Welcome back to this week’s edition of Target Hogs! Let’s see if your players were among the most targeted receivers this week! If you’d like to check out last week’s edition, click here.
- Mike Evans (13 targets)
Evans last week: #5
Mike Evans leads the receivers this week with 13 targets. Evans had a monster game once the Buccaneers benched Jameis Winston in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick (also known as FitzMagic). Evans and FitzMagic connected on three deep balls, helping to push Evans into one of the top fantasy WR spots this week. Finishing with an impressive 6/179/1 line, Evans added a cherry on top with his average of 29.8 yards per catch. With FitzMagic slated to start next week against the Carolina Panthers, Mike Evans’s ceiling should rise a bit.
2. Golden Tate, Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry (12 targets)
Tate last week: not on list
Fitz last week: not on list
Landry last week: #1
Golden Tate caught seven passes for fifty yards against the Seattle Seahawks in week eight. Marvin Jones Jr. had a huge day for the Lions, so Tate didn’t have to do much. This article is being written prior to the trade deadline, and some teams have been inquiring about Tate, so keep an eye on his status throughout the day (and week, if he does get traded).
Larry Fitzgerald looked like his old self against the San Francisco 49ers, popping off for 102 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. The Cardinals get a bye this week, which comes at a perfect time for them to try to revamp their offense with new coordinator Byron Leftwich. The Cards take on the Kansas City Chiefs once they return to action, which may be a surprisingly exploitable fantasy matchup for Fitz.
Jarvis Landry caught eight passes as well, but only converted those into 39 yards. Landry has been struggling, but this week’s shakeups as the Browns fired both HC Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley could be just the thing the Browns need to get back on track. The Browns will be an interesting team to watch as they try to sort through the internal chaos and win a few more games this season. They take on the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
3. O’Dell Beckham Jr., Stefon Diggs (11 targets)
OBJ last week: #3
Diggs last week: #2
O’Dell Beckham Jr. caught eight passes for 136 yards and no touchdowns in the New York Giants’ loss to Washington last week. Even with a highlight-reel-worthy one-handed catch, OBJ can’t save the Giants from their offensive woes. Watching Eli Manning play football is downright painful. Outside of their QB, the Giants have tools around them to win some games. The question now becomes, will Manning get benched at some point this season? We will have to see. The Giants are on bye this week but face the San Francisco 49ers when they return in week ten.
Stefon Diggs had a major comeback after a few down weeks, catching ten of his 11 targets for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ loss to the New Orleans Saints. Diggs and counterpart Adam Thielen are doing everything they can to keep the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff hopes alive, but if the offensive line can’t figure out how to keep Kirk Cousins free of pressure, it will all be for not. The Vikings take on the Detroit Lions this week, who will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
4. Willie Snead IV, Adam Humphries, Julian Edelman, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Boyd (10 targets)
Snead last week: not on list
Humphries last week: #6
Edelman last week: #6
Kearse last week: not on list
Boyd last week: not on list
Willie Snead IV saw plenty of opportunities against the Carolina Panthers last week but as only able to convert his ten targets into five catches for 54 yards. The Ravens’ usually prolific receiving corps did not find the end zone at all – their three touchdowns were scored by TE Hayden Hurst, and both backs Alex Collins and Buck Allen. Look for the Ravens receivers to bounce back against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points this year.
Adam Humphries make the list once again this week. Humphries seemed to be a favorite target of Jameis Winston, so it will be interesting to see if his target share is impacted by the return of Ryan Fitzpatrick to the starting lineup. Humphries caught seven passes for 76 yards and avoided three tackles against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Bucs take on the Carolina Panthers in week nine.
Julian Edelman lit up Monday Night Football with nine catches for 104 yards but was unable to find the end zone in the Patriots’ win over the lowly Buffalo Bills. Edelman stepped up big time in a game where Rob Gronkowski basically disappeared and Josh Gordon was supposedly being punished for tardiness (it was reported that Gordon was supposed to sit most of the first quarter, but ended up starting the game). The Patriots have a shootout matchup this week against the Green Bay Packers, so look for Edelman to keep eating up those targets, especially if Gronk doesn’t show up.
Jermaine Kearse emerged as the target share leader for the New York Jets this week, netting ten targets. That sounds great on paper, but Kearse was wildly ineffective, only catching three targets for thirty yards. The Jets looked promising at the beginning of the season, but injury woes and the pains of teaching a rookie QB have caught up with them. Kearse and company look to get things back on track against the Miami Dolphins in week nine.
Tyler Boyd might be a fantasy MVP after his performance against the Baltimore Ravens last week. Boyd turned ten targets into a 9/138/1 line. While averaging 15.3 yards per reception, Boyd was very efficient, posting 3.83 yards per route run. Boyd has seen high volume since Tyler Eifert went down with his ankle injury and has even been outplaying veteran superstar AJ Green. The Bengals are on bye this week, but face the New Orleans Saints when they return in week 10.
5. Marvin Jones Jr., DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Sammy Watkins (9 targets)
None of these players have made the list so far this season.
Marvin Jones Jr. returned from the dead, going off against the Seattle Seahawks for a 7/117/2 line. Jones had been relatively quiet so far this season and waited until a lot of fantasy players had benched him to go off. The Lions have an elite receiving trio in Jones, Tate, and Kenny Golladay, but have yet to figure out how to have more than one of them go off in the same game. If they can get all three consistently producing at the same time…watch out. The Lions play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
DeVante Parker was active for his second week in a row and found himself eating up the targets against the Houston Texans last Thursday. Parker had an insane play that most people have marveled at by now, where QB Brock Osweiler threw the ball to receiver Jakeem Grant, but the ball deflected off Grant’s defender’s helmet, popping up into the air and landing in Parker’s hands for a 46-yard play. Parker finished with six catches for 134 yards and averaged 22.3 yards per catch, thanks to the helmet play. The Dolphins take on the struggling New York Jets in week nine.
Kendrick Bourne (who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, in case you didn’t know) caught seven of his nine targets last week for 71 yards. Bourne is only the second 49ers player to make the list so far this season, as they continue to struggle with passing woes after QB Jimmy Garoppolo went down with ACL injury. The Niners take on the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football this week.
Sammy Watkins truthers rejoice! Watkins had a huge week for the Chiefs, popping off for 107 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Watkins was efficient out of the slot, too, catching four of his five targets there. The Chiefs keep rolling as the number one offense in the league, and they hope to keep it up against the Cleveland Browns this week.
Check back in Week 10 to see who led the league in targets!