Welcome back to this week’s edition of Target Hogs! Did one of your receivers lead the league in targets in week nine? Let’s find out!
- Michael Thomas (15 targets)
Thomas last week: not on list
Michael Thomas went beast mode on the formerly unbeaten Los Angeles Rams last week, ripping their secondary every chance he got. Thomas turned his 15 targets into a monstrous 12/211/1 line. It’s unfortunate that a lot of people wanted to scold Thomas for his throwback cellphone celebration rather than discuss his out-of-this-world performance. MT is cementing himself as one of the top five receivers in the league with an incredible 88.6% catch rate. The Saints take on the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. The Saints did just sign veteran WR Dez Bryant, so fans will want to pay close attention to how that addition impacts MT’s target share.
2. Maurice Harris, DeAndre Hopkins (12 targets)
Harris last week: not on list
Hopkins last week: not on list
Injuries to Washington wideouts have allowed wide receiver Maurice Harris to burst onto the scene. Harris has slowly been upping his target share with Paul Richardson struggling to stay healthy and cemented himself as Alex Smith’s WR1 this week after posting 10 catches for 124 yards. With Richardson landing on IR after an AC joint injury. Expect Harris to have a strong week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have one of the worst defenses in the league.
DeAndre Hopkins had another big week for the Houston Texans, catching 10 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. Hopkins has been very consistent as a WR1 most of the season, but the Texans still haven’t quite found their way yet. It’s no fault of Nuk’s, though, as he’s PFF’s highest graded receiver so far this season. The Texans are on bye this week, but they face Washington in week ten.
3. Keenan Allen, Corey Davis, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, Emmanuel Sanders (10 targets)
Edelman was the only one who made the list last week, coming in at #4.
Keenan Allen destroyed the Seahawks’ secondary, piling up 124 yards on six catches. Allen posted an average of 20.7 yards per reception and posted an impressive 4.96 yards per route run. The Chargers barely eked out a win against the Hawks, but they take on the lowly Oakland Raiders next week. Those who have Allen in fantasy should enjoy a big week from him.
Corey Davis caught six targets but was only able to deliver 54 yards with them. The Titans looked the best they have arguably all season against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, but Corey Davis was still unable to bust out. The Titans have been rather painful to watch this season, but their matchup against the New England Patriots is intriguing. It may be a much closer game than people are expecting. This would be the perfect opportunity for Davis to come alive.
Julio Jones truthers can finally rejoice! Jones found the end zone for the first time in forever, throwing up a monster 7/121/1 line. Make no mistake, Jones is Matty Ice’s number one no matter what. Jones has been impressive all season and those who have him in fantasy can finally stop waiting for the drought to end. The curse is broken, but will he be able to score again against the Cleveland Browns in week ten? We shall see.
Antonio Brown leads all WRs in touchdowns so far this year, and he added another one (plus 42 yards) against the Ravens last week. Brown may not be posting as many yards as he did in previous years, but he’s still arguably the best receiver in the NFL. AB and company take on the Carolina Panthers next week. The Panthers have been decent against wide receivers this year, but the tandem of AB and JuJu Smith-Schuster will be a true test for them.
Julian Edelman caught six passes for 71 yards against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Edelman was not the star of the show this week, but if Rob Gronkowski continues to battle with injuries, the receiving duo of Edelman and counterpart Josh Gordon will have to continue to step up. The Patriots take on the Tennessee Titans in week ten.
Emmanuel Sanders caught six passes for 47 yards. Everyone thought the departure of Demaryius Thomas in the trade with the Houston Texans would open up more targets for Sanders and rookie receiver Courtland Sutton, but Sanders did not see much of an uptick in usage or production. It’s no secret that the Broncos have been struggling, and Thomas’s interviews have shown that the QB position is only part of the issue with the team. The Broncos have a break this week on bye but face the Los Angeles Chargers when they return in week ten.
4. Josh Gordon, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Calvin Ridley, Robert Woods, Davante Adams, Kelvin Benjamin (9 targets)
None of these players made the list last week.
Josh Gordon exploded for the New England Patriots last week, catching five passes for 130 yards and one touchdown. Gordon had a huge night in the Patriots’ win, and it was a night Gordon truthers have been waiting for all season. Tom Brady seems to hold Gordon in high regard, and it is showing on the field. Gordon averaged an incredible 26.0 yards per reception. Gordon will see if he can keep up his impressive play against the Tennessee Titans in week ten.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has been one of the most consistent names on the Target Hogs list so far this season. JuJu caught seven passes for 78 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. He and AB will team up against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.
Calvin Ridley had an impressive game for the Falcons, posting 71 yards and one touchdown on six catches. Ridley also caught all three of his deep targets. The Falcons take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in their week ten matchup.
Robert Woods was the most targeted receiver for the Los Angeles Rams against the New Orleans Saints last week. Woods caught five passes for 71 yards. Everything was going in the Saints favor for most of the game, so it is not surprising that the Rams didn’t have a huge offensive showing. Don’t fret, though, as the Rams take on the Seattle Seahawks in week ten. They’ve already beaten the Seahawks once this year, and Woods had a decent day the last time they matched up, catching five passes for 72 yards before leaving the game with an injury.
Davante Adams caught six passes for 40 yards and one touchdown in the Packers’ loss to the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Adams has consistently been Rogers’ favorite target with Geronimo Allison out and Randall Cobb still managing his injuries. Expect Adams to be a WR1 again this week when the Packers take on the Miami Dolphins.
Kelvin Benjamin got nine targets on Sunday but was only able to catch four passes for 40 yards. The Bills are a straight up dumpster fire. Benjamin must be so happy to have someone besides Cam Newton throwing to him, right? At this point, it doesn’t even matter who the Bills have as their QB1, they’re still going to get crushed. The New York Jets look to be the next team to blow out the Bills on Sunday morning.
That’s all for this week!
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