Targets/Touches Report – Week 7

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 7 Targets
1. Allen Robinson Bears 16
T2. Tyler Boyd Bengals 14
T2. Alex Erickson Bengals 14
4. Marvin Jones Lions 13
T5. Tarik Cohen Bears 12
T5. Julian Edelman Patriots 12
T5. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 12
T8. Keenan Allen Chargers 11
T8. Danny Amendola Lions 11
T8. T.Y. Hilton Colts 11
T8. Golden Tate Giants 11
T8. Michael Thomas Saints 11

With how slow things are for the Chicago offense, one piece that remains consistent is Allen Robinson who has posted at least 77 yards receiving and scored 3 touchdowns in the last 3 games. Although he finished 4th in targets for week 7, Marvin Jones finished as WR1 for the week in fantasy scoring with his four touchdowns. It helped Jones out that Kenny Golladay was shut out, but Golladay should bounce back while Jones regresses back to the mean next week. Hopkins showed his owners that he’s still the man with a bounce back game in week 7. The window to buy low on this top receiver is closing as Fuller is now injured, again, and the second best option for the Texans is Kenny Stills.

The Chargers have yet to find themselves offensively, especially with Melvin Gordon back, but Keenan Allen got a large target share this week with 11 targets. Although he couldn’t come down with half of them, Allen is still a featured part in this offense and is now officially a buy low candidate. At the start of the season, people were down on T.Y. Hilton due to Andrew Luck announcing his retirement from the NFL. However, Brissett has stepped up to fill Luck’s shoes as much as possible and he has done great so far which benefits Hilton’s potential. Since his first game back from suspension, Golden Tate hasn’t finished with less than 6 receptions and 80 yard receiving. These are excellent numbers for a safe WR2 on any team, especially as we get into some heavy bye weeks.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 7 Touches
1. Latavius Murray Saints 32
2. Leonard Fournette Jaguars 31
3. Chase Edmonds Cardinals 29
4. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 28
5. Dalvin Cook Vikings 26
T6. Chris Carson Seahawks 24
T6. Josh Jacobs Raiders 24
8. Derrick Henry Titans 23
9. Tevin Coleman 49ers 22
T10. Saquon Barkley Giants 21
T10. Marlon Mack Colts 21
T12. Sony Michel Patriots 20
T12. Adrian Peterson Redskins 20

Latavius Murray showed everyone that he still has gas in the tank with his performance in week 7. Getting the feature role against the Bears defense, Murray found himself with 140 total yards and 2 scores. Kamara might still be out in week 8 which gives Murray another chance to come through for his owners. Leonard Fournette continues to get work in Jacksonville as there’s no one else in the stable to cut into his workload. The great thing about Fournette is that he’s due for touchdowns. With more touchdowns, he can push to being a top 5 guy the rest of the season. Speaking of positive touchdown regression, Josh Jacobs had himself another 120+ on the ground against the Packers defense on Sunday. Jacobs didn’t find pay-dirt, as the Alabama product has only scored twice in the past 5 games.

Saquon Barkley would have had a disappointing day had he not scored for the Giants in week 7. Barkley was eased back into game flow as the Giants don’t want to rush back their best player. Doesn’t hurt to send some offers to Barkley owner. Michel headlined the Patriots’ win on Monday with his three touchdowns, but he only finished with 42 yards on the ground. Michel is a sell high as fantasy owners can never trust New England’s backfield. Second week in a row that the Redskins gave Adrian Peterson more than 20 carries and Peterson finished with his second straight game of 80+ yards. He faces a tough challenge in Minnesota in week 8.

Top 12 Targets Leaders that may still be available in your leagues

Player Team Week 7 Targets
1. Alex Erickson Bengals 14
2. Danny Amendola Lions 11
3. DeVante Parker Dolphins 10
T4. Anthony Miller Bears 9
T4. Demaryius Thomas Jets 9
T6. A.J. Brown Titans 8
T6. Chris Conley Jaguars 8
T6. Olabisi Johnson Vikings 8
T6. Preston Williams Dolphins 8
T10. Corey Davis Titans 7
T10. Zach Pascal Colts 7
T12. Cole Beasley Bills 6
T12. Jaron Brown Seahawks 6
T12. Jacob Hollister Seahawks 6
T12. Kyle Rudolph Vikings 6
T12. Irv Smith Vikings 6
T12. Auden Tate Bengals 6

Alex Erickson has had a very solid past two weeks for the Bengals as they seem to become more pass happy instead of relying on Joe Mixon in the running game. Bengals face the Rams in week 8 and Erickson’s run might come to an end. Amendola got some volume in week 7 and finished with 105 yards receiving. Lions and Vikings had themselves a shootout on Sunday and Amendola benefited from it and he could be in for another good game as Detroit faces the New York Giants in week 8.

With his third straight game scoring a touchdown, DeVante Parker is showing some promise as a fantasy option in Miami. He should still be only owned in very deep leagues and by people who are truly desperate for a wide receiver. The Quarterback switch in Tennessee has been new life for the passing attack of the Titans. A.J. Brown and Corey Davis each had eight targets and could see the same target share when they face Tampa Bay. Another wide receiver who benefited in week 7 was Zach Pascal. His name was called on and he finished with 100+ receiving yards and 2 scores. There’s a lot of mouths to feed in Indy so Pascal shouldn’t be relied on moving forward.

Top 12 Touches Leaders that may still be available in your leagues

Player Team Week 7 Touches
1. Chase Edmonds Cardinals 29
2. Mark Walton Dolphins 15
3. Ty Johnson Lions 14
4. Darrell Henderson Rams 12
T5. Danny Amendola Lions 8
T5. Gus Edwards Ravens 8
T5. Alex Erickson Bengals 8
T5. Tony Pollard Cowboys 8
T5. Boston Scott Eagles 8
Y10. Brian Hill Falcons 7
T10. Alexander Mattison Vikings 7
T10. J.D. McKissic Lions 7
T10. DeAndre Washington Raiders 7

Chase Edmonds is the best handcuff in fantasy football right now as he has shown that the Cardinals trust him with a full workload and can still find his way to put up stats with David Johnson on the field. He’s a must own guy as long as David Johnson is being used as a “In Case of Emergency” back. Mark Walton has quietly taken over the backfield work from Drake and Ballage. He’s a sneaky but if you are desperate for RB help. 

Ty Johnson got his first crack at replacing the injured Kerryon Johnson on Sunday and did well. However, his teammate J.D. McKissic will be the third down back while Kerryon is out which hinders Ty’s opportunity to take full control of the Lions backfield. Darrell Henderson got decent work again, but for the second straight week, it was at the hand of an injury to one of his teammates. Henderson should be aligned for more work this weekend with Malcolm Brown ruled out.

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