Top Targeted Players: 2018 NFL Targets

Accumulating stats is driven from targets and touches within an offense. Every offense has their go-to guys, and this is where we get to see those guys. Targets for tight ends and wide receivers show the most used guys in the passing game, and volume is what we want when looking at wide receivers and tight ends. Running backs can work in the passing game for targets, but rushing attempts is the main stat we will look at. We have seen a trend upwards in heavier rushing attempts, and also universal backs who can act as wide receivers. These tables can show everything from red zone touches to overall usage from tight ends and wide receivers. In the fantasy world, volume is what we are after. Seeing Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliot over 25 touches is a goldmine, or Antonio Brown seeing 10+ touches. Search through to find where the volume is going to.

NAME POS RTG TEAM DEPTH Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Total Avg TM TGT % Catches Catch % TD
Michael Thomas WR
89
NO 1 17 13 10 4 5 9 6 15 8 87 9.7 28 78 89.7% 7
DeAndre Hopkins WR
92
HOU 1 11 11 10 12 13 6 8 7 12 90 10 31.5 63 70% 7
Maurice Harris WR N/A WAS 1 8 4 3 2 12 5 34 4.9 10.6 26 76.5% 0
Antonio Brown WR
99
PIT 1 16 17 9 11 13 6 8 11 6 96 10.7 26.4 57 59.4% 10
Jeff Heuerman TE
72
DEN 1 1 3 4 7 4 5 5 11 40 4.4 12.1 25 62.5% 2
Corey Davis WR
78
TEN 1 13 7 4 15 6 4 7 10 10 76 8.4 28.4 43 56.6% 2
Julian Edelman WR N/A NE 1 9 7 8 10 10 12 56 9.3 13.3 40 71.4% 2
Josh Gordon WR
80
NE 1 3 2 4 9 7 6 10 12 52 6.5 12.4 27 51.9% 3
Julio Jones WR
99
ATL 1 19 9 6 12 9 14 12 10 11 102 11.3 29.5 67 65.7% 2
Keenan Allen WR
94
LAC 1 11 8 7 10 9 6 5 10 9 75 8.3 26.7 53 70.7% 2
Mike Evans WR
87
TB 1 7 12 11 9 5 11 13 10 6 84 9.3 23.4 50 59.5% 4
Calvin Ridley WR
79
ATL 1 2 5 8 6 5 3 6 9 5 49 5.4 14.3 36 73.5% 7
Davante Adams WR
89
GB 1 8 12 9 14 12 16 7 9 7 94 10.4 26 62 66% 9
Duke Johnson RB
82
CLE 2 6 2 2 6 1 5 4 3 9 4 42 4.2 10.9 33 78.6% 3
Emmanuel Sanders WR
87
DEN 1 11 4 8 7 14 10 7 4 9 74 8.2 22.4 56 75.7% 3
James Conner RB
71
PIT 1 6 5 6 7 4 7 6 9 1 51 5.7 14.5 39 76.5% 1
Jermaine Kearse WR N/A NYJ 1 2 6 5 4 10 2 10 9 5 53 5.9 16.6 24 45.3% 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
78
PIT 1 8 19 11 11 4 10 6 9 5 83 9.2 22.6 56 67.5% 3
Kelvin Benjamin WR
85
BUF 1 7 3 5 6 5 6 5 7 9 3 56 5.6 18.2 20 35.7% 1
Robert Woods WR
84
LAR 1 9 9 11 5 7 10 7 7 9 5 79 7.9 25.1 55 69.6% 3
Travis Kelce TE
97
KC 1 6 10 10 12 8 9 5 10 9 7 86 8.6 24.9 57 66.3% 6
Amari Cooper WR
85
DAL 1 3 10 5 11 1 1 8 39 5.6 10.9 27 69.2% 2
Adam Humphries WR
81
TB 2 5 2 5 7 4 8 10 8 3 53 5.9 15 37 69.8% 2
Brandin Cooks WR
88
LAR 1 8 9 8 8 6 5 8 8 12 72 7.2 20.3 51 70.8% 3
Logan Thomas TE
62
BUF 1 2 1 1 8 1 13 1.6 4.1 11 84.6% 0
Mike Davis RB N/A SEA 1 1 1 4 2 3 1 8 6 26 3.2 9 21 80.8% 1
Marvin Jones WR
89
DET 1 8 9 6 6 4 4 10 8 7 62 6.9 18.6 35 56.5% 5
Nick Vannett TE
68
SEA 1 2 5 5 2 4 3 8 2 31 3.9 13.1 20 64.5% 2
Theo Riddick RB
86
DET 2 7 12 3 5 3 8 7 45 6.4 12.9 36 80% 0
Willie Snead WR
75
BAL 1 6 8 5 7 7 10 7 11 8 69 7.7 17.6 45 65.2% 1
Adam Thielen WR
90
MIN 1 12 13 19 12 10 15 10 7 7 105 11.7 28.9 78 74.3% 7
Danny Amendola WR
84
MIA 1 6 4 3 3 4 11 7 6 7 10 61 6.1 18.8 47 77% 1
David Moore WR
68
SEA 1 1 2 4 3 4 7 3 24 2.7 9.5 14 58.3% 4
Jarvis Landry WR
85
CLE 1 15 7 15 10 10 10 15 12 7 5 106 10.6 28.9 57 53.8% 2
James White RB
85
NE 1 9 8 3 10 14 7 10 13 7 8 89 8.9 24.5 66 74.2% 6
Michael Crabtree WR
82
BAL 1 6 10 10 8 12 9 9 5 7 76 8.4 19.4 41 53.9% 2
Tevin Coleman RB
87
ATL 1 2 4 3 3 2 2 2 7 5 30 3.3 8.1 23 76.7% 4
Todd Gurley RB
93
LAR 1 5 3 6 6 5 5 5 7 7 4 53 5.3 16.6 40 75.5% 4
Vernon Davis TE
81
WAS 2 1 1 2 3 3 3 7 1 21 2.3 7.3 15 71.4% 1
Anthony Miller WR
73
CHI 1 3 3 5 4 7 7 6 6 41 5.1 13.5 24 58.5% 4
Breshad Perriman WR N/A CLE 2 1 1 6 2 10 2.5 2.3 5 50% 0
Cooper Kupp WR
78
LAR 1 9 6 6 11 9 1 6 8 56 7 16.3 40 71.4% 6
Christian McCaffrey RB
88
CAR 1 9 15 2 6 8 6 6 6 5 63 7 22 54 85.7% 4
Greg Olsen TE
90
CAR 1 2 7 5 4 6 6 30 5 9.1 22 73.3% 3
John Brown WR
77
BAL 1 4 10 9 7 14 3 7 7 6 67 7.4 17.1 34 50.7% 4
Josh Doctson WR
77
WAS 1 3 7 3 6 6 5 6 4 40 5 13.1 23 57.5% 2
Jimmy Graham TE
88
GB 1 4 8 7 6 11 9 4 6 1 56 6.2 16.4 33 58.9% 2
Jordan Reed TE
95
WAS 1 5 8 7 2 9 4 12 6 6 59 6.6 19.3 37 62.7% 1
Kenyan Drake RB
83
MIA 1 4 4 4 2 11 6 8 2 6 2 49 4.9 17.3 33 67.3% 2
Mark Andrews TE
76
BAL 1 4 4 3 2 3 4 1 5 6 32 3.6 8.2 21 65.6% 2

Accumulating stats is driven from targets and touches within an offense. Every offense has their go-to guys, and this is where we get to see those guys. Targets for tight ends and wide receivers show the most used guys in the passing game, and volume is what we want when looking at wide receivers and tight ends. Running backs can work in the passing game for targets, but rushing attempts is the main stat we will look at. We have seen a trend upwards in heavier rushing attempts, and also universal backs who can act as wide receivers. These tables can show everything from red zone touches to overall usage from tight ends and wide receivers. In the fantasy world, volume is what we are after. Seeing Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliot over 25 touches is a goldmine, or Antonio Brown seeing 10+ touches. Search through to find where the volume is going to.

Top Targeted NFL Players

Targets are a key to production, and receivers rely heavily on them. This season has started to shape up for where targets are going, and we have seen a lot more wide receivers produce. WR2s and WR3s have a bigger role this year, and it has a lot to do with the injuries to tight ends. Michael Thomas was already a number one role in New Orleans last season, but has taken a major step forward for the Saints, locking in huge targets to start the season. With Kirk Cousins in town, we have seen him favor Adam Thielen a little bit more than Stefon Diggs. Some new faces like Brandin Cooks have also seen a tick up in targets in Los Angeles. Things have been about normal for big names like Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Odell Beckham Jr, receiving their usual share of targets as the team’s true number one. With JuJu Smith-Schuster now in a true WR2 role for Pittsburgh, we have seen steady targets for him, but also Pittsburgh’s defense has caused them to pass more.

Jarvis Landry has been in a new city for a little while now, but after leading the Dolphins in targets last week, nothing is changing with his role in Cleveland. He will likely finish within the top 20 for targets come the end of the season. Golden Tate has taken a pretty big role in Detroit this year, being a go-to guy down the stretch. With Detroit not having a steady run game or defense, Tate should keep being used heavily often. Staying in Detroit, Kenny Golladay has finally arrived. He has surpassed Marvin Jones for targets, and it looks like he is going to continue filling in for the vacant tight end spot.

Tight end production has been somewhat down, but guys like Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce continue to dominate targets within their own passing games. George Kittle has taken a large role in the San Francisco offense, and if healthy he should continue to do well. Eric Ebron has stepped up his role in Indy, which is a new change of scenery for him. If Jack Doyle continues to battle on and off injuries, you are likely going to see a lot more of him. Continue to lookout for Kyle Rudolph, Jimmy Graham, and Jared Cook as top 15 target options at the position.

Running backs continue to be a big part of the passing game this season, and Alvin Kamara has dominated targets among other running backs. New Orleans will likely continue to keep him as their receiving back, even with Mark Ingram returning. The usual names like Christian McCaffrey, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Theo Riddick, and Chris Thompson continue be used heavily in the passing game. The Cowboys wanted to get Ezekiel Elliot more involved in the passing game, and with a lack of receiving options it is easy to understand why. Elliot is already showcasing his role, and that will continue. Nyheim Hines, James Conner, and Kerryon Johnson are some new names that are getting more involved within their team’s offenses.