Week 10 Target Report (Fantasy Football)
Week 10, like most weeks in fantasy football, was a mix of predictable and surprising performances. We predictably saw Michael Thomas continue his torrid target pace and Patrick Mahomes focus on Tyreek Hill in his return to action. The surprises of the week included a fifth-round rookie seeing 14 targets from a fellow rookie quarterback and a running back that hasn’t seen game action in nearly a calendar year rack up nine targets. Details on these performances and more in this week’s target report.
Tyreek Hill: 19 targets, 11 rec
Last week Tyler Lockett set the high-water mark on the season with 18 targets, but it only lasted one week as Hill saw 18 passes thrown his way in Week 10. This was only the second full game that Hill has played with Mahomes under center this season, and he’s seen a combined 29 targets, 237 yards, and three touchdowns in those games.
Michael Thomas: 14 targets, 13 rec
I probably don’t need to keep writing about Thomas every week, so I’ll be brief. He’s the first player to hit triple-digit targets on the season. His 11.4 targets per game is a crazy 1.2 more than the next most-targeted player, DeAndre Hopkins.
Amari Cooper: 14 targets, 11 rec
Cooper has excelled in his first full seasons in Dallas and currently has the third-most fantasy points of all wideouts in .5 PPR scoring. This is the second time in nine games this season that he’s seen 14 targets, a mark that he only hit twice in 52 career games with Oakland.
Darius Slayton: 14 targets, 10 rec
There were plenty of high profile rookie wideouts drafted in April, but none have seen more targets in a game than the fifth-rounder out of Auburn. It’s unclear when Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram will return to the field for the Giants, and until they do Slayton will continue to see his fair share of targets.
Odell Beckham: 12 targets, 5 rec
Headed into the week Baker Mayfield made comments implying he’d be force-feeding targets to OBJ, and he seems to have stuck to his word. The 12 targets only amounted to five catches, but it was the most looks he’s seen on the season. The Browns and Beckham just finished going through a gauntlet of studs in the opposing secondaries the past three weeks, and it doesn’t get much better next week against the Steelers.
Alvin Kamara: 10 targets, 8 rec
It was a relatively down performance for Kamara in his first outing since Week 6. He only rushed for 24 yards on four carries but did enough through the air to save his fantasy output. He’s now averaging seven targets per game, more than any other running back in the NFL. If your trade deadline hasn’t passed he might be a player to try and acquire at a discount, as there are surely bigger days ahead for Super Kamario.
Christian Kirk: 10 targets, 6 rec
This can officially be considered Kirk’s breakout game, but it shouldn’t come to a shock to anybody that’s been paying attention. He’s seen double-digit targets in four of the seven games he’s played this season and is averaging 9.0 targets per game overall, good enough for the eleventh highest in the NFL.
Kareem Hunt: 9 targets, 7 rec
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens stated that Hunt would “have a role” in his season debut, and now we have an idea of what that meant. He was heavily involved in the passing game, tying his career-high with nine targets. It looks like he’ll have fantasy value moving forward but he didn’t seem to negatively impact Nick Chubb, who still saw 20 carries and four targets.
O.J. Howard: 7 targets, 4 rec
Howard has been an unmitigated bust this season, but now we have a glimmer of hope. Headed into the week he had only seen 18 targets through six games played, so the season-high seven targets he saw Sunday are definitely a step in the right direction. In fact, he’s only seen more than seven targets in two games in his three seasons in the league. Despite being a huge disappointment through the first nine weeks, Howard could help win leagues if he sees a significant target share in Tampa Bay’s high-scoring offense.
Aaron Jones: 0 targets, 0 rec
Ok, it doesn’t really matter when you rush for three touchdowns, but it’s still noteworthy when a player has his first targetless outing of the season. Jones had been averaging five targets per game headed into the week. His backfield mate Jamaal Williams only saw one target, so apparently, Aaron Rodgers was just completely ignoring running backs this week.
Other notable target counts in Week 10:
Chris Godwin – 12
Gerald Everett – 12
Rober Woods – 11
Deebo Samuel – 11
John Brown – 11
D.J. Moore – 11
Keenan Allen – 11
Davante Adams – 10
Greg Olsen – 10
Michael Gallup – 10
Jarvis Landry – 10
DeVante Parker – 10
Jared Cook – 10
Julio Jones – 9
Sammy Watkins – 9
Demaryius Thomas – 9
Cooper Kupp – 4