by Ivar G. Anderson
This week we go through the Top 49 players receiving targets, mainly because No. 52 is injured (going miss you, Fred Jackson) and I decided to cut off the list at 40 targets. Not to worry, we can still discuss some of those who do not yet have 40 targets on the season when I look at some of the recent producers with regards to having the ball tossed to them after the chart:
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We are still seeing a good percentage of the top targeted players playing tight end. I count eight of the top 49 targeted players playing the position. Olsen may not be converting on all his targets, but he is near the top in Catch % among tight ends. Donnell may have a good percentage, but my suggestion is that he has run his course, and can be relegated to the wire.
Forte is still near the top of targeted players, but now we see Le’Veon Bell creeping up the list. Once again look for touches with your running backs, not targets. Targets are to be found among the wide receivers, and in certain cases among tight ends.
Target changes to wonder about:
There were a few players who bumped up their targets in Week 7 to a large extent. Here are those who managed to collect 20% or more of their season targets last week:
- Roddy White (28%)
- DeAndre Hopkins (23%)
- Sammy Watkins (23%)
- Golden Tate (20%)
- Keenan Allen (20%)
I can understand that White is getting healthy, and so Matt Ryan trusts him again.
Watkins is the future star WR on the Buffalo squad and they are working to use his skills to carry on a decent season.
Tate is going to see targets in Detroit so long as Calvin Johnson is out, and I would not be surprised to see his target numbers up in the teens again this week as the Lions take on the Falcons Sunday morning (technically afternoon in London).
It is good to see Allen picking up the slack again, but there are a bunch of passing options in San Diego, including #42 on the chart Antonio Gates, who just seems to catch a TD every week.
I am going to keep working on developing this series of articles to best determine how you can use target information to succeed at your fantasy football efforts. I am open to suggestions as to how best to present this information for your use, so feel free to comment or send me a message at email@example.com.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: