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Targets and Touches

Week 7 AFC Targets and Touches

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

This will be the last week showing Week 1’s targets and touches data. From here on out, this column will only have the six most recent games, regardless of whether a player was active or a team was on bye. 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.

 

Just as a reminder, the NFC targets and touches report comes out every Wednesday.

 

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Baltimore Ravens

 

Targets: Steve Smith (Week 1: 7, Week 2: 16, Week 3: 17, Week 4: 7*, Week 5: 0, Week 6: 10), Justin Forsett (7, 4, 7, 1, 5, 8), Crockett Gillmore (4, 6, 3, 0, 0, 6), Kamar Aiken (3, 7, 1, 7, 9, 8), Marlon Brown (2, 4, 5, 4, 4, 4), Maxx Williams (2, 1, 7, 4, 1, 4), Buck Allen (1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 3)

 

RB Touches: Justin Forsett (18, 19, 14, 27, 25, 24), Buck Allen (10, 2, 3, 5, 8, 5)

 

Red zone Targets: Steve Smith (2, 3, 2, 0*, 0, 2), Crockett Gillmore (1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Justin Forsett (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1), Kamar Aiken (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1), Javorius Allen (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Justin Forsett (0, 5, 0, 2, 2, 3), Buck Allen (0, 0, 0, 1, 4, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At (via PFF): Jimmy Smith 11, 7, 10, 4, 11, 5 (Allowed: 7 -60, 4-62-1, 7-126-1, 2-28, 8-92, 2-53) and Lardarius Webb 5, 10, 3, 10, 3 (2-24, 5-90-1, 1-9-0, 10-72-1, 1-5) – Inactive in Week 6

 

Analysis: Justin Forsett has quietly reasserted himself as a RB1 in fantasy after I mentioned we needed to temper expectations a bit back in Week 3. In Forsett’s last three games he’s seen 20 or more touches, has averaged a wholesome 5.12 yards per carry, and 29 of his 65 (44.6%) carries have gained 5-plus yards. His last three PPR running back finishes in weekly output are: RB20, RB3, RB12.

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Targets: Sammy Watkins (3, 8, 2*, 0, 0, 5*), Charles Clay (4, 6, 7, 13, 3, 13), Percy Harvin (5, 5, 8, 8, 4, 0*), LeSean McCoy (4, 3, 3, 0, 0, 4), Robert Woods (2, 3, 5, 5, 2, 6), Karlos Williams (0, 2, 0, 4, 0, 0), Chris Hogan (0, 1, 4, 5, 3, 5), Anthony Dixon (0, 0, 0, 3, 3, 0), Dan Herron (0, 2)

 

RB Touches: LeSean McCoy (20, 18, 12, 0, 0, 18), Karlos Williams (6, 8, 12, 21, 0, 0), Anthony Dixon (3, 0, 5, 2, 10, 0), Dan Herron (9, 2)

 

Red zone Targets: Charles Clay (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), LeSean McCoy (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Percy Harvin (0, 0, 1, 2, 0, 0), Chris Hogan (0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0), Robert Woods (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: LeSean McCoy (3, 2, 1, 0, 0, 4), Karlos Williams (1, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0), Tyrod Taylor (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0), Anthony Dixon (2, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Stephon Gilmore 15, 13, 6, 10, 6, 8 (7-110, 8-57-1, 3-66-1, 4-49-1, 2-20, 5-78-1), Ronald Darby 7, 9, 11, 7, 5, 7 (5-41, 3-48, 4-51, 2-6, 3-20, 6-53), Nickell Robey 8, 6, 4, 4, 4, 2 (5-31, 5-72, 3-37, 3-18, 3-28, 1-24)

 

Analysis: Without Tyrod Taylor (MCL) and Karlos Williams (concussion), LeSean McCoy (hamstring) looked close to 100% health as the Bills’ workhorse back in Week 6. He’ll continue to post season-long high-end RB2 numbers, but does not have an immense touchdown ceiling in Buffalo’s attack. Through four games, the Bills are currently 29th in red zone plays per-game (6.7).

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

Targets: A.J. Green (8, 4, 13, 9, 8, 7), Tyler Eifert (12, 5, 3, 4, 12, 4), Jeremy Hill (0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 1), Giovani Bernard (6, 3, 4, 0, 8, 2), Marvin Jones (3, 5, 8, 2, 8, 12), Mohamed Sanu (3, 2, 4, 6, 5, 4)

 

RB Touches: Jeremy Hill (19, 11, 12, 9, 9, 17) and Gio Bernard (14, 23, 16, 13, 20, 9)

 

Red zone Targets: A.J. Green (2, 2, 3, 1, 0, 0), Tyler Eifert (2, 2, 2, 0, 2, 1), Mohamed Sanu (1, 1, 2, 2, 0, 0), Gio Bernard (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Marvin Jones (1, 2, 2, 0, 1, 1), Jeremy Hill (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Jeremy Hill (8, 0, 4, 4, 2, 0), Gio Bernard (2, 6, 4, 2, 3, 4)

 

CBs Thrown At: Dre Kirkpatrick 7, 5, 8, 10, 3, 11 (3-31, 4-67-1, 4-53-1, 7-122, 1-7, 7-82) and Adam Jones 7, 7, 5, 1, 1, 5 (5-42, 5-47, 4-36, 0-0, 1-22, 3-25)

 

Analysis: A.J. Green’s PPR wide receiver finishes in his first six games: WR32, WR37, WR1, WR20, WR28, WR59. On the surface, Green’s two top-24 performances through six weeks aren't great for fantasy owners that spent a second round pick on him. However, I think that’s bound to regress positively. Andy Dalton is playing the best football of his career, the Bengals are 19th in plays per-game but first in red zone plays per-game, and Green has seen at least seven targets in every game but Week 2 against the Chargers. San Diego is currently allowing the second least amount of fantasy points per-game to opposing wide receivers. Green makes for an intriguing buying option in re-draft leagues heading into the Bengals’ bye week.  

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Targets: Travis Benjamin (3, 4, 10, 10, 12, 13), Duke Johnson (0, 0, 7, 10, 8, 4), Andrew Hawkins (6, 4, 6, 3, 9, 4), Brian Hartline (5, 3, 7, 6, 3, 3), Gary Barnidge (5, 1, 10, 6, 10, 9), Isaiah Crowell (2, 0, 0, 3, 2, 2), Robert Turbin (1)

 

RB Touches: Isaiah Crowell (14, 15, 10, 13, 15, 13), Duke Johnson (7, 12, 10, 17, 15, 12), Robert Turbin (10)

 

Red zone Targets: Andrew Hawkins (1, 0, 2, 0, 3, 0), Gary Barnidge (0, 0, 2, 2, 1, 2), Benjamin (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1), Duke Johnson (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Brian Hartline (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Isaiah Crowell (2, 2, 3, 0, 1, 1), Duke Johnson (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1), Robert Turbin (1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Joe Haden 7, 8, 6, 0, 5* (6-99-1, 3-34-1, 6-87, 0-0, 4-44) – Inactive in Week 6 and Tramon Williams 5, 5, 7, 6, 5, 13 (3-19, 3-37, 3-26, 2-16, 3-59, 5-103-1)

 

Analysis: Travis Benjamin has seen 10 or more targets in four straight games. Only DeAndre Hopkins (6 games), Julio Jones (5), Demaryius Thomas (5), Keenan Allen (4), Julian Edelman (4), Jarvis Landry (4), and Emmanuel Sanders (4) have four or more games this year with 10-plus targets. Benjamin is legitimately in the low-end WR2/high-end WR3 conversation across all league formats every week. 

 

Denver Broncos

 

Targets: Emmanuel Sanders (12, 14, 9, 6, 12, 12), Demaryius Thomas (11, 14, 13, 12, 8, 17), C.J. Anderson (8, 1, 1, 1, 2), Jordan Norwood (5, 5, 3, 0, 3, 2), Owen Daniels (2, 5, 9, 5, 5, 3), Virgil Green (1, 3, 1, 0, 0, 0), Ronnie Hillman (0, 1, 1, 1, 2, 5), Bennie Fowler (0, 0, 4, 1, 2, 1)

 

RB Touches: C.J. Anderson (16, 13, 9, 12, 13, 17) and Ronnie Hillman (12, 9, 8, 12, 8, 23)

 

Red zone Targets: Demaryius Thomas (0, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0) Emmanuel Sanders (0, 2, 0, 1, 1, 1), Owen Daniels (0, 0, 2, 2, 2, 0), Ronnie Hillman (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0), Jordan Norwood (0, 3, 0, 0, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: C.J. Anderson (0, 0, 4, 2, 3, 3) and Ronnie Hillman (1, 2, 1, 2, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Chris Harris Jr. 5, 4, 4, 7, 7, 4 (4-13, 4-58, 3-20, 4-48, 4-40, 2-11), Aqib Talib 4, 5, 9, 7, 3, 7 (2-25, 1-7, 7-70, 6-70-1, 1-19, 3-44), Bradley Roby 3, 0, 3, 8, 4, 4 (2-11, 0-0, 1-5, 6-86, 3-26, 2-25)

 

Analysis:  In recent memory, has a 6-0 team ever needed a bye as desperately as the Broncos currently do? Peyton Manning has fallen off sharply in age-39 season. He’s thrown two or more interceptions in his last three games and has four games with one or fewer passing touchdowns. The Broncos are the 17th in plays per-game but 31st in yards per play (5.01) and tied for last in offensive touchdowns per-game (1.5). Their defense and Brandon McManus are the only two reasons Denver is currently undefeated.

 

On a slightly more positive note, Ronnie Hillman played very well on the road in Cleveland in Week 6.  Eight (40%) of Hillman's 20 carries against the Browns went for 5-plus yards in Week 6. C.J. Anderson has 13 carries of five or more yards on 67 attempts all year.

 

Houston Texans

 

Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (13, 11, 14, 22, 14, 15), Arian Foster (0, 0, 0, 5, 10, 6), Nate Washington (11, 8, 9, 0*, 0, 0), Cecil Shorts (8, 12, 9, 10, 0, 6), Jaelen Strong (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1), Keith Mumphery (3, 2, 0, 7, 8, 4)

 

RB Touches:  Arian Foster (0, 0, 0, 11, 28, 23), Alfred Blue (10, 6, 31, 6, 7, 0), Chris Polk (6, 16, 5, 6, 3, 9)

 

Red zone Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (4, 2, 1, 7, 0, 2), Cecil Shorts (1, 3, 0, 2, 0, 0), Nate Washington (1, 1, 1, 0*, 0, 0), Jaelen Strong (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Keith Mumphery (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Arian Foster (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: Arian Foster (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 2), Chris Polk (1, 1, 0, 2, 0, 1), Alfred Blue (1, 0, 5, 1, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Kareem Jackson 6, 7, 9, 5, 5, 2* (6-52-1, 5-44, 6-117, 4-41, 3-71-1, 1-2), Johnathan Joseph 5, 9, 12, 2, 8, 9 (2-11, 5-74-1, 2-24, 2-9, 5-55-1, 5-54), Kevin Johnson 0, 3, 5, 3, 7, 9 (0-0, 1-2, 4-74-1, 2-8, 3-33, 5-72)

 

Analysis: DeAndre Hopkins is currently on pace for 237 targets in 2015. The record for most targets in a season – since target tracking began – was Marvin Harrison’s 2002 campaign in which he received 205 targets from Peyton Manning. Hopkins is making a legitimate case for the fantasy WR1 this year.

 

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Indianapolis Colts

 

Targets: T.Y. Hilton (14, 7, 7, 13, 9, 9), Donte Moncrief (11, 8, 7, 9, 3, 11), Frank Gore (3, 1, 2, 7, 0, 3), Andre Johnson (10, 7, 1, 2, 7, 6), Dwayne Allen (6, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3), Phillip Dorsett (3, 6, 3, 3, 2), 4, Coby Fleener (1, 0, 6, 12, 3, 6), Ahmad Bradshaw (1)

 

RB Touches: Frank Gore (10, 16, 15, 17, 22, 15) and Ahmad Bradshaw (5)

 

Red zone Targets: T.Y. Hilton (2, 2, 0, 1, 2, 2), Andre Johnson (2, 0, 0, 0, 3, 0), Donte Moncrief (2, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1), Dwayne Allen (2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Frank Gore (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Coby Fleener (0, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Frank Gore (0, 4, 3, 4, 4, 2) and Ahmad Bradshaw (1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Vontae Davis 2, 7, 6, 9, 5, 4 (0-0, 4-53-1, 4-50-1, 4-55, 3-28-1, 1-10), Greg Toler 0, 0, 0, 0, 9, 9 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 7-103, 6-102), Darius Butler 6, 0, 0, 12, 1, 3 (6-100-1, 0-0, 0-0, 10-134-1, 1-6, 1-19)

 

Analysis: The percentage of Colts targets in games Andrew Luck has played: Donte Moncrief: 22.4%, 22.9%, 23.3%, and 22.9%; and T.Y. Hilton: 28.6%, 20%, 23.3%, and 18.8%. Now, that is not to say Hilton is no longer Luck’s No. 1 target, but those target shares cement Moncrief’s standing in the Colts’ attack. In Luck’s four starts, Moncrief has finished as the WR13, WR11, WR36, and WR18. He’s a high-end WR2 in fantasy for the rest of the season.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Targets: Allen Robinson (6, 12, 9, 12, 9, 12), T.J. Yeldon (4, 4, 3, 3, 6, 0), Julius Thomas (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 13), Allen Hurns (7, 4, 4, 15, 6, 7), Marcedes Lewis (0, 4, 2, 8, 4, 2)

 

RB Touches: T.J. Yeldon (15, 28, 13, 24, 16, 0) – Inactive in Week 6, Toby Gerhart (3, 1, 1, 13), Denard Robinson (7, 1, 0, 0, 0, 10)

 

Red zone Targets: Allen Robinson (2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0), Allen Hurns (1, 0, 0, 2, 1, 1), T.J. Yeldon (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: T.J. Yeldon (1, 6, 1, 3, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Aaron Colvin 5, 5, 6, 5, 0, 5 (2-14, 5-53, 6-63-1, 2-24, 0-0, 4-41) and Davon House 3, 2, 4, 11, 6*, 15 (1-37, 1-18, 2-23, 5-33, 2-24, 10-138-2)

 

Analysis: Allen Robinson's PPR finishes so far this year: WR84, WR4, WR44, WR42, WR2, and WR14. Through six games Robinson is on pace for a receiving line of 75-1301-13 on 160 targets. Robinson is a WR2 and will have up-and-down weeks, but he can push explosive WR1 numbers based on volume every single week.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Targets: Jeremy Maclin (9, 7, 11, 13, 12, 4*), Travis Kelce (6, 5, 10, 7, 6, 7), Chris Conley (0, 0, 1, 7, 3, 7), Charcandrick West (0, 0, 1, 3, 2, 2), Knile Davis (1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1), Albert Wilson (3, 1, 3, 0, 0, 6)

 

RB Touches: Charcandrick West (0, 0, 0, 6, 8, 10) and Knile Davis (7, 4, 0, 0, 2, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: Jeremy Maclin (2, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0), Travis Kelce (1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0), Chris Conley (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Charcandrick West (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Charcandrick West (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Marcus Peters 13, 14, 4, 5, 12, 10 (8-122-2, 6-55-1, 3-22-1, 4-81-1, 9-86-1, 4-46) and Sean Smith 0, 0, 0, 3, 7, 4 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-5, 4-68, 4-76)

 

Analysis: For those that picked up Charcandrick West on waivers or through FAAB in Week 6: the good news is West started, received 43 snaps to Knile Davis’ 19, and garnered all of the red zone carries (2). The bad news is West picked up just 33 yards on nine carries and lost a fumble. He’ll be back on the low-end RB2 radar based on volume alone in Week 7.

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Targets: Jarvis Landry (12, 10, 13, 12, 4), Lamar Miller (1, 6, 3, 2, 3), Jordan Cameron (7, 4, 8, 9, 8), Rishard Matthews (6, 7, 10, 3, 6), Greg Jennings (3, 5, 3, 7, 1), Kenny Stills (3, 4, 1, 8, 2), Damien Williams (1, 4, 3, 1, 0), DeVante Parker (0, 1, 7, 0, 0), Jonas Gray (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

RB Touches: Lamar Miller (14, 15, 10, 8, 21), Damien Williams (2, 5, 3, 1, 2), Jonas Gray (0, 0, 9, 1, 8)

 

Red zone Targets: Jarvis Landry (3, 1, 3, 5, 1), Jordan Cameron (2, 0, 2, 2, 2), Damien Williams (1, 1, 0, 1, 0), Rishard Matthews (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Kenny Stills (1, 0, 0, 1, -), DeVante Parker (0, 0, 4, 0, 0), Greg Jennings (0, 0, 0, 2, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Lamar Miller (0, 3, 1, 1), Damien Williams (1, 0, 0, 0), Jonas Gray (0, 0, 4, 6)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brent Grimes 4, 9, 3, 3* (1-4, 5-81, 3-14, 3-89*), Brice McCain 4, 7, 10, 4 (3-49, 4-80-1, 6-100, 1-5), Jamar Taylor 8, 4, 4, 4 (7-54, 2-26, 3-49-1, 3-31)

 

Analysis: Lamar Miller owners’ finally could breathe a sigh of relief after Week 6. Miller received 20-plus touches for the first time all year and rewarded the Dolphins on his 19 carries for 113 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and a touchdown. After running on just 26% of plays in their first four games, Miami was 50% run-heavy under new HC Dan Campbell in Week 6. Just as a side note, five of Jonas Gray’s six red zone carries came in fourth quarter against the Titans with the game well in hand. Miller is back on the RB2 radar every week.

 

New England Patriots

 

Targets: Rob Gronkowski (8, 13, 7, 5, 5), Julian Edelman (12, 19, 11, 5, 10), Dion Lewis (5, 9, 5, 11, 6), Danny Amendola (3, 2, 5, 3, 9), Aaron Dobson (1, 8, 3, 0, 0), Scott Chandler (1, 5, 2, 0, 3), LeGarrette Blount (0, 1, 0, 1)

 

RB Touches: Dion Lewis (19, 13, 13, 14, 7) and LeGarrette Blount (2, 19, 13, 17)

 

Red zone Targets: Rob Gronkowski (4, 1, 2, 0, 0) Julian Edelman (1, 4, 2, 0, 2), Scott Chandler (1, 2, 2, 0, 0), Aaron Dobson (0, 2, 1, 0, 0), Danny Amendola (0, 0, 2, 0, 0), Dion Lewis (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1), LeGarrette Blount (0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Dion Lewis (2, 3, 4, 2, 1) and LeGarrette Blount (0, 2, 9, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Malcolm Butler 11, 2, 5, 4, 13 (10-151-1, 1-32-1, 2-66-1, 1-17, 7-83-1) and Logan Ryan 0, 5, 4, 3, 10 (0-0, 4-39, 4-49, 1-3, 6-73)

 

Analysis: I am not worried about Rob Gronkowski. Sure, “Gronk” has just ten targets total in the last two weeks and has cooled off after scoring 32.4 and 24.3 PPR points in Week 1 and 2. Still, in the last two weeks, Gronkowski has finished as the TE11 and TE9 in weekly PPR ranks. Even in his “down weeks”, Gronkowski is still “usable” (top-12) in 12-team leagues.

 

New York Jets

 

Targets: Brandon Marshall (9, 10, 14, 11, 9), Eric Decker (3, 11, 0, 5, 7), Bilal Powell (4, 5, 8, 1, 1), Chris Ivory (1, 2, 0, 2, 3), Devin Smith (0, 0, 9, 6, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 2, 3, 2)

 

RB Touches: Chris Ivory (21, 16, 0, 29, 23), Bilal Powell (14, 16, 17, 1, 5), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 4, 7, 15)

 

Red zone Targets: Brandon Marshall (2, 1, 3, 2, 0), Eric Decker (1, 2, 0, 2, 1), Chris Ivory (1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Bilal Powell (1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Devin Smith (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Chris Ivory (7, 4, 0, 2, 4), Bilal Powell (2, 1, 0, 0, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Darrelle Revis 6, 9, 2, 3, 5 (3-37, 5-75, 0-0, 1-2, 2-8-1), Buster Skrine 2, 10, 5, 10, 5 (1-11, 6-65, 4-34, 6-82, 3-28), Antonio Cromartie 1, 4, 4, 7, 6 (1-54-1, 3-71-1, 0-0, 5-64-1, 2-26)

 

Analysis: Chris Ivory is a stud. Per PFF, Ivory is tied with Dion Lewis for second in yards after first contact (3.3) among qualified running backs and 32.5% (27-of-83) of Ivory’s carries have gone for five or more yards. He’s locked-in as a RB1 regardless of matchup every week.

 

Oakland Raiders – On Bye in Week 6

 

Targets: Amari Cooper (9, 11, 11, 9, 4), Michael Crabtree (8, 16, 9, 6, 9), Latavius Murray (7, 3, 1, 5, 4), Mychal Rivera (2, 5, 1, 3, 3), Roy Helu (0, 0, 1, 2, 6)

 

RB Touches: Latavius Murray (21, 18, 27, 19, 16), Taiwan Jones (4, 3, 2, 0, 0), Roy Helu (0, 0, 1, 7, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: Amari Cooper (0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Michael Crabtree (1, 1, 2, 0, 0), Mychal Rivera (0, 1, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Latavius Murray (0, 2, 8, 1, 3) and Taiwan Jones (0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: D.J. Hayden 9, 8, 9, 5, 8 (7-67-1, 5-54, 6-62-1, 4-56-1, 5-78) and David Amerson 4, 8, 9 (3-32, 5-44, 6-66)

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Targets: Antonio Brown (11, 11, 13, 9, 6, 8), Le’Veon Bell (0, 0, 8, 7, 5, 0), Martavis Bryant (8), Heath Miller (11, 2, 3, 2, 3, 1), Darrius Heyward-Bey (7, 5, 3, 5, 6, 1), Markus Wheaton (7, 4, 3, 1, 3, 2)

 

RB Touches: Le’Veon Bell (0, 0, 26, 29, 25, 24) and DeAngelo Williams (22, 24, 1, 2, 5, 1)

 

Red zone Targets: Heath Miller (3, 2, 2, 0, 1, 0), Antonio Brown (1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1), Le’Veon Bell (0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0), Martavis Bryant (2), Darrius Heyward-Bey (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Le’Veon Bell (0, 0, 3, 2, 1, 4) and DeAngelo Williams (6, 7, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: William Gay 7, 9, 4, 3, 3, 6 (5-37, 6-61, 4-44, 2-15, 2-24, 3-18), Ross Cockrell 4, 3, 2, 5, 6 (4-34, 1-5, 1-15-1, 4-61, 3-68), Antwon Blake 4, 8, 3, 10, 6, 13 (4-41, 6-54, 2-32, 6-76, 5-41, 9-163-1)

 

Analysis: Martavis Bryant is nicknamed The Alien. He played up to his anointed name in his first game of 2015. He converted his eight targets into 6 receptions, 137 yards, and two touchdowns including a tackle-eluding 88-yard score. His two quarterbacks were the rotted husk of Michael Vick and Landry Jones, who made his first appearance in a regular season game in his career in Week 6. When Ben Roethlisberger returns, Bryant will push top-15 wide receiver numbers in one of the league’s best and most explosive offenses.

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Targets: Keenan Allen (17, 4, 18, 7, 10, 15), Antonio Gates (11, 16), Danny Woodhead (7, 6, 4, 4, 7, 7), Stevie Johnson (6, 6, 5, 8*, 0, 0), Ladarius Green (6, 6, 0, 6, 5, 4), Melvin Gordon (3, 1, 1, 2, 9, 0), Malcom Floyd (2, 4, 7, 2, 4, 12)

 

RB Touches: Melvin Gordon (17, 17, 14, 14, 22, 7) and Danny Woodhead (16, 13, 8, 12, 9, 13)

 

Red zone Targets: Antonio Gates (2, 5), Stevie Johnson (2, 1, 1, 0*, 0, 0), Keenan Allen (2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2), Ladarius Green (2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 3), Danny Woodhead (2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Malcom Floyd (1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Danny Woodhead (6, 1, 0, 0, 0, 5) and Melvin Gordon (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Jason Verrett 4, 3, 2, 0, 5, 2 (1-6, 2-38, 2-24, 0-0, 2-43, 2-51), Brandon Flowers 4, 6, 0*, 10, 8, 5 (2-39, 4-70-2, 0-0, 7-64, 5-138-1, 2-30-1), Patrick Robinson 4, 2, 3, 4, 0, 2 (2-27, 1-2, 2-24, 2-19, 0-0, 1-12)

 

Analysis: Keenan Allen had a monster Week 6 (14-157), but I want to mention how stellar Antonio Gates has been after returning from his four game suspension. He’s seen a target from Phillip Rivers on 31.4% of his routes through two games and has eight (!) red zone targets in two games. Gates has turned his 27 targets into 18-187-2. He now gets to face a Raiders’ defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends to start the season in Week 7.

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Targets: Kendall Wright (4, 4, 12, 6, 5), Bishop Sankey (4, 2, 2, 3, 3), Delanie Walker (3, 0*, 10, 6, 10), Harry Douglas (2, 8, 6, 3, 4), Justin Hunter (2, 2, 2, 6, 4), Dorial Green-Beckham (0, 2, 2, 0, 6), Dexter McCluster (0, 4, 2, 1, 4), Antonio Andrews (0, 0, 2, 4, 1)

 

RB Touches: Bishop Sankey (14, 12, 7, 10, 4), Dexter McCluster (2, 14, 6, 9, 8), Antonio Andrews (0, 0, 13, 10, 10)

 

Red zone Targets: Kendall Wright (0, 0, 4, 0, 1), Delanie Walker (1, 0, 0, 2, 0), Harry Douglas (1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Bishop Sankey (1, 2, 0, 1, 0), Dorial Green-Beckham (0, 1, 2, 0, 1), Justin Hunter (0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Dexter McCluster (0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Bishop Sankey (1, 1, 2, 1, 0) and Antonio Andrews (0, 0, 4, 2, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Coty Sensabaugh 3, 6, 4, 3, 2 (1-18, 4-84-1, 0-0, 3-52-1, 1-13) and Jason McCourty 4, 5 (1-6, 5-54-1)

 

Analysis: Ken Whisenhunt finally let Dorial Green-Beckham loose a little bit in Week 6; Green-Beckham posted season high numbers in snaps (28) and targets (6). His snap share per week this season: 15.3%, 15%, 17%, 27.1%, and 40.6%. He's still on the WR4/5 radar in fantasy, but he'll hopefully usurp both Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter in the very near future.