Fantasy Football: Week 11 Target Report
Week 11 was an excellent offensive week for pass catchers. As we march closer and closer to the fantasy playoffs, guys getting big opportunities are going to play a huge role in our #FootClanTitles. This week, we saw some new faces start to emerge but mainly we saw the return of some old favorites and the result of over-hyping a player after a huge performance. I’m sure this week played a huge part in shaping your league’s playoff picture, let’s look at some of the stars…and a few of the disappoints.
Stefon Diggs: 18 Targets, 13 Receptions
Your Week 11 target and reception leader is Stefon Diggs. Diggs beat up on a Chicago defense that has been very good against fantasy WRs this season. He finished the game with 126 yards and a TD in a game where fellow WR Adam Thielen also put up solid numbers. These 2 are as good a 1-2 such as we’ve seen in the NFL this year. Unfortunately, it was not enough for a Minnesota victory.
Ezekiel Elliott: 8 Targets. 7 Receptions
While Elliott was not the RB target leader (James Conner), he did do the most with what he was given. On top of his 2nd straight 100-yard rushing performance, Zeke added 79 receiving yards. Elliott has been a direct benefactor of the Cowboys not having a clear #1 WR. Time will tell if Amari Cooper will change that but right now, Ezekiel is on pace for 64 receptions, more than his first 2 seasons combined.
Travis Kelce: 15 Targets, 10 Receptions
Leading one of, if not the most high-powered offense in the league in targets is going to net results. In fact, Kelce led all TEs in targets and finished the week as the overall TE1. Kelce finished with 127 yards and a TD in one of the best Monday Night games I’ve seen in a very long time.
Jordan Reed: 11 Targets, 7 Receptions
Well hello, old friend. It’s clear that Rule 86 has been bent, broken, and thoroughly disposed of, but we were given glimpses in Week 11. A silver lining of the Alex Smith injury is that at least Colt McCoy seems to recognize who his best weapon is and will get Reed the ball. Reed was a hero of the Thanksgiving day game against Dallas one year ago and I won’t be surprised if we’re talking about him again next week.
Alvin Kamara: 1 Target, 1 Reception
Kamara still had a solid fantasy week, due mostly to the fact that he took his one reception 37 yards to the house, but the one target will definitely raise an eyebrow or two when you see that Brees threw the ball 30 times for over 350 yards. In no way am I concerned about Kamara now or long-term, but his receiving skills and opportunity are the difference between him being an RB1 and THE RB1.
Tre’Quan Smith: 13 Targets, 10 Receptions
A large part of the reason Kamara only saw one target was that Drew Brees spent the afternoon feeding rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith. The 13 targets equal the amount that Smith had amassed in his previous 4 games and his 157 yards almost equaled his season total coming into the game. It was the second big game of his rookie season but I have a feeling it will not be the last.
Zach Ertz: 3 Targets, 2 Receptions
After Week 10, most of the fantasy football universe was ready to crown Ertz the king of TEs. While we may not be taking that crown back just yet, we have to admit that it’s not as shiny as we thought. Bad analogy aside, the TE position has had a rough 2018 and nobody is immune, not even Zach Ertz.
Tyreek Hill: 14 Targets, 10 Receptions
While Hill didn’t lead the team in targets, he did lead the league in yards. Hill’s speed was on full display as he got behind the Rams secondary on multiple plays. He finished the game with 2 TDs and 215 receiving yards. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Pat Mahomes and Tyreek Hill were made for one another. That arm strength/speed combo is going to be a problem for many years to come.
Nelson Agholor: 2 Targets, 0 Receptions
The worry when Golden Tate was brought in was that it would kill the PPR value that Agholor had built for himself early in the season. After the first game, Agholor led the team in targets and all seemed okay. After game 2, there are far more concerns. As Tate gets acclimated the Eagles offense, it appears Nelson Agholor will fade back into the obscurity he occupied the first 3 years of his career.
Kenny Golladay: 14 Targets, 8 Receptions
After the trade of Golden Tate, the expectations for Golladay went thru the roof. When it was announced that Marvin Jones would miss this game, those expectations skyrocketed and Golladay delivered. The Lions need to throw the ball a lot in just about every game, but once Kerryon Johnson got hurt, passing was just about all they could do. Kenny G had 5 more targets than anyone else on the team and turned it into 113 yards and a TD.
Corey Davis: 4 Targets, 2 Receptions
Corey Davis seems like he is going to waste away in this Tennessee offense. After an excellent Week 10 performance, Davis was an also-ran in a Week 11 game where the Titans got beat down by the Colts. His 30-yard performance was his 3rd worst of the season. A major concern is the sheer inconsistency of Davis and the entire Tennessee offense. After his last big game, against Philadelphia in Week 5, Davis put out 4 straight dud performances. A surprisingly good game once every 4 weeks is not what most fantasy owners look for in a WR.