With the exception of the usual suspects like Darren Sproles, it appears that running back targets are down this season. We find only 18 running backs league wide with double figure targets through three weeks of play. Further to the drop off, only Sproles and Darren McFadden have been targeted more than 19 times this season out of the backfield. With running back by committee now virtually league wide, it becomes increasingly important to get the few backs that are part of their teams passing game. The league's best pass catching backs top the "fallers" list in week three, further representing the drop off we are seeing. Perhaps the looks are going to the tight ends as we have seen some solid options emerge in September. With teams using tight ends in the backfield as "H-backs" on passing downs, this could contribute towards the numbers we are seeing.
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.