It was a big week in the volume department for both DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, but Hopkins was shut down for the remainder of the regular season so it was all for naught. The whole Cardinals receiving corps got a boost in Kyler Murray’s second game back. When Hopkins sat out from Week 9 to 11, Rondale Moore actually led the group with 20 targets, Christian Kirk had 19 and A.J. Green had 12 but missed one of the games. All three of them are in play in Week 15, especially with the way Covid-19 is ransacking the league.
It’s official; James Conner can do NO wrong this year. Not only has he scored what feels like a million touchdowns, but he also had nine targets and nine receptions in Week 14. He really has arguably been the best value in fantasy football drafts this year. It was tough to see things from the production side of the lens, but Zach Ertz did have seven targets. He also had 20 targets from Weeks 9 to 11, so something to monitor heading into the fantasy playoffs.
It was the first time all year where we really saw Rashod Bateman shine and he even tied Marquise Brown for a receiver high eight targets. That may have been due to the fact that he has a rapport with Tyler Huntley than Brown does considering Lamar Jackson left early in this one. Brown is still the primary target in this offense, but things will be interesting if it’s Huntley under center compared to Jackson in Week 15. In that situation, I’d make a strong case for Bateman being a WR3 in a three wide receiver league or a FLEX option.
The Ravens are using the running back in the passing game, tell your friends. Devonta Freeman now has seen five or more targets in three of the last four games. He’s actually played himself into weekly FLEX consideration given the volume he’s getting in both the rushing attack and the passing game. Mark Andrews is Mark Andrews. You’re lucky if you have him.
Boy oh boy was it great to see Josh Allen slingin’ the rock all over the yard in Week 14 after that abomination in the snow and wind against New England. Stefon Diggs saw a whopping 14 targets while Cole Beasley wasn’t far behind with 11. This was Diggs’ sixth double-digit target outing of the year and Beasley’s fifth, believe it or not. Gabriel Davis also had eight targets, but that was very game flow dictated considering Buffalo was playing from behind the entire game.
Devin Singletary also saw a whopping seven targets but again, game script played a HUGE role there. Dawson Knox has been extremely steady in the volume category, notching six or more in three of his last four games, including nine or more in two of four.
You wouldn’t have even known Robbie Anderson had 12 targets unless you are reading this, but yeah, he had 12 targets. It’s actually the third time this year he’s had double-figures, but you wouldn’t know that either because it’s been so, so disappointing. DJ Moore had 10 targets too, but after his torrid start has really cooled off in terms of fantasy production and that’s largely due to poor quarterback play.
When it comes to the Panthers running back situation, Chuba Hubbard is featured on the ground and Ameer Abdullah gets the passing work. He had another four targets in this one and has had four+ targets in all but one game since Week 8.
It was great to see Justin Fields back on the field, same with Allen Robinson, but he sucked up all the value that Darnell Mooney once had and ran away with it. Robinson led the receivers with six targets, but has no value to us heading into our fantasy postseasons. That was the case even before he entered into the Covid-19 protocols.
The Bears have made it a focal point to get David Montgomery the rock as much as humanly possible and that means getting him the ball through the air as well. He’s had 16 targets in the last two games after seeing seven in Week 14. Cole Kmet’s value took a nosedive with the return of Fields and Robinson as well.
Heading into our fantasy postseason, it’s clear cut with this Cincy squad. You’re starting Tee Higgins, you’re starting Ja’Marr Chase, you’re starting Joe Mixon. Tyler Boyd is too risky because two of his last three games he’s had two and five targets. That’s very hard to trust. Higgins and Chase have separated themselves, getting massive targets each and every game.
The only two receivers that had any targets in Week 14 were Jarvis Landry with eight and Donovan Peoples-Jones with seven. With Landry hitting the protocols ahead of Week 15, Peoples-Jones had an outside chance at some serious FLEX consideration, but then both of the Browns top two quarterbacks hit the protocols as well. Their Week 15 game is definitely in peril.
Heading into the year, we wondered what things would look like with the Dallas passing attack because they just had SO many weapons at their disposal. Well, they’re all heavily involved as CeeDee Lamb has reigned supreme topping 10 targets for two straight weeks, while Michael Gallup has 18 and Amari Cooper has nine. To be fair, Cooper was VERY limited in Week 13, so the seven targets in Week 14 were great to see.
With Tony Pollard out, Ezekiel Elliott enjoyed another six targets out of the backfield, the third time he’s done so over his last four games. With Amari Cooper back to a full snapshare and Dak Prescott spreading the ball around everywhere, Dalton Schultz was the odd man out seeing just three targets in Week 14. This could become a trend if everyone remains healthy.
As talented as everyone in this receiving corps is, Teddy Bridgewater cannot support any of them. You’re not rostering any of them in your fantasy playoffs unless there’s an injury or they’re placed in protocols.
Same with the tight end position. Albert Okwuegbunam actually had MORE targets than Noah Fant in Week 14 and that is the second week in a row it’s been within one target or tied. Stay away from everyone except the running backs here.
It’s become clear that Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jared Goff have developed a chemistry considering he’s had 12 targets in back-to-back games. That may honestly continue now that T.J. Hockenson has been shut down for the year and it’s very possible D’Andre Swift is on that same path as well. Brown has played himself into possible start territory in deep enough leagues. PPR only, however, because he’s only scored one touchdown this year.
We don’t need to spend much time on Davante Adams and all his greatness so we won’t, but how about Allen Lazard? He had a little bit of a rapport before the bye week starting to show it’s rear end and then after the bye it continued with seven targets. I’m not advocating for Lazard, but if you’ve been snake bit by Covid-19 and you’re in a pinch, maybe Lazard is a guy to take a look at with how great this offense has looked.
I mean, this passing offense didn’t look half bad with Davis Mills under center, which was the case earlier in the year. Mills had over 300 yards and the two biggest beneficiaries were Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins who had 11 and 10 targets respectively. Finally all the best ball shares of Nico Collins are paying off, am I right? Still, with the playoffs here, one good week doesn’t sell me on the dream of using him unless I have absolutely nobody else.
The Texans have really turned to Brevin Jordan at the tight end spot to see what they have him in lately and he’s paying off quite well. He’s scored a touchdown in two of three games and had a season high seven targets in Week 14. He’s a sleeper in deeper formats where tight end is an absolute dumpster fire.
Week 14 bye week.
In Urban Meyer’s last game as Jaguars head coach, to nobody’s surprise his offense stunk again. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault had seven targets while Laquon Treadwell had six, but not a single one of them are playable.
You know who’s playable? James Robinson. You know who else? James O’Shaughnessy. In his three games since returning from the IR, he’s had five or more targets. Maybe things change with Urban Meyer out of town, but it’s Week 15 and it’s too late for any real significant changes to their playbook.
Let’s just give them a pass and pretend like this game didn’t happen for this offense, OK? Ok.
One. That’s the number of games that Cooper Kupp has failed to see 10 targets in. One. The 15 he saw in Week 14 was actually his season high! Odell Beckham was very good again too, and in a massive divisional game too! Seven targets for the second time in three games!
In Week 14, the Chargers were without Keenan Allen and the expectation was that Mike Williams would go off and that, well, simply didn’t happen. He had just six targets and was actually second amongst the receiving group behind Josh Palmer. Allen, even without playing in Week 14, had 124 targets in 12 games. Palmer’s not a viable option unless Allen or Williams were out and even then, do you want to start Josh Palmer in your fantasy playoffs? I don’t think so.
It was actually a down game for Austin Ekeler in terms of volume out of the backfield, but he trails Leonard Fournette by just two targets for the league lead amongst running backs and could potentially flirt with 90 targets this year.
With Darren Waller out, it continues to be the Hunter Renfrow show. He had a whopping 14 targets in Week 14, his second straight with at least 10. There’s nobody else in this passing attack worth rostering right now, not even everyone’s darling, Foster Moreau.
All that being said, Josh Jacobs was quite good out of the backfield again, ay? Six targets again, which is the third time he’s done that in four games and has at least four targets in six straight. Jacobs stock is on the rise and if this is something he can carry into next year, he’ll be back in our hearts as an early round draft pick.
Week 14 bye week.
The consolidated target tree that is Minnesota didn’t get any bigger with Adam Thielen out, it just let someone else in to replace him while he’s out. Justin Jefferson had a season high 15 targets, the fourth time in five games he’s seen at least 10 looks. The new kid on the block, or old friend in this case, was everyone’s Week 1 darling K.J. Osborn. If Thielen continues to miss time, we’re in on Osborn as a FLEX play.
Week 14 bye week.
Look, even with Sterling Shepard back, Kenny Golladay led this receiving corps in targets. Not that it meant a whole lot, but at least they’re looking his way. He’s had five or more in three straight games, it’s just hard to trust the fact that whoever is delivering the football will actually get it to him.
We saw this earlier in the year, but Zack Wilson isn’t afraid to target Braxton Berrios heavily. He had his second double-digit target game of the year in Week 14 and with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis out, this could actually continue to be the case. Not to mention the Jets will often be playing catch-up.
Michael Carter likely is returning in Week 15, but that doesn’t mean Ty Johnson can’t continue to have a pass catching role. He had seven targets in Week 14 and has had six or more four times over his last eight games. He should only be rostered in PPR formats.
Week 14 bye week.
The Steelers trailed this ENTIRE game and scored 21 points in the fourth to make things interesting. That led to a LOT of targets for the receivers considering Big Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 40 times. Diontae Johnson led the way with 10 targets, while Chase Claypool had nine and Ray-Ray McCloud had eight. James Washington had six, too. It’s hard to trust any of these guys outside of Johnson. Clayton has had eight or more targets in three of four and warrants FLEX consideration.
Tied for second amongst all running backs in targets is none other than Najee Harris with 75. He’s had a steady dose essentially every game this year, but hasn’t popped like he did in Week 3 since then. It wasn’t the best game in terms of volume for Pat Freiermuth either and the thing about that is Freiermuth he’s taken a little bit of a back seat to Claypool’s success. He’s a high end TE2, low-end TE1 heading into the playoffs.
Since Russell Wilson has returned, we’ve gotten the big games out of Tyler Lockett and we’re still waiting for DK Metcalf to show us a sign he’s still in there. That he’s still having fun. These are things we’re a little unsure of at the moment. Maybe he can do that with Lockett in protocol for Week 15.
In the last three games he’s played in, Deebo Samuel has seven targets, including just one in Week 14. He had eight carries, however, which is the fourth game in a row he’s posted at least five totes. So with Samuel working largely out of the backfield, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle have stolen the show. Kittle has turned into an absolute superhero, notching 27 targets in two games. Kittle’s six touchdowns in 10 games this year already represents his career high.
With Antonio Brown’s status in the air, we’re getting 2019 vibes from Chris Godwin when he turned in the overall WR3 performance. He followed up his 17 targets from Week 13 with 15 in Week 14 which is unheard of. He’s completely out shadowing Mike Evans right now.
So are Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski too. Fournette has failed to have a game with less than six targets since Week 9! In the four games Gronk has been back from his injury, he’s had eight, 10, eight and nine targets. The Bucs have a RB1, WR1, WR2 and a TE1 being supported by their 44-year old quarterback.
With Julio Jones back, maybe there’s some glimmer of hope to this passing game, but emphasis on the maybe. He had six targets in his return. That’s good. Not too bad. Am I excited about rostering Jones right now? Not exactly.
With Terry McLaurin going down early here, and Taylor Heinicke too, nobody really stepped up and commanded the ball. They paid Curtis Samuel a lot of money this offseason and he had two targets and has four targets over the last three games. If McLaurin sits, you have to think the game plan could be a little more Samuel friendly, but enough to use him in fantasy? Not too fast, pal.