Welcome to the Target Report, where each week I highlight several key players who jump out to me in terms of their target share.
AJ Green: 16 Targets
This is the most he’s been targeted on the season and his first multi-TD game. He’s now averaging about 8.9 targets per game, which is solid, even though I think most would agree this has been a bit of a disappointing year for the star WR. He’s also on pace for 1181 yards, which again is very solid, even though it would be the lowest yardage total for his career in season’s where he’s played a full 16 games.
Keenan Allen: 14 Targets
No WR in the league has more targets on third down (50) or more targets in the red zone (20) than Keenan Allen so far this season. He is also absolutely on fire by NBA Jam standards, averaging 11 receptions for 145 yards over his last 3 games. If you’re going up against him in your fantasy playoffs, you may want to consider some high upside options.
Kenny Stills: 13 Targets
With Jay Cutler back from injury and Aqib Talib suspended for this game we had plenty of reasons to like Devante Parker this week, and yet he finished with a measly 1 reception while the bulk of the targets went Stills’ way instead. This was the highest target number on the season for Stills and the first time this season that we’ve seen Cutler favor him over Parker. With Jarvis Landry also in the mix and arguably the best of the 3, as well as a volatile and unreliable QB, picking one of these guys to start for fantasy is starting to feel more like a total coin flip than I would like. Personally, I’m avoiding all of them for the fantasy playoffs if I have the option.
Stephen Anderson: 12 Targets
Last week, I celebrated the return of the Mad Hatter, CJ Fiedorowicz, for his target share on an offense that loves to utilize the TE position in the passing game. Unfortunately, he sustained yet another concussion and has now joined Ryan Griffin on season ending IR. That leaves Stephen Anderson as the last man standing, who should now see a nice weekly baseline in target numbers, making him an excellent streaming candidate in favorable matchups.
Josh Gordon: 11 Targets
I can’t believe I’m putting Josh Gordon’s name in an article and it’s for something positive. You have no idea how happy that makes me, even if it did come at the expense of Corey Coleman who I still believe to be an excellent WR. While Coleman did finish with 4 targets, he had only 1 going into the 4th quarter. The Browns have nothing to play for at this point so it would make sense if they wanted to feed their former superstar some redemptive targets in an effort to evaluate where he is now as a player 4 years later.
Andre Ellington: 6 Targets
Ellington who is still listed as a running back in most formats had the same number of targets this week as Le’Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara. With Bruce Ellington now on IR and Will Fuller ailing from cracked ribs, Ellington could be in line to receive a pretty steady dose of targets as a possession receiver playing in the slot, which could make him a sneaky play in both DFS and deeper leagues.