Welcome to the Week 8 AFC Target Watch. Below I have all the targets for each player for each week and then their average number in parentheses and then below that I have the red zone targets and touches for each player for the last five games.  The NFC version will be live Wednesday night.

 

 

Baltimore Ravens

 

Steve Smith: 10-7-10-7-6-5- 9 (8.6), Dennis Pitta: 4-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (7.3), Owen Daniels: 5-1-6-7-3-9- dnp (5.1), Torrey Smith: 3-8-3-8-5-5- 2 (5.1), Justin Forsett: 4-5-4-8-0-1- 5 (4.1), Mike Campanaro: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-1- 3 (2), Kamar Aiken: 0-0-1-1-3-1- 6 (2), Kyle Juszczyk: 0-4-2-2-3-1- 1 (1.8), Jacoby Jones: 1-1-1-1-1-0- 1 (1.6), Marlon Brown: 0-1-3-2-dnp-dnp- 1 (1.3), Lorenzo Taliaferro: 0-0-0-0-2-0- 3 (0.8), Crockett Gillmore: 0-0-0-0-2-1- 2 (0.6), Bernard Pierce: 2-dnp-dnp-0-0-1- dnp (0.6)

 

Your two fantasy leaders in this game were Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Tucker, which pretty much shows you how the Ravens scored points in this one.  Taliaferro stole goal line looks and even a red zone look that went for a touchdown from Justin Forsett and scored two touchdowns on seven carries, while Forsett had 17 carries for 68 yards, but no touchdowns. This is of course Forsett’s downside as he looked good in this game and saw five targets whereas he had none the previous two games. Lorenzo will continue to see work, but will be a boom or bust TD dependent option.

 

Steve Smith saw nine targets and almost had a late touchdown, but was called for pass interference. As long as he’s getting his targets he remains a top play, even though his efficiency has gone down of late. Torrey Smith on the other hand saw two targets and had no receptions. He did miss time as he was evaluated for a concussion and the Ravens were doing much better on the ground than through the air as Joe Flacco threw for two interceptions, 50% pass completions and 195 total yards. So Smith is still behind Smith Sr., but he’s not a two-target player either.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Owen Daniels: Run 0/ Tar 5, Kyle Juszczyk: Run 0/ Tar 3, Torrey Smith: Run 0/ Tar 3, Steve Smith: Run 0/ Tar 3, Kamar Aiken: Run 0/ Tar 3, Justin Forsett: Run 10/ Tar 1, Mike Campanaro: Run 0/ Tar 1, Joe Flacco: Run 0/ Tar 0, Lorenzo Taliaferro: Run 9/ Tar 0, Bernard Pierce: Run 8/ Tar 0,

 

With the running game working, the Ravens ran the ball on five of their six red zone attempts.

 

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Sammy Watkins: 11-8-9-12-3-14- 6 (8.4), Robert Woods: 3-8-12-4-10-5- 3 (6.4), Fred Jackson: 4-10-7-9-6-3- dnp (6), Scott Chandler: 2-5-5-6-9-6- 2 (4.5), Bryce Brown: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- 3 (3), Mike Williams: 3-4-6-2-dnp-0- 0 (2.6), C.J. Spiller: 1-3-3-4-1-1- dnp (2.3), Chris Hogan: 0-0-0-2-6-6- 1 (1.9), Marquise Goodwin: 0-1-dnp-1-3-dnp- dnp (1.2), Chris Gragg: 2-dnp-0-1-0-2- 0 (0.7), Frank Summers: 0-0-1-2-0-1- 0 (0.6), Anthony Dixon: 0-0-0-0-0-4- 0 (0.5), Lee Smith: dnp-0-0-0-0-0- 2 (0.3)

 

Robert Woods was the early target leader in this one, but was injured and had to leave the game, but we all knew that Sammy Watkins would get his and he did, on just six targets. We of course saw him caught from behind due to premature celebration on his first long reception, but I think his fantasy owners will take his three receptions, 157 yard, one touchdown game, especially if they can block out that play from their memory.

 

Watkins led the team with those six targets as Kyle Orton only threw the ball 17 times and completed just ten on the day. Amazingly of those ten receptions, four of them went for touchdowns. That’s efficient.

 

The running backs saw plenty of use in this one, but no production to speak of. Starter Anthony Dixon had 22 carries for 44 yards. That’s tough to do. Bryce Brown had seven carries for 15 yards and three targets, but no receptions. We’ll chalk this one up to a tough Jets run defense for now.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Scott Chandler: Run 0/ Tar 6, Sammy Watkins: Run 0/ Tar 3, Fred Jackson: Run 6/ Tar 2, Chris Hogan: Run 0/ Tar 2, C.J. Spiller: Run 2/ Tar 1, Bryce Brown: Run 0/ Tar 1, Robert Woods: Run 0/ Tar 1, Mike Williams: Run 0/ Tar 1, Lee Smith: Run 0/ Tar 1, Chris Gragg: Run 0/ Tar 1, Frank Summers: Run 2/ Tar 0, Anthony Dixon: Run 6/ Tar 0

 

Orton had a couple short passing touchdowns from the red zone to tight ends Lee Smith and Scott Chandler and Frank Summers was able to get in from the goal line. A host of fantasy studs!

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

Mohamed Sanu: 4-8-BYE-9-15-9- 9 (8.4), A.J. Green: 0-9-BYE-7-dnp-dnp- dnp (6.2), Jermaine Gresham: 3-1-BYE-4-7-12- 4 (5.1), Giovani Bernard: 6-3-BYE-3-5-5- 2 (4.9), Greg Little: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-2- 5 (3.5), Tyler Eifert: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (3), Brandon Tate: 3-1-BYE-0-5-2- 2 (2.7), Jeremy Hill: 2-0-BYE-4-4-1- 4 (2.1), Dane Sanzenbacher: 4-0-BYE-1-5-2- 0 (1.7), James Wright: 1-1-BYE-1-1-2- 0 (1), Ryan Hewitt: dnp-1-BYE-0-0-0- 1 (0.4), Kevin Brock: dnp-1-BYE-0-0-0- 0 (0.2), Cedric Peerman: 0-0-BYE-0-0-1- 0 (0.1)

 

Mohamed Sanu led the way with five receptions on nine targets for 125 yards and added two rushing attempts for 27 yards. A.J. Green looks like he’ll be back next week, but most reports say his toe injury could linger, so be sure to hang onto Sanu.

 

Giovani Bernard was injured for a chunk of the fourth quarter, so his and Jeremy Hill’s numbers of touches were very close. The good news for Hill owners is that he caught four of four targets for 28 yards.  With Bernard continuing to suffer nagging injuries, Hill could take on the full workload if he were to miss any time.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jermaine Gresham: Run 0/ Tar 4, Mohamed Sanu: Run 0/ Tar 2, Brandon Tate: Run 0/ Tar 2, Greg Little: Run 0/ Tar 2, A.J. Green: Run 0/ Tar 1, Dane Sanzenbacher: Run 0/ Tar 1, Giovani Bernard: Run 12/ Tar 0, Jeremy Hill: Run 7/ Tar 0, Andy Dalton: Run 3/ Tar 0

 

Andy Dalton had two quarterback sneaks for touchdowns and Bernard had one goal line touchdown.

 

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Andrew Hawkins: 12-10-BYE-9-2-9- 9 (8.7), Jordan Cameron: dnp-3-BYE-7-5-6- 5 (5.2), Miles Austin: 10-7-BYE-3-3-8- 2 (5.1), Taylor Gabriel: 4-2-BYE-6-4-7- 3 (4.6), Travis Benjamin: 4-1-BYE-4-1-4- 2 (2.7), Jim Dray: 2-0-BYE-4-1-0- 2 (1.6), Terrance West: 2-2-BYE-0-dnp-1- 2 (1.2), Gary Barnidge: 4-0-BYE-0-0-1- 1 (1.1), Ray Agnew: 2-0-BYE-2-1-1- dnp (1), Ben Tate: dnp-dnp-BYE-2-0-2- 1 (1), Isaiah Crowell: 1-0-BYE-0-0-2- 1 (0.6)

 

Andrew Hawkins was your fantasy leader this week for the Browns and has been their best receiver, offensive skill player, this season. He caught seven of nine targets for 88 yards and a touchdown and will make a nice compliment to Josh Gordon when he returns.

 

The Browns running game has hit the skids after losing center Alex Mack. Since Mack went down Ben Tate has rushed for 140 yards on 56 carries for 2.5 yards per carry. Thankfully he was able to get three touchdowns during that span to keep him from being useless. Number three back Isaiah Crowell looks to be the best running back, but his ball security has shied the coaching staff from him for the time being as Terrance West had eight touches to Crowell’s two against the Raiders.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Andrew Hawkins: Run 0/ Tar 3, Taylor Gabriel: Run 0/ Tar 3, Jordan Cameron: Run 0/ Tar 2, Terrance West: Run 3/ Tar 2, Travis Benjamin: Run 0/ Tar 2, Jim Dray: Run 0/ Tar 1, Gary Barnidge: Run 0/ Tar 1, Miles Austin: Run 0/ Tar 1, Brian Hoyer: Run 0/ Tar 0, Isaiah Crowell: Run 1/ Tar 0, Ben Tate: Run 19/ Tar 0

 

Tate was the main focus in the red zone, with five rushing attempts and got a goal line touchdown, while Hawkins converted on his one target for a touchdown.

 

 

Denver Broncos

 

Demaryius Thomas: 7-9-BYE-16-12-9- 12 (10.9), Emmanuel Sanders: 9-15-BYE-9-6-3- 9 (8.6), Julius Thomas: 5-4-BYE-7-6-6- 6 (6), Wes Welker: dnp-9-BYE-9-1-3- 2 (4.8), Ronnie Hillman: dnp-3-BYE-1-5-4- 4 (3.4), Montee Ball: 3-3-BYE-3-dnp-dnp- dnp (2.8), Andre Caldwell: 1-0-BYE-1-0-1- 0 (1.1), Jacob Tamme: 1-3-BYE-1-1-0- 1 (1), Virgil Green: 0-1-BYE-0-0-0- 0 (0.3), Juwan Thompson: 0-0-BYE-0-1-0- 1 (0.3), C.J. Anderson: 0-1-BYE-dnp-0-0- 0 (0.2),

 

It’s tough to find a more efficient game than Emmanuel Sanders had on Thursday night as he caught all nine of his targets for 120 yards and three touchdowns. We knew he would start finding the end zone, but three in a game is a nice makeup for his zero touchdowns through the first five games. He now has four on the season and Peyton Manning’s ability to correct statistical lopsidedness in his receiving core continues.

 

Demaryius Thomas missed getting a touchdown after having six in his last five games, but he still led the team in targets with 12 and caught eight for 105 yards. After his slow first three weeks, he’s now hit 8+ receptions and 100+ yards in every game since.

 

Julius Thomas is now in a severe two game touchdown drought after scoring in every game before that.  Unfortunately he had become pretty dependent on those touchdowns as he’s only averaging six targets per game and he will most likely remain that way going forward. But expect Manning to get him into the end zone to keep him interested.

 

Ronnie Hillman keeps showing that he is the best fit for this offense as he totaled 138 yards on 23 touches. He missed out on a couple touchdowns in this one, but in this offense they will come.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Demaryius Thomas: Run 0/ Tar 9, Julius Thomas: Run 0/ Tar 6, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/ Tar 4, Ronnie Hillman: Run 9/ Tar 3, Wes Welker: Run 0/ Tar 1, C.J. Anderson: Run 1/ Tar 0, Peyton Manning: Run 0/ Tar 0, Juwan Thompson: Run 7/ Tar 0

 

Demaryius Thomas actually led the team in red zone targets, but couldn’t find the endzone, while Sanders had three targets, catching two for touchdowns. Juwan Thompson vultured Hillman a couple times with two goal line touchdowns.

 

 

Houston Texans

 

Andre Johnson: 7-11-7-8-12-9- 12 (9.4), DeAndre Hopkins: 5-9-6-6-2-9- 11 (6.6), Arian Foster: 3-dnp-10-5-4-6- 6 (5.1), Garrett Graham: 1-6-5-1-1-3- 1 (2.6), Damaris Johnson: 2-2-2-2-3-2- 4 (2.5), Alfred Blue: 0-1-3-0-0-1- 1 (0.8), Keshawn Martin: 0-2-1-1-0-1- 0 (0.6), C.J. Fiedorowicz: dnp-0-1-0-1-1- 0 (0.6), Jay Prosch: 0-1-2-0-0-0- 0 (0.4), Ryan Griffin: 0-0-0-1-0-0- 0 (0.4), Jonathan Grimes: 0-1-0-0-0-0- 0 (0.1)

 

The reports of Arian Foster’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. He’s had six “healthy “ games this season and has topped 100 yards rushing in each, while also scoring nine touchdowns. He totaled 173 yards on 24 touches this week, with three touchdowns and looked as good as he ever has. He’ll remain an injury risk, but get those points while you can.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick had another average game, but didn’t turn the ball over and handed the ball off to Foster, so it was a pretty good game from that standpoint. He targeted Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins 12 and 11 times respectively, but couldn’t get them a touchdown or over 100 yards. After those two there’s nobody in the passing game even remotely worth monitoring for fantasy at the moment.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Andre Johnson: Run 0/ Tar 7, Arian Foster: Run 12/ Tar 4, Damaris Johnson: Run 0/ Tar 3, DeAndre Hopkins: Run 0/ Tar 2, Alfred Blue: Run 1/ Tar 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 1/ Tar 0

 

Arian Foster was the red zone guru as he took his six looks and turned them into three touchdowns.

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

T.Y. Hilton: 11-6-10-12-9-9- 10 (9.8), Reggie Wayne: 7-5-8-12-9-8- dnp (8.9), Hakeem Nicks: 3-4-6-6-7-1- 6 (4.8), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-3-2-5-6-3- 7 (4.6), Dwayne Allen: 1-6-3-5-7-6- 2 (4.4), Coby Fleener: 1-7-3-2-4-5- 4 (4.2), Trent Richardson: 1-4-5-5-0-5- dnp (3.4), Donte Moncrief: 1-5-2-0-0-2- 12 (2.9), Jack Doyle: 2-3-1-0-2-1- 0 (1.1), Griff Whalen: 0-0-0-0-0-0- 3 (0.4), Daniel Herron: 0-0-0-0-0-0- 1 (0.1)

 

Andrew Luck had an up and down game for real life football, but once again he killed it in fantasy with 400 yards and three touchdowns. He’s your #1 fantasy quarterback so far and nothing should hold him back from continuing that.

 

Probably the most interesting target number this week was Donte Moncrief’s 12, which he caught seven of for 113 yards and a touchdown. Hakeem Nicks started over him, but was his usual ineffective self on six targets. Moncrief saw 61% of the snaps in the shootout to Nicks’ 80%, but should have passed Nicks at least after this game. He’ll need to with Reggie Wayne coming back at some point. If he can pass Nicks on the depth chart and snap count, he should have value even with Wayne back.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw saw a bump in snaps with 72% from his normal 40% to 50% but saw his average in looks even with Trent Richardson seeing no snaps. Of course his normal looks still make for a positive fantasy day as he had another rushing touchdown and totaled 87 yards on 13 touches.

 

T.Y. Hilton was his normal superstar self as he caught six of ten targets for 155 yards and a touchdown.  He now leads the league in total receiving yards with 866 and has also scored his first two touchdowns in the last two games. Look for that number to correct itself a bit.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Ahmad Bradshaw: Run 10/ Tar 6, Reggie Wayne: Run 0/ Tar 5, Coby Fleener: Run 0/ Tar 5, Dwayne Allen: Run 0/ Tar 4, Hakeem Nicks: Run 0/ Tar 4, Trent Richardson: Run 8/ Tar 4, T.Y. Hilton: Run 0/ Tar 2, Donte Moncrief: Run 0/ Tar 2, Andrew Luck: Run 5/ Tar 0, Daniel Herron: Run 1/ Tar 0

 

Most of the Colts touchdowns came from outside the red zone, but Ahmad Bradshaw took care of business from inside the 20 once again. He’s a juggernaut down there.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Cecil Shorts: dnp-10-4-dnp-16-9- 8 (9.4), Allen Robinson: 6-10-7-11-9-7- 10 (7.9), Marcedes Lewis: 3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (6), Allen Hurns: 6-3-6-11-4-2- 4 (5.6), Clay Harbor: dnp-dnp-8-4-4-6- 4 (5.2), Marqise Lee: 4-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-3- 2 (4.2), Mike Brown: 4-1-3-2-dnp-dnp- dnp (3), Denard Robinson: 2-1-3-2-3-1- 2 (1.9), Jordan Todman: 0-1-2-2-3-1- 2 (1.6), Toby Gerhart: 2-2-1-1-dnp-dnp- 1 (1.5), Marcel Jensen: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (1), Mickey Shuler: 1-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (1), Ace Sanders: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-1-1- 0 (1), Will Taufoou: 0-1-1-1-2-1- 0 (0.8), Nic Jacobs: dnp-dnp-1-0-0-0- 1 (0.4), Storm Johnson: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1-0- dnp (0.3)

 

It may be mostly garbage time stats, but Allen Robinson has really been the only receiver doing enough to be worthwhile in fantasy. He now has a touchdown in back to back games and is averaging 8 targets per game. Cecil Shorts is also seeing plenty of targets, but isn’t hauling in as many. Of course Blake Bortles isn’t helping either of them out much, but as long as the targets are there, both have some upside, but I’ll go with the guy executing at the moment.

 

Denard Robinson put together his second straight 100-yard game which is a great sign that he can at least give you positive work each week. He’s not going to put up huge numbers while Bortles is not playing well, but could continue to be flex material.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cecil Shorts: Run 0/ Tar 5, Allen Robinson: Run 0/ Tar 3, Allen Hurns: Run 0/ Tar 2, Clay Harbor: Run 0/ Tar 2, Nic Jacobs: Run 0/ Tar 1, Will Taufoou: Run 0/ Tar 1, Blake Bortles: Run 1/ Tar 0, Storm Johnson: Run 5/ Tar 0, Toby Gerhart: Run 4/ Tar 0, Denard Robinson: Run 4/ Tar 0

 

The Jags only had two plays in the red zone this week; one target to Robinson and one carry for the other Robinson.

 


 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 6-5-6-6-BYE-7- 6 (6), Donnie Avery: 6-3-2-dnp-BYE-dnp- dnp (6), Travis Kelce: 6-4-9-3-BYE-4- 6 (5.3), Anthony Fasano: 4-2-1-7-BYE-1- 4 (3.6), Joe McKnight: dnp-7-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp- dnp (3.5), Jamaal Charles: 1-dnp-3-4-BYE-4- 4 (3.3), DeAnthony Thomas: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-BYE-2- 4 (2.3), Knile Davis: 9-1-2-1-BYE-1- 1 (2.3), Junior Hemingway: 4-2-1-4-BYE-1- 0 (2), A.J. Jenkins: 3-0-1-2-BYE-2- 0 (1.1), Frankie Hammond: 0-0-1-0-BYE-2- 1 (0.9), Anthony Sherman: 0-1-0-2-BYE-2- 1 (0.9), Demetrius Harris: 1-0-0-1-BYE-1- 1 (0.6), Albert Wilson: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1- 0 (0.3)

 

Kansas City did what they do best as they played defense, ran the ball and made high percentage passes. Knile Davis saw a lot of work this week with 16 rushing attempts to Jamaal Charles’ 13, but this was mainly due to the blowout.  Charles still ended up with 17 total touches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Expect him to be rested in games that get out of hand, especially since they have a strong backup.

 

Travis Kelce continues to see about 50-60% of the snaps and a measly 5.3 targets per game. He makes the most out of them, as he leads all tight ends in yards after the catch, but it’s still not enough to be a consistent top end fantasy option each week. Thankfully tight ends are especially inconsistent and over the long haul he should average out as a top 10 option. 

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jamaal Charles: Run 8/ Tar 6, Travis Kelce: Run 0/ Tar 4, Knile Davis: Run 6/ Tar 2, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/ Tar 1, A.J. Jenkins: Run 0/ Tar 1, DeAnthony Thomas: Run 0/ Tar 1, Anthony Fasano: Run 0/ Tar 1, Frankie Hammond: Run 0/ Tar 1, Anthony Sherman: Run 0/ Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 1/ Tar 0

 

Kelce saw one target while Davis and Charles combined for 7 looks in the red zone.

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Mike Wallace: 8-12-4-BYE-9-8- 7 (8.4), Brian Hartline: 8-7-7-BYE-2-3- 4 (5), Charles Clay: 8-4-4-BYE-5-5- 3 (5), Jarvis Landry: 6-7-4-BYE-8-5- 3 (4.9), Lamar Miller: 5-5-2-BYE-3-3- 3 (3.7), Brandon Gibson: 4-4-4-BYE-dnp-dnp- 3 (3.2), Daniel Thomas: dnp-2-2-BYE-dnp-3- 2 (2.2), Dion Sims: 2-1-2-BYE-2-2- 2 (2), Rishard Matthews: 5-1-2-BYE-0-0- 2 (1.4), Damian Williams: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-dnp- dnp (1), Orleans Darkwa: 3-0-0-BYE-dnp-dnp- dnp (1), Knowshon Moreno: 0-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-dnp- dnp (0.3), Damien Williams: 0-0-0-BYE-0-2- 0 (0.3), Gator Hoskins: 0-0-0-BYE-dnp-dnp- dnp (0.2)

 

The Dolphins for the most part played a below average game on offense, but two pick sixes made up for that. Ryan Tannehill had another decent rushing day, but it wasn’t enough to boost his 16 for 29, 196 yards, one touchdown and one interception performance into fantasy goodness. He continues to miss Mike Wallace on the deep ball, which is hurting Wallace who caught just two of seven targets for 59 yards.

 

Lamar Miller continued his good play as he rushed 14 times for 78 yards and caught three of three targets for 21 yards. His schedule is tough, but as long as he’s getting up toward 20 touches a game with some targets, I think he can retain value.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Mike Wallace: Run 1/ Tar 6, Charles Clay: Run 0/ Tar 4, Jarvis Landry: Run 0/ Tar 4, Brian Hartline: Run 0/ Tar 3, Rishard Matthews: Run 0/ Tar 2, Lamar Miller: Run 16/ Tar 1, Knowshon Moreno: Run 5/ Tar 1, Dion Sims: Run 0/ Tar 1, Daniel Thomas: Run 3/ Tar 0, Orleans Darkwa: Run 2/ Tar 0, Ryan Tannehill: Run 0/ Tar 0, Damien Williams: Run 2/ Tar 0, Matt Moore: Run 2/ Tar 0

 

Red zone looks were pretty spread out this week, with Rishard Matthews leading the way with two and catching one for a touchdown. That’s not so good for Jarvis Landry, who will need touchdowns to be relevant.

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Julian Edelman: 7-13-8-8-12-9- 4 (8.6), Rob Gronkowski: 6-6-3-11-9-10- 9 (8.1), Brandon LaFell: 0-8-10-4-6-5- 11 (6.2), Shane Vereen: 2-6-5-3-3-8- 5 (5), Timothy Wright: 1-1-0-5-1-0- 7 (2.2), Danny Amendola: 1-1-0-1-0-3- 2 (1.6), James White: dnp-dnp-3-dnp-dnp-dnp- 0 (1.5), Aaron Dobson: 2-dnp-dnp-1-1-dnp- dnp (1.3), Stevan Ridley: 0-1-1-0-1-dnp- dnp (0.8), Brian Tyms: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-0- 0 (0.7), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-0-0-0-1- 0 (0.5), James Develin: 2-0-0-1-1-0- 0 (0.5), Michael Hoomanawanui: 1-0-0-0-1-0- 0 (0.2)

 

Tom Brady’s 30 for 35 completions for 354 yards and five touchdowns makes his fantasy owners happy, but of those 30 completions, 354 yards and five touchdowns, 27 receptions, 334 yards and all five touchdowns went to three players, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LaFell and Tim Wright. And even more amazingly, they saw 27 targets and caught every single one of them.

 

Gronk was the big fantasy winner with three of those touchdowns and is back on top in the fantasy tight end world, even with Julius Thomas’ quick nine touchdowns on the season.

 

Brandon LaFell has come on strong of late with three great games in his last five.  It is difficult to know who will get attention each week in New England, but he’s becoming a little safer, whereas Julian Edelman is become more inconsistent with Gronk and LaFell stepping up. There’s no reason to give up on Edelman after his one reception, four target day, but I do think the ball will continue to be spread around now that Brady has more options.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brandon LaFell: Run 0/ Tar 5, Shane Vereen: Run 4/ Tar 5, Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/ Tar 4, Julian Edelman: Run 0/ Tar 3, Timothy Wright: Run 0/ Tar 3, Danny Amendola: Run 0/ Tar 2, Tom Brady: Run 5/ Tar 0, Jonas Gray: Run 8/ Tar 0, James Develin: Run 2/ Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 6/ Tar 0, James White: Run 1/ Tar 0, Brandon Bolden: Run 2/ Tar 0

 

The Patriots had an amazing 21 red zone attempts in this game, with four of their touchdowns coming from there. Gronk, LaFell and Wright all converted on their red zone targets for touchdowns.

 

 

New York Jets

 

Eric Decker: 7-1-10-dnp-10-7- 11 (7.4), Jeremy Kerley: 8-11-3-6-7-5- 5 (6.2), Percy Harvin: 1-9-dnp-5-4-dnp- 9 (5.8), Jace Amaro: 1-4-5-3-12-5- 5 (4.9), Jeff Cumberland: 2-6-1-6-2-4- 3 (3.6), Greg Salas: 2-3-4-7-3-dnp- dnp (3.5), David Nelson: 1-7-1-4-dnp-2- dnp (2.7), Chris Ivory: 1-4-6-1-2-4- 2 (2.5), Chris Johnson: 3-2-2-1-2-3- 2 (2.5), T.J. Graham: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-1-1- 1 (1), Bilal Powell: 2-3-0-0-0-2- 0 (0.9), Chris Owusu: 0-0-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- 1 (0.8), Tommy Bohanon: 2-0-0-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (0.5), Zach Sudfeld: 1-1-1-0-0-0- 0 (0.4), John Conner: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1-0- 0 (0.2)

 

Can I skip this one? No, okay. I do love me some Chris Ivory and he scored two more touchdowns while Chris Johnson did not. Of course Ivory only had 13 attempts, so his two touchdowns were a lifesaver for his fantasy backers.

 

The ineptitude of Geno Smith and Michael Vick led to many turnovers and incompletions. Geno Smith’s line of two receptions and three interceptions on eight pass attempts is, well, pretty impressive. Oh, I forgot his five yards passing. I liked what I saw from Smith this preseason, so I think he has ability, but after that showing it might take him a while to find it again.

 

Eric Decker led the team with 12 targets, but caught seven for just 40 yards. Percy Harvin had similar success, catching three of nine targets for 22 yards, but did have four rushing attempts for 28 yards.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Eric Decker: Run 0/ Tar 6, Jace Amaro: Run 0/ Tar 5, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/ Tar 4, Chris Ivory: Run 12/ Tar 3, Chris Johnson: Run 0/ Tar 2, Zach Sudfeld: Run 0/ Tar 1, David Nelson: Run 0/ Tar 1, Jeremy Kerley: Run 0/ Tar 1, Bilal Powell: Run 1/ Tar 0, Michael Vick: Run 4/ Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 2/ Tar 0, Percy Harvin: Run 1/ Tar 0

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

James Jones: 14-5-6-BYE-7-8- 11 (7.7), Andre Holmes: 7-2-12-BYE-8-5- 7 (5.9), Mychal Rivera: 7-4-4-BYE-3-1- 9 (4.7), Darren McFadden: 3-4-5-BYE-4-8- 6 (4.4), Rod Streater: 3-3-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp- dnp (4.3), Kenbrell Thompkins: dnp-1-dnp-BYE-0-1- 8 (4), Denarius Moore: 5-7-dnp-BYE-1-1- 1 (3.8), Marcel Reece: 1-7-2-BYE-3-dnp- 6 (3.7), Brice Butler: 2-0-3-BYE-5-1- 2 (2.2), Vincent Brown: dnp-0-4-BYE-dnp-dnp- dnp (2), Maurice Jones-Drew: dnp-dnp-2-BYE-1-0- 2 (1.6), David Ausberry: 0-0-4-BYE-0-0- dnp (0.7), Jamize Olawale: 0-1-0-BYE-1-1- 0 (0.4)

 

Derek Carr attempted 54 passes and didn’t throw an interception. That’s pretty good all by itself. That gave a lot of players plenty of targets that they won’t see regularly, but the “depth chart” for targets was an interesting one, as Mychal Rivera had nine and Kenbrell Thompkins was third with eight.  Rivera made more of his targets as he caught seven of nine (Voyager Alert!) for 83 yards. Of course the question will be if he can get enough consistent volume to be a fantasy worthy tight end.

 

Andre Holmes continued to piece together another decent fantasy game even though he was fourth in targets. He caught five of seven targets for 69 yards and a touchdown.  He now has three strong fantasy games in his last four real games. It’s always been hard to find a consistent fantasy receiver in Oakland, but maybe it’s finally happened. I would like to see more consistent targets, but for now we’ll take production over targets.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brice Butler: Run 0/ Tar 2, Andre Holmes: Run 0/ Tar 2, James Jones: Run 0/ Tar 2, Darren McFadden: Run 9/ Tar 1

 

The Raiders only had two red zone plays, but one went to Holmes for a 10-yard touchdown.

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Antonio Brown: 12-10-11-12-10-13- 13 (10.9), LeVeon Bell: 5-4-7-6-6-8- 7 (6.2), Martavis Bryant: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-5- 7 (6), Markus Wheaton: 8-5-6-2-11-2- 5 (5.8), Heath Miller: 7-5-11-4-4-1- 8 (5.5), Justin Brown: 4-4-2-3-4-dnp- dnp (3.5), Lance Moore: dnp-0-1-1-6-2- 3 (2.2), Dri Archer: dnp-dnp-1-2-1-0- 1 (1), LeGarrette Blount: 1-0-0-3-0-1- 2 (1), Will Johnson: 0-1-1-1-0-1- 2 (0.9), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 0-0-0-1-0-1- 1 (0.4), Michael Palmer: 0-0-0-1-0-0- 0 (0.1)

 

And you thought the Patriots had an offensive explosion Sunday? The Steelers scored the same number of points with 51, but put up 639 total yards to New England’s measly 487!

 

522 of those yards were from Ben Roethlisberger’s arm as he completed 40 of 49 passes for six touchdowns. He is now the only quarterback to have two 500-yard passing days.

 

So obviously there were plenty of big fantasy games attached to his arm with Antonio Brown taking the lead in that area as he caught 10 of 13 targets for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He now leads all receivers in fantasy points, receptions and is second in yards and touchdowns. He seems to be okay at football.

 

Seven Steelers topped 10 points for standard fantasy scoring, but Martavis Bryant probably caused the biggest stir as the rookie caught five of seven passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He pretty much split time with Markus Wheaton as he was in on 39% of the snaps to Wheaton’s 40%. Wheaton played well, so he’s not going away and Roethlisberger isn’t going to throw for 500 yards all that often, just twice so far, slacker. That doesn’t mean Bryant isn’t a good pickup. He’s been playing lights out and could continue.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Antonio Brown: Run 0/ Tar 9, LeVeon Bell: Run 8/ Tar 6, Heath Miller: Run 0/ Tar 5, Markus Wheaton: Run 0/ Tar 5, Justin Brown: Run 0/ Tar 4, Lance Moore: Run 0/ Tar 3, LeGarrette Blount: Run 4/ Tar 2, Martavis Bryant: Run 0/ Tar 2, Michael Palmer: Run 0/ Tar 1, Dri Archer: Run 0/ Tar 1, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 3/ Tar 0

 

Bryant and Brown both had two red zone targets and Bryant caught both for touchdowns and Brown caught one for a touchdown as well.

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Keenan Allen: 6-2-11-7-6-10- 13 (8), Antonio Gates: 7-1-5-6-8-5- 8 (6.2), Eddie Royal: 10-6-7-3-2-5- 3 (5.2), Malcom Floyd: 1-4-4-3-7-7- 7 (4.9), Branden Oliver: dnp-0-4-4-5-2- 8 (3.8), Donald Brown: 4-6-6-2-dnp-dnp- dnp (3.6), Ladarius Green: 0-6-dnp-1-5-0- 1 (2.1), Ryan Mathews: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (2), Danny Woodhead: 5-0-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (2), Ronnie Brown: 0-1-dnp-dnp-1-1- 1 (0.8), Seyi Ajirotutu: 0-0-0-1-1-0- 0 (0.2), John Phillips: 0-0-0-0-0-1- 0 (0.1)

 

Keenan Allen! I said a breakout game was coming and, well, he had a good game catching nine of 13 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. The breakout, huge game is still coming!

 

While we wait for Allen to truly emerge this year, Antonio Gates continues to show he still walks with the living as he caught his eighth and ninth touchdowns against the Broncos Thursday. He now has six touchdowns in the last four games and now is tied with Julius Thomas for the tight end lead with nine. He’s not going to put up huge yardage numbers, as he is slower than he once was, but he can still catch anything within reach and he’s old man savvy.

 

Denver’s defense is strong and seemingly getting stronger each week, so Branden Oliver had very little room to run, but his PPR value remained decent as he caught seven of eight targets. Ryan Mathews should be back soonish, but Oliver could easily get those targets even with him there.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Antonio Gates: Run 0/ Tar 11, Keenan Allen: Run 0/ Tar 6, Branden Oliver: Run 13/ Tar 5, Malcom Floyd: Run 0/ Tar 3, John Phillips: Run 0/ Tar 1, Ronnie Brown: Run 1/ Tar 1, Donald Brown: Run 3/ Tar 1, Shaun Draughn: Run 1/ Tar 0

 

Gates remains the top red zone targets and as long as he’s healthy, he will continue to do so.

 

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Delanie Walker: 14-7-7-4-8-5- 9 (7.2), Kendall Wright: 5-10-8-8-1-9- 5 (6.6), Justin Hunter: 6-7-5-5-5-2- 10 (6), Nate Washington: 6-3-4-7-2-1- 4 (4.1), Dexter McCluster: 1-2-1-2-6-1- 4 (2.4), Leon Washington: 0-0-0-1-3-2- 3 (1.4), Taylor Thompson: 1-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp- dnp (1.3), Bishop Sankey: 0-1-2-1-1-1- 4 (1.2), Chase Coffman: dnp-dnp-0-2-1-1- 0 (0.8), Derek Hagan: 1-0-0-0-0-2- 2 (0.8), Craig Stevens: 0-2-0-0-dnp-dnp- dnp (0.4), Shonn Greene: 0-0-0-2-dnp-dnp- 0 (0.3), Jackie Battle: 0-0-0-0-0-2- 0 (0.2)

 

The Titans went to their rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger in this one and as expected, J.J. Watt harassed him most of the game and then afterward he took a selfie with his flattened body. Wait, maybe I read that wrong. Whatever. The good nenews is that Mettenberger wasn’t afraid to throw the ball and he targeted Justin Hunter 10 times. Of course Hunter only caught four for 31 yards, but did get into the end zone. At this point we’re just looking for Hunter to get his chances in blowouts like this one and provide us some fantasy points.

 

Bishop Sankey was the no doubt lead back even though he ran just nine times for 35 yards. Thankfully they also used him in the passing game, targeting him four times, which he caught all four for 25 yards. It wasn’t a good fantasy game for Sankey, but hopefully his 13 touches rise as they face easier defenses.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches:  Kendall Wright: Run 0/ Tar 5, Delanie Walker: Run 0/ Tar 4, Dexter McCluster: Run 2/ Tar 4, Nate Washington: Run 0/ Tar 3, Justin Hunter: Run 0/ Tar 3, Chase Coffman: Run 0/ Tar 2, Shonn Greene: Run 2/ Tar 1, Charlie Whitehurst: Run 0/ Tar 0, Bishop Sankey: Run 6/ Tar 0, Jackie Battle: Run 1/ Tar 0, Jake Locker: Run 1/ Tar 0,

 

Hunter led the team with two targets in the red zone, which is a good sign for he and Mettenberger for the rest of the season.

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