With the dreaded running back by committee plauging the NFL, fantasy owners need to find added value at the position. Receiving yards and touchdowns is an obvious option and futher to that, the number of times a player is targeted by his teams quarterback. The NFL is a copy cat league and more and more teams are going to the double tight end formation to try and duplicate the great success in New England at the position.
-Are you still alive? Advancing in the playoffs? After weeks of preparation and months of following every move, every week it’s crunch time in fantasy football leagues across the country. Emerging targets may prove to be the difference between a long off-season and post season pay dirt! With the dreaded running back by committee, pass catching backs and productive tight ends are the difference between victory and defeat. Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are as reliable as it gets in the backfield, while Jimmy Graham and the Patriots tight ends are money!
A pair of running backs has solidified their place atop the running back target chart in New Orleans’ Darren Sproles and Baltimore’s Ray Rice. Chicago’s Matt Forte was amongst them, but obviously has fallen victim to season ending injury. At tight end, we also have co-leaders among the best of the best. New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham is like a wide out playing tight end and New England’s Rob Gronkowski is an absolute beast.
For those fortunate enough, playoffs are underway in many leagues. For those redrafting, targeting is an excellent guide when trying to decide among similar talent. Injuries continue to create opportunity for both running backs and tight ends across the league. With the injury to Matt Forte, Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are clearly the elite at running back with Jimmy Graham running away with things at tight end.
Some new faces surfacing in the passing game among running backs. The new faces emerging gaining opportunity due to injury and unfortunately only for the short term. We also saw some old reliable backs not getting their usual “looks” but for the most part they made up for it in the ground game.
Is Jimmy Graham the best tight end in the NFL? The answer is a resounding yes, at least from a fantasy perspective. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has targeted the former University of Miami basketball star 96 times through ten weeks off play.
Are you continuing to search for hidden gems at running back and tight end? Most ball carrying backs are long gone, but upside remains for backs in the passing game. As NFL teams employ more double tight end sets, along with H-Back’s, new solutions emerge each week as new targets surface. In our first of two installments, we take a look at the rising and falling running backs and tight ends. Later in the week we will provide insight on movers and shakers at wide receiver.
Who is becoming a bigger part of their team’s game plan? Conversely, who is slipping out of a team’s plans? Week five is on deck and we take a look at who was targeted frequently in Week Four, who has received the most looks in the first quarter of the season and share with you the numbers of those who haven’t been able to convert a high percentage of their opportunities. This week, we break down each potential receiving group; the running backs, wide outs and tight ends.