Hello everyone, and welcome back to Target Hogs! I hope you all fared well in matchups. Which players ate up all the targets this week? Let’s find out.
- Amari Cooper, Robert Woods, Michael Thomas (13 targets)
None of these players were on the list last week.
Amari Cooper really likes making Dallas look like geniuses concerning his midseason trade. Cooper went absolutely bonkers, catching 10 of his targets for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Everyone knows the Philadelphia secondary has been decimated by injuries this year, and the Cowboys definitely took advantage of that. Two of Cooper’s touchdowns and 130 yards were from three of his deep targets and he ended up with 3.88 yards per route run. The Cowboys have a tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in week 15.
The Los Angeles Rams could not get any offense going against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, so it was surprising to see Robert Woods on the list. Woods managed to catch seven passes for 61 yards. There really wasn’t much to celebrate after the Rams lost to Chicago. The Rams take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football this week, so expect a big day from most of the Rams offense.
Michael Thomas continued his efficient rampage on defenses against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Saints took a while to get going, but Thomas was still able to chalk up an 11/98/0 line. Thomas has cemented himself in the conversation of the best WRs in the league and looks to continue his success against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.
2. Julian Edelman, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyreek Hill, TY Hilton (12 targets)
Smith-Schuster last week: #6
Julian Edelman had one of his best games of the season, but the Patriots couldn’t stop the last-second miracle play that gave the Miami Dolphins the win. Edelman posted a 9/86/1 line and 2.05 yards per route run. The Patriots have a tough matchup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are looking to bounce back after an awful loss to the Oakland Raiders.
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a fantastic fantasy day which was unfortunately overshadowed by the Steelers somehow losing to the Raiders. JuJu finished with eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, which is impressive considering that Ben Roethlisberger leaving the Steelers to roll with Josh Dobbs for a few series. The Steelers now face a tough road to clinch a playoff spot, as they’re up against the New England Patriots this week and the New Orleans Saints the following week.
Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs barely escaped with an overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens last week. Hill had an impressive outing even with Travis Kelce catching almost everything thrown his way. Tyreek the Freak caught eight passes for a massive 139 yards to elevate the Chiefs to a win. Kansas City faces an intriguing matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers next week. My bold take? Chargers win. I’m also up against Mahomes in a playoff matchup, so that could have something to do with it… But really, I would not be surprised at all to see the Chargers come away with the win. Either way, fire up Hill with confidence.
TY Hilton went off in the Colts’ win over the Houston Texans even after missing practice all week. Hilton caught nine passes for 199 yards, giving those who played him in .5/full PPR a twenty-piece, even without reaching pay dirt. TY looks to continue his success against the Dallas Cowboys next week. Hilton had a nice average of 22.1 yards per catch. With Pittsburgh dropping last week’s game, the Colts have a real shot at slipping into the Wild Card spot if they can continue their momentum.
3. Davante Adams, Julio Jones (11 targets)
Davante Adams and the Packers got the win in their first game with previous head coach Mike McCarthy. Adams ripped the Falcons defense for 81 yards and a touchdown on only seven catches. With his 12th touchdown catch so far this year, Adams is tied with Antonio Brown for most touchdowns by a wide receiver this season. It will be interesting to see how new HC Joe Philbin puts his own touch on the Packers offense, especially against the Chicago Bears this week, who completely shut down the Los Angeles Rams next week. The Packers vs Bears game is one fantasy fans should be very intrigued by this week.
We can definitely put the “Julio Jones doesn’t score touchdowns” narrative to rest now. Jones found the end zone twice last week, adding 106 yards on eight total catches. Although the Falcons’ season has been less than ideal, Jones has scored five times and leads the NFL in targets this season. The Falcons are up against the Arizona Cardinals this week, so expect Julio to put up some big numbers.
4. Chris Godwin, Dede Westbrook, Tim Patrick, Donte Moncrief (10 targets)
None of these players made the list last week.
Chris Godwin…Yikes. Or, more appropriately, Jameis Winston… YIKES. Godwin racked up 10 targets but only was able to reel in one target for 13 yards. Not only was that a bad stat line, but Godwin also lost a fumble. He’d probably love to get a do-over on this one. The Buccaneers face one of the toughest defenses in the league this week in the Baltimore Ravens, so don’t have too high of expectations for Godwin to bounce back.
Dede Westbrook and teammate Donte Moncrief had 10 targets apiece last week in the Jaguars’ loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. Westbrook made more of his targets, finishing with a 7/88/1 line. Moncrief was a little less efficient, only hauling in five of his targets for 47 yards. The Jags offense is almost painful to watch, and honestly, their defense hasn’t been much better this year. Westbrook, Moncrief, and company look to improve in their matchup against a struggling Washington team this week.
Tim Patrick? Who’s that? Don’t worry, everyone else is asking that too. Patrick was an Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA) signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, but he never made an appearance in a game until this season for the Denver Broncos. Patrick had ten targets so far all season, but after Emmanuel Sanders went down with an unfortunate Achilles’ injury, Patrick had to step it up. He matched his total targets on the entire season in just this one game, catching seven of them for 85 yards. Patrick might be a good pickup for those in extremely deep leagues (even better for dynasty).
Honorable Mention: Ezekiel Elliott (13 targets)
Ezekiel Elliott had as many targets as any of the wide receivers this week and it paid off big time for the Cowboys. Zeke had 12 catches for 79 yards receiving, while also adding 113 rushing yards on 28 attempts. Since the addition of Amari Cooper has opened up the receiving game, Zeke has seen the benefit on his rushing game as well. The Dallas Cowboys will try to hold onto their current playoff position when they face the Indianapolis Colts this week.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading! Good luck in your matchups this week. As always, check here for last week’s edition of Target Hogs, and give me a follow on Twitter (@katiebabs23).