by Ray Kuhn
Here are 10 players from Week 2 who I felt it was important to analyze based on their targets:
- Danny Amendola – 16 targets, 15 receptions, 160 yards, 1 touchdown. If there was any doubt it is now clear that Amendola is Sam Bradford’s go to target and that he is a valuable receiver not only PPR formats, but standard formats as well. He only failed to catch 1 pass out of 16 on which he was targeted, which is both noteworthy and not likely repeatable. By averaging 10.67 yards per catch, Amendola also showed an ability to rack up yardage which only serves to increase his value. It is safe to say that he is at worst a WR3 in non PPR leagues as he has not only regained his health, but the trust of his quarterback.
- Dennis Pitta – 15 targets, 8 receptions, 65 yards. At this point we can assume that Pitta has overtaken Ed Dickson as the number one tight end in Baltimore and that there is some chemistry between Pitta and Flacco. As long as Flacco continues to target Pitta, he will to have value as a low end TE1 (especially as an injury replacement for Aaron Hernandez). He might not be as explosive and athletic as some of the other tight ends, but as long as he is getting targets and Flacco continues to look comfortable leading the Ravens offense, Pitta has value as a target over the middle.
- Percy Harvin – 13 targets, 12 catches, 105 yards. Just because Christian Ponder is an inexperienced quarterback and Harvin is not a deep threat, it does not mean that he is not valuable. Ponder looks for Harvin often and gives him plenty of opportunities to make something happen with the ball. As long as he remains healthy, Ponder will continue to target Harvin and Harvin will remain a dependable receiver. Unlike other receivers, his targets should not really fluctuate much from week to week as it seems that along with Adrian Peterson, he is the focal point of the offense.
- Brian Hartline – 12 targets, 9 catches, 111 yards. It seems that Ryan Tannehill has started to show who his number one target is and develop some chemistry with him. This was just a carryover from the prior week and their chemistry should only continue to grow as the season progresses. The fact that Miami will often be trailing and in passing situations could also serve to augment Hartline’s value. Tannehill has a big arm, and this could be a situation to monitor as Hartline could become a valuable bye week fill in.
- Jason Witten – 11 targets, 4 catches, 58 yards. It is clear that Witten has not fully regained his health, but is on the right path. More importantly, he has regained his role in the offense and while the Cowboys were coming from behind last week he had a team high 11 targets. If the targets continue, which there is no reason why they shouldn’t based on past history, Witten’s value seems to be fully restored.
- Donnie Avery – 10 targets, 9 catches, 111 yards. To prove that the first week was not an aberration, Andrew Luck continued looking Avery’s way this week. Prior to Avery’s injury problems, he was showing the potential to be a valuable receiver. Luck is getting more comfortable by the week and appears to have enough command of the offense. Now Avery cannot be expected to have this type of day each week, especially when Austin Collie is finally healthy, but he does have a legitimate role in the offense and this does not appear to be a fluke.
- Kendall Wright – 8 targets, 2 catches, 24 yards, 1 touchdown. Wright saved his day from a fantasy perspective by catching a touchdown pass, but other than that his performance was not great. What I would rather focus on is the fact that he was targeted 8 times, which was the most of any Titan. It is clear that the Titans want Wright to be a big part of their offense. It may take him another few weeks to get there, but the groundwork is there and he is someone that should be on everyone’s radar to bust out at some point this season. In the near term Wright could be impacted by the return of Kenny Britt, but ultimately that will just further open things up Wright.
- Dallas Clark – 5 targets, 4 catches, 33 yards. The bulk of this came on Tampa’s final drive, but as Clark was finding holes in the middle of the field he looked close to the player he was a few years ago. This situation bears watching to see if he develops into a safety blanket and middle of the field target for Josh Freeman. There is still something left in Clark’s tank and he is a player who should remain on your radar as bye weeks and injuries start to take place.
- Lance Moore – 5 targets, 2 catches, 30 yards. So much for Moore building upon his week one performance and turning into a legitimate WR2 on the Saints. This week’s performance just showed how volatile the Saints offense is from a fantasy perspective, aside from Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles. Do not become overly discouraged by this week’s performance, just as you should not have been overly excited about last week’s. The true value for Moore lies somewhere between the two, but also keep in mind that without Sean Payton the Saints offense still seems to be finding their footing.
- Larry Fitzgerald – 4 targets, 1 catch, 4 yards. Ouch. Fitzgerald made a lot of fantasy owners unhappy this week. This was just purely an aberration and I would not expect for it to happen again. Do not change your view of Fitzgerald or try to sell him. It does not matter who the quarterback is, he is still a WR1. He proved it in the past, and he should continue to prove it this season. Once in a while, especially against the evil genius Bill Belichick, this will happen but I would expect Fitzgerald to make up for it real soon.
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