Top Targeted Players: 2020 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.

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
Cooper Kupp WR
86
LAR 1 10 9 12 15 17 6 8 10 4 3 6 4 6 4 10 134 8.4 21.2 94 70.1% 10
Davante Adams WR
94
GB 1 8 9 4 15 11 10 12 10 6 13 16 13 127 10.6 22.2 83 65.4% 5
Robert Woods WR
88
LAR 1 13 2 8 15 9 4 7 2 11 19 9 9 11 12 139 9.3 22 90 64.7% 2
Chris Godwin WR
83
TB 1 6 9 4 14 9 12 8 9 12 6 8 6 9 7 120 8.6 19 86 71.7% 9
Cole Beasley WR
84
BUF 1 9 4 10 12 3 6 7 2 6 4 9 7 7 6 12 104 6.9 20.3 67 64.4% 6
Mohamed Sanu WR
80
NE 2 6 7 6 12 5 4 2 5 14 4 5 1 8 5 5 89 5.9 14.4 59 66.3% 2
Austin Hooper TE
87
ATL 1 9 6 7 11 9 8 5 7 5 6 6 9 9 97 7.5 14.2 75 77.3% 6
David Johnson RB
89
ARI 2 7 1 9 11 5 8 1 2 2 1 47 3.6 8.5 36 76.6% 4
John Brown WR
77
BUF 1 10 8 5 11 5 6 8 7 11 14 4 4 8 10 4 115 7.7 22.4 72 62.6% 6
Todd Gurley RB
95
LAR 1 1 4 1 11 5 1 1 4 3 1 4 7 2 2 49 3.3 7.8 31 63.3% 2
Christian McCaffrey RB
92
CAR 1 11 6 4 10 9 5 5 3 7 14 9 13 12 10 15 10 141 8.8 22.3 116 82.3% 4
Jarvis Landry WR
82
CLE 1 7 7 9 10 6 5 10 13 10 7 13 11 7 8 9 6 138 8.6 25.6 83 60.1% 6
James White RB
84
NE 1 7 4 10 9 9 8 5 3 7 3 11 7 4 5 3 95 6.3 15.3 72 75.8% 5
Alshon Jeffery WR
88
PHI 1 7 9 8 12 5 6 8 16 2 73 7.3 11.9 43 58.9% 4
Brandin Cooks WR
89
LAR 1 6 4 12 9 3 3 7 1 2 2 8 6 5 72 5.1 11.4 42 58.3% 2
Courtland Sutton WR
74
DEN 1 8 7 7 9 7 8 8 6 8 9 8 5 7 10 10 8 125 7.8 24.8 72 57.6% 6
Devonta Freeman RB
88
ATL 1 4 4 4 9 5 3 3 8 4 5 4 3 10 4 70 5 10.2 59 84.3% 4
Demarcus Robinson WR
75
KC 2 2 6 4 9 6 4 5 2 2 5 1 2 3 2 2 55 3.4 9.5 32 58.2% 4
Emmanuel Sanders WR
89
SF 1 7 13 5 9 1 3 6 5 9 4 5 1 6 9 4 6 4 97 5.7 20.3 66 68% 5
Jimmy Graham TE
82
GB 1 5 1 1 9 3 5 4 5 4 4 2 1 5 4 1 7 60 3.8 10.5 38 63.3% 3
Kenny Golladay WR
84
DET 1 9 10 8 9 9 2 8 7 9 5 4 5 8 7 12 4 116 7.2 20.3 65 56% 11
Michael Thomas WR
94
NO 1 13 13 7 9 13 12 11 11 14 10 11 8 15 12 17 9 185 11.6 31.8 149 80.5% 9
Phillip Dorsett WR
78
NE 1 4 3 7 9 4 6 4 5 6 2 4 54 3.9 8.7 29 53.7% 5
Sterling Shepard WR
83
NYG 1 7 9 9 10 9 7 7 11 6 10 83 8.3 13.7 57 68.7% 3
Amari Cooper WR
87
DAL 1 9 5 7 8 14 2 5 7 14 8 2 11 8 2 12 5 119 7.4 19.9 79 66.4% 8
D.J. Chark WR
70
JAX 1 4 9 5 8 11 7 5 12 9 15 6 5 10 7 5 118 7.9 20 73 61.9% 8
Dalvin Cook RB
87
MIN 1 2 3 5 8 6 2 2 6 7 7 6 4 2 3 63 4.5 13.5 53 84.1% 0
DeAndre Hopkins WR
97
HOU 1 13 8 7 8 8 12 12 13 11 12 8 8 13 8 9 150 10 28.1 104 69.3% 7
Darren Waller TE
67
OAK 1 8 7 14 8 5 8 8 2 5 7 6 9 6 10 4 10 117 7.3 22.4 90 76.9% 3
Gerald Everett TE
80
LAR 2 1 4 2 8 11 5 10 3 12 1 1 60 4.6 9.5 37 61.7% 2
James Conner RB
84
PIT 1 4 4 4 8 7 4 2 5 38 3.8 7.5 34 89.5% 3
Jack Doyle TE
86
IND 2 2 3 4 8 3 5 5 4 4 4 11 6 5 4 4 72 4.5 14 43 59.7% 4
Jaylen Samuels RB
65
PIT 2 2 1 8 4 13 7 6 3 2 2 1 6 2 57 4.1 11.2 47 82.5% 1
Mark Andrews TE
80
BAL 2 8 9 7 8 7 8 8 3 8 4 6 3 7 9 98 6.5 22.3 64 65.3% 10
Parris Campbell WR
70
IND 3 1 1 3 8 1 5 5 24 3.4 4.7 18 75% 1
Travis Kelce TE
94
KC 1 8 9 8 8 10 6 8 8 9 7 10 9 9 13 9 5 136 8.5 23.6 97 71.3% 5
Will Dissly TE
75
SEA 1 2 5 7 8 4 1 27 4.5 5.2 23 85.2% 4
Zach Ertz TE
91
PHI 1 7 16 7 8 7 9 6 4 11 11 14 6 13 10 6 135 9 22 88 65.2% 6
Zay Jones WR
76
OAK 1 4 3 3 8 2 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 45 3 8.6 27 60% 0
Aaron Jones RB
81
GB 1 1 6 1 7 8 7 4 8 3 1 6 7 3 6 68 4.2 11.9 49 72.1% 3
Allen Robinson WR
85
CHI 1 13 7 7 7 8 16 7 5 9 6 10 12 8 14 12 12 154 9.6 26.6 98 63.6% 7
Curtis Samuel WR
77
CAR 1 4 13 7 7 6 6 11 6 8 7 4 7 4 8 5 4 106 6.6 16.7 54 50.9% 6
Dontrelle Inman WR
73
IND 5 1 2 3 7 3 2 3 21 3 4.1 12 57.1% 0
Ezekiel Elliott RB
96
DAL 1 2 2 3 7 4 6 7 3 3 4 10 5 4 7 5 71 4.4 11.9 54 76.1% 2
Evan Engram TE
82
NYG 1 14 8 8 7 11 5 7 8 68 8.5 11.2 44 64.7% 3
Julian Edelman WR
90
NE 1 11 4 10 7 9 15 12 11 11 10 12 12 12 5 6 7 153 9.6 24.7 100 65.4% 6
Josh Gordon WR
85
SEA 2 4 5 11 7 8 1 2 2 1 5 1 47 4.3 9.1 27 57.4% 1
Julio Jones WR
97
ATL 1 11 10 9 7 7 9 9 12 9 8 9 8 20 15 13 157 10.5 23 99 63.1% 6
Marquise Brown WR
76
BAL 1 5 13 9 7 5 4 4 4 2 3 4 2 2 71 5.1 16.1 46 64.8% 7
Mike Evans WR
93
TB 1 5 8 15 7 3 17 12 16 6 8 8 11 2 118 9.1 18.7 67 56.8% 8

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.