NFL Targets 2022

The NFL target stats below are updated with the conclusion of each game. In the data, you’ll be able to see which players have received the most targets on both a week-by-week basis and a season-long basis. This data can also be broken down to provide insights by team and position group. Seeing a running back with a high target volume, for example, can be a good indicator of how a coach wants to use him in the scheme. You’ll also find answers to questions such as “who leads the NFL in targets” and “who leads x team in targets”. You can cross reference this data with reception data to determine which player/qb connection is the most efficient with respect to targets.

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Passing Yards
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
U 287.5
-115
O 287.5
-115
U 288.5
-114
O 288.5
-120
U 284.5
-114
O 284.5
-114
U 286.5
-110
O 286.5
-120
Passing Touchdowns
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
U 1.5
+175
O 1.5
-215
U 1.5
+165
O 1.5
-233
U 1.5
+162
O 1.5
-220
U 1.5
+165
O 1.5
-225
Interceptions Thrown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
U 0.5
-105
O 0.5
-125
U 0.5
-114
O 0.5
-120
U 0.5
-105
O 0.5
-125
Score a Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+475 +380 +500 +600
Score 2+ Touchdowns
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+2600 +6000 +6600
Score a First Quarter Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+1500
Score a First Half Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+800 +950
Score a Second Half Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+750 +900
Score First Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+2800 +1600 +2900 +2800
Score Last Touchdown
2/12, 11:30p: KC @ PHI
+3000 +1900 +2300 +3300
To win Super Bowl MVP
+130 +125

The NFL target stats below are updated with the conclusion of each game. In the data, you’ll be able to see which players have received the most targets on both a week-by-week basis and a season-long basis. This data can also be broken down to provide insights by team and position group. Seeing a running back with a high target volume, for example, can be a good indicator of how a coach wants to use him in the scheme. You’ll also find answers to questions such as “who leads the NFL in targets” and “who leads x team in targets”. You can cross reference this data with reception data to determine which player/qb connection is the most efficient with respect to targets.

NAME POS RTG
Tee Higgins T. Higgins WR
85
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown WR
93
Ja'Marr Chase J. Chase WR
92
Marquez Valdes-Scantling M. Valdes-Scantling WR
76
Travis Kelce T. Kelce TE
98
Skyy Moore S. Moore WR
72
Dallas Goedert D. Goedert TE
90
Deebo Samuel D. Samuel WR
88
Isiah Pacheco I. Pacheco RB
79
Hayden Hurst H. Hurst TE
81
Christian McCaffrey C. McCaffrey RB
95
George Kittle G. Kittle TE
97
Jerick McKinnon J. McKinnon RB
78
Samaje Perine S. Perine RB
79
DeVonta Smith D. Smith WR
86
Joe Mixon J. Mixon RB
88
Kenneth Gainwell K. Gainwell RB
77
Mecole Hardman M. Hardman WR
81
Kadarius Toney K. Toney WR
78
Mitchell Wilcox M. Wilcox TE
67
Tyler Boyd T. Boyd WR
83
Trenton Irwin T. Irwin WR
72
Brandon Aiyuk B. Aiyuk WR
86
JuJu Smith-Schuster J. Smith-Schuster WR
83
Jack Stoll J. Stoll TE
67
Marcus Kemp M. Kemp WR
67
Miles Sanders M. Sanders RB
87
Noah Gray N. Gray TE
67
Quez Watkins Q. Watkins WR
76
Zach Pascal Z. Pascal WR
75
Austin Ekeler A. Ekeler RB
89
Andy Isabella A. Isabella WR
71
Alexander Mattison A. Mattison RB
75
Adam Thielen A. Thielen WR
83
Blake Bell B. Bell TE
67
Britain Covey B. Covey WR
67
Boston Scott B. Scott RB
75
Cole Beasley C. Beasley WR
74
Cameron Brate C. Brate TE
72
Chris Godwin C. Godwin WR
90
Cade Johnson C. Johnson WR
67
Christian Kirk C. Kirk WR
84
CeeDee Lamb C. Lamb WR
89
Chris Manhertz C. Manhertz TE
73
Cade Otton C. Otton TE
74
Colby Parkinson C. Parkinson TE
68
Cedrick Wilson Jr. C. Wilson Jr. WR
76
Charlie Woerner C. Woerner TE
68
Dan Arnold D. Arnold TE
70
Devin Asiasi D. Asiasi TE
67
NAME POS RTG TEAM DEPTH WC DIV CONF Total Avg TM TGT % Catches Catch % TD
Tee Higgins WR
85
CIN 1 6 4 11 21 7 19.3 61.9% 1
A.J. Brown WR
93
PHI 1 6 8 14 7 28.6 50% 0
Ja'Marr Chase WR
92
CIN 1 12 8 8 28 9.3 25.7 71.4% 2
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR
76
KC 1 2 8 10 5 12.5 70% 2
Travis Kelce TE
98
KC 1 17 8 25 12.5 31.2 84% 3
Skyy Moore WR
72
KC 2 1 7 8 4 10 50% 0
Dallas Goedert TE
90
PHI 1 5 6 11 5.5 22.4 90.9% 1
Deebo Samuel WR
88
SF 1 9 7 6 22 7.3 28.6 59.1% 1
Isiah Pacheco RB
79
KC 2 1 6 7 3.5 8.8 85.7% 0
Hayden Hurst TE
81
CIN 1 6 6 5 17 5.7 15.6 76.5% 1
Christian McCaffrey RB
95
SF 1 2 8 4 14 4.7 18.2 85.7% 1
George Kittle TE
97
SF 1 2 5 4 11 3.7 14.3 90.9% 0
Jerick McKinnon RB
78
KC 1 4 4 2 5 50% 0
Samaje Perine RB
79
CIN 2 1 5 4 10 3.3 9.2 80% 0
DeVonta Smith WR
86
PHI 1 10 3 13 6.5 26.5 61.5% 1
Joe Mixon RB
88
CIN 1 4 3 3 10 3.3 9.2 80% 0
Kenneth Gainwell RB
77
PHI 2 2 3 5 2.5 10.2 60% 0
Mecole Hardman WR
81
KC 2 3 3 3 3.8 66.7% 0
Kadarius Toney WR
78
KC 2 7 2 9 4.5 11.2 66.7% 0
Mitchell Wilcox TE
67
CIN 2 2 2 4 1.3 3.7 50% 0
Tyler Boyd WR
83
CIN 1 3 2 2 7 2.3 6.4 85.7% 0
Trenton Irwin WR
72
CIN 2 2 2 4 1.3 3.7 50% 0
Brandon Aiyuk WR
86
SF 1 5 4 1 10 3.3 13 60% 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
83
KC 1 2 1 3 1.5 3.8 100% 0
Jack Stoll TE
67
PHI 2 1 1 0.5 2 100% 0
Marcus Kemp WR
67
KC 3 1 1 1 1.2 100% 0
Miles Sanders RB
87
PHI 1 1 1 0.5 2 100% 0
Noah Gray TE
67
KC 2 2 1 3 1.5 3.8 66.7% 0
Quez Watkins WR
76
PHI 1 1 1 0.5 2 0% 0
Zach Pascal WR
75
PHI 2 1 1 2 1 4.1 50% 0
Austin Ekeler RB
89
LAC 1 4 4 4 9.3 50% 0
Andy Isabella WR
71
BAL 8 0 0 0 0% 0
Alexander Mattison RB
75
MIN 2 1 1 1 2.5 100% 0
Adam Thielen WR
83
MIN 1 4 4 4 10 75% 0
Blake Bell TE
67
KC 3 2 2 2 2.5 50% 0
Britain Covey WR
67
PHI 2 0 0 0 0% 0
Boston Scott RB
75
PHI 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Cole Beasley WR
74
BUF 3 5 4 9 4.5 11.1 55.6% 1
Cameron Brate TE
72
TB 1 3 3 3 4.5 33.3% 1
Chris Godwin WR
90
TB 1 13 13 13 19.7 76.9% 0
Cade Johnson WR
67
SEA 4 3 3 3 8.6 100% 0
Christian Kirk WR
84
JAX 1 14 14 28 14 32.6 53.6% 2
CeeDee Lamb WR
89
DAL 1 6 13 19 9.5 27.1 73.7% 1
Chris Manhertz TE
73
JAX 2 0 0 0 0% 0
Cade Otton TE
74
TB 1 7 7 7 10.6 57.1% 0
Colby Parkinson TE
68
SEA 3 6 6 6 17.1 50% 0
Cedrick Wilson Jr. WR
76
MIA 2 1 1 1 2.2 100% 0
Charlie Woerner TE
68
SF 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Dan Arnold TE
70
JAX 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Devin Asiasi TE
67
CIN 3 0 0 0 0% 0

The NFL target stats below are updated with the conclusion of each game. In the data, you’ll be able to see which players have received the most targets on both a week-by-week basis and a season-long basis. This data can also be broken down to provide insights by team and position group. Seeing a running back with a high target volume, for example, can be a good indicator of how a coach wants to use him in the scheme. You’ll also find answers to questions such as “who leads the NFL in targets” and “who leads x team in targets”. You can cross reference this data with reception data to determine which player/qb connection is the most efficient with respect to targets.

Top Targeted NFL Players

Understanding Targets

In the offseason you will see the prior year and how targets were diverted throughout the season. This will turn to the current year once Week 1 takes place. If you are in the offseason and trying to apply 2021 data to 2022, it has a lot of worth. Targets can be consistent from year to year, but we can also see vacant targets. If a player leaves or is traded, then there will be some targets up for grabs. You can also see a general range for what a player’s targets will be on a yearly basis, as there will be trends to follow from year to year.

Once a new season is going to start, the targets will start flying in. Now some will be consistent, but some numbers can be flukey as well. Starting with the consistent scenarios, some wide receivers are just dominant and the easy guys to throw to for quarterbacks, and will be their go-to guy in the offense. This would be names like Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams. These guys are seeing double-digit targets a game, and there are only a few names who get these types of numbers. These are truly the elite target numbers in the game. Averaging 7-9 targets a game is generally where you see some of the top receiving options land, things will start to dwindle down after that.

Going week to week you are going to see a lot of changes throughout the season. Looking at things early on in a season, you have to look further than just the numbers. You might notice some dips in the numbers, and also some weeks that just don’t add up. There are a few reasons for why these things can change. To start if you see a blank week, this is either because that team was on bye, or that player was injured. Low targets can also be a sign of an injury where they left early in the game. Players that see a large number of targets randomly might have stepped in for an injured wide receiver to where they now have a larger role in the offense.

For those players who rely on high passing volume numbers to get targets, game flow is going to determine their fate on some weeks. If a team is playing from behind, you might see a few players get more targets than they usually do as that team is chasing a game from behind. Now if a team doesn’t need to throw a lot that week and are leading with the rushing attack, targets might drop off. This is not going to be shown in just the simple numbers above, so finding out more to the story is important when viewing any sort of stat. Injuries occur throughout a long season, and it is likely a wide receiver or tight end will be affected. Teams can adjust by plugging in the next name and that player sees similar targets, or they can spread out his targets over the rest of the receiving core.

At the top row you can toggle between the number of targets and the percentage of team targets. After weeks have gone by, you can get a better understanding of how teams are involving their players. A wide receiver getting 25% of the team targets is a large number. If you look for a specific week, you might see players getting 35-40% of the team targets. This is a great way to narrow down how each player is used within the passing game. It also gives you a better indication of the two tight ends a team might use or the two running backs.

Offensive Styles & Targets

The way offenses are run and also the way they are built have a large effect on how targets are spread around. To start, offenses that build around a traditional three wide receiver set, will likely see the most targets on the offense going to the top two receivers. We have also seen teams move to having an elite receiving tight end and a strong WR1 in the system. Of course there are multiple variations of how teams are built. Looking at teams with a lacking receiving core, targets might be spread around, or the tight ends and running backs pick up a majority of the targets. Teams that do have a dynamic pass-catching back might take away some targets from the surrounding wide receivers and tight ends. Overall there is a totem pole of targets in the offense, and the way a team is built is going to be reflected in that. For the most part, talent is going to correlate with where the targets go.

Now quarterback play is also going to play into where targets go. We often have those quarterbacks who have a strong link with a receiving target. We are seeing it with Matt Stafford and Cooper Kupp every week now. Quarterbacks who are more likely to take shots down field will help out the wide receivers and tight ends that rely on a higher average depth of target, where quarterbacks that do not air it out down the field might check down more. This is where we could see the tight ends and running backs get more looks, as well as a slot receiver. Quarterbacks that look to unload quickly are going to rack up targets for those possession type wide receivers.

Offenses are run in various ways. Those high powered offenses that have a ton of pass volume per week are going to be strong for receivers and tight ends to get their volume. Those teams can support having a few skill position players to have over five targets a week. Teams that are a bit more balanced and or run heavy are going to have targets be more centered on their stud players. We saw that with Minnesota. They have been a run heavy team, but the targets mainly went to Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen back when the duo was together. Teams that spread the ball around can be a fantasy nightmare, making it hard to pinpoint each week the top wide receivers. While it is effective for real life football, it can be a struggle for our fantasy game.

Defenses will also play a factor, because teams with bad defenses correlate more with higher pass attempts. We look at the Detroit Lions and New York Jets in recent years, as they have had bad defenses where the offense has to air it out. We call this garbage time, but the targets are there for a lot of teams that have bad defenses. This is always something to look at on a weekly basis, as game script can give you an edge if you can predict how a game is going to go to project players with a few extra targets in comparison to their average.

What Happens To Targets After Roster Moves?

Most of the roster moves are going to be made throughout the offseason. We have rookies coming into the league, as well as free agent and trade transactions. To look at rookies first, we have seen a lot of receivers come in and get targets right from year one. This is always an important first step for their overall career. The quicker a wide receiver can come in and get targets, the better their chances are at having plenty of success in the NFL. Draft stock is also tied to this where the higher you go, the odds are more in your favor for the role you will have. Skill position players that are drafted later will have to work their way in more, but their leash is also much shorter. A rookie being inserted within the pass offense could shake some targets around, but for the most part he is being inserted because they have a lot of targets up for grabs already.

As players move around the league in the offseason, this is going to leave vacant targets on their prior team. Now if they are a big name, we could see 90+ targets now up for grabs. A team will bring in a new name, shift everyone up the depth chart, or move more towards a run based offense. We have seen this all in the past. Now on that team with vacant targets, bringing in a new name can still create a shift in how things will be spread out. There is no guarantee that player just picks up all those 90 targets, and that is rarely the case. For the most part things will be spread out, as everyone will look to pick up the slack within this offense. If a depth chart is truly set to take on those vacant snaps because they have confidence in the names behind them, everyone will slide up and take on a larger role in the offense.

The collective effort on an offense is higher than ever. We see more pass-catching backs than ever before, and tight ends have more of a role in the game than in years past. So just because a wide receiver gets traded, it doesn’t mean a wide receiver is going to get more targets. We easily can see tight ends and running backs slide into more targets. It does not put an immediate need on the team to fill that same position role for targets. Because of this, we have to really evaluate how an offense is going to change. Some of those targets could be spread out, but if a wide receiver leaves nine targets a game behind, five of those targets could turn into run plays. We have seen teams deal with changes in that regard.

Using Targets For Fantasy Football

If you are playing season long football, targets are a good starting point before your draft. Opportunity and volume is always going to be the most crucial area to start your research process. Efficiency will come later. Before the draft, narrow down some of those names who are going to see larger targets, and as mentioned above, evaluate those potential changes in targets to where new opportunities can be had. This is going to stretch across running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. If a player sees a ton of volume, they are not going to be as dependent on efficiency each week. Players that see less targets per game are going to need to be more efficient with those targets because they can’t afford to miss them.

During the season, target shares are going to always be changing. With injuries and early on moves where we missed how offenses will be run, there will be chances to grab players that have larger targets than expected. Working the waiver wire and free agency is always a helping hand for how far you make it in your fantasy league. Using this page is a great way to identify trends and use them to your advantage for adding and dropping players from your team. You can also view red zone targets to see who gets used the most in the red zone. These numbers correlate with touchdowns and most of the time these targets go to the bigger bodied wide receivers or tight ends who have that advantage in closer quarters.

For those playing daily fantasy football, we are always looking at things on a weekly basis, and if we are in Week 2, we are not prepping for weeks ahead like we would be in season long. Projections are a big part of daily fantasy, and nailing those high volume target guys is going to be a staple for your cash games. Lower volume players are not going to be, as they would be more reserved for tournaments. Overall projections are going to breakdown where we think the targets are going to go. As mentioned above, game script is a good way to take advantage of the rest of the field. If a team is projected to lose by double digits, they might be throwing more often to try and keep pace. You can find some low ownership on those types of guys because that may not be completely baked into their projections. Taking advantage of injuries and being able to project where new targets will go is also an important aspect of daily fantasy.