Week 7: AFC Targets & Touches

Jesse Pantuosco
Rotoworld

Fantasy football is, at its core, an exercise in risk analysis. Points are our currency and every article we digest, every podcast we engorge ourselves in, every box score we study is aimed at shining a light on safe, bankable volume we can rely on. That’s the purpose served by Targets and Touches, a thorough and exhaustively researched window into which players are making their respective teams tick. This is a weekly fixture here at Rotoworld, informed by data from Airyards.com, Pro Football Focus and Pro-Football-Reference.

Before we open Pandora’s box, please note that stat lines are arranged with the most recent game first while “X” signifies a player’s absence. To make the info more accessible, I also cut out much of the clutter, removing players averaging fewer than one target or carry, anyone slated to miss significant time and other fluff (fullback and receiver carries, for instance) that doesn’t factor into our decision-making. Because we’re in the meat of the season now, each players’ stats will only include the past five games. Anything more would be overkill. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

Baltimore Ravens

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Targets: Mark Andrews (8, 8, 7, 8, 7), Seth Roberts (4, 2, 2, 5, 2), Miles Boykin (2, 3, 0, 3, 1), Hayden Hurst (2, 1, 4, 2, 5), Nick Boyle (1, 4, 2, 1, 5), Mark Ingram (1, 3, 2, 1, 4), Willie Snead (1, 5, 5, 2, 5), Justice Hill (0, 0, 0, 2, 3) Marquise Brown (X, X, 5, 7, 9)

Air Yards: Mark Andrews (93, 72, 45, 94, 55), Miles Boykin (55, 44, 0, 31, 21), Seth Roberts (39, 9, 37, 36, 32), Hayden Hurst (10, 2, 19, 21, 72), Willie Snead (8, 35, 48, 16, 56), Justice Hill (0, 0, 0, 0, 4), Mark Ingram (-1, -10, -4, -4, 0), Nick Boyle (-2, 14, 34, 5, 34), Marquise Brown (X, X, 32, 41, 217)

Receiving Yards: Miles Boykin (55, 28, 0, 32, 0), Mark Andrews (39, 99, 45, 31, 15), Nick Boyle (20, 18, 0, 9, 58), Hayden Hurst (10, 4, 32, 39, 14), Seth Roberts (9, 23, 0, 36, 37), Mark Ingram (7, 22, 5, 0, 32), Justice Hill (0, 0, 0, 9, 0), Willie Snead (0, 18, 51, 61, 47), Marquise Brown (X, X, 22, 22, 49)

Carries: Lamar Jackson (14, 19, 14, 9, 8), Mark Ingram (12, 13, 19, 12, 16), Gus Edwards (8, 6, 5, 6, 7), Justice Hill (0, 5, 2, 2, 1)

RZ Targets: Mark Andrews (2, 0, 0, 1, 3), Hayden Hurst (1, 0, 0, 0, 2), Miles Boykin (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Nick Boyle (0, 1, 0, 0, 1), Justice Hill (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Willie Snead (0, 0, 2, 0, 0), Marquise Brown (X, X, 3, 2, 0)

RZ Carries: Mark Ingram (3, 2, 3, 2, 4), Lamar Jackson (3, 2, 3, 1, 3), Gus Edwards (1, 3, 1, 1, 0), Justice Hill (0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Marlon Humphrey (5-100-1, 1-1-0, 3-49-1, 2-20-0, 3-17-0), Brandon Carr (4-30-0, 3-43-0, 3-27-0, 3-32-0, 4-55-1), Marcus Peters (1-8-0, X, X, X, X), Maurice Canady (X, 10-109-0, 5-45-0, 0-0-0, 2-12-0)

Observations: There are 365 days in a year and unfortunately, they can’t all be winners. We’ve all had rough ones—days when every tee shot hooks left, days when the Starbucks barista completely butchers the spelling of your name (okay, that’s every day), days when no amount of Shout spray is getting that pen stain out of your newly-ruined button-down. Sunday was one of those days for Mark Andrews, who dropped more passes (three) than he caught (two) in a win against the Seahawks. At least he’s seen plenty of volume, commanding a 30-percent target share—tops in the league among tight ends—throughout Marquise Brown’s two-game absence. What’s happened to Mark Ingram? The former Heisman winner has fallen on hard times, contributing only 176 yards from scrimmage in his last three games while averaging a sluggish 3.23 yards per carry during that span. Goal-line touchdowns have been his saving grace, vaulting him to the RB26 position over that period. The NFL leader in rushing yards the past three weeks has been … Lamar Jackson?! Believe it (338 yards on the ground since Week 5). 

Buffalo Bills

Targets: Cole Beasley (6, 3, 13, 10, 4), John Brown (6, 5, 11, 5, 8), Dawson Knox (5, 5, 3, 4, 4), Isaiah McKenzie (3, 2, 0, 1, 2), Frank Gore (1, 2, 1, 2, 2), Tommy Sweeney (X, 2, 0, 3, 1), T.J. Yeldon (X, 5, 4, 3, 0)

Air Yards: John Brown (105, 58, 173, 57, 110), Dawson Knox (54, 26, 46, 45, 25), Cole Beasley (30, 14, 127, 38, 51), Isaiah McKenzie (16, -5, 0, -5, 17), Frank Gore (-4, 6, 0, -3, 1), Tommy Sweeney (X, 1, 0, 42, 1), T.J. Yeldon (X, -11, 33, 4, 0)

Receiving Yards: John Brown (83, 75, 69, 51, 72), Dawson Knox (22, 12, 58, 67, 18), Cole Beasley (16, 21, 75, 48, 83), Frank Gore (11, 9, 0, 13, 15), Isaiah McKenzie (11, 52, 0, 9, 40), Tommy Sweeney (X, 0, 0, 3, 0), T.J. Yeldon (X, 13, 68, 19, 0)

Carries: Frank Gore (11, 14, 17, 14, 19), Devin Singletary (7, X, X, X, 6), Josh Allen (4, 10, 5, 9, 7), T.J. Yeldon (X, 2, 0, 8, 0)

RZ Targets: Cole Beasley (1, 0, 0, 1, 0), John Brown (1, 0, 2, 0, 0), Isaiah McKenzie (1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Dawson Knox (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Tommy Sweeney (X, 0, 0, 1, 0), T.J. Yeldon (X, 0, 0, 1, 0)

RZ Carries: Frank Gore (1, 0, 5, 1, 4), Josh Allen (0, 2, 1, 3, 2), Devin Singletary (0, X, X, X, 1), T.J. Yeldon (X, 0, 0, 2, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Levi Wallace (7-108-1, 1-13-0, 4-51-0, 4-40-0, 8-66-1), Kevin Johnson (1-10-0, 2-19-0, 0-0-0, 3-49-0, 3-61-0), Tre’Davious White (1-5-0, 4-106-0, 1-5-0, 1-26-0, 6-55-0)

Observations: The Bills proved surprisingly gracious hosts to old friend Fitzpatrick in Week 7, permitting 282 yards and a pair of touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) to their former mate, though Miami’s upset bid ultimately died on the operating table. As ESPN’s Field Yates notes, John Brown is one of just two players in the sport (the other being NFL receiving yards leader Michael Thomas) to clear 50 yards receiving in all of his team’s games. The sixth-year deep man is on pace to set career-highs in both catches (88) and receiving yards (1,261). Third-round rookie Devin Singletary returned from a three-game injury absence Sunday, but was only afforded seven touches to Frank Gore’s 12. With Singletary leaving his hamstring woes in the rearview mirror, T.J. Yeldon—a healthy scratch in Week 7—appears to be the odd man out in Buffalo’s backfield stable.

Cincinnati Bengals

Targets: Tyler Boyd (14, 7, 14, 6, 11), Alex Erickson (14, 6, 1, 0, 1), Auden Tate (6, 12, 6, 6, 10), Giovani Bernard (3, 3, 3, 6, 2), Tyler Eifert (2, 2, 4, 5, 1), Joe Mixon (2, 3, 1, 5, 2), C.J. Uzomah (0, 3, 2, 1, 1), Damion Willis (0, 1, 4, 1, 0)

Air Yards: Alex Erickson (93, 73, 4, 0, 6), Auden Tate (80, 146, 34, 57, 85), Tyler Boyd (75, 61, 71, 48, 97), Tyler Eifert (13, 9, 10, 58, 17), Giovani Bernard (2, -11, 1, -15, 3), Joe Mixon (0, -4, -4, -16, -3), C.J. Uzomah (0, 10, 12, 13, 13), Damion Willis (0, 10, 21, 5, 0)

Receiving Yards: Alex Erickson (137, 47, 7, 0, 13), Auden Tate (65, 91, 26, 50, 88), Tyler Boyd (55, 10, 123, 33, 67), Tyler Eifert (10, 13, 14, 27, 18), Giovani Bernard (4, 20, 16, 16, 7), Joe Mixon (2, 29, 16, 1, 34), C.J. Uzomah (0, 26, 16, 0, 0), Damion Willis (0, 0, 38, 8, 0)

Carries: Joe Mixon (10, 8, 19, 15, 15), Giovani Bernard (4, 4, 2, 1, 3), Andy Dalton (4, 1, 2, 3, 1)

RZ Targets: Alex Erickson (2, 1, 0, 0, 0), Tyler Boyd (1, 0, 1, 0, 0), Joe Mixon (1, 0, 0, 1, 1), Auden Tate (1, 2, 3, 2, 0), Giovani Bernard (0, 1, 2, 0, 0), Tyler Eifert (0, 0, 1, 2, 1), C.J. Uzomah (0, 0, 2, 1, 0)

RZ Carries: Giovani Bernard (1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Andy Dalton (1, 1, 1, 0, 1), Joe Mixon (1, 1, 2, 1, 2)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Tony McRae (5-94-1, 2-18-0, 0-0-0, 0-0-0, 3-17-0), B.W. Webb (3-83-0, 3-40-0, 2-21-0, 0-0-0, X), William Jackson (X, 3-30-0, 2-50-0, 3-59-1, 3-14-0), Dre Kirkpatrick (X, 1-4-0, 5-31-0, 2-6-0, 2-33-0)

Observations: The Bengals are crumbling before us, to the point where even supposed stars like Joe Mixon and Tyler Boyd have crawled into dark holes, abandoning all semblance of hope in a lost season. We all know the iconic Guns N’ Roses’ album Appetite for Destruction, but lately Boyd has shown an appetite for self-destruction. He left fantasy owners at the altar with a disastrous Week 7, hauling in just five of his team-high 14 targets for 55 yards while committing three drops and a lost fumble. He was also the intended receiver on two of Andy Dalton’s three fourth-quarter interceptions. Mixon has been arguably an even bigger disappointment, sabotaging fantasy owners by supplying just 12 rushing yards on 18 attempts (0.67 yards per carry) over his last two appearances. In a twist no one saw coming (he was started in 0.2 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues last week), return-specialist-turned-receiving-star Alex Erickson has seen a combined 20 targets the past two weeks, tied for fourth-most in the league during that span. He’s seen the field on 65.6 percent of Cincy’s snaps since John Ross was lost to a shoulder injury, including 66-of-70 in Week 7. 

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Cleveland Browns

Targets: Odell Beckham (11, 6, 7, 9, 10), Nick Chubb (6, 1, 4, 7, 4), Ricky Seals-Jones (6, 2, 3, 2, 0), Jarvis Landry (5, 6, 10, 9, 7), Antonio Callaway (4, 3, X, X, X), Dontrell Hilliard (3, 0, 3, 0, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 2, 0, 2, 1), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 1, 0, 0, 4), Damion Ratley (X, 1, 3, 5, 3)

Air Yards: Odell Beckham (124, 89, 120, 46, 147), Ricky Seals-Jones (74, 30, 33, 12, 0), Antonio Callaway (55, 45, X, X, X), Jarvis Landry (54, 69, 60, 138, 62), Dontrell Hilliard (9, 0, 6, 0, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 7, 0, 6, 4), D’Ernest Johnson (0, -3, 0, 0, 25), Nick Chubb (-12, -3, -12, -12, 16), Damion Ratley (X, 24, 61, 28, 27)

Receiving Yards: Odell Beckham (101, 27, 20, 56, 161), Ricky Seals-Jones (47, 0, 82, 14, 0), Jarvis Landry (36, 75, 167, 62, 32), Antonio Callaway (22, 0, X, X, X), Nick Chubb (17, 12, 18, 35, 36), Dontrell Hilliard (17, 0, 27, 0, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 0, 0, 2, 4), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 6, 0, 0, 42), Damion Ratley (X, 0, 10, 26, 50)

Carries: Nick Chubb (20, 16, 20, 23, 18), Baker Mayfield (4, 0, 3, 1, 0), Dontrell Hilliard (0, 0, 6, 0, X)

RZ Targets: Jarvis Landry (3, 0, 1, 3, 1), Odell Beckham (1, 1, 1, 1, 0), Nick Chubb (1, 0, 1, 1, 0), Antonio Callaway (0, 2, X, X, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 1, 0, 2, 0), Dontrell Hilliard (0, 0, 1, 0, X), Damion Ratley (0, 0, 1, 3, 0), Ricky Seals-Jones (0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Nick Chubb (8, 2, 4, 3, 2), Baker Mayfield (1, 0, 2, 0, 0), Dontrell Hilliard (0, 0, 3, 0, X) 

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: T.J. Carrie (8-112-0, 1-16-0, 9-122-2, 5-77-1, 4-19-0), Terrance Mitchell (3-36-0, 3-19-0, 3-15-0, 5-61-0, 0-0-0), Eric Murray (1-22-0, 2-11-0, 3-22-0, 2-9-0, 1-20-0), Denzel Ward (X, X, X, X, 6-76-0), Greedy Williams (X, X, X, X, 0-0-0)

Observations: Baker Mayfield should be ready to roll after having the bye week to rest his bruised hip, though a hellish road matchup against the undefeated Patriots awaits him in Week 8. A known gunslinger with a deep reckless streak (he leads the league with 11 interceptions), New England’s no-prisoners defense should have no trouble putting the clamps on the former first overall pick. Suspended rushing champ Kareem Hunt, who resumed practicing Monday, is on track to return when first eligible in Week 10. When he does, the ex-Chief will likely be fighting for scraps behind ascendant sophomore Nick Chubb, who has taken the league by storm with his 101.2 rushing yards per game, fourth-best behind the trio of Dalvin Cook (103.6), Christian McCaffrey (103.0) and Leonard Fournette (102.1). 

Denver Broncos 

Targets: Courtland Sutton (8, 8, 7, 9, 8), Emmanuel Sanders (6, 3, 1, 9, 4), Noah Fant (5, 3, 1, 4, 3), Royce Freeman (5, 5, 2, 6, 5), DaeSean Hamilton (5, 2, 0, 5, 0), Phillip Lindsay (1, 3, 4, 1, 5), Jeff Heuerman (0, 0, 3, 0, 2)

Air Yards: Courtland Sutton (113, 135, 53, 63, 87), Noah Fant (91, 48, 6, 35, 20), Emmanuel Sanders (78, 4, 9, 135, 29), DaeSean Hamilton (22, 8, 0, 37, 0), Royce Freeman (1, 44, -3, 5, -7), Jeff Heuerman (0, 0, 29, 0, 7), Phillip Lindsay (-3, -4, 5, -3, -1)

Receiving Yards: Courtland Sutton (87, 76, 92, 62, 87), Emmanuel Sanders (60, 0, 9, 104, 10), Royce Freeman (32, 42, 6, 34, 10), Noah Fant (7, 16, 6, 31, 37), DaeSean Hamilton (4, 25, 0, 57, 0), Jeff Heuerman (0, 0, 26, 0, 20), Phillip Lindsay (-4, 5, 33, 7, 49)

Carries: Phillip Lindsay (11, 15, 15, 9, 21), Royce Freeman (10, 11, 13, 6, 15), Joe Flacco (0, 4, 3, 1, 2)

RZ Targets: Courtland Sutton (1, 1, 0, 2, 2), Royce Freeman (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), DaeSean Hamilton (0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Jeff Heuerman (0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Phillip Lindsay (0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Emmanuel Sanders (0, 1, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Royce Freeman (2, 2, 2, 0, 4), Phillip Lindsay (2, 1, 2, 0, 7), Joe Flacco (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Chris Harris (4-80-1, 0-0-0, 3-38-0, 1-13-0, 2-36-0), Davontae Harris (3-29-0, 4-35-0, 3-32-0, 0-0-0, 0-0-0), Will Parks (1-21-1, 8-91-0, 1-2-0, 1-19-0, 1-14-0), Duke Dawson (0-0-0, X, 2-13-0, 2-40-0, 0-0-0)

Observations: The Broncos have a statue of former owner Pat Bowlen outside their stadium and, in a rare instance of life imitating literal art, they also have one inside their stadium and he goes by Joe Flacco. I can’t swear to Flacco’s current whereabouts, but I imagine he’s sitting in an ice bath somewhere, recovering from the eight sacks he absorbed in a Week 7 loss to Kansas City. Flacco was abysmal in that game, putting the ball on the turf three times with one of those cough-ups going for a fumble-six. In the opening to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, the esteemed author writes, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” But frankly, when it comes to Emmanuel Sanders, I’m having a hard time remembering the good times. With a bronze sculpture guiding the team’s stagnant offense, Sanders has deserted his fantasy owners, averaging a meek 36.6 yards over his five-game touchdown drought. Seriously, would it kill the Broncos to at least be interesting while they’re getting pummeled by Matt Moore on primetime? 

UPDATE: Sanders is no longer employed by the Broncos. They traded him to San Francisco for a pair of draft picks. So disregard everything I just said about him.

Houston Texans

Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (12, 12, 8, 8, 7), Keke Coutee (5, 6, 4, 3, 0), Duke Johnson (5, 4, 1, 3, 3), Kenny Stills (5, X, X, 2, 6), Jordan Akins (2, 3, 1, 4, 5), Darren Fells (2, 7, 2, 1, 6), Will Fuller (1, 9, 16, 6, 7), Carlos Hyde (1, 1, 1, 5, 0)

Air Yards: DeAndre Hopkins (123, 83, 64, 116, 40), Kenny Stills (65, X, X, 12, 104), Keke Coutee (33, 57, 51, 24, 0), Darren Fells (17, 33, 20, 1, 32), Duke Johnson (15, 10, -3, 20, -8), Jordan Akins (8, 29, -1, 16, 30), Will Fuller (3, 158, 143, 89, 67), Carlos Hyde (0, -1, 12, -2, 0)

Receiving Yards: DeAndre Hopkins (106, 55, 88, 41, 67), Kenny Stills (105, X, X, 24, 89), Darren Fells (27, 69, 20, 12, 49), Keke Coutee (25, 39, 72, 11, 0), Duke Johnson (22, 20, 8, 22, 22), Jordan Akins (17, 39, 21, 21, 73), Will Fuller (6, 44, 217, 23, 51), Carlos Hyde (0, 14, 0, 6, 0)

Carries: Carlos Hyde (12, 26, 21, 12, 10), Duke Johnson (7, 5, 9, 6, 2), Deshaun Watson (3, 10, 4, 3, 7)

RZ Targets: Keke Coutee (3, 1, 0, 0, 0), DeAndre Hopkins (2, 3, 0, 1, 0), Duke Johnson (1, 2, 0, 0, 0), Jordan Akins (0, 0, 0, 0, 2), Darren Fells (0, 1, 2, 0, 1), Will Fuller (0, 1, 4, 1, 0), Carlos Hyde (0, 0, 1, 2, 0)

RZ Carries: Carlos Hyde (2, 5, 3, 2, 2), Duke Johnson (2, 1, 3, 1, 0), Deshaun Watson (0, 4, 0, 2, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Lonnie Johnson (9-97-4, 2-25-0, 4-31-1, 4-44-0, 3-45-0), Johnathan Joseph (1-19-0, X, 5-77-1, 4-35-0, 9-113-1), Bradley Roby (X, 2-27-0, 5-62-0, 4-71-0, 6-45-0)

Observations: DeAndre Hopkins, the subject of a stirring profile by ESPN’s Mina Kimes, delivered the goods with a fabulous Week 7, eclipsing 100 yards receiving for the first time since Houston’s Monday night loss to New Orleans in Week 1. Nuk’s touchdown Sunday was also his first since opening night. Kenny Stills filled in seamlessly for injured deep threat Will Fuller (hamstring), nabbing four grabs for 105 yards—his most since arriving in a late-summer trade from Miami—in a loss to Indy. With Fuller’s absence shaping up to be a long one, look for Stills to settle in opposite Hopkins outside with fourth-round sophomore Keke Coutee manning the slot for Houston. Raiders castoff Gareon Conley hasn’t come close to living up to his first-round billing but he’s at least a healthy body. Lord knows the Texans’ injury-ravaged secondary could use one right now.

Indianapolis Colts

Targets: T.Y. Hilton (11, 5, X, 10, 6), Zach Pascal (7, 2, 7, 3, 0), Jack Doyle (5, 3, 8, 4, 3), Eric Ebron (5, 4, 5, 4, 4), Marlon Mack (3, 3, 0, 3, 3), Nyheim Hines (2, 5, 6, 4, 2), Chester Rogers (2, 1, 6, 0, 4), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 2, 0, 2, 1), Deon Cain (0, 1, 5, 3, 1), Parris Campbell (X, X, 8, 3, 1)

Air Yards: T.Y. Hilton (127, 34, X, 62, 71), Zach Pascal (73, 13, 91, 35, 0), Eric Ebron (39, 45, 88, 46, 14), Nyheim Hines (23, 4, 11, 7, -1), Chester Rogers (21, 10, 67, 0, 6), Jack Doyle (19, 3, 53, 18, 12), Marlon Mack (2, -4, 0, 1, -2), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 4, 0, 4, 5), Deon Cain (0, 7, 55, 28, 9), Parris Campbell (X, X, 116, 6, 12) 

Receiving Yards: Zach Pascal (106, 8, 72, 53, 0), T.Y. Hilton (74, 37, X, 65, 43), Eric Ebron (70, 8, 48, 47, 25), Chester Rogers (24, 0, 48, 0, 24), Jack Doyle (21, 19, 22, 46, 21), Nyheim Hines (13, 46, 39, 26, 5), Marlon Mack (12, 16, 0, 14, 12), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 10, 0, 25, 0), Deon Cain (0, 7, 0, 10, 0), Parris Campbell (X, X, 25, 24, 12) 

Carries: Marlon Mack (18, 29, 11, 16, 20), Jacoby Brissett (5, 6, 5, 3, 7), Jordan Wilkins (2, 7, 4, 3, 5), Nyheim Hines (1, 2, 3, 2, 2)

RZ Targets: Zach Pascal (3, 0, 0, 2, 0), Eric Ebron (2, 1, 0, 0, 1), Jack Doyle (1, 0, 2, 0, 0), T.Y. Hilton (1, 0, X, 3, 3), Deon Cain (0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Nyheim Hines (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Marlon Mack (0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Chester Rogers (0, 1, 1, 0, 0), Parris Campbell (X, X, 1, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Marlon Mack (3, 4, 2, 3, 1), Jacoby Brissett (1, 1, 1, 2, 1), Jordan Wilkins (1, 4, 1, 0, 0), Nyheim Hines (0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Pierre Desir (8-104-1, 5-109-0, 0-0-0, 4-64-0, 1--1-0), Rock Ya-Sin (4-96-0, 5-47-0, 1-18-1, 1-15-0, 1-15-0), Kenny Moore (X, 4-37-0, 4-32-0, 5-36-0, 3-18-0)

Observations: The Colts are cooking. Jacoby Brissett donned his chef hat while giving his fantasy owners a delectable five-course meal in Week 5, serving up 326 yards and four touchdowns—both career-best—in a narrow victory over the division-rival Texans. His current 101.0 quarterback rating is a smidge better than the career-high 98.7 mark Andrew Luck achieved during his farewell tour in 2018. Waiver sleuths will be all over Zach Pascal this week and rightfully so after he shredded Houston’s secondary for 106 yards and two touchdowns during his breakout Week 7. Eric Ebron only ran 16 routes in Week 7 (14 fewer than fellow tight end Jack Doyle) but made the most of his abbreviated workload, turning four catches into a season-high 70 yards and one show-stopping touchdown (click here to have your mind blown). 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Targets: Dede Westbrook (9, 8, 11, 6, 9), Chris Conley (8, 3, 3, 4, 3), D.J. Chark (4, 7, 11, 8, 5), Leonard Fournette (2, 6, 7, 3, 8), Geoff Swaim (X, 2, 1, 4, 2)

Air Yards: Chris Conley (76, 36, 64, 99, 52), Dede Westbrook (58, 53, 84, 41, 59), D.J. Chark (25, 89, 175, 105, 77), Leonard Fournette (4, 3, -2, -1, 13), Geoff Swaim (X, 7, 1, 17, 6)

Receiving Yards: Dede Westbrook (103, 53, 82, 66, 46), Chris Conley (83, 0, 26, 17, 30), D.J. Chark (53, 43, 164, 44, 76), Leonard Fournette (14, 46, 29, 20, 26), Geoff Swaim (X, 5, 4, 17, 8)

Carries: Leonard Fournette (29, 20, 23, 29, 15), Gardner Minshew (9, 2, 7, 1, 4), Ryquell Armstead (3, 1, 1, 8, 0)

RZ Targets: Dede Westbrook (2, 0, 0, 0, 1), D.J. Chark (1, 0, 2, 1, 0), Chris Conley (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Leonard Fournette (0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Geoff Swaim (X, 1, 0, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Leonard Fournette (8, 4, 4, 8, 3), Ryquell Armstead (1, 1, 0, 2, 0), Gardner Minshew (1, 0, 0, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Tre Herndon (6-96-0, 4-57-0, 2-15-0, 6-119-2, 0-0-0), A.J. Bouye (7-80-0, 2-12-0, 3-65-0, 2-35-0, 1-19-0), D.J. Hayden (5-40-0, 3-18-0, 3-14-0, 0-0-0, 3-28-0)

Observations: I ordered a Gardner Minshew t-shirt from NFL.com WEEKS ago and it still hasn’t shown up. I’m worried the Minshew craze may be over by the time it arrives. The Minshew hype train has certainly lost steam, much of it owing to the dreadful 47.5 completion percentage he’s submitted over his last two outings. The rookie has no doubt been exposed in recent weeks, though Minshew extended an olive branch to fantasy owners with a serviceable Week 7, tallying 48 yards on the ground while also demonstrating his deep prowess by completing five passes of 29 yards or more (hat tip to Jags beat writer Hays Carlyon for the knowledge bomb). Leonard Fournette has been in a giving mood, showing his fantasy owners love with an NFL-leading 536 rushing yards on 101 carries (also a league high) since Week 4. Chris Conley’s 47-yard burst Sunday at Cincinnati marked the longest gain of his five-year career.

Kansas City Chiefs

Targets: Travis Kelce (8, 6, 10, 8, 8), Tyreek Hill (5, 10, X, X, X), Demarcus Robinson (5, 4, 6, 9, 4), Mecole Hardman (3, 4, 6, 5, 5), Damien Williams (3, 1, 4, X, X), LeSean McCoy (2, 2, 2, 4, 3), Darrel Williams (2, 2, 0, 4, 5), Byron Pringle (0, 3, 9, 1, 1), Sammy Watkins (X, X, 0, 6, 8)

Air Yards: Tyreek Hill (84, 171, X, X, X), Travis Kelce (48, 34, 118, 84, 111), Mecole Hardman (28, 6, 71, 81, 88), Demarcus Robinson (24, 74, 86, 165, 53), Byron Pringle (0, 19, 113, 6, 7), LeSean McCoy (-1, -9, -9, 37, -4), Damien Williams (-12, -4, 22, X, X), Darrel Williams (-13, 29, 0, 18, -9), Sammy Watkins (X, X, 0, 78, 56)

Receiving Yards: Tyreek Hill (74, 80, X, X, X), Travis Kelce (44, 58, 70, 85, 89), Demarcus Robinson (31, 0, 31, 35, 43), Mecole Hardman (28, 45, 79, 9, 97), LeSean McCoy (12, 0, 23, 33, 26), Darrel Williams (5, 52, 0, 43, 47), Byron Pringle (0, 24, 103, 13, 7), Damien Williams (-1, 14, 15, X, X), Sammy Watkins (X, X, 0, 54, 64)

Carries: LeSean McCoy (12, 8, 0, 11, 8), Damien Williams (9, 1, 9, X, X), Darrel Williams (2, 0, 0, 8, 9), Patrick Mahomes (1, 1, 3, 6, 4)

RZ Targets: Travis Kelce (1, 1, 1, 1, 0), Damien Williams (1, 1, 1, X, X), Mecole Hardman (0, 1, 1, 2, 1), Tyreek Hill (0, 1, X, X, X), LeSean McCoy (0, 0, 0, 2, 2), Byron Pringle (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Demarcus Robinson (0, 1, 1, 1, 1), Darrel Williams (0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Sammy Watkins (X, X, 0, 2, 0)

RZ Carries: Darrel Williams (2, 0, 0, 4, 1), Patrick Mahomes (1, 0, 0, 2, 0), LeSean McCoy (1, 2, 0, 6, 3), Damien Williams (1, 0, 0, X, X)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Bashaud Breeland (2-52-0, 3-29-0, 2-32-0, 2-31-0, 3-52-0), Charvarius Ward (2-14-0, 3-32-0, 1-7-0, 3-46-1, 2-35-0), Kendall Fuller (X, 1-3-0, 0-0-0, 3-69-0, 3-41-0)

Observations: The Chiefs snapped a rare two-game losing streak with Thursday night’s victory in Denver but it came at a steep cost with Patrick Mahomes dislocating his kneecap on a QB sneak. We know the reigning MVP has some Favre in him (he’d been battling a high-ankle sprain before this setback), but it’s still doubtful we see him before Kansas City’s Week 12 bye. Mahomes’ pursuit of Peyton Manning’s single-season passing yards record will have to wait a year. Journeyman Matt Moore, who had seen a grand total of zero practice reps prior to Mahomes’ injury, will patrol the Chiefs’ offense going forward. It’s a downgrade for all involved, though Tyreek Hill still managed to make lemonade out of lemons Thursday night, landing on the receiving end of a 57-yard touchdown strike from Moore. Sammy Watkins’ balky hamstring appears to finally be cooperating, but even with a return in sight, his window of fantasy relevance has all but closed. 

Los Angeles Chargers

Targets: Keenan Allen (11, 6, 6, 5, 17), Austin Ekeler (8, 4, 16, 5, 7), Hunter Henry (8, 9, X, X, X), Mike Williams (6, 10, 13, X, 7), Melvin Gordon (3, 4, 6, X, X), Virgil Green (1, 2, 1, X, 0), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, 4)

Air Yards: Keenan Allen (209, 83, 50, 27, 166), Hunter Henry (96, 98, X, X, X), Austin Ekeler (52, -7, -9, 6, -16), Mike Williams (48, 192, 155, X, 133), Melvin Gordon (5, 32, -21, X, X), Virgil Green (4, 5, 5, X, 0), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, -11)

Receiving Yards: Austin Ekeler (118, 14, 86, 62, 45), Hunter Henry (97, 100, X, X, X), Keenan Allen (61, 33, 18, 48, 183), Mike Williams (47, 72, 74, X, 45), Virgil Green (9, 15, 5, X, 0), Melvin Gordon (-3, 30, 7, X, X), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, 4)

Carries: Melvin Gordon (16, 8, 12, X, X), Austin Ekeler (5, 5, 3, 18, 9), Troymaine Pope (0, 0, 0, 10, 0), Philip Rivers (0, 1, 1, 1, 2), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, 5)

RZ Targets: Keenan Allen (2, 1, 0, 1, 2), Melvin Gordon (2, 0, 0, X, X), Austin Ekeler (1, 0, 3, 1, 1), Mike Williams (1, 1, 3, X, 1), Virgil Green (0, 1, 0, X, 0), Hunter Henry (0, 3, X, X, X), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, 1) 

RZ Carries: Melvin Gordon (5, 0, 2, X, X), Austin Ekeler (1, 0, 0, 2, 1), Troymaine Pope (0, 0, 0, 2, 0), Justin Jackson (X, X, X, X, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Casey Hayward (5-71-0, 1-7-0, 1-6-0, 3-45-0, 1-11-0), Michael Davis (3-41-0, 2-15-0, 1-9-0, 3-21-0, X), Desmond King (2-20-0, 1-5-0, 2-16-0, 2-47-1, 4-64-0)

Observations: Why does every Chargers loss have to be a life experience? The heartbreak kids were at it again in Week 7, suffering their latest in a long line of catastrophic defeats on a Melvin Gordon goal-line fumble in the game’s waning seconds. Gordon has dutifully carried the rock 36 times since throwing in the towel on his ill-fated holdout three weeks ago. Not one of those 36 runs has gone for longer than seven yards. Austin Ekeler continues to be the gold-standard for NFL receiving backs, a position he cemented with another stellar performance in Week 7 (7-118-1 on eight targets in the loss to Tennessee). He’s sitting in first class (PPR RB9 in Weeks 5-7) while Gordon is trying to block out the noise from screaming babies in coach (RB31 over the same period). How many tight ends have outscored Hunter Henry in fantasy the past two weeks? The answer would be none (45.7 PPR points). In fact, only three receivers in football—Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones—have out-gained Henry (197 yards) during that span.

Miami Dolphins

Targets: DeVante Parker (10, 4, 4, 6, 7), Preston Williams (8, 6, 7, 12, 6), Kenyan Drake (4, 9, 5, 6, 6), Mike Gesicki (4, 7, 0, 3, 2), Allen Hurns (3, 2, X, 2, 2), Albert Wilson (2, 6, X, X, X), Mark Walton (1, 6, 2, X, 2), Kalen Ballage (0, 0, 1, 3, 5), Jakeem Grant (0, X, 1, 7, 7)

Air Yards: Preston Williams (115, 96, 68, 129, 94), DeVante Parker (100, 63, 54, 123, 147), Allen Hurns (43, 10, X, 29, 46), Mike Gesicki (29, 95, 0, 5, 11), Albert Wilson (24, -2, X, X, X), Kenyan Drake (4, -8, -3, 5, 18), Kalen Ballage (0, 0, 3, -5, 23), Jakeem Grant (0, X, -3, 62, 95), Mark Walton (-8, -3, 2, X, 9)

Receiving Yards: Preston Williams (82, 31, 46, 68, 63), DeVante Parker (55, 28, 70, 56, 0), Allen Hurns (53, 16, X, 6, 13), Mike Gesicki (41, 51, 0, 9, 11), Kenyan Drake (37, 30, 29, 34, 29), Albert Wilson (22, 15, X, X, X), Kalen Ballage (0, 0, 0, 10, 6), Jakeem Grant (0, X, 6, 27, 22), Mark Walton (-8, 43, 11, X, 12)

Carries: Mark Walton (14, 6, 6, X, 3), Kenyan Drake (6, 10, 9, 12, 4), Ryan Fitzpatrick (6, 2, X, 0, 1), Kalen Ballage (3, 3, 2, 8, 6)

RZ Targets: DeVante Parker (3, 1, 0, 1, 0), Preston Williams (2, 0, 0, 3, 0), Kenyan Drake (1, 1, 1, 0, 0), Kalen Ballage (0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Mike Gesicki (0, 1, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Kenyan Drake (3, 1, 0, 1, 0), Kalen Ballage (2, 2, 0, 3, 0), Ryan Fitzpatrick (2, 0, X, 0, 0), Mark Walton (1, 0, 0, X, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Ken Webster (4-40-0, 2-38-1, 1-7-0, 0-0-0, 1-8-0), Nik Needham (2-32-0, 0-0-0, X, X, X), Xavien Howard (X, X, 6-61-0, 5-70-2, 2-19-0)

Observations: What’s your favorite season? Summer? Autumn (gotta’ love those picturesque New England falls, am I right?)? Personally, I’m quite partial to Mark Walton season. He’s been in full bloom for Miami, leading the backfield in touches (26), rushing yards (98) and yards from scrimmage (133) since the Fins returned from their Week 5 bye. They don’t call him FitzMagic for nothing. Ryan Fitzpatrick pulled a rabbit out of his hat Sunday by breathing new life into perennial underachiever DeVante Parker, who showed out with five grabs for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Buffalo. When it comes to tight end, the forgotten Belushi brother of fantasy positions, we’re all grasping at straws. So why not kick the tires on Mike Gesicki, who has signaled his arrival with a combined seven catches for 92 yards over his last two games? It has to be better than jamming in waiver reaches like Ricky Seals-Jones and Tyler Higbee (both higher-owned than Gesicki on ESPN).

New England Patriots

Targets: Julian Edelman (12, 15, 9, 7, 10), James White (8, 9, 9, 10, X), Jakobi Meyers (5, 4, 2, 0, 3), Ben Watson (5, X, X, X, X), Brandon Bolden (4, 2, 1, 0, 3), Phillip Dorsett (4, X, 0, 9, 7), Sony Michel (2, 3, 3, 3, 0), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 1, 7), Josh Gordon (X, 1, 8, 7, 11), Ryan Izzo (X, 4, 2, 0, 1)

Air Yards: Julian Edelman (111, 169, 88, 48, 84), Phillip Dorsett (55, X, 0, 144, 38), Jakobi Meyers (34, 48, 8, 0, 34), Ben Watson (23, X, X, X, X), Brandon Bolden (21, 1, 21, 0, 18), James White (5, -4, 42, 48, X), Sony Michel (-8, 1, 5, 0, -3), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 6, 21), Josh Gordon (X, 2, 91, 41, 112), Ryan Izzo (X, 34, 28, 0, 7) 

Receiving Yards: James White (59, 46, 46, 57, X), Julian Edelman (47, 113, 110, 30, 62), Jakobi Meyers (47, 54, 6, 0, 38), Phillip Dorsett (46, X, 0, 10, 53), Brandon Bolden (39, 22, 29, 0, 21), Ben Watson (18, X, X, X, X), Sony Michel (-8, 27, 32, 0, 0), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 7, 22), Josh Gordon (X, 7, 59, 46, 83), Ryan Izzo (X, 31, 39, 0, 41)

Carries: Sony Michel (19, 22, 16, 17, 9), James White (5, 2, 6, 1, X), Brandon Bolden (1, 3, 5, 1, 2), Tom Brady (0, 7, 0, 3, 2), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 0, 11)

RZ Targets: Julian Edelman (3, 1, 1, 1, 2), James White (3, 3, 2, 1, X), Sony Michel (1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Ben Watson (1, X, X, X, X), Phillip Dorsett (0, X, 0, 1, 1), Jakobi Meyers (0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 0, 2), Josh Gordon (X, 0, 1, 0, 2), Ryan Izzo (X, 0, 1, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Sony Michel (6, 2, 4, 3, 2), James White (2, 0, 0, 0, X), Brandon Bolden (1, 2, 0, 1, 0), Tom Brady (0, 6, 0, 0, 0), Rex Burkhead (X, X, X, 0, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Jason McCourty (4-32-0, 2-25-0, 3-14-0, 3-20-0, 3-16-0), Jonathan Jones (3-17-0, 5-95-1, 2-13-0, 2-26-0, 1-15-0), Stephon Gilmore (1-10-0, 2-27-0, 3-51-0, 5-86-0, 3-19-0), J.C. Jackson (0-0-0, 0-0-0, 1-4-0, 1-3-0, 1-23-0)

Observations: After watching him sputter to 2.2 yards per carry in Week 7, you may be asking yourself, is Sony Michel even good? To which I would counter, does it matter? Injury-prone and seemingly allergic to breaking tackles, Michel is mediocre personified, but fantasy owners don’t care about the eye test. They want results and Michel has been happy to oblige, producing 57 PPR points over his last three games (seventh-most among running backs during that timeframe) on the strength of four touchdowns including a hat trick Monday night. I know it’s hard to get jazzed about someone who just submitted 34 yards from scrimmage on 20 touches against the Jets, but remember, plodders are people too. Jakobi Meyers has been an active participant in New England’s passing game the past two weeks (9-101-0 line on 98 snaps), though regression is likely with trade acquisition Mohamed Sanu (who hails from Bill Belichick’s beloved Rutgers) arriving to muddy the waters. Not only do the Patriots lead the NFL with 18 interceptions (five courtesy of long-time safety Devin McCourty), but they’ve also been the best fantasy defense by a country mile. In fact, New England’s 145 fantasy points this year would rank sixth among quarterbacks, fourth among running backs and third among wide receivers. Considering their 15th-round ADP, Pats owners are getting a pretty good return on their investment.  

New York Jets

Targets: Demaryius Thomas (9, 5, 9, X, 2), Robby Anderson (8, 8, 3, 5, 6), Jamison Crowder (5, 9, 3, 5, 6), Le’Veon Bell (4, 1, 9, 4, 10), Ryan Griffin (2, 3, 1, 1, 1), Braxton Berrios (1, 0, 0, 6, 0), Ty Montgomery (1, 3, 0, 1, 3)

Air Yards: Robby Anderson (180, 92, 39, 28, 95, Demaryius Thomas (141, 37, 89, X, 13), Jamison Crowder (46, 91, 23, 81, 48), Ryan Griffin (30, 11, 1, 2, 8), Le’Veon Bell (16, -6, -5, -6, -26), Ty Montgomery (3, -10, 0, 3, 3), Braxton Berrios (0, 0, 0, 62, 0)

Receiving Yards: Demaryius Thomas (42, 62, 47, X, -1), Jamison Crowder (26, 98, 10, 25, 40), Robby Anderson (10, 125, 16, 11, 81), Le’Veon Bell (6, 3, 45, 28, 61), Braxton Berrios (1, 0, 0, 29, 0), Ryan Griffin (1, 28, 2, 5, 0), Ty Montgomery (0, 17, 0, 0, 15)

Carries: Le’Veon Bell (15, 14, 15, 18, 21), Sam Darnold (2, 5, X, X, X), Ty Montgomery (2, 0, 2, 2, 3)

RZ Targets: Le’Veon Bell (3, 0, 0, 0, 1), Demaryius Thomas (2, 2, 0, X, 0), Robby Anderson (0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Jamison Crowder (0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Ryan Griffin (0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Ty Montgomery (0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Le’Veon Bell (1, 3, 0, 0, 1), Sam Darnold (0, 2, X, X, X)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Darryl Roberts (6-63-0, 4-39-0, 5-33-1, 8-96-1, 5-35-0), Trumaine Johnson (3-50-1, 5-49-0, 1-12-0, 2-21-0, 0-0-0), Brian Poole (6-22-0, 4-34-0, 1-20-0, 5-24-0, 2-11-0)

Observations: Here’s a complete list of things that went right for the Jets Monday night: nothing. Sam Darnold saw ghosts (he said so himself), Robby Anderson turned 180 air yards (second among Week 7 receivers) into a single catch. Demaryius Thomas’ revenge game against the Patriots—who pawned him off on the Jets before he played a down in Foxboro—never got off the ground (3-42-0 with one drop on nine targets). The Jets committed more turnovers (six) than third downs (two). Monday night’s massacre didn’t quite reach butt-fumble levels of embarrassment, but it was darn close. At least Adam Gase, whose pettiness knows no bounds, provided some amusement among the wreckage, trolling Bill Belichick by declining two intentional Patriots penalties aimed at giving their punter more room to work with. That sequence ate up almost a minute of clock, so in the end, Emperor Bill still got the last laugh. 

Oakland Raiders

Targets: Darren Waller (8, 5, 8, 14, 7), Keelan Doss (5, 2, 1, 0, 0), Derek Carrier (4, 2, 0, 0, 5), Josh Jacobs (3, 4, 2, 2, 0), Foster Moreau (3, 5, 3, 2, 0), Hunter Renfrow (3, 5, 3, 4, 8), Trevor Davis (2, 4, 0, X, X), Jalen Richard (1, 2, 1, 3, 3), DeAndre Washington (1, 3, 3, 0, 2), Tyrell Williams (X, X, 7, 3, 7)

Air Yards: Darren Waller (93, 26, 21, 87, 32), Keelan Doss (77, 7, 5, 0, 0), Derek Carrier (55, 7, 0, 0, 48), Hunter Renfrow (34, 18, 9, 50, 51), Trevor Davis (11, 11, 0, X, X), Foster Moreau (9, 16, 28, 13, 0), DeAndre Washington (6, 8, -4, 0, 17), Jalen Richard (4, 9, 0, 4, 1), Josh Jacobs (-7, -3, 4, -2, 0), Tyrell Williams (X, X, 110, 20, 76)

Receiving Yards: Darren Waller (126, 39, 53, 134, 63), Keelan Doss (54, 11, 14, 0, 0), Trevor Davis (26, 46, 0, X, X), Foster Moreau (24, 46, 30, 1, 0), Derek Carrier (22, 22, 0, 0, 33), Hunter Renfrow (14, 12, 18, 28, 30), DeAndre Washington (12, 19, 8, 0, 26), Josh Jacobs (10, 20, 29, 0, 0), Jalen Richard (5, 18, 1, 14, 2), Tyrell Williams (X, X, 36, 29, 46)

Carries: Josh Jacobs (21, 26, 17, 10, 12), DeAndre Washington (6, 6, 6, 6, 3), Derek Carr (2, 3, 2, 1, 2), Jalen Richard (2, 2, 4, 2, 2)

RZ Targets: Darren Waller (3, 0, 1, 1, 1), Derek Carrier (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Keelan Doss (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Josh Jacobs (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Foster Moreau (1, 2, 1, 0, 0), Trevor Davis (0, 1, 0, X, X), Hunter Renfrow (0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Tyrell Williams (X, X, 2, 1, 2)

RZ Carries: Josh Jacobs (6, 3, 0, 0, 4), Derek Carr (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), DeAndre Washington (0, 3, 2, 0, 0), Jalen Richard (0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Daryl Worley (5-84-1, 5-35-0, 1-7-0, 3-31-0, 4-93-1), Lamarcus Joyner (4-51-0, 6-83-0, 5-39-1, 0-0-0, 7-47-0)

Observations: Fresh off a three-year, $27-million extension, Darren Waller didn’t let the money go to his head in Week 7, celebrating his newfound wealth by lighting up the Packers for 126 yards and two touchdowns (his first end-zone visits of 2019) Sunday at Lambeau. Josh Jacobs survived an injury scare in that game, eventually finishing with a career-best 124 yards on 21 totes. He leads all rookies in rushing yards (554), carries (109), yards per attempt (5.1), missed tackles (31), rushing touchdowns (four), snaps (215), yards after contact (425) and … well you get the idea. It’s mostly gone under the radar, but Derek Carr may be having his best year yet. If he keeps it up, his current quarterback rating (100.2), completion percentage (74.1) and yards per attempt (7.5) would all be career-highs.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Targets: James Conner (7, 0, 8, 5, 4), JuJu Smith-Schuster (4, 7, 4, 7, 8), Diontae Johnson (2, 8, 6, 6, 4), Donte Moncrief (2, X, 0, X, 1), Vance McDonald (1, 3, X, 2, 7), Ryan Switzer (1, 0, 0, 0, 4), Jaylen Samuels (X, 4, 8, 0, 1), James Washington (X, 6, 1, 4, 3)

Air Yards: JuJu Smith-Schuster (36, 54, 9, 47, 121), Donte Moncrief (30, X, 0, X, 19), Diontae Johnson (3, 75, 37, 77, 42), Vance McDonald (2, 13, X, 14, 12), Ryan Switzer (-2, 0, 0, 0, 7), James Conner (-11, 0, -8, -6, -11), Jaylen Samuels (X, -4, -19, 0, -5), James Washington (X, 59, 22, 19, 30)

Receiving Yards: James Conner (78, 0, 83, 14, 12), Diontae Johnson (14, 27, 77, 52, 17), Donte Moncrief (11, X, 0, X, 0), JuJu Smith-Schuster (7, 75, 15, 81, 84), Vance McDonald (5, 34, X, 10, 38), Ryan Switzer (-2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jaylen Samuels (X, 11, 57, 0, 13), James Washington (X, 52, 0, 14, 23)

Carries: Benny Snell (17, 0, 2, 3, 1), James Conner (16, 14, 10, 13, 11), Mason Rudolph (X, 0, 3, 4, 1), Jaylen Samuels (X, 3, 10, 0, 3)

RZ Targets: JuJu Smith-Schuster (2, 0, 0, 1, 1), James Conner (1, 0, 0, 1, 1), Diontae Johnson (0, 1, 1, 0, 1), Vance McDonald (0, 1, X, 0, 2), Jaylen Samuels (X, 1, 0, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: James Conner (4, 4, 0, 1, 2), Benny Snell (2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Mason Rudolph (X, 0, 0, 1, 0), Jaylen Samuels (X, 1, 2, 0, 2)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Joe Haden (1-20-0, 3-25-1, 2-16-0, 2-37-0, 3-28-0), Mike Hilton (3-20-0, 3-42-0, 3-7-0, 3-30-0, 1-10-0), Steven Nelson (X, 0-0-0, 3-48-0, 3-47-0, 4-36-0)

Observations: James Conner had the bye week to heal his injured quad, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be in uniform when the Steelers host Miami on Monday Night Football. If he sits, the appropriately named Benny Snell will be thrust into workhorse responsibilities. Devlin Hodges game-managed the Steelers to victory before the bye, but the playbook should open up in Week 8 with Mason Rudolph due back from his concussion. Hopefully last week’s reset will get JuJu Smith-Schuster going. He’s been uncharacteristically silent, producing just 97 yards and a single touchdown over his last three outings.   

Tennessee Titans

Targets: A.J. Brown (8, 4, 2, 3, 5), Corey Davis (7, 5, 4, 6, 4), Adam Humphries (4, 6, 6, 3, 9), Tajae Sharpe (3, 2, 1, 0, 3), Jonnu Smith (3, 2, 2, 1, 3), Derrick Henry (1, 3, 0, 2, 2), Dion Lewis (1, 3, 4, 5, 1), Delanie Walker (0, 6, 2, 2, 9)

Air Yards: Corey Davis (58, 71, 33, 68, 43), A.J. Brown (56, 39, 25, 43, 69), Tajae Sharpe (32, 46, 12, 0, 91), Jonnu Smith (27, 21, 0, 1, 14), Adam Humphries (21, 39, 19, 15, 90), Delanie Walker (0, 47, 6, 8, 73), Derrick Henry (-3, -1, 0, -8, -3), Dion Lewis (-6, 4, 8, 1, 13)

Receiving Yards: Corey Davis (80, 36, 28, 91, 44), A.J. Brown (64, 23, 27, 94, 4), Jonnu Smith (64, 8, 57, 5, 20), Adam Humphries (40, 47, 30, 15, 93), Tajae Sharpe (19, 0, 12, 0, 70), Derrick Henry (18, 5, 0, 8, 2), Dion Lewis (0, 20, 19, 4, 7), Delanie Walker (0, 43, 10, 4, 64)

Carries: Derrick Henry (22, 15, 20, 27, 17), Ryan Tannehill (5, 1, X, X, X), Dion Lewis (1, 1, 2, 4, 3)

RZ Targets: A.J. Brown (1, 1, 0, 1, 0), Corey Davis (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Tajae Sharpe (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jonnu Smith (1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Dion Lewis (0, 0, 2, 0, 0), Delanie Walker (0, 1, 0, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Derrick Henry (3, 1, 4, 3, 1), Dion Lewis (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Logan Ryan (5-60-0, 3-46-0, 5-46-0, 4-28-0, 2-13-0), Adoree’ Jackson (3-53-0, 1-2-0, 3-22-1, 2-17-0, 2-26-0), Malcolm Butler (2-29-0, 2-12-0, 4-57-0, 6-79-0, 7-121-1)

Observations: Who knows how long it will last but Ryan Tannehill has looked quite good in his brief tenure as Tennessee’s starter, completing 80 percent of his passes for 456 yards and two touchdowns (105.2 quarterback rating) since Marcus Mariota’s benching in Week 6. Derrick Henry’s efficiency has gone down the tubes (career-low 3.7 yards per carry), but the Titans are feeding him more than ever as evidenced by his 135 carries, third-most behind Leonard Fournette (144) and Chris Carson (139). Even as a desperate handcuff you can probably do better than Dion Lewis, who received a single touch while playing a mere 17 snaps (27.4 percent) in Sunday’s win over the Chargers. Backup Jonnu Smith was productive in place of injured starter Delanie Walker (3-64-0 on season-high 51 snaps) in Week 7, though even at an “anything goes” fantasy position (we all know what a wasteland tight end has been), he may be too deep a cut.  

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