OK, so maybe it wasn't exactly like the old days for Reggie Wayne in the Colts' opener, because Indy didn't win and he didn't find the end zone. The pass pictured above was deflected, then intercepted. The Andrew Luck era began with lots of passing yards (309), too many turnovers (4), and a 20-point loss.
But in terms of individual workload, Wayne has nothing to complain about, nor do his fantasy owners. He saw 18 targets in Week 1, tied for the most in the NFL. (Darren McFadden saw 18 on Monday night, catching 13). Reggie caught nine balls for 135 yards, and he was targeted four times in the red zone. Indianapolis has the look of a team that will be involved in shootouts all season, so don't be surprised to see Wayne's name atop the target leader board a few more times.
Also note that first-year tight end Coby Fleener saw 10 targets from Luck on Sunday, catching six. The team's other rookie tight end, third-rounder Dwayne Allen, didn't see a single pass thrown in his direction. There was low-level buzz surrounding Allen during camp, but Fleener is clearly the guy running routes, the player to own in fantasy.
Please continue beyond the jump for last week's target leaders, with the usual bulleted player blurbs...
(Note: Several other players saw six targets in Week 1. The four listed here were simply the most productive)
• Sure, Kevin Ogletree may have just delivered the best stat line of his season, but that doesn't mean he can't be useful going forward. The Dallas offense has a history of supporting multiple receivers who have relevance to the fantasy community. Who the heck was Miles Austin before his breakout 10-catch, 250-yard binge in '09? Nobody. Just some fourth-year undrafted depth chart wideout ... kinda like Ogletree this season. Please keep an open mind here. 'Tree might never again see a corner as unskilled as Michael Coe, true, but he wasn't the only Giants DB that was abused in the opener.
• Dennis Pitta was terrific in Baltimore's Monday night mega-win over Cincinnati. Joe Flacco took full advantage of size mismatches involving the tight end, resulting in an unexpectedly solid fantasy line (5-73-1-3). Let's just recall that Pitta and Ed Dickson split the tight end receiving workload for the Ravens last season, and it was tilted in Ed's favor. Pitta hauled in 40 passes on 56 targets, Dickson 54 on 89. Both players figure to see opportunities in the year ahead.
• Randall Cobb's usage became one Sunday's more interesting developments, fantasy-wise. The Packers deployed him not only in the expected manner...
...but also in the backfield...
...where he could run short routes designed to get him matched with a linebacker or safety, with room to operate.
Presumably you already know that Cobb is a dangerous man when he gets the ball in his hands. This year, Green Bay appears determined to increase his touches and maximize his big-play potential. Sunday's effort was plenty encouraging. With Greg Jennings (groin) doubtful for Thursday night's game against Chicago, Cobb and James Jones definitely get interesting.
• Braylon Edwards gave us a nice target total in Seattle's opener, but he didn't really do much too inspire confidence. He whiffed on a potential game-winning catch, surprising no one.
• You'll note that Andrew Hawkins led the Bengals in both catches (8) and receiving yards (86) in the opener, though not in targets. He's suddenly a person of interest in the PPR community, though it seems unlikely that Cincy's offense will yield a second starting-quality fantasy wideout for standard league players.
• I'm not going to give you a hard sell on Dexter McCluster, either, mostly because I hate to encourage investments in uninteresting offenses. But deep leaguers will appreciate McCluster's unusual position eligibility (RB/WR), and everyone likes a double-digit target total.