Welcome back to Target Hogs! Each week, we are looking at who is scooping up the most targets in the passing game. If you want to check out last week’s edition, click here. Let’s get into week 4! There are some very surprising additions to the list this week.
Davis last week: Not on list
Corey Davis makes the Target Hogs list for the first time this season after having the type of game his fantasy managers have been waiting for all season. Davis hauled in nine catches for 161 and the game-clinching touchdown as the Titans took down the Philadelphia Eagles. If Marcus Mariota can stay healthy, Davis is an intriguing option down the road. Davis racked up 17.9 yards per reception against the Eagles defense. The Titans take on the Buffalo Bills this week, so look for Davis to have a big day again in week 5.
Stefon Diggs, Keke Coutee
Diggs last week: Not on list
Coutee last week: Not on list
Stefon Diggs and the Vikings played an intense offensive game against the Rams last Thursday night, lighting up the scoreboard (and stat sheet). Diggs turned his 14 targets into 11 catches for 123 yards. Although he didn’t find the end zone, Diggs has shown that both he and his counterpart Adam Thielen can both keep up their heavy involvement in a talented Vikings offense. Part of what makes Diggs elite is his elusiveness, as he avoided three tackles and averaged 8.0 yards after contact. The Vikings take on the Philadelphia Eagles in week five, so look for them to attack the Eagles’ struggling cornerbacks (I’m looking at you, Jalen Mills).
Keke Coutee is a appearing on the Target Hogs list for the first time after garnering 14 targets in the Houston Texans’ first win of the season. Coutee was able to catch 11 passes for 109 yards to help the Texans overcome the Indianapolis Colts last week. His usage was surprising for most spectators, as this was the first time he’s really contributed this year. If Deshaun Watson has found his new WR2, Coutee could be in for a very big year.
Tyreek Hill, Tyler Boyd, DeAndre Hopkins
Hill last week: Not on list
Boyd last week: Not on list
Hopkins last week: #11
Tyreek Hill was rather inefficient this week, only posting 54 yards on his nine catches. The Chiefs took to the ground and utilized Kareem Hunt to beat the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, so Hill wasn’t needed as much as usual. The Chiefs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in week five, which should be an intriguing matchup as one of the league’s best offenses goes head to head against one of the best defenses.
Tyler Boyd saw a season-high 13 targets after Tyler Eifert left the game with a horrific ankle injury (and haircut. Too soon?). Boyd caught 11 of his targets for an even 100 yards receiving. With Eifert out for the remainder of the season following ankle surgery, look for Boyd to scoop up Eifert’s extra targets. Sure, AJ Green might take some of them, but Boyd is still in a great spot as Andy Dalton’s WR2.
DeAndre Hopkins is one of the few players to make the Target Hogs list all four weeks of NFL action so far. Hopkins secured 10 of his 13 targets to bring home 169 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. Hopkins has proven to be an elite WR1, even with the offensive struggles in Houston, and is a set-and-forget for all those who have him in fantasy.
Julio Jones, Davante Adams
Jones last week: Not on list
Adams last week: Not on list
Julio Jones continues to be a monster on the field, hauling in nine catches for 173 yards. Jones amassed an incredible 4.81 yards per route run, one of the highest in the league. Although he might be allergic to the end zone, Jones still puts up good enough numbers to remain one of the best WRs to have on your team. Sure, he might not have scored a touchdown yet this season, but don’t lose faith quite yet. The Falcons face the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, who have allowed the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Don’t be surprised if Julio finally finds pay dirt in week five.
Davante Adams reeled in 8 catches for 81 yards in week four. In his first game of the season without a touchdown, Adams still produced a decent line for those who have him in fantasy. If Randall Cobb is out again this week, both Adams and Geronimo Allison will see more targets. The Packers face the Detroit Lions this week which could easily turn into a shootout of epic proportions.
Adam Thielen, Cooper Kupp, Antonio Brown, Chester Rogers, Dede Westbrook, Amari Cooper
Thielen last week: #1
Kupp last week: Not on list
Brown last week: #11
Rogers last week: Not on list
Westbrook last week: Not on list
Cooper last week: Not on list
Adam Thielen makes the list once again, this time hauling in eight catches for 135 yards and one touchdown last Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams in an exciting shootout. Thielen played a well-rounded game, catching 4 of his 5 targets from the slot and both of his deep targets. Kirk Cousins loves throwing to Thielen, which he’ll have plenty of chances to do this week against the Eagles, who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs this year.
Cooper Kupp has made the Target Hogs list for the first time. Kupp had a monstrous game, slashing Minnesota’s defense for 162 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches, as well as an impressive 4.76 yards per route run. Kupp heads to his home state of Washington in week five to take on the Seattle Seahawks, who just lost Earl Thomas to a lower leg injury. There are a lot of mouths to feed in this Los Angeles offense, but Jared Goff has been finding a way to keep them all eating, and (this pains me to say as a Seahawk fan), Seattle won’t be stopping him anytime soon.
Antonio Brown has continued his regression to average production this week, catching only five of his 11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. If he hadn’t found the end zone, fantasy managers may have been calling for his head. The Steelers are having trouble getting much of anything going offensively. The news of Le’Veon Bell possibly returning after their week seven bye may help, but if Roethlisberger and Brown can’t find their rhythm again, we may be doomed to see mediocre performances from Brown for the rest of the season. Next week will be a huge opportunity for Brown and Roethlisberger to bounce back against the Atlanta Falcons, whose defense has had more than their fair share of injuries.
Chester Rogers is another newcomer to the Target Hogs list as well, and with TY Hilton slated to sit out week five with a hamstring injury, he may be here to stay. Though he’s only caught one touchdown in his entire NFL career, the Colts may have to feature him heavily next week to fill the absence of Hilton and injured TE Jack Doyle. Rogers has been extremely efficient over the 2018 season so far with an 80% reception rate. Look for Rogers as a deep sleeper on Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots.
Dede Westbrook had a huge game to help lift the Jacksonville Jaguars over the New York Jets on Sunday. Westbrook totaled 130 yards and nine catches on the day, as well as adding three avoided tackles. The Jaguars have been surpassing expectations after losing Marqise Lee for the year in the preseason, as Keelan Cole and Westbrook have clearly taken up the slack in Lee’s absence. The Jaguars take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs next week, which is bound to be an exciting game.
Amari Cooper had a huge game in the Oakland Raiders’ first win of the season. Cooper caught eight passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Derek Carr seems to be finally starting to build some rapport with Cooper. The Raiders take on the LA Chargers this week, who have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to receivers so far this season. Look for Cooper to have another big week as the Raiders vie for their second win on the season.
Honorable Mention: Zach Ertz (13 targets), Jared Cook, Travis Kelce (12 targets)
Zach Ertz led all tight ends this week with 13 targets. Ertz caught ten passes for 112 yards. The return of Alshon Jeffery didn’t seem to impact Ertz’s usage all that much, which those who have him in fantasy should be very happy about. Ertz was targeted in the slot nine times, reeling in seven of those targets. Ertz will continue to be a top-3 TE option throughout the season.
Jared Cook had a big workload again this week, garnering 12 targets. Cook converted those targets into eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Raiders secure their first victory. No one expected for Cook to be such a huge part of the Oakland offense, but those who have rostered him in fantasy are profiting greatly off of his massive performances throughout the 2018 season.
Travis Kelce had a quiet first half during Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos but then exploded onto the scene during the remaining two quarters. Kelce caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. With Patrick Mahomes behind the wheel, Kelce’s stock is going nowhere but up for the foreseeable future.
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