Fantasy Football Target Trends for Week 5: Who's Moving Up and Who Lacked Looks

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring a touchdown over  Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Texans 40-33.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Let’s take a look at some of the target trends from the fourth week of the season.  Who was targeted most?  Who saw their targets increase?  Who saw them decrease?  Here’s all the information you need:

Top Targets – Week 3
1) Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – 17
2t) Wes Welker – New England Patriots – 14
2t) Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – 14
2t) Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – 14
5) Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – 13
6t) Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens – 12
6t) Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – 12
8) Six receivers tied with 11 targets

After he was targeted just twice in Week 3, was it really a surprise to see Santonio Holmes targeted so often this past week?  Of course, they only converted three receptions for 33 yards, so it is not like opportunity yielded results.  The Jets need to fix their issues on the offensive line if they want their receivers to make plays, though I would expect better performances against New England this week...

This was the first time Julio Jones reached double-digit targets in his young career (previous high was eight in Week 2).  It is likely the first of many, however.  With back-to-back 100-plus yard games and a date with the Packers next on the schedule, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him continue to thrive in Week 5...

Jimmy Graham and Ed Dickson both represented the tight ends this week.  For Graham, it is hard to imagine him getting that many targets once again considering the return of Marques Colston and the simple fact that they have so many options.  Graham has been targeted at least seven times in all four games this season, so there’s no question that he’s a vital part of the offense, but just don’t expect quite as many looks on a weekly basis.

Top 10 Targets – Year To Date
1) Wes Welker – New England Patriots – 57
2) Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – 45
3) Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – 42
4t) Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – 41
4t) Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – 41
6) Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – 40
7t) Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – 39
7t) Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – 39
9) Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – 38
10t) Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – 37
10t) Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 37

Interesting to note that the first running back who appears on the rankings would be Darren Sproles, with 35 (tied for 15th).  How many people honestly predicted prior to the season that he would be in that type of position…..

There are no real “shocking” names in the Top 10, outside of maybe Jones (who we discussed above) and Thomas.  The Jaguars need to throw the ball to someone, and given their other options it is not a surprise that the bulk go to their top receiver.  It would be nice if he had turned those opportunities into more than 20 receptions for 212 yards and one TD, however.  The fact that he gets so many opportunities is going to keep him viable, so just hope that he and Blaine Gabbert can get on the same page.

Receivers With 10+ Targets In Four Straight Weeks

  • Wes Welker – New England Patriots

Receivers With 10+ Targets In Three Straight Weeks

  • None

Receivers With 10+ Targets In Back-to-Back Weeks

  • Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
  • Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  • Eric Decker – Denver Broncos

Biggest Increase In Targets
1t) Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – 10
1t) Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – 10
3t) Legedu Naanee – Carolina Panthers – 9
3t) Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – 9
5) Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – 7

The Giants were playing from behind, which helps to explain the significant number of targets for Nicks in Week 4.  He showed just how impressive he can be, putting up 10 receptions for 162 yards and one TD on 14 targets.  I wouldn’t expect so many looks this week, especially against the Seahawks, though this goes to show you what Nicks can do with the game one the line.  He’s a Top 10 receiver every week…..

It’s clear it’s not just Carnell Williams who is going to figure into the Rams’ passing game.  With Jackson healthy, he’s going to be a vital part both running and catching the football.

Biggest Decrease In Targets
1) Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – 12
2) Michael Jenkins – Minnesota Vikings – 11
3t) Shonn Greene – New York Jets – 7
3t) Derrick Mason – New York Jets – 7
3t) Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 7
3t) Andre Caldwell – Cincinnati Bengals – 7
3t) Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons – 7

Is it a real surprise that Jenkins saw his targets plummet this week?  I think anyone could’ve predicted that one……Seeing Boldin only targeted twice is a surprise, though that’s what can happen when you face Darrelle Revis and the Jets.  Look for him to come out extremely strong from the bye week.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 5 information:


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