Welcome to the NFC targets and touches for Week 8 of the NFL season. The AFC portion will be up tomorrow night, so try to contain your excitement.
This week I’m using just the targets for the last five games so we can stay up to date on the goings on and I’m also adding the total red zone targets over the last five weeks to give a fuller picture of how targets are distributed.
And if you are new to the column let me take you through a quick look at how I set things up. You'll see something like this "Larry Fitzgerald: 6-9-6-12-5 (38)” which just means that Fitzgerald had 6 targets in Week 3, 9 targets in Week 4, 6 in Week 5, 12 in Week 6 and 5 in Week 7 with 38 total. It’s as easy as following me on Twitter.
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Below I have all the running backs from both conferences with seven or more carries inside the opponent’s 10-yard line followed by the number of touchdowns they’ve made from those carries.
Frank Gore: 17 (4), Jamaal Charles: 17 (6), Marshawn Lynch: 15 (5), Knowshon Moreno: 14 (6), Fred Jackson: 12 (4), Willis McGahee: 12 (1), Matt Forte: 10 (4), Ray Rice: 10 (3), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 9 (3), DeMarco Murray: 9 (3), Arian Foster: 9 (1), Rashard Mendenhall: 9 (3), Adrian Peterson: 9 (3), Maurice Jones-Drew: 8 (2), Danny Woodhead: 8 (1), Le'Veon Bell: 8 (2), Zac Stacy: 8 (0), Mike Tolbert: 7 (3),
LeSean McCoy: 7 (1), Jackie Battle: 7 (1), Brandon Bolden: 7 (1), Ben Tate: 7 (1), Bernard Pierce: 7 (2)
Knowshon Moreno and Mike Tolbert lead the way with 42.9% of their carries inside the 10-yard line going for touchdowns, while Matt Forte (40%) and Jamaal Charles (35.3%) come in at third and fourth.
Michael Floyd: 6-10-7-6-10 (39), Larry Fitzgerald: 6-9-6-12-5 (38), Andre Ellington: 6-6-4-5-5 (26), Andre Roberts: 4-2-1-4-8 (19), Rob Housler: 3-2-2-5-7 (19), Alfonso Smith: 1-1-3-1-4 (10), Rashard Mendenhall: 1-4-2-1-0 (8), Jim Dray: 0-1-2-2-2 (7), Jaron Brown: 2-2-0-1-2 (7), Stepfan Taylor: 1-0-0-0-0 (1)
Over the last five games Floyd and Fitzgerald have had nearly the same amount of targets with Fitzgerald hampered by a hamstring injury. Interestingly Andre Ellington has actually seen the third most targets while Roberts and Housler cancel each other out for the most part. Once Fitzgerald is healthy he should see the bulk of the targets, but Floyd has established himself as a sound target.
Bruce Arians has stayed true to his word about Ellington being a 30-32 snap guy. In each of the last two games he’s had exactly 32 snaps while Rashard Mendenhall has had 23 and 24. That seems like the baseline we can assume going forward, but touches of course will fluctuate.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Michael Floyd: (3), Andre Ellington: (3), Larry Fitzgerald: (3), Andre Roberts: (3), Jim Dray: (2), Jaron Brown: (1), Rob Housler: (1)
The Cardinals have played some tough defenses of late and they haven’t spent much time in the red zone. Four players have three targets each over the last five weeks. Floyd’s size is a good fit for the red zone and with his first touchdown of the season coming against San Francisco two weeks ago we may see more of him when they get down there.
Tony Gonzalez: 5-14-14-BYE-4 (37), Julio Jones: 12-13-11-BYE-dnp (36), Harry Douglas: 6-6-4-BYE-7 (23), Jacquizz Rodgers: 3-6-4-BYE-9 (22), Roddy White: 4-9-4-BYE-dnp (17), Jason Snelling: 5-3-5-BYE-0 (13), Levine Toilolo: 1-2-2-BYE-0 (5), Darius Johnson: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3 (3), Drew Davis: 1-0-0-BYE-1 (2), Kevin Cone: 0-0-1-BYE-0 (1), Brian Robiskie: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (1)
With both Roddy White and Julio Jones out the target leader was Jacquizz Rodgers with nine, then Harry Douglas with seven and then Tony Gonzalez’s four. Gonzalez saw extra attention from the Buccaneers and it showed in the box score.
Drew Davis was the clear #2 wide receiver, but only had one target, which he did catch for 24 yards. The target distribution will depend a lot on if Roddy White and/or Steven Jackson are able to go in Week 8.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Tony Gonzalez: (10), Julio Jones: (7), Jacquizz Rodgers: (6), Harry Douglas: (5), Roddy White: (4), Jason Snelling: (3), Levine Toilolo: (3), Brian Robiskie: (1)
With Gonzalez being smothered in the red zone last week it was all Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling as they got close to the end zone. Douglas and Gonzalez didn’t have one red zone target.
Steve Smith: 7-BYE-10-7-6 (30), Greg Olsen: 8-BYE-6-4-4 (22), Brandon LaFell: 5-BYE-9-4-4 (22), Ted Ginn: 4-BYE-5-3-2 (14), DeAngelo Williams: 2-BYE-3-5-1 (11), Mike Tolbert: 0-BYE-1-3-0 (4), Armanti Edwards: 0-BYE-2-dnp-dnp (2), Kenjon Barner: dnp-BYE-2-dnp-dnp (2), Domenik Hixon: 1-BYE-0-0-0 (1)
Steve Smith has gotten back on track with a touchdown in each of the last two games, but he’s still not in the elite targeted receivers. The Panthers just don’t throw the ball as much as other teams and since their defense is playing well I doubt they start.
DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton couldn’t get going against a weak Rams run defense. They rushed 38 times for 102 yards; a pitiful 2.7 yards per carry. That is a commitment to the run.
Mike Tolbert once again took all short yardage looks, which shouldn’t be even close to a surprise. It’s actually kind of nice to be assured that we cannot count on DeAngelo Williams to ever score a touchdown.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Steve Smith: (7), Brandon LaFell: (3), Greg Olsen: (2), Mike Tolbert: (1), Kenjon Barner: (1)
Smith is the preferred option for red zone looks, which is why he has scored twice over the last two weeks. Right now that’s what’s saving his fantasy value since he’s not seeing as many overall targets.
Brandon Marshall: 8-14-5-11-10 (48), Alshon Jeffery: 8-11-13-5-7 (44), Martellus Bennett: 5-12-5-7-3 (32), Matt Forte: 4-6-6-6-3 (25), Earl Bennett: 3-4-3-2-4 (16), Michael Bush: 1-0-0-2-dnp (3), Joe Anderson: 0-dnp-0-1-0 (1), Steve Maneri: 1-0-dnp-dnp-dnp (1), Marquess Wilson: dnp-dnp-0-dnp-1 (1), Dante Rosario: 0-0-1-0-0 (1), Tony Fiammetta: 0-0-0-1-0 (1)
Marc Trestman’s offense is allowing multiple fantasy players to have value, but we’ll have to see how Josh McCown leads the offense. Thankfully last week against Washington he came right on and looked good. The target breakdown feels about right with Marshall slightly ahead of Jeffery. Forte is solidly around 5 per game and Bennett gets the biggest fluctuation.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Martellus Bennett: (8), Brandon Marshall: (8), Alshon Jeffery: (7), Earl Bennett: (4), Matt Forte: (3)
The good thing about Bennett is that even though his target numbers are up and down he is always a threat to score as seen in his team leading red zone targets.
Dez Bryant: 6-9-10-8-16 (49), Jason Witten: 6-10-10-5-6 (37), Terrance Williams: 0-8-4-2-7 (21), Cole Beasley: 1-3-4-5-7 (20), Miles Austin: 5-dnp-dnp-4-3 (12), DeMarco Murray: 3-5-1-2-dnp (11), Joseph Randle: dnp-0-0-2-4 (6), Gavin Escobar: 2-0-3-0-1 (6), Dwayne Harris: 1-2-2-0-0 (5), Phillip Tanner: 0-0-0-0-2 (2), James Hanna: 0-0-1-1-0 (2)
Dez Bryant is targeted like the elite receiver he is, so there’s nothing new to report there. Jason Witten has seen a slight dip in targets with the emergence of Cole Beasley as another underneath target. We’re on a pretty limited sample here so I’m not shooting up the SOS flares just yet, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Miles Austin has seven targets over the last two games and no receptions while Terrance Williams has nine targets with eight receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Plus it looks like they may be shutting Austin down for a while to get his hamstring back to 100%. It very much looks like Williams is the man going forward.
With DeMarco Murray out Joseph Randle played 45 snaps to Phillip Tanner’s 21 and dominated touches 22 to 3. But if Lance Dunbar can return this week there is no telling how snaps and touches will shake out since Dunbar was the #2 back, but not a type of player projected for a big rushing load.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Dez Bryant: (7), Jason Witten: (5), Terrance Williams: (5), Cole Beasley: (3), DeMarco Murray: (1), James Hanna: (1), Miles Austin: (1), Gavin Escobar: (1)
Oddly enough Terrance Williams has four red zone targets and Cole Beasley has two over the last two games compared to just one for Dez Bryant and zero for Jason Witten. I don’t see that holding true for Bryant by any means, but another sign to keep your eye on for Witten.
Calvin Johnson: 13-10-dnp-8-15 (46), Kris Durham: 3-4-8-13-8 (36), Brandon Pettigrew: 2-7-5-4-7 (25), Reggie Bush: dnp-6-6-6-5 (23), Kevin Ogletree: 6-9-3-2-2 (22), Joique Bell: 5-4-4-2-4 (19), Ryan Broyles: 3-1-2-2-4 (12), Tony Scheffler: 2-2-7-dnp-dnp (11), Joseph Fauria: 3-0-0-3-4 (10), Nate Burleson: 9-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (9), Patrick Edwards: dnp-dnp-5-3-dnp (8), Theo Riddick: 2-1-0-dnp-dnp (3), Jeremy Ross: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-0 (2)
Megatron was fully back last week and he dominated targets and statistics. That of course is what he does, but we have seen big target numbers for Kris Durham of late. Of course many of those were related to Calvin Johnson’s injury, but he is no doubt the #2 wide receiver until Nate Burleson returns.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Calvin Johnson: (10), Joseph Fauria: (7), Kris Durham: (6), Reggie Bush: (3), Brandon Pettigrew: (3), Ryan Broyles: (1), Joique Bell: (1)
Joseph Fauria has been a touchdown machine this season. He’s seen four red zone targets in the last two games. Last week he saw 40% of the snaps, his highest total of the season. With Tony Scheffler being released he should at least stay in that range and continue to see red zone targets.
Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson: 9-BYE-7-10-6 (32), Randall Cobb: 11-BYE-8-4-dnp (23), Jermichael Finley: 1-BYE-6-7-5 (19), Jarrett Boykin: 0-BYE-0-6-10 (16), James Jones: 8-BYE-6-1-dnp (15), Eddie Lacy: dnp-BYE-1-1-7 (9), Andrew Quarless: 5-BYE-0-0-1 (6),
Johnathan Franklin: 3-BYE-0-1-1 (5), Ryan Taylor: 3-BYE-1-0-dnp (4), John Kuhn: dnp-BYE-0-2-1 (3)
Week 7 was the Jarrett Boykin show as he led the team in targets, receptions and yards while also leading in snaps. Myles White was the slot receiver while Boykin played on the outside. Boykin will most likely move back to the slot when James Jones returns, but with Cobb as the most targeted player before he was injured, we know the slot man gets plenty of looks.
Coming into Week 7 Eddie Lacy had four total targets and then in this game he gets seven and catches five. It will be interesting to see if this keeps up when James Jones returns, but regardless it is a good sign that they trust him enough in the passing game.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Jordy Nelson: (5), James Jones: (4), Randall Cobb: (2), Jermichael Finley: (2), Jarrett Boykin: (2), Johnathan Franklin: (1), John Kuhn: (1), Myles White: (1)
Boykin led last week in red zone targets with two, but Jones and Nelson will remain big contributors near the goal line. Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around well and doesn’t stick with one receiver near the end zone.
Jerome Simpson: 8-11-BYE-7-9 (35), Greg Jennings: 6-4-BYE-10-10 (30), Kyle Rudolph: 8-2-BYE-11-9 (30), Adrian Peterson: 6-1-BYE-4-4 (15), Cordarrelle Patterson: 4-2-BYE-2-6 (14), Jarius Wright: 4-1-BYE-2-5 (12), Toby Gerhart: 2-1-BYE-2-3 (8), John Carlson: 2-2-BYE-2-2 (8), Joe Webb: 1-1-BYE-4-1 (7), Jerome Felton: dnp-0-BYE-0-2 (2)
New Vikings’ quarterback Josh Freeman threw the ball 53 times and completed 20 of those for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Unfortunately there’s not much information to glean from all of these targets beside the fact Freeman is not an accurate passer.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Greg Jennings: (6), Kyle Rudolph: (2), Adrian Peterson: (2), Jerome Simpson: (2), John Carlson: (1), Toby Gerhart: (1)
New Orleans Saints
(With the Saints on bye last week let’s rewind to Week 6)
Jimmy Graham: 15-4-11-6-BYE (36), Darren Sproles: 6-8-3-12-BYE (29), Pierre Thomas: 6-6-9-1-BYE (22), Marques Colston: 8-8-2-3-BYE (21), Kenny Stills: 2-6-2-3-BYE (13), Ben Watson: 2-2-1-4-BYE (9), Jed Collins: 1-1-5-1-BYE (8), Nick Toon: dnp-2-1-4-BYE (7), Robert Meachem: 2-1-1-1-BYE (5), Lance Moore: 3-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (3), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-1-BYE (1)
The Patriots matched their big shutdown corner Aqib Talib against the Saints big offensive machine Jimmy Graham and Talib won. This was Graham’s first catchless game since his rookie season and to add injury to insult he had to leave the game with a foot injury.
Drew Brees was uncharacteristically error prone on many throws in this game despite not getting much pressure. He completed just 17-of-36 passes, which is less than 50% and Brees has only had a completion percentage of less than 50% four other times in his 176 games played.
After averaging over seven targets per game through the first four, Marques Colston has averaged just 2.5 over the last two. I will be interested to see how they handle him after the bye when they take on Buffalo at home. That would be a great time to get him back involved, but if they don’t, I’m ready to run away.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Jimmy Graham: (5), Darren Sproles: (4), Jed Collins: (4), Pierre Thomas: (3), Marques Colston: (3), Nick Toon: (2), Ben Watson: (1), Kenny Stills: (1), Travaris Cadet: (1)
New York Giants
Victor Cruz: 8-16-12-5-7 (48), Hakeem Nicks: 1-9-12-8-10 (40), Rueben Randle: 4-4-13-5-3 (29), Brandon Myers: 6-1-5-1-3 (16), Da'Rel Scott: 3-2-dnp-2-dnp (7), Bear Pascoe: 2-1-0-2-2 (7), Peyton Hillis: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-6 (6), Brandon Jacobs: 0-1-3-2-dnp (6), John Conner: dnp-0-0-0-5 (5), David Wilson: 0-3-1-dnp-dnp (4), Jerrel Jernigan: 1-0-3-0-0 (4), Michael Cox: dnp-0-0-0-2 (2), Henry Hynoski: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1), Louis Murphy: 1-0-dnp-dnp-0 (1)
Peyton Hillis led the Giants in fantasy points on Monday night and I think that’s all you really need to know about that game. Well, that and Hakeem Nicks for some reason continued to get targets even though he couldn’t catch a cold on a 16 hour plane ride with 40 first graders. He had two receptions on 10 targets.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Victor Cruz: (3), Hakeem Nicks: (3), John Conner: (1), Jerrel Jernigan: (1), Rueben Randle: (1)
The Giants as you can see haven’t been in the red zone much lately.
DeSean Jackson: 7-6-12-6-8 (39), Jason Avant: 8-4-7-6-12 (37), Riley Cooper: 7-2-1-6-7 (23), LeSean McCoy: 1-3-8-2-7 (21), Brent Celek: 5-6-3-1-4 (19), Zach Ertz: 1-2-3-6-5 (17), Bryce Brown: 0-3-2-2-1 (8), Jeff Maehl: 0-2-0-1-4 (7), Chris Polk: 0-2-0-0-dnp (2), James Casey: 0-1-0-dnp-0 (1), Damaris Johnson: 0-0-0-1-0 (1)
Nick Foles’ inaccuracy and Matt Barkley’s three interceptions are the reason you will see Michael Vick this week. The main fantasy players you’ve used all season will remain the same with McCoy and Jackson being the only two. Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper have flashed some fantasy prowess off and on, but there is no consistency developing. Zach Ertz will have value at some point, but I’m only rostering him in leagues with deep benches.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): DeSean Jackson: (7), Jason Avant: (6), Brent Celek: (4), Riley Cooper: (1), Jeff Maehl: (1), LeSean McCoy: (1), Damaris Johnson: (1), Zach Ertz: (1)
Jason Avant has seen a decent amount of red zone targets, but just the one touchdown. Jackson is the only receiver you want on this team.
San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin: 8-7-6-8-6 (35), Vernon Davis: dnp-4-6-11-8 (29), Kyle Williams: 6-1-0-2-1 (10), Frank Gore: 4-2-0-0-3 (9), Vance McDonald: 3-2-0-1-2 (8), Bruce Miller: 1-3-1-2-1 (8), Jon Baldwin: dnp-2-2-2-0 (6), Kendall Hunter: 1-1-0-1-0 (3), Garrett Celek: 2-0-0-0-0 (2), Marlon Moore: 1-dnp-0-1-dnp (2), Quinton Patton: 1-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (2), Anthony Dixon: 0-0-0-1-0 (1)
If Vernon Davis hadn’t have missed a game with a hamstring injury he would be the target leader and really, for all intents and purposes he is. A healthy Davis is a much better player than an older Anquan Boldin. At this point Boldin is just a matchup play.
Frank Gore had been trailing Anthony Dixon in goal line carries until the Jacksonville game where he had four carries inside the five-yard line and scored two touchdowns. Let’s hope that continues.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Vernon Davis: (5), Anquan Boldin: (3), Jon Baldwin: (1), Bruce Miller: (1), Vance McDonald: (1)
Vernon Davis is the preferred red zone target, but they also run the ball often when they get close to the end zone.
Golden Tate: 8-5-11-7-7 (38), Sidney Rice: 7-5-4-4-4 (24), Doug Baldwin: 2-4-9-4-1 (20), Luke Willson: 5-0-4-3-2 (14), Marshawn Lynch: 0-3-2-5-3 (13), Zach Miller: 3-3-dnp-dnp-7 (13), Jermaine Kearse: 1-1-1-3-3 (9), Kellen Davis: 2-0-0-1-1 (4), Robert Turbin: 1-0-0-2-0 (3), Derrick Coleman: 0-1-0-1-1 (3)
Golden Tate is now getting consistent targets, but since he isn’t usually a big play receiver, he needs targets closer to the end zone to score. Unfortunately for Tate Marshawn Lynch is the touchdown hog in Seattle. And if you couple that with Percy Harvin being very close to returning to the field, Tate is in trouble.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7):
Golden Tate: (4), Zach Miller: (3), Jermaine Kearse: (2), Sidney Rice: (2), Doug Baldwin: (1), Kellen Davis: (1), Robert Turbin: (1)
Tate has just one touchdown on the season while Miller has three on 13 receptions. Like I said, Lynch is the main man. Percy Harvin is going to have trouble scoring touchdowns as well, but as long as his explosiveness is still there he has the ability to make his own touchdowns happen.
St. Louis Rams
Chris Givens: 8-8-7-4-2 (29), Jared Cook: 7-9-3-2-7 (28), Tavon Austin: 7-8-6-1-5 (27), Austin Pettis: 5-9-5-1-4 (24), Brian Quick: 4-3-2-2-6 (17), Lance Kendricks: 5-1-6-2-3 (17), Isaiah Pead: 7-dnp-1-dnp-dnp (8), Zac Stacy: dnp-0-1-2-4 (7), Cory Harkey: 1-0-2-1-2 (6), Daryl Richardson: dnp-2-1-1-1 (5), Benny Cunningham: 3-1-0-0-dnp (4), Stedman Bailey: 1-0-0-0-0 (1)
The biggest problem for Rams receivers for fantasy this season is that Sam Bradford spread the ball out too much. There has been no go-to receiver and unless you are Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, that’s not going to translate into many fantasy players on your team. Now that Bradford is done for the season I suppose there is some small chance that Kellen Clemens or some other free agent scrub could really click with one of the receivers and target him like Mike Glennon targets Vincent Jackson, but that may be asking for too much. As it is the only player worth owning on the Rams is Zac Stacy and he just has flex appeal.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7):
Lance Kendricks: (5), Chris Givens: (3), Austin Pettis: (3), Brian Quick: (3), Isaiah Pead: (2), Jared Cook: (2), Tavon Austin: (2), Zac Stacy: (1), Cory Harkey: (1)
When Lance Kendricks is your main red zone target you know you are missing that one play-making receiver.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson: 6-11-BYE-14-22 (53), Tim Wright: 2-6-BYE-9-3 (20), Mike Williams: 9-6-BYE-dnp-5 (20), Doug Martin: 6-4-BYE-4-3 (17), Chris Owusu: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-3 (7), Brian Leonard: 2-2-BYE-1-2 (7), Eric Page: 5-0-BYE-0-0 (5), Tiquan Underwood: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-1 (5), Mike James: 0-1-BYE-0-3 (4), Jeff Demps: dnp-1-BYE-2-dnp (3), Tom Crabtree: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2 (3), Erik Lorig: 1-2-BYE-0-0 (3), Nate Byham: 1-0-BYE-dnp-dnp (1)
Vincent Jackson is the reason we pay attention to targets. If you have some ability (and VJax has a bunch) and you get a ton of targets, good things will happen. Over the last two weeks Jackson has seen 36 targets. Justin Blackmon is second with 29 and Dez Bryant third with 24. So he’s way ahead of the crowd. And in those two weeks he has caught 19 for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
On the other side of the coin is the rest of the team who are fighting like stray dogs over a hot dog bun. Half of Mike Glennon’s pass attempts went toward Jackson while the other 22 had to be rationed out to eight players. That doesn’t leave much room for fantasy relevancy, but if you are a Jackson owner you are pretty darn happy.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Vincent Jackson: (7), Mike Williams: (5), Doug Martin: (2), Tim Wright: (2), Kevin Ogletree: (1), Brian Leonard: (1)
All seven of Vincent Jackson’s red zone targets have come in the last two games and so have all four of his touchdowns. Coincidence? No, it probably isn’t. Mike Williams also had two red zone targets last game, so it’s not like he’s completely been forgotten, but he’s no longer the preferred red zone target like he was when Josh Freeman was quarterbacking.
Pierre Garcon: 13-7-BYE-15-8 (43), Leonard Hankerson: 7-7-BYE-6-5 (25), Jordan Reed: 6-dnp-BYE-6-9 (21), Santana Moss: 9-3-BYE-3-2 (17), Roy Helu: 3-3-BYE-6-2 (14), Logan Paulsen: 6-2-BYE-0-1 (9), Josh Morgan: 2-1-BYE-1-0 (4), Niles Paul: 1-3-BYE-0-0 (4), Aldrick Robinson: 2-0-BYE-0-2 (4), Darrel Young: 0-2-BYE-0-0 (2), Alfred Morris: 1-0-BYE-1-0 (2), Fred Davis: dnp-1-BYE-0-dnp (1)
Jordan Reed had a few week hiatus from his emergence as a fantasy star due to injury, but it was inevitable. His 15 targets over the last two games aren’t huge, but for Washington they rank him second to Garcon who is usually the only guy Robert Griffin actually wants to throw it to. Reed’s emergence should help Garcon out who will still remain the target leader for the team, but will also finally have someone else to take the heat off him.
Roy Helu’s three touchdowns were a bit of a shock to most people, especially Alf Morris owners. Morris was in the game for 41 snaps to Helu’s 35. Helu is the hurry up running back while Morris is the slow it down running back. With Washington’s defense it might be time to pick up Helu.
Red Zone Targets (Weeks 3-7): Pierre Garcon: (9), Jordan Reed: (2), Leonard Hankerson: (2), Alfred Morris: (1), Niles Paul: (1), Logan Paulsen: (1), Santana Moss: (1), Roy Helu: (1)
Garcon is of course the leader her, but Reed did get his two targets last week against Chicago. I may be too high on Reed, but Griffin loves his presence in the middle of the field and Garcon will as well.
Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus