Targets/Touches Report – Week 14

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 14 Targets
1. Michael Thomas Saints 15
T2. Zach Ertz Eagles 13
T2. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 13
T4. Julian Edelman Patriots 12
T4. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 12
T6. Robby Anderson Jets 11
T6. Tyler Higbee Rams 11
T8. D.J. Chark Jaguars 10
T8. Michael Gallup Cowboys 10
T8. Ian Thomas Panthers 10
T11. Stefon Diggs Vikings 9
T11. Isaiah Ford Dolphins 9
T11. Chris Godwin Bucs 9
T11. Christian Kirk Cardinals 9
T11. Zach Pascal Colts 9
T11. Emmanuel Sanders 49ers 9
T11. Greg Ward Eagles 9
T11. Robert Woods Rams 9

Michael Thomas has been the best Wide Receiver in football this year and he proved it with a 11 for 134 and a touchdown performance on Sunday. Thomas is match up and QB proof and flat out unstoppable. Hard to not have him as WR1 next year. Zach Ertz salvaged his slow start on Monday night football with 9 for 91 and 2 scores. The Eagles were decimated in their receiving corps and if they had one more injury, they were going to look towards Josh McCown to run routes. Ertz owners will take it as a win and they should be excited about his target share heading into week 15.

DeAndre Hopkins got a healthy 13 targets in week 14. Hopkins has made his fantasy owners forget about his rocky start at the beginning of the year by posting his fourth 100-yard game of the season and 7th score. Edelman continues to be Brady’s only trusted option in the offense. Edelman finished with 103 total yards on Sunday and a score. It’s hard to see anyone challenging Edelman’s target share which leaves him as a WR1 option who has a very high floor.

Top 12 Touches Leaders                           

Player Team Week 14 Touches
1. Todd Gurley Rams 27
2. Joe Mixon Bengals 26
3. Devlin Singletary Bills 23
T4. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 22
T4. Aaron Jones Packers 22
T6. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 21
T6. Bilal Powell Jets 21
T6. Devonta Freeman Falcons 21
T9. David Montgomery Bears 20
T9. Adrian Peterson Redskins 20
T9. Bo Scarbrough Lions 20
T9. Dalvin Cook Vikings 20
T9. Saquon Barkley Giants 20
T9. DeAndre Washington Raiders 20

Gurley owners are rejoicing as Gurley put up another great game and seems like he is getting back to carrying the load for the Rams. The Rams have unlocked their offense again, and shockingly, it’s through their running back that they paid heavily. Expect the same Gurley moving forward. Joe Mixon got the job done on Sunday with 186 yards of offense and a score to top it off. Mixon has disappointed fantasy owners, but the Bengals have been improving as a team as they start to get healthy. They are still the worst team by record in the NFL and so late in the season, don’t be surprised to see Mixon’s work load get diminished.

Singletary got the job done as well for the Buffalo Bills as he crossed 100 total yards in their contest. Singletary shows that he’s the future back in Buffalo and best of all, he’s seeing receiving work with 6 receptions in week 14. McCaffrey’s day was very quiet, but garbage time check downs helped boost his stats as he found himself passing 100 total yards, shocking. McCaffrey is putting up RB1 stats, but he’s also putting up WR2 stats on top of it in the passing game. He’s a headache to see in your opponent’s lineup. Aaron Jones made up for his quiet past two weeks with 192 total yards and a score on Sunday. Jones will have his blow up games where he just seems unstoppable, but he does face the Bears this week, so it doesn’t seem in the cards for him to blow up again.

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

Player Team Week 14 Targets
1. Tyler Higbee Rams 11
2. Ian Thomas Panthers 10
T3. Jordan Akins Texans 9
T3. Isaiah Ford Dolphins 9
T3. Zach Pascal Colts 9
T3. Greg Ward Eagles 9
T7. Danny Amendola Lions 8
T7. Keke Coutee Texans 8
T7. Allen Hurns Dolphins 8
T7. Diontae Johnson Steelers 8
T7. Deebo Samuel 49ers 8
T7. Darius Slayton Giants 8
T7. Chris Thompson Redskins 8
T7. Justin Watson Bucs 8

Tyler Higbee has been on fire the last two weeks. Since Everett has been out, Higbee has had 7 receptions and at least 100 yards in each of those games. Easy TE stream option for those in need and could be a flex play in a pinch. Another tight end is found at the top of our waiver wire targets list. Ian Thomas stepped in for the injured Greg Olson against the Falcons and finished with 5 for 57 and a score. Thomas is a deep TE stream but you could always do worse at the position. A third tight end rounds out the top three this week as Jordan Akins found himself seeing 9 targets on Sunday. Akins should be left on waivers as there are better options elsewhere.

Isaiah Ford is the Dolphins flavor of the week this week as their passing game took a hit when Parker left the game with a concussion. Ford and Hurns took over, with Ford going for 92 yards on 6 catches and Hurns getting 68 yards on 5 catches. The Dolphins will be down in games the rest of the season so having “the guy” in Miami is valuable, but unfortunately that guy is DeVante Parker. Zach Pascal came through for fantasy owners again in week 14 with 5 for 74 and a score. This is Pascal’s second straight week of putting up 15+ PPR points and remains the only receiver to stay healthy for the Colts. He’s a fine flex play that can push WR2 range the rest of the season.

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

Player Team Week 14 Touches
1. Bilal Powell Jets 21
T2. Adrian Peterson Redskins 20
T2. Bo Scarbrough Lions 20
T2. DeAndre Washington Raiders 20
5. Patrick Laird Dolphins 19
T6. Benny Snell Steelers 16
T6. Alexander Mattison Vikings 16
T6. Boston Scott Eagles 16
T9. Peyton Barber Bucs 13
T10. Raheem Mostert 49ers 12
T10. Ty Montgomery Jets 12
12. Dion Lewis Titans 10

Bilal Powell stepped up in the lead back role while Bell dealt with the flu. He was easily on pace to have 100 yards from scrimmage, but his ankle injury pulled him from the game and finished with 88 total yards. He’s a clear drop now that Bell is back. With Guice now on IR, all early down work goes to Peterson for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, the Redskins will be down in almost all their games the rest of the season, which means more Chris Thompson than Peterson down the stretch.

Bo Scarbrough has been getting consistent carries with the Lions the past few weeks. He’s Detroit’s version of AP, which again is a high floor, RB2 play, who’s touchdown dependent. DeAndre Washington took over for Josh Jacobs as he dealt with a shoulder injury. Washington finished with 96 total yards and a touchdown. Jacobs will be back, but Washington seems to be the clear handcuff. Patrick Laird has quietly been a consistent RB option in Miami. He has scored double digit fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games and gets the Giants who couldn’t stop Boston Scott. He’s not a sexy name, but he’s a necessity.

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