Welcome back to Target Hogs! It is week 13 and we’re headed into the final weeks of the regular season. Are your players eating up their fair share of targets? Let’s find out!
- Keenan Allen (19 targets)
Allen last week: not on list
Holy cow Keenan Allen. According to my notes, this ties the most times a player has been targeted in a single game (Adam Thielen, Week 3). Allen converted those targets into a 14/148/1 line in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, pleasing everyone who played him in fantasy. Allen is leading the Chargers on their playoff push, where they’re currently projected to take a #5 seed according to NFL.com. The Chargers look to continue their success against the Cincinnati Bengals next week.
2. Davante Adams (13 targets)
Adams last week: not on list
Davante Adams and the Packers surprisingly lost to the Arizona Cardinals last week, effectively ending the Packers’ playoff hopes (and HC Mike McCarthy’s 12-year tenure). Adams caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. With Interim HC Joe Philbin taking over, no one knows what the Packers new game plan will be. Hopefully, it doesn’t eat into Adams’s target share, but we will see. The Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons in week 14.
3. TY Hilton (12 targets)’
Hilton last week: #6
TY Hilton and the Indianapolis Colts were shut out last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is something no team wants to encounter in these final weeks of the regular season. Hilton caught eight passes for 77 yards and no touchdowns. Hilton went up against Jalen Ramsey most of the day, which obviously was a challenge, looking at Hilton’s stat line. The Colts look to bounce back against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, Curtis Samuel (11 targets)
Hopkins last week: not on list
Brown last week: #3
Samuel last week: not on list
DeAndre Hopkins reeled in seven catches for 91 yards against the Cleveland Browns last week. The offense got a lot of help from their defense, though, as the Texans defense was on Baker Mayfield all day, with three interceptions, a forced fumble, and not allowing the Browns to score in the first half. The offense didn’t really need to push too hard since their defense got the job done, which probably contributed to Hopkins’s smaller numbers. The Texans look to win their tenth straight game against the Indianapolis Colts next week.
Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, which puts them in danger of missing the playoffs if they can’t pull out another couple of wins. Brown caught ten passes for a 154 yards and a score. After posting his highest yardage game yet this season, Brown looks poised to keep up his elite play against the burnable Oakland Raiders next week.
Welcome to Target Hogs, Curtis Samuel! Samuel caught six passes for only 88 yards, but still managed to pull in the majority of his team’s target share. The Panthers loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week pushed them temporarily out of the playoff hunt, so they’ll have to seriously step up their game to squeak in. Samuel and company matchup against the Cleveland Browns in week 14.
5. Bruce Ellington, Jordy Nelson (10 targets)
Neither player made the list last week.
Bruce Ellington has made the Target Hogs list for the first time since his midseason trade to the Detroit Lions. Ellington caught seven passes for 35 yards and averaged 5.7 yards after the catch. The Lions are basically out of playoff contention at 4-8, but they still look to get a win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Jordy Nelson – Welcome to Target Hogs! Nelson and the Raiders surprisingly put up 33 points against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Extremely efficient, Nelson caught all ten of his targets for a 10/97/0 line. This performance was even more surprising considering some midseason retirement rumors swirling around Nelson just a few weeks ago. Maybe this week will keep Nelson in the game for longer than anticipated.
6. Allen Robinson, Aldrick Robinson, Zay Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adam Humphries, Adam Thielen (9 targets)
JuJu last week: #1
Thielen last week: #7
Allen Robinson and the Bears lost arguably one of the most exciting games of the season so far after coming from behind and forcing overtime against the New York Giants. Robinson caught five passes for 79 yards to help the Bears almost complete their comeback. The Bears will look to strengthen their playoff position against the Los Angeles Rams in an enticing Sunday Night Football matchup.
Welcome to Target Hogs, Aldrick Robinson! Robinson’s role expansion may have been due to Stefon Diggs’s banged up knee, but nonetheless, he seems to have a rapport with Kirk Cousins. Robinson caught five passes for 37 yards. Although his efficiency could be improved, the opportunity is there for Robinson to become meaningful down the fantasy playoff stretch. The Vikings take on the rolling Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
Zay Jones had another standout week as the Buffalo Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins in week 13. Jones caught only 4 passes but converted them into 67 yards and two scores. Three of Jones’s catches came on deep plays for more than 20 yards each. Jones’s speed is a serious threat the Bills will look to utilize against the New York Jets on Sunday.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was at it again last week, scooping up six catches for 49 yards. Although this wasn’t his most impressive showing, the fact that JuJu has such a high target share consistently in only his sophomore season is something fantasy fans (especially those in dynasty leagues) should get excited about. The Steelers take on the Oakland Raiders next week, so it’s almost a given that we’ll see JuJu back on this list again next week.
Adam Humphries has had an impressive second half of his season, as his rapport with QB Jameis Winston has taken off. Humphries caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. This is Humphries’ third straight game with a TD, and his streak has a good chance to continue, especially if DeSean Jackson remains sidelined. The Bucs take on the New Orleans Saints next week.
Adam Thielen should be crowned King of the Target Hogs, as he’s made this list 10 out of a possible 12 weeks (taking into account his bye week). Thielen caught five passes for 28 yards but still managed to find the end zone for a score. The Vikings face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football in week 13, and this matchup has some playoff implications.
That’s all for this week! Good luck with your matchups. As always, check out other Target Hogs articles here, and follow me on Twitter (@katiebabs23). Thanks for reading!