Targets/Touches Report – Week 9

By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910

Top 12 Targets Leaders

Player Team Week 9 Targets
1. Tyler Lockett Seahawks 18
2. Mike Evans Bucs 16
3. Mohamed Sanu Patriots 14
T4. Jarvis Landry Browns 13
T4. Jaylen Samuels Steelers 13
T6. Davante Adams Packers 11
T6. Julian Edelman Patriots 11
T6. Zach Ertz Eagles 11
T6. DeAndre Hopkins Texans 11
T10. Marvin Jones Lions 10
T10. Hunter Henry Chargers 10
T10. D.J. Moore Panthers 10
T10. Sammy Watkins Chiefs 10

Tyler Lockett had the definition of a boom game on Sunday. With the front runner to be MVP this season in Russell Wilson throwing him the ball, Lockett is always in play for a huge game. Mike Evans continues his hot streak and has now become the WR2 for the season. Fantasy owners have forgotten about Evans’ woes in the early part of the season.  Mohamed Sanu struggled in his first appearance with the Patriots but bounced back getting 14 targets in their loss to Baltimore. Sanu seems to be third in line behind James White and Julian Edelman. Sanu’s value is more in PPR formats with scoring upside in the Patriots offense. 

Davante Adams was welcomed back from his injury absence with 11 targets. Unfortunately, he and the Packers had an off game, but should look to bounce back with a full week of full health. He’s still a WR1. Zach Ertz finally gets his first 100 yard game in the 2019 season! Dallas Goedert has eaten into Ertz’s production this season and even though he had a good game, it still doesn’t change the fact that Philadelphia loves two tight ends in their offense.

Top 12 Touches Leaders

Player Team Week 9 Touches
1. Josh Jacobs Raiders 28
2. Christian McCaffrey Panthers 27
T3. Le’Veon Bell Jets 25
T3. Dalvin Cook Vikings 25
T3. Marlon Mack Colts 25
T6. Nick Chubb Browns 24
T7. Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys 23
T7. Melvin Gordon Chargers 23
T7. Devin Singletary Bills 23
10. Jaylen Samuels Steelers 21
T11. Jordan Howard Eagles 20
T11. Ronald Jones Bucs 20

Josh Jacobs continued his Rookie of the Year campaign with 120 yards and 2 scores. Jacobs is a RB1 that doesn’t get the passing work in the offense, leaving plenty of room to grow. Nick Chubb has been a solid RB1 for the season, but Kareem Hunt has now served his full suspension and is back with the Browns. Although he’s new to the team, he’s still too talented to not give carries to. Melvin Gordon finally put up numbers that his fantasy owners have been waiting for. The change at OC seems to be benefitting Gordon.

Devin Singletary had his break out game with 140 yards and a score on Sunday. Gore is still cutting into his work, but the coaching staff should feel confident that Singletary can carry the load for the Bills. Jaylen Samuels replaced James Conner and excelled in the roll, well more specifically in the receiving game. Samuels only had 10 yards on the ground, but set a franchise-record for RBs with 13 receptions.

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

Player Team Week 9 Targets
T1. Preston Williams Dolphins 9
T1. Jason Witten Cowboys 9
T3. Nelson Agholor Eagles 8
T3. Randall Cobb Cowboys 8
T3. Ryan Griffin Jets 8
T3. Breshad Perriman Bucs 8
T7. A.J. Brown Titans 7
T7. Chirs Conley Jaguars 7
T7. T.J. Hockenson Lions 7
T7. Vance McDonald Steelers 7
T7. Hunter Renfrow Raiders 7
T7. Deebo Samuel 49ers 7

Preston Williams and Jason Witten tied for the leader of targets on waivers. Unfortunately, this is the last time Williams will make the list this season as he has a torn ACL and is done for the year. Witten, on the other hand, has become a reliable target in the middle of the field for Dak Prescott. Witten finished with 58 yards on 8 catches.

Nelson Agholor was targeted eight times, but only came down with three catches for 21 yards. Agholor’s target share is there and might increase with DeSean Jackson on the shelf.  Randall Cobb also saw eight targets and also disappointed with only 35 yards to show for it. Cobb is no longer a wide receiver to rely on in fantasy. A.J. Brown finished with 81 yards on 4 catches. He’s hit another gear with Tannehill at quarterback.

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

Player Team Week 9 Touches
1. Ronald Jones Bucs 20
2. Mark Walton Dolphins 15
T3. Trey Edmunds Steelers 12
T3. Ty Johnson Lions 12
5. Dion Lewis Titans 9
6. Jason Witten Cowboys 8
T7. Kalen Ballage Dolphins 7
T7. Gus Edwards Ravens 7
T7. Dontrell Hilliard Browns 7
T7. J.D. McKissic Lions 7
T7. Rashaad Penny Seahawks 7
T12. Randall Cobb Cowboys 6
T12. Mike Gesicki Dolphins 6
T12. Ryan Griffin Jets 6
T12. Hunter Renfrow Raiders 6

Ronald Jones has disappointed in the past and has not lived up to the second round draft pick hype. Jones dipped below 50% owned and of course Bruce Arians came out and said that Jones will officially get more work in the backfield. He’s a must own player. Walton got 15 carries on Sunday, but only had 41 yards to show for it. Even worse, he gets suspended for four games and is an easy drop. Kalen Ballage should now be the next guy in line, but how valuable is the lead back for the Dolphins?

Trey Edmunds spelled Jaylen Samuel for the Steelers with Conner out. Edmunds was the focal point for the ground game for the Steelers leading the team with 73 yards. His role depends on Conner sitting out. Ty Johnson out touched J.D. McKissic on Sunday, but McKissic did more with his carries. Don’t be surprised if the roles flip, or the Lions decide to bring in someone off the street to help their running back stable.

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Author: Matt Bradley