Fantasy Football: Updated Targets Leaders with Receivers, Tailbacks, Tight Ends

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 12, 2012

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (36 catches, 506 yards, 2 TD) has collected an NFL-high 60 targets in just four games. (US PRESSWIRE)
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (36 catches, 506 yards, 2 TD) has collected an NFL-high 60 targets in just four games. (US PRESSWIRE)

Wide Receivers

These 39 wide receivers have accrued 30 or more targets—the number of times a pass-catcher has been thrown to—through the first five weeks of NFL action (plus Thursday's Steelers-Titans clash).

This is an essential stat when tracking and grading assets in points-per-reception leagues.

Including Nate Washington (fractionally rounding up), every wideout below boasts averages of six or more targets. And of the exclusions, Miles Austin (29 targets in four games) has a seasonal average of 7.25 targets.

Also absent from the list: Greg Jennings, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Darrius-Heyward Bey, Kenny Britt, Sidney Rice, Denarius Moore.

1. Reggie Wayne, Colts—60 Targets (four games)

2. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs—57 Targets

3. Victor Cruz, Giants—57 Targets

4. A.J. Green, Bengals—56

5. Brandon Marshall, Bears—56

6. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals—55

7. Brian Hartline, Dolphins—53

8. Wes Welker, Patriots—52

9. Kendall Wright, Titans—52 (six games)

10. Marques Colston, Saints—50

11. Antonio Brown, Steelers—49

12. Percy Harvin, Vikings—48

13. DeSean Jackson, Eagles—46

14. Steve Johnson, Bills—46

15. Julio Jones, Falcons—46

16. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos—46

17. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots—45

18. Roddy White, Falcons—45

19. Eric Decker, Broncos—43

20. Calvin Johnson, Lions—43 (four games)

21. Davone Bess, Dolphins—38

22. Anquan Boldin, Ravens—38

23. Michael Crabtree, 49ers—38

24. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers—38 (four games)

25. Steve Smith, Panthers—38

26. Lance Moore, Saints—37

27. Jordy Nelson, Packers—36

28. Donnie Avery, Colts—35 (four games)

29. Andre Roberts, Cardinals—35

30. Nate Washington, Titans—35 (six games)

31. Malcom Floyd, Chargers—34

32. Mike Wallace, Steelers—34

33. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars—33

34. Dez Bryant, Cowboys—33 (four games)

35. Torrey Smith, Ravens—32

36. Andrew Hawkins, Bengals—32

37. Nate Burleson, Lions—31 (four games)

38. Andre Johnson, Texans—30

39. James Jones, Packers—30 

Three For The Road

1. Reggie Wayne (36 catches, 506 yards, two TD) has notched double-digit targets in three of four games and in five of his last six (dating back to last year). Of equal importance, Wayne has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of seven catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown in every outing this season.

2. Dwayne Bowe (31 catches, 402 yards, three TD) takes on the NFL's worst pass defense this weekend (Tampa Bay). And yet, it's fair to wonder if he should be a lock for 100 yards or one touchdown given the state of Kansas City's shaky quarterbacking. Perhaps Brady Quinn (replacing the concussed Matt Cassel) will be a welcome sight on Sunday.

3. From a receptions standpoint, Wes Welker has lapped the field since Week 3, catching 30 balls for 375 yards and one touchdown. And in his last five games against non-conference foes (dating back to last season), the Patriots receiver has per-outing averages of seven catches, 10.3 targets, 95.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. 

Tight Ends

These 27 tight ends are averaging at least four receiving targets per game:

1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons—47 Targets

2. Jimmy Graham, Saints—42 Targets

3. Dennis Pitta, Ravens—37 Targets

4. Jacob Tamme, Broncos—36

5. Brent Celek, Eagles—35

6. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions—35 (four games)

7. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots—34

8. Heath Miller, Steelers—34

9. Greg Olsen, Panthers—34

10. Owen Daniels, Texans—33

11. Jason Witten, Cowboys—33 (four games)

12. Jared Cook, Titans—33 (six games)

13. Jermichael Finley, Packers—32

14. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals—31

15. Martellus Bennett, Giants—31

16. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings—30

17. Scott Chandler, Bills—30

18. Vernon Davis, 49ers—29

19. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins—29

20. Fred Davis, Redskins—27

21. Coby Fleener, Colts—26 (four games)

22. Antonio Gates, Chargers—25 (four games)

23. Jeff Cumblerland, Jets—24

24. Benajmin Watson, Browns—20

25. Brandon Myers, Raiders—17 (four games)

26. Jordan Cameron, Browns—16 (four games)

27. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars—16 (four games) 

Three For The Road

1. Here's a quick way for Philly QB Michael Vick to break out of a mini-slump: recommit to Brent Celek. After collecting 12 catches, 19 targets and 222 yards in his first two games, Celek caught only nine balls for 102 yards and one TD for Weeks 3-5.

2. For a prominent tight end who's only been targeted 29 times, Vernon Davis certainly has the numbers to justify a top-three ranking. He boasts a catch-to-target percentage above 50 for all five games. And in that span, he's notched either 100 receiving yards or one touchdown four times.

3. Fred Davis owners, your moment of fantasy reckoning has finally come. For Weeks 3-5, Davis caught 16-of-17 balls for 214 yards but didn't score once.

Well, this Sunday against Minnesota, the touchdown drought ends! 

Running Backs

These 26 tailbacks have collected 12 or more receiving targets:

1. Darren Sproles, Saints—39

2. Ray Rice, Ravens—33 Targets

3. Darren McFadden, Raiders—28 Targets (four games)

4. Trent Richardson, Browns—28

5. LeSean McCoy, Eagles—24

6. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs—19

7. Chris Johnson, Titans—19 (six games)

8. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars—18

9. Ryan Mathews, Chargers—18 (three games)

10. Marcel Reese, Raiders—18 (four games)

11. Ronnie Brown, Chargers—18

12. Arian Foster, Texans—17

13. Willis McGahee, Broncos—17

14. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys—17 (four games)

15. Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns—17

16. Joique Bell, Lions—17 (four games)

17. Matt Forte, Bears—16 (four games)

18. Doug Martin, Buccaneers—16 (four games)

19. Adrian Peterson, Vikings—15

20. Bilal Powell, Jets—15

21. Reggie Bush, Dolphins—15

22. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons—14

23. Mike Tolbert, Panthers—14

24. Shaun Draughn, Chiefs—13

25. Michael Turner, Falcons—13

26. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants—12 (four games) 

Three For The Road

1. Jamaal Charles has racked up 564 total yards and three touchdowns in his last three games, thanks to an insane number of touches (92). Of course, it also helps that Charles has absurd talent.

2. In two career games, Detroit's Mikel Leshoure (not listed) has tallied eight catches and nine targets. He could be the next big thing among PPR tailbacks...unless Joique Bell and Jahvid Best cut into those pass-catching opportunities.

3. Cleveland's Trent Richardson has collected 19 catches, 25 targets, 164 receiving yards and one touchdown in the last four weeks—stellar numbers for a rookie tailback who's celebrated more for his rushing prowess (303 yards, four TD). 

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.


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