I haven't compared historical numbers, but fantasy owners just aren't getting the passing numbers (targets) to supplement the dreaded running back by committee. Ray Rice owners have quickly moved him back into starting lineups after his bye week. The Buffalo duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and fantasy god Arian Foster are also returning. Shonn Greene, Frank Gore, Stephen Jackson and the New England committee are on vacation in week nine. Tight ends Jermaine Greshmam, Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler and Owen Daniels are back in starting lineups, with Dustin Keller, the struggling Vernon Davis and fantasy favorite Rob Gronkowski taking a seat this weekend.
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.
Are your running backs and tight ends delivering? Again this week, we sort through who is becoming a bigger part of their team’s game plan and who may be getting phased out. We have players emerging due to injury and tell you who is not delivering on their opportunities. We continue to make our way through the bye weeks, which tend to skew the season totals a bit and should be noted. With most of the stud backs and star tight ends fixed on your opponent’s rosters, target analysis can give you an advantage to make the right selection from the waiver wire.
With three weeks of the 2011 NFL season now in the record books, trends are beginning to take shape. If you league uses points per reception or (PPR), the amount of targets your players are getting is an integral part of your planning purposes. Even those not using PPR certainly value the potential touches their players are getting. Each week, we will take a look at the risers and fallers at running back and tight end on Tuesday and pass along the latest at wide receivers on Friday.