Touches and Target report - Week 5
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 04: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings scores on a 5 yard run past Michael Thomas #28 of the Houston Texans and Eric Murray #23during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Touches and Target report – Week 5

“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 – OCTOBER 11: Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Mark Ingram11 11  57  
JK Dobbins13438,33421 
Gus Edwards7 738,325  
Marquise Brown1671027,81771
Willie Snead   38,3   
Mark Andrews 6 925 561
Miles Boykin   25,6   
Devin Duvernay12325,64217 
Same as last week. Don’t start any Ravens RBs unless you really have to. You can start Andrews and Brown.

Cincinnati Bengals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Joe Mixon24630827,659  
Giovani Bernard 1126,9 4 
AJ Green   13,4   
Tyler Boyd 44620,7 42 
Tee Higgins 44827,6 62 
Drew Sample 2226,9 22 
Auden Tate 1113,4 12 
The Bengals coaching staff finally gets it. Mixon is a workhorse and a better pass catcher than Gio Bernard. Mixon is now getting the passing down work he deserves. AJ Green is droppable, unless you want to stash him in the event he gets traded. Higgins and Boyd are the pass catchers to own.

Cleveland Browns

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kareem Hunt20323410,572211
D’Ernest Johnson8  12,632  
Jarvis Landry 4 923,7 88 
Odell Beckham 5 923,7 58 
Rashard Higgins 3 37,9 311
Austin Hooper 5 1026,3 57 
The Browns finally let Baker loose more than they have so far this season. As a result, Austin Hooper had 10 targets and OBJ and Landry each had 9. This is what you want to see for them to have consistent fantasy value. Hooper is a solid pickup off waivers at this point, as a TE who is getting targeted.

Pittsburgh Steelers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Benny Snell7    19  
James Conner153 38,844191
Anthony McFarland3    6  
Juju Smith-Schuster 44514,7 28 
Diontae Johnson 1112,9 -2 
Chase Claypool37101132,461104
James Washington 33411,8 25 
Eric Ebron 5 617,6 43 
Vance McDonald 1 12,9 4 
Diontae left the game early (again), and after Chase Claypool showed out on a few touches, the Steelers decided to give him all of the targets he could handle. Going forward, I still expect Johnson to be the one, and then Claypool could have taken the role as #2 from JuJu, who is a spot start at this point. Ebron is a fine TE to own in a desolate TE landscape.

7. AFC South

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 20: Brandin Cooks #13 of the Houston Texans runs onto the field during player introductions against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Texans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Johnson17219411,4967 
Duke Johnson31412,9811 
Will Fuller 44822,9 581
Brandin Cooks 881234,3 1611
Kenny Stills 1112,9 14 
Randall Cobb 66617,1 47 
Darren Fells 2225,7 571
This looks a lot more like the Texans offense we had imagined prior to the season. Fuller and Cooks (he lives!) took the vast majority of work in the passing game and David Johnson looked good running the ball.

Indianapolis Colts

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Nyheim Hines325412,5822 
Jonathan Taylor1221439,457171
TY Hilton 661031,3 69 
Marcus Johnson 3339,3 53 
Mo Alie-Cox   13,1   
Zach Pascal 2226,3 15 
Trey Burton 55618,8 33 
This game made it clear that Rivers is hurting the Colts more than he is helping them. TY got somewhat back to relevance in this game, but the biggest “winner” here is Trey Burton, completely relegating Mo Alie-Cox to a blocker.

Jacksonville Jaguars

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
James Robinson13518715,94822 
Chris Thompson23536,8735 
DJ Chark 3349,1 16 
Lavishka Shenault 77818,2 79 
Keelan Cole123613,62251
Collin Johnson 3349,1 301
Chris Conley 2 24,5 58 
Tyler Eifert 33715,9 16 
With DJ Chark leaving the game due to an injury, it was the Vishka show for most of the game. He led the team in targets and is a very solid option if Chark remains out for any period of time. Cole is a bye week filler, and Robinson is of course someone you keep starting due to sheer volume.

Tennessee Titans

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Derrick Henry1922127,15762
Darrynton Evans2 2  12  
Jeremy McNichols911013,6283 
Anthony Firkser 33517,9 19 
Kalif Raymond 2227,1 26 
AJ Brown 77932,1 821
Jonnu Smith 55725 402
With no Corey Davis or Adam Humphries in the line up, AJ Brown stepped right back in and claimed alpha status. Jonnu Smith is basically this years version of Mark Andrews.

6. AFC East

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: Devin Singletary #26 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with Stefon Diggs #14 and Andre Roberts #18 after scoring a two yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter in the game at Allegiant Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Devin Singletary1111212,2259 
TJ Yeldon71836,75222 
Stefon Diggs 10101635,6 106 
Cole Beasley 66613,3 53 
Gabriel Davis 55920 58 
Dawson Knox 1136,7 15 
With John Brown inactive, Davis received way more targets than previously, and seemingly took over that role quite easily. Singletary was splitting time with Yeldon, most likely due to the extremely negative gamescript. I can’t help but feel like Bills might make a move for Bell who was released by the Jets.

Miami Dolphins

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Myles Gaskin16521518,557341
Matt Breida911013,728  
Devante Parker 22311,1 50 
Preston Williams 44518,5 1061
Mike Gesicki 55622,2 91 
Isaiah Ford 2227,4 23 
Jordan Howard was a healthy scratch, showing how much confidence the coaching staff has in Gaskin. Williams looked a lot better in this game, and the targets reverted from Ford back to Williams this week. Williams is a decent flex, whilst Parker and Gesicki are fine starts.

New England Patriots


New York Jets

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Frank Gore9 9  30  
Le’Veon Bell1311413,2607 
Jamison Crowder 881032,3 1161
Jeff Smith 331135,5 23 
Chris Hogan 3339,7 20 
Braxton Berrios1 126,5   
Chris Herndon 2239,7 24 
Still not worth rostering anyone but Crowder from this team, although Jeff Smith’s large target share is somewhat intruiging. He has to do more with it before he is worth rostering tho. In other news, Jets released Bell in what is a headscratching move. Hopefully he lands with a team that can use him properly.

5. AFC West

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball during the game against Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos


Kansas City Chiefs

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire103138194040 
Darrel Williams112511,9415 
Tyreek Hill336614,315781
Sammy Watkins 2224,8 24 
Demarcus Robinson 2249,5 2 
Travis Kelce 881228,6 1081
Mecole Hardman 2237,1 50 
In a rare negative game script for the Chiefs, it was heartening to see that CEH still gets a lot of targets in the passing game. This game should be considered his absolute floor. The only negative on him, is that he doesn’t get carries in goalline situations anymore. And he had a TD called back. With Watkins leaving the game injured, I expect Robinson to mainly step in to his role, because he is a similar player to Watkins, where Hardman is more like Tyreek.

Las Vegas Raiders

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Josh Jacobs232253107782
Devontae Booker71813,3625 
Jalen Richard145516,7426 
Darren Waller 55723,3 481
Henry Ruggs 22310 1181
Nelson Agholor 2226,7 671
Hunter Renfrow 1113,3 42 
Ruggs was back, which led the team to go deep several times as part of the gameplan against KC. If you look at the target share, the ball is being spread around way too much to trust anyone but Waller in the pass game. Jacobs of course is a start too. Ruggs is a boom/bust flier you can take a chance on if you’re a heavy underdog and need the potential big play upside on very few targets.

Los Angeles Chargers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Joshua Kelley1111213,1299 
Justin Jackson15520618,87123 
Hunter Henry 44825 231
Mike Williams 55825  2
Jalen Guyton11239,4-449 
Keenan Allen 2226,3 291
Allen suffered a back injury and didn’t return in this game, leaving targets for Mike Williams, who came up big for fantasy. The team is going on a bye, but it is still worth looking for Justin Jackson, who led the backfield in touches and had most of the passing down work, on your waiver. Same goes for Mike Williams who could be hanging out there due to some injury concerns in previous weeks.

4. NFC North

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 08: David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears is chased by Rakeem Nunez-Roches #56 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on October 08, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bucs 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
David Montgomery1071781929301
Cordarrelle Patterson33637,1738 
Allen Robinson 10101638,1 90 
Anthony Miller 4449,5 28 
Darnell Mooney 22511,9 15 
Jimmy Graham 33511,9 331
Arob owned the target share in this game, and will continue to do so going forward. Graham is starting to become a fine play at a TE-position that is as unpredictable as ever.

Detroit Lions


Green Bay Packers


Minnesota Vikings

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dalvin Cook17523513,265241
Alexander Mattison2032337,911724 
Adam Thielen1991334,23802
Justin Jefferson 33513,2 23 
Irv Smith Jr. 44513,2 64 
Kyle Rudolph 1125,3 10 
Cook left with an injury, leaving Mattison to carry the load. Word is that Cook could miss week 6 with the team having a bye week 7, giving him two weeks to rest up. If Cook is out, Mattison is a must-start.

3. NFC South

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 27: Robby Anderson #11 of the Carolina Panthers during warm up before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers 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 Gurley14418514,3121291
Brian Hill62825,73915 
Calvin Ridley 881028,6 136 
Russell Gage 22514,3 16 
Olamide Zaccheaus 11411,4 13 
Hayden Hurst 22617,1 8 
Not much to say here, except that the offense looks bad. Ryan looks uninspired. Hopefully Julio comes back next week and that helps this entire offense.

Carolina Panthers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Mike Davis169251028,689601
Curtis Samuel459514,32836 
Robby Anderson1891337,13112 
DJ Moore 4 514,3 931
Ian Thomas   12,9   
This offense still flows through the RB and Robby Anderson. DJ Moore got a long score to salvage his day, but it is still worrisome that the offense has shifted so much away from him, target-wise, given he is the most talented receiver on this team.

New Orleans Saints

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Latavius Murray821024,33423 
Alvin Kamara118191021,34574 
Marquez Callaway 44612,8 34 
Emmanuel Sanders 12121429,8 122 
Tre’Quan Smith 2236,4 8 
Bennie Fowler 22612,8 11 
Jared Cook 2236,4 521
Not sure why, but Fowler and Callaway combined for 12 targets, while Smith and Cook only had 6 total. Saints is going on bye in week 6 and will have Thomas back following that. We’ll need to see how the target share is divided before making any conclusions, but expect most of it to go to Thomas and Kamara.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ronald Jones17320512,210619 
Ke’Shawn Vaughn 2237,3 5 
Mike Evans 55922 411
Tanner Hudson 1149,8 9 
Tyler Johnson 44614,6 61 
Rob Gronkowski 33614,6 52 
Cameron Brate 55614,6 44 
With a slew of injuries for the Bucs, RoJo was the only RB to get carries. In the pass game, Gronkowski and Brate saw more targets than usual with all the injuries at receiver. Rookie Tyler Johnson got to showcase why a lot of people liked him coming out of college. We have however seen a large disparity between target shares from when Godwin is on the field, and when he isn’t. Next week should hopefully give us more clarity as to how the division of targets are expected  to fall rest of season.

2. NFC East

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 14: Darius Slayton #86 of the New York Giants catches a seven yard touchdown pass against Steven Nelson #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Ezekiell Elliott1922126,191 2
Tony Pollard62839,130  
Amari Cooper123412,1-223 
Ceedee Lamb 881133,3 124 
Michael Gallup 44412,1 73 
Cedrick Wilson 44412,1 22 
Dalton Schultz 1139,1 6 
Dak Prescott is out for the season, which is going to limit the entire offense somewhat. But even if we get 75-80% of what this offense produced with Dak, it’s going to be good for fantasy. Lamb was the target leader in this game, with Amari only getting 4 targets. Gallup seems to be the one who is capped if we go by targets so far this season.

New York Giants

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Dion Lewis 22413,8 1 
Devonta Freeman17219310,360 1
Wayne Gallman52726,924  
Darius Slayton 881137,9 129 
Golden Tate 44517,2 42 
Kaden Smith 1113,4 7 
Evan Engram21326,9916 
It’s a mystery how the Giants managed to score 34 points and Daniel Jones didn’t account for any of them. What was good  to see was Devonta Freemans workload, with 19 touches. In the pass game, Slayton is the go-to, and Engram is extremely hard to trust, but probably remains someone you start, just given how little production we see from the TE-position.

Philadelphia Eagles

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Miles Sanders11213411,180192
Travis Fulgham 10101336,1  1
John Hightower 22513,9   
Greg Ward 44513,9  1
Zach Ertz 11616,7   
Ertz looks like a shadow of himself, and I wonder if he is running around injured. He looks slow without any agility or acceleration. You have to hold on to him and hope he performs for one game so you can sell him. I wouldn’t trust any of the pass catchers either, as it sounds like Jackson and Jeffery are going to return soon.

Washington Football Team

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Antonio Gibson11516517,92724 
JD McKissic167828,6346 
Terry McLaurin 33725 26 
Logan Thomas 11414,3 4 
Isaiah Wright 1113,6 3 
A tough game to get your first start in for Kyle Allen, and Alex Smith, who returned in relief of Allen who got hit helmet-to-helmet and left the game. I wouldn’t be too worried about McLaurin or Gibson. McKissic is going to be a fine bye week filler with his receiving work out of the backfield.

1. NFC West

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 11: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after catching the game winning touchdown alongside Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field on October 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Kenyan Drake1811912,96021
Chase Edmonds358617,136561
Deandre Hopkins 66720 1311
Christian Kirk 55720 78 
Larry Fitzgerald 44720 35 
Andy Isabella 2238,6 30 
Darren Daniels 2225,7 37 
Drake continues to see by far the most touches, but he is inefficient, whilst Edmonds is higly effective with his limited touches. At the very end of the game, the Cardinals finally called some of the run plays that suit Drake more – inside zone runs. Mostly he has been getting the ball on stretches and tosses which is not his best run plays. Christian Kirk has carved out a bit of a larger role now that he is fully healthy, but he is still hard to trust for anything more than a bye week fill-in given.

Los Angeles Rams

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Malcolm Brown81926,930-6 
Darrell Henderson15318413,838302
Cam Akers9    61  
Robert Woods 44517,2 711
Tyler Higbee 2226,9 12 
Cooper Kupp 55827,6 66 
Gerald Everett 44413,8 90 
Josh Reynolds 22413,8 46 
This backfield got even more confusing with Akers coming back from injury. Although Henderson led the backfield in carries and scored twice, the fact that all three RBs had 8 or more carries is worrisome in terms of fantasy. I would still only trust Woods and Kupp in the passing game. If you’re desperate at TE Everett could be a worthwhile pickup though.

San Francisco 49ers

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Raheem Mostert1131438,69029 
Jeff Wilson4 412,927  
Jerick McKinnon123411,4 5 
Deebo Samuel123822,9 19 
Kendrick Bourne 22411,4 301
Brandon Aiyuk 33617,1 44 
George Kittle 44822,9 44 
Horrible game by the 49ers. The main takeaway here is that McKinnon is the straight backup to Mostert, and won’t get much work when Mostert is healthy. In the passing game, Deebo only had 2 catches, but he did tie for a team high 8 targets, with Kittle. This tells me they want to get him involved, but Garoppolo was in no condition to do so. I am still comfortable with Deebo in my flex.

Seattle Seahawks

 CarriesReceptionsTouchesTargets Target Share %Rushing yardsReceiving yardsTDs
Chris Carson8614723,352271
DK Metcalf 661136,7 932
David Moore   310   
Freddie Swain 2 26,7 14 
Tyler Lockett 44516,7 44 
Greg Olsen 1113,3 20 
Although I’m almost afraid to say it, it would appear that Metcalf has overtaken the 1A role in this passing offense, and Lockett has moved to the 1B role. 

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