9
Lance Kendricks Los Angeles Rams 8
Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers 8
Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys 8

 

Last week, it was noted that Zach Miller was a tight end to watch. He was on the radar because of his increase in targets and his ability to catch most of his targets. In Week 6, he caught six of his 10 targets, which is less than his average (he only had four targets in the previous five games total that he didn’t catch). However, he has been a big part of the offense since Brian Hoyer took over. He’s a clear TE1.

Hunter Henry is another name to watch. Even with Antonio Gates back on the field, Henry stole the targets and led the team in receptions and receiving yards against a tough Denver defense. Philip Rivers clearly trusts him, and with a touchdown in the past three games, Henry is a great bye-week fill-in for Greg Olsen owners and worth a pick-up as a high TE2.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 6

James White New England Patriots 9
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Terrance West Baltimore Ravens 6
C.J. Spiller Seattle Seahawks 6
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals 6
Duke Johnson Cleveland Browns 6
Kyle Juszczyk Baltimore Ravens 6

 

It’s no surprise Le’Veon Bell is on this list again, and even with Ben Roethlisberger sidelined for Week 7, the still should receive plenty of targets. James White has stepped up to be a PPR monster with Tom Brady back and should be owned in all PPR leagues.

The Baltimore Ravens have two running backs on this list, which is likely more a product of game flow. With Steve Smith, Sr. out, the Ravens had to rely on moving the ball with shorter passes, and that was the strategy they used. West has looked like a solid RB2, but Juszczyk can be ignored in all formats.

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