Touches and Targets - week 2
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 21: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders rushes the football past defensive end Carl Granderson #96 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Saints 34-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Touches and Target report – Week 2

“Volume is king”. If you have played fantasy for a while, you have most certainly heard this phrase before. And it is true that volume is one of the best indicators when trying to predict performances. Enter the Touches and Target report. Here, we will give you an overview of all the relevant targets and touches for every team in the league.

When I say relevant targets, it means I will not be including something like Stephen Carlson getting 1 target for the Browns or Damion Ratley getting a target for the Giants, because, let’s face it, you will never ever(!) have either of them on your fantasy team.

The report will be broken in to a number of stats, but the most important ones are touches, targets and target share, because these are the true indicators of volume going forward.

8. AFC North

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on September 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Mark Ingram921131329 1
JK Dobbins21314,322  
Gus Edwards10 10  17  
Marquise Brown 55626,1 42 
Willie Snead 2228,7 29 
Mark Andrews 11313 29 
Miles Boykin 44521,7 38 
Devin Duvernay 1114,3 12 
The three-headed monster in Baltimores backfield is real. Ingram is the starter, but any of the three could easily end up doing nothing on a weekly basis. Andrews had a down game, but I don’t put much stock in that. Lamar does whatever Lamar wants, which some weeks might mean down weeks for his receivers because he runs the ball as much as he throws it.

Cincinnati Bengals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Joe Mixon1642046,84640 
Giovani Bernard156711,9322 
AJ Green 331322 29 
CJ Uzomah 44610,2 421
Tyler Boyd 77813,6 72 
Mike Thomas 4446,8 311
John Ross   23,4   
Drew Sample 77915,3 45 
Tee Higgins 33610,2 35 
The only bright spot for Joe Mixon is that he got 20 touches again. I’m confused as to why Gio is getting work, because he is clearly more inefficient than Mixon in the pass game. I have Mixon as a high-end RB2, rather than the mid-RB1 where you probably drafted him. AJ Green had a very OBJ-esque game – ton of targets, few catches. His target share is massive though, and if that continues, he could be a league winner. Good to see Tyler Boyd get back to a level where we can have confidence in him again, coz that was low after week 1.

Cleveland Browns

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kareem Hunt1021229,586152
Nick Chubb2212314,812492
Jarvis Landry 33314,3 46 
Harrison Bryant 1129,5 14 
Odell Beckham 44628,6 741
Austin Hooper 22419 11 
KhaDarel Hodge 2229,5 39 
Nick Chubb and OBJ are back! At least for one week. OBJ again led the team in targets which is good news. The bad news is we might have to guess who is having the good game every week between Landry and OBJ, given how few targets are going around. Austin Hooper is irrelevant as a starting TE at this point

Pittsburgh Steelers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Benny Snell21312,45-4 
James Conner1621824,9106151
Juju Smith-Schuster 77819,5 48 
Diontae Johnson 881331,7 921
Chase Claypool 3337,3 881
James Washington 33512,2 22 
Eric Ebron 33512,2 43 
Vance McDonald 1124,9 3 
After 2 weeks, Diontae leads the team in targets and appears to be the #1 in Pittsburgh. He is one of two players with double-digit targets in both games this season. You obviously still start JuJu, but he might not produce much unless he gets TDs, whereas Diontae seems to be getting good yards and have more PPR upside. In the backfield, this went back to being Conner and nothing else, which is good news for fantasy

7. AFC South

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 20: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Houston Texans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Johnson11213411,13416 
Will Fuller1 1     
Brandin Cooks 55822,22 95 
Kenny Stills 2238,32 16 
Randall Cobb 55616,7 59 
Jordan Akins 77719,4 55 
Keke Coutee 2225,6 111
Darren Fells 22411,1 23 
In this game DJ struggled, but after what Ravens D did to Nick Chubb it’s not that surprising. Fuller left, leaving plenty of targets for Cooks, Akins and Cobb. We’ll have to see how it shakes out when (if) all their receivers are healthy.

Indianapolis Colts

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Nyheim Hines 1114 4 
Jonathan Taylor262282810191
TY Hilton 33520 28 
Mo Alie-Cox 55624 111 
Zach Pascal 33416 191
Michael Pittman 44624 37 
A week after being heavily involved, Hines was not in the game plan at all, getting just 1 touch, whilst Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins combined for 37 touches. The gameplan was a heavy dose of Taylor. In the pass game, Rivers divided the targets largely between 3-4 guys, and only one of them (Cox) was really able to make something out of it. He looked really good and is a solid pick up if Doyle misses more time.

Jacksonville Jaguars

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
James Robinson163 49,1102181
Chris Thompson23 49,1720 
Lavishka Shenault53 49,13735 
Keelan Cole 66715,9 581
DJ Chark 4449,1 84 
Collin Johnson   36,8   
Chris Conley 44715,9 48 
Tyler Eifert 33613,6 361
Jaguars continues to surprise, James Robinson especially. He could end up being the best waiver add this season. I think now is the time to buy DJ Chark, because of his relatively low target share. Keelan Cole is a good waiver addition as he appears to have the trust of the coaching staff and Minshew.

Tennessee Titans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Derrick Henry25 25  84  
Corey Davis 33520,8 361
Adam Humphries 55625 481
Jonnu Smith 44520,8 842
This was the Jonnu Smith coming out party. Not so much in terms of targets, but what he did with those targets. Derrick Henry was inefficient with his touches for the second game in a row, but at least the touches are there. Humphries could be a sneaky add if AJ Brown remains sidelined for week 3.

6. AFC East

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 20: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball after a reception against Noah Igbinoghene #23 of the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Devin Singletary1021238,656  
Zack Moss8 8  37  
Stefon Diggs 881337,1 1531
John Brown 44617,1 821
Cole Beasley 55617,1 70 
Dawson Knox 1138,6 38 
Singletary continues to be the more efficient RB in this backfield, so the Moss-truthers will have to wait for him to take over. Stefon Diggs keeps getting a massive target share, which is incredible news for his fantasy value. He could very well end the year as a WR1. The passing attack goes through three guys, Diggs, Brown and Beasley, who will continue to produce unless we see Josh Allen dial back on the passing

Miami Dolphins

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Myles Gaskin7613715,24636 
Matt Breida71824,337  
Jordan Howard5    4 1
Devante Parker 55817,4 531
Preston Williams 11510,9 26 
Mike Gesicki 881123,9 1301
Isaiah Ford 77919,6 76 
Game script wasn’t good for Howard, but that could be the reality for this Dolphins team for much of the season. He is pretty much a drop at this point. This is the Mike Gesicki we’ve been hoping to see, and Isaiah Ford is interesting going forward. If he gets as many targets in week 3 he is going to be a waiver add for sure

New England Patriots

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Sony Michel7 712,319  
Rex Burkhead6410614247 
JJ Taylor1 1  -1  
Damiere Byrd 66920,9 72 
Julian Edelman 881125,6 179 
Nkeal Harry 881227,9 72 
Ryan Izzo 2224,7 19 
Cam led the team in carries again (11), which limits Michels touches considerably. In a game without James White, Michel still saw just 1 target, and Cam is taking away the goalline work. Michel is not a drop yet, but he’s not even a flex play either, more like a stash for now. Edelman and Harry gets a lot of the passing work, which is good news as they can both be started as a WR2 and a flex respectively.

New York Jets

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Frank Gore21  26,2563  
La’Mical Perine3    17  
Chris Hogan 66825 75 
Braxton Berrios 66825 591
Chris Herndon 11412,5 5 
Breshad Perriman 2226,25 12 
Gore was the one getting touches in this game, but he was super inefficient. Truth be told, I want nothing to do with this team, because it is a hot mess for fantasy (and real football).

5. AFC West

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Running back Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes in front of free safety Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at SoFi Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Melvin Gordon1922137,970141
Royce Freeman3 3  20  
Noah Fant 44513,2 571
Jerry Jeudy 44718,4 62 
Tim Patrick 22513,2 24 
KJ Hamler134718,4948 
Daesean Hamilton 1137,9 5 
Gordon carried the load with Lindsay out. With Sutton now out for the season, Fant continues to be the best weapon on this offense. Jeudy could grow into a solid flex play, but for now doesn’t do quite enough with his targets

Kansas City Chiefs

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire10616817,83832 
Darwin Thompson4 412,221  
Tyreek Hill1561124,49991
Sammy Watkins 1136,7 11 
Demarcus Robinson 3348,9 28 
Travis Kelce 991431,1 901
Mecole Hardman12336,7330 
With the Chiefs trailing for most of the game, CEH only got 10 carries. On the bright side, he had 8 targets which was 3rd on the team by a wide margin. This game is likely what his floor looks like. Other notable mentions is that Sammy Watkins continues to have big week 1s and then fade back in to nothingness afterwards.

Las Vegas Raiders

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Josh Jacobs2733038,88817 
Devontae Booker31412,9-16 
Henry Ruggs 1138,8 4 
Darren Waller 12121647,1 1031
Nelson Agholor 1112,9 19 
Hunter Renfrow 3338,8 37 
Bryan Edwards 2225,9 42 
You still can’t trust anyone here outside of Jacobs and Waller. They are getting fed, and leaves nothing but scraps to be divided between the 9 other players who all had between 1 and 3 targets each.

Los Angeles Chargers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Austin Ekeler16420412,993  
Joshua Kelley2322539,723  
Hunter Henry 66825,8 83 
Mike Williams 22412,9 14 
Keenan Allen 771032,3 96 
With Justin Herbert getting the start due to a Tyrod injury, things reverted back to the “old” Chargers, with Allen leading the team in targets, and the RBs being a part of the pass game. For the sake of fantasy, let us hope that Herbert (who looked good most of the time) has done enough to stay on as the starter, regardless of what Anthony Lynn says.

4. NFC North

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 20: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers scores a touchdown past Amani Oruwariye #24 of the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on September 20, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Montgomery16319310,782451
Tarik Cohen51613,6 15 
Cordarrelle Patterson72927,1 8 
Allen Robinson 33932,1 33 
Anthony Miller   310,7   
Darnell Mooney 33310,7 361
Jimmy Graham 1113,6 18 
Javon Wims 2227,1 17 
Cole Kmet 1113,6 12 
Monty looked really good in this game, and the hope is that he can continue that throughout the season. In the pass game, the only bright spot is that Arob is getting a ton of the teams’ targets, but Trubisky unfortunately can’t hit anything with his scattershot passing.

Detroit Lions

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Adrian Peterson7       
Kerryon Johnson8  13,3  1
D’Andre Swift5510516,7 60 
Danny Amendola 22723,3 21 
TJ Hockenson 44413,3 62 
Marvin Jones 44620 231
Quintez Cephus 33310 54 
Marvin Hall 1 26,7 231
Swift led the backfield in snaps again, likely due to gamescript. As long as this three-headed backfield stays like this, you don’t want to start any of them unless you really have to. Without Golladay in the lineup, it’s hard to predict who is going to get the targets, but Marvin Jones does present the biggest upside together with Hockenson, who seems a lot more reliable for Stafford than last season.

Green Bay Packers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Aaron Jones18422826,7168683
Jamaal Williams8    63  
AJ Dillon5    17  
Davante Adams 33310 36 
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 33723,3 64 
Allen Lazard 33516,7 45 
Robert Tonyan 22310 25 1
Aaron Jones continues to be hyperefficient and a fantasy superstar. I wouldn’t put much in to the target share for GB this week as Adams left and was held on the sideline because of the led GB played with.

Minnesota Vikings

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dalvin Cook1421628,76381
Alexander Mattison311428,7133 
Adam Thielen 33834,8 31 
Bisi Johnson 11313,0 24 
Kyle Rudolph   14,3   
Justin Jefferson 33313 44 
Irv Smith 11417,4 3 
This was an ugly one for Minnesota. Cook managed to salvage his fantasy day with a TD, but this team does not look good right now, and have little worthwhile for fantasy outside of Cook and perhaps Thielen.

3. NFC South

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 20: Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons dives across the goal line to score a touchdown against the the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Todd Gurley21 21  61  
Brian Hill32525,61411 
Ito Smith5 5  20  
Julio Jones 22411,1 24 
Calvin Ridley 761027,8 1092
Russell Gage 66925 461
Hayden Hurst 55822,2 721
Ridley is the other player with just 10+ targets in both games this season. With Julio playing hurt there was a lot of targets that benefited Hayden Hurst and Russell Gage. When Julio is healthy and commanding more targets, one or both of them will likely see a dip in targets.

Carolina Panthers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Christian McCaffrey18422512,559292
Mike Davis189820174 
Curtis Samuel426252613 
Robby Anderson 991025 109 
DJ Moore 881332,5 120 
Chris Manhertz 1112,5 8 
With CMC set to miss time, I think this offense will become incredibly pass heavy. Mike Davis will get first shot at carving out a role in he running game, and his receiving chops could see him have a fairly high floor, making him a good flex option. DJ Moore is back to being the alpha, and Robby Anderson has solidified himself as the #2 WR, far ahead of Curtis Samuel.

New Orleans Saints

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Latavius Murray32525,41419 
Alvin Kamara13922924,379952
Jared Cook 22513,5 131
Deonte Harris 33513,5 23 
Emmanuel Sanders 1138,1 18 
Tre’Quan Smith 55718,9 86 
A week after getting 15 carries, Latavius Murray had just 3 in this game. I chalk that down primarily to game script, and think he could see more touches next week. Smith looked good as the #1 with MT out, but Brees looked, well, old. He was off on multiple throws, and certainly not helping his receivers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ronald Jones72925,72341
LeSean McCoy156720-5262
Leonard Fournette12416514,3103131
Scott Miller12338,6111 
OJ Howard 1138,6 1 
Rob Gronkowski   12,9   
Mike Evans 771028,6 104 
Justin Watson 2238,6 48 
With Godwin out and Miller leaving the game early, Evans saw a majority of targets. Interestingly, McCoy and Fournette both had a higher target share than any of the WRs/TEs not named Evans. RoJo got the start, but was benched for a mistake, and Fournette took a solid hold of this backfield afterwards. I see Fournette as the more productive back from here on out.

2. NFC East

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Miles Sanders (26) scores a touchdown in the first half during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles on September 20, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ezekiell Elliott22628714,989331
Tony Pollard2    6  
Amari Cooper 66919,1 100 
Ceedee Lamb167919,19106 
Michael Gallup 22510,6 58 
Dalton Schultz 991021,3 881
Looks like a very concentrated Cowboys offense. Gallup was left as the odd-one out with 5 targets, where the other 3 relevant pass catchers all had 9+ targets. Dalton Schultz is a very good waiver add, and he could end up becoming what we thought Blake Jarwin would be in this offense.

New York Giants

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dion Lewis10414513,92036 1
Darius Slayton 33616,7 33 
Golden Tate 55513,9 47 
Sterling Shepard123411,1 29 
CJ Board 3338,3 32 
Kaden Smith 2238,3 -1 
Evan Engram 66822,2 65 
In what was a horrible game for the Giants (losing Saquon for the year and Shepard for week 3), there wasn’t many brightspots to take away. Engram looked fine, but that was about it, as injuries are starting to pile up yet again for the G-men

Philadelphia Eagles

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Miles Sanders20323717,195361
Boston Scott43737,31924 
Dallas Goedert 44819,5 30 
Jalen Reagor 4449,8 41 
Desean Jackson 66922 64 
Greg Ward 1112,4 5 
Zach Ertz 55717,1 42 
The Eagles passing offense looks dysfunctional right now. Wentz is holding the ball waaay too long and none of the pass catchers look electric. In his return from a week 1 injury, Miles Sanders looked really good. If the Eagles offense can’t get clicking against the Bengals, then you’re fading everyone but Miles Sanders in week 4 and onwards.

Washington Football Team

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Antonio Gibson131142655-31
Peyton Barber1    1  
JD McKissic8    53  
Terry McLaurin 771030,3 1251
Steven Sims 33515,2 53 
Logan Thomas 44927,3 26 
Dontrelle Inman 22515,2 17 
Antonio Gibson returned a bit of the value you might have had to give up to get him, but was still hardly involved in the passing game, which was supposed to be one of his big upsides. McLaurin is the big dawg in this passing game, and Logan Thomas continues to get a massive target share for a TE not called Kelce. Unfortunately for LT, his QB doesn’t throw him open a lot, just yet.

1. NFC West

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tight end Tyler Higbee #89 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kenyan Drake2022226,1869 
Chase Edmonds336412,149 
Deandre Hopkins 88927,3 681
Larry Fitzgerald 77721,2 50 
Christian Kirk123412,1357 
Andy Isabella 2 412,1 67 
Dan Arnold 22412,1 26 
Outside of Hopkins, who did come back down to Earth after seeing 16 targets last week, the ball is being spread around and we can’t rely on anyone on a weekly basis. Drake is still the leadback and will get his big bounce-back game soon enough

Los Angeles Rams

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Malcolm Brown11 11  47  
Cam Akers3 3     
Darrell Henderson12214310,781401
Robert Woods325517,91914 
Tyler Higbee 55517,9 543
Cooper Kupp257621,4 81 
Van Jefferson145517,9 45 
Josh Reynolds 2227,1 33 
Most important thing was that Akers went down. We still don’t know if he’s back for week3. We will need to see how the backfield shakes out. The passing game was spread out, and a lot less centered on Robert Woods than in week1. You still have to play Kupp, Woods and Higbee every week, because either one could explode, like Higbee (or HIGBEAST) did in week 2.

San Francisco 49ers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Raheem Mostert821027,492 1
Jerick McKinnon3 313,777 1
Tevin Coleman1421627,412  
Kendrick Bourne 44518,5 67 
Jordan Reed 77829,6 50 
Brandon Aiyuk 22311,1 21 
Trent Taylor 22311,1 10 
With both Mostert and Coleman reported to miss week 3, McKinnon should see plenty of work. If Kittle comes back, I would temper expectations on Jordan Reed, but Reed could be a must-start of Kittle misses another week.

Seattle Seahawks

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Chris Carson1732031272361
Carlos Hyde527282215 
DK Metcalf 44624 921
Tyler Lockett 77832 671
David Moore 33312 481
Carson got back to a solid workload on the ground after a weird game in week 1. Wilson spread the ball around with Lockett and DK Metcalf being their usual efficient selves. I wouldn’t trust any other pass catchers right now, as the targets are very sporadic outside of the two top targets.

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