Moving Targets Week 8: Who Has Seen A Recent Increase In Targets & More

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:

Catch %
Julio JonesATLWR77466
Jordy NelsonGBWR77265
Antonio BrownPITWR77269
Dez BryantDALWR76965
T.Y. HiltonINDWR76671
Demaryius ThomasDENWR66362
Golden TateDETWR76277
Sammy WatkinsBUFWR76157
Julian EdelmanNEWR76172
Kelvin BenjaminCARWR75958
Reggie WayneINDWR75964
Vincent JacksonTBWR65942
Greg OlsenCARTE75969
Steve L. SmithBLTWR75866
Jeremy MaclinPHIWR65847
Andre JohnsonHSTWR75768
Matt ForteCHIRB75791
Rueben RandleNYGWR75661
Martellus BennettCHITE75673
Brandon MarshallCHIWR75457
Roddy WhiteATLWR65254
Rob GronkowskiNETE75260
Emmanuel SandersDENWR65175
Pierre GarconWASWR75169
Anquan BoldinSFWR75176
Allen RobinsonJAXWR75068
Keenan AllenSDWR75068
Alshon JefferyCHIWR74967
Mohamed SanuCINWR64863
Randall CobbGBWR74774
Mike WallaceMIAWR64764
Michael CrabtreeSFWR74768
Jimmy GrahamNOTE64772
Kendall WrightTENWR74670
Delanie WalkerTENTE74569
Andrew HawkinsCLVWR64466
Robert WoodsBUFWR74356
Jared CookSLTE64360
DeSean JacksonWASWR74262
James JonesOAKWR64271
Brandin CooksNOWR64281
Antonio GatesSDTE74264
DeAndre HopkinsHSTWR74176
Eric DeckerNYJWR64159
Greg JenningsMINWR74163
Le'Veon BellPITRB74188
Victor CruzNYGWR64058
Markus WheatonPITWR74060
Larry DonnellNYGTE64083

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

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Deep League Stash: Could Donte Moncrief Emerge In Indianapolis?
Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em: Are Zac Stacy & Doug Martin Worth Holding On To?

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