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Week 3 Target Watch: Kamara Leads The Way

Week 3 Target Watch: Kamara Leads The Way
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Welcome Fantasy friends and rivals. Welcome back to the SCFE Target Watch.

How are your Fantasy teams looking so far after three weeks? 0-3?  No problem! Don’t give up! Review your roster and discover your weaknesses and conquer them. Make trades, find out whose stock is rising in Week 3 Stock Report: A Star Is Born And Other Fantasy Football Happenings and be aggressive with the waiver wire.

Looking at who to target to improve your roster? See who thinks you should pick up in his Week 3 Waiver Wire: Top Picks Include Corey Clement and Corey Grant.

Keep your eye on the target! Let’s take a look at who had the most targets in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Above all, let’s see what it means for Fantasy owners.


Week 3 Target Watch

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Top Overall Targets in Week 3

PlayerTeam PositionTargets
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans SaintsRB20
Adam ThielenMinnesota VikingsWR19
Jarvis LandryCleveland BrownsWR15
JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelers WR11
Mike EvansTampa Bay BuccaneersWR11
Eric EbronIndianapolis ColtsTE11
Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers WR11
Robert Woods Los Angeles RamsWR11
Will Fuller Houston TexansWR11
Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles TE10
Michael CrabtreeBaltimore RavensWR10
Odell Beckham Jr.New York GiantsWR10
Antonio CallawayCleveland BrownsWR10
Michael ThomasNew Orleans SaintsWR10
Chris GodwinTampa Bay BuccaneersWR10
DeAndre Hopkins Houston TexansWR10
Stefon DiggsMinnesota VikingsWR10
T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsWR10
Travis KelceKansas City ChiefsTE10
Taylor GabrielChicago Bears WR10

We saw 20 players reach double-digit targets in Week 3 with three of those players being tight ends surprisingly.  There was only one running back, but what a running back in Alvin Kamara. He is the perfect fit in that Saints offense and great fantasy tool out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers

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Top Wide Receiver Targets in Week 3

PlayerTeam Targets
Adam ThielenMinnesota Vikings19
Jarvis LandryCleveland Browns15
JuJu Smith-SchusterPittsburgh Steelers11
Mike EvansTampa Bay Buccaneers11
Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers11
Robert Woods Los Angeles Rams11
Will Fuller Houston Texans 11
Michael CrabtreeBaltimore Ravens10
Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants10
Antonio CallawayCleveland Browns10
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints 10
Chris GodwinTampa Bay Buccaneers10
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 10
Stefon Diggs Minnesota Vikings10
T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Colts10
Taylor GabrielChicago Bears10

In one of the most upsetting games in Week 3, Adam Theilen was targeted 19 times as the Vikings somehow got wiped by the Bills, 27-6. The targets were mostly the result of Cousins trying to somehow salvage a game by throwing practically every play in the second half.

Jarvis Landry continues to be a target and PPR monster. There is no question that there is now an upgrade for Landry as the Browns turned to the No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. The quantity might take a hit as Mayfield spreads the ball across multiple weapons, but the quality of those targets will increase as will Jarvis Landry’s Fantasy value along with rookie Antonio Callaway.

Of the 16 receivers that achieved double-digit targets, we had the usual suspects except for Taylor Gabriel. He is averaging just six yards a pass and shouldn’t be on anyone’s fantasy roster especially since he plays in that anemic Bears passing offense.

Tight Ends

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Top Tight End Targets Week 3

PlayerTeam Targets
Eric EbronIndianapolis Colts11
Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles 10
Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs10
O.J. HowardTampa Bay Buccaneers8
Tyler EifertCincinnati Bengals8
Dallas GoerdertPhiladelphia Eagles 7
George Kittle San Francisco 49ers7
Geoff SwainDallas Cowboys7
Jordan ReedWashington Redksins7
Jimmy GrahamGreen Bay Packers 7

With Jack Doyle (hip) out for Week 3,  Andrew Luck had eyes on his other tight end Eric Ebron. He led his team and all tight ends with 11 targets. Unfortunately, in typical Eric Ebron fashion, he only caught five of those passes for 35 yards. As long as Doyle is out, Ebron will be a target monster weekly.

Two tight ends, who were ranked second and third in the majority of preseason tight end rankings in Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz, each reached 10 targets and displayed why they should continue to be the center of their opponent’s defensive game plans.

Surprise! Surprise! Tyler Eifert (8) and Jordan Reed(7) each are still playing and not hurt while exhibiting their importance in their respective offenses. However, you won’t be able to count on Jordan Reed in Week 4, no he is NOT hurt. The Redskins are on a bye this week, as the NFL starts with bye weeks in Week 4.

Running Backs

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Top Running Back Targets in Week 3

PlayerTeam Targets
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints 20
Giovani BernardCincinnati Bengals9
Ezekiel ElliotDallas Cowboys8
T.J. YeldonJacksonville Jaguars7
Latavius MurrayMinnesota Vikings7
Devontae BookerDenver Broncos7
Ty MontgomeryGreen Bay Packers7
Jalen Richard Oakland Raiders 7

Alvin Kamara continues to be a workhorse in the stellar Saints offense. The threesome of Brees, Michael Thomas, and Kamara have kept their team in the NFL upper echelon even though their defense has proven that last year’s opportunistic defense was a fluke. The only question in that offense is what happens when Mark Ingram comes back after Week 4? You would have to think that they will ease up on the touches for Kamara to save him for later in the season and hopefully a bid in the playoffs.

No other running back amassed double-digit targets. Three running backs that topped in targets were filling in for starters in Giovani Bernard (Joe Mixon), T.J. Yeldon (Leonard Fournette), and Latavius Murray (Dalvin Cook). There is a good chance that Dalvin Cook might play this week, while the other two starters look to be out for at least Week 4. With the replacements, the only viable candidate for touches, look for their targets and touches to continue and prosper.

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