Daily Fantasy Football: Target Watch Week 9

Targets are a great way to predict future production for WRs and TEs, and there were some highly targeted players in week 9. Some of them may surprise you, some will surely not.


Antonio Brown (16 targets) – Brown has been arguably the best WR in the NFL this year, and he’s clearly Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target. The most amazing part of Brown’s targets is Roethlisberger only threw the ball 37 times, meaning that Brown was the target of almost half his throws! With the emergence of WR Martavis Bryant, Brown should continue to get open looks.

Emmanuel Sanders (16 targets) – Peyton Manning threw the ball 57 times, so Sanders 16 targets are not on the same level as Browns. Still, he’s proven that he’s possibly the top weapon on the Broncos O.

Percy Harvin/Eric Decker (13 targets/12 targets) – The Jets only threw the ball 36 times, which means Harvin and Decker were targeted for over 2/3s of the passes. With Vick now at the helm, it seems as though these two are going to get the majority of looks in the passing game. The Jets offense has done poorly the past couple of weeks, but they face a mediocre Steelers D at home and Vegas projects them to score 21 points. I didn’t think I’d say this before I looked at the numbers, but I think both these guys are legit cash game plays this week.

Brandon LaFell (13 targets) – He’s broken out the past few weeks, and I think he’s for real. He continues to get plenty of looks in a pass heavy offense. Don’t forget about him after the bye.
Vincent Jackson (12 targets) – Mike Evans (11 targets) will certainly be the play this week for the majority of players against a weak Falcons D, but I like V-Jax as a GPP play. Evans may be a better receiver, but it’s surely close. They’re almost the same price on FanDuel and DraftKings.

DeAndre Hopkins (11 targets) – Houston is mostly a run heavy offense, but when they get down they’re forced to throw. Hopkins has had a much better season than Andre Johnson so far, and I’m starting to think that Hopkins is the play when you want to target a Houston WR.

Greg Jennings (10 targets) – Everyone was on Cordarelle Patterson in this game, but Jennings seems to be the more consistent WR.

Keenan Allen (9 targets) – This was an absolutely disastrous game for the Chargers, but once again Allen leads their receivers in targets. He should be on your GPP radar.


Honorable Mention: Kelvin Benjamin (10 targets), Julian Edelman (10 targets), Michael Crabtree (9 targets), Allen Robinson (8 targets), Jermaine Kearse (7 targets).

Target Goats: Doug Baldwin (6 targets), Michael Floyd (5 targets), Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks (3 targets), Eddie Royal (1 target).

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