Welcome to Target Hogs, a weekly piece that details Week 6 most targeted players. Did one of your players eat up the opportunity share last week? Let’s find out!
- Davante Adams (14 targets)
Adams last week:#6
Davante Adams had a huge week for those who are lucky enough to roster him in fantasy. He found the end zone once in the first quarter, again in the fourth quarter, and then added a few catches to get the Packers into field goal range. Mason Crosby then came in and won the game with what was sure to be a redeeming kick for him after having a horrendous game last week (missing four field goals and one PAT). With Cobb and Allison still out nursing hamstring injuries, Adams is clearly Rodgers’s go-to receiver. If Cobb and Allison are held out again next week, expect Adams to have most of the targets once again. Adams finished the game with ten catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers have a tough matchup next week against the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams.
2-3. Julio Jones, Adam Thielen (13 targets)
Jones last week:#14
Thielen last week: #10
Julio Jones amassed 143 yards on ten catches Sunday in the Falcons’ win over Tampa Bay. Julio still didn’t manage to find the end zone, much to fantasy players’ chagrin. Jones and the Falcons take on the New York Giants this week but don’t expect Julio’s end zone draught to end here. The Giants have actually been very effective defending receivers this year, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to receivers in the league.
Adam Thielen continues his record-breaking season, notching his third game with over 100 receiving yards. Thielen also leads the NFL in targets so far on the season. The Vikings won out over the Arizona Cardinals, while Thielen racked up 123 receiving yards and a touchdown. Expect Thielen to keep his production up as the Vikings take on the New York Jets this week, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers this year.
4-6. AJ Green, Alshon Jeffery, Tyreek Hill (12 targets)
Green last week: #10
Jeffery last week: not on list
Hill last week: not on list
AJ Green returns for his second consecutive week on the Target Hogs list, coming in with 12 targets. Green caught 7 passes for 85 yards in Cincinnati’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green worked well out of the slot, catching three of his four targets there. Green has a great matchup this week against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs’ defense. Look for both Green and fellow Bengal receiver Tyler Boyd to make the list again next week.
Alshon Jeffery sure isn’t wasting any time getting back in the swing of things with the Philadelphia offense. After a down week against the Vikings in week five, Jeffery had a huge day, raking in 74 yards and two touchdowns to put the Eagles over the New York Giants. It is abundantly clear that Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz are the most valuable players for the Eagles fantasy-wise.
Tyreek Hill had another explosive game for the Kansas City Chiefs in their first loss of the season in week six. Hill nabbed seven catches for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even with his talent, Hill is still extremely prone to a boom-or-bust performance based on whoever has the “hot hand” in the Chiefs offense. Hill has an intriguing matchup in what is sure to be a shootout with the Cincinnati Bengals in week seven. The Bengals have given up the tenth-most fantasy points to receivers, so expect Hill (and the rest of his counterparts) to have a lot of opportunities.
7-13. Willie Snead IV, Robert Woods, Chester Rogers, Emmanuel Sanders, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Cole Beasley, Danny Amendola (10 targets)
None of these receivers made the list in week five.
Willie Snead IV led the Baltimore Ravens in targets in their shutout win over the Tennessee Titans last week. The Ravens receivers seem to be taking turns busting out each week and their production is anything but predictable. Snead had his turn this week, catching seven of his ten targets and converting them into 60 yards receiving. Baltimore takes on the porous New Orleans Saints defense this week, and it’s anyone’s guess which one of the Ravens receivers will have a day.
Robert Woods stepped up big-time with Brandin Cooks out with a concussion and Cooper Kupp leaving the game early after a gruesome looking injury (it has since been diagnosed as a sprained MCL. The Rams are unsure if Kupp will miss time). If Cooks and Kupp can’t go this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, fire Woods up everywhere possible. The Niners are on a short week of practice after playing in the Monday Night Football game, where their defense was anything but impressive.
Chester Rogers led the Indianapolis Colts in a surprisingly high-scoring battle against the New York Jets last week, catching four of his ten targets for 55 yards and one touchdown. Rogers also avoided one tackle and averaged 15.6 yards per reception. In an offense that has been struggling to produce without tight end Jack Doyle, Rogers has stepped up to become one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets. Rogers could be a great streamer against the Buffalo Bills this week.
Emmanuel Sanders has emerged as the clear favorite target of Case Keenum. Sanders caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. With Demariyus Thomas struggling with drops, Sanders has become the only semblance of a reliable receiver in Denver. The Broncos take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals have surprisingly allowed only two touchdowns to receivers so far this season, so this matchup might not be as easy as some people want to believe. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals pull out their second win of the season on Thursday.
JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to the top of Pittsburgh’s target leader list last week, catching seven of his ten targets for 111 yards. Smith-Schuster has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers this year, sustaining his production despite the presence of Antonio Brown. JuJu worked well out of the slot, making all of his seven catches from the position. The Steelers take on the Carolina Panthers next week.
Cole Beasley stepped up for the Dallas Cowboys in their huge win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Beasley caught nine of ten targets for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Someone had to emerge for Dak Prescott to throw the ball to, and it looks like Beasley will be the one. Beasley caught eight of his targets out of the slot and posted an impressive 3.61 yards per route run. The Cowboys have an interesting matchup this week against Washington, which will be a test to see if Beasley can keep up his production.
Danny Amendola makes the list for the first time, catching eight of ten targets for 59 yards. Amendola didn’t do anything spectacular in the win over the Chicago Bears, mostly because Albert Wilson did it all. This Miami team is sneakily good, even with starting Brock Osweiler last week. As much as it pains me to say, Osweiler wasn’t even that bad. It will be interesting to see who makes the start at QB for the Dolphins this week as they take on the Detroit Lions. The Lions have given up the fourth-least fantasy points to receivers, so don’t plan on playing Amendola this week.
14-21. Jarvis Landry, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Boyd, O’Dell Beckham Jr, Chris Godwin, Michael Crabtree, Albert Wilson, Josh Gordon (9 targets)
Landry last week: #14
Kearse last week: not on list
Boyd last week: not on list
OBJ last week:#2
Godwin last week: not on list
Crabtree last week: #6
Wilson last week: not on list
Gordon last week: not on list
Jarvis Landry had a day to forget on Sunday, only catching two passes for 11 yards. Nothing went very well for the Browns (except for David Njoku). The Browns have a much better matchup on Sunday morning against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers this year. Look for Landry to have a bounce-back game, and don’t be surprised if it’s a monster.
Jermaine Kearse makes the list for the first time after Quincy Enunwa left the game with a high ankle sprain. With Enunwa potentially out for 3-4 weeks, Kearse may be a sneaky play in that time frame. Unfortunately, the Jets are playing the stout Minnesota Vikings’ defense this week, so he is probably not fantasy-relevant until week eight against the Chicago Bears.
Tyler Boyd had a monster day for the Cincinnati Bengals, catching seven passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Boyd has more than filled the void left by Tyler Eifert after his ankle basically snapped in two a few weeks ago. Boyd is a trustworthy fantasy play this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
O’Dell Beckham Jr. had a rough day on Sunday, catching six of his nine targets for only 44 yards. In OBJ’s defense, he doesn’t have a lot to work with as long as Eli Manning is his QB. OBJ is doing everything he can to produce, including avoiding 5 tackles in the receiving game. Manning has struggled mightily this year and doesn’t seem to want to throw anything more than checkdowns. Look for that to change this week when the Giants take on the Atlanta Falcons, who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. They’ve allowed the most touchdowns to wide receivers in the entire league this season, which should be encouraging for OBJ.
Chris Godwin caught six of his nine targets for 56 yards and a touchdown last week for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin was overhyped coming into the season, but Jameis Winston returning to captain the ship may bring an improvement to Godwin’s game. The Bucs take on the Cleveland Browns next Sunday morning, which will be an interesting game. The Browns’ defense was less than impressive last week and will be looking to make a statement against the Bucs.
Michael Crabtree enjoys his second consecutive week on the Target Hogs list. Crabtree racked up 93 yards and a touchdown on six catches last week. The Ravens will have many more opportunities for their receivers to score this week against the New Orleans Saints.
Albert Wilson had another breakout week, topping the league in receiving with 155 yards, while also adding two touchdowns to help lift the Dolphins over the Chicago Bears last week. Wilson posted an astounding average of 23 yards after the catch and posted 5.54 yards per route run. Wilson is a prime boom-or-bust candidate, who has more potential to bust than boom next week against the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed the fourth-least fantasy points to wide receivers, so avoid all Dolphins pass catchers next week.
Josh Gordon led the Patriots in targets last week, yet he only corralled five passes for 42 yards. The rapport between Gordon and Brady is growing, as evidenced by Brady’s mysterious Instagram post, seemingly touting Gordon’s abilities. The Patriots take on the Chicago Bears next week, and the Bears will be looking to make a statement after having an awful day against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots are hard to trust when it comes to player usage, so steer clear of Gordon for next week.
Thanks for reading! You can check out last week’s Target Hogs article here. As always, hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions or concerns @katiebabs23. See you next week!