Targets and Touches will only have players’ six most recent games, regardless if they were active or on a bye. The data will be in descending order of games played.
Note: This data will stick to fantasy relevant players meaning that running backs and wide receivers that only see one target or touch per-game will not be included.
Observations: Chris Johnson played two snaps and received one red zone carry, to David Johnson’s 58 snaps and four red zone carries. DJ will pay dividends this year to those who decided to invest in him despite the shared workload talks this offseason. Larry Fitzgerald is off to a hot start this year after snagging two touchdowns against Logan Ryan. Fitzgerald started strong in 2015, but his production tapered off as the year went on. Michael Floyd’s volume from halfway through 2015 continues to trend in the right direction.
Observations: Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman struggled mightily on the ground, as each RB failed to eclipse 3.0 YPC. However, Coleman churned more total yardage 117 to 40 on four fewer snaps. I’ll be curious to see how this workload shifts if Coleman continues to out-produce Freeman. Sanu led the Falcons in targets and red zone targets but was seen limping after the game.
Observations: Benjamin was expected to play 35 snaps on Thursday and ended up playing 51-of-72 while leading the Panthers in targets and snaps among WRs. Funchess caught just one of his four targets, and wasn’t targeted until the second quarter. He played just one less snap than Corey Brown.
RB Touches: Jeremy Langford 17, Ka’Deem Carey 1
Red zone Targets: Eddie Royal 1
Red zone Carries: Jeremy Langford 2
Observations: The Bears offense struggled as a whole and ran the third-fewest plays (66) among all teams. Jeremy Langford didn’t see any competition for touches and salvaged his fantasy day with a one-yard touchdown. Kevin White led the Bears in targets but garnered 34 yards. Alshon Jeffery had a serviceable day with 4-104 on six targets. White is one player I’ll be keeping my eye on as the season progresses.
Red zone Carries: Ezekiel Elliott 4
Observations: Dak Prescott threw 45 times with Jason Witten and Coley Beasley accounting for 57 percent of the Cowboys’ target share. Dez Bryant saw five targets but also had a touchdown called back. I’d temper expectations for Dez against Washington in Week 2. Prescott tied Tyrod Taylor as the least efficient QB on Sunday with .22 fantasy points per dropback.
Observations: It’s not shocking that Golden Tate caught all seven of his targets when his average depth of target (aDOT) was 1.3 yards. Tate should have the higher floor throughout the season as he’ll see higher percentage passes thrown his way, compared to Marvin Jones’ 12.1 aDOT. Ameer Abdullah out-snapped Theo Riddick 41 to 24, but each RB managed to break 100+ total yards against the Colts’ weak defense. Their production may be hard to project on a week-to-week basis.
Green Bay Packers
Observations: There were talks early in the week that Jordy Nelson may not be a “full go,” but he managed to play 84 percent of the snaps and led the Packers in targets and red zone targets. It was encouraging for Eddie Lacy owners to see that he out-touched James Starks 15-to-5, including four red zone touches. Lacy is firmly in the high-end RB2 range.
Los Angeles Rams
Red zone Targets: None
Red zone Carries: None
Observations: I thought it was a mistake when I couldn’t find any red zone numbers for the Rams, but they seriously never had a play within 20 yards of the end zone. Also, somehow Tavon Austin managed 13 yards on 12 targets. Todd Gurley struggled against this 49ers defense and things won’t get any easier against Seattle in Week 2.
Red zone Targets: None
Observations: The Vikings offense looked rather abysmal overall and won the game with the help of two TDs from their defense. Adrian Peterson managed 31 yards on 19 carries (1.63 YPC.) Excluding 2014, Peterson has scored double-digit touchdowns every single year. Sam Bradford is an upgrade over Shaun Hill and could help the run game, but they’re going to need better play from their offensive line. Stefon Diggs put together a nice 7-103 receiving game, but his production could be sporadic in a low-volume passing offense.
New Orleans Saints
Observations: Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks each had nine targets and torched the Raiders secondary, combining for 316 of Drew Brees’ 424 passing yards. More noteworthy was the fact the Coby Fleener managed a stat line of 1-6 on four targets in a game that Brees chucked the ball 42 times. The talks of him struggling with the playbook should’ve been taken seriously. It was encouraging to see Michael Thomas catch all six of his targets, but for now shouldn’t be on your starting rosters. Mark Ingram caught 50 passes in 2015 but found himself out-targeted 7-2 by Travaris Cadet. It should also be noted that Delvin Breaux fractured his fibula and is expected to miss six weeks.
New York Giants
Red zone Carries: Shane Vereen 2
Observations: The Giants offense was fairly quiet against the slow-paced Cowboys offense. They managed just 57 offensive plays for the game. Sterling Shephard, Victor Cruz, and Larry Donnell were the three players who managed to score on Sunday, leaving Odell Beckham JR’s stat line relatively quiet. He’ll look to bounce back against a battered Saints defense in Week 2. Rashad Jennings had the workload of a lead-back that we expected to see heading into this season. Shane Vereen garnered five targets, but he has little appeal outside of PPR leagues.
Red zone Carries: Ryan Matthews 7
Observations: Jordan Matthews represented 37 percent of the Eagles’ target share with Carson Wentz behind center. Ryan Matthews led the league with seven red zone touches and tied C.J. Anderson with three carries within the five-yard line, but unfortunately only turned one of them into a TD. Matthews should have steady volume throughout the season and draws the Bears in Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers
Observations: Jeremy Kerley is the one that stands out most here. Kerley was targeted on 17 percent of his routes, compared to eight percent for Torrey Smith and six percent for Quinton Patton. Kerley should be a popular waiver add.
Observations: It was interesting that Christine Michael played 52 snaps to Thomas Rawls 22, but Michael received just three more carries. Although Michael more than doubled Rawls yardage 66-to-32. This appears to a RBBC for the time being. Russell Wilson hurt his ankle during the game and should be monitored leading up to Week 2.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Red zone Targets: Brandon Myers 1
Red zone Carries: Doug Martin 2
Observations: Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson saw an equal share of targets, but Jackson saw the majority of Desmond Trufant. Against Arizona in Week 2, I’d expect Evans to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson. Austin Seferian-Jenkins managed a touchdown on his single target, but he played 28 percent of the snaps, behind Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker.
Observations: Chris Thompson and Matt Jones had a similar fantasy output, but it was Thompson who saw the majority of the snaps, out-snapping Jones 46-to-19. All of the Redskins’ pass-catchers have inflated target totals because they spent the majority of the game trailing. Jordan Reed may be one of the most consistent TE options this year at a volatile position.