Fantasy Football Target Report for Week 6

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Welcome back to the Target Report for Week 6! Through six weeks of NFL season, we’ve seen just three players get targeted at least 60 times: Allen Robinson (66), Amari Cooper (65), and DeAndre Hopkins (61). Three more wideouts have at least ten targets per game: Jamison Crowder (11.5), Keenan Allen (10), and Davante Adams (10). As always mentioned in this series, target volume is king in fantasy football, and these players have been true fantasy royalty so far in 2020.

Let’s dive into the most interesting target outputs of Week 6.

DJ Chark – 14 target, 7 rec

After dealing with an ankle injury all week it was highly questionable that Chark would even play in Week 6, let alone lead the league in targets for the week. It would have been nice if he’d have been able to catch more than half of the passes thrown his way, but at least it bodes well that he was able to play on a season-high 89% of snaps. 

Terry McLaurin – 12 targets, 7 rec 

Last season McLaurin was targeted 93 times in 14 games, a very respectable number for a rookie wideout. So far during his sophomore campaign, he’s set to blow last year’s target total out of the water with his current 16-game pace of 155. He’s posted double-digit targets in three of six games and hasn’t seen fewer than seven in a single game. His target volume is about as safe as it gets, even if it is coming from subpar quarterbacks.

A.J. Green – 11 targets, 8 rec

Just last week Green made a negative appearance in this article after seeing just one target in Week 5. I wrote him off as some combination of washed, uninterested, and injured. Even the target volume he saw early in the season was unproductive. Then he comes out in Week 6 and has his best game in nearly two years. He isn’t what he once was, but Green proved that he’s still capable of contributing in 2020.

D.J. Moore – 11 targets, 5 rec

It feels like at least one Carolina Panther pass-catcher needs to make this article each week. Robby Anderson and Mike Davis have been regulars lately, but this week it’s Moore, who saw double-digit targets for the first time since Week 2. While the volume this week was encouraging, his current 16-game pace of 128 targets would be a step backward from the 135 he saw in just 15 games last year. 

Justin Jefferson – 11 targets, 9 rec

The rookie wideout in Minnesota continues to gain steam and absolutely exploded in Week 6. He turned his career-high 11 targets into the WR1 performance of the week in fantasy football. What’s even more encouraging, those 11 targets accounted for a 30% target share in the game and more than doubled the amount seen by Adam Thielen.

Julio Jones – 10 targets, 8 rec

Jones had serious questions entering Week 6. After a very Julio-esque 12 targets in Week 1, he only suited up for two games and saw just eight targets as he battled a lingering hamstring injury from Weeks 2-5. Fantasy managers surely had doubts when he was confirmed as active this week, but those that slotted him in their lineup were handsomely rewarded. 

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Travis Fulgham – 10 targets, 6 rec

After coming out of nowhere two weeks ago, Fulgham is currently the top target in Philadelphia and possibly the only healthy pass-catcher worth rostering in fantasy football. Over the last two weeks, he’s seen a 30% target share from Carson Wentz and performed well in two tough matchups. With Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders added to the Eagles never-ending list of injuries, it’s full steam ahead for the Fulgham hype train.

Anthony Firkser – 9 targets, 8 rec

Breakout tight end Jonnu Smith entered Week 6 as the TE2 in fantasy points per game, just 0.1 points per game behind George Kittle. Unfortunately, he exited early with an ankle injury. No worries however as Anthony Firkser stepped up to fill Jonnu’s huge tight-end shoes. Firkser led the Titans with nine targets and turned them into the TE1 performance of Week 6.

James White – 9 targets, 8 rec

Between his absence due to a tragic family event and the COVID scheduling shuffle, White has been easy to forget about for fantasy football. Yet once again, he appears to be the only Patriot running back you can trust in a fantasy lineup. He has the second-most receptions in New England so far, only two fewer than Julian Edelman, despite playing two fewer games.

Derrick Henry – 5 targets, 2 rec

Henry was the fantasy stud of Week 6. A nice chunk of his fantasy points came through the air with his 53-yard catch and run in overtime. After Week 3 I noted that Henry was on pace for a career-high 43 targets. He’s now upped that to a 48 target pace for 16 games, twice as many as he saw last season. 

Other notable target counts in Week 5:

Jamison Crowder – 13
Will Fuller V – 11
Ezekiel Elliott – 11
Amari Cooper – 10
CeeDee Lamb – 10
Davante Adams – 10
Robert Woods – 10
George Kittle – 10
Zach Ertz – 10
Cooper Kupp – 9
Allen Robinson – 9
Brandin Cooks – 9
Keelan Cole – 9
Stefon Diggs – 8
DeAndre Hopkins – 8
DeVante Parker – 8
Tee Higgins – 8
Tyler Boyd – 8
Breshad Perriman – 8
Marcus Johnson – 8
Tim Patrick – 8
Jimmy Graham – 8
Rob Gronkowski – 8
Travis Kelce – 7
Calvin Ridley – 7
A.J. Brown – 7
Chris Godwin – 7
Laviska Shenault – 7
James Washington – 7
Zach Pascal – 7
Darren Fells – 7
Kenny Golladay – 6
Marquise Brown – 6
Austin Hooper – 6
Nyheim Hines – 6
Mike Evans – 2
Mike Gesicki – 2
Chris Herndon – 0

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