Targets/Touches Report – Week 10

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 10 Targets
1. Tyreek Hill Chiefs 19
T2. Amari Cooper Cowboys 14
T2. Darius Slayton Giants 14
T2. Michael Thomas Saints 14
T5. Odell Beckham Jr. Browns 12
T5. Eric Ebron Colts 12
T5. Gerald Everett Rams 12
T5. Chris Godwin Bucs 12
T9. Keenan Allen Chargers 11
T9. John Brown Bills 11
T9. D.J. Moore Panthers 11
T9. Deebo Samuel 49ers 11
T9. Robert Woods Rams 11

Tyreek Hill showed fantasy owners why he was drafted as a WR1 this year with a monster performance yet again as he scored his fourth Touchdown in the last five games he’s played since coming back from his injury. He’s a locked a loaded WR1 each week that can easily win you your match up all by himself when he’s on.  Amari Cooper saw 14 targets come his way in the Cowboys loss to the Vikings on Sunday Night. Elliott not having success in the run game helped the passing game see more volume and Cooper is the number one target on the team which makes him a must start wideout every week.

Eric Ebron saw 12 targets on Sunday despite not having Jacoby Brissett passing the ball to him. Repeating this performance will be hard especially with a tougher match up in the Jaguars compared to the Dolphins. With Brandin Cooks out, Everett had himself a day yet again with six receptions for 68 yards on 12 targets. Cooks doesn’t seem to be coming back anytime soon which paves the way for Gerald Everett to continue his break out season. This week’s Buccaneer to make the list is Chris Godwin. Godwin and his teammate Mike Evans have swapped places on this list and shows that both are WR1s and should never see your bench.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 10 Touches
1. Dalvin Cook Vikings 33
2. Joe Mixon Bengals 32
3. Chris Carson Seahawks 28
4. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 26
5. Derrick Henry Titans 25
T6. Kalen Ballage Dolphins 24
T6. Damien Williams Chiefs 24
8. Melvin Gordon Chargers 23
T9. Le’Veon Bell Jets 22
T9. Nick Chubb Browns 22
T9. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 22
12. Brian Hill Falcons 21

Dalvin Cook continues to prove his doubters wrong with yet again another strong performance. Health has been on Cook’s side this season and he has shown why he was such a coveted prospect out of college. Despite being blown out yet again, Joe Mixon had his first 100 yard game on the season. Mixon’s season has been very rough and it doesn’t help his team is in full tank mode which means game script isn’t in Mixon’s corner.

Chris Carson had 101 yards and a score on 28 touches on Monday night. With Penny only receiving 2 total touches, Carson has taken full control of the back field and has ran with it. The Tennessee Titans just needs to feed Derrick Henry the ball 20+ times and they should walk away with a win. Henry got 25 touches and ran a marathon with them with 191 yards and two scores. With McCoy a healthy scratch, Damien Williams had 109 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Titans on Sunday. Although he didn’t score, being the lead back on a high powered offense is the fantasy dream.

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

Player Team Week 10 Targets
1. Darius Slayton Giants 14
2. Deebo Samuel 49ers 11
3. DeVante Parker Dolphins 10
4. Demaryius Thomas Jets 9
T5. Danny Amendola Lions 8
T5. Randall Cobb Cowboys 8
T7. Nyheim Hines Colts 7
T7. O.J. Howard Bucs 7
T7. Vance McDonald Steelers 7
T7. J.D. McKissic Lions 7
T7. Zach Pascal Colts 7
T7. James Washington Steelers 7

Darius Slayton had a monster day with 10 receptions and 121 yards through the air and two scores. Sterling Shepard is still out and with the Giants being in negative game script so much, Slayton has stepped up to be a nice one-two punch with Golden Tate. Deebo Samuel welcomed himself to the show in a big way with 8 receptions and 112 yards receiving. Kittle is out, Sanders doesn’t look great to play and facing a weak Cardinals defense, his encore performance is about to happen in week 11. The best thing to happen to DeVante Parker’s fantasy value was Ryan Fitzpatrick taking over at QB. Like Slayton, Parker is on a team that will get a bunch of garage time fantasy points.

Demaryius Thomas gave fantasy owners a flash from the past with his performance on Sunday. Unfortunately, he’s still third in the pecking order so a repeat performance is not likely. Danny Amendola had a mediocre game on Sunday. It doesn’t help that Stafford was scratched from the game, but his fantasy relevance should bounce back once Stafford returns. Like Thomas, Randall Cobb had a vintage game on Sunday with 6 receptions for 106 yards and a score. Like Cooper, Cobb also benefited from Dak chucking the ball around. Cobb is someone to keep an eye on waivers for.

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

Player Team Week 10 Touches
1. Kalen Ballage Dolphins 24
2. Brian Hill Falcons 21
3. J.D. McKissic Lions 16
4. Peyton Barber Bucs 12
5. Darius Slayton Giants 10
6. Alexander Mattison Vikings 9
T7. Paul Perkins Lions 8
T7. Deebo Samuel 49ers 8
T9. Nyheim Hines Colts 7
T9. Bilal Powell Jets 7
T11. Tony Brooks-James Steelers 6
T11. Randall Cobb Cowboys 6
T11. Trey Edmunds Steelers 6
T11. Frank Gore Bills 6
T11. Ty Johnson Lions 6
T11. Jalen Richard Raiders 6
T11. Demaryius Thomas Jets 6
T11. James Washington Steelers 6

With 24 touches, Ballage only showed 45 totals yards with them. Ballage may lead an NFL back field, but that backfield is unfortunately in Miami. Brian Hill very well could be the guy to make a fantasy team outside of the playoffs push themselves in. Hill had 21 carries and did well with them. If Devonta Freeman misses a lot of time, Hill steps into a work horse role, and he’s on waivers!

McKissic started off the game sharing the backfield with Ty Johnson, but Johnson was concussed half way through the game and McKissic stepped up. The passing catching back finished the game with 16 touches for 55 yards and if given the keys to the back field, he becomes an RB2 in PPR leagues, if not a flex play. Barber saw 12 touches on Sunday, but those came as second fiddle to Ronald Jones II, who has gotten into the good graces of the coaching staff and will start seeing more work, leaving Barber out to dry. Although Alexander Mattison sees low volume, he does exceptional things with them. I’ll keep beating the drum that this guy shouldn’t be owned in less than 50% of leagues.

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