By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910
Top 12 Targets Leaders
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
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
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
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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