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Targets and Touches

Week 15 NFC Targets/Touches

by Graham Barfield
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In case you missed it, the AFC Targets and Touches column can be found here.

 

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.

 

All targets and touches data is compiled from Pro Football Reference.

 

Note: if a player has an asterisk next to a number in their data set that indicates the player was injured during the game. Also, 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.

 

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Arizona Cardinals

 

Targets: Larry Fitzgerald (11, 15, 13, 14, 11, 6), Michael Floyd (8, 9, 0, 2, 12, 9), John Brown (0, 3, 3, 7, 8, 5), David Johnson (2, 1, 2, 4, 3, 7), Andre Ellington (1, 4, 2, 5, 0, 0), Kerwynn Williams (0, 0)

 

RB Touches: David Johnson (3, 0, 4, 10, 24, 24), Andre Ellington (3, 8, 3, 8, 0, 0), Kerwynn Williams (6, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: John Brown (0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1), Larry Fitzgerald (1, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0), Michael Floyd (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0), David Johnson (0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 1), Andre Ellington (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: David Johnson (0, 0, 0, 3, 3, 2) and Andre Ellington (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Tyrann Mathieu 8, 7, 1, 11, 5, 4 (4-26-1, 3-33, 1-7, 8-97, 3-24, 3-34), Patrick Peterson 5, 1, 6, 1, 6, 7 (4-38, 0-0, 2-24, 0-0, 4-40, 1-7), Justin Bethel 10, 5 (2-41, 4-40-1)

 

Analysis: Michael Floyd has been the highest scoring Cardinals receiver (PPR) in three of his last four active games. Floyd has at least four receptions, 100 yards receiving, and/or a touchdown in four of his last five games while Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t cleared 70 yards receiving since Week 11. Floyd has quietly become the most stable fantasy option on the Cardinals over the last month while the only thing keeping Fitzgerald's floor intact is his steady stream of receptions.

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Targets: Julio Jones (13, 17, 15, 7, 17, 10), Devonta Freeman (8, 10, 0*, 0, 11, 5), Roddy White (3, 2, 9, 8, 4, 5), Tevin Coleman (1, 0, 2, 2, 1, 1), Jacob Tamme (12, 10, 3, 6, 4, 5)

 

RB Touches: Devonta Freeman (27, 20, 3*, 0, 24, 15) and Tevin Coleman (4, 1, 17, 18, 4, 4)

 

Red zone Targets: Julio Jones (1, 3, 0, 0, 4, 1), Roddy White (1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0), Devonta Freeman (3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1), Tevin Coleman (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Jacob Tamme (2, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Devonta Freeman (8, 1, 2, 0, 2, 1) and Tevin Coleman (0, 0, 6, 2, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Desmond Trufant 3, 3, 5, 5, 6, 2 (2-41-1, 2-21, 3-25, 4-27, 4-55, 0-0) and Robert Alford 4, 0, 2, 1, 3, 10 (0-0, 0-0, 1-8, 1-18, 2-28, 7-139-2)

 

Analysis: I’ll just leave you with this: the Atlanta Falcons are averaging 0.7 offensive touchdowns per-game over their last three games. That is the lowest mark in the league. The Colts, Ravens, Cowboys, and Rams are all averaging at least one touchdown per-game during that span. 

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Targets: Greg Olsen (7, 8, 6, 9, 12, 4*), Jonathan Stewart (2, 0, 1, 4, 3, 1), Ted Ginn (4, 8, 8, 0, 10, 3), Devin Funchess (4, 2, 8, 4, 3, 5)

 

RB Touches: Jonathan Stewart (21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 11*)

 

Red zone Targets: Greg Olsen (1, 1, 2, 2, 0, 1), Ted Ginn (0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0), Devin Funchess (1, 0, 2, 1, 1, 1), Jonathan Stewart (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Jonathan Stewart (3, 7, 4, 3, 5, 3), Cam Newton (2, 2, 1, 1, 3, 0), Mike Tolbert (1, 1, 3, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Josh Norman 5, 3, 5, 6, 5, 6 (2-49, 2-9, 4-33, 2-16, 2-30, 4-33) and Bene Benwikere 12, 3, 5, 6, 6, 5* (5-51-2, 3-38, 3-14, 4-31, 3-27, 5-80)

 

Analysis: It’s still early in the week, but it seems as if Jonathan Stewart’s (sprained foot) status is in real question for Week 15 against the Giants. The Panthers – in all likelihood – will be extremely cautious with their starting back over the next few days (and this week, in general) with the playoffs looming right around the corner. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, and Mike Tolbert would form some sort of committee in Stewart’s absence. It’s worth noting that Artis-Payne hasn’t played a snap since Week 7 and only has 23 snaps total on the season. Whittaker played 44.6% of snaps in Week 14 after Stewart’s injury, but keep in mind, Artis-Payne was not active. It's probably best to avoid this backfield unless we receive some clarity before Sunday.

 

Chicago Bears

 

Targets: Alshon Jeffery (16, 4, 0, 11, 12, 9), Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 1, 5, 2), Marquess Wilson (3, 3, 7, 5, 0, 0), Jeremy Langford (4, 9, 6, 3, 3, 7), Zach Miller (2, 5, 6, 7, 1, 6)

 

RB Touches: Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 16, 25, 11) and Jeremy Langford (21, 27, 16, 13, 14, 14)

 

Red zone Targets: Alshon Jeffery (2, 3, 1, 0, 2, 1), Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Marquess Wilson (0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 1, 0), Jeremy Langford (0, 0, 1, 4, 0, 2), Zach Miller (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 5, 2, 2) and Jeremy Langford (3, 5, 1, 1, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Kyle Fuller 4, 8, 5, 2, 5, 5 (3-20, 1-1, 2-22-1, 0-0, 2-18, 4-66) and Tracy Porter 4, 3, 4, 11, 5, 5 (3-33, 1-6, 1-48, 2-14, 2-82, 4-56)

 

Analysis: After seeing 25 touches and 57.5% of the snaps in Week 13, Matt Forte saw his touches (11) and snaps decrease (48.4%) in Week 14 against Washington. Forte and Jeremy Langford are in a true committee and the Bears really don’t have a reason to go away from that. Both backs have been effective with their workload on the season. Forte finished as the RB22 (with a touchdown) in PPR-leagues in Week 14 while Langford ended up as the RB35. Both Forte and Langford are low-end “RB2” (top-24) PPR starts during the fantasy playoffs.

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Targets: Dez Bryant (8, 12, 9, 8, 7, 6), Jason Witten (8, 5, 3, 6, 9, 9), Terrance Williams (5, 3, 4, 7, 3, 5), Cole Beasley (11, 1, 3, 7, 3, 4), Darren McFadden (2, 4, 3, 6, 1, 2), Robert Turbin (2, 1, 2, 0)

 

RB Touches: Darren McFadden (27, 20, 32, 14, 15, 9) and Robert Turbin (8, 3, 8, 7)

 

Red zone Targets: Dez Bryant (1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1), Jason Witten (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2), Cole Beasley (2, 0, 0, 3, 1, 0), Terrance Williams (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Darren McFadden (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Darren McFadden (4, 0, 1, 2, 4, 1) and Robert Turbin (1, 0, 1, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brandon Carr 4, 7, 4, 4, 3, 4 (4-17, 3-43, 1-15, 3-59, 2-30, 3-25) and Morris Claiborne 2, 4, 5, 4, 9, 3 (0-0, 3-35, 2-36, 2-37, 6-88-1, 2-27)

 

Analysis: As unfortunate as it is, Dez Bryant is all but unusable in the fantasy football playoffs with Matt Cassel at the helm. Here are Bryant’s receiving lines with Cassel to-date: 2-12 (6 targets), 5-104-1 (8), 5-45 (12), 3-62 (7), and 1-9 (6). Bryant has at least one red zone target in six straight games -- leaving a bit of a touchdown ceiling in place -- but Cassel (and this offenses relative inefficiency) has absolutely shattered Bryant’s floor.

 

Detroit Lions

 

Targets: Calvin Johnson (10, 9, 9, 14, 8, 5), Eric Ebron (5, 8, 2, 3, 2, 5), Golden Tate (7, 4, 11, 8, 10, 10), Ameer Abdullah (2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2), Theo Riddick (7, 3, 6, 5, 6, 11), Joique Bell (1, 3, 1, 3, 2, 2)

 

RB Touches: Ameer Abdullah (1, 6, 13, 17, 13, 9), Joique Bell (7, 16, 7, 9 10, 9), Theo Riddick (11, 6, 11, 7, 6, 10)

 

Red zone Targets: Calvin Johnson (0, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1), Ameer Abdullah (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Golden Tate (0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 3), Theo Riddick (1, 0, 0, 3, 0, 1), Eric Ebron (0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Joique Bell (0, 0, 2, 5, 3, 0), Ameer Abdullah (2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1), Theo Riddick (0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0) – No Red Zone Rushes in Week 14

 

CBs Thrown At: Nevin Lawson 6, 16, 7, 5, 6, 5 (5-20, 7-57, 4-40, 5-47, 2-9, 4-33) and Darius Slay 3, 1, 4, 3, 2, 4 (4-51, 1-7, 0-0, 1-8, 2-20, 0-0, 2-35)

 

Analysis: Golden Tate’s weekly PPR finishes over the last month are as follows: WR19, WR22, WR30, and WR5. Detroit travels to New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Remember, New Orleans has shown leakiness in the middle of the field and Detroit lightly uses Eric Ebron (just 12 targets total in his last four games). Tate runs 58.4% of his routes out of the slot.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Targets: Randall Cobb (12, 10, 9, 7, 5, 12), Davante Adams (11, 21, 4, 11, 7, 3), Eddie Lacy (1, 0, 2, 5, 1, 1), James Jones (6, 2, 11, 6, 3, 7), Richard Rodgers (9, 5, 5, 7, 8, 2), James Starks (8, 7, 1, 5, 7, 4)

 

RB Touches: Eddie Lacy (5*, 0, 23, 21, 6, 25) and James Starks (16, 21, 9, 11, 14, 15)

 

Red zone Targets: Randall Cobb (3, 0, 4, 1, 1, 0), James Jones, (1, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0), Davante Adams (1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0), Eddie Lacy (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Richard Rodgers (2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1), James Starks (2, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Eddie Lacy (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 4) and James Starks (2, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Sam Shields 0*, 3, 7, 5, 9, 4 (0-0, 3-36, 6-45, 3-26, 6-56-1, 2-11), Casey Hayward 0, 4, 7, 8, 3, 3 (0-0, 2-7-1, 6-43, 6-63, 2-21, 3-32), Quinten Rollins 7, 4 (4-58, 2-19)

 

Analysis: After being “benched” for missing “curfew” against Detroit in Week 13, Eddie Lacy continued his resurgence in Week 14 against Dallas, ripping the Cowboys for 24-124-1 at home. Green Bay now travels to Oakland in Week 15. The Raiders have not allowed a top-12 (RB1) performance to a running back since Week 10 and their highest PPR performance allowed in Week 11-14 was to Theo Riddick (RB20) and Ronnie Hillman (RB20). Lacy was back up to a decent 55.7% snap share in Week 14, but Oakland is a fairly tough spot for Lacy. He’s a “RB2” (top-24) play in the fantasy semi-finals as the Raiders funnel yardage to the passing game on the back of their solid run defense.

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Targets: Stefon Diggs (5, 2, 9, 4, 6, 7), Mike Wallace (6, 2, 2, 0, 3, 5), Kyle Rudolph (2, 4, 9, 10, 4, 6), Jarius Wright (3, 2, 5, 2, 2, 6), Adrian Peterson (2, 3, 2, 4, 4, 1)

 

RB Touches: Adrian Peterson (31, 29, 15, 31, 12, 24)

 

Red zone Targets: Kyle Rudolph (0, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1), Adrian Peterson (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Jarius Wright (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Mike Wallace (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Stefon Diggs (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Adrian Peterson (3, 3, 1, 2, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Xavier Rhodes 2, 6, 3, 4, 3, 8 (1-10, 5-44-1, 3-50, 3-25, 2-14, 4-43), Terence Newman 4, 11, 7, 5, 7, 1 (3-79, 4-26, 3-54-1, 2-29, 6-61-1, 0-0), Captain Munnerlyn 7, 6, 8, 8, 2, 6  (4-16, 4-57, 4-40-1, 6-54-1, 2-16, 6-83-1)

 

Analysis: If you survived Adrian Peterson’s (PPR) RB45 and RB15 outings in Week 13 and 14 in the fantasy playoffs, you’re going to be rewarded in Week 15 as the Vikings see the Bears at home. Peterson ripped Chicago for 20-103 on the road back in Week 8 and the Bears run defense has allowed 161, 144, 42, and 86 yards rushing to Broncos, Packers, 49ers, and Washington’s backs over the last month.

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Targets: Brandin Cooks (8, 10, 8, 8, 10, 5), Marques Colston (9, 3, 5, 4, 3, 8), C.J. Spiller (4, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3), Ben Watson (10, 5, 5, 9, 8, 11), Willie Snead (8, 10, 1, 7, 0, 8), Tim Hightower (1)

 

RB Touches: Tim Hightower (29) and C.J. Spiller (6, 3, 10, 3, 1, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: Brandin Cooks (0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0), Willie Snead (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Marques Colston (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 3), Ben Watson (1, 0, 0, 3, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Tim Hightower (6) and C.J. Spiller (1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brandon Browner 8, 10, 1, 7, 10, 4 (6-55, 7-85, 1-8-1, 4-49, 5-60-2, 2-25) and Delvin Breaux 10, 8, 2, 2, 4*, 1 (9-138-3, 3-32-1, 1-78-1, 1-1, 1-0, 0-0)

 

Analysis: At 29-years-old and four years removed from professional football, Tim Hightower saw 29 touches, 70.6% of snaps, and finished as the RB9 (PPR) in Week 14. What a time to be alive. Although he finished with a massive workload, we can’t necessarily expect nearly 30 touches for Hightower every week. The Saints just gave him the ball repeatedly in a road game the Bucs’ trailed the whole way. It should also be equally clear that New Orleans has zero interest giving C.J. Spiller any meaningful slice of the offense.

 

New York Giants

 

Targets: Odell Beckham (9, 17, 12, 18, 11, 10), Shane Vereen (9, 4, 4, 5, 3, 2), Rueben Randle (9, 5, 4, 6, 6, 6), Rashad Jennings (3, 1, 3, 3, 2, 2), Andre Williams (0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0) Dwayne Harris (7, 3, 9, 5, 2, 5), Orleans Darkwa (0, 0, 0, 2, 1), Will Tye (2, 6, 7, 8, 4, 5)

 

RB Touches: Rashad Jennings (5, 12, 13, 13, 8, 24), Shane Vereen (5, 10, 10, 6, 6, 2), Andre Williams (4, 5, 8, 2, 2, 3), Orleans Darkwa (8, 4, 6, 5, 2, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: Odell Beckham (3, 1, 1, 0, 0, 3), Rueben Randle (1, 1, 0, 2, 2, 1), Shane Vereen (2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1), Dwayne Harris (2, 0, 3, 0, 0, 1), Rashad Jennings (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Will Tye (2, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Rashad Jennings (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3), Andre Williams  (2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0), Shane Vereen (0, 3, 0, 0, 1, 0), Orleans Darkwa (2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Prince Amukamara 8, 9, 5, 3, 6, 5 (4-58, 3-16-1, 2-25, 6-80-1, 4-82-1) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 7, 11, 7, 4, 6, 9 (4-31, 4-26, 5-62, 3-38, 4-49, 5-35)

 

Analysis: This is all that needs to be said – Odell Beckham’s last six PPR weekly finishes are as follows: WR1, WR11, WR8, WR9, WR4, and WR1. He’s back to his nuclear late-2014, fantasy league-winning pace.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Targets: Jordan Matthews (12, 5, 4, 5, 6, 5), Zach Ertz (6, 10, 4*, 0, 4, 7), Darren Sproles (3, 6, 7, 6, 6, 3), DeMarco Murray (7, 8, 5, 0, 0, 2), Nelson Agholor (0, 4, 4, 2, 2, 6), Ryan Mathews (1, 3, 0, 0, 0, 2)

 

RB Touches: DeMarco Murray (24, 28, 17, 14, 8, 13), Darren Sproles (7, 8, 9, 6, 19, 9), Ryan Mathews (11, 10, 0, 0, 0, 15)

 

Red zone Targets: Jordan Matthews (2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0), DeMarco Murray (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Zach Ertz (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Nelson Agholor (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Darren Sproles (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Ryan Mathews (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: DeMarco Murray (2, 5, 0, 2, 1, 0), Ryan Mathews (2, 3, 0, 0, 0, 2), Darren Sproles (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Byron Maxwell 6, 6, 3, 9, 5, 8 (3-18, 3-68, 3-51, 4-46, 3-37, 3-90-1) and Eric Rowe 10, 12, 5 (7-86-2, 4-42, 2-26)

 

Analysis: Here was the Eagles backfield split in Ryan Mathews’ (concussion) return from a 3-game absence: Darren Sproles (28 snaps), DeMarco Murray (26), and Mathews (21). Outside of Sproles in a RB3/flex PPR setting, you’re on your own starting an Eagle in the fantasy semi-finals.

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Targets: Anquan Boldin (0, 0, 7, 11, 13, 3), Torrey Smith (5, 4, 3, 3, 3, 2), Vance McDonald (2, 5, 4, 7, 3, 0), Shaun Draughn (5, 11, 5, 6, 3)

 

RB Touches: Shaun Draughn (20, 20, 20, 18, 13)

 

Red zone Targets: Anquan Boldin (1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Torrey Smith (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Shaun Draughn (0, 3, 0, 0, 0), Vance McDonald (0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Shaun Draughn (3, 1, 1, 1) – No Red Zone Rushes in Week 14

 

CBs Thrown At: Tramaine Brock 4, 5, 2, 7, 6, 2 (3-80-1, 2-14, 2-16, 5-74, 2-40, 1-0), Kenneth Acker 2, 2, 2, 10, 6, 8 (1-7, 1-66-1, 2-20-1, 9-92, 2-30, 5-59), Jimmie Ward 3, 9, 7, 3, 4, 0 (3-25, 6-36, 7-91-1, 2-41, 2-8, 0-0)

 

Analysis: Unless you’re in a deep league or desperate for a floor at running back, Shaun Draughn will not have much of a ceiling in Week 15 against Cincinnati's 10th ranked Rush Defense, per Football Outsiders. At least he’s played 70-plus percent of the ‘Niners snaps in four straight weeks.

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Targets: Doug Baldwin (6, 10, 6, 8, 7, 9), Tyler Lockett (4, 1, 5, 3, 7, 7), Fred Jackson (1, 0, 2, 2, 2, 4), Jermaine Kearse (1, 2, 5, 5, 1, 8)

 

RB Touches: Fred Jackson (1, 0, 6, 3, 3, 8)

 

Red zone Targets: Doug Baldwin (0, 0, 2, 1, 2, 4), Fred Jackson (0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 1), Jermaine Kearse (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Tyler Lockett (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Fred Jackson (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), Russell Wilson (2, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Richard Sherman 5, 8, 4, 10, 3, 2 (0-0, 1-15, 5-67-1, 2-19, 3-24, 1-6, 1-31) and DeShawn Shead 15, 5, 7 (8-110, 2-32, 5-99)

 

Analysis: In an odd turn of events, the Seahawks released DuJuan Harris late Tuesday evening after he received 27 snaps and 18 carries following Thomas Rawls’ (ankle) season-ending departure in Week 14. Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Bryce Brown and Harris would “compete” for carries this week, but that “competition” ended with Harris cut. Bryce Brown is now in his third stint with the Seahawks and has yet to play in a game for Seattle. Brown will presumably see the field in Week 15 in a pristine home matchup with a Browns run defense that ranks 29th in Football Outsiders Rush Defense DVOA metric. Fred Jackson will apparently stay in his 3rd down, passing back role.

 

Mid-Wednesday Update: The Seahawks have re-signed Christine Michael after trading him to Dallas in the pre-season. Michael was cut by the Cowboys, then signed to Washington's practice squad and was subsequently cut again. He'll figure to be in the mix with Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson. Again, the only thing we know "for sure" as of now is Fred Jackson's passing back role. 

 

St. Louis Rams

 

Targets: Todd Gurley (5, 3, 0, 2, 0, 2), Tavon Austin (7, 4, 5, 6, 3, 5), Jared Cook (3, 3, 6, 6, 9, 1), Kenny Britt (0, 3, 5, 11, 6, 5), Brian Quick (3, 7, 0, 6, 6, 0), Wes Welker (6, 4, 3, 3, 2)

 

RB Touches: Todd Gurley (27, 15, 25, 10, 9, 17) and Tavon Austin (8, 3, 1, 4, 2, 4)

 

Red zone Targets: Tavon Austin (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), Jared Cook (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2), Todd Gurley (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Kenny Britt (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2), Brian Quick (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), Wes Welker (1, 0, 0, 0) – No Red Zone Passes in Week 14

 

Red zone Carries: Todd Gurley (2, 4, 3, 1, 1, 3) and Tavon Austin (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Janoris Jenkins 6, 6, 3, 9, 6, 10 (2-11, 4-75, 2-11, 5-41, 4-29-1, 7-102-1) – Inactive in Week 14 and Lamarcus Joyner 3, 2, 5, 0, 8, 7 (1-7, 2-10, 4-51, 0-0, 5-22, 4-28)

 

Analysis: The Rams ran 52 plays in Week 14, didn’t trail the Lions on a single snap on offense, were 55% run-heavy and Todd Gurley subsequently finished as the second highest scoring back in last week’s slate of games. When the Rams have offensive leverage (i.e. when they are leading), the Rams can feed Gurley incessantly.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Targets: Mike Evans (19, 13, 7, 10, 7, 4), Vincent Jackson (0, 0, 6, 10, 5, 1*), Charles Sims (2, 5, 4, 3, 3, 8), Doug Martin (4, 4, 1, 3, 2, 3), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6, 6)

 

RB Touches: Doug Martin (13, 22, 27, 15, 26, 12) and Charles Sims (9, 7, 13, 7, 9, 11)

 

Red zone Targets: Mike Evans (2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0), Vincent Jackson (0, 0, 3, 0, 1, 0), Charles Sims (0, 1, 2, 1, 0, 0), Doug Martin (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Doug Martin (4, 1, 6, 1, 6, 1) and Charles Sims (0, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Sterling Moore 7, 9, 8, 6, 11, 7 (4-46, 5-50, 6-53-1, 5-101-1, 4-28, 4-46), Jude Adjei-Barimah 7, 7, 5, 11, 3, 7 (5-47, 2-13, 8-71-1, 3-34, 7-109-1), Alterraun Verner 6, 2, 3, 1, 5, 3 (3-21, 2-14, 2-19, 0-0, 4-21-1, 3-25)

 

Analysis: Just like Gurley above, Doug Martin’s weekly fantasy prospects are almost entirely driven by game-script and whether or not the Bucs’ have offensive leverage. The Saints were ahead the entire game in Week 14 and Doug Martin only received 11 carries. He’s certainly found a floor simply because he’s playing so well as of late (he has 80-plus yards rushing in four straight) but the Bucs’ need to have a lead for Martin to smash into his ceiling.

 

With Vincent Jackson (knee) likely done for the regular season, Mike Evans will return to his voluminous No. 1 wide receiver role in the short-term. Evans saw 31%, 52.8%, and 34.2% of Bucs’ targets when Vincent Jackson missed Week 8-10. He finished as the (PPR) WR47, WR8, and WR7 during that span.

 

Washington

 

Targets: Jordan Reed (7, 4, 8, 9, 8, 9), DeSean Jackson (6, 5, 8, 4, 7, 4), Pierre Garcon (8, 2, 4, 6, 7, 7), Matt Jones (3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 3), Alfred Morris (0, 3, 0, 1, 0, 1), Jamison Crowder (8, 5, 1, 4, 4, 1), Chris Thompson (4, 1, 4, 1, 4, 0)

 

RB Touches: Alfred Morris (4, 18, 2, 24, 6, 11), Matt Jones (13, 14, 7, 9, 19, 20), Chris Thompson (2, 3, 7, 3, 5, 0)

 

Red zone Targets: Jordan Reed (3, 3, 0, 0, 0, 3), DeSean Jackson (1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0) Pierre Garcon (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Chris Thompson (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jamison Crowder (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0), Alfred Morris (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Matt Jones (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Alfred Morris (0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2), Matt Jones (2, 5, 0, 1, 2, 2), Chris Thompson (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Bashaud Breeland 3, 4, 5, 13, 5, 4 (1-17, 4-16-1, 5-43, 5-54, 3-45, 1-2) and Will Blackmon 6, 3, 5, 13, 4, 7 (3-30-1, 2-21, 2-21, 6-89-2, 2-47, 4-54-1)

 

Analysis: DeSean Jackson bruised his kneecap in Week 14 and he “expects to play" in Week 15 against Buffalo. Realistically, the only Washington player you can trust in the fantasy playoffs is Jordan Reed who has at least eight targets in four straight games and is Kirk Cousins’ go-to man in the red zone.