Fantasy Football Target Report for Week 7

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Welcome back to the weekly target report! Last week I mentioned the four players with at least 60 targets on the season. After Week 7 the same four have now seen 70 targets on the season. DeAndre Hopkins (73), Amari Cooper (72), Stefon Diggs (70), and Allen Robinson (70) all kept pace. We’ll see how many of them can get to 80 next week. Meanwhile, Davante Adams and Jamison Crowder are each averaging 11.5 targets/game, tied for first in the NFL. Of course, they’d also be in the 70 target club if they had maintained health all season, but as the saying goes, “The best ability is availability”.

Let’s take a look at the most interesting target performances of Week 7. 

Tyler Lockett – 20 targets, 15 rec

After seeing just nine total targets over the previous two games, Lockett exploded with a legendary fantasy performance Sunday night, and he did it on the back of 20 targets. It’s the first 20 target performance of the season in the NFL and a career-high for Lockett. The last player to see 21 targets, Davante Adams, saw the second-most targets this week.  

Davante Adams – 16 targets, 13 rec

As mentioned in the opening, Adams is leading the league with 11.5 targets/game. That number, however, is slightly skewed. He only played around half of the snaps and was limited with a hamstring injury in Week 3 against Detroit. In his three fully healthy games Adams has averaged 14.3 targets/game, which rates out to an insane 229 targets over 16 games. Needless to say, when Adams is healthy, Aaron Rodgers is throwing him the ball. 

Diontae Johnson – 15 targets, 9 rec
JuJu Smith-Schuster – 14 targets, 9 rec

Johnson and JuJu combined for a dominant 59% target share from Ben Roethlisberger Sunday against the Titans. This has been status-quo for Johnson whenever he’s been on the field in 2020. He’s averaged 12.7 targets/game and commanded a 32% target share in the three games that he’s played and hasn’t left early. For JuJu, it was easily his most-targeted game this season and his first time seeing double-digit targets since 2018. Meanwhile, breakout rookie Chase Claypool saw just one target this week. 

Tyler Boyd – 13 targets, 11 rec
A.J. Green – 13 targets, 7 rec

Boyd and Green saw an identical target share in Week 7, though Boyd’s four additional catches and receiving touchdown gave him the better fantasy week. Either Boyd or Green has led the Bengals in target in six of seven games so far, while rookie Tee Higgins has just once. Boyd does have a slight edge with 61 targets on the season compared to Green’s 58.

Keenan Allen – 13 targets, 10 rec

The last time we saw Allen he was leaving the Week 5 Monday night game early with a back injury. The bye week rest served him well and he didn’t miss a beat with rookie Justin Herbert in Week 7. He’s averaging 10.5 targets/game but like many of the wideouts mentioned already, that’s skewed. If you take out the Week 5 game, where he only played 12% of the snaps, he’s averaging 12.2 

Cole Beasley – 12 targets, 11 rec

As usual, Beasley has been quietly supplying consistent fantasy points again this season. He’s seen at least six targets in all but one game so far this season. Week 7 was, however, his first double-digit target outing of the season after putting up three of them in 2019. It’s probably not a coincidence that his season-high targets came with John Brown on the sidelines.

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Marquez Callaway – 10 targets, 8 rec

As we continue to wait for Michael Thomas to make his long-anticipated return to game action, Callaway has seen his time on the field and targets rise in four consecutive weeks. Of course, his fantasy stock will go down once Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders eventually return, but it should be noted that Callaway has out-targeted Tre’Quan Smith in two consecutive games. 

Albert Okwuegbunam – 7 targets, 7 rec
Noah Fant – 7 targets, 3 rec

Noah Fant was back on the field for the first time since Week 4, but the Broncos also got rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam more involved this week. Fant is far too talented to go away, but that doesn’t mean Okwuegbunam won’t occasionally see his fair share of targets. Drew Lock and Albert O were college teammates at Missouri, where they connected for 17 touchdowns in just 18 games played together.

Leonard Fournette – 7 targets, 6 rec

It’s hard to think of anything in recent memory that surprised the fantasy football world more than Fournette recording 100 targets in 2019. He had only seen eight targets in his first three games with Tampa Bay but nearly matched that total this week. It’s also puzzling that he out-targeted, and out-snapped, his backfield mate Ronald Jones, who had been on fire the previous three games.

Travis Kelce – 3 targets, 3 rec

Even the best players have the occasional off game. They’re few and far between for Kelce, but this was one of them. He had seen at least six targets so far in every game this season and the three he saw this week were the fewest to go his way since Week 3 of 2017, 51 regular-season games ago. Something tells me he’ll see more than three next week against the Jets.

Other notable target counts in Week 7:

DeAndre Hopkins – 12
Terry McLaurin – 11
Stefon Diggs – 11
Travis Fulgham – 11
Corey Davis – 10
Randall Cobb – 10
Tyreek Hill – 10
Brandin Cooks – 9
Nelson Agholor – 9
Darren Waller – 9
Evan Engram – 9
Julio Jones – 9
Chris Godwin – 9
Scott Miller – 9
Rob Gronkowski – 8
Sterling Shephard – 8
Richard Rodgers – 8
A.J. Brown – 8
Robby Anderson – 8
Alvin Kamara – 8
Larry Fitzgerald – 8
Christian Kirk – 8
Amari Cooper – 7
Denzel Mims – 7
Braxton Berrios – 7
Kenny Golladay – 7
Calvin Ridley – 7
Hayden Hurst – 7
Russell Gage – 7
Brandon Aiyuk – 7
George Kittle – 7
Hunter Henry – 7
D.J. Chark – 7
Chase Edmonds – 7
Curtis Samuel – 6
Will Fuller V – 6
James Robinson – 6
Drew Sample – 6
Tee Higgins – 5
D.J. Moore – 5
CeeDee Lamb – 5
DK Metcalf – 2
Breshad Perriman – 2
Michael Gallup – 2

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