Welcome back to Target Hogs! Let’s jump right in to see who got the most targets around the league last week.
- Jarvis Landry (15 targets)
Jarvis Landry dominated the target share last week. Landry had a league-high 10 catches, converting them into 97 yards and one touchdown. The Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers again this week, a team that gave up 106 yards to Landry in their first game of the season. With Baker Mayfield at the helm this time rather than Tyrod Taylor, look for Landry to surpass his first outing against the Steelers. The Browns are thin at receiver right now, so Landry fans should expect a big game from him.
2. AJ Green, Stefon Diggs (14 targets)
Green last week: #4
Diggs last week: not on list
AJ Green caught seven of his 14 targets for 117 yards last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals did not get much going on offense, but they look to bounce back this week against arguably the worst defense in the league, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs just lost a major player on their defense, Kwon Alexander, to an ACL tear to boot. Green has a prime opportunity to go off against them Sunday.
Stefon Diggs had a ton of opportunity with his 14 targets last week but was unable to produce well, posting only 33 yards on eight catches. Diggs had an off day, only netting .8 yards per route run. Diggs has had two down weeks now but has a great matchup against the New Orleans Saints defense this week. The Saints have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers in the league this year. The one obstacle that may get in Diggs’s way is if the New Orleans Saints end up trading for Patrick Peterson. Who knows if that will even happen, so fire up Diggs with confidence.
3. Julio Jones (12 targets)
Jones last week: #2
Julio Jones kept his touchdown drought alive on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. Jones caught nine passes for 104 yards. It wasn’t for lack of trying, as Jones was targeted a couple of times in the end zone. Maybe the bye week is exactly what Jones, Matt Ryan, and OC Steve Sarkisian need to figure out how to get Julio a touchdown. We shall see when the Falcons return in Week 9 to take on Washington.
4. Devin Funchess, O’Dell Beckham Jr (11 targets)
Funchess last week: not on list
OBJ last week: #14
Devin Funchess had a nice day for the Carolina Panthers, going for a 6/62/1 line. Funchess posted an impressive average of 10.3 yards per reception and avoided a tackle as well. The Panthers take on the stout Baltimore Ravens defense next week, which could mean trouble for Funchess. The Ravens have allowed the third-least points to WRs so far this season.
Beckham Jr had a productive day, going for 143 yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football. The Giants offensive woes still haven’t gone away, and cost them the win against the Falcons. OBJ and the Giants take on Washington next week.
5. Mike Evans, Alshon Jeffery, Adam Thielen, Tyreek Hill (10 targets)
Evans last week: not on list
Jeffery last week: #4
Thielen last week: #2
Hill last week: #4
Mike Evans caught seven passes for 107 yards on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Evans also averaged 15.3 yards per reception. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to get another win next week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Alshon Jeffery has kept up his production for the Eagles since his return from injury. Jeffery had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers last week. Jeffery avoided two tackles as well. The Eagles will take on the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars next week, but be wary. Although Jacksonville’s offense is struggling, their defense against wide receivers is still the best in the league, giving up the least fantasy points so far this year.
Adam Thielen once again continues his record-breaking season, posting 110 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions. Thielen is truly in the conversation for the best WR in the league. Not only is he consistent, but his numbers are exceptional. Thielen and the Vikings take on the exploitable New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football in week 8. That one is sure to be a shootout.
Tyreek Hill found paydirt once again this week. Hill was able to produce 68 yards and one touchdown (not to mention a highlight reel hurdle over a defender) on seven catches in the Chiefs’ blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Hill and star QB Patrick Mahomes look to continue their successful season against the Denver Broncos this week.
6. Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, Robby Anderson (9 targets)
Crabtree last week: #14
Thomas last week: Bye
Anderson last week: not on list
Michael Crabtree continues to win the target share in the surprisingly prolific Baltimore Ravens offense this year. Crabtree caught five passes for 66 yards in the narrow loss to the New Orleans Saints. The problem with firing up Crabtree is that the Ravens also like to throw to John Brown and Willie Snead IV, so you’re never really sure who will have the hot hand. The Ravens take on the Carolina Panthers this week, who have been a middle of the road defense against WRs.
Michael Thomas returned from the bye week rejuvenated, finding the end zone for the first time since week 2. Thomas caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, helping the Saints seal their victory over the Ravens. Thomas has been one of the most dependable receivers so far this year, catching 91.4% of his targets. The Saints look to get a win over the Minnesota Vikings in week 8.
Robby Anderson was the most targeted receiver for the ailing New York Jets this past week, although he didn’t produce much with his opportunities. Anderson only caught three passes for 44 yards. The Jets are very thin at receiver, especially after releasing QB-to-WR convert Terrelle Pryor and having to sit Quincy Enunwa after a high ankle sprain. The Jets go up against the Chicago Bears this week, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs this year.
Check back next week to see if any of your players made the Target Hogs list!