With the season now a month old, numbers begin to have more meaning. Injuries continue to play a role and make up a majority of the movers and shakers on the waiver wire. As always, stick with the studs like Larry Fitzgerald. If someone new moves to the forefront, maybe wait a week and see if they can turn a repeat performance. We waded into the byes in week four with only a pair of teams off with Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay taking a break in week five.
The number of targets a receiver gets is relative. Relative to what they had been getting and/or expected to get. While nine targets is a breakout performance for one receiver, it is a disappointment for elite fantasy receivers. Danny Amendola and Brian Hartline had nine targets in week three, which is most likely reflective of them dropping down towards a number we can more likely expect on a regular basis. Receivers like DeSean Jackson and Victor Cruz probably saw double teams in week three, with their regular partner at the position out with injury.
As we wind down the 2011 regular season, we have some receivers that have long promised with potential that are finally delivering. Youngsters like Demaryius Thomas and Michael Crabtree are a pair in particular who are showing why they were high first round draft picks. “High profile” receivers who “killed” owners in week 14 were Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings (injury). The season long battle for “top target” among wide receivers continues with Roddy White and Wes Welker separated by only two.
An outstanding week for receivers in the NFL with no fewer than thirteen wide outs targeted ten or more times. While many familiar names populate the leaders, many new faces making the most of their opportunity or at least a major part of their team’s game plan. This comes on a week with historically solid passing teams like New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston and Indianapolis were on a bye week.
If there is a GOD of Fantasy Football targets it has to be Wes Welker. The diminutive New England possession receiver was targeted TWENTY times by Tom Brady in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriot caught 16 of the tosses and leads our weekly and season list. Atlanta’s Roddy White was a close second as Matty Ice looked his way 17 times as the Falcons tried to come back in the loss to Tampa Bay. When evaluating targets, there are the raw totals and also upside potential from those receivers that are only converting a faction of the opportunities, which is hidden in a box score.