Targets (Week 3)
Julio Jones (ATL) 20, Keenan Allen (SD) 18, Mike Evans (TB) 17, Steve Smith Sr. (BAL) 17, DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) 14, Brandon Marshall (NYJ) 14, Antonio Brown (PIT) 13, A.J. Green (CIN) 13, Calvin Johnson (DET) 13, Jarvis Landry (MIA) 13, Demaryius Thomas (DEN) 13
Jones (ATL) 46, Julian Edelman (NE) 42, Smith (BAL) 40, Allen (SD) 39, Hopkins (HOU) 38, Thomas (DEN) 38, Brown (PIT) 35, Landry (MIA) 35, Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) 35, Johnson (DET) 34
Touches (Week 3)
Devonta Freeman (ATL) 35, Alfred Blue (HOU) 30, Ryan Mathews (PHIL) 27, Latavius Murray (OAK) 27, Le’Veon Bell (PIT) 26, Chris Johnson (ARZ) 23, Matt Forte (CHI) 20, Adrian Peterson (MIN) 20, LeGarrette Blount (NE) 19, Mark Ingram (NO) 19
Forte (CHI) 68, Freeman (ATL) 64, Peterson (MIN) 64, Murray (OAK) 63, Jamaal Charles (KC) 62, Carlos Hyde (SF) 61, T.J. Yeldon (JAX) 56, Ingram (NO) 55, Joseph Randle (DAL) 54, Jonathan Stewart (CAR) 54
TDs (Week 3)
Charles (KC) 3, Randall Cobb (GB) 3, Blount (NE) 3, Freeman (ATL) 3, Joseph Randle (DAL) 3, Allen (SD) 2, Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) 2, Frank Gore (IND) 2, Chris Johnson (ARZ) 2, Green (CIN) 2, Jones (ATL) 2, Greg Olsen (CAR) 2, Peterson (MIN) 2, Smith (BAL) 2, Darren Sproles (PHIL) 2
Travis Benjamin (CLE) 5, Charles (KC) 5, Fitzgerald (ARZ) 5, Cobb (GB) 4, Freeman (ATL) 4, Rob Gronkowski (NE) 4, James Jones (GB) 4, Jones (ATL) 4; 11 players with 3
Passing TDs (Week 3)
Aaron Rodgers (GB) 5, Andy Dalton (CIN) 3, Tyrod Taylor (BUF) 3, Blake Bortles (JAX) 2, Tom Brady (NE) 2, Derek Carr (OAK) 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) 2, Joe Flacco (BAL) 2, Andrew Luck (IND) 2, Eli Manning (NYG) 2, Peyton Manning (DEN) 2, Marcus Mariota (TEN) 2, Josh McCown (CLE) 2, Cam Newton (CAR) 2, Carson Palmer (ARZ) 2, Matt Ryan (ATL) 2, Ryan Tannehill (MIA) 2
Passing TDs (Season)
Rodgers (GB) 10, Brady (NE) 9, Palmer (ARZ) 9, Dalton (CIN) 8, Mariota (TEN) 8, Taylor (BUF) 7, Fitzpatrick (NYJ) 6; Nine players with 5
215 – Team-high receiving yards for Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar so far his season. That figure easily paces all NFL backs as the 5-foot-8, 190-pound Dunbar has caught 21 of his 23 targets – both figures which also are pacing the Cowboys and league RBs. Dunbar is viewed as the third wheel in the Cowboys’ running-back rotation behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, but in actuality is vying for No. 1 back honors when it comes to the value of Big D RBs in point-per-reception leagues even though Dunbar has all of two carries for 13 yards so far. Meanwhile, though, Randle (6-74) and McFadden (3-40) only have combined for nine catches and 114 yards. After entering the season with 31 receptions for 309 yards in three seasons, Dunbar already has eclipsed his career single-season high in receptions (18 last year) and is three yards away from eclipsing his 217-receiving-yard mark also set a season ago. All that’s missing is Dunbar’s first career touchdown as he’s now gone 134 touches (82 rushes and 52 receptions) without one.
74 – Pass attempts this season for the Vikings/QB Teddy Bridgewater, which ranks as the lowest team total in the league after three weeks. Minnesota also ranks last in team passing yards (449) and passing TDs (1) while ranking ahead of only Rex Ryan’s run-heavy Bills (47.0 percent) in the league in terms of percentage of pass plays at 47.1. The return of a certain former-MVP running back might have a little something to do that, but it’s nonetheless added up to quite the sluggish sophomore start for Bridgewater who’s completed 50-of-74 passes for 505 yards, one TD and two interceptions – good for only 39 total fantasy points. After throwing for 300 yards or two or more TDs in five of his final six starts a season ago, Bridgewater hasn’t topped 231 yards in a game yet this season, and that, naturally, is dragging down the fantasy values of pass-catchers Kyle Rudolph, Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson as well. Don’t look for things to get better in the next few weeks either as the Vikings on Sunday face the Broncos’ top-ranked pass defense (184.3 yards allowed per game) followed by their bye in Week 5.
51 – Receiving yards on seven catches and 18 targets for Colts wideout Andre Johnson in three games. The 34-year-old receiver ranks fifth on the team – and fourth among Indy WRs – in receiving yards despite having run the third-most routes (108) and owning the third-highest target total on the squad. It reached a low Sunday in Nashville as Johnson officially only attracted one of Andrew Luck’s 30 targets and finished without a catch in a game for only the second time in 172 career contests. For the unofficial record, Johnson did have a 38-yard grab Sunday that was wiped out by a penalty, but it’s clear that the Texans’ all-time receiver has lost a step and/or isn’t in the same section – let alone page – of the playbook with Luck and his new team.
27.2 – Average PPR-scoring fantasy points per game surrendered to opposing tight ends by the Raiders’ defense. That figure easily is the highest in the league as the Silver & Black’s pass coverage has allowed enemy tight ends to catch 21 of 31 targets for 305 yards and five touchdowns so far. The Raiders have allowed nine total TDs overall. It started with Tyler Eifert’s breakout game (9-104-2) in the opener and continued in Week 2 with the Ravens’ Crockett Gillmore snaring five passes for 88 yards and a pair of scores. The surest sign of trouble, though, came this past Sunday when unheralded Browns TE Gary Barnidge had six receptions for 105 yards and a TD as Cleveland nearly rallied to win. It’s going to be a weak spot picked on by foes until the Raiders shore things up and/or their secondary gets healthier. Otherwise, count on very favorable matchups ahead if you’re a fantasy owner of Martellus Bennett, Owen Daniels, Antonio Gates, Heath Miller, Rudolph and Travis Kelce – all tight ends Oakland faces in the coming weeks.
10 – Career games with double-digit fantasy points (standard scoring) for Giants’ WR Rueben Randle, with the latest coming last Thursday night with his seven-catch, 116-yard, one-TD performance against Washington. However, that’s been it for the up-and-down 2012 second-round pick who’s teased fantasy general managers for most of his 51 career contests. Case in point: Randle came into the Week 3 game with only four receptions for 28 yards on seven targets. Moreover, Thursday’s contest only was Randle’s fifth career 100-yard receiving game, 11th with a TD and 12th with five-or-more receptions. Randle also only has three career back-to-back games in which he’s caught a TD pass. And especially now with fellow receiver Victor Cruz coming back from the leg injuries which have kept him out since Week 6, beware of pinning too much fantasy hope on the mercurial Randle.
9 – Total TDs this season for QB Andy Dalton, who’s thrown for eight scores and run for another in helping pilot the Bengals to a 3-0 start. Dalton threw for a career-high 383 yards and three TDs while running for another in Sunday’s wild 28-24 win over the Ravens and is tied for second with Tom Brady for the most total TDs by a QB this season. Unlike past seasons, Dalton only has two turnovers so far – with both coming Sunday – and ranks third overall among fantasy QBs with 83 points. The Red Rifle threw for a career-low 19 TDs last season with 17 picks – a season after tossing a career-best 33 in 2013 when he finished third among fantasy QBs with 377 points. In A.J. Green, RBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and the return to health of TE Tyler Eifert and wideout Marvin Jones to go along with one of the league’s best offensive lines, Dalton has the supporting cast and makings of another top-five fantasy season – even as a number of fantasy GMs are ignorantly preferring to focus on all the “bad-Andy” moments and playoff futility.
3 – Rushing TDs this season for Bills rookie Karlos Williams, who also has 186 yards on only 24 carries to lead the team and trails only Melvin Gordon (190) and Matt Jones (189) among first-year backs. The fifth-round pick from Florida State joins the Browns’ Travis Benjamin and the Packers’ James Jones as the only three players to score in all three of their teams’ games so far this season. He ranks 11th among all RBs with 38 standard-scoring fantasy points, largely due to his eye-catching effectiveness as 15 of his 26 offensive touches – including 13 of 24 rushes – have netted gains of 5 yards or more. LeSean McCoy, who still earns the big bucks following his trade from Philly this offseason, is the Bills’ starter but his effectiveness (143 yards on 43 carries) has been limited by a nagging hamstring issue. And if the Bills do decide to rest McCoy to get his hammy healed – as has been the talk of late in western New York – we know who the fantasy beneficiary will be. Even if McCoy isn’t rested, Williams needs to be owned in all leagues – by McCoy owners or not.
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