Fantasy Football

Targets/Touches Report – Week 2

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 2 Targets
1. Zach Ertz Eagles 16
2. Keenan Allen Chargers 15
3. D.J. Moore Panthers 14
T4. Marquise Brown Ravens 13
T4. Curtis Samuel Panthers 13
T4. Emmanuel Sanders Broncos 13
T4. Michael Thomas Saints 13
T4. Sammy Watkins Chiefs 13
9. Tyler Lockett Seahawks 12
T10. Nelson Agholor Eagles 11
T10. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 11
T12. Tyler Boyd Bengals 10
T12. Bennie Fowler Giants 10
T12. Kenny Golladay Lions 10
T12. Julio Jones Falcons 10
T12. Calvin Ridley Falcons 10
T12. Odell Beckham Jr. Browns 10

Zach Ertz was your week 2 leader in targets. It does help when 2 starting wide receivers and the backup tight end goes down with an injury, but Ertz is in-store for a huge week with Jeffery, Jackson and Goedert sidelined. Keenan Allen continues to shine with Melvin Gordon out. Allen could very well be a top 5 wide receiver for the rest of the season.

Moore and Samuel made the top five targeted pass catchers list in week 2. Unfortunately for them and there fantasy owners, not any were very useful. Sanders is turning into Flacco’s go to guy in Denver. He’s a solid wide receiver 2 moving forward, especially in PPR. Tyler Boyd is a guy who is due for a huge game. He might be overshadowed by his teammate John Ross, but this Bengals team is showing they are a Rams-light offense, and Boyd could have his day this coming week.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 2 Touches
1. Le’Veon Bell Jets 31
2. Aaron Jones Packers 27
3. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 25
4. Peyton Barber Bucs 24
T5. Dalvin Cook Vikings 23
T5. Austin Ekeler Chargers 23
T7. Marlon Mack Colts 22
T7. Nick Chubb Browns 22
T9. Sony Michel Patriots 21
T9. Frank Gore Bills 21
T9. Saquon Barkley Giants 21
12. Carlos Hyde Texans 20

Le’Veon continues to be fed the ball, but his numbers aren’t close to what they were in Pittsburgh. He is more of a safe floor running back for fantasy teams. Aaron Jones had his breakout game against a tough Vikings defense. LaFleur says Jones and teammate Jamaal Williams will receive split work, but Jones will still produce solid numbers with limited touches for Green Bay. 

Peyton Barber had himself a nice game on Thursday. He carried Tampa to a win against a limping Cam Newton led Panthers and now gets the Giants. Don’t be surprised if Barber is back on this list next week. Michel ends up on the top touches list, but all of it came from carries. Michel is the early down guy, but when it comes to pass catching, it’s the White and Burkhead show which limits Michel’s upside.

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

Player Team Week 2 Targets
1. Nelson Agholor Eagles 11
2. Bennie Fowler Giants 10
T3. D.J. Chark Jaguars 9
T3. Terry McLaurin Redskins 9
T5. Mack Hollins Eagles 8
T5. Hunter Renfrow Raiders 8
T7. Damiere Byrd Cardinals 7
T7. Jakeem Grant Dolphins 7
T7. DeVante Parker Dolphins 7
T7. Trey Quinn Redskins 7
T7. Deebo Samuel 49ers 7
T7. Mohamed Sanu Falcons 7

Agholor and Ertz are looking like the only show in town in Philly. Agholor is a great pick up for teams in a tight or ugly wide receiver situation. D.J. Chark is getting targeted my Minshew in Jacksonville as they developed a rapport in trading camp. He jumps Westbrook as the must own Jaguar to own.

Terry McLaurin has been talked about as being the number one waiver claim this week and for good reason. Second game with a touchdown and he is turning into Keenum’s top target. Game script could help McLaurin keep producing numbers. Deebo Samuel was the 49ers wide receiver to own last week, but it might be a revolving door as to who to own in San Francisco.

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

Player Team Week 2 Touches
1. Frank Gore Bills 21
2. Carlos Hyde Texans 20
3. Raheem Mostert 49ers 16
4. Jamaal Williams Packers 12
5. Jeff Wilson Jr. 49ers 10
T6. Justin Jackson Chargers 8
T6. Nelson Agholor Eagles 8
T8. Giovani Bernard Bengals 7
T8. Malcolm Brown Rams 7
T8. Rex Burkhead Patriots 7
T8. Ty Johnson Lions 7
T8. D.J. Chark Jaguars 7

Frank Gore will be an excellent fill in at running back for week 3 as Devin Singletary is looking like he will be sidelined. Might not get passing work, but plenty of carries. Carlos Hyde might as well be the 2019 Lamar Miller we were expecting. A guy who takes plenty of carries in a good offense, but isn’t going to explode for big games since Duke Johnson will get the third down work. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr shined last week along with Breida. If Breida happens to go down, which happened a lot last year, these guys go up instantly to RB2 values.

Jamaal Williams might get split work, but he’s just not talented to do anything relevant with it. You can leave him on the wire. Malcolm Brown continues to carve himself a role and frustrate Gurley owners. It seems that one or the other is on the field for a whole possession and the running back for the Rams is always valuable. He’s a good boom/bust guy to have when bye weeks come in and things get ugly.

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