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: The biggest takeaway from this game Dennis Pitta and his 12 targets. Pitta has finally worked his way back into this offense after a gruesome injury last year. He played 82 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and 60 percent Week 2. He has spent 32 snaps in route, averaging 3.19 yards per route run and ranks third in receiving yards (102) behind Greg Olsen and Martellus Bennett. Pitta should be your No. 1 priority on waivers if you’re in need of a TE.
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Red zone Carries: LeSean McCoy (3, 0)
Observations: After a lackluster performance in Week 1, Tyrod Taylor showed signs of life Thursday night after throwing for 297 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Sammy Watkins, however, had little to do with that after going 2-20 on five targets. Marquise Goodwin had the OK looking box score going 2-108-1, but that’s production you won’t be able to count on during the year. This offense may go back to struggling in their Week 3 meeting with the Cardinals.
Observations: Giovani Bernard led the Bengals in receiving after securing nine of his 11 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown. Pass-catching RBs may thrive against the Steelers as teams struggle to run against their defense. Remember that next time you’re constructing your DFS rosters.
Red zone Carries: Isaiah Crowell (3, 1)
Observations: Gary Barnidge’s struggles continued into Week 2 after seeing five targets. Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman have been garnering most of the team's’ market share, but Pryor’s fantasy output is something to be desired. Isaiah Crowell’s box score looks fantastic, but not counting his 85-yard touchdown run, he averaged 2.82 YPC on his other 17 touches.
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Observations: C.J. Anderson remains the focal point in this offense with 40 carries, 10 targets and 11 red zone touches through the first two weeks. It appears we were a year early when we thought he’d break out in 2015. Demaryius Thomas had many question marks regarding his hip, but he tied the team in targets (8) and still played 78 percent of the snaps.
Red zone Carries: Lamar Miller (1, 5)
Observations: Lamar Miller has 53 carries the last two weeks, but he’s managing just 3.6 YPC on the season. The volume will keep him in the RB1 discussion most weeks. Will Fuller (4-104) became the second WR in NFL history to reach 100 receiving yards in their first two NFL games.
Observations: It’s no shocker the Colts’ offense struggled to gain any momentum on the road against this Denver defense. T.Y. Hilton was targeted 11 times, but failed find any wiggle room against their suffocating secondary. Donte Moncrief left Sunday’s game after being evaluated for a concussion, but he’s now having an MRI done on his shoulder and the Colts are unsure of his timeline. Phillip Dorsett would be an immediate benefactor.
RB Touches: T.J. Yeldon (21, 7)
Red zone Carries: T.J. Yeldon (4, 0)
Observations: Blake Bortles threw 50 times as they quickly fell behind against the Chargers. Allen Robinson struggled against this secondary, but he was targeted just five times, while Allen Hurns, T.J. Yeldon and Julius Thomas saw the majority of the work. Yeldon was very inefficient once again, but he’ll still hold value as long as he is seeing this many touches.
Kansas City Chiefs
Observations: Much of the Chiefs offense struggled with Alex Smith. Jeremy Maclin was targeted 15 times, but only eight of those passes were deemed “catchable” by Pro Football Focus. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware’s snap counts remain similar, but Ware continues to see the majority of the volume between the two backs. West hasn’t seen a carry inside the red zone.
Observations: DeVante Parker (8-106) on 13 targets looked great being hampered by hamstring injuries. He played 92 percent of the snaps while the Dolphins tried to battle back against the Patriots. Jarvis Landry saw double-digit targets once again and will make for a great floor play every week. Arian Foster left the game with a groin injury and is considered day to day.
New England Patriots
Red zone Carries: LeGarrette Blount (1, 4)
Observations: LeGarrette Blount is one of four RBs to have more than 50 touches in the first two games. Blount, Julian Edelman and for the time being (pending Gronk), Martellus Bennett may be the only skill players you can trust regularly on this offense. However, this will also depend on the health of Jimmy Garoppolo the next few weeks until Tom Brady is back.
New York Jets
Observations: Matt Forte had 30 touches on Thursday! 30! Along with seven red zone touches. Forte is a locked in RB1 with carry and target workload. He has played 79 percent of the snaps on the season. Quincy Enunwa continues to see steady work in this offense and if Brandon Marshall is to miss Week 3, Enunwa’s volume would surely increase.
Observations: The workload for Latavius Murray has been disappointing, but it’s difficult to establish a run game when your defense is surrendering 30+ points per game.
RB Touches: DeAngelo Williams (26, 32)
Observations: At a volatile position, Jesse James is the clear-cut No. 1 TE with Ladarius Green out. He’ll have touchdown upside each week and James leads the Steelers in red zone targets. James also played 100 percent (!!) of the snaps through two weeks.
San Diego Chargers
RB Touches: Melvin Gordon (14, 24)
Red zone Carries: Melvin Gordon (3, 8)
Observations: Philip Rivers spread the ball around on Sunday, but it was Travis Benjamin who went nuclear, catching all six of his targets for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Benjamin will be a popular DFS play against the Colts in Week 3. Note: Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead have been removed as they’re done for the season.
Observations: Tajae Sharpe played 100 percent of the snaps in Week 2 and continues to be one of Mariota’s favorite targets. The Titans wanted to get Delanie Walker more involved and they did just that as he went 6-83-1 on six targets. Walker gets the Raiders in Week 3. Derick Henry’s snap count rose 15 percent from Week 1 to Week 2, but he’s still playing behind DeMarco Murray.