Targets, Touches & TDs: Pre-Season Week 3

Targets, Touches & TDs: Pre-Season Week 3


Targets, Touches & TDs: Pre-Season Week 3


Pre-Season Leaders


Sammie Coates (PIT) 21, Jarrett Boykin (CAR) 19, Rashad Ross (WAS) 19, Chris Harper (NE) 18, James Jones (NYG) 18, Shakim Phillips (PIT) 18, Justin Hardy (ATL) 17, Allen Robinson (JAX) 16, Myles White (GB) 16, Nick Williams (ATL) 16


Chis Polk (HOU) 36, Jerick McKinnon (MIN) 35, Charcandrick West (KC) 34, Javorius Allen (BAL) 32, Kenny Hilliard (HOU) 32, Josh Robinson (IND) 31, Zach Zenner (DET) 31, Raheem Mostert (PHI) 30, Zac Stacy (NYJ) 29, Trey Williams (WAS) 28


Kenjon Barner (PHI) 3, Branden Oliver (SD) 3, Rashad Ross (WASH) 3, Brandon Wegher (CAR) 3, Fred Williams (KC) 3; 21 players tied with 2

TDs (passing)

Chase Daniel (KC) 4, Landry Jones (PIT) 4, EJ Manuel (BUF) 4, , Sam Bradford (PHIL) 3, Shaun Hill (MIN) 3, Brett Hundley (GB) 3, Josh McCown (CLE) 3, Colt McCoy (WAS) 3, Dan Orlovsky (DET) 3, Mark Sanchez (PHIL) 3, Alex Smith (KC) 3, Matthew Stafford (DET) 3, Ryan Tannehill (MIA) 3

Notable Numbers

205 – Preseason league-leading receiving yards for second-year Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who is back to his big-play ways with the yards coming on only seven catches for a 29.3 average. Bryant did most of his damage this past weekend with a 3-138-1 performance in Buffalo, which also gives him two touchdown receptions this preseason. He’s tied for first in the league with four receptions of 20-or-more yards and two catches of 40-plus yards this preseason while ranking third on his own team with the 11 targets and seven receptions. Of course we haven’t forgotten about Bryant’s pending four-game substance-abuse suspension to open the season, but, in the meantime, fantasy owners definitely shouldn’t forget about Bryant, who’s a big play waiting to happen.

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73.3 – Catch percentage for new Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin, who’s reeled in 11 of his team-leading 15 targets this exhibition season for 99 yards and a pair of TDs. The former Philly standout’s 11 receptions are tied with Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry and Bears TE Martellus Bennett for the most this preseason among pass-catchers expected to have starting roles. K.C. and former-coach-turned-current coach Andy Reid clearly have made an emphasis to get the ball in the hands of Maclin, who also has one rushing attempt for eight yards. Overall, it’s been quite the sea change in Chiefs Kingdom this preseason as K.C. leads the league with nine TD passes – no other team has more than six – with a full seven of them landing in the hands of wide receivers. And lest fantasy general managers need reminding, that’s seven more than all of last season.

26 – Combined targets this preseason for tight ends Greg Olsen of the Panthers and Martellus Bennett of the Bears. Olsen has 14 and Bennett has 12 to rank second on their respective teams, but each is leading their squads with 10 and 11 receptions, respectively. Both finished 2014 as top-five fantasy tight ends after nearly posting career-best numbers across the board. Bennett led all tight ends with 90 receptions (on 128 targets) and finished with 916 yards and six TDs. Olsen, meanwhile, finished third among all tight ends with 84 catches (on 123 targets) for 1,008 yards and six scores. Of the aforementioned figures, only Olsen’s TD figures weren’t a respective career-best number. Both players finished among the top four most-targeted tight ends last season, and they both could be even more heavily involved in their respective passing games this year given the wide-receiver injury issues – most notably the Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin and Bears’ first-round pick Kevin White – that both teams are dealing with.

14 – Touches this preseason for Giants RB Rashad Jennings, which leads the team’s fantasy relevant backfield triumvirate. Newcomer Shane Vereen is next with 12, while second-year RB Andre Williams brings up the rear with eight. Vereen, though, leads the way with 70 yards from scrimmage, including 44 on four receptions, while Jennings has 47 and Williams has totaled 27. Jennings is pacing the trio in rushes (12) and rushing yards (46) and is the only one of the three to have found the end zone. Vereen has eight carries for 26 yards, and Williams has seven for 11. While Jennings – if he can stay healthy, of course – provides the best rushing/receiving combo skills of the bunch, all three backs figure to be regularly involved, making for yet another frustrating RBBC.

3 – Passing touchdowns in as many contests for the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, which ties him for fourth among all QBs this preseason, and ties him for first among the 32 projected starters. Overall, Tannehill has been on the mark, completing 33-of-41 passes for an 80.5 percentage, which ranks third among all QBs who have attempted at least 20 passes. His 121.8 passer rating also ranks sixth among quarterbacks with 20-or-more attempts. After ranking 27th among 33 QBs with a 6.9-yards-per-attempt average, Tannehill is sitting at 7.3 at this preseason, and that number should improve once first-round pick DeVante Parker (foot) finally is able to take the field for game action. Almost covertly, Tannehill finished 10th among all fantasy QBs last season – finishing ahead of Tom Brady, Tony Romo and Cam Newton, among others – and could climb even higher as the former collegiate wide receiver settles in with his new weapons (Parker, WR Kenny Stills, TE Jordan Cameron) in the second year of Bill Lazor’s offense.

2 – Receiving TDs for the Rams’ Chris Givens, who leads the team with 11 targets and 179 receiving yards while ranking second to RB Malcolm Brown (8) with seven receptions. Givens, who only caught 11 passes for 159 yards and a single TD last season, already has eclipsed two of those marks in August and his numbers are pacing the WR corps, which also includes Stedman Bailey (7 targets-5 receptions-47 yards), Kenny Britt (7-5-44-0) and Tavon Austin (4-1-35-0). Meanwhile, fellow wideout Brian Quick, who briefly flashed across fantasy radar screens for seven games last season before suffering a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder, has yet to make it on the field this preseason. Throw in the team’s TEBC in Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks and the run-first approach preferred by coach Jeff Fisher, and you have a classic quagmire in trying to decipher St. Louis pass-catching situation. In other words, look elsewhere for your fantasy wide receivers and tight ends.

1.9 – League-worst average yards per rush this preseason for the Atlanta Falcons, who have gained all of 150 yards on 77 carries in their three contests. Only two spots ahead of them with a 2.7 average are the Jacksonville Jaguars who have 79 rushes for 212 yards. In short, it’s looking suspiciously like the offensive-line woes that hampered both teams a season ago are threatening to carry over to the new campaign, and that’s anything but good news for the fantasy outlooks of rookie RBs Tevin Coleman and T.J. Yeldon. After dealing with early-camp injuries, both first-year backs made their respective debuts last weekend with Coleman rushing for two yards on four carries (with a long run of six yards) and Yeldon gaining 10 yards and a TD on eight rushes. Now certainly there’s nowhere to go but up, but just be wary of reaching too high to draft these rookie runners.

0 – Touchdowns on nine possessions this exhibition season for Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ first-string offense, which only has produced a pair of field goals. Manning, who has been given extra “rest” days off during camp, isn’t the only elite fantasy QB who struggled in August – see Wilson, Russell and Brady, Tom – but there is legit concern in the Mile High City considering the 39-year-old QB’s listless, injury-addled finish to the 2014 season and Gary Kubiak’s new run-heavier offense, which has Manning under center more. The Broncos’ rebuilt offensive line also factors in – Manning was sacked three times in 24 drop-backs on Saturday night – as does the preseason absence of No. 2 WR Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) so far. Manning has averaged an eye-popping 613 attempts, 4,954 passing yards and 44 TD tosses a season over his first three year in Denver, but all the above factors could add up to a final stat line that would rival some of his leaner seasons in Indy (i.e. 4,000 yards and 30-35 TD passes).


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