Fantasy Football Target Report for Week 13
We’re through Week 13 (except of course for TuesdayNightFootball.com) and it’s time for the weekly check-in on the NFL target landscape. Keenan Allen remains atop the total target leaderboard with 133, but Davante Adams is now tied with him on a target per game basis with 11.1. Darren Waller is doing all he can to catch Travis Kelce in the target column, but the dominant Kansas City tight end is still five targets in front of him with 112. As far as running backs, Alvin Kamara is still far and away the most targeted at the position with 86. He’s only seen six targets over the past three games, but three of them came this past week, so there’s a glimmer of hope for him returning to form in the receiving game.
Let’s get on to the most compelling target lines of Week 13
Darren Waller – 17 targets, 13 rec
Waller now has the top two tight end target performances on the season. He saw 16 targets back in Week 2 against the Saints, then one-upped himself with 17 this week. He’s the eighth-most targeted player in the NFL, has a 27% team target share, and is only ten targets behind the 107 he saw during his breakout campaign last season.
DeAndre Hopkins – 13 targets, 8 rec
Hopkins is the third-most targeted player in the NFL but has only been featured in this article twice so far this season. It’s easy to take for granted just how consistently he’s been targeted, both over his career and with his new home in Arizona. He’s only seen fewer than seven targets one time this season, and that came in a game against Miami that saw him draw multiple pass interference penalties that don’t show up as targets in the box score.
Travis Kelce – 13 targets, 8 rec
Kelce remains on a roll. The 13 targets he saw in Week 13 were the most he’s seen since Week 2, but he’s now logged double-digit targets in four of his last five games. His 111 targets on the season tied for fifth-most in the league, and he’s made the most of them. Not only does he lead all tight ends with 1,114 receiving yards, he leads all players not named DK Metcalf.
Corey Davis – 12 targets, 11 rec
We may finally be witnessing the long-awaited Corey Davis breakout. His 12 targets against the Browns marked his season-high and are the most he’s seen since Week 4 of the 2018 season. That was also the year he had the most targets of his career with 112. He’s on that same 16-game pace this season and has just two fewer targets than teammate A.J. Brown on the season.
Michael Thomas – 11 targets, 9 rec
Things appear to be turning in a positive direction for Thomas. He’s now seen 29 targets in the three games started by Taysom Hill, and 23 of them came in the two games with an actual quarterback playing for the opposing team. He also saw over 100 yards receiving in each of those games. If you managed to survive and make the fantasy playoffs with Thomas on your roster, you could be in for a nice playoff run.
Nelson Agholor – 11 targets, 4 rec
Agholor set a season-high with his 11 targets this week and his usage turnaround has been remarkable. He was practically an afterthought early in the season, averaging just 2.2 targets/game in the Raiders five games before their Week 6 bye. In the seven games since that number has nearly tripled and is up to 6.3 targets/game over that span.
T.Y. Hilton – 11 targets, 8 rec
When the Colts play the Texans, it’s probably a good idea to get Hilton in your fantasy lineup. This time around the 11 targets he saw were the most since way back in Week 7 of 2019, though he did have 10 targets earlier this season in Week 5. He gets another matchup with Houston in Week 15, so plan accordingly.
Mike Gesicki – 11 targets, 9 rec
There was some trepidation surrounding Gesicki when news broke that Tua Tagovailoa was re-entering the starting lineup for Miami, but the rookie quarterback targeted him on 28% of his pass attempts. Gesicki has now seen double-digit targets three times in his three-year career, and two of them have come this season. If the Tua-Gesicki connection gains momentum he could be a top fantasy tight end for years to come.
Dalvin Cook – 9 targets, 8 rec
Cook didn’t find the endzone in Week 13 but he still finished as an RB1, thanks in part to his highest target total of the season. In fact, Cook hadn’t seen more than five targets in any other game this season. He’s averaged 4.3 targets/game for his career and 3.9 targets/game this season, so we probably shouldn’t expect to see high target totals on a regular basis. However, it’s good to know that Cook isn’t likely to be scripted out of a game anytime soon.
Cole Kmet – 7 targets, 5 rec
It usually takes multiple seasons for a tight end to become fantasy relevant in the NFL, but Cole Kmet may be in the midst of an early breakout. He had never seen more than three targets in a game prior to this week but has seen his targets and time on the field increase over the past three games. Meanwhile, veteran Jimmy Graham has non-coincidentally seen his targets fall off a cliff.
Targets over the last four weeks:
Jimmy Graham – 6,2,4,1 📉
Cole Kmet – 0,3,3,7 📈
— Aaron Larson (@aalarson) December 7, 2020
Other notable target counts from Week 13:
Davante Adams – 12
Justin Jefferson – 12
Marvin Jones – 12
Diontae Johnson – 12
Robert Woods – 11
Keenan Allen – 11
Adam Thielen – 11
Stefon Diggs – 11
Cole Beasley – 11
Eric Ebron – 11
Tyreek Hill – 10
Julio Jones – 10
Calvin Ridley – 10
Jarvis Landry – 10
JuJu Smith-Schuster – 10
Cooper Kupp – 9
Tyler Lockett – 9
Mike Willams – 9
Keke Coutee – 9
Rashard Higgins – 9
Brandon Aiyuk – 9
Deebo Samuel – 9
T.J, Hockenson – 9
Logan Thomas – 9
Dalvin Cook – 9
Austin Ekeler – 9
DK Metcalf – 8
Brandin Cooks – 8
Russell Gage – 8
Evan Engram – 8
Allen Robinson – 7
Chad Hansen – 7
Jamison Crowder – 7
A.J. Brown – 7
D.J. Chark – 7
Tee Higgins – 7
Jalen Guyton – 7
Noah Fant – 7
Dallas Goedert – 7
Gerald Everett – 7
Anthony Firkser – 7
Drew Sample – 7
Tyler Higbee – 6
Jerry Jeudy – 4