Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Leaders | Week 1
In fantasy football, it’s simple; the more your players touch the ball and the number of looks they receive from their quarterback is obviously vital to their weekly performance.
This is a column every fantasy owner should look at on a weekly basis, not only to see results, but to project how your key players are going to fare in the upcoming week. It also gives you a good look into some names to pick up on the waiver wire.
Personally, I think that targets are the most important stat in determining who’s a fantasy starter and who’s not. It gives you a pretty good idea how comfortable a certain receiver/quarterback relationship is, and how often an offense is planning to use a certain player.
Having said that, let’s take a look at NFL week one targets and touches leaders.
Wide Receiver Targets
18 Reggie Wayne IND
15: Brandon Marshall CHI
14: Jeremy Maclin PHI
Tied 11: Larry Fitzgerald ARI, DeSean Jackson PHI, A.J. Green CIN, Victor Cruz NYG, Marques Colston NO, Steve Smith CAR, and Kevin Ogletree DAL
Tied 10 : Stevie Johnson BUF, Andre Johnson HOU, Vincent Jackson TB, Lance Moore NO, and Rod Streater OAK
Tied 9: Braylon Edwards SEA, Greg Jennings GB, Michael Crabtree SF, Sidney Rice SEA, Andrew Hawkins CIN, Randall Cobb GB, Laurent Robinson JAX, Julio Jones ATL, and Andre Roberts ARI.
Tight End Targets
11: Jermichael Finley GB
Tied 10: Brandon Pettigrew DET, Jimmy Graham NO, and Coby Fleener IND
9: Dennis Pitta BAL
Tied 8: Jermaine Gresham CIN, Brent Celek PHI, Antonio Gates SD, Tony Scheffler DET, and Owen Daniels HOU
Tied 7: Heath Miller PIT, Greg Olsen CAR, Aaron Hernandez NE, and Kyle Rudolph MIN
Tied 6: Tony Gonzalez ATL, Scott Chandler BUF, Martellus Bennett NYG, Jared Cook TEN, Rob Gronkowski NE, Tony Moeaki KC, and Clay Harbor PHI.
Running Back Targets
18: Darren McFadden OAK
10: Dexter McCluster KC
9: LeSean McCoy PHI
8: Darren Sproles NO
7: Chris Johnson TEN
Tied 6: Kevin Smith DET, Matt Forte CHI, and Reggie Bush MIA
Tied 5: Maurice Jones-Drew JAX, Curtis Brinkley SD, and Ronnie Brown SD
Tied 4: Steven Jackson STL, Brandon Jackson CLE, Le’Ron McClain (FB) SD, Ray Rice BAL, Jonathan Dwyer PIT, Erik Lorig (FB) TB, and Doug Martin TB.
Running Back Touches
Tied 28: Alfred Morris WAS (28 carries, 0 receptions), Darren McFadden OAK (15 carries, 13 receptions) and Doug Martin TB (24 carries, 4 receptions)
Tied 27: Shonn Greene NYJ ( 27 carries, 0 receptions) and Arian Foster ( 26 carries, 1 reception)
26: LeSean McCoy PHI (20 carries, 6 receptions)
25: Steven Jackson STL (21 carries, 4 receptions)
Tied 23: Stevan Ridley NE (21 carries, 2 receptions), and Marshawn Lynch SEA (21 carries, 2 receptions)
Tied 22: DeMarco Murray DAL (20 carries, 2 receptions), and Maurice Jones-Drew JAX (19 carries, 3 receptions)
Tied 20: Reggie Bush MIA (14 carries, 6 receptions), and Trent Richardson CLE ( 19 carries, 1 reception)
Tied 19: Ahmad Bradshaw NYG (17 carries, 2 receptions), Matt Forte CHI (16 carries, 3 receptions) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN (18 carries, 1 reception)
18: Adrian Peterson MIN (17 carries, 1 reception)
Tied 17: Chris Johnson TEN (11 carries, 6 receptions), Kevin Smith DET (13 carries, 4 receptions), and Frank Gore SF (16 carries, 1 reception).
After all the numbers, what can we take out of this? Here’s what I have highlighted from week one:
- Workhorses – In week one, Alfred Morris tied Darren McFadden and Doug Martin in touches. It’s hard to trust a running back in Washington but Alfred Morris looks to have won the job. Rookie standout Doug Martin looks to be carrying the load in Tampa Bay, while we all expected Darren McFadden to carry his load of the Oakland Raiders.
- Reggie Wayne topped all target lists with 18 total targets in week one, which shows us that Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck looks his way frequently. But he’s not the only one, Luck also gives fellow rookie Coby Fleener quite a few glances in his direction when he gave him 10 targets in week one.
- Despite not showing up to camp on time, the Jaguars are committed to Maurice Jones-Drew. 22 touches for Jones-Drew will tell you that.
- Lance Moore’s 10 targets in week oneshows us he is ready to be New Orleans number one receiver.
- Surprises – Kevin Ogletree (11) and Rod Streater (10).
- Frank Gore’s load will likely be cut eventually, but he still did see 17 touches in week one showing that he’s still a solid fantasy starter.