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With four teams on a bye instead of six, the number of players leading the Week 10 targets was higher than in Week 9. Many of these players, however, did not have double-digit targets in their previous game.

Savvy Fantasy owners will look at the targets and see who quarterbacks are using in their offense. These are the players to pick up when you are looking for fill-ins for the bye weeks.

However, be aware that one game with a high target total does not equal fantasy success. In some cases, players receive more targets because another player is out. Other times it is because another player is seeing double coverage or coverage from a top-rated cornerback.

Look at the targets, but pay attention to consecutive weeks with high targets. These are the guys to (excuse the pun) target on the waiver wire.

Note that if a player has an asterisk next to his name in the double-digit target box, it indicates that they also had double-digit targets in the week they last played (taking into account bye weeks).

As always, none of the charts below show total receptions, total Fantasy points or touchdowns. The sole purpose of this analysis is to look at targets.

Week 10 Target Watch

Each week I will be reviewing the targets from the past week, the season and even digging deeper by running back and tight end. I will also be analyzing any trends I find along the way.

Week 10 Only Double-Digit Targets

Player Team Targets
Antonio Brown * Pittsburgh Steelers 18
Jordy Nelson * Green Bay Packers 18
Larry Fitzgerald * Arizona Cardinals 18
Julio Jones * Atlanta Falcons 16
Stefon Diggs * Minnesota Vikings 15
Allen Robinson * Jacksonville Jaguars 13
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 13
Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chiefs 13
Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 12
Tyrell Williams San Diego Chargers 11
Odell Beckham Jr * New York Giants 11
A.J. Green * Cincinnati Bengals 11
Demaryius Thomas * Denver Broncos 11
Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 11
Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles 10
Julius Thomas Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Kenny Britt Los Angeles Rams 10
Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins 10
Jordan Matthews * Philadelphia Eagles 10

 

Even with four teams on a bye, only three more players had double-digit targets than last week (with six teams on a bye). Last week, 17 players made the list; this week 20 make the list. Less than half of the list, however, has had double-digit targets in back-to-back weeks. Some of these are players that are filling in for injured guys. Tyreek Hill stepped up with Jeremy Maclin out. If Maclin misses another week, Hill is worth a look in PPR formats. Pierre Garcon was the unlikely recipient of targets for the Redskins with DeSean Jackson out. While Jamison Crowder got the touchdown, Garcon led the team in both targets and total receiving yards.

Tyrell Williams was expected to have more targets with Travis Benjamin out, and he came through for fantasy owners. He only caught five of his 10 targets, but with those receptions he had 125 yards and a touchdown. Williams led the team in both targets and receiving yards. Antonio Gates and Dontrelle Inman had nine targets apiece, and if Benjamin misses more time, Inman (available in over 90 percent of leagues) would be a decent bye-week fill-in.

Top 12 Target Leaders This Season

Player Team Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Total
Mike Evans TB 12 BYE 13 11 17 5 108
Antonio Brown PIT 11 8 11 BYE 11 18 104
Larry Fitzgerald ARI 8 9 14 11 BYE 18 99
A.J. Green CIN 8 10 8 18 BYE 11 99
Julio Jones ATL 6 9 15 5 11 16 97
Emmanuel Sanders DEN 9 6 8 10 11 9 95
Allen Robinson JAX BYE 6 8 15 11 13 95
Jordy Nelson GB 13 7 4 9 13 18 91
Brandon Marshall NYJ 15 6 8 9 9 6 91
Terrelle Pryor CLE 6 13 4 13 7 9 91
Odell Beckham Jr NYG 12 10 9 BYE 10 11 91
T.Y. Hilton IND 11 9 12 6 8 BYE 90

 

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Antonio Brown joins Mike Evans as part of the 100-yard reception club. Evans has eight touchdowns; Brown has seven. The only other wide receiver with at least seven touchdowns is newcomer to this list, Jordy Nelson. With 18 targets in Week 10, he’s bumped Amari Cooper off the list for a spot in the Top 12. Nelson has been seeing more targets in recent weeks (the four-target game in Week 7 was against Chicago, which was an ugly game all around). With Randall Cobb banged up and the Packers offense struggling as a whole, Aaron Rodgers is looking to the one guy he trusts the most: Jordy Nelson.

T.Y. Hilton stayed on the list despite having a bye in Week 10. He’ll be back in Week 11, facing the Tennessee Titans. The Titans give up the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in PPR formats (13th-most in standard). They just allowed both Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams to have over 100 receiving yards in Week 10. Hilton should feast on that defense in Week 11.

Top Tight End Targets In Week 10

Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 11
Julius Thomas Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers 9
Will Tye New York Giants 8
Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 8
Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys 8
Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers 8

 

Julius Thomas has scored touchdowns in three out of the past four weeks. The one week where he faced Kansas City (who allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends), he only had two receptions for 21 yards. The yards haven’t been there for Thomas, but the targets, receptions and touchdowns have been. Thomas faces the Detroit Lions in Week 11, who allow the second-most points to opposing tight ends. He’s available in over 40 percent of leagues; grab him for Week 11.

Kyle Rudolph has been a favorite target of Sam Bradford all season. He has scored touchdowns in the past two games, but he does face Arizona in Week 11. The Cardinals allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Fantasy owners can find better options for Week 11.

Top Running Back Targets In Week 10

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles 10
Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers 8
Kenneth Dixon Baltimore Ravens 7
David Johnson Arizona Cardinals 7
Bilal Powell New York Jets 7
C.J. Prosise Seattle Seahawks 7

 

Darren Sproles is on the list for the third week in a row. Even though Ryan Mathews was back to being the lead back (now that the apparent toothache has been resolved), Sproles still has value in PPR formats. He may not get the yards on the ground, but with 10 targets (which he turned into eight receptions for 57 yards in Week 10), he will continue to have RB3 value.

C.J. Prosise had 17 carries in addition to seven receptions on seven targets in Week 10. Even though Thomas Rawls may be returning, the rookie will have value, especially in PPR leagues. The Seahawks have said positive things about Prosise, and have indicated that he should receive plenty of snaps in Week 11. He should be owned in all PPR leagues and 10-team (or higher) standard leagues.

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