Targets/Touches Report – Week 5

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 5 Targets
1. Cooper Kupp Rams 17
T2. Austin Ekeler Chargers 16
T2. Will Fuller Texans 16
T4. Tyler Boyd Bengals 14
T4. Amari Cooper Cowboys 14
T4. Michael Gallup Cowboys 14
T7. Michael Thomas Saints 13
T7. Mike Williams Chargers 13
T9. D.J. Chark Jaguars 11
T9. Evan Engram Giants 11
T9. Gerald Everett Rams 11
T9. Dede Westbrook Jaguars 11

Cooper Kupp is the clear-cut number one Wide Receiver in Los Angeles. Forget about his ACL injury last season, he has fully bounced back and with Woods and Cooks not performing on the same level, Kupp is a WR1 the rest of the season. Ekeler found himself getting 16 targets as the Chargers were down the whole game to the Broncos. I don’t expect that to be the case again for the Chargers which makes Ekeler a sell high before week 6 as Gordon has gotten his legs under him to take over the backfield.

Fuller was the main beneficiary in the Texans 53 point barn burner over Atlanta. This easily makes up for the 4 lost weeks Fuller gave his owners. D.J. Chark is getting targeted like a WR1. He’s Minshew’s main guy now and has taken all the hype from Dede Westbrook, who’s still being targeted in the offense and should be owned in leagues.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 5 Touches
1. Marlon Mack Colts 32
2. Josh Jacobs Raiders 29
3. Chris Carson Seahawks 28
T4. Leonard Fournette Jaguars 27
T4. Dalvin Cook Vikings 27
6. Aaron Jones Packers 26
7. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 25
T8. Alvin Kamara Saints 22
T8. Le’Veon Bell Jets 22
T10. Carlos Hyde Texans 21
T10. Mark Ingram Ravens 21
T12. Derrick Henry Titans 20
T12. Joe Mixon Bengals 20
T12. David Johnson Cardinals 20

Marlon Mack should be the face of the Colts offense going forward. He’s an RB1 rest of season and could be bought at an RB2 price since he’s not a household name….yet. Josh Jacobs was unleashed in London and took full advantage looking great against one of the toughest run defenses in the league in Chicago. Washington and Richard got looks in the box score, but that was due to Jacobs being shaken up in the middle of the game. This backfield is Jacob’s own for the rest of the season.

Aaron Jones showed that he does not belong in a split back field. Hopefully LaFleur keeps the back field to Jones when Jamaal Williams returns. Carlos Hyde got plenty of work in a shoot-out but didn’t wow anyone with the carries he got. He could be sold “high” as it won’t be every week that the Texans put up 53 points. Speaking of selling high, Mixon might be a must sell as his value peaked this weekend. The Bengals have a terrible offense that doesn’t want to run the ball with an even more terrible offensive line, things aren’t going to get much better.

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

Player Team Week 5 Targets
1. Gerald Everett Rams 11
T2. Byron Pringle Chiefs 9
T2. Demaryius Thomas Jets 9
4. Diontae Johnson Steelers 8
T5. KeeSean Johnson Cardinals 7
T5. Anthony Miller Bears 7
T7. Geronimo Allison Packers 6
T7. Randall Cobb Cowboys 6
T7. Adam Humphries Titans 6
T7. Ito Smith Falcons 6
T7. Auden Tate Bengals 6
T7. James Washington Steelers 6

Gerald Everett has been involved in the Rams offense for the second straight week. It helped that Cooks went out during the game, but with the Tight End landscape being thin, it’s not a bad idea to take a shot on him. Byron Pringle had himself a game on Sunday night. His big game was assisted by Tyreek Hill still being out and Sammy Watkins leaving the game early in the first quarter. Any active receiving option for the Chiefs can have a break out day any week, it just a matter of where Pringle lands on the depth chart once Hill and Watkins are back in the lineup.

KeeSean Johnson has been on the top targets waiver list for most of the season. Arizona’s offense is going to figure things out eventually and KeeSean is a free piece to the offense in all leagues. Anthony Miller flashed in week 5, but the Bears’ offense seems lost and Miller’s stats was inflated by the negative game script Chicago found itself in. Auden Tate got looks with John Ross out and the Bengals facing a banged-up Ravens secondary. Don’t be surprised if he’s on this list next week also.

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

Player Team Week 5 Touches
1. Ito Smith Falcons 12
2. Chase Edmonds Cardinals 11
T3. Jonathan Hilliman Giants 10
T3. Tra Carson Packers 10
5. DeAndre Washington Raiders 9
T6. Gerald Everett Rams 7
T6. Alexander Mattison Vikings 7
T6. Adrian Peterson Redskins 7
T6. Jordan Wilkins Colts 7
T10. Brandon Bolden Patriots 6
T10. Gus Edwards Ravens 6
T10. Nyheim Hines Colts 6
T10. Byron Pringle Chiefs 6
T10. Jaylen Samuels Steelers 6
T10. Wendell Smallwood Redskins 6
T10. T.J. Yeldon Bills 6

Ito Smith was involved in a massive shoot-out on Sunday and could be in for one yet again as the Falcons take on the Cardinals. Freeman has struggled this year and Ito could take more and more carries as the Falcons continue to lose. Smith is a great add if your running backs are thin this week. Same can be said about Chase Edmonds. Edmonds will be in the same game, but he’s behind David Johnson, who is having a far better season than Freeman. Edmonds will still get looks next week, even more than week 5 if Johnson’s back starts to act up this week.

Jonathan Hilliman is a starting running back in the NFL for week 6 if you can believe that. He goes up against New England’s defense, but game script won’t have him running a lot, although he does have a decent track record of pass catching in college, but nothing elite. Adrian Peterson has fallen below 50% owned and with a new head coach it could mean Peterson gets more work. He also might have game script go in his favor as Washington and Miami pillow fight for Tua in week 6.

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Author: Matt Bradley