Targets, Touches & TDs: Week 8

Targets, Touches & TDs: Week 8


Targets, Touches & TDs: Week 8


League Leaders

Targets (Week 7)

Julio Jones (ATL) 17, Nate Washington (HOU) 16, Rob Gronkowski (NE) 16, T.Y. Hilton (IND) 15, Keenan Allen (SD) 13, Brandin Cooks (NO) 13, Jordan Reed (WAS) 13, Robert Woods (BUF) 13, Eric Decker (NYJ) 12, Mike Evans (TB) 12, DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) 12, Danny Woodhead (SD) 12

Targets (Season)

Hopkins (HOU) 101, Jones (ATL) 89, Allen (SD) 84, Thomas (DEN) 75, Hilton (IND) 74, Allen Robinson (JAX) 69, Calvin Johnson (DET) 68, Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) 66, Antonio Brown (PIT) 66, Julian Edelman (NE) 66, Steve Smith Sr. (BAL) 66

Touches (Week 7)

Darren McFadden (DAL) 31, Devonta Freeman (ATL) 27, Marshawn Lynch (SEA) 27, Jonathan Stewart (CAR) 24, Charcandrick West (KC) 24, Arian Foster (HOU) 23, Todd Gurley (STL) 23, Doug Martin (TB) 22, Adrian Peterson (MIN) 22, Le’Veon Bell (PIT) 21, T.J. Yeldon (JAX) 21

Touches (Season)

Freeman (ATL) 165, Matt Forte (CHI) 147, Justin Forsett (BAL) 142, Peterson (MIN) 133, Mark Ingram (NO) 131, Carlos Hyde (SF) 126, Bell (PIT) 125, Martin (TB) 123, Yeldon (JAX) 117, Chris Johnson (ARZ) 116

TDs (Week 7)

Foster (HOU) 2, Gurley (STL) 2, Hilton (IND) 2, Jarvis Landry (MIA) 2, Lamar Miller (MIA) 2, Reed (WAS) 2, Khiry Robinson (NO) 2, Mike Tolbert (CAR) 2, Nate Washington (HOU) 2, Woodhead (SD) 2

TDs (Season)

Freeman (ATL) 10, Tyler Eifert (CIN) 6, Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) 6, Gronkowski (NE) 6, Jeremy Hill (CIN) 6, David Johnson (ARZ) 6, James Jones (GB) 6, Jones (ATL) 6, Robinson (JAX) 6; 10 players with 5

Passing TDs (Week 7)

Ryan Tannehill (MIA) 4, Derek Carr (OAK) 3, Kirk Cousins (WAS) 3, Brian Hoyer (HOU) 3, Andrew Luck (IND) 3, Philip Rivers (SD) 3, Blake Bortles (JAX) 2, Tom Brady (NE) 2, Teddy Bridgewater (MIN) 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) 2, EJ Manuel (BUF) 2, Carson Palmer (ARZ) 2, Matthew Stafford (DET) 2, Jameis Winston (TB) 2

Passing TDs (Season)

Brady (NE) 16, Palmer (ARZ) 16, Bortles (JAX) 15, Rivers (SD) 15, Aaron Rodgers (GB) 15, Andy Dalton (CIN) 14, Tannehill (MIA) 13, Stafford (DET) 12, Carr (OAK) 11, Fitzpatrick (NYJ) 11, Hoyer (HOU) 11, Luck (IND) 11, Eli Manning (NYG) 11

Notable Numbers

84.6 – Percent catch rate for Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who has snared 22 of his 26 targets over his last four games. The 29-year-old wideout, who already has eclipsed his final numbers (27 receptions-200 yards-1 TD) from last season with 25 grabs for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and his 22-236-2 stat line since Week 3 compares favorably with those of fellow pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski (22-326-2) and Julian Edelman (23-309-2) during that span. WR Brandon LaFell did make his season debut Sunday and will carve out his share of targets once he shows he’s over his rustiness, but definitely don’t overlook Amendola who’s showing he can produce on the pass-happy Pats.

38 – Total touches over the last two games for rejuvenated Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, who’s turned those into 354 yards and a trio of TDs. He had a career-high 236 total yards and two scores Sunday in a 44-26 pasting of the Texans on Sunday. Like the rest of the team since the bye-week coaching change, it’s been an abrupt and productive reversal of fortune for Miller, who averaged only 11.8 touches per outing over his first four games while gaining 218 total yards and failing to find his way into the end zone.  Kudos to all of those who bought Miller low two weeks ago during the Dolphins’ bye.

13 – Consecutive games with 10-or-more fantasy points for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, which is the longest current streak in the league among all players. Ryan Tannehill is second with 10 straight games with 10-plus fantasy points while Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton both are runs of eight apiece. Devonta Freeman owns the longest non-QB streak with six straight games. Newton’s 13-game streak, which dates back a year to Week 9 of last season, has included only two 300-yard passing games and six with two-or-more TD passes. The run, though, has featured 11 games with 30-plus rushing yards and eight with a touchdown run. Newton currently is tied for seventh overall among QBs with 148 fantasy points. 

8 – Team-leading touches Sunday in a 27-20 win over the Cowboys  for a player with one of the league’s best names, Giants’ RB Orleans Darkwa,. It was the first work of the season for the undrafted Darkwa, who gained 48 yards and scored a TD. He came into the contest with nine career rushes for 23 yards and a TD and 48 more yards on five catches. Meanwhile, fellow RBs Shane Vereen (five touches-62 yards), Rashad Jennings (5-19) and Andre Williams (4-13) divvied up the remainder of the squad’s 14 running back touches in the game. Sixteen of Vereen’s 22 receptions have come in two games, the five touches Sunday were a season low for Jennings while Williams only has logged 12 touches – all rushes – over the last three games. Add it all up, and – yikes – there’s even more fantasy uncertainty with the Giants’ backfield going forward.

6 – Dropped passes on 63 targets this season for Eagles’ WR Jordan Matthews who has 39 receptions for 398 yards and a TD. That’s a catch percentage of 61.9, which ranks 19th among the 30 WRs with 30-or-more receptions. Matthews is tied for 11th among wideouts with his 39 catches but ranks 22nd in yards and 27th with his 10.21 yards-per-catch average. And of the 30 wideouts with 30-plus receptions, only Washington WR Jamison Crowder has fewer TD grabs with zero. It all adds up to just 45.8 standard-scoring fantasy points for Philly’s No. 1 WR, and equally disturbing, things seem to be slowing down for Matthews and not the other way around. In his last four games, the second-year wideout only has 17 catches among his 33 targets for 167 yards, no TDs and a fumble after starting the season with 30 targets and 22 receptions for 231 yards and a TD over his first three contests.

4 – Scoring receptions this season for the Chargers’ Ladarius Green, which ranks fourth among all tight ends. Tyler Eifert (six), Rob Gronkowski (six) and the surprising Gary Barnidge (five) are the only tight ends with more scoring receptions than Green, who has garnered at least four targets in every game for the pass-happy Bolts and ranks sixth at the position with 54 fantasy points. Even the recent return of fellow TE Antonio Gates hasn’t slowed Green much as he’s caught 16 of his 24 targets for 183 yards and three TDs over the last four weeks.

1 – Touchdowns in 24 red-zone rushing attempts this season for the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. Only the Falcons’ Freeman, with 25, has logged more red-zone rushes than Peterson, but the latter ranks 26th in the league with only 26 yards on those carries for a 1.08-yard average. Peterson also paces the league with 15 rushing attempts inside the 10-yard line and nine inside the 5, but he shockingly has negative yardage totals in each category at minus-4 and minus-5, respectively. In his last two games, against the Chiefs and Lions, Peterson has eight red-zone carries for a negative-7 yards and no scores, gaining yardage on only two of the eight attempts. It’s been a stark contrast to his previous eight seasons when he’s found the end zone a league-high 65 times on 317 rushes inside the opposition 20 for a 20.5-percent scoring rate. He’s also gained 823 yards on those 317 attempts for a 2.60-yard average. The uncharacteristic red-zone inefficiency is a big reason why Peterson is in danger of losing his top-10 ranking among fantasy backs.


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