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Targets and Touches

Week 2 AFC Targets/Touches

by Justin Bailey
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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. Cornerback data is sourced via Pro Football FocusClick here to see the NFC Targets for Week 2.

 

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.

 

Baltimore Ravens


Targets: Steve Smith (9, 6), Mike Wallace (6, 6), Dennis Pitta (4, 12), Justin Forsett (3, 5), Breshad Perriman (2, 5) Kamar Aiken (2, 1),Terrance West (2, 3)


RB Touches: Terrance West (12, 11), Justin Forsett (10, 14)


Red zone Targets: Steve Smith (1, 0), Mike Wallace (0, 2)


Red zone Carries: Terrance West (1, 0), Justin Forsett (0, 1)


CBs Thrown At (via PFF): Jimmy Smith 6, 6 (3-35, 3-42-1), Shareece Wright 4, 8 (4-13, 4-97-1)


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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Buffalo Bills


Targets: Sammy Watkins (6, 5) Robert Woods (5, 2) LeSean McCoy (4, 5) Charles Clay (3, 7)


RB Touches: LeSean McCoy (16, 15), Reggie Bush (3, 0)


Red zone Targets: Mike Gillislee (0, 1), Greg Salas (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: LeSean McCoy (3, 0)


CBs Thrown At: Ronald Darby 10, 11 (6-45, 6-96-1), Stephon Gilmore 4, 8 (2-51, 7-129), Nickel Robey-Coleman 4, 2 (2-5, 2-29)


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.

Cincinnati Bengals


Targets: A.J. Green (13, 8), C.J. Uzomah (5, 8), Brandon LaFell (4, 8), Giovani Bernard (4, 11), Tyler Boyd (3, 8), Jeremy Hill (0, 5)


RB Touches: Jeremy Hill (9, 11) Giovani Bernard (5, 5)


Red zone Targets: A.J. Green (2, 0), Tyler Boyd (1, 0), Giovani Bernard (1, 1), C.J. Uzomah (1, 2), Brandon LaFell (0, 3), Jeremy Hill (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Jeremy Hill (2, 1), Giovani Bernard (0, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Dre Kirkpatrick 6, 4 (3-36-1, 1-3), Adam Jones 3, 8 (3-31, 2-26), Darqueze Dennard 3 (3-106)


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.



Cleveland Browns


Targets: Terrelle Pryor (7, 10), Corey Coleman (5, 8), Duke Johnson (5, 5), Andrew Hawkins (3, 3), Isaiah Crowell (2, 1), Gary Barnidge (2, 5)


RB Touches: Isaiah Crowell (12, 18) Duke Johnson (3, 3)


Red zone Targets: Andrew Hawkins (2, 0), Terrelle Pryor (1,0), Corey Coleman (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Isaiah Crowell (3, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Joe Hayden 6, 9 (3-60-1, 4-57-1), Tramon Williams 6, 5 (3-36-1, 5-48), Jamar Taylor 5, 6 (4-66, 4-55-1)


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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Denver Broncos


Targets: Emmanuel Sanders (8, 8), Demaryius Thomas (8, 8),  C.J. Anderson (5, 5), Virgil Green (5, 4)


RB Touches: C.J. Anderson (20, 20), Devontae Booker (3, 9)


Red zone Targets: Emmanuel Sanders (1, 2), Virgil Green (1, 0), Demaryius Thomas (1, 0)


Red zone Carries: C.J. Anderson (6, 5), Devontae Booker (0, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Bradley Roby 7, 1 (5-69, 0-0), Aqib Talib 5, 8 (2-20, 4-39), Chris Harris Jr. 4, 7 (2-14-1, 3-48)


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.


Houston Texans


Targets: Will Fuller (11, 7), DeAndre Hopkins (8, 11), Lamar Miller (4, 2), Braxton Miller (3, 3), Ryan Griffin (2, 2), C.J. Fiedorowicz (2, 1)


RB Touches: Lamar Miller (28, 25), Alfred Blue (1, 5)


Red zone Targets: Will Fuller (2, 0),  Braxton Miller (2, 1), DeAndre Hopkins (0, 2), Lamar Miller (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Lamar Miller (1, 5)


CBs Thrown At: Johnathan Joseph 7, 10 (4-43, 3-35), Kareem Jackson 4, 8 (3-43-1, 7-57), Kevin A. Johnson 2, 4 (1-29, 1-10)


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.


Indianapolis Colts


Targets: T.Y. Hilton (12, 11), Donte Moncrief (7, 3), Dwayne Allen (7, 4), Phillip Dorsett (6, 5), Frank Gore (6, 3), Jack Doyle (4, 5), Josh Ferguson (2, 5)


RB Touches: Frank Gore (14, 13) Robert Turbin (1, 3)


Red zone Targets: Jack Doyle (2, 1), Dwayne Allen (2, 0), T.Y. Hilton (2, 2),  Donte Moncrief (2,0), Phillip Dorsett (2, 0), Frank Gore (0, 1), Robert Turbin, (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Josh Ferguson (1, 0), Frank Gore (0, 1), Robert Turbin (0, 2)


CBs Thrown At: Darryl Morris 6, 4 (5-53, 4-52), Rashaan Melvin 3, 4 (1-10, 2-20), Antonio Cromartie 3, 6 (2-30, 5-91)


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.

Jacksonville Jaguars


Targets: Allen Robinson (15, 5),  T.J. Yeldon (6, 9), Allen Hurns (5, 10), Julius Thomas (5, 7) Marqise Lee (4, 7)


RB Touches: T.J. Yeldon (21, 7)


Red zone Targets: T.J. Yeldon (1, 0), Allen Robinson (1, 0) Allen Hurns (1, 3)


Red zone Carries: T.J. Yeldon (4, 0)


CBs Thrown At: Davon House 5, 5 (5-50, 4-67-2), Jalen Ramsey 4, 5 (3-23, 3-25-1), Dwayne Gratz 2 (2-8)


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


Targets: Spencer Ware (8, 3), Travis Kelce (7, 7), Jeremy Maclin (7, 15), Chris Conley (7, 4), Charcandrick West (6, 2), Albert Wilson (5, 3)


RB Touches: Spencer Ware (11, 10), Charcandrick West (3, 6)


Red zone Targets: Jeremy Maclin (1, 1), Charcandrick West (1, 0) Albert Wilson (1, 0), Chris Conley (1, 1), Travis Kelce (1, 1)


Red zone Carries: Spencer Ware (2, 0), Alex Smith (1, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Marcus Peters 7, 11 (5-42, 5-98-1), Steven Nelson 6, 2 (5-31, 1-20), Phillip Gaines 3, 9 (2-38, 6-102)


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.

Miami Dolphins


Targets: Jarvis Landry (10, 13) Arian Foster (5, 0), Kenny Stills (5, 4), Jordan Cameron (3,  7), DeVante Parker (0, 13), Jay Ajayi (0, 4)


RB Touches: Arian Foster (13, 3), Jay Ajayi (0, 5)


Red zone Targets: Jarvis Landry (1, 0), Arian Foster (1, 0), Jordan Cameron (0, 1), DeVante Parker (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Ryan Tannehill (2, 1), Arian Foster (1, 0)


CBs Thrown At: Byron Maxwell 7, 7 (5-70, 4-31), Xavien Howard 7 (3-27)


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


Targets: Julian Edelman (7, 11), James White (7, 4), Martellus Bennett (5, 6), Chris Hogan (4, 6), Danny Amendola (4, 4)


RB Touches: LeGarrette Blount (22, 29) James White (1, 4)


Red zone Targets: Danny Amendola (0, 2), Julian Edelman (0, 2)


Red zone Carries: LeGarrette Blount (1, 4)


CBs Thrown At: Logan Ryan 9, 7 (7-65-2, 6-66), Malcolm Butler 7, 12 (3-61, 9-157), Justin Coleman 3, 6 (0-0, 4-50-1)


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


Targets: Quincy Enunwa (8, 6), Brandon Marshall (8, 9), Matt Forte (7, 3), Eric Decker (7, 8)


RB Touches: Matt Forte (22, 30), Bilal Powell (4, 1)


Red zone Targets: Brandon Marshall (3, 0), Eric Decker (2, 1) Quincy Enunwa (1, 0), Bilal Powell (1, 2)


Red zone Carries: Matt Forte (5, 7), Bilal Powell (0, 1), Ryan Fitzpatrick (1, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Darrelle Revis 8, 5 (8-83, 2-90-1), Marcus Williams 6, 5 (4-91, 3-22), Buster Skrine 3, 4 (2-24, 2-20)


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.


Oakland Raiders


Targets: Amari Cooper (12, 9), Michael Crabtree (11, 5), Clive Walford (5, 7), Latavius Murray (1, 6)


RB Touches: Latavius Murray (14, 8), DeAndre Washington (5, 7), Jalen Richard (3, 6)


Red zone Targets: Michael Crabtree (2, 1), Amari Cooper (1, 1), Clive Walford (1, 0)


Red zone Carries: Latavius Murray (1, 2), DeAndre Washington (1, 0)


CBs Thrown At: Sean Smith 5, 7 (3-172-1, 6-67-2), David Amerson 5, 6 (5-40, 3-40), D.J. Hayden 4, 2 (4-21-1, 2-25)


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.


Pittsburgh Steelers


Targets: Antonio Brown (11, 11),  DeAngelo Williams (9, 5), Eli Rogers (7, 3), Jesse James (7, 5), Sammie Coates (3, 5)


RB Touches: DeAngelo Williams (26, 32)


Red zone Targets: Eli Rogers (2, 0), Jesse James (2, 1), Antonio Brown (0, 1), DeAngelo Williams (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: DeAngelo Williams (2, 1), Ben Roethlisberger (0, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Ross Cockrell 6, 8 (4-34, 3-40), Sean Davis 6, 6 (5-56, 5-86), William Gay 3, 7 (2-17, 4-48)


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


Targets: Travis Benjamin (8, 6), Tyrell Williams (5, 6), Antonio Gates (4, 5), Dontrelle Inman (3, 3), Melvin Gordon (0, 3)


RB Touches: Melvin Gordon (14, 24)


Red zone Targets: Travis Benjamin (3, 1), Tyrell Williams (1, 3), Antonio Gates (0, 3), Dontrelle Inman (0, 2), Melvin Gordon (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: Melvin Gordon (3, 8)


CBs Thrown At: Brandon Flowers 8, 8 (4-36, 6-45), Casey Hayward 6, 4 (3-39, 2-38), Jason Verrett 5, 3 (3-36, 1-9)


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.


Tennessee Titans


Targets: Tajae Sharpe (11, 7), DeMarco Murray (8, 7), Andre Johnson (7, 2), Delanie Walker (5, 6), Rishard Matthews (4, 6), Derrick Henry (2, 1)


RB Touches: DeMarco Murray (13, 12) Derrick Henry (5, 9)


Red zone Targets: DeMarco Murray (4, 1), Rishard Matthews (1, 0), Tajae Sharpe (1, 1), Delanie Walker  (1, 0), Andre Johnson (0, 1)


Red zone Carries: DeMarco Murray (1, 0), Marcus Mariota (1, 1), Derrick Henry (0, 1)


CBs Thrown At: Jason McCourty 9, 9 (3-52, 5-53), Brice McCain 6, 3 (5-64, 2-38-1), Perrish Cox 4, 10 (3-31, 6-85)


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.

Justin Bailey
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