Welcome back to Target Hogs! Hopefully, your playoff matchups went well this past week. Let’s take a look at who stole all the targets this week. I decided to include the top target-getters regardless of position this week, which is why you’ll see more RBs and TEs than normal in the list. Let’s get to it!
- Davante Adams, Todd Gurley (13 targets)
Adams last week: #3
Davante Adams has been the one consistent piece for the Packers as they’ve struggled in almost every other area this year. Adams caught eight passes for 119 yards in Green Bay’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Now that they’re mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, who knows which personnel Green Bay will play next week when they take on the New York Jets. Keep an eye on their inactives late into the week to make sure your guys are actually playing.
Todd Gurley was one of the most targeted players this week, which may surprise some people, especially since Gurley missed a few drives with knee inflammation, and because the Rams actually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gurley caught 10 passes for 76 receiving yards. He also added 12 rushing attempts for 48 yards and two touchdowns, for a total of 124 yards from scrimmage. Pay close attention to the injury report for Gurley to make sure his knee isn’t an issue going forward.
- Josh Reynolds, Tyrell Williams, Evan Engram (12 targets)
None of these players made the list last week.
Josh Reynolds had a decent week against the Eagles. Reynolds caught only five of his 12 targets but was able to produce 70 yards. Reynolds has been a surprising help for the Rams after injuries decimated their WR core. One saving grace for Reynolds was his deep reception, which went for 33 yards. The Rams look to regain their dominance over the league as they take on the Arizona Cardinals next week, a game that should be a gimme for them.
Tyrell Williams wasn’t the star of the Chargers’ Thursday Night Football showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, as Mike Williams took that role after scoring two touchdowns and a walk-off two-point conversion. Tyrell Williams did contribute, though, as he caught six passes for 71 yards. He also avoided two tackles and managed to average 11.2 yards per reception. The Chargers are rolling and look to keep their momentum up against the Baltimore Ravens in week 16.
Evan Engram soaked up most of the Giants’ target shares this week with Odell Beckham Jr out again as he nurses a quad injury. Engram caught eight of his 12 targets for 75 yards. It was a rough day offensively for the Giants, as they were shut out by the Tennessee Titans. The New York Giants hope to bounce back against the Indianapolis Colts. OBJ has a better chance of playing this week, so that brings the value of all other Giants pass-catchers back to earth.
- Julian Edelman, DeAndre Hopkins, DaeSean Hamilton, Christian McCaffrey (11 targets)
Edelman last week: #2
Julian Edelman led the Patriots in targets once again, even though they were unable to get the win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots almost always shape-up and dominate the playoffs even if they’ve had a slump in the regular season, but this feels different for some reason. They need to get it together if they want to be competitive in the postseason. Edelman hauled in seven catches for 90 yards but was unable to find the end zone. The Patriots will matchup against the Buffalo Bills in week 16. A lot of folks may think this game will be an easy win for the Pats, but don’t be surprised if the Bills give them a run for their money.
DeAndre Hopkins had a superhuman day for the Texans against the Jets last week. Hopkins has consistently shown why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the league, and this week was no different. With a line of 10/170/2, Hopkins probably propelled most who have him in fantasy to a win. The Texans have had a very strong second half of the season, and right now they’re projected to be the two seed in the AFC. The Texans face a challenge in week 16 when they travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.
Welcome to Target Hogs, DaeSean Hamilton! With the Broncos trading away Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders suffering a season-ending injury, the offense has opened up to allow rookies and lesser-known receivers to shine (like Tim Patrick, who made the list last week). Hamilton saw plenty of targets but was only able to reel in seven catches for 46 yards. If the young receiver can improve his efficiency, he may be someone to watch out for in the next few years.
Christian McCaffrey had another big game for the Panthers, proving those who doubted he could be a “workhorse” wrong once again. CMC caught eight of his 11 targets for 67 receiving yards. He also added 53 rushing yards on 15 attempts for a total of 120 yards from scrimmage. Last but not least, CMC threw a fifty-yard touchdown to Chris Manhertz. CMC has shown this year that he can do it all, even when the rest of his team is struggling. The Panthers try to keep their playoff hopes alive this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
- Robby Anderson (10 targets)
Robby Anderson was one of the only bright spots for the Jets last week, posting a 7/96/1 line. The Jets have been hard to watch, even after they had a great start to the year. It will be interesting to see what moves the Jets make in the offseason. With New York out of playoff contention, it is hard to trust any of their players from a fantasy standpoint going forward.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, Robert Woods, Travis Kelce, Mike Evans, Michael Thomas (9 targets)
JuJu last week: #2
Woods last week: #1
Thomas last week: #1
JuJu Smith-Schuster had nine targets in the Steelers’ win over the New England Patriots, but he was only able to wrangle four catches for 90 yards. JuJu has arguably been one of the most promising young receivers in the entire league this year. Although this game wasn’t his best performance, JuJu’s consistent volume should be encouraging for those who have him, especially in dynasty leagues.
Robert Woods stepped up alongside his other teammates on the list (Todd Gurley and Josh Reynolds). Even with such a robust passing game, the Rams couldn’t pull off the win over the Chicago Beats. Woods did his part, catching seven passes for 74 yards. Some in the Twitterverse and starting to wonder if the Rams were too good to be true, but don’t accept that take just yet. This next game against the Philadelphia Eagles (now captained by Nick Foles) will be a big test.
Travis Kelce obviously has a great rapport with Mahomes and this game was no different. Kelce dominated the Chiefs’ target share, catching seven of his nine targets for 61 yards. The Chiefs travel to Seattle next week, which could be a tough matchup for Kelce, as the Hawks have allowed the 8th least points to tight ends over the season. The Chiefs have their playoff berth locked up, while the Hawks will be looking to get an upset to keep themselves in the Wild Card hunt.
Mike Evans had a crazy efficient day after going for 121 yards on only four catches. Evans averaged 30.3 yards per catch and posted an insane 4.84 yards per route run. It is almost scary to think about what his stat line would’ve looked like if he and Jameis Winston could’ve connected on his two missed deep targets. The Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys in week 16, who have given up the third least fantasy points to wide receivers this year.
Michael Thomas had a disappointing night against the Carolina Panthers, as did most of the Saints’ offense. Thomas caught seven of his nine targets for only 49 yards. It was a frustrating night for MT, as he could’ve had over 40 more yards if three of his catches hadn’t been brought back by penalties. The Saints are still on a win streak, but their offense hasn’t been the same for about three weeks now. Thomas and the Saints look to reinvigorate their offense this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That’s all for this week. Good luck if you’ve made it this far! As always, check out last week’s edition of Target Hogs here (http://www.thefantasyauthority.com/redraft/target-hogs-most-targeted-players-week-14/) , and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@katiebabs23). Thanks for reading!