Welcome to Target Hogs – the weekly article that breaks down where all the targets are going in the league. You can check out last week’s article here. A little side note before we dive in – I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Spend it with those you love, give back, and eats lots of food.
Now, let’s get into the football!
- Stefon Diggs (18 targets)
Diggs last week: not on list
With Thielen taking the slot and most of the defense’s attention, Stefon Diggs was able to go off for 126 yards and one touchdown on 13 catches. Diggs and Adam Thielen are arguably the best WR tandem in the league but it feels like it’s either Diggs or Thielen going off each week – rarely both. They’ll both need to be on point in order to defeat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
2. Kenny Golladay (14 targets)
Golladay last week: #1
If you’re looking for a sophomore slump, look elsewhere. Kenny Golladay has been forced to take on a bigger role since the Golden Tate trade. Golladay caught eight passes for 113 yards and one touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in week eleven. The Lions will have a big challenge on tap when they take on the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving morning. The Bears defense has been formidable, so don’t be surprised when Matt Stafford struggles to get the ball out.
3. Tyreek Hill, Tre’Quan Smith, Antonio Brown (13 targets)
Hill last week: #4
Smith last week: not on list
Brown last week: not on list
Tyreek Hill had a monster showing in the highest scoring game in the history of the NFL. Yes, you read that right. This game was highlight reel play after highlight reel play. Tyreek the Freak finished the game with ten catches for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hill is cementing himself into the “best receiver in the league” conversation. Hill and the Chiefs will rest in week 12 but will get a juicy matchup against the Oakland Raiders when they return in week 13.
Welcome to Target Hogs, Tre’Quan Smith! Smith had a huge day against the struggling Eagles’ secondary, posting a 10/157/1 line. He also posted 5.23 yards per route run, one of the best so far this season for a wide receiver. The Saints are absolutely rolling and you have to wonder if anyone will be able to beat them down the stretch. Expect Smith to have a big role again as the Saints take on the burnable Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving evening.
Antonio Brown struggled at the beginning of the game, as did his QB Ben Roethlisberger. Once the pair got going Brown was able to break off a huge play for a 70-yard touchdown, which helped saved his fantasy day and the Steelers’ win. Pittsburgh will take on the Denver Broncos in week 12.
4. Davante Adams, Brandin Cooks (12 targets)
Adams last week: not on list
Cooks last week: #1
Davante Adams had a career-high 166 yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football last week. Adams had two huge plays that combined for 98 receiving yards, which more than made up for him not finding the end zone in the loss. The Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings in week 12. With Geronimo Allison on IR and no timetable set for Randall Cobb’s return, it will continue to be Davante Adams leading the Packers’ receiving attack.
Brandin Cooks had a few game-saving plays for the Rams in the game-of-the-ages against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Cooks finished with eight catches for 107 yards, but his impact on the field felt was felt much more than that. Cooks had a crucial catch to keep the Rams’ game-winning drive alive. Cooks and the Rams will rest in week 12, but take on the Detroit Lions when they return in week 13.
5. Keenan Allen, Tyler Boyd, Robert Woods (11 targets)
Allen last week: #5
Boyd last week: not on list
Woods last week: not on list
Keenan Allen continued his strong season this week with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ loss to the Denver Broncos. Allen caught all five of his slot targets and his only deep target as well. The Chargers are in playoff contention and will have to step it up this week against the Arizona Cardinals if they want to stay in the hunt for a wildcard spot.
Tyler Boyd has become Andy Dalton’s go-to receiver in AJ Green’s absence, which could throw a wrench into Boyd’s usage if Green makes it back to the field this week. Boyd had a slightly disappointing day against the Baltimore Ravens, only catching four of his 11 targets for 71 yards. The only bright spot was his average of 9.5 yards after the catch. Depending on if Green is able to return from injury this week, Boyd may be in for another disappointing week against the Cleveland Browns.
Robert Woods had another a decent week for the Los Angeles Rams, turning only four catches into 72 yards and one touchdown. Woods averaged 18 yards per reception in the Monday Night Football win over the Chiefs. Woods could’ve had an even bigger week if he had been able to reel in his other two deep targets. Woods has a tantalizing matchup against the Oakland Raiders in week 13 after he returns from bye.
6. Doug Baldwin, Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster (10 targets)
None of these players made the list last week.
Doug Baldwin is the first Seahawk to make the Target Hogs list so far this season. Baldwin caught seven targets for 52 yards and one touchdown. Baldwin was quoted the other day saying his knee is finally feeling better, which may have contributed to his uptick in targets. Whether this target share continues or not is yet to be seen, as the Seahawks have been dead set on establishing the run this season. Baldwin and the Hawks take on the Carolina Panthers this week in a game that has intense playoff implications.
Adam Thielen was targeted 10 times but only managed to produce a 7/66/0 line. Thielen probably doesn’t mind, though, as his play in the last game triggered a contract bonus worth over half a million dollars. As stated above, Thielen and Diggs will both need to produce Sunday Night against the Packers in order to secure a W.
Juju Smith-Schuster makes another appearance on the Target Hogs after catching eight passes for 104 receiving yards. The Steelers have consistently been utilizing both Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster almost equally. There have only been two weeks (not including their week seven bye) where Juju and AB weren’t on this list. The Steelers take on the Denver Broncos in week 12.
Honorable Mention: Travis Kelce (15 targets) and Jordan Reed (11 targets)
Travis Kelce had 15 targets in the shootout that was Monday Night Football. Kelce caught ten passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. He would’ve had an even bigger game if not for some costly drops. Kelce absolutely ripped the Rams up the middle and out of the slot, securing his spot as TE1 for the entire fantasy season so far.
Jordan Reed had a surprisingly great day as well, catching seven passes for 71 yards and a score. Reed has been active for every single game so far this season (knock on wood). Reed has yet to stay healthy for an entire season since he entered the NFL, so fans who took a chance drafting him are sure glad to see it pay off so far.
That’s all for this week! Now get off the internet and go have a Happy Thanksgiving!!