Touches and Target report – Week 3

“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

CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 27: Offensive tackle Jack Conklin #78 and offensive guard Joel Bitonio #75 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate with running back Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns after Chubb ran for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Washington Football Team 34-20. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Mark Ingram7 713,730  
JK Dobbins145414,8638 
Gus Edwards4 4  39  
Marquise Brown 22622,2 13 
Willie Snead 2227,4 4 
Mark Andrews        
Miles Boykin 1127,4 8 
Devin Duvernay 22311,1 71
Do not use anyone in this backfield. Right now they’re exclusively depending on TDs to give you a good return on starting them. Just don’t. Brown is still a low-end WR3 for me, and you have to start Andrews every week. Both are boom/bust players, so you win some, you lose some.

Cincinnati Bengals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Joe Mixon1721937,14916 
Giovani Bernard 3337,1 55 
AJ Green 55614,3 36 
Tyler Boyd 10101331 125 
Mike Thomas 2224,8 9 
Tee Higgins 55921,4 402
Drew Sample 1112,4 1 
Auden Tate 2249,5 29 
Mixon continues to get the workload. It’s likely that the efficiency will come, but we juts don’t know when. I would keep playing him and not panic. Tyler Boyd finally got the work he deserves and capitalized. And don’t overreact and blow all your FAAB on Higgins. He got targets in this game, but his performance was carried by 2 TDs. AJ Green should be downgraded to a WR4 though. And the Drew Sample experiment seems like it stopped before it even got started.

Cleveland Browns

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kareem Hunt16218313,646181
Nick Chubb1912014,510822
Jarvis Landry 44418,2 36 
Odell Beckham 44627,3 59 
Austin Hooper 33418,2 25 
Harrison Bryant 1129,1 31
This offense is running (quite literally) through Chubb and Hunt, who had 38 touches between the two. With a clear desire to limit Baker Mayfields influence on the game, Landry and OBJ suffers as a result, and neither is anything more than a flex play going forward, regardless of their incredible talent.

Pittsburgh Steelers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Benny Snell7 7  11  
James Conner18422514,3109401
Anthony McFarland61725,7427 
Juju Smith-Schuster 44514,3 431
Diontae Johnson1  25,79  
Chase Claypool 11411,4 24 
James Washington 55720 36 
Eric Ebron 55720 521
Vance McDonald 3338,6 35 
This is still Conners backfield. Snell is inefficient with his touches unless he gets enough playing time to get in to a rhytm, which isn’t happening when Conner is healthy. Diontae left the game early with a concussion, so I don’t put any stock in the target breakdown. Ebron is a fine waiver pick up if Diontae can’t play this week.

7. AFC South

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 24: James Robinson #30 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage against Elandon Roberts #44 of the Miami Dolphins during the game at TIAA Bank Field on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Houston Texans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Johnson13215311,123231
Will Fuller 44518,5 541
Brandin Cooks 33518,5 23 
Kenny Stills 33414,8 35 
Randall Cobb 44414,8 951
Jordan Akins 22311,1 28 
DJ salvaged his game with a TD, but this Texans team looks pretty bad right now (they’ve had a brutal schedule so far), so no one on this team is worth more than being used as a flex.That goes for Fuller and DJ, the rest I wouldn’t trust.

Indianapolis Colts

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Nyheim Hines74115202140 
Jonathan Taylor13114145931
Jordan Wilkins911014396 
TY Hilton 33312 52 
Mo Alie-Cox 33312 501
Zach Pascal 22416 34 
Michael Pittman 33416 26 
This is more what we expected to see from Hines, who for some reason totally disappeared in week 2. The fact that Jordan Wilkins got 10 touches was because the starters were pulled in the 4th quarter. In the pass game, there is no one you can trust, not even TY Hilton. Personally, I hope Mo Alie-Cox becomes a thing because his size makes him a Gronk-like match up nightmare in the passing game, but he’s not seeing enough targets to warrant starting yet unless you’re desperate.

Jacksonville Jaguars

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
James Robinson11617614,646832
Chris Thompson257614,6335 
Lavishka Shenault156614,6133 
Keelan Cole 44512,2 43 
Chris Conley 33819,5 34 
James Robinson has taken the fantasy world by storm, and is a set-it-and-forget-it RB2 until we see otherwise. Cole and Vishka are the best flex starts until Chark comes back,  then we probably have to downgrade them

Tennessee Titans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Derrick Henry2622839,1119112
Darrynton Evans3    9  
Corey Davis 55618,2 69 
Kalif Raymond13339,1-3118 
Adam Humphries145721,2 41 
Jonnu Smith 55824,2 61 
Henry keeps getting fed. Jonnu is getting the targets, but we still need to see how it shakes out when AJ Brown comes back.

6. AFC East

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 24: Myles Gaskin #37 of the Miami Dolphins runs for yardage during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Devin Singletary13417515,67150 
TJ Yeldon3    18  
Stefon Diggs 44618,8 491
John Brown   26,2   
Cole Beasley 66721,9 100 
Gabriel Davis 44412,5 81 
Tyler Kroft 44515,6 242
Devin Singletary was efficient with his touches, and should have a strong hold of this backfield even when Zack Moss comes back. Josh Allen keeps spreading it around and that was evident with 3 total TDs to the two tight ends, which we can put no stock in at all. Diggs is still very good, and if John Brown misses time, Beasley and Davis are both intruiging flex plays.

Miami Dolphins

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Myles Gaskin225275256629 
Matt Breida3    4  
Jordan Howard3    1 1
Devante Parker 55525 69 
Preston Williams 22210 71
Mike Gesicki 11315 151
Isaiah Ford 22210 14 
Gaskin is what we expected Howard to be during draft season, except better, because he catches the ball. Gaskin is a great flex option for the bye weeks when they come. Devante Parker and Preston Williams are fine flex plays too, whilst Gesicki is a top12 TE, so you should start him weekly.

New England Patriots

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Sony Michel921127,111723 
Rex Burkhead67151035,749493
JJ Taylor11 1113,5743  
Damiere Byrd 33310,7 27 
Julian Edelman123621,4-123 
Nkeal Harry123414,3234 
Ryan Izzo   13,6   
Don’t let the statlines fool you. This was a hyperefficient performance from Sony and Burkhead, and not something that’s likely to happen again any time soon. Burkhead is a good flex option for games that James White are out, but once he is back, Burkhead will fade back in to fantasy irrelevance. The fact that JJ Taylor had more carries than Michel tells you everything you need to know about this backfield: You cannot rely on them at all. A week after having 13 targets, Harry came crashing back down with a gameplan hugely centered around short dump offs to the Burkhead who saw a staggering X% target share.

New York Jets

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Frank Gore1511613,8575 
Kalen Ballage257519,2844 
La’Mical Perine72927,724-1 
Chris Hogan   311,5   
Braxton Berrios 44415,4 641
Chris Herndon 33519,2 21 
As long as Crowder is out, you’re not starting any Jets players in fantasy. Not even against the Broncos on TNF. That’s it, that’s the take.

5. AFC West

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 27: Joe Reed #12 and Jalen Guyton #15 congratulate Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers after his touchdown during the second half of a game against the Carolina Panthers at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Melvin Gordon8412615,82612 
Royce Freeman22425,3431 
Noah Fant 551026,3 46 
Jerry Jeudy 55923,7 55 
Tim Patrick 44410,5 431
KJ Hamler134513,2-230 
The Bucs defense shut down the Broncos offense almost entirely, so I wouldn’t put much stock in this performance. We’re still waiting for Lindsay to return, to see what it means for the division of backfield touches. The passing game is Fant and Jeudy, and you can’t play anyone besides those two in fantasy right now from this pass catching group.

Kansas City Chiefs

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire20525614,66470 
Tyreek Hill257614,625771
Sammy Watkins 77819,5 62 
Demarcus Robinson   12,4   
Travis Kelce 66717,1 87 
Mecole Hardman 44614,6 811
Well, this was a Mahomes special, spreading the ball around. Hardman had a good game, but his snap share is still too low to trust him, so it’s still just the CEH, Tyreek and Kelce that we can start weekly.

Las Vegas Raiders

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Josh Jacobs16319412,57112 
Devontae Booker3    31  
Darren Waller        
Nelson Agholor 2239,4 32 
Zay Jones 3339,4 32 
Hunter Renfrow 66928,1 841
Bryan Edwards 2239,4 48 
Despite reports of Jacobs being limited in this game, he saw a good workload and did OK with it, in a game where the Patriots took away Waller and dared Carr to throw deep, which didn’t happen. Jacobs and Waller are still the only two you can start here.

Los Angeles Chargers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Austin Ekeler1211231122,959841
Joshua Kelley821024,2439 
Hunter Henry 55714,6 50 
Mike Williams 1112,1 17 
Keenan Allen 13131939,6 1321
Tyrod Taylor getting injured looks to be the best thing that could’ve happened for Ekeler, Henry and Allen’s fantasy value. Those three ARE the offense right now and HAS to be started, while Mike Williams (who left the game for a short while) was relegated to an observer.

4. NFC North

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) actches a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thusday, September 13, 2020 (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chicago Bears

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Montgomery1421636,3459 
Tarik Cohen235612,52120 
Cordarrelle Patterson4    13  
Allen Robinson 10101327,1 1231
Anthony Miller123510,49411
Darnell Mooney 22510,4 19 
Jimmy Graham 661020,8 602
Ted Ginn 1136,3 29 
Cohen is out for the season, which likely means more pass game work for Monty, so that’s a plus. Hopefully, Foles gets it and is just going to feed Robinson, like a player of his talent should be (Baker Mayfield should listen to this as well). And with Foles’ penchant for throwing to TEs, Graham could become a good play for the future.

Detroit Lions

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Adrian Peterson2212313,27510 
Kerryon Johnson31413,21614 
D’Andre Swift 1 26,5 19 
Kenny Golladay 66722,6 571
Danny Amendola 11412,9 18 
TJ Hockenson        
Marvin Jones 3339,7 51 
Jesse James 33412,9   
Bad news. This backfield is so confusing that I want nothing to do with it. Regardless of Peterson getting a bunch of carries, he is the least talented RB of the three. Good news is that Kenny G is back. Him being back, meant that Quintez Cephus fell back in fantasy irrelevance most as expected.

Green Bay Packers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Aaron Jones16218413,369171
Jamaal Williams61713,3143 
Tyler Ervin12326,75  
Allen Lazard167826,7-21461
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 11413,3 5 
Jace Sternberger 33310 36 
Marcedes Lewis 1126,7 181
With Davante Adams out, I think we can safely say that Lazard grabbed the opportunity and has solidified his status as the #2 WR in this offense. And we had a Jace Sternberger sighting! The divison of labor for the RBs was exactly as expected, except that AJ Dillon didn’t get a single touch.

Minnesota Vikings

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dalvin Cook22224520181181
Alexander Mattison8    27  
Adam Thielen13 5204291
Chad Beebe 1114 7 
Kyle Rudolph 22312 111
Justin Jefferson 77936 1751
Jefferson balled out and showed why he’s a 1st round talent. We can’t expect another performance like this anytime soon, but he’s taken hold of the #2 WR spot and in worth an add. Mostly just Cook and Thielen who are start-worthy, until we see if Jefferson can stay fantasy relevant next week.

3. NFC South

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 27: Mike Davis #28 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers on third down during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Todd Gurley1411525,38021
Brian Hill911037,958221
Calvin Ridley1561334,27110 
Russell Gage 2237,9 26 
Olamide Zaccheaus 44615,8 41 
Brandon Powell 33410,5 27 
Hayden Hurst 1137,9 11
At this point in his career, Gurley looks old and is only getting what is blocked for him on 99% of his rushes. If Julio and Gage miss more time, hopefully Hayden Hurst is going to see a bump, otherwise, it might be time to look for another TE after week 4.

Carolina Panthers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Mike Davis13821932,146451
Curtis Samuel448414,3745 
Robby Anderson 55621,4 55 
DJ Moore 22414,3 65 
It was Mike Davis and not much else in this game. If the Panthers can’t get their best player (DJ Moore) more than 4 targets next week, with CMC being out, then I’m going to start to get worried. Robby Anderson still has flex appeal, and Mike Davis looks to be a must-start until CMC is back.

New Orleans Saints

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Latavius Murray1211312,9587 
Alvin Kamara613191440581392
Jared Cook 2238,6 21 
Deonte Harris 2238,6 5 
Emmanuel Sanders 44514,3 561
Tre’Quan Smith 44617,1 42 
Murray keeps getting touches, and he’s doing fairly well with them, although nothing special. In the meantime, Kamara is out there, going off, so there’s that. He’s your RB1 RoS, no question about it. The passing game looks mostly sluggish when going to the receivers, which is why Kamara is hogging most of the targets. Can’t wait for MT to get back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ronald Jones13215411,15320 
LeSean McCoy 2 411,1 24 
Leonard Fournette72925,6157 
Chris Godwin 55616,7 641
Mike Evans 22411,1 22
OJ Howard 33411,1 49 
Rob Gronkowski 66719,4 48 
Scott Miller 33513,9 83 
Gronk is alive! Gronkowski finally saw worthwhile targets in a game, whilst Mike Evans ended with the Jordan Howard-like statline of 2-2-2. Godwin looked good in his return, but sustained another injury which will keep him out for at least one game (most likely two). Look for Scotty Miller to somewhat fill that void, as he has looked good in limited action. Oh and don’t touch any of these RBs with a hot poker, because that backfield is so confusing, and one mistake by either RoJo or Fournette could easily mean no more playing time for the remainder of a game.

2. NFC East

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 20: Running back Antonio Gibson #24 of the Washington Football Team dives into the end zone past safety Chris Banjo #31 of the Arizona Cardinals to score a 11 yard rushing touchdown during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Washington Football Team 30-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ezekiell Elliott146201221,434241
Tony Pollard 1 11,8 -5 
Amari Cooper 991221,4 86 
Ceedee Lamb156610,7165 
Michael Gallup 66916,1 1381
Cedrick Wilson 55712,5 1072
Dalton Schultz 44610,7 48 
Another shootout for the ‘Boys, and for some reason, Cedrick Wilson became a thing in this game and exploded. I wouldn’t worry too much about him taking away targets and productions from the “big three” WRs, as he mostly played while Lamb looked to be nursing a small injury later in the game.

New York Giants

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dion Lewis11239,7 10 
Devonta Freeman5 5  10  
Wayne Gallman42639,777 
Darius Slayton 33722,6 53 
Golden Tate 55722,6 36 
Kaden Smith 1126,6 13 
Evan Engram 33516,1 22 
Until we’ve seen anyone do something from the RB position for the Giants, we’re not starting any of them. With Slayton and Tate they can be considered back end WR3s or WR4s going forward, at least until Jones starts playing better at QB. If you have Engram you need to start looking for other options.

Philadelphia Eagles

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Miles Sanders18422818,19512 
Boston Scott3 312,35  
Dallas Goedert 1112,3 7 
Deontay Burnett 3349,1 19 
Desean Jackson 2249,1 11 
Greg Ward1891125-6721
John Hightower 2236,8 19 
Zach Ertz 771022,7 70 
Outside of Sanders, who is a must-start, Greg Ward should be in flex consideration with all the injuries that the Eagles (yet again) have sustained at WR. Zach Ertz is of course a TE you’re starting, especially now that Goedert is out.

Washington Football Team

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Antonio Gibson931238,349111
Peyton Barber3    6  
JD McKissic538411,11537 
Terry McLaurin145822,2383 
Logan Thomas 44719,4 31 
Isaiah Wright145616,7624 
Dontrelle Inman 33616,7 382
Gibson basically did as well as he possibly could with the touches he was given, being quite efficient and finding the endzone. He has solidified himself as a good flex option. In the pass game you can only trust McLaurin. Logan Thomas keeps getting the targets, but with how poorly Haskins is playing, Thomas’ ceiling is capped quite close to his floor.

1. NFC West

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27: Darrell Henderson #27 of the Los Angeles Rams runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Bills beat the Rams 35 to 32. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kenyan Drake1811913,0736 
Chase Edmonds32526,11321 
Deandre Hopkins 10101236,4 137 
Larry Fitzgerald 1139,1   
Andy Isabella145412,1-6472
Keesean Johnson 22721,2 24 
Dan Arnold 1 26,1 11 
It’s a mystery to me why Keesean Johnson got 7 targets when you have Fitzgerald and Isabella running routes out there, but hey, the take away here is that Drake and Hopkins are still the dudes. With two good match ups coming, look for Drake to bounce back in a big way.

Los Angeles Rams

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Malcolm Brown7 726,519  
Darrell Henderson2012139,711461
Robert Woods358619,430741
Tyler Higbee 2226,5 40 
Cooper Kupp 991032,3 1071
Van Jefferson   13,2   
Josh Reynolds 44516,1 60 
After getting behind early, the Rams came back and got robbed by the refs at the very end. Shameful. But enough of that. With Akers out, Henderson took a strong hold of this backfield, getting 21 touches to Browns 7, and for the 2nd week in a row, Henderson looked like the back we thought he would be in year 1, coming out of Memphis. He is the back to own right now for this team. Woods and Kupp are still the big dudes in this offense.

San Francisco 49ers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Jeff Wilson1231538,615541
Jerick McKinnon14317411,438391
Kendrick Bourne 44617,1 63 
Jordan Reed 22617,1 23 
Brandon Aiyuk358822,931701
Ross Dwelley 44411,4 49 
MetLife claimed another two victims, with injuries to Reed and McKinnon. Brandon Aiyuk looked good, but I wouldn’t put too much stock in that just yet, with Kittle and hopefully Deebo coming back this week or next week. McKinnon looked fine before he left and Jeff Wilson did all his dmg in the passing game as he was super inefficient as a runner.

Seattle Seahawks

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Chris Carson1431737,96412 
Carlos Hyde41512,61211 
DK Metcalf 4 821,1 1101
Tyler Lockett 991334,2 1003
Greg Olsen 55615,8 61 
Russ certainly has this Mr. Unlimited down to a tee at this point, coz right now there’s no one who can limit him. As usual, Lockett and DK got most of all the good stuff. DK made the dumpest mistake which cost like 15 fantasy points for his owners, so yeah….And with Chris Carson getting injured to a Trysten Hill “gator roll” after the play was over (Hill should be suspended coz that was the trashiest cheapshot I’ve ever seen on a football field), Hyde looks like a solid play in good match ups the next two weeks.

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