Welcome back to Target Hogs! How did your teams do this week? Did any of your receivers lead the league in targets? Let’s find out.
- Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Kenny Golladay (12 targets)
Cooks last week: not on list
Edelman last week: #3
Golladay last week: not on list
Brandin Cooks led the Los Angeles Rams in targets in their win over the Seattle Seahawks last week. Cooks reeled in 10 catches for an even 100 yards. Cooks (and Robert Woods) will have to step up in order to keep the Rams on top of the league after fellow wideout Cooper Kupp went down with an ACL tear this past week. The Rams have a juicy matchup this week in what should be one of the biggest shootouts of the year against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
Julian Edelman caught nine of this 12 targets in the Patriots’ loss to the Tennessee Titans this past week. With Tom Brady’s go-to-guy, Rob Gronkowski out nursing multiple injuries, Edelman stepped up again for the Patriots, racking up 104 receiving yards. The Patriots just couldn’t get anything going, and haven’t looked like themselves this year. The Patriots head into their bye week now, which will be helpful for Gronk’s recovery, as well as Edelman’s, as he injured his ankle near the end of the game.
Kenny Golladay led the way for the Detroit Lions in one of their second game without veteran wide receiver Golden Tate. Golladay wasn’t very efficient, only catching six of his 12 targets, but he still managed to post 728 yards and a touchdown on those six catches. The Lions have looked especially dreadful this year and they face a tough matchup in the Carolina Panthers next week.
2. Zay Jones, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., DeVante Parker(11 targets)
Z. Jones last week: not on list
J. Jones last week: #3
OBJ last week: not on list
Parker last week: not on list
Welcome to the Target Hogs list, Zay Jones! The Buffalo Bills offense surprised everyone by going off against the New York Jets this last week. Zay Jones caught eight of his 11 targets for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills head into their bye week but take on the Jacksonville Jaguars when they return to action. Who knows, maybe starting quarterback Matt Barkley is the spark the Bills need to start winning some games.
Julio Jones fans can rejoice once again, as he found the end zone for two weeks in a row. Jones put up a 7/107/1 line this week against the Cleveland Browns, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win. The Falcons defense is just too porous, allowing the third most fantasy points in the league to wide receivers. The offense will have to crank up their production if they want to get a W against the Dallas Cowboys in week 11.
Odell Beckham Jr. was electrifying in the New York Giants’ narrow win over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. OBJ caught only four passes but turned those into 73 yards and two touchdowns. While Manning is still a disaster, if OBJ can keep up his production on limited catches, he may just be able to help the Giants make a run in the remainder of the season. The Giants take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which should be a plus matchup for OBJ.
DeVante Parker led the Miami Dolphins in targets in their loss to the Green Bay Packers in week ten. Parker caught five passes for 43 yards. The Dolphins were unable to get their offense going, scoring only field goals the entire game. Even though they started out looking strong this year, the Dolphins are going down fast. After their week 11 bye Miami will face the Indianapolis Colts.
3. Corey Davis, Josh Gordon (10 targets)
Davis last week: #3
Gordon last week: #4
Corey Davis showed up and showed out for the Tennessee Titans in their surprising trouncing of the New England Patriots. Davis had a monster day, posting 7/125/1. The Mariota-Davis connection was strong, as they mustered three completions of over twenty yards together. If Mariota can stay healthy, Davis will continue to be a strong WR1 option. According to this NFL Fantasy Football site, Davis is still available in 24.4% of leagues. If he’s out there in your league’s waiver wire, I’d try to pick him up as quickly as possible. The Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in week 11.
4. Danny Amendola, Tyreek Hill, Amari Cooper, Dede Westbrook (9 targets)
None of these players made the list last week.
Danny Amendola had a decent day for the Miami Dolphins, catching seven passes for 72 yards. As stated before, the Dolphins don’t look quite like the team they did at the beginning of the season, so it would be hard to trust starting any of their offensive players in fantasy right now.
Tyreek Hill had another huge game for the best offense in the league last week. Hill managed 7/117/2, and an average of 7.2 yards after the catch (the highest of anyone on the Target Hogs list this week). The Chiefs have a chance to keep rolling against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football this week. The Rams defense has a stout line, but their secondary has been anything but great so far this year. This may be the highest scoring matchup we will see all season, so make sure you have all your Chiefs and Rams players locked and loaded this week.
Amari Cooper has found new life as a WR1 for the Dallas Cowboys. Cooper saw nine targets this week and converted them into six catches for 75 yards against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys take on the Atlanta Falcons, who basically don’t play defense, so the chances of seeing Cooper on this list again next week are pretty high.
Dede Westbrook saw a team-high 9 targets in the Jaguars’ loss to the Colts last week. The Jags are certainly struggling this year and look almost nothing like they did last year. Westbrook only caught five of his passes for a disappointing 30 yards. Westbrook was incredibly inefficient, which is partially the fault of Blake Bortles. The Jaguars head into week 11 with a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have a burnable defense, so this week will be very telling for the Jags.
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Allen Robinson, Michael Thomas, Alshon Jeffery, Keenan Allen (8 targets)
Fitzgerald last week: not on list
Robinson last week: not on list
Thomas last week: #1
Jeffery last week: not on list
Allen last week: #3
Larry Fitzgerald was caught six of his eight targets for 50 yards. Fitzgerald also added an avoided tackle. One of Fitz’s targets was an end-zone look that was just barely overthrown by rookie QB Josh Rosen. Fitz has had an underwhelming season this year, but not for lack of trying. The Cardinals were a dumpster fire before hiring Byron Leftwich as their new OC. Don’t give up on him just yet, though. Fitz and the Cardinals take on the lowly Oakland Raiders this week, so it may just be time for a Larry comeback.
Allen Robinson looked like the Allen Robinson of old this week, going gangbusters for a 6/133/2 line. The Bears have been rolling lately, and Mitch Trubisky looks like the real deal. The Robinson-Trubisky connection is growing stronger and looks to improve even more this week as the Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
Michael Thomas continues his historic season, catching all eight of his targets this week for 70 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints have been absolutely electrifying on offense, as the combination of Drew Brees, MT, and the incredible running back duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram has proved too much for most teams. Thomas has the highest catch rate of any WR1 in the league. The Saints will take on the Philadelphia Eagles this week, and with the ACL injury to their CB Ronald Darby, it looks like MT will have plenty of opportunities to eat.
Alshon Jeffery caught four of his eight targets against the Dallas Cowboys for 48 yards. The Eagles struggled this week, dropping what should have been a relatively easy win. Their schedule only looks to get harder as they take on the New Orleans Saints this week. Although the Saints may be a good matchup for the Eagles WRs fantasy-wise, the reality of the situation is that this will be an extremely tough matchup for the Eagles as a whole.
Keenan Allen had another big week for the Chargers in their win over the Oakland Raiders. Allen went for 6/57/1. The Chargers have been rolling lately and it seems like people forget that they’ve only got two losses on the year. Allen and company matchup against the Denver Broncos in week 11.
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