Target Watch Week 8
There were several absolutely astounding performances in week 8, but lost in the craziness were solid performances by WRs we don’t want to forget for next week’s slate. WR targets are a great way to analyze whether a receiver may be a good play in the future, because it shows how many opportunities a receiver will likely get in his next game. Sometimes targets don’t translate into a good game, but most of the time they do.
Keenan Allen – Allen was targeted 13 times on Thursday night, and was targeted 10 times in week 7. I was surprised seeing these numbers given how bad Allen has been this season, but he was aided by 41 throws by Rivers last weekend and 31 in week 7. With that said, these targets are still encouraging. He’ll be a sneaky play this week against a mediocre Dolphins D.
Andre Johnson – Johnson has a very quiet game, with only 55 yards on 7 receptions. But he was targeted a whopping 12 times. Fitzpatrick did throw an uncharacteristic 35 times, but against the Eagles in week 9 he should easily match that number. The Eagles weakness is their secondary, and we’ve seen big games from taller WRs against their D all season. I wouldn’t surprise me if Johnson had a big game even though DeAndre Hopkins will certainly get all the play this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson – Patterson actually had a reasonable game last weekend, with 6 catches for 86 yards. He was targeting 12 times as well. However, like other WRs on this list, his QB threw a lot (42 times to be exact). But he has a juicy matchup against a weak Redskins secondary, and is relatively cheap on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Like the other WRs I’ve listed, I think he’ll be played little but the targets show that he could be in for a nice game.
Eric Decker/Percy Harvin – Neither had a good game, but Decker was targeted 11 times and Harvin 9. Harvin also got 4 carries for 28 yards. I know the Jets offense has been anemic, but with Vick at QB it should get a little better, and KC’s defense hasn’t been great this season. I’m especially encouraged by Harvin’s numbers, he only played about half of snaps and with Vick at the helm he should have some good running opportunities.
Other Notables: Donte Moncrief (12 Targets), James Jones (11 targets), Jordan Matthews (11 targets), John Brown 10 targets, Brandon Marshall (10 targets), Allen Robinson (10 targets), Justin Hunter (10 targets), Steve Smith (9 targets), Mychal Rivera (9 Targets).