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Targets and Touches

Week 6 NFC Targets and Touches

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

In case you missed it, the AFC Targets and Touches column that comes out every Tuesday can be found here.

 

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, wide receivers, and tight ends that see a limited amount of targets or touches per-game will not be included.

 

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Arizona Cardinals

 

Targets: Larry Fitzgerald (8, 9, 11, 9, 7), John Brown (7, 5, 5, 10, 4), Chris Johnson (1, 1, 2, 3, 0), David Johnson (2, 2, 3, 10, 0), Andre Ellington (3, 0, 0, 0, 0), Michael Floyd (1, 1, 5, 7, 3)

 

RB Touches: Chris Johnson (10, 20, 23, 19, 11), David Johnson (1, 7, 10, 7, 3), Andre Ellington (13, 0, 0, 0, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: John Brown (1, 0, 0, 1, 1), Larry Fitzgerald (0, 2, 3, 1, 1), Michael Floyd (0, 0, 2, 0, 0), David Johnson (0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Chris Johnson (0, 6, 4, 4, 1), David Johnson (0, 1, 1, 1, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Jerraud Powers 12, 6, 3, 4, 14 (7-111, 4-83-1, 1-14, 3-36-2, 8-119), Tyrann Mathieu 5, 6, 3, 5, 10 (3-31-1, 6-38, 1-2, 4-56-1, 5-33-2), Patrick Peterson 5, 3, 1, 2, 6 (1-30, 1-8, 0-0, 1-(-1), 4-48)

 

Analysis: In his first game back from injury, Andre Ellington (PCL) played just 15 snaps total (31.3%) and received three carries. He took one of his three attempts to the house for 63 yards, but Ellington is an untrustworthy RB3-type for the immediate future. For added context, Chris Johnson received 17 snaps (35.4%) but had 11 touches – Ellington, Chris and David Johnson will all cut into each other’s workloads making the Cards’ backfield a muddy running back by committee.

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Targets: Julio Jones (11, 15, 20, 6, 10), Roddy White (8, 1, 0, 4, 4), Leonard Hankerson (4, 11, 6, 8, 4), Devonta Freeman (4, 8, 5, 6, 8), Tevin Coleman (2, 1*, 0, 0, 0), Jacob Tamme (3, 6, 1, 0, 10)

 

RB Touches: Devonta Freeman (13, 16, 35, 19, 34) and Tevin Coleman (20, 9*, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Targets: Julio Jones (1, 1, 6, 0, 0), Roddy White (1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Devonta Freeman (1, 0, 2, 0, 1), Leonard Hankerson (0, 2, 1, 1, 2), Tevin Coleman (0, 1*, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Devonta Freeman (3, 4, 8, 2, 5) and Tevin Coleman (1, 2*, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Desmond Trufant 4, 0, 3, 8, 3 (2-40, 0-0, 1-20, 3-47, 2-16), Phillip Adams 5, 5, 2, 7, 5 (3-30, 4-45, 2-14, 5-101, 4-36-1), Robert Alford 3, 12, 0, 6, 6 (2-31, 7-128-2, 0-0, 2-21, 1-9)

 

Analysis: Devonta Freeman’s weekly PPR finishes: RB40, RB11, RB1, RB1, RB2. That is absurd. Tevin Coleman received just nine snaps in his return from a rib injury. Freeman is a locked-in top-6 running back for the rest of the season aided by a solid pass game and one of the best offensive coordinator’s in the league (Kyle Shanahan).

 

Carolina Panthers – On Bye in Week 5

 

Targets: Greg Olsen (3, 14, 11, 6), Jonathan Stewart (4, 1, 1, 0), Ted Ginn (7, 9, 6, 3), Devin Funchess (2, 4, 4, 2)

 

RB Touches: Jonathan Stewart (22, 18, 14, 10) and Cameron Artis-Payne (0, 0, 3, 8)

 

Red zone Targets: Greg Olsen (1, 1, 5, 2), Ted Ginn (1, 0, 0, 2), Devin Funchess (0, 0, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Jonathan Stewart (4, 1, 2, 1), Cam Newton (2, 2, 3, 2), Mike Tolbert (0, 1, 4, 2), Cameron Artis-Payne (0, 0, 0, 3)

 

CBs Thrown At: Josh Norman 9, 12, 6, 8 (3-15-1, 6-40, 4-43, 2-31), Bene Benwikere 12, 10, 8, 5 (8-47, 6-52, 6-50, 4-39), Charles Tillman 3, 7, 9, 3 (1-27, 4-61, 8-77, 2-15)

 

Chicago Bears

 

Targets: Alshon Jeffery (11, 0, 0, 0, 0), Matt Forte (8, 5, 3, 4, 7), Martellus Bennett (7, 6, 5, 13, 11), Eddie Royal (5, 8, 3, 10, 0), Marquess Wilson (2, 5, 2, 9, 8)

 

RB Touches: Matt Forte (29, 19, 20, 29, 23)

 

Red zone Targets: Matt Forte (4, 1, 0, 0, 1), Alshon Jeffery (3, 0, 0, 0, 0), Eddie Royal (2, 1, 0, 2, 0), Martellus Bennett (0, 0, 0, 2, 1), Marquess Wilson (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Matt Forte (4, 1, 0, 3) – No Red zone carries in Week 5

 

CBs Thrown At: Kyle Fuller 4, 4, 2, 2, 3 (2-46, 3-60-2, 1-4, 1-17, 2-15), Tracy Porter 10, 8 (5-58, 4-61-1), Sherrick McManis 3, 2, 3, 7, 3 (3-19-1, 2-12-1, 3-15, 4-60-1, 1-12)

 

Analysis: As we’re still waiting for Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) to return, Eddie Royal also missed Week 5 nursing an ankle injury. Marquess Wilson soaked up nine targets without Jeffery and Royal in the lineup and will continue to see similar volume until both Jeffery and Royal return.


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Dallas Cowboys

 

Targets: Jason Witten (9, 8, 8, 6, 6), Terrance Williams (8, 7, 2, 10, 6), Cole Beasley (6, 5, 4, 6, 6), Joseph Randle (3, 1, 2, 0, 4), Gavin Escobar (2, 3, 0, 1, 2), Darren McFadden (1, 2, 0, 0, 10)

 

RB Touches: Joseph Randle (19, 19, 16, 11, 19), Darren McFadden (7, 12, 6, 10, 14), Christine Michael (0, 0, 0, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Targets: Jason Witten (3, 1, 0, 0, 2), Cole Beasley (2, 1, 0, 1, 0), Terrance Williams (2, 1, 0, 5, 1), Gavin Escobar (1, 2, 0, 0, 2), Darren McFadden (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Joseph Randle (1, 2, 2, 2, 1) and Darren McFadden (1, 0, 3, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brandon Carr 6, 4, 7, 8, 1 (3-13, 2-24-1, 5-54-1, 8-57-1, 1-16) and Morris Claiborne 5, 6, 11, 11, 4 (3-33, 5-28, 6-77, 7-67, 4-120-1)

 

Analysis: I really don’t know what to do with the Cowboys’ offense until Tony Romo (collarbone) and Dez Bryant (foot) return. Matt Cassel will be the ‘Boys starting quarterback when Dallas returns from their Week 6 bye and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Cowboys will “definitely” use Christine Michael more going forward. Per PFF’s Pat Thorman, Joseph Randle has earned 44% of his 2015 fantasy points on 6% of his total touches, which came back in the first quarter of Week 3.

 

Detroit Lions

 

Targets: Calvin Johnson (4, 17, 13, 11, 7), Golden Tate (8, 10, 7, 4, 18), Ameer Abdullah (4, 1, 5, 5, 2), Theo Riddick (2, 6, 10, 5, 13), Joique Bell (2, 2, 1, 0), Lance Moore (2, 6, 3, 3, 8), Zach Zenner (0, 0, 0, 1, 2)

 

RB Touches: Ameer Abdullah (11, 7, 10, 15, 7), Joique Bell (8, 6, 11, 0, 0), Theo Riddick (2, 6, 8, 6, 10), Zach Zenner (2, 0, 0, 3, 11)

 

Red zone Targets: Calvin Johnson (0, 2, 3, 1, 0), Ameer Abdullah (0, 1, 1, 0, 0), Golden Tate (0, 1, 1, 0, 0), Theo Riddick (0, 0, 3, 0, 1), Lance Moore (0, 2, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Joique Bell (0, 0, 2, 0), Ameer Abdullah (0, 0, 1, 0), Zach Zenner (0, 0, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Rashean Mathis 11, 4, 11, 2, 5 (9-85, 4-22, 8-43, 2-84, 4-63-1) and Darius Slay 4, 2, 6, 5, 2 (3-50, 2-9-1, 5-123-1, 3-26, 2-25)

 

Analysis: I’ll reiterate for the third straight week: Calvin Johnson’s schedule opens up mightily from Week 6 on. Per numberFire’s JJ Zachariason, Johnson has now faced the first, second, third, 14th, and 18th best teams at defending opposing wide receivers in terms of fantasy points allowed.

 

Ameer Abdullah was benched in Week 5 after fumbling twice – one was “lost” on a rush attempt and the other was touched out of bounds by his teammate. He played just 15-of-98 snaps. Luckily, Joique Bell (1.1 YPC) is toast and injured (Achilles’) and Theo Riddick is a pass-game specialist only. The Lions don’t really have another option but to feature Abdullah and let Zach Zenner spell him.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Targets: Randall Cobb (5, 11, 12, 8, 6), Davante Adams (8, 5, 2*, 0, 0), Eddie Lacy (3, 0*, 3, 3, 1), James Jones (4, 3, 8, 6, 3), Richard Rodgers (3, 4, 4, 6, 8), James Starks (0, 4, 1, 2, 6), Ty Montgomery (0, 4, 2, 6, 5)

 

RB Touches: Eddie Lacy (21, 3*, 13, 19, 14) and James Starks (2, 24, 18, 11, 8)

 

Red zone Targets: Randall Cobb (1, 1, 4, 3), James Jones, (2, 1, 0, 0), Davante Adams (2, 0, 0*, 0), Eddie Lacy (1, 0*, 0, 1), Ty Montgomery (0, 2, 1, 0), Richard Rodgers (0, 2, 0, 1) – No red zone plays in Week 5

 

Red zone Carries: Eddie Lacy (4, 0*, 1, 2) and James Starks (0, 2, 1, 1) – No red zone plays in Week 5

 

CBs Thrown At: Sam Shields 9, 1, 5, 4, 7 (7-105, 1-0, 4-61, 1-7, 1-10), Casey Hayward 3, 5, 8, 2, 6 (1-5, 4-69-1, 7-67-1, 1-1, 2-5), Damarious Randall 6, 1, 8, 8, 2 (1-24-1, 0-0, 3-77, 4-70, 2-28)

 

Analysis: Davante Adams (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday this week and has not played since Week 3. He’ll run as the Packers’ No. 3 wideout opposite of James Jones, with Randall Cobb in his normal slot role. Ty Montgomery will be relegated back to the No. 4 rotational wide receiver.

 

This is just something to watch this coming week: Eddie Lacy has had back-to-back games with snap shares in the mid-50% range (Week 4: 54.7% and Week 5: 57.6%). I’m not sure if his ankle is 100% healthy, but Week 6 sets up perfectly for run production as the Packers get the Chargers at home. San Diego has allowed three straight 20-plus point PPR performances to opposing running backs and has allowed three rushers to gain 100-plus yards on the ground in their first five games.

 

Minnesota Vikings – On Bye in Week 5

 

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

 

RB Touches: Adrian Peterson (13, 31, 20, 16) and Jerick McKinnon (5, 3, 6, 1)

 

Red zone Targets:  Kyle Rudolph (0, 3, 1, 1), Adrian Peterson (0, 1, 0, 0), Jarius Wright (0, 1, 0, 0), Mike Wallace (0, 0, 0, 2), Stefon Diggs (0, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Adrian Peterson (0, 12, 6, 0) and Jerick McKinnon (0, 2, 0, 0) – No Red zone rushes in Week 4

 

CBs Thrown At: Xavier Rhodes 6, 13, 5*, 5 (4-38, 7-62-1, 3-79-1, 4-72), Terence Newman 4, 5, 8, 7 (3-20, 2-17, 6-42, 4-63), Captain Munnerlyn 0, 9, 2, 5 (0-0, 6-45, 2-45, 4-36)

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Targets: Brandin Cooks (8, 7, 8, 8, 9), Mark Ingram (9, 3, 5, 7, 3), Marques Colston (7, 5, 6, 5, 5), C.J. Spiller (0, 1, 2, 5, 4), Khiry Robinson (6, 1, 2, 4, 2), Ben Watson (5, 4, 4, 3, 5), Willie Snead (3, 6, 7, 6, 11), Josh Hill (0, 4, 1, 2, 1)

 

RB Touches: Mark Ingram (17, 19, 19, 23, 14), C.J. Spiller (0, 4, 3, 7, 6), Khiry Robinson (13, 6, 9, 8, 7)

 

Red zone Targets: Brandin Cooks (1, 0, 0, 1, 1), Mark Ingram (2, 0, 0, 1, 1), Brandon Coleman (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Khiry Robinson (0, 1, 0, 0, 2), Willie Snead (0, 1, 2, 0, 2), Josh Hill (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Marques Colston (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Ben Watson (0, 0, 0, 1, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Mark Ingram (2, 4, 3, 4, 1), Khiry Robinson (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), C.J. Spiller (0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brandon Browner 6, 4, 5, 5, 7 (3-65, 2-25, 4-139, 3-78, 5-54) and Delvin Breaux 4, 3, 2, 9, 7 (3-26, 1-54, 0-0, 2-41-1, 6-58)

 

Analysis: Hey! Brandin Cooks did something! (I’m not really buying it). We’ve seen enough of a sample that leads us to believe Cooks is not a foundational player on the Saints’ offense. With that said, here is Willie Snead’s target shares by week: 6.2%, 15.8%, 18.4%, 14.6%, and 25.6%. I’m willing to give this one more week to make a firm decision, but Snead might have the best season-long prospects of any Saints’ receiver this year.

 

New York Giants

 

Targets: Odell Beckham (8, 12, 9, 12,  11), Shane Vereen (5, 8, 3, 0, 8), Rueben Randle (5, 2, 7, 6, 6*), Larry Donnell (4, 6, 6, 7, 7), Rashad Jennings (1, 2, 3, 2, 4), Andre Williams (0, 0, 0, 1, 0) Dwayne Harris (0, 0, 1, 6, 8)

 

RB Touches: Rashad Jennings (13, 11, 14, 9, 15), Shane Vereen (7, 14, 6, 5, 13), Andre Williams (6, 6, 14, 11, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: Odell Beckham (2, 0, 1, 1, 4), Larry Donnell (1, 2, 2, 1, 2), Rueben Randle (0, 0, 1, 2, 0), Shane Vereen (0, 0, 1, 0, 1), Dwayne Harris (0, 0, 0, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Rashad Jennings (4, 0, 1, 2, 1), Andre Williams (2, 1, 2, 0, 2), Shane Vereen (0, 0, 0, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Prince Amukamara 10, 4, 8, 9, 5 (7-52, 3-49, 4-54, 4-58, 3-16-1), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 6, 2, 0*, 1, 5 (5-75, 1-2, 0-0*, 0-0, 3-19), Trumaine McBride 5, 5, 8, 5, 4 (3-35, 3-23-1, 6-51, 5-39, 4-82)

 

Analysis: Shane Vereen saw his second highest snap percentage of the year in Week 5 (49.4%). Andre Williams was finally not a major part of the Giants offense, as he saw just eight snaps. Williams somehow has a worse yards per carry average in his second pro season (3.0) after averaging a paltry 3.3 yards per tote in his rookie year in 2014. Vereen makes the Giants’ attack much less defensible while Andre Williams is a liability in every facet of the game.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Targets: Jordan Matthews (13, 9, 8, 8, 7), Zach Ertz (8, 7, 2, 3, 7), Darren Sproles (9, 4, 6, 3, 2), DeMarco Murray (5, 5, 0, 2, 8), Nelson Agholor (2, 6, 4, 4, 1*), Ryan Mathews (4, 0, 4, 0, 3)

 

RB Touches: DeMarco Murray (12, 17, 0, 10, 27), Darren Sproles (12, 5, 15, 4, 6), Ryan Mathews (6, 1, 27, 5, 11)

 

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

 

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

 

CBs Thrown At: Byron Maxwell 10, 9, 6, 0*, 4 (9-154-1, 6-86-1, 6-75 0-0, 2-39) and Nolan Carroll 4, 5, 9, 9, 11 (3-48, 4-26, 5-49, 6-79, 6-113)

 

Analysis: It took five weeks, but DeMarco Murray finally received a workhorse-level load in Week 5, turning his 20 carries into 83 yards and a touchdown while adding seven receptions for 37 yards. His PPR weekly finishes have probably been a little better than you would expect so far: RB11, RB25, missed game, RB39, RB4.

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Targets: Vernon Davis (6, 7, 2, 0, 0), Anquan Boldin (5, 10, 4, 7, 12), Torrey Smith (3, 7, 2, 5, 2), Carlos Hyde (2, 4, 1, 1, 5), Quinton Patton (1, 4, 3, 2, 3), Mike Davis (0, 4, 3, 0, 0), Reggie Bush (1, 0, 0, 3, 0)

 

RB Touches: Carlos Hyde (28, 19, 16, 9, 22), Reggie Bush (2, 0, 0, 2, 1), Mike Davis (0, 9, 8, 0)

 

Red zone Targets: Vernon Davis (1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Anquan Boldin (1, 3, 1, 1, 5), Carlos Hyde (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Torrey Smith (1, 2, 0, 1, 0), Reggie Bush (1, 0, 0, 1, 0), Mike Davis (0, 3, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Carlos Hyde (5, 1, 1, 1, 5), Mike Davis (0, 5, 0, 0, 0), Colin Kaepernick (0, 1, 1, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Tramaine Brock 6, 4, 8, 4, 7 (5-39, 4-76, 4-65-1, 3-15, 4-90), Kenneth Acker 4, 7, 6, 7, 6 (3-24, 6-120, 3-38, 5-98, 3-37), Jimmie Ward, 1, 1, 1, 7, 9 (0-0, 0-0, 1-8-1, 5-44, 7-53)

 

Analysis: This is a serious question: why would any team pay a lid-popping wide receiver $20 million guaranteed and not throw him deep balls? Torrey Smith is playing on just 66.7% of the ‘Niners snaps, has seen a target on 13.6% of routes, and is averaging 3.8 targets per-game. He’s seen just six targets 20-plus yards down field.

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Targets: Doug Baldwin (9, 8, 3, 4, 3), Jimmy Graham (8, 2, 8, 5, 5), Marshawn Lynch (7, 6, 1*, 0, 0), Tyler Lockett (4, 2, 1, 5, 5), Fred Jackson (1, 2, 2, 4*, 3), Luke Willson (1, 4, 0, 3, 3), Chris Matthews (1, 2, 1, 1, 0), Jermaine Kearse (10, 2, 6, 2, 3), Thomas Rawls (0, 0, 1, 1, 0)

 

RB Touches: Marshawn Lynch (23, 18, 6*, 0, 0), Fred Jackson (4, 2, 4, 5, 5), Thomas Rawls (2, 0, 16, 18, 23)

 

Red zone Targets: Jimmy Graham (4, 0, 1, 0, 1), Marshawn Lynch (2, 1, 0, 0, 0), Fred Jackson (0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Doug Baldwin (0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Jermaine Kearse (3, 0, 1, 0, 0), Chris Matthews (0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Marshawn Lynch (1, 1, 0*), Fred Jackson (1, 0, 0), Russell Wilson (0, 1, 0), Thomas Rawls (0, 0, 1) – No red zone rushes in Week 4 and 5

 

CBs Thrown At: Richard Sherman 4, 1, 3, 3, 6 (2-29, 1-13, 1-9, 2-21, 5-60) and Cary Williams 3, 2, 0, 8, 7 (3-36, 1-5-1, 0-0, 4-28, 5-73-1)

 

Analysis: ‘Hawks HC Pete Carroll mentioned Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) should be “ready to go” for Week 6 against the Panthers. He added Lynch should practice fully Thursday and Friday and should be able to handle a full workload, per ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia.

 

As for Jimmy Graham… I think it’s clear he’s just a mid-tier TE1 lumped in with Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, and Tyler Eifert. He just simply won’t be a target hog in Seattle’s attack and his fantasy output has been entirely dependent on touchdowns. His PPR weekly finishes so far are as follows: TE9, TE24, TE3, TE20, TE22.

 

St. Louis Rams

 

Targets: Todd Gurley (0, 0, 1, 2, 0), Tavon Austin (5, 3, 5, 7, 5), Jared Cook (6, 7, 3, 6, 6), Kenny Britt (3, 4, 10, 1, 4), Tre Mason (0, 5, 1, 0, 0), Benny Cunningham (7, 6, 2, 2, 2), Stedman Bailey (4, 4, 1, 3, 5), Lance Kendricks (2, 2, 5, 2, 3)

 

RB Touches: Todd Gurley (0, 0, 7, 21, 30), Tre Mason (0, 9, 10, 2, 2), Benny Cunningham (20, 5, 3, 2, 2), Tavon Austin (4, 4, 0, 2, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: Tavon Austin (1, 0, 0, 2, 3), Jared Cook (0, 0, 1, 2, 0), Stedman Bailey (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Todd Gurley (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Lance Kendricks (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Todd Gurley (0, 0, 0, 3, 2), Tre Mason (0, 0, 1, 0, 1), Benny Cunningham (2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Tavon Austin (1, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Trumaine Johnson 2, 2, 5, 9, 6 (1-8, 1-3, 4-41, 7-84, 5-71-1), Janoris Jenkins 7, 9, 9, 9, 1 (5-38, 7-72-1, 8-77, 6-62, 0-0), Lamarcus Joyner 4, 5, 3, 6, 9 (4-49, 5-30, 2-11, 5-63, 6-97-1)

 

Analysis: Todd Gurley – ten months removed from an ACL-tear – received 30 carries in Week 5 on the road at Lambeau. Per Rotoworld’s Rich Hribar, Todd Gurley has nine runs of 10-plus yards over the past two weeks. That’s more than Denver (7), Oakland (6) and Detroit (3) have as teams for the year. I’ll reiterate for another week: Gurley is a top-8 running back with top-5 upside entering the Rams Week 6 bye.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Targets: Mike Evans (0, 0, 17, 8, 5), Vincent Jackson (11, 5, 4, 15, 3), Charles Sims (5, 3, 2, 5, 4), Louis Murphy (3, 4, 6, 4, 0), Doug Martin (1, 2, 0, 5, 3), Brandon Myers (0, 0, 4, 3, 2)

 

RB Touches: Doug Martin (12, 23, 14, 25, 27) and Charles Sims (7, 11, 8, 9, 16)

 

Red zone Targets: Mike Evans (0, 0, 2, 1, 1), Vincent Jackson (4, 2, 0, 3, 0), Charles Sims (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Doug Martin (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Doug Martin (1, 4, 0, 2, 5) and Charles Sims (0, 1, 1, 1, 3)

 

CBs Thrown At: Tim Jennings 0, 4, 10, 0, 10 (0-0, 2-21, 6-33-1, 0-0, 7-123-2), Alterraun Verner 3, 5, 3, 0, 4 (2-29, 2-24-1, 1-11, 0-0, 4-64), Mike Jenkings 0, 0, 9, 5, 2 (0-0, 0-0, 4-69, 3-29-2, 0-0)

 

Analysis: Doug Martin has quietly received 20 or more touches in three of his five games this season and has produced when the Bucs’ are in a positive, run-conducive game script. His PPR weekly finishes so far: RB40, RB26, RB43, RB5, and RB1. His next three matchups coming out of Tampa’s bye: (at) Washington, (at) Falcons, and (home) Giants. 

 

Washington

 

Targets: Jordan Reed (11, 6, 9, 8, 0), Pierre Garcon (8, 7, 12, 8, 8), Matt Jones (0, 3, 0, 0, 2), Alfred Morris (0, 2, 0, 3, 0), Ryan Grant (2, 6, 5, 7, 4), Jamison Crowder (1, 1, 6, 12, 8), Chris Thompson (1, 1, 11, 3, 7), Derek Carrier (2, 0, 1, 2, 3)

 

RB Touches: Alfred Morris (25, 20, 6, 19, 8), Matt Jones (6, 22, 11, 7, 12), Chris Thompson (3, 1, 10, 8, 9)

 

Red zone Targets: Jordan Reed (2, 0, 1, 2, 0), Pierre Garcon (0, 1, 0, 3, 1), Ryan Grant (0, 1, 1, 0), Chris Thompson (0, 0, 2, 1, 2), Jamison Crowder (0, 0, 0, 3, 1), Derek Carrier (0, 0, 0, 1, 1), Alfred Morris (0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Alfred Morris (2, 4, 0, 2, 3) and Matt Jones (0, 4, 2, 3, 3)

 

CBs Thrown At: Chris Culliver 3, 0*, 4, 4, 0* (2-3, 0-0*, 3-22, 2-84-1, 0-0) and Bashaud Breeland 0*, 3, 10, 2, 12 (0-0*, 1-9, 8-125-2, 1-9, 4-39), Will Blackmon 0, 1, 1, 2, 4 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 2-31, 2-41)

 

Analysis: For the third straight week the Washington backfield has been a crowded 3-way committee between Matt Jones, Alfred Morris, and Chris Thompson. It’s still best to avoid this backfield for season-long fantasy decisions. Jordan Reed (concussion) needs to pass protocol this week to play, but he’s already trending towards the doubtful tag for Week 6.