Targets/Touches Report – Week 8

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 8 Targets
T1. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 13
T1. Auden Tate Bengals 13
T3. D.J. Chark Jaguars 12
T3. Mike Evans Buccaneers 12
T3. Julio Jones Falcons 12
T3. Latavius Murray Saints 12
T7. Julian Edelman Patriots 11
T7. Christian Kirk Cardinals 11
T7. Curtis Samuel Panthers 11
T7. Michael Thomas Saints 11
T11. Keenan Allen Chargers 10
T11. Saquon Barkley Giants 10
T11. Cooper Kupp Rams 10
T11. Jarvis Landry Browns 10
T11. Golden Tate Giants 10

DeAndre Hopkins saw more down field targets with Will Fuller out. Hopkins is finally returning on his first round value. D.J. Chark target volume suggests that he isn’t just a touchdown dependent wide receiver. With target volume and touchdowns comes WR1 value. Mike Evans reminded fantasy owners that they can’t quit on him as he put up almost 200 yards receiving and two scores. Yes, his quarterback is Jamies, but Evans is still one the league’s best wide outs and his teammate Chris Godwin isn’t half bad either.

Julio Jones had a rough few weeks earlier this season, but like Evans, he also put up a big stat line on Sunday with 10 catches for 152 yards. After having 4 scores in weeks 1-3, Jones hasn’t found the end zone since and is due for positive scoring regression, but we’ve heard this story from Julio before. Curtis Samuel saw 11 targets, but only was able to bring in 4 for 46. Samuel might see a lot of volume for Carolina, but he has been very disappointing and unproductive with it.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 8 Touches
1. David Montgomery Bears 31
2. Latavius Murray Saints 30
3. Dalvin Cook Vikings 28
4. Saquon Barkley Giants 27
T5. James Conner Steelers 26
T5. Leonard Fournette Jaguars 26
7. Jordan Howard Eagles 24
T8. Nick Chubb Browns 21
T8. Devonta Freeman Falcons 21
T8. Sony Michel Patriots 21
T8. Joe Mixon Bengals 21
T12. Chris Carson Seahawks 20
T12. Aaron Jones Packers 20
T12. Marlon Mack Colts 20

Matt Nagy wasn’t kidding when he said that the Bears needed to run the ball, and that’s exactly what David Montgomery did in his breakout game. 135 yards on 23 carries and a score shows that Montgomery can thrive with a heavy workload. The Bears should give him exactly that in the coming weeks. Latavius Murray succeeded again in the lead role for the Saints in week 8. Murray pulled off 157 total yards on 30 touches and a score. It’s hard to gauge Murray’s value in fantasy when Kamara comes back as his role goes back to being a high end handcuff again. James Conner had 145 yards on the ground and found the end zone before leaving with an AC joint injury. Conner will be on the injury report watch all week to see if he’s available for next Sunday. 

Jordan Howard had himself a decent day at the office with 111 total yards and a score. Howard saw more of a feature back work load as Miles Sanders only got 6 touches before leaving with a shoulder injury. Devonta Freeman ends up on the top touches list for week 8 as he had 13 carries and 8 receptions for 102 yards. Freeman had a small bright spot in a very disappointing season so far, just like the Falcons’ season as a whole. Another running back who’s been disappointing, but had a strong week is Joe Mixon. Mixon had 77 total yards and a touchdown, but is still on a very bad team that won’t be in a positive game script in many games this season, which isn’t good news for him.

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

Player Team Week 8 Targets
1. Auden Tate Bengals 11
T2. Tyler Eifert Bengals 9
T2. Russell Gage Falcons 9
T4. Danny Amendola Lions 8
T4. Noah Fant Broncos 8
T4. DeVante Parker Dolphins 8
T4. Josh Reynolds Rams 8
T8. Cole Beasley Bills 7
T8. Chris Conley Jaguars 7
T8. Alex Erickson Bengals 7
T8. Diontae Johnson Steelers 7
T8. Jonnu Smith Titans 7
T8. Preston Williams Dolphins 7

Auden Tate and Tyler Eifert top the list of target leaders on waivers in week 8. Both benefit from playing on a team that’s always down late in games and balls keep coming their way. For Tate, it’s the third straight game of 65 yards. Eifert finished with 6 catches and 74 yards making this his first game of the season with more than 30 yards receiving. Eifert can remain on waivers.  

Russell Gage’s value saw an up-tick as Sanu was traded. Gage ended up with 7 catches and 58 yards before heading into the BYE week. Parker may have emerged as the guy to own in Miami. No fantasy team should have to own a Dolphin player except in deep leagues. Josh Reynolds took advantage of the opportunity that opened when Brandin Cooks left with a concussion. Finishing with 73 yards and a score, Reynolds could be a very popular add, but he’s still on a struggling Rams offense that has been disappointing outside of Cooper Kupp.

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

Player Team Week 8 Touches
1. Alexander Mattison Vikings 15
2. Mark Walton Dolphins 14
3. Darrell Henderson Rams 13
T4. Tra Carson Lions 12
T4. Ronald Jones II Buccaneers 12
6. Raheem Mostert 49ers 9
T7. Danny Amendola Lions 8
T7. Rashaad Penny Seahawks 8
T9. Russell Gage Falcons 7
T9. Nyheim Hines Colts 7
T11. Ryquell Armstead Jaguars 6
T11. Tyler Eifert Bengals 6
T11. Alex Erickson Bengals 6
T11. Darren Fells Texans 6
T11. DeVante Parker Dolphins 6
T11. Jonnu Smith Titans 6
T11. DeAndre Washington Raiders 6

Please go and get Alexander Mattison before it’s too late. Mattison might not have week to week value, but if anything were to happen to Dalvin Cook, he will be a league winner. Christmas came early for Mark Walton this year as Kenyan Drake was traded to the Cardinals. Walton is in line to get the Dolphins work load, but will share some of it with Kalen Ballage. Darrell Henderson shared the workload with Todd Gurley on Sunday, but no one expected it to be close to a 50/50 split. With Malcolm Brown coming back soon, this back field gets uglier and if there was an odd man out, it would be Henderson.

Tra Carson was a candidate for the “replace Kerryon Johnson” job opening in Detroit. He did get 12 carries, but only had 34 yards to show for it. He can stay on waivers. Ronald Jones will forever be in a timeshare with Peyton Barber. It seems that Tampa Bay doesn’t trust either with a full workload. Raheem Mostert had a great week in the 49ers blow out win with 60 yards rushing and a score. Unfortunately for Mostert, the game script was a best case scenario and Mostert is third in line for work. It’ll be hard to rely on Mostert week to week, but he’s someone to keep an eye especially with Coleman and Breida’s injury history.

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