Target Watch Week 10
The highest targeted players of week 10 contain several surprises.
Anquan Boldin (15 Targets) – This was Boldin’s 2nd straight game with 6 catches, 90 yards, and a score and at this point there’s no doubt who is the #1 options in San Francisco. The crazy part? Kaepernick threw only 32 times in this game, so almost half his targets went to Boldin. He plays almost half his snaps in the slot and the Giants secondary is incredibly thin, I love him next week.
Calvin Johnson (15 Targets) – I wouldn’t say this surprises me but it’s good to see that Calvin Johnson is getting the targets we’re used to. I’d say he’s healthy.
Demaryius Thomas (14 Targets) – He was the 4th best performing position player on the Broncos yesterday but he had far and away the most targets (the 2nd most targeted player, Emmanuel Sanders, had only 8) out of anyone on the team. I’d say he’s still the #1 target on the team.
Golden Tate (13 Targets) – Most daily fantasy players felt Tate’s production would go way down with the return of Megatron, but he actually put together quite a good game. He caught 11 balls for 109 yards, but failed to score. Given his size, I don’t think he’ll score many more TDs this year, but definitely do not count him out.
Several Targets, Poor Game
Dwayne Bowe (12 Targets) – Bowe has actually averaged a little over 9 targets a game the past 3 weeks, and while he hasn’t scored a TD, he’s been shockingly consistent. I think he gets wrecked by Richard Sherman next week, but there’s no reason to avoid him in week 12 against Oakland.
Alshon Jeffery (12 Targets) – Brandon Marshall may have had the better game out of the two, but Jeffery actually got more targets. Watching the game, it seems like the Bears wanted to get Jeffery going early and even gave him a rushing attempt on a jet sweep. Against the Vikings next week, he should be on your radar for GPPs, especially on DraftKings where his salary is under $6,000.
James Jones (12 Targets) – Jones somehow had 12 targets, caught 8 balls, and accumulated 20 yards. He’s clearly the #1 on Oakland, but it seems like he was the target of a lot of short passes from Derek Carr. I don’t expect the targets to stay this high, but he should have more success against the Chargers next week.
Vincent Jackson (11 Targets) – I predicted this would happen in my article last week, Mccown seems to favor Jackson over Evans. Sadly for Jackson, it seems as though Evans is just a better receiver and certainly a better redzone target. I still think Jackson is a great under-the-radar GPP play against a soft Redskins secondary.
Sammy Watkins (10 Targets) – Watkins had a horrible game, but he was fighting a groin injury and barely practiced last week. Miami is actually one of the worst teams against #1 WRs in the NFL, I think Watkins is a viable GPP option for Thursday contests.
Ones to Watch
Jarvis Landry (10 Targets) – Landry seems to be getting better and better as the season progresses and this was his best game of the season with 10 targets and 7 receptions. I think he’s a more than reasonable play in Thursday contests on FanDuel against a soft Buffalo secondary.
Odell Beckham Jr. (9 Targets) – I watched most of this game and Beckham really wowed me. He’s a dynamic WR who routinely made Richard Sherman look bad. Against a weak 49ers secondary, he should be even better.
Julio Jones (11 Targets), Allen Robinson (10 Targets), Larry Fitzgerald (10 Targets), John Brown (9 Targets), Torrey Smith 8 Targets).
Eric Decker (4 Targets), Marques Colston (4 Targets), Justin Hunter (2 Targets), Davante Adams (2 Targets)