Targets/Touches Report – Week 1

Targets Touches

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Name Team Week 1 Targets
1. Jamison Crowder Jets 17
2. Evan Engram Giants 14
T3. Allen Robinson Bears 13
T3. Robert Woods Rams 13
T3. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 13
T3. Danny Amendola Lions 13
T3. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 13
T3. Michael Thomas Saints 13
T9. Christian Kirk Cardinals 12
T9. John Ross Bengals 12
T11. Julio Jones Falcons 11
T11. Sammy Watkins Chiefs 11
T11. Odell Beckham Jr. Browns 11
T11. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 11
T11. Tyler Boyd Bengals 11
T11. Julian Edelman Patriots 11

Hello Mr. Crowder! Looks like Adam Gase has his next Jarvis Landry in New York. With his 14 receptions, Crowder couldn’t break the 100 yard mark, but fantasy owners should still be excited about what he did. T.J. Hockenson stole the show on Sunday, but Amendola found himself seeing 13 targets come his way. Could be a PPR guy for Detroit, but there’s a lot of balls to go around in that offense. Arizona and Cincinnati have two players in the top 12 in targets. Looks like these two offenses are going to be pass happy all season with their new head coaches. Allen Robinson is finally getting WR1 looks again, unfortunately Mitch Trubisky is his QB. Definitely a sell high candidate as Nagy will more than likely go back to a run heavy approach. With Hill out for a month and likely more, Watkins could put up WR1 numbers during the time he misses. Just don’t expect 3 TDs each week.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Name Team Week 1 Touches
1. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 29
2. Marlon Mack Colts 25
T3. Josh Jacobs Raiders 24
T3. David Johnson Cardinals 24
T5. Dalvin Cook Vikings 23
T5. Le'Veon Bell Jets 23
7. Chris Carson Seahawks 21
T8. Derrick Henry Titans 20
T8. Nick Chubb Browns 20
T8. Alvin Kamara Saints 20
11. Damien Williams Chiefs 19
T12. Kerryon Johnson Lions 18
T12. Austin Ekeler Chargers 18

Marlon Mack stepped up for the Colts in the post-Andrew Luck Era. Owners should hold onto him as his value may rise to where it was before Luck’s retirement. Josh Jacobs is for real and will be the featured back in Oakland. Good luck buying him now. David Johnson looks like his old self. In a new high powered offense, 2018 is looking more like a fluke for DJ. Derrick Henry once again shows that if he gets fed the ball good things will happen. It’s nice to see Damien Williams in the top 10 in touches for week 1 being in a RBBC. Still a back field to watch in week 2 as LeSean McCoy might eat into his touches as the season goes along. Ekeler made Los Angeles forget about the Melvin Gordon drama as he balled out in week 1. He’s the guy to own in the Chargers’ backfield moving forward.

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

Name Team Week 1 Targets
1. Danny Amendola Lions 13
2. John Ross Bengals 12
T3. John Brown Bills 10
T3. KeeSean Johnson Cardinals 10
T5. Cole Beasley Bills 9
T5. T.J Hockenson Lions 9
T5. Greg Olsen Panthers 9
T8. Cody Latimer Giants 8
T8. Mark Andrews Ravens 8
T8. Darren Waller Raiders 8
T11. Damiere Byrd Cardinals 7
T11. Chris Conley Jaguars 7
T11. Ted Ginn Jr. Saints 7
T11. Terry McLaurin Redskins 7
T11. DeVante Parker Dolphins 7
T11. Paul Richardson Redskins 7

John Brown’s deep connection with Josh Allen should make him a must own WR. Beasley isn’t far behind, but he’s more of a safe floor option rather than a big play guy like Brown. T.J. Hockenson is for real and should be a top TE the rest of season based on his usage and being a safety valve option for Matthew Stafford. Mark Andrews had himself a nice day like all the other Ravens, but he was over-shadowed by tight ends Hockenson and Waller on the waivers, check to see if he is still available. Darren Waller is looking like the second pass option in Oakland since Antonio Brown left the building. KeeSean Johnson and Damiere Byrd make it 4 different Cardinals WRs to hit my column, the Cardinals will be passing the ball a lot this season. Ted Ginn shows us that while at home, he’s a great ceiling play for when your team is projected to lose. McLaurin could very well lead the Redskins WRs in yards this year and blow out games means more targets for him. He should be on fantasy benches as a stash.

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

Name Team Week 1 Touches
1. Gus Edwards Ravens 17
2. Ronald Jones Buccaneers 14
3. Rex Burkhead Patriots 13
4. Darren Sproles Eagles 12
T5. C.J. Anderson Lions 11
T5. Malcolm Brown Rams 11
T5. Frank Gore Bills 11
T5. Carlos Hyde Texans 11
T9. Raheem Mostert 49ers 10
T9. Chris Thompson Redskins 10
T11. Alexander Mattison Vikings 9
T11. Giovanni Bernard Bengals 9

Don’t let Gus Edward’s touches fool you. Playing against Miami helped the game script go his way, but the backfield belongs to Mark Ingram. Ronald Jones could be the best back in the Tampa Bay backfield, but the way week 1 went, he needs some pass catching skills to be able to help your team. Rex Burkhead shows up to the party one year late. For New England, the guys you still want are Sony Michel and James White, but it’s nice to know that Rex is still alive. Sproles is going to give Miles Sanders owners headaches as he eats up unnecessary amounts of valuable touches. C.J. Anderson’s 11 touches shows that the Detroit backfield is too close to a time share than Kerryon Johnson owners want it to be. Malcolm Brown is a valuable handcuff and is the guy who fills in for Todd Gurley, not Darrell Henderson. Chris Thompson is the guy to own in Washington as game scripts are more than likely to go his way and he will now get some carries as Derrius Guice deals with yet another setback. Alexander Mattison should be owned by all Dalvin Cook owners as he shown some flash with his 9 touches. Gio Bernard could be in line for a key role in week 2 as Joe Mixon deals with an ankle injury.

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Author: Matt Bradley