Targets/Touches Report – Week 6

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 6 Targets
1. Mike Evans Bucs 17
2. Julian Edelman Patriots 15
T3. Chris Godwin Bucs 12
T3. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 12
T3. Alshon Jeffery Eagles 12
T3. Auden Tate Bengals 12
T3. Michael Thomas Saints 12
T8. Odell Beckham Jr. Browns 11
T8. Stefon Diggs Vikings 11
T10. Tyreek Hill Chiefs 10
T10. D.J. Moore Panthers 10
T10. Mike Williams Chargers 10

Mike Evans made up for his absence in Week 5 by getting peppered by Jameis Winston in Week 6. Evans is a WR1 talent and will give owners WR1 performances, but since Winston is his QB, there will also be dud games. DeAndre Hopkins finished tied for third in targets in week 6, but his fantasy numbers wouldn’t have suggested that. This is yet another disappointing week for Hopkins, but with targets come fantasy points…eventually. Buy low on him while you still can. Alshon Jeffery has now scored in two of the last three contests for Philadelphia. He’s been a great WR2 for your team, but faces Dallas, Buffalo and Chicago in the coming weeks. Could flip him now while the iron is hot.

Michael Thomas might be the best Wide Receiver in football. Week 6 showed that it doesn’t matter who’s throwing him the ball, he will put up numbers as he’s the current WR2 on the season in PPR. Odell Beckham Jr. hit 100 receiving yards for the second time this season. Baker Mayfield has struggled along with his offensive line all year which has hindered Beckham’s inaugural season in Cleveland. With no help in sight, might be a good time to sell Beckham while he’s fresh on owner’s minds. The squeaky wheel got some grease in Minnesota as Stefon Diggs put up a career game against Philadelphia. Diggs went up against a soft Eagles secondary and Kirk Cousins was throwing to him all day. This might have been the perfect storm for Diggs but a rocky reality check is most likely instore in the coming weeks.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 6 Touches
1. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 33
2. Chris Carson Seahawks 28
3. Carlos Hyde Texans 27
T4. Leonard Fournette Jaguars 26
T4. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 26
T6. Nick Chubb Browns 25
T6. Adrian Peterson Redskins 25
8. Sony Michel Patriots 24
9. James Conner Steelers 23
10. Devonta Freeman Falcons 22
11. Tevin Coleman 49ers 20
T12. Dalvin Cook Vikings 18
T12. David Johnson Cardinals 18
T12. Alvin Kamara Saints 18
T12. Benny Snell Steelers 18
T12. Jamaal Williams Packers 18

Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in touches in week 6. This was helped by having Amari Cooper leave the game early as he was used heavily in both the running and passing game for Dallas finishing with 152 total yards and a score. Carlos Hyde’s revenge game against the Chiefs was a pleasant surprise to his owners with 130 total yards and finding pay dirt. Hyde is a hold for now as he’s been decent as an RB2 for teams with the volume  he receives and the possibility of scoring every week. While the passing game in Cleveland struggles, Nick Chubb does not with his heavy work load. After the bye, the question in Cleveland’s backfield is how is Kareem Hunt going to fit in once he comes back?

Adrian Peterson was unleashed by the Redskins against the Miami Dolphins as he put up 118 yards rushing on 23 carries. Washington was in the game for all four quarters which meant Peterson was always an option, but when they get down in games, Chris Thompson cuts into APs work load. If only Devonta Freeman could play the Cardinals every week, he’d be back to his ADP price at the very least. Unfortunately, he’s still behind that awful O-line and Ito Smith is still popping in for touches here and there. It doesn’t help that the offense isn’t competitive early in games for Freeman to be used consistently.

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

Player Team Week 6 Targets
1. Auden Tate Bengals 12
T2. Dallas Goedert Eagles 8
T2. Darius Slayton Giants 8
T4. Geronimo Allison Packers 7
T4. Nelson Agholor Eagles 7
T4. Rhett Ellison Giants 7
T4. Mike Gesicki Dolphins 7
T4. Scotty Miller Bucs 7
T9. Tavon Austin Cowboys 6
T9. Keke Coutee Texans 6
T9. Alex Erickson Bengals 6
T9. Tedd Ginn Jr. Saints 6
T9. Adam Humphries Titans 6
T9. Dante Pettis 49ers 6
T9. Ricky Seals-Jones Browns 6
T9. Mark Walton Dolphins 6
T9. Preston Williams Dolphins 6
T9. Albert Wilson Dolphins 6
T9. Cedrick Wilson Cowboys 6

Auden Tate puts up another good week for fantasy. With A.J. Green and John Ross III out, he’s eating up the vacant targets and is a great deep league play against the Jalen Ramsey-less Jaguars. Dallas Goedert gets 8 targets in week 6, but didn’t do a whole lot with them besides limiting Zach Ertz’s upside. Darius Slayton makes the waiver target leaders list again as he was the only recognizable face on the field behind Golden Tate. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard status are up in the air for week 7 as well as Slayton’s fantasy relevancy.

Allison got his 7 targets before leaving with a chest injury and a concussion in Monday night’s game. Allison only had 40 yards to show for the night, but with Davante Adams’ status still in doubt for week 7, Allison could be in-line for yet another decent play if he is able to be on the field. Four Dolphins make the list this week with Mike Gesicki, Mark Walton, Preston Williams, and Albert Wilson. There is no stud on the Dolphins and spreading the ball around won’t provide any useful fantasy players from Miami. Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson make the list for the Cowboys. Both benefited from Cooper’s early exit and both could have a bigger role with the team if Cooper is still sidelined in week 7.

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

Player Team Week 6 Touches
T1. Benny Snell Steelers 18
T1. Jamaal Williams Packers 18
3. Alexander Mattison Vikings 14
4. Jonathan Hilliman Giants 13
T5. Malcolm Brown Rams 11
T5. Latavius Murray Saints 11
T5. Mark Walton Dolphins 11
T8. Chase Edmonds Cardinals 7
T8. Darrell Henderson Rams 7
T10. Giovani Bernard Bengals 6
T10. Gus Edwards Ravens 6
T10. Darren Fells Texans 6
T10. Adam Humphries Titans 6

Benny Snell got decent work on Sunday night for the Steelers as Conner went down with a quad injury. Snell had 75 yards on 17 carries and another 14 through the air. If Conner is questionable, Snell would be a great play against Miami in week 8. Jamaal Williams gained 136 yards on Monday Night and could be inline for more work. Not only did he have a great game, but Aaron Jones didn’t do himself any favors with his poor performance. I think it’s safe to say the #FreeAaronJones is now over as long as LaFleur wants a time share.

Alexander Mattison, Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds make the wavier touches leader list in week 6. All three should be owned as handcuffs that would turn into league winners if anything were to happen to the guys in front of them. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson split work in the backfield for the Rams with Todd Gurley out. Neither of them flashed against a good San Francisco defense, and fantasy owners were disappointed as expectations were to have the 2019 version of C.J. Anderson. Both are just holds, with their upside limited by Gurley’s health.

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